Radio Freethinker Episode 159 – Trans-Atlantic Conservative
Posted by Don McLenaghen on March 28, 2012
This week Posthumous weddings, Pink Slime Warnings and Don’s interview with Tony Sobrado – Part 3(of 3), conservatism here and across the pond.
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In France, two men can’t marry but you can marry a corpse!
Another one of those weird things you learn in the weirdest places. It seems there are many things you can learn from mass murder. Last week France was rocked by the multi-murders executed by a one of its citizens.
Now, of all the important facts that arose from this wasn’t that France was not the ‘nation of origin’ of the shooter…apparently of Algerian extraction, although he was born in France…not the failure of French security services (the DCRI)…nor even the rapidity of French politicians to ratchet up the xenophobia in this an election year.
. No, none of that seems nearly as interesting as that France, a country that does NOT allow same-sex marriage none the less does allow you to marry the dead.
Find out more:
Pink Slime – the really worrying issue
Find out more:
- ‘Pink slime’ may be unappetizing, but it’s safe, genuine beef
- Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution: Pink Slime – 70% of America’s Beef is Treated with Ammonia
- Boneless lean beef trimmings
- Beef Products Inc – Jamie Oliver Mischaracterizes Lean Beef (it’s the corp. rebuttal)
Tony Sobrado interview Part 3 – Conservatism around the world…well English world.
This week we finish our three part series with Tony Sobrado. Tony Sabrado Tony is a research analyst and social scientist currently based in London. Author of the soon to be published book “Who rules the world: An analysis to conspiracy theory”. He also contributes to the Huffington Post.
Learn more about Tony Sobrado:
- Huffington Post – Tony Sobrado
- YouTube – Sobrado’s Social Science Channel
- The problem faced by Conspiracy Theory
TAM 10 in 2012…an end of the world event?
TAM Las Vegas is a four-day conference, featuring workshops, panel discussions, and presentations by leading thinkers and celebrities, and evening performances and parties for attendees.
<From the poster>
he James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) has hosted its annual Amaz!ng Meeting since 2003 as a way to promote science, skepticism and critical thinking about paranormal and supernatural claims to the broader public. “TAM,” as it’s known by regular attendees, has been held in Las Vegas, NV since 2004 and has become the world’s largest gathering of like-minded science-advocates and skeptics. People from all over the world come to the Amaz!ng Meeting each year to share learning and laughs with fellow skeptics and distinguished guest speakers. Nearly 1,700 people attended The Amaz!ng Meeting 2011 in Las Vegas.
When: July 12-15, 2012,
Location: South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, Las Vegas
Cost: Registration $325 to $600 / Workshops $40/ea or $100/all / + added events
Genius on line
The Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has made available for free the complete archive of Albert Einstein’s writings. This included his scientific works as well as his personal correspondence and other documents. There are over 7000 high-quality digitized images displayed from over 2000 documents.
The Archival Database included approximately 43,000 records of Einstein and Einstein related documents. Supplementary archival holdings and databases pertaining to Einstein documents have been established at both the Einstein Papers Project and the Albert Einstein Archives for scholarly research.
Science vs. Moral Rhetoric: Sex Work, Policies and Public Health
As part of the Super Rounds Lecture, Dr. Kate Shannon discussed the issues surrounding the sex trade.
<From the poster>
Sex workers experience the worst health outcomes globally, with escalating rates of violence, HIV infection and premature mortality worldwide. Unfortunately recent history has shown that all too often moral debates dominate the public health response in sex work, and science continues to take a backseat to punitive approaches aimed at eliminating sex work and “rescue” operations. This is despite the ample evidence of the failures of criminalization in preventing harms among sex workers both locally and internationally, and the inadvertent role of these policies and enforcement-based approaches in exacerbating violence and poor health among sex workers. Growing evidence points to the need for global account-ability by policy makers, governments, scientists, and international bodies to public health efforts that redress the health inequity gaps among some of the most marginalized individuals.
When: Wed. April. 1, 5pm,
Location: Theatre, Robson Square, 800 Robson St, Vancouver
Super Rounds Lectures