Episode 92 – Public Traditional Chinese Medicine Schools, Edmonton Church Tries To Pull A Fast One On The City, Tragedy In Texas Ends

It’s Sunday, January 26th, 2014, and in this, episode 92, we talk about an Edmonton church’s plan to have city hall buy their building and renting it back for $1/year (http://www NULL.edmontonjournal NULL.com/Church+wants+city+take+over+multimillion+dollar+repair+costs/9409823/story NULL.html), sticking a potential $12M in repairs onto the citizens of that city regardless of their religion. A Texas judge has ordered a brain-dead woman forced by the state to serve as an incubator for what doctors agree is an nonviable fetus off life support (http://ktla NULL.com/2014/01/26/brain-dead-pregnant-texas-woman-taken-off-ventilator/#axzz2rYzd8Yfy). This is what happens when anti-choice lawmakers are allowed to pass legislation are based on ridiculous and unethical presuppositions that violate bodily autonomy rights. Speaking at a Republican dinner Mike Huckabee (http://www NULL.washingtonpost NULL.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/01/24/mike-huckabee-and-why-republicans-have-trouble-talking-to-and-about-women/) proves yet again that the party he represents is the enemy of women. According to him, the Democrats insult women by offering them reproductive choice in their health insurance all the while implying that women who opt to use birth control medication can’t control their libidos. And finally, a Salvadorean nun in Italy gives birth (https://trove NULL.com/me/content/1C42x?chid=69578&_p=trending&utm_source=wp&utm_medium=Widgets&utm_campaign=wpsrTrendingExternal-1-opt) claiming it was not possible because of her profession. It may have worked once before, but I don’t think the ‘immaculate conception’ excuse is ever going to fly again. But first, some great news for one of your co-hosts and Richmond BC will have the dubious distinction of being the site of Canada’s first publicly-funded school of traditional Chinese medicine (http://news NULL.xinhuanet NULL.com/english/culture/2014-01/25/c_133072863 NULL.htm).

Episode 91 – Organic Produce and Toxins in the News, Peter Boghossian in Calgary, the Vatican Throws the UN a Bone and Why Nye vs. Ham is a Bad Idea

Welcome to episode 91 of the Legion of Reason! Peter Boghossian, author of A Manual for Creating Atheists (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/Manual-Creating-Atheists-Peter-Boghossian/dp/1939578094/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390328594&sr=8-1&keywords=peter+boghossian) and previous guest on LoR, was in Calgary this weekend to talk about his book and how to convince people who come to knowledge through faith that they do not know what they think they know. Twylla, Kris, Haysn and I discuss his talk, as well as the Vatican finally handing over information on the defrocking of priests (http://news NULL.msn NULL.com/world/pope-defrocks-400-priests-in-2-years-for-sex-abuse) by Pope Benedict aka Pope Palpatine to a United Nations panel and why it’s a bad idea that Bill Nye the Science Guy will be debating creationist Ken Ham on February 4th (http://www NULL.patheos NULL.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/01/02/hey-bill-nye-why-the-hell-would-you-agree-to-debate-a-creationist/). But first, Alberta@Noon, a local CBC radio program, recently invited Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/albertaatnoon/episode/2014/01/14/tuesday-january-14-2014/), co-authors of Toxin Toxout, to present an unbalanced and frankly completely biased and ill-informed view of the benefits of organic produce.

Episode 90 – Marathon Recording Session – Part Un

Another week, another episode… Welcome to the Legion of Reason. Last night’s recording session was a marathon that spanned over three hours, so once again it will be a split episode. In the second half, we discuss the first case of H5N1 bird flu in North America (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/health/alberta-woman-who-died-of-h5n1-was-in-her-20s-1 NULL.2490018), giving Red Deer a dubious distinction, the recent depletion of influenza vaccine in Alberta (http://www NULL.edmontonjournal NULL.com/health/Province+expects+vaccines+Friday/9365227/story NULL.html) along with a terrible report from CTV News Calgary on what you can do to limit your chances of contracting influenza (http://calgary NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/more/medical-watch) if you missed out, and an article in Slate that entreats us atheists to be more assertive (http://www NULL.salon NULL.com/2014/01/11/15_ways_atheists_can_stand_up_for_rationality/). In the first half, Twylla gives us her feisty take on a recent CBC item on pesticides found on organic foods (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/manitoba/pesticide-residue-found-on-nearly-half-of-organic-produce-1 NULL.2487712). But first, a controversial decision by York University to commit gender segregation all in the name of religious accommodation (http://news NULL.nationalpost NULL.com/2014/01/08/york-university-professor-who-refused-students-request-to-be-separated-from-female-classmates-broke-obligation-to-accommodate-officials/).

Don’t forget! Peter Boghossian will be in Calgary Sunday, January 19 at 3 pm (https://www NULL.eventbrite NULL.ca/e/lecture-by-peter-boghossian-author-of-a-manual-for-creating-atheists-tickets-9913754306)!

Episode 90 – Marathon Recording Session – Part Deux

Welcome to the Legion of Reason and part 2 of our marathon episode where Twylla, Kris, Haysn and I discuss an article in Slate that entreats us atheists to be more assertive. But before that, we talk about the recent depletion of influenza vaccine in Alberta (http://www NULL.edmontonjournal NULL.com/health/Province+expects+vaccines+Friday/9365227/story NULL.html), the first case of H5N1 bird flu in North America (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/health/alberta-woman-who-died-of-h5n1-was-in-her-20s-1 NULL.2490018), which gives Red Deer a dubious distinction, and a CTV News Calgary report on how to protect yourself from contracting the flu if you missed out on the vaccine (http://calgary NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/more/medical-watch). It ain’t pretty.

Don’t forget! Peter Boghossian will be in Calgary Sunday, January 19 at 3 pm (https://www NULL.eventbrite NULL.ca/e/lecture-by-peter-boghossian-author-of-a-manual-for-creating-atheists-tickets-9913754306)!

Episode 89 – New Year’s Extravaganza!

In this is the first release of the year we look back to the world of 2013 as it might have been if psychics could accurately predict anything (http://www NULL.relativelyinteresting NULL.com/2013-failed-forgotten-psychic-predictions/) and look forward to 2014 (http://www NULL.torontosun NULL.com/2013/12/25/psychics-predict-mayor-rob-fords-2014) and the things that we can be pretty sure won’t happen. And since we can make stuff up too, we give our own predictions for the coming year. But first, some news about the three of us on the big screen in February and Pope Frank entreats us all to join him in desiring world peace. We give our own take on the matter.