Skeptics with a K: Episode #231

Plastic-free July, red aspirin, homeopathy funding, and varicose veins. Plus Joe Pesci, hypnotic medicine, killing turtles, and tea bag stitching. Burying the lede, it’s Skeptics with a K.

  1. #1 by Daniela on August 28, 2018 - 05:50

    Are there really people dependig on single use plastic straws?
    There are reusable straws, paper straws and straw.
    The one personI know with disability that relies on using straws is able to use steel, is that a real problem?

  2. #2 by Mister Sandwich on August 30, 2018 - 09:43

    Yes there really are people depending on plastic straws. People, who because of involuntary movements may bite down on them. So the less resilient options become useless, and the steel ones are potentially painful / injurious.

    It’s good that people are starting to think about their effect on the planet but I wish they’d also consider that not everybody is in the position they’re in. (This rant isn’t aimed at you, Daniela, BTW). Twitter already has enough self-righteous wassocks tutting about pre-sliced / pre-ordered food, and complaining about how lazy people must have become. It becomes incredibly wearing for disabled people. Trust me, the current government are doing a really good job of creating a hostile environment for the disabled.. They don’t need the help of enthusiastic amateurs.

  3. #3 by Adam C. on September 18, 2018 - 07:23

    Wasn’t Katie Hall on one episode? Because I thought she was American, and there’s that big talk at the start about the first American on the show.

    I might be an absolute idiot, though.

  4. #4 by Mike on September 18, 2018 - 18:08

    You’re quite right, Adam. My mistake!

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