Episode 114 – Hail to the Chief!

In this instalment, recorded August 3, 2014, we take a look at the new Atheist TV (http://www NULL.atheists NULL.org/AtheistTV) presented by American Atheists; an Alberta Liberal MLA is making positive waves about ending government support of sectarian and elitist schools (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/news/Hehr+Private+schools+divide+pupils+wealth+religion/10063441/story NULL.html) in the province; more conundrums in medical ethics, this time a Calgary fertility clinic that has issues with women wanting “rainbow children” (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/health/rainbow+families+Ethnic+donor+stipulation+fertility+centre+floors+local+woman/10063343/story NULL.html); the Texas medical board is yet again trying to get rid of Stanislaw Burzynski (http://www NULL.usatoday NULL.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/24/new-charges-for-burzynski/13111483/) and his unsubstantiated treatments; Richard Dawkins steps in it yet again (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/07/richard-dawkinss-rape-pedophelia-logic-tweets-ignite-twitter-storm NULL.html), this time on Twitter; and finally, Canada’s ambassador to the Vatican compares abortion to the horrific events that occurred on 9/11 (http://www NULL.theglobeandmail NULL.com/news/politics/harper-appoints-dennis-savoie-as-next-ambassador-to-holy-see/article19889661/). But first, congratulations are in order for one of our very own cohosts…

Episode 83 – Skepticon Report

I have to preface this episode with an apology to our listeners. I know I haven’t released a new episode in a few weeks, despite recording a few. Sometimes life just gets in the way of editing. We’ve had family over helping with basement renos, which I’m still doing, and an intolerable situation arose at work that has stressed and preoccupied me the last few weeks. Seriously, we were talking “Mutiny on the Bounty” threat level. But we had a meeting yesterday that hopefully has resolved things and I can get back to putting out podcast episodes, and I have a short backlog to clear. Anyway, in this episode, recorded November 16, 2013, Haysn and Kris join Twylla and I from Skepticon for another potpourri episode. Topics include opposition to a BC company introducing genetically-modified apples which do not brown (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/health/groups-against-non-browning-gm-apples-fear-u-s-approval-1 NULL.1539832). Why would anyone oppose eating something that isn’t the color as going in as going out? An Alberta school district debates the existence of prayer in public schools (http://calgary NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/alberta-school-board-mulling-decision-to-drop-lord-s-prayer-1 NULL.1541754) – in the 21st century, no less! Maybe this is the secret behind why Taber corn is so sweet. In typhoon-ravaged Philippines (http://m NULL.now NULL.msn NULL.com/jesus-statue-survives-typhoon-in-the-philippines), Jesus shows he loves statues of himself more than those that worship him. USA Today publishes a wonderfully critical exposé on Stanislow Burzynski (http://www NULL.usatoday NULL.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/15/stanislaw-burzynski-cancer-controversy/2994561/) and his claims of a cancer cure, the clinical trial for which has been going on for a quarter of a century without result! An Illinois bishop plans to exorcise “teh gay” (http://religion NULL.blogs NULL.cnn NULL.com/2013/11/15/illinois-bishop-plans-gay-marriage-exorcism/) out of his state. What a maroon. But first, we get a Skepticon report from Haysn and Kris…