Episode 190 – Atheist Financial Advisor/Podcaster Phil Ferguson

We have a chat about money and saving for retirement with podcaster Phil Ferguson (http://www NULL.skepticmoney NULL.com/the-phil-ferguson-show/).

Episode 191 – Interview: Dr. Edzard Ernst

Welcome to our first interview of 2017! Our guest Dr Edzard Ernst (http://edzardernst NULL.com/) trained as a physician in Germany in the late 1970s, as well as in acupuncture, autogenic training, herbalism, homoeopathy, massage therapy and spinal manipulation. After occupying professorships at the Hannover Medical School and University of Vienna, he became became the Chair in Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter in 1993. He founded and is editor-in-chief of two medical journals, written more than 1000 peer-reviewed journal articles awarded 14 scientific prizes. In 2008 he joined forces with Simon Singh to write Trick or Treatment, a book well-known in the skeptic community, and in 2015 wrote the autobiographic A Scientist in Wonderland. His latest book, which came out this past October, is titled Homeopathy – The Undiluted Facts: Including a Comprehensive A-Z Lexicon.

Later we look at the surprise resignation of Bishop Fred Henry and a couple of recent comments on the Facebook page – one bad, one good.

Episode 189 – 2016: The Year That Was…

Later in this episode we look back at 2016 and the people we interviewed and the stories we covered. Then Tom Leeds returns for a cameo. But first we take a look at the rise of the pseudoscientific allergy elimination clinics and the Canadian government looks to expand who can access medical assistance in dying.

Episode 188 – Interview: Tom Leeds, Atheist YouTuber

We interview Tom Leeds, Atheist YouTuber.

Episode 187 – The Tail Wagging The Dog and Other Stories

In this the 187th episode of the Legion of Reason Diversion, join yours truly, the Supremely-Bigoted Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, the Internally-Misogynized Christine and the Constantly-Triggered Twyla, as we discuss the trial of a Calgary woman accused of failing to provide the necessaries of life for her son because of her distrust of modern medicine began this past week.The trial of Bountiful BC FLDS parents charged with removing their daughters from Canada for sexual purposes has been going on in Cranbrook, AB. We take a look at some of the revelations from their diaries that were introduced as evidence. Two Winnipeg faith-based hospitals announce they will violate patient rights and not allow medical aid in dying to those who request it. And on The Regressive Left Files, we have the story of one of the greatest cases of Poe’s Law ever perpetrated. It is GLORIOUS. But first we go a little afield from our usual topics and discuss the recent death of dictator Fidel Castro.

Episode 186 – Post-Trumpatic Stress Disorder

In this episode, join Kris, Twyla and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy, as we talk about the Trumpocalypse and the various levels of hysteria which has gone on in the aftermath. Before we get to that, however, we have a look at a new Charter of Rights and Freedoms court challenge in BC as Port Alberni public school students were made to take part in a First Nations “smudging ceremony”; Bill C-16, which adds requirements to federal human rights legislation that individuals be addressed by their preferred gender pronoun, is under protest by U of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson; and Unionen, Sweden’s largest union, has created a hotline for women whenever they feel mansplained to.

Episode 185 – Super Special Fantastic Ichiban Election Episode!

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar (founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement), Aron Ra (president of Atheist Alliance of America) and Lilandra Nelson join Christine, Twyla and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson to talk election talk. Before that, though, we discuss the bruhaha the Southern Poverty Law Center caused in naming Maajid Nawaz and Aayan Hirsi Ali as “anti-Muslim extremists” and Aron Ra gives us his impersonation of Bernie Saunders.

