TheESP – Ep. #292 – Querdenker terrorists



Radicalized anti-covid activists

After recent events in Germany and Italy we worry that anti-maskers now may be a terrorist threat. In This Week in Skepticism we hear about Jacob Grimm and the possibility that some of the Grimm stories are based on real events(?) Pope Francis seems to have totally lost it regarding the facts about pregnancies, but science has never been the strong side of the Catholic Church. We then dig into the news:

  • GERMANY: Are Querdenkers terrorists?
  • ITALY: Covid terrorists also in Italy
  • GERMANY: New brochure about vaccinations out
  • SWEDEN: Are confessional schools on their way out?
  • INTERNATIONAL: We’re fucked – big time. Climate change, UN warns politicians
  • UK / ISRAEL: Homeopathic treatment of Covid works! Wait, no…

A Swedish priest gets this week’s prize for being Really Right, who could have guessed?


Segments: Intro; Greetings; This Week In Skepticism; Pontus Pokes The Pope; News; Really Right; Quote And Farewell; Outro; Out-Takes;
0:00:27 INTRO




0:17:10 NEWS



    “The fact that any person or institution, however well respected, praises or adopts something never constitutes proof of anything. It might merely illustrate that even well-educated people or powerful institutions can sometimes commit the silliest and most obvious of mistakes.”
    / Edzard Ernst (30 January 1948 – ), German academic physician and researcher living the UK, specializing in the study of complementary and alternative medicine. /

0:45:34 OUTRO

0:46:49 OUT-TAKES

TheESP – Ep. #291 – Broken System, Broken Neck

TheESP – Ep. #291 – Broken System, Broken Neck

According to chiropractors, broken necks are within "good practice".
In this episode we catch up on last weekend with Hungaro Con and SkepKon. We also mention last week's Ig Nobel Prizes and how the ISS does not seem to agree with the Russians any more. The upcoming German election gets a mention and in This Week in Skepticism we discuss the miraculous portrait of Saint Dominic in Soriano, before briefly discussing the Pope's latest adventures. After that we dig into the news:
  • EUROPE: Failure to follow routine vaccination schedules
  • INTERNATIONAL: Hundreds of medical journals unite to urge ...
TheESP – Ep. #290 – Trypanophobia

TheESP – Ep. #290 – Trypanophobia

Fear of needles is probably a big factor in vaccine hesitancy.
In this episode we first mention that Sweden just announced an end to Corona restrictions as per the end of this month and we question if that's that really wise. This week marks twenty years since 9/11 and the repercussions are still with us. The pope has been saying some strange things lately, and is he really well? Then we get into the news:
  • UK: Four Met Police officers injured in anti-vaccine protest
  • SWEDEN / GENERAL: Why people wait to get vaccinated
  • GERMANY: Two cool things ...
TheESP – Ep. #289 – Herd Immunity

TheESP – Ep. #289 – Herd Immunity

Don't take Ivermectin!
In this episode we first have a few events to plug: The launching of the book Fake! in Budapest, Congreso Esceptico in Spain, Skeptics in the Pub Online about 9/11 and the upcoming Ig Nobel ceremony. In This Week we discuss Mary Shelley who was born this week in 1797 and then we skip the pope and instead plunge into the news:
  • Continued demonstrations against the vaccine passports
  • Researchers in UK: We probably shouldn't use the word 'Infodemic'
  • Do not take Ivermectin!
  • What exactly did Martin Luther say about life in times of plague?
  • ...
TheESP – Ep. #288 – Fake! with Annemarie Bon

TheESP – Ep. #288 – Fake! with Annemarie Bon

In this episode we interview Dutch writer, science populariser and educator Annemarie Bon, who’s many works focus on helping children understand the world around us. Having started her career as a biochemical engineer, she later turned towards writing for children and she was editor-in-chief of the children’s magazine Taptoe until 2001. The Hungarian translation of her latest book Fake! is just about to get published and we thought it would be a good idea to have her on the show to talk about the book and what it has to offer to kids and adults alike. Enjoy! The ...

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