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Information Vacuum

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

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

There's a lot of bad, ugly news this morning, as you are no doubt aware. A suicide bomber kills 22 people, many of them children, at a concert in Manchester, UK. ISIS claims direct responsibility.

Meanwhile, when what we all need is more sanity and reason, the White House grants press credentials to InfoWars

The insight of CFI's legal director Nick Little is sought for not one but TWO articles at VICE. The first is how prisons use religion and "cult tactics" to control inmates, and the piece is written by someone with some experience with incarceration: Amanda Knox...

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“Globster” Mysteries

Investigative Briefs  with Joe Nickell
May 22, 2017

Cryptozoologists call them “globsters”—great decaying masses usually seen when they wash ashore somewhere. The unidentified carcasses are typically called “sea monsters”—until science determines their true identity. Such a creature—a 50-foot leviathan—appeared on an Indonesian island beach in early May 2017. The rotting corpse was first thought to be that of a giant squid (the “Kraken” of sea lore).

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At Least Two Minutes

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

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

Trump goes to Saudi Arabia, probably to pick up some tips on theocratic oppression. He gave a speech, and notably did not use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism," which we are told will solve All World Problems when uttered by someone in power, so I dunno why he omitted it. Oh and we're going to sell them $110 billion in weapons, which I'm sure the Saudis will put to use in a way we can all be proud. 

He also said, "Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death," which I don't think are mutually exclusive, but what do I know? I'm not the president or anything. 

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Oh You Rock Up to Church

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 19, 2017

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

Yesterday we announced that the winner of the 2016 Balles Prize in Critical Thinking is going to Maria Konnikova for her book The Confidence Game. She'll pick up her award at CSICon in October, and I think I'll actually be the one presenting it. I hope she's nice!

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