Episode 193 – Bad Science Watch with guest Michael Kruse

Michael Kruse joins the Legion of Reason this week. Michael is executive director of Bad Science Watch. The mission of Bad Science Watch (http://www NULL.badsciencewatch NULL.ca/) is to “provide analysis of dubious scientific claims to Canadians, our government, and the media, promote objective critical thinking, and advocate for the enforcement and strengthening of consumer protection regulation.” They’ve been at the forefront of the fight against recognizing homeopathic vaccines known as nosodes and claims that WiFi can affect public health.

Episode 192 Part 2 – Guest Melissa Chen

Melissa Chen will be on to talk about Amos Yee’s asylum request in the US from Singapore. Singapore has some of the most restrictive laws against offensive speech. We’ll also be talking about the regressive nature of social justice and of course events surrounding Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Episode 192 Part 1 – Guest Melissa Chen

Melissa Chen will be on to talk about Amos Yee’s asylum request in the US from Singapore. Singapore has some of the most restrictive laws against offensive speech. We’ll also be talking about the regressive nature of social justice and of course events surrounding Donald Trump’s inauguration.

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/)