The Infectious Myth On “The Infectious Myth” host David Crowe will examine the questionable or outright false paradigms that infect our society.

June 23, 2015  

David Crowe takes aim at guns in Episode 63, particularly gun culture and the death toll from guns, in the United States and elsewhere. Motivated by the Charleston gun massacre, David investigates facts and figures behind gun deaths, and examines the evidence that lax gun laws and widespread ownership of guns increases deaths from guns.

 

Useful information used by David in the preparation of this episode:

·      List of gun death rates in various countries – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate

·      Indications that the United States is a more violent country – http://kieranhealy.org/blog/archives/2012/07/20/america-is-a-violent-country/

·       Mass shootings in the USA – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/12/14/nine-facts-about-guns-and-mass-shootings-in-the-united-states/

·       Relation of gun access and gun death rate – http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/hicrc/firearms-research/guns-and-death/

·      Factors associated with gun deaths – http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/01/the-geography-of-gun-deaths/69354/

·      Effects of repeal of Missouri handgun licensing law – http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-gun-policy-and-research/_pdfs/effects-of-missouris-repeal-of-its-handgun-purchaser-licensing-law-on-homicides.pdf

·      Effect of Connecticut licensing law – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/06/12/gun-killings-fell-by-40-percent-after-connecticut-passed-this-law/

·      Problems with the “More Guns, Less Crime” studies – http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2003/10/double-barreled-double-standards

·      Use of the AR-15 for home defense – http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2015/5/26/the-ar-for-home-defense-one-experts-opinion

·      Firearm Justifiable Homicides and Non-Fatal Self-Defense Gun Use. VPC. 2015 Jun – http://vpc.org/press/1506self.htm .

·      Do Israel and Switzerland have high gun ownership and low gun deaths? – http://davidcrowe.ca/SciHealthEnv/papers/10604-Guns-Israel-Switzerland.pdf

CORRECTION: David reported that 8 people were killed in the church shooting in Charleston. The total killed was 9: State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Church; Cynthia Hurd; Tywanza Sanders; Sharonda Singleton; Myra Thompson; Ethel Lance; Susie Jackson; the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr. and DePayne Doctor.

June 16, 2015  
David interviews Professor Brian Martin of the University of Wollongong in Episode 62. Brian has a PhD in Physics, but has taught a wide range of other subjects, and specializes in studying non-violence, whistleblowing and scientific controversies.
The subjects of the discussion are wide ranging, from military and intelligence leaks to nuclear war and nuclear power to vaccination, nutrition, wireless devices and fluoridation. It is not so much the specific subject areas that are discussed as much as how people fight against corruption, e.g. by whistleblowing, or by scientifically studying the damages of industrial and medical products. And how the establishment attempts to squash this dissent. But not all is doom and gloom, Brian believes that it was citizen movements that ended atmospheric nuclear testing and resulted in strong laws against tobacco sales and marketing, so concerted effort can make a difference.
Brian's website is at:
Note: Due to a technical failure David’s portion of the discussion was re-taped from a transcript.
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June 9, 2015  

In Episode 61 David tackles the difficult subject of false claims of sexual assault. Society needs to deal seriously with the historical tragedy of male sexual violence, mostly against women, but also against other men. But recent high profile cases illustrate that false claims are a real problem and create real injustices against innocent men. David examines some prominent cases in detail and highlights some of the legal and moral issues. Although false claims of rape or sexual assault are rare, some of the cases have been so dramatic that there is a risk that they will result in over-criminalization of sexual relations. Also, society may still make women feel shame over expressing their sexual desire, and in cases when this becomes public, the shame they are made to feel may make some of them argue that the sex wasn't consensual due to their age, consumption of alcohol, etc.

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