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RFT Ep 243 – Canadian Citizenship Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on February 18, 2014

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Don’s Rant:

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As the Conservative party announces it latest budget, this weeks rant is about how the budget is not really a budget…where you would expect details on where and how the government is spending our tax dollars and not justification for what the government plans to do.

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America’s first First Nations

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A long running debate has been over who were the real first people of the Americas. The strongest argument holds to a migration from Asia via a ‘thawed valley’ at the end of the last ice age. However, the Clovis Culture…defined by their distinct arrow heads, points to a french origin.

Recent sequencing of DNA from a child who died around 12,400 yrs ago and thought to be a member of the Clovis people, shows a shared ancestry with the vast majority of Native Americans, thus supporting the Asian migration theory. However, DNA artifacts complicate a simple answer by showing some, as yet unknown, genetic mixing with Europeans.

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A Head of the Curve

Neurotoxisity fear-mongering

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In a paper published in The Lancet, “Neuro-behavioural effects of developmental toxicity”, we take a quick look at what the article reports, what’s wrong with the study and put out the warning that this will likely be water-cooler talk soon – better knowledge-up.

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The birth of Canadian Citizenship

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In the wake of the debate of the soon to be release reform of the Canadian Citizenship act, we take  nostalgic look back and how and when a Canadian actually became a Canadian Citizen…you would be surprised.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDCrGjH9JTs

Classic RFT

Lance Armstrong and professional doping

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Ethan give a summary of the “Lance Armstrong Scandal” and the state of doping in sports. Then we have a spirited debate about the ethics of doping and the implications it has to both amateur sport and to “sport-u-tainment”

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a classic final treat!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-ZvAVcBIrQ

and of course, how to get free beer….

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