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

May 30, 2017  

Marissa Alexander, a licensed gun owner, fired a warning shot at her estranged husband when he had her cornered in her own garage. The shot worked. He left, and neither of them was harmed. But she was charged and sentenced to 20 years. Defenses of self-defense didn’t work, not even invoking Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Public pressure eventually persuaded the prosecutor to agree to 3 years time served. What role did being black play? And the fact that this case played out at the time of the Trayvon Martin shooting? Marissa plans to use her experience of the US justice system, earned during 3 years in jail, to help others. through a non-profit that she has founded, the Marissa Alexander Justice Project:
https://marissaalexander.org

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May 23, 2017  
Judy Mikovits is a PhD scientist who was worked for government and drug companies studying viruses. She crossed some powerful people and ended up in jail for mysterious reasons. Did this have something with her persistence in saying that a virus might be involved in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Autism? But, unlike most virologists, she also believes that toxins play a large role. For example, a large outbreak of CFS at a Los Angeles hospital in the 1930s – only among staff – might have been due to the fact that they were being experimented on my the experimental Brodie polio vaccine. If virology confuses you, this discussion might make clarify some things.:
Judy Mikovits is author, along with Kent Heckenlively, of the new book, “Plague”. Find out more at: http://tmarcinc.org
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May 16, 2017  
David talks with Michael Ableman, a long time organic farmer and the founder of Sole Food Farms, that operates in vacant lots in the terribly poor downtown eastside of Vancouver. The farm not only cultivates many tons of vegetables and fruit, but also people. Many of the workers are homeless drug addicts who often find new meaning in their life through contact with the soil, and by bringing food to life. This is neither a normal, profit-making business, nor is it a charity. It is a working farm. But how does this work with people who might be picking peas one day and relapsing the next? A fascinating discussion that covers the challenges of urban agriculture to how our society produces such dramatic economic differences and can both produce hope and despair.
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May 9, 2017  
In episode 141 David talks with Brian Friedman, a New Orleans journalist, in his quest to find out whether Meredith McIver, the woman who took the blame for the plagiarism of Michelle Obama in Melania Trump’s RNC speech, is real. She has rarely been heard from. The last time was 10 years ago when Donald Trump blamed errors in two of his books on the woman he called his ghost writer. Friedman is not just concerned about whether the Trumps have an imaginary friend to blame things on, but also how compliant the mainstream media has been in accepting the story of the invisible woman, without verifying it, even though clues to her existence mean that for a news organization it would not be difficult to find her if she’s out there. It’s an interesting discussion about how we can distinguish truth from fiction. Because in this case it is not clear that we can.
 
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May 2, 2017  

David talks with James Trainum, a former Washington DC police detective about false confessions. Apart from studying them, he admits that once he obtained a false confession in a high profile case, so he understands just how easy it is for a policeman to fall into this trap. Apart from describing how false confessions can be obtained without any physical abuse of a suspect, he also describes how they can be avoided, such as by ending the use of the Reid technique and moving to the PEACE technique, developed by the British police after a raft of false confessions. Trainum is author of, “How the Police Generate False Confessions”: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442244658/How-the-Police-Generate-False-Confessions-An-Inside-Look-at-the-Interrogation-Room

- David

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