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Radio Freethinker Episode 207 – Digital Rights Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on April 16, 2013


This week:
– Crazy Polling,
– The Parliamentary Budget Office – pillar of democracy
, and
– Digital Media Rights and Wrongs,

Download the episode here!


Crazy Polling

images (1)We talk about a spectacularly bizarre and time disturbing  poll from the USA showing, for example, how many people voted Obama believe he WAS the Antichrist. Don makes a case that the poll proves Shape-shifting Reptilian overlords may really exist!

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The Parliamentary Budget Office – pillar of democracy

Picture 27Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer has recently stepped down. It is likely that his office will be “wound down” because it proved to be too embarrassing for the Harper Government even though it was the Conservative Governments own creation. We discuss what it did, why it did it and  why you should care.

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Digital Media Rights and Wrongs

steal_this_comicEA used Digital Rights Management (DRM) to ensure no one pirated its new SimCity game resulting in a horrible PR disaster. HBO felt proud that Game of Thrones was the most pirated TV show in history. We discuss the issue of DRM, digital piracy and the impact of commerce. We also discuss the need to move beyond the “physical’ model and a ‘virtual or digital’ model of ownership…what does it mean when it cost nothing to produce another copy?



Skeptic Highlights

TV Show Recommendation


This week Don introduces us to a British Comedy Plebs. Its very funny, but you might have to watch it more than once.

Plebs follows the lives of three desperate young men from the lower classes as they try to partake in sexual intercourse, hold down jobs and climb the social ladder in the big city. Two are free men: Marcus and Stylax, who work in a scriptorium; the third leading character, Grumio, is their lazy slave with an attitude problem.

Philosophers’ Café

The benefits of cooperation

Moderator Dr. Mano Daniel discusses…well the benefits of cooperation. Daniel received his BA from Dalhousie University and his Masters and PhD from Waterloo University in Ontario. He is a philosophy instructor at Douglas College and has been a moderator since 2006.

When: Wednesday, April 17, 2013,  7–9 pm
Where: The Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Cost: Free

About women love lyrics in Russia in the 20th and 21st centuries

Moderator  Dr. Will Tesler discusses…well love lyrics in Russia. Tesler has a PhD in underwater acoustics and has worked with the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo. Will has been organizing the Russian-language café at the Richmond Public Library since 2006. The cafes are extremely well attended and Will is pleased that they provide an opportunity for Russian speakers to engage in intellectual discussions on a broad variety of topics

When: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 7 pm
Where: Brighouse Public Library, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Cost: Free

What on Earth?

As we acknowledge Earth Day 2013, what are the possibilities for more urban agriculture? What are the possible effects? Ross Moster, a founder of Village Vancouver (Metro’s urban sustainability organization) will join the discussion.

When:  Friday, April 19, 2013, 10:30 am–12 noon
Where: West Vancouver Memorial Library, Welsh Hall East, 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Cost: Free

CFI Presents

The Science of Vaccines: A Panel Discussion

 The panel will discuss the reasons why vaccines are one of the foundations of public health and take questions on the creation of vaccines, how they work, and more. The panel features Dr. Jamie Scott: Professor in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU, Dr. David Scheifele: Director, Vaccine Evaluation Center (VEC) at BC Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) UBC, and Dr. Monika Naus: Medical Director, Immunization Programs & Vaccine Preventable Diseases, BCCDC. 

When:  Friday, April 26, 2013, 7:00 pm
Where: SFU Harbour Centre, Barrick Gold Lecture Room (Room #1700), Vancouver
Cost: Free but donation are welcome and joining CFI encouraged
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George Hrab at the Railway Club

In addition to the two hour set George is performing on stage at the Railway Club, there will be limited tickets available for a private reception in the back bar where you can meet and socialize with George and fellow attendees and even hear an acoustic set from George. You can purchase tickets at

When:  Sunday, April 28th 2013, 6:00 pm
Where: The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver
Cost:  Free but donation are welcome and joining CFI encouraged
LinkEvent Link Here

Café Inquiry

To Offend or Not to Offend, That is the Question.

Much has been written recently about whether criticism of religion or religious doctrine should be considered off limits in public discourse, some even refer to it as racism. How far should we be allowed to go in our criticism of religion, and at what point does it slip into bigotry, racism or even criminal acts? Is religion even something that deserves protection under our Charter of rights and Freedoms?

Our April Cafe will be moderated by Pat O’Brien. Pat is on the board of directors of CFI Canada and has been active in the Canadian freethought movement for many years.

When: Friday, Apr 12th, 2013 @ 7:00 PM
Where: SFU Harbour Center, Labatt Hall (Room #1520), Vancouver
Cost: Free
LinkEvent Link Here

Imagine no Religion 3

The annual atheist skeptic conference in Kamloops is happening this May. It features a line up of speakers including Dan Dennett, Richard Carrier, Chris DiCarlo, Taslima Nasreen and more. I encourage you to register now.

When: May 17 to 19
Where: Kamloops Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, Kamloops
Cost: $349.00
LinkEvent Link Here


One Response to “Radio Freethinker Episode 207 – Digital Rights Edition”

  1. flocci said

    FYI, all music sold on itunes for the last few years has been DRM free. In fact most digital music stores now sell in unprotected formats. Video, however, is still generally protected.

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