Episode 135b – Et tu, Nenshi?

The US Food And Drug Agency is re-evaluating the practice (http://www NULL.washingtonpost NULL.com/national/health-science/for-first-time-in-decades-fda-to-revisit-how-it-regulates-homeopathic-products/2015/04/18/2753315c-e207-11e4-81ea-0649268f729e_story NULL.html) of allowing homeopathic remedies to bypass risk/efficacy analyses before being sold to unsuspecting customers. From there we move on to Vancouver, where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on an official visit to Canada claims Hinduism isn’t a religion but a way of life (http://www NULL.ndtv NULL.com/india-news/hinduism-not-a-religion-but-a-way-of-life-pm-narendra-modi-755705?site=full). And then it’s on to Rome where Pope Frank finally notices that women have brains (http://time NULL.com/3822482/pope-francis-women-church-society/), but no gay French ambassadors allowed (http://www NULL.thenewcivilrightsmovement NULL.com/uncucumbered/france_refuses_to_rescind_the_nomination_of_gay_ambassador_to_the_vatican). Australia leads the fight against anti-vaxxers yet again by tightening regulations surrounding parental objections to vaccination. No-vaccy, no money (http://www NULL.pbs NULL.org/newshour/rundown/australia-dont-vaccinate-kids-well-cut-benefits/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=pbsofficial&utm_campaign=newshour), says the Aussie government.

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A shameless skeptic with no patience for foolish nonsense and relishes nothing more than busting balloons filled with hot air. And, yes. I'm an atheist, for the same reason that I am a-homeopathic, a-chiropractic, a-reiki, etc. Atheism is a conclusion of modern skepticism applied to religious claims every bit as much as I don't buy into the Bigfoot myth. You want me to accept your claim? Show mete evidence, and it had best be better than the typical "Oh, but the evidence is all around you!" That gets no traction with me. But that doesn't mean my mind can't be changed. I'm no contrarian. I just happen to have more respect for myself than to fall for arguments like "You can't prove it isn't true!"