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Jason Bourne Is Back

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper  with Benjamin Radford
July 29, 2016

Jason Bourne reunites Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass about a decade after their film The Bourne Supremacy. By this time they're both old pros, which is both good and bad: good because the learning curve is behind them and bad because they seem on autopilot for Jason Bourne, and the end result isn't so much bad as it is stale.

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Project Malarkey

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 29, 2016

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

Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party last night, and as Hemant Mehta points out, this Bible-quoting methodist chose "e pluribus unum" as the American motto to emphasize (over that other one), and declared "I believe in science," followed by a wry giggle that read, to me, as "I can't believe I actually have to say that."

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The Dreamed Visit

Investigative Briefs  with Joe Nickell
July 28, 2016

This is about the reality of an illusional experience. Philosopher Paul Kurtz was founder of The Center for Inquiry. (Written in the style I’ve developed, called Improvisational Rhyming, the poem is probably more effective read aloud.)

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Lots of Things He Said Were Stupid

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 28, 2016

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

David Smith at The Guardian has a really interesting piece on the response of Jewish Democrats to the DNC staffer's email suggesting Bernie Sanders be attacked for atheism. The takeaway: For Jews in the party, at least, it would have made no difference:

Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, said on Tuesday: “...If I was running the DNC, no one would say that because I’d kill them. I mean that figuratively.” 

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