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TheESP – Ep. #195 – EU rules on GMO are bananas

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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.
Enjoy!

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

0:00:27 Intro

0:00:51 Greetings

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.

0:10:35 News

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’

UK: Homeopathy, the most dangerous kind of quackery

SWEDEN: Follow-up on suggested new CAM regulations – it’s not safe!

INTERNATIONAL: Facebook employees write letter criticizing ads policy on Politics

SWEDEN: Post-term pregnancy research cancelled after six babies die

00:35:27 Really Wrong: EU GMO rules are bananas

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 /

00:45:06 Outro

00:46:21 Out-takes

TheESP – Ep. #181 – Medical Misinformation

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This week and from now on, you can now listen to us on Spotify too!
If you do, this episode will tell you about how Lamarck, born today 275 years ago, got it wrong about evolution but also was somewhat on the right track, more than 60 years before Darwin.
Pope Francis is starting to sound more and more like this week’s quote supplier, George Orwell, and in EU the fight may be forming against the bad rules about CRISPR.
Facebook and Twitter want to fight bogus medical cures, but it seems that some quacks are already using that fact to their advantage. In Italy, new numbers tell us that they do not seem to be able to get to grips with their low vaccination rates.
Finally, there’s a tragic story in progress concerning the current miss Europe who is promoting made-up treatments for her cancer. She is claiming that it works, which of course is bound to mislead lots of others to make the same mistake.

Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; Pontus Pokes the Pope; News; Really Wrong; Quote; Outro; Out-takes

Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

00:00:27 Intro

00:00:48 Greetings

We are now on Spotify for those who prefers listening there! This weekend see that start of Skeptics on the Fringe, don’t miss that if you’re anywhere near Edinburgh for the next month or so.

00:08:12 This Week in Skepticism

On 1 August in 1744, Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, chevalier de Lamarck, or ‘Lamarck’,  was born. He was a French naturalist with not entirely correct ideas about the evolution of species and although he was wrong about how it works, he still set the stage for Darwin, who was born about sixty years later.

00:13:07 Pontus Pokes the Pope – Francis is learning Newspeak a la Orwell.

In the days of Trump not even the Pope hesitates to redefine the meaning of words …

00:17:33 Skeptical News

SWEDEN: University leaders urges government to fight EU ban on CRSPR

INTERNATIONAL: Facebook wants to limit the reach of bogus medical ‘cures’ by treating them like spam

INTERNATIONAL: Is Facebook really about to shut down large anti-vaxx group?

ITALY: Italy fails to meet vaccination targets

00:35:53 Really Wrong

Miss Europe claims she is curing her cancer with cannabis oil

00:42:47 Quote and Goodbye
“We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.”
/ George Orwell, 25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950, English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. /

00:44:20 Outro

00:45:35 Out-takes

Ep. #137 – Coconut oil, public health, the pope and the photo encyclopedia of bogus claims

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Segments:
Intro; Greetings; This Week in Skepticism; News; Pontus Pokes the Pope; Really Wrong; Quote and Farewell; Outro; Out-takes

This week we talked about Susan Gerbic’s new interview with Massimo Polidoro, a court case over calling someone a Holocaust denier, new teams doing science communication, coconut and the undecided public enemy state, homeopathy and whether it’s unethical for pharmacies to sell it, HPV vaccination for boys, ‘Inoculated’, a new movie in Germany that might be twice as dangerous as Vaxxed, SkepKon 2019, fake Twitter accounts, an Austrian photographer’s encyclopaedia of bogus claims and how religion ruins everything.

Events Calendar: http://theesp.eu/events_in_europe

Show Notes:
00:00:27 Greetings

Susan Gerbic’s interview with Massimo Polidoro: https://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/fifty_books_and_counting

00:13:09 This Week in Skepticism

On 5 September 1996, Irving filed a libel suit concerning Lipstadt’s book in English court. He named in his suit Lipstadt and Penguin Books, whose division Plume had published a British edition of her book.

00:19:05 Skeptical News

SPAIN: A new organisation for the promotion of science is born in Valencia

INTERNATIONAL: Measles update

GERMANY: Freiburg doctor Karin Michels gives a talk abut coconut oil being a poison

FRANCE: French university drops homeopathy degree amid alternative medicines row

SPAIN: University of Alicante offering a course into the public understanding of Science

EUROPE: HPV vaccination for boys

GERMANY: New movie called ‘Inoculated’ is probably worse than ‘Vaxxed’

GERMANY: SkepKon 2019 in the making: Call for papers

GERMANY: Is it unethical for Pharmacies to sell homeopathic products

SWEDEN: Swedish Study Notes Surge in Automated Twitter Accounts

AUSTRIA: “This will change your life forever” – Photographer puts bogus claims and products in display

01:05:27 Pontus Pokes the Pope: Oh, where to begin?

01:11:27 Really Wrong: Publicly funded religious free school scandal

01:16:27 Quote and Farewell

“Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.”
/Adam Smith (1723-90) Scottish moral philosopher/

01:17:34 Outro

01:18:49 Out-takes