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RFT Ep 252 – The GMO and You Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on May 10, 2014

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Prairie report – The price of dignity?


A special report from the Prairies on poverty – How kicking out a homeless man from a grocery store reflects on the deficiencies of our society.

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Non-English signs


Recent debate about a Chinese only sign in Richmond leads to thought about what multiculturalism ultimately means.

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Temporary foreign workers


A 40yr old program gone off the rails under Harper’s watch…how did it happen?

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Chernobyl at 28


28yrs later, life has not only survived at Chernobyl but is flourishing.

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After tens of thousands of years of modifying organisms, what does GMO mean now? And the most counter-intuitive argument for GMO labeling.

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Best of RFT – the 210s

Posted by Don McLenaghen on August 6, 2013

Hanging technology

This week a recasting our some of our best bits from episodes past:

  • Ant-GMO fallacies,
  • Faith in Science,
  • Irished Water
  • The Good of Big Data

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Ant-GMO fallacies

teosinteIn the light of recent protest, we look at some of claims of the anti-GMO movement and some better reasons to hate Monsanto. Find out more:

Faith in science

vetenskap_vs_tro_vykort-re14a53ee849740d4b445e7b307529e3a_vgbaq_8byvr_512Religious people have often lament about us Atheists…that without a belief in god, we are somehow diminished. One area that religious faith seems to have no secular equivalent is in times of stress or in confronting our mortality, we have no source of comfort. Some have suggested that, in the absence of religious belief, secular beliefs such as Humanism and various political ideologies can replace religion as a source of comfort and meaning. images (2)

New research shows that non-believes show greater faith in science under stress or existential anxiety. That belief in the value of science as an institution and in its superiority as a source of knowledge can offer reassurance to secular individuals in threatening contexts.

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Irished Water

i-ac25dbfdf1f593ea6bd09b5f8d5c176f-a9 manic depressive cartoonDon talks about a proposal to test the effects of purposefully adding lithium to the drinking water in Ireland in an attempt to fight the growing epidemic of depression and suicides that has plagued that nation.
We take a look a number of studies that looked at geographic regions with higher natural lithium concentrations in drinking water and the effect this has on the subject population.

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The Good side of Big Data

Big Data is BIG and its growing and becoming an ever more important part of our every day life. In the first part of a 2 part series on Big Data, we look at the good Big Data has brought to the world.

the internet over an average 24 hours in 2012—higher usage in yellows and reds; lower in greens and blues

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Radio Freethinker Episode 212 – Election Fraud Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on May 28, 2013


This week:
– Volkswagen – Hitlers one good thing?,
– Anti-Fluoridation Rot,
– Anti-Vaxers Expelled,

– Ant-GMO 
fallacies, and
– Anti-Democratic Fraud

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Volkswagen – Hitlers one good thing?

nazi_volkswagen-cincoIn an effort to create an affordable car for the working Germans, Hitler created the Volkswagen. Listen and find out the full story.

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Anti-Fluoridation Rot

013012grastonwinIn 2011, the anti-fluoridation movement had a victory in Calgary. Now the rot has come home to roost as cavity rates are hitting historic highs. We discuss why Calgary did it…personal rights or cutting funding…listen to hear where we land on the issue.

Anti-Vaxers Expelled

imagesOttawa Public Health Officials expelled students who were not vaccinated. We discuss the law that enable it, the reason it important this was done and what impact it will have.

Ant-GMO fallacies


teosinte vs. corn after 9,000 years of human selection

In the light of recent protest, we look at some of claims of the anti-GMO movement and some better reasons to hate Monsanto.

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Anti-Democratic Fraud

Moudakis May 23 2013Don reviews the ruling by Justice Richard  Mosley who ruled that the robocalls scandal constituted election fraud but failed to blame anyone and thus did not nullify those elections.

However, in the ruling Mosley singled out the Conservative party and members for their attempts to thwart, derail and generally be uncooperative with the investigation.

We discuss the threat to democracy this event causes as well as the disdain and hyper-partisanship of the Harper and the Conservative party shows towards a fair political system.

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Skeptic Highlights


Third annual march against victim-blaming and sexual violence also includes a series of guest speakers

When: Saturday June 1St, Noon

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery

Cost: Free

Life, Liberty and the Right to Die

CFI Vancouver presents a lecture by Rebecca Coad

Rebecca Coad obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and a Juris Doctorate from the University of British Columbia. She was first introduced to the legal issues surrounding choice in death as an intern for the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) in 2011

The focus of the discussion will be on the legal arguments made both in favour and in opposition to legalizing a limited form of assisted dying. And an examination of the decision by Justice Lynn Smith of the BC Supreme Court.

When: Thursday, May 31st at 7pm
Where: Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centrer
Cost: Donations Welcome
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Quick Picks!

(New feature, where we point our listeners to something interesting to see, read or watch)

A good read –>Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel Dennett.

Radio Active attire –>Online fashion retailer Asos recalls radioactive belts shipped to U.S.

Atheist are okay–> Pope Francis says atheists can be good

But their still going to hell –>Vatican spokesman says pope is wrong, atheists still going to hell

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