Episode 184 – Potpourri

Catholic Watch

Ugly baby Jesus head (https://www NULL.theguardian NULL.com/world/2016/oct/20/canada-baby-jesus-head-statue-church-restoration?CMP=share_btn_fb)

Sex offender running for CSB in Saskatoon (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/convicted-sex-offender-denis-hall-running-catholic-school-board-1 NULL.3808197)

Shhhhh! Don’t tell them about the internet! (http://edmontonjournal NULL.com/news/local-news/edmonton-catholic-school-trustees-want-broadcasters-to-stop-offering-pornographic-content)

Islam Watch

NY Times Op-ed – Don’t blame Wahhabism for terrorism (http://www NULL.nytimes NULL.com/2016/10/20/opinion/dont-blame-wahhabism-for-terrorism NULL.html?_r=0)

Ipso criticisized for not fighting hate speech for criticism of the hijab (https://www NULL.theguardian NULL.com/media/2016/oct/20/channel-4-hijab-ruling-muslims-open-season-press-regulator-fatima-manji-kelvin-mackenzie)

Skepticism

Chiropractor kills Playboy model (http://www NULL.cbsnews NULL.com/news/playboy-model-katie-may-dead-neck-manipulation-chiropractor-coroner/)

Regressive Left Files

Seriously, camo paint is NOT “blackface” (http://www NULL.telegraph NULL.co NULL.uk/news/2016/10/19/british-army-under-fire-for-racist-tweet-that-showed-a-soldier-w/)

Male privilege to become part of Aussie school curriculum (http://www NULL.theaustralian NULL.com NULL.au/national-affairs/education/lessons-on-male-privilege-in-218m-victorian-schools-program/news-story/acea77bcd12cd6c3885c97b2be9fca47)

Halloween isn’t just scary, it’s offensive!
Part 1 (http://gatortimes NULL.ufl NULL.edu/2016/10/10/halloween-costume-choices-4/)
Part 2 (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/regina-activists-place-warning-labels-stereotypical-indigenous-halloween-costumes-1 NULL.3808702)

But orgasm privilege! (https://heatst NULL.com/world/feminist-writer-says-we-need-to-put-an-end-to-orgasm-privilege/)
Great-granny to docs: Please don’t kill me! (http://globalnews NULL.ca/news/2973423/great-granny-gets-inked-to-avoid-doctor-assisted-death/)

Episode 182 – Potpourri

In this, the 182nd installment of LoRD, the Legion of Reason Diversion, Kris, Twyla and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson share relevant news items in another potpourri episode: Duke University’s Women’s Center is offering men a nine-week reprogramming to get in touch with their feminine side; a theater group in Bristol canceled their production of Aida because no Ancient Egyptians were cast; a new clinical trial at McMaster University in Ontario is testing the efficacy of homeopathic vaccines known as “nosodes”; disturbing anti-Muslim posters were found on the University of Calgary campus and a “Make America Great Again” hat-wearing student at Mount Royal University in another part of the city was accosted by an outraged student; a local Anglican church blesses dogs, cats and even lizards this week; a boycott of next year’s women’s world chess championships in Iran is in the works as all women competing will be required to wear the hijab. And of course we couldn’t leave The Donald out of our discussion. Meow!

Episode 181 – Potpourri Episode

Join us for this installment of our humble podcast I, your Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, am joined by Kris and Twyla in another one of our potpourri episodes. Tonight we talk about the death of Nahed Hattar, murdered in front of the courthouse in which he had been defending himself against accusations of blasphemy for posting a cartoon – ¬†yes, a cartoon! – on Facebook; this is a few months old now, but earlier this year a commentary was published claiming that the drab appearance of the females of numerous animal species is to avoid – wait for it! – sexual harassment by the males of said species; to celebrate the Islamic holy feast of Eid, self-proclaimed feminist Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits a mosque that isn’t quite as feminist as he is; Ken Ham may have some competition, if a Chinese businessman has any say – he has proposed building a Christian theme park in the city of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan complete with its own Ark; In Catholic Watch, bishops in Alberta and the North West Territories have issued guidelines for the treatment of those who choose to participate in the graaaaave sin of assisted dying; Alberta education minister David Eggen is not amused with the response he received from the Independent Baptist Education Society following the request for policy development on how LGBT students will be treated; polygamist fugitive Lyle Jeffs may not be on the run from the law – he might be Raptured, claims his lawyer!