The League of Nerds

#192 – Get Your Life Back Now

December 31, 2017 // 1 Comment

The alt-nerds are joined by Dr Chad Hayes (http://www.chadhayesmd.com) to talk about the joint project to send him to the woo conference ‘Get your life back now’. In a moment of jest Natalie twitted the conference. Plans quickly emerged to send a real Dr to this conference. Thanks to many generous donors we sent Chad down to Florida to go see such big names as Mr Andrew Wakefield and Mercola.   [...]

#191 – Battle of Ideas

December 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

https://theleagueofnerdsradio.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/191.mp3 In late October Myles was invited to Battle of ideas down in London. He went to see Vance Crowe, the man from Monsanto. Vance was shocked about Myles’ height. The Battle of ideas tries to bring multiple different view points for debate and encourages rigorous cross [...]

#190 – I was a 9/11 Truther -TLoNs Podcast

December 10, 2017 // 1 Comment

https://theleagueofnerdsradio.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/190.mp3 Buck is really milking in the lime light, he tells us, in depth, about he old beliefs on 9/11. Like many truthers Buck had seen and read opinions online and felt that gave him enough evidence to know the ‘truth’. He then also went out of his way to avoid information that challenged those [...]

#189 – Extremism

December 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

https://theleagueofnerdsradio.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/189.mp3 The nerds this week have Chris Shelton on once again. Chris has a lot of experience with Scientology which some might consider an extremist ideology. What is an extremist ideology and what makes a person fall into that [...]

#188 – Plant Whispering and Random DNA with Prof Kevin Folta

November 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

It finally happened! We spoke with Kevin Folta about his research. Professor Folta (if you want to be formal) works on plants and how they work out their environment, they call this plant whispering. By changing the light Kevin and his team can ‘tell’ plants things. His group has also began to work on a very interesting project. By using random DNA sequences they have shown a range of new proteins that have cool effects on plants. As a biologist I would think this wouldn’t [...]

#187 – The Waco Siege

November 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

https://theleagueofnerdsradio.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/187.mp3 The Waco siege was a siege of a compound belonging to the group Branch Davidians by American federal and Texas state law enforcement and US military. The siege lasted for 51 days between February 28 and April 19, 1993 and ended with an FBI assault, during which the compound burned down, killing 76 people inside including David Koresh. In this episode, the Nerds talk about the the siege and the documentary Waco:The Rules Of [...]

#186 – The Anarchists Cook Book

November 5, 2017 // 2 Comments

The Anarchist Cookbook, first published in 1971, is a book that contains instructions for the manufacture of explosives, rudimentary telecommunications phreaking devices, and related weapons, as well as instructions for home manufacturing of illicit drugs, including LSD. It was written by William Powell at the apex of the counterculture era in order to protest against United States involvement in the Vietnam War. In this episode, the Nerds talk about the instructions the book contains and many [...]

#185 – An Ex-scientologist

October 30, 2017 // 2 Comments

https://theleagueofnerdsradio.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/185.mp3   A full complement of nerds this week with a special guest in the form of Chris Shelton. Scientology describes Chris as ‘difficult to find a more unqualified person to speak on the subject… A self-proclaimed arrogant know-it-all, Shelton is really just a fringe figure on the Internet, where he obsessively vents about the religion that expelled him for misconduct.’ Chris spent a large portion of his life [...]

#184 – Agent Orange

October 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

The tactical herbicide Agent Orange, which was used in South-east Asia by the United States Department of Defence during the Vietnam War, was made from equal parts of the n–butyl esters of 2,4,5-T and 2,4,-D. For almost half a century, controversy has surrounded its use, mainly because it contained a highly toxic dioxin impurity (TCDD). Despite this impurity being thoroughly investigated, there is still a lot of confusion by the public regarding how it was formed and why it took so long to be [...]

#183 – Nazi Conspiracies and Sci-Fi Technology

October 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

https://theleagueofnerdsradio.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/183.mp3 In this podcast, we discuss Nazi conspiracy and the ridiculous technologies (e.g. spaceships, secret bases at the core of the planet, and Nazi’s on the moon) that people believe were created as part of [...]

#182 – Was Balloon Boy a Hoax?

October 1, 2017 // 1 Comment

Was Balloon Boy all a hoax? Yes, yes it was unless you’re Myles. Myles gets it all wrong and buys into a hoax, James (the voice of reason and writer of this blurb) tries to fish Myles’ deluded brain back, oh and Buck was there I [...]

#181 – PETA Targeting Scientists

September 17, 2017 // 1 Comment

This week the nerds are joined by Kevin Folta once again he has recently being spreading awareness of PETA’s latest campaign of harassment. Dr Christine Lattin is a postdoc researcher at Yale, her work focuses on how stress can effect behaviour in birds. She is also trying to develop new methods to reduce having to kill these birds. PETA have decided that anyone working with live animals should be targeted for harassment. PETA members have surrounded venues where Dr Lattin is talking and [...]

#180 – What the Health

September 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

https://theleagueofnerdsradio.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/180.mp3 What the health is the latest assault on the nerds sensibilities. Instead of understanding that almost any diet can be healthy constructed the film makers decided that it is vegan or [...]

#179 – Alcoholics Anonymous

September 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Alcoholics Anonymous is often held as the best way to cure an Alcoholic. Is Alcoholism a disease? – does AA work? – whats with all the religious stuff? Buck and Myles (the B team) are joined by Jon Stewart, he spent 14 years attending AA meetings but left and stayed sober. He tells the B team his story. Jon Stewart’s Blog Essay “Leaving AA, Staying Sober” contains links to more of the resources we discussed. The 12 Steps of AA “AA Agnostica”, the [...]

#178 – GamerGate

August 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

https://theleagueofnerdsradio.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/178.mp3 Oh boy another hot button topic, we had planned this episode a long time in advance in order to not be accused of milking any hype or drama, then the universe spat in Myles’ furry little eye by having Sargon/Anita drama at vidcon. Troy Leavitt (veteran Game developer/designer) talks to the nerds about his industry opinion on [...]