This week pope Francis is all talk and no show, there was a secret love affaire between a Cardinal and a Queen of Sweden in 1654 and Massimo Polidoro’s book Il Mondo Sottosopra is now in the shops.
New study finds that measles resets your whole immune system in a very bad way, homeopathic nonsense should absolutely not have a Royal warrant of appointment and Swedish CAM proponents claim CAM is safe despite obvious examples that it is not.
Facebook and Twitter have totally opposite views in political ads on their platforms and Facebook employees points out to Mark Zuckerberg that he is wrong.
Finally, we demonstrate how the EU rules on GMO and CRISPR are totally bananas.
Intro; Greetings; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes
Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe
We warm up by discussing politics which looks glum in the US, but in Hungary there seem be some signs that Viktor Orbán may not be invincible after all. Also, we find that the events calendar is full of Skeptical happenings, so there are lights in the dark, nonetheless.
0:06:03 Pontus Pokes the Pope – Francis is all talk and no show
The CDF (Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, aka the Papal Inquisition) refuse to provide any help to an ongoing Bishops’ conference in Leicester that is trying to bring light on sex abuse allegations.
As an intriguing side note, old letters provide evidence of Queen Kristina‘s of Sweden flaming love affaire with Cardinal Decio Azzolino in the 1600s.
- Crux (1): https://cruxnow.com/news-analysis/2019/11/01/popes-words-difficult-to-reconcile-with-vaticans-lack-of-cooperation-with-abuse-inquiry/
- Crux (2): https://cruxnow.com/church-in-uk-and-ireland/2019/10/24/english-cardinal-admits-extent-of-failures-on-abuse-ahead-of-inquiry/
- Sveriges Radio: https://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/1377733?programid=412
ITALY: Massimo Polidoro’s new book ‘Il Mondo Sottosopro’ is now out
Massimo Polidoro’s website: https://www.massimopolidoro.com/libri/e-uscito-il-mondo-sottosopra-il-mio-nuovo-libro-edito-da-piemme.html
INTERNATIONAL: Measles kills your immune system’s ‘memory’
- The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/oct/31/measles-wipes-out-immune-systems-memory-study-finds
UK: Homeopathy, the most dangerous kind of quackery
SWEDEN: Follow-up on suggested new CAM regulations – it’s not safe!
- Swedish Government website:https://www.regeringen.se/remisser/2019/07/remiss-sou-201915-komlementar-och-alternativ-medicin-och-vard—sakerhet-kunskap-och-dialog-sou-201928-ny-lagstiftning/
- SVT.se: https://www.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/smaland/sjukskoterska-behandlade-barn-med-bioresonans-kan-forlora-legitimationen
INTERNATIONAL: Facebook employees write letter criticizing ads policy on Politics
- New York Times:https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/technology/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-letter.html
- Snopes (1): https://www.snopes.com/ap/2019/10/30/twitter-bans-all-political-advertisements/
- Snopes (2): https://www.snopes.com/ap/2019/10/31/twitter-pulls-back-on-political-ads-but-pitfalls-await/
- Snopes (3): https://www.snopes.com/ap/2019/10/31/the-pressure-is-now-on-facebook-to-ban-political-ads-too/
SWEDEN: Post-term pregnancy research cancelled after six babies die
- The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/oct/28/post-term-pregnancy-research-cancelled-babies-die-sweden
00:35:27 Really Wrong: EU GMO rules are bananas
- Nature Magazine: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41438-019-0196-5
- Science Magazine: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/gm-banana-shows-promise-against-deadly-fungus-strain
00:42:53 Quote and Farewell
“I have often said, and oftener think, that this world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel – a solution of why Democritus laughed and Heraclitus wept.”
/ Horace Walpole, 24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797. English writer, art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician /