Episode 45 – The Flight of the Skeprechauns

Finn regales us with her tails of Convergence and she will be on an upcoming episode of Geeks without God.
Rebecca complains about the heat, as well as the confirmation the power of a good mass and of Ken Ring’s prognostications.
The abortion floodgates have been opened (or not…). One of our senators gets poetic.
Magdalene nuns refuse to contribute to the compensation fund, (the movie if your interested).
And finally some horseplay in Dail (video).

Episode 44 – The Summer of the Skeprechauns

We have the wonderful Stephen (aka @DublinSITP) filling in for Finn who has run away! Sorry for the popping on the track, the mic must have been a bit too close ūüėõ (Rebecca’s fault).
A discussion of the Great Auk inspired from a Quickie on Skepchick, when museums attack!
The illusive Australian Night Parrot and the weakest Egyptian ghost caught on film!
Little side bar on how to deal with an insect infestation in your museum specimens or in your house…
Kazakhstan decides to literally bury its problems with a warlord and how do museums deal with human remains?

Finishing up with a brief overview of the EWTS Conference here in Dublin, talking about the Declaration and the videos can be found here.

Episode 43 – Skeprechauns in the Water

Little bit of horticultural chit-chat.
The abortion issue rumbles on, with pro-life leaflets been given out to young children in school and out Archbishops continue to weigh in, again, again and again.
Sally Morgan awarded a huge payout from the Daily Mail.
Finn will be at Convergence, coming up soon! Devolves into a conversation about Irish slang and Dave Allen on his introduction to religion (video) and teaching a child how to tell the time (video). Just in case you have not seen the Andrew Wakefield comic.
Rebecca puts forward her two cents on the fluoridation “debate”, all spurred on by an issue of Hotpress.
She schools you on the National Health Federation, fluorosis, cancer rates in Ireland and the public good.
Irish Dental Assosciation Fluoride Supplement publication (PDF).

CONvergence 2013 (#cvg2013)

Hi All,

This is a bit of a cross post from my blog (www.ickletayto.com) re: my upcoming panels at  CONvergence in Minneapolis:

I’m heading to the twin cities for my most favourite of all the conventions (sorry¬†Octocon)¬†CONvergence.

It’s all out geekery with books, films, radio plays, science, skepticism and party rooms.

I’m going to be on a number of panels, some of which are part of the¬†SkepchickCon… So I’m super excited.

Here’s my “absolutely will be at as I am on the top table” schedule:

Thursday 4th July:

5:00pm:             British Slang 101
I plan on taking over this panel and talking
solely about Irish Slang.. it’s FAR superior to
British slang anyways :oP
7:00pm: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†There’s more to British Comedy than Python
I mean, clearly there’s more. I may
crowdsource some ideas from twitter before
the con, or leave a comment here listing your
favourite British comedies.. the less said
about Mrs Brown tho, the better..

Saturday 6th July:

12:30pm: The Gods of Geekdom
They mention the gods of comic books in the
listing for this panel. I don’t read comics, but I
do read all of the fantasy.. the one question
I’ll be raising is how can Brandon Sanderson
still be Mormon?
10:00pm: The British Anti-Science Invasion
I’ll mostly be talking vaccines here. It’s a
pretty good thing that all my masters
assignments revolved around vaccines.. I will
be putting all of that research to good use in
this panel. It’ll be infinitely better than
#Vilten.. honest

Sunday 7th July:

3:30pm: Lesser known British Comedy
I think I’m going to stick with things not
traditionally looked on as comedy here.. I may
even stray into podcast territory.

I’m going through the rest of the program atm and trying to figure out how to split myself into 5 or get one of them Time-Turner thingamajigs.. but once I do figure out what I absolutely cannot miss I’ll update my¬†SCHED¬†(It’s a thing).

I am totally looking forward to #CVG2013..

It’s gonna be LEGEN – (wait for it) – DARY! Legendary.



Episode 42 – The Skeprechauns are alright

The ladies discuss the shockingly nice weather – and its perils!
Rebecca advocates the burkini (kinda…)
Michael Douglas and that statement about HPV, Irish sex education, dentists and dental dams.
Special Report (pdf) from the RCOG implies women should return to the tradition of confinement Рcriticised here (video), here and here.
All about Finnish baby boxes!
Ireland’s recording of maternal deaths may not be a true reflection of the truth and may soon be very different.
And it turns out the kids are alright (when raised by gay parents).
Is Ireland “Post-Catholic” yet?

Episode 41 – Plan Skeprechaun from Outer Space

Finn has emerged from her study fugue state and tells you about the BONGS (and a recent remix)!
Star Trek inspired 3D printers and tricorders.
It turns in to a digression about microwaves… and eye balls.
Is there anything to be said for a mass? Yes, according to Mid West Radio!
The pathogen that caused An Gorta Mor is sequenced, and the Lumper potato.
Kerrygold ad with with sod of earth and by the way “Who is taking the horse to France?”
And just for your viewing pleasure: Club Orange “First you get the club, then you get the orange“.
High Court case over 5 year old’s vaccination.
The hearing on the proposed abortion legislation, including the claim it might increase young male suicide… and be against human rights (only of the fetus, of course).
And a random news article from the 1960s!

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Oh yes and Ken Ring to lighten the mood ūüôā claims of a scorching Irish summer, ridiculous or sublime?

Episode 40 – Rise of the Skeprechauns


Hello to any one who has joined us from the Skeptic Zone.
Finn was *super* tired so cut her some slack! <note from Finn: super super ridiculously tired>
The girls find a funeral a fascinating talking point, wow…(they changed the words!!)
Cardinal Sean Brady gets up in the face of the government and the will of the Irish people to legislate for legal abortion and Enda Kenny delivers a smack down.
Rebecca completely derails the conversation by talking about 1916 and women.
And quickly gets back on track by talking about White Tailed Eagles being re-introduced in Ireland.
Rebecca schools you on the Oak Processionary Moth.
A prize for the person who counts the amount of time Rebecca says “predate on”*
*not really, but she does say it a lot…

Episode 39 – Won’t Someone Please Think of the Skeprechauns?

***There is particular bad language in this episode that some people might find offensive***
Brendan O’Neill nearly causes Robin Ince to have a stroke at QED
In the conversation between Robin Ince and Dawkins, Robin was a touch more interesting
We debate chocolate for a little bit and fan girl over Natalie Haynes.
Crashed landed back to earth in Ireland to good news about Marriage Equality, not such good news about any abortion legislation however.
We talk about the difficulties in changing conservative ideas minds about abortion in Ireland (or gun regulation in America?) with added added advice from the National Right to Life Committee.

Episode 38 – Beware the Skeprechauns of March

Spunout.ie (general life advice for 16-25 year olds) is it today’s Just 17?
Irish government wants working mothers using expensive childcare to quit their jobs.
Dublin Skeptics events coming up on Neil Denny on 6th April and Richard Saunders on 10th April. The Lacks family are not consulted about the use of HeLa… again!
Atheist shoes, yes we said atheist shoes. The first tablet for women, oh yes, it is fail-ful.
Commodore 64 Trivial Pursuit (video) Рgood times! Two-headed shark, oh yes.
New pope anyone, a small amount of papal apologetics (just a little bit).
Check out Rebecca on InKredulous Episode 19 and 19.5! And finally some reasons as to why we disappeared for most of March.