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Radio Freethinker Episode 159 – Trans-Atlantic Conservative

Posted by Don McLenaghen on March 28, 2012

This week Posthumous weddings, Pink Slime Warnings and Don’s interview with Tony Sobrado – Part 3(of 3), conservatism here and across the pond.

Download the episode here!


In France, two men can’t marry but you can marry a corpse!

Another one of those weird things  you learn in the weirdest places. It seems there are many things you can learn from mass murder. Last week France was rocked by the multi-murders executed by a one of its citizens.

Now, of all the important facts that arose from this wasn’t that France was not the ‘nation of origin’ of the shooter…apparently of Algerian extraction, although he was born in France…not the failure of French security services (the DCRI)…nor even the rapidity of French politicians to ratchet up the xenophobia in this an election year.

. No, none of that seems nearly as interesting as that France, a country that does NOT allow same-sex marriage none the less does allow you to marry the dead.

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Pink Slime – the really worrying issue

We talk about what pink slime is, where it comes from, its origin story and why people seem so upset about something that is actually healthier than the ‘ground chuck’ it serves to supplement.

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Tony Sobrado interview Part 3 – Conservatism around the world…well English world.

This week we finish our three part series with Tony Sobrado. Tony Sabrado Tony is a research analyst and social scientist currently based in London. Author of the soon to be published book “Who rules the world: An analysis to conspiracy theory”. He also contributes to the Huffington Post.

Part 3 – We talk about the changing face of conservatism in England, the USA and Canada. Tony give us his own unique perspective both as a social scientist and keen observer of political life.

Learn more about Tony Sobrado:

Skeptical Highlights:

TAM 10 in 2012…an end of the world event?

TAM Las Vegas is a four-day conference, featuring workshops, panel discussions, and presentations by leading thinkers and celebrities, and evening performances and parties for attendees.
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he James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) has hosted its annual Amaz!ng Meeting since 2003 as a way to promote science, skepticism and critical thinking about paranormal and supernatural claims to the broader public. “TAM,” as it’s known by regular attendees, has been held in Las Vegas, NV since 2004 and has become the world’s largest gathering of like-minded science-advocates and skeptics. People from all over the world come to the Amaz!ng Meeting each year to share learning and laughs with fellow skeptics and distinguished guest speakers. Nearly 1,700 people attended The Amaz!ng Meeting 2011 in Las Vegas.

When: July 12-15, 2012,
Location: South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, Las Vegas
Cost: Registration $325 to $600 / Workshops $40/ea or $100/all / + added events
TAM 10

Genius on line

The Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has made available for free the complete archive of Albert Einstein’s writings. This included his scientific works as well as his personal correspondence and other documents. There are over 7000 high-quality digitized images displayed from over 2000 documents.

The Archival Database included approximately 43,000 records of Einstein and Einstein related documents. Supplementary archival holdings and databases pertaining to Einstein documents have been established at both the Einstein Papers Project and the Albert Einstein Archives for scholarly research.

Einstein Archives Online

Science vs. Moral Rhetoric: Sex Work, Policies and Public Health

As part of the Super Rounds Lecture, Dr. Kate Shannon discussed the issues surrounding the sex trade.

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Sex workers experience the worst health outcomes globally, with escalating rates of violence, HIV infection and premature mortality worldwide. Unfortunately recent history has shown that all too often moral debates dominate the public health response in sex work, and science continues to take a backseat to punitive approaches aimed at eliminating sex work and “rescue” operations. This is despite the ample evidence of the failures of criminalization in preventing harms among sex workers both locally and internationally, and the inadvertent role of these policies and enforcement-based approaches in exacerbating violence and poor health among sex workers. Growing evidence points to the need for global account-ability by policy makers, governments, scientists, and international bodies to public health efforts that redress the health inequity gaps among some of the most marginalized individuals.

When: Wed. April. 1, 5pm,
Location: Theatre, Robson Square, 800 Robson St, Vancouver
Cost: Free
Super Rounds Lectures

One Response to “Radio Freethinker Episode 159 – Trans-Atlantic Conservative”

  1. ebrandonx said

    pink slime issue, just the tip of the iceberg!
    Ok, given that “pink slime” is not harmful is not necessarily the point!
    Your assumption that scientists and science is the end all be all is astounding. If a scientist says it’s ok then I as the consumer, with the most at stake, the one with the greatest to lose not blindly accept the “item” then woe to me! because after all science has deemed it safe. I can’t tell you the number of times science has ok’d something only to have it blow-up in our faces down the road. Given the countless shows on which you have stated science is open to interpretation, in other words it can be manipulated to support anyone’s stance, what is my marker. So , if “pink slime” is so ok why hide it why not just tell the consumer ” Our product contains this that and the other” That’s my problem with this, why don’t I know what’s going on? Example , according to the marketers and you caramel coloring is perfectly safe, not to worry little consumer we will look after you, why have it at all, it’s cosmetic! We know there’s way too much salt in processed foods, the manufacturers have slowly and surely increased our reliance on the flavour produced by it, in fact it is the salt we enjoy not the actual flavour of the food itself. The same holds for sugar a seemingly benign additive,within reason but we know reason went out the window long ago!. Perhaps if we had been less accepting of commercial standards years ago we would not be in the health crisis we find today. I’m aware food needs preservatives to keep it safe for consumption given our buy it today eat it next month way of shopping and in order to make intelligent choices I would have to be a chemist to understand all the additives in products today. I as a consumer am treading water but have a feeling I’m going under. I want the truth and believe I can handle it! Trouble is I’ve, as a consumer as a citizen have been told half truths if not out right lies, may not accept as true or believe the truth when I hear it. There in lies the danger.
    We should be able to trust our government to at least try to protect our interests but more and more government is passing off to and relying on the private sector( often with their own agenda at play) ! Just today read an article about good “moth balls” apparently you can’t feed them to the kids anymore.
    As skeptics you should be a little more concerned as well.
    Give me the option!
    All the best,Zara

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