December 2018

Here are the topics I chose to talk about on RadioLive for the month. Some of them may not have been mentioned on the radio due to a lack of time.


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  • December 2, 2018

  • Go Green Expo

    A few weeks ago the Wellington Skeptics made their annual pilgrimage to the Go Green Expo. Billed as a Green Living and Sustainable Lifestyle Show, in reality the majority of stands push nonsense alternative therapies, making illegal medical claims about cherry juice, magnetic bracelets and turmeric shakes and scaring people about the dangers of dirty electricity, blue light, toxins and chemicals. There are also talks with titles such as:

    2 min read, 368 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Green, doTERRA

  • MoE Religious Instruction Guidelines Consultation

    The Ministry of Education are finally getting close to publishing guidelines for schools about allowing Religious Instruction classes.

    3 min read, 581 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Religion , Tags: RI, Schools

  • Ark Man

    On Wednesday a group of us skeptics visited the Ark Man, Rod Walsh, who has been over in New Zealand from Australia on tour. Rod’s schtick is that god told him in the ‘90s to build a scale model of Noah’s Ark from Genesis. Apparently the day after he was told this by god, he turned on the radio and two people were having a conversation about the ark - which proved to him that god’s voice had been real. Rod has now built 6 scale replicas of Noah’s Ark over the last 20 years, and has been touring the world with his scale models since the ‘90s.

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    Categories: Religion , Tags: Ark, Noah

  • December 16, 2018

  • SleepDrops in Trouble

    SleepDrops is a New Zealand based company offering herbal/homeopathic products that are supposed to help you to sleep, although there’s absolutely no evidence that they work.

    2 min read, 330 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: CAM, Sleepdrops

  • Blasphemy Law repeal passes second reading

    The Crimes Amendment Bill passed its second reading in parliament this week, and it now looks likely that our blasphemy law will be repealed in the near future. This is great news, and is being mirrored in other countries.

    1 min read, 166 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Religion , Tags: Blasphemy

  • Another Te Kiri Gold celebrity endorsement

    Cocksy, a celebrity builder on New Zealand TV, has cancer and is currently on an experimental new treatment.

    1 min read, 130 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: CAM, Bleach