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

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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April 25, 2017  
David discusses bail reform with John Raphling. Even though his new report covers only California, his findings have applicability to all of the USA. According to him bail creates a huge barrier to justice for the poor. Among other problems, judges have a very different attitude to someone who shows up in prison garb versus someone who comes showered and suited, having been able to investigate their own case and even start working on the problem that got them into trouble in the first place (such as drug or alcohol use). The privatization of bail in the US has also created a huge financial industry that preys upon people not wealthy enough to raise the entire bail amount themselves. Some supposed solutions to the problem, such as profile-based risk assessment aren’t real improvements, according to John. And he explains why eliminating bail entirely isn’t a problem-free solution either. It’s a surprisingly interesting topic, and the discussion is thought provoking. On the positive side, there is a growing desire across the political spectrum to improve the situation.
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April 18, 2017  

David talks with Canadian pesticide activist Sheryl McCumsey about Roundup, other pesticides, agricultural practices, the influence of the chemical industry, and GMOs.

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April 4, 2017  

David talks with George Kent, an emeritus professor at the Universityh of Hawai’i, who has long studied and advocated the human right to food. According to him, this includes the right of infants to breastfeed, and his new books, “Governments Push Infant Formula” and “Caring About Hunger” discuss this issues. How is that a man becomes an advocate for breastfeeding, how do governments overtly, covertly and accidentally promote formula over breastfeeding?

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March 28, 2017  

David Crowe talks with Desmond Meade about restoring the right of felons in Florida who have completed their sentence (including probation) to vote. But this is not the only right they lose. Desmond served time in his youth for drug and robbery offences, but even after he got his life together, and got a law degree, he cannot practice in the State of Florida. The discussion covers the specifics in Florida, as well as the general situation in the United States where the justice system discourages reintegration into society. For more information on his Florida Rights Restoration Coalition see http://floridarrc.com.

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March 22, 2017  

David discusses Shaken Baby Syndrome with “Mary” (not her real name) whose daughter-in-law served 2 years in jail for manslaughter when a Shaken Baby conviction was rammed through, ignoring evidence that the dead baby’s mother was far from a perfect caregiver, and ignoring the possibility of any medical crisis (such as an adverse reaction to a vaccine or medication). Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case, and some caregivers have been punished much more stringently. Yet science is slowly realizing that this syndrome is probably completely imaginary, and that babies that die without external evidence of abuse probably did not die of abuse.

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March 14, 2017  
David discusses the diet of indigenous people on the prairies before and after the invasion of Europeans with Philip Brass, a member of Peepeekisis First Nation in Saskatchewan, who works on community health, local food initiatives, traditional practices, and ceremonies. They discuss the reasons why the health of so many indigenous Canadians is worse than average. They delve into the history of colonization including forced removal to reserves, the old pass system that prevented them leaving the reserve, and the residential schools What are the challenges to reclaiming the indigenous knowledge about local foods for nutrition and for medicine?
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March 7, 2017  

David talks with Terry Michael, a gay man and journalist, about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, known as PrEP. People at-so-called-risk for HIV infection, mainly gay men and black men and women, are supposed to take these toxic medications for life. This has a lot of problems, including the fact that not many healthy people are interested in taking drugs, especially if they know that organ failure is a side effect. Since Terry has worked in politics before, and describes himself as a libertarian Democrat, they also discuss recent political events.

Terry’s writing on AIDS can be found here: http://terrymichael.net/Htm_InteriorPages/HIV_AIDS_Special_Report.html

Best,
    David

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March 1, 2017  

David has a long and wide-ranging conversation with Celia Farber who, as a journalist for many years, has addressed many controversial topics. The ‘media’, Donald Trump, the Clintons, O.J. Simpson, Immigration, Globalism, Healthcare, Sweden, Sexual Assault, Vaccines, Julian Assange and more. Despite deep political differences, Celia and David avoid extremetizing. And if you want to know what that means, you will have to listen. Celia’s blog is ‘The Truth Barrier’: http://truthbarrier.com

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