Speakers

Events

Our first programs of 2014 are January 9th (Salem) and 10th (Portland). Our speaker is Richard Wackrow, winner of the 2013 Skeptics Toolbox "In the Trenches" award and author of "Who's Winning the War on Terror." Talks are co-sponsored by O4SR, CFI Salem Humanists and CFI Portland.

 **** SALEM ****

January 9, 2014
6:30 PM - coffee social
7:00 PM - speaker

Ike Box - The Classroom (upstairs)
299 Cottage St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-581-6154

This event is cosponsored by O4SR and CFI Salem Humanists as part of CFI Salem's Thursday evening meet-ups. The Ike Box has a coffee shop with light food available. Plan to arrive early to have time to get snacks and socialize before the talk starts at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public.


 **** PORTLAND ****

January 10, 2014 - Portland, OR
7:00 PM - speaker
8:00 PM - potluck social

Norse Hall - Oslo Lounge
111 NE 11th Ave.
Portland, OR

This event is cosponsored by O4SR and CFI Portland and occurs as part of the CFI Portland Metro Monthly. Child care is available during the talk in the Children's Room. Please bring a dish to share at the potluck. The Lounge has a bar where you may order beer, wine and cocktails. Guests welcome.

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Five Myths About Airport Security


At some point in the past twelve years, the U.S. government's war on terror crossed a threshold -- from working to prevent another major terrorist attack on American soil to being a voracious counterterrorism-industrial complex that to a large extent exists for its own sake.

Nothing demonstrates this better than the Transportation Security
Administration. Since its inception in November 2001, the TSA has neither collared a would-be terrorist attempting to board a passenger plane in the United States, nor failed to collar a would-be terrorist who did so. Not one single terrorist.

In this talk, Richard E. Wackrow, author of the recent book Who's Winning the War on Terror, will demonstrate how the TSA's highly touted "layered security measures" aren't making airline passengers much safer than before 9/11. He will also examine how and why the probability of another major terrorist attack has been consistently and woefully left out of the security-vs.-liberty equation.


ABOUT RICHARD WACKROW

Wackrow is a retired print journalist living in Montana. He was a reporter and editor for suburban newspapers in several markets, and has written for the Dallas Morning News, Entrepreneur magazine and other major publications.
In 2013, he received the Skeptic's Toolbox In the Trenches Award for his efforts in introducing the war on terror to the skeptics community. His meticulously researched first book "Who's Winning the War on Terror" is available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Website: http://richardwackrow.com/




Past Speakers

  • Supplement, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Myths - Mark Crislip, MD - November, 2013
  • Harriat Hall, MD - The SkepDoc, "I Don't Need No Steenkin'' Science", May 2013
  •  "Faith, Belief and Hope: From Cognitive Sickness to Moral Virtue and Back Again" - Peter Boghossian, Ph.D., November, 2011
  • "Infrared Imaging applications and Skeptical Investigations" - John L. Miller, Ph.D. Chief Technical Officer of Government Systems Division, FLIR - November, 2010
  • "The Vaccine Pseudo-Controversy" Mark Crislip, MD - June 4, 2010
  • Neurobiologist, PSU professor and author of the book "If Not God, Then What?" - November 5, 2009
  • Tour the new state of the art nanotechnology facility on campus with lab manager John Donovan. - August 15, 2009
  • When Table-Rapping Nearly Upset the Apple Cart of Science - Loren Pankratz, Ph.D. - June 4, 2009
  • Biodiesel: Engaging Students in Science and Sustainable, Clean Energy Practices -- David Hackleman, Ph.D. - April 24, 2009
  • Snake Oil Science: The Evidence for Alternative Medicine" - - "The SkepDoc" Harriet Hall, MD - March 21, 2008
  • University of Oregon nanotechnology / scanning electron microscope lab - November 15, 2007.
  • Saving the Willamette Valley, - John Lombard - October 20, 2007
  • Cold Reading Workshop - Ray Hyman, Ph.D. January 13, 2007
  • "Parapsychology: How To Make Something Out of Nothing" - Ray Hyman, Ph.D.
    November 3, 2006, 7:30 PM
  • Natural Medicines - "The SkepDoc" Harriet Hall, MD - May 6, 2006
  • A Scientific Critique of Chiropractic - "The SkepDoc" Harriet Hall, MD - May 5, 2006
  • You "Gotta" be Smarter Than the Drugs You Take - Phil Levine, Ph.D - November 4, 2005
  • Fads and Fallacies in Autism - Jim Laidler, MD - June 23, 2005
  • Charles Darwin: The Devil's Chaplain? - February 15, 2005
  • Jim Pace, Magician - January 28, 2005
  • Natural Medicines: A Skeptical View - Harriet Hall, MD - October 29, 2004
  • UFO Sightings: The Evidence - Robert Sheaffer - October 13/15, 2004
  • The Molecular Basis of Life: Evidence for Evolution or ID? - Mitchell Cruzan - February 13, 2004
  • Trish Randal, stand-up comic - January 23, 2004
  • Debunking Audio Myths - Thomas Kite - November 21, 2003
  • Frauds and Fallacies in Autism - James Laidler, MD - June 27, 2003
  • Paleontology before Darwin: Suitible for Young Audiences? - William Thwaites - February 15, 2003
  • Crop Circles: Man-made or What? - Ted Clay - October 3/25, 2002
  • Pseudo-Technology in the New Millennium - James "The Amazing" Randi - July 18, 2002
  • Earth is Ancient (Despite What Some Creationists Say) - Dr. Brent Dalrymple - January 17, 2002
  • Science Toys Night (Annual meeting) - November 30, 2001
  • Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction - Charles Wynn - August 20, 2001
  • Houdini: A Magician Among the Spirits - Massimo Polidoro - August 15, 2001
  • A Skeptical Examiniation of Theraputic Touch - Bela Scheiber - May 18/19, 2001
  • What's up with Genetically Engineered Food? - Terri Lomax - February 23, 2001
  • Secrets of the Psychics - Massimo Polidoro - August 21, 2000
  • Mad Cows, Mad Corn, Mad Communities - Melissa Finucane - December 7, 2000
  • Keys to Critical Thinking - Ray Hyman - April 6, 2000
  • Creationism, Evolution, Science and Science Education - Eugenie Scott - November 2/3, 1999
  • Did You Mean What You Meant? - William Hoth - 1999
  • Science and the Media - Richard Hill - March 5, 1999
  • Crop Circles: Graffiti of the Gods - Ted Clay - November 13, 1998
  • Error and Misinterpretations in Alternative Medicine Research - Wallace Sampson, MD - August 24, 1998
  • Kooks and the Kook Tradition - Donna Kossy - April 24, 1998
  • Won't the Creationists Ever Give Up? - William Thwaites - January 23, 1998
  • How Brain Damage Affects Critial Thinking - Joel Alexander - October 24, 1997
  • Neurology of the Wierd - Barry Beyerstein - May 16, 1997
  • Junk Science in the Courtroom - William Masters - March 7, 1997
  • Suing the Devil - Michael Dwyer with Loren Pankratz - November 11, 1996
  • Wenatchee: What Went Wrong? - Kathryn Lyon - May 20, 1996
  • Teaching Independent Thinking - Paul Nickel - April 4/6, 1996
  • The Politics of Health Fraud - Joe Schnabel - March 8, 1996
  • How We Perceive Reality - Jerry Andrus - November 10, 1995
  • Palentology vs. Creationism - Richard Thoms - April 28, 1995
  • Evaluating Eyewitness Testimony - Loren Pankratz - January 27, 1995
  • Psychics & Scientists - Ray Hyman - October 21, 1994

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