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Radio Freethinker Episode 172 – Avro Arrow Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on June 26, 2012

This week:

– Defrocking women,

– Romans in Japan,

– Super human mutants,

– Killer grass,

– Who killed the Avro Arrow?

Download the episode here!

Topics:

Defrocking women

In recent planned changes to Canon law, the Pope is equating paedophiles with anyone who tries to ordain women priests. 

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Romans in Japan

A recent discovery in a 5th century Japanese tomb showed trade between Rome and Japan.

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Super human mutants

In a recent experiment, researches have discover a woman with super human vision thanks to mutated genes that causes colour-blindness in men. 

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Killer grass

A recent new story has swept the internet about how apparently a genetically modified grass turned into a cow killer, really?

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Who killed the Avro Arrow

Ethan discusses the circumstance around the demise of Canada’s famous cutting edge Avro Arrow fighter jet as well as the conspiracy theories arising out of this cancellation.

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Avro Arrow Promotional Video 1957(?)

1997 news spot on the Avro Arrow from CBC’s The National

Skeptical Highlights:

Walk for Peace

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Walk for Peace march. In 1982, 35,000 people marched from Kitsilano to the West End calling for world peace. By 1984, the march had grown to 100,000 people. Keeping with the Humanist commitment to global peace, BC Humanist Association invites you to join them in the walk to help raise their banner and the humanist commitment to peace, respect and a civil society

When: Saturday, June 30 at Noon Where: Sunset Beach or meet up at the Sunset Grill around 11:50 am Cost: Free

Humanist Brunch for Peace?

The BC Humanist Association doesn’t want to you walk on empty stomachs, so before the march, they are planning to meet at the Sunset Grill for brunch at 10:00 am. Afterward, they will join the march which departs at noon and wraps up at 2pm at Sunset Beach for entertainment, music, and celebration.

Please RSVP if you plan to join them for brunch (so they can confirm our reservation) RSVPs close on Wednesday, June 27th.

When: Saturday, June 30 at 10:00 am Where: Sunset Grill (Yew and York Street) Cost: Whatever you order off the menu

CSICon

 The Conference Dedicated to Science and Skeptical Inquiry. Put on by Skeptical Inquirer and CFI this conference takes place October 25th to 28th in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference includes speakers like PZ Myers, Eugenie Scott, the cast of the Skeptics guide to the universe and more.

Find out more here.

2 Responses to “Radio Freethinker Episode 172 – Avro Arrow Edition”

  1. Sorry fellas. I have had no real skeptical thoughts about your podcast articles until the Avro. Though I do not subscribe to any particular “theories” as to why the Arrow was tanked I found myself wondering whether a fact lacking attack on fact lacking theories is in any way helpful. I can say you set an excellent standard. In this case I sensed a definite bias against “conspiracy theorists” but before snickering, which I love joining in with, let’s make sure our case is solid and warrants it.
    Thanks for the flow of sanity. You guys rock

    • Ethan Clow said

      I’m not really sure what you mean by a “fact free attack” on the conspiracy theories regarding the Arrow.

      What particular aspect of our review did you find lacking in facts?

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