ORly Radio Show 73 - Google Alphabet, Ice Bucket Challenge, Flamethrowers, & Rape Babies.

ORly Radio Show 73 - Google Alphabet, Ice Bucket Challenge, Flamethrowers, & Rape Babies.

Welcome to ORly Radio Show 73 for Friday August 14th, 2015 - where we dismantle the current events for your edutainment through mostly rational conversations that make you go ‘Oh Really’! I’m your host Andy Cowen with my usual suspects, Michael Robinson!

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Trump, even though he was misogynistic, unapologetic and combative to the other GOP hopefuls, continues to strike a disturbing chord among the voters and had a surge in the polls after the debates. I'm disappointed in you America. You should feel bad.

RANT Segments & Headlines:


The Good:

  1. You remember the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, don’t you? it was a crazy social media campaign to bring awareness and fundraising for medical research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or, as it’s more commonly known, Lou Gherig’s Disease.  In a paper recently published by a team from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, researchers believe they have made a significant leap forward in understanding one of the major mysteries of ALS (in brief, the team has identified the role of the TDP-43 protein, and how it manifests in both healthy and diseased cells.) In and of itself, the research is too technical to have likely made waves outside the medical research field. However, as Johns Hopkins graduate student and paper co-author Jonathan Ling explained in a recent Reddit AMA, this breakthrough can be directly traced back to the outpouring of interest, and money, from the ice bucket challenge… ...Much of the money raised by the ice bucket challenge is only now beginning to be felt in the research community, as the ALS Association has spent a large part of the past year working to properly allocate the $100 million that they received during the past summer (as compared to the $3 million that they received in the summer prior.)  http://magazine.good.is/articles/als-ice-bucket-challenge-results

-BREAK- Fallacy https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/genetic

The Bad:

  1. Flamethrowers, given up by military, are now being sold to the public by a Cleveland startup called Throwflame for about $1,600 The flamethrowers are marketed not as weapons, but as fun devices. "We always have the people who just want it for fun. Impress the neighbors at the BBQ," said Throwflame founder Quinn Whitehead. http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/13/smallbusiness/flamethrowers-public-sale/index.html

  2. In related news, The number of registered silencers surged 38% from last year to 792,282 in February 2015, according to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. There were 571,750 licenses in March 2014.  "It's getting to be more mainstream," said Josh Waldron, CEO of SilencerCo, which makes and sells silencers. http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/30/news/companies/gun-silencer-sales-up/index.html

  3. And in the wayback machine, February 18, 2013: Fargo, ND – Local resident Todd Fox has been detained for “reckless endangerment” and “illegal use of high-powered fire-breathing weaponry” for attacking snow with his flamethrower. Fox reportedly became so fed up with the week-long blowing snow epidemic in his area that he decided to KILL IT WITH FIRE. http://neighborshame.com/fargo-man-arrested-clearing-snow-flamethrower/

-BREAK- Voicemail

The Ugly:

  1. Denied Abortion, 11-year-old Rape Victim Gives Birth - Three other girls, all aged 12, are due to give birth in coming weeks. http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/denied-abortion-11-year-old-rape-victim-gives-birth

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