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The 10% Fail: Dieting Girls Statistics (Case Study)

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper  with Benjamin Radford
February 23, 2017

The second in a series examining regrettable errors in ideas and projects that I otherwise support. 

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Life Releases Gases

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 23, 2017

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

In a petty and spiteful move, President Trump rescinds the protections for transgender students implemented by President Obama last year. Interestingly, the key person opposed to this move against students was the Education Secretary herself, Betsy DeVos (Jeff Sessions was all for it of course). She put out a statement in favor of Trump's order, but it's remarkably, well, almost apologetic? She said:

We have a responsibility to protect every student in America and ensure that they have the freedom to learn and thrive in a safe and trusted environment. This is not merely a federal mandate, but a moral obligation no individual, school, district or state can abdicate. At my direction, the department's Office for Civil Rights remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools. 

We'll see.

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Extinction in Memory As Well As Being

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 22, 2017

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

Here comes the Trump deportation force, which aims to:

... publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants; strip such immigrants of privacy protections; enlist local police officers as enforcers; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations. 

NYT's editorial board isn't having it...

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The Dregs

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 21, 2017

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

Point of Inquiry this week features James McGrath Morris, biographer of "the First Lady of the black press," Ethel Payne. 

69 threats have now come into 54 different Jewish Community Centers across the country, with the latest "wave" of threats occurring yesterday.

Look what Merriam-Webster added to the dictionary: woo-woo: "dubiously or outlandishly mystical, supernatural, or unscientific" 

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