The Berenstain Bears Go to Prison

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 24, 2017

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

Yesterday we unleashed upon the public our official CFI Progress Report for 2016. Now hold on there, bucko, this ain't no dry piece of propaganda. No indeed! So you stop rolling your eyes right now. 

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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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Bureaucratic Doodling

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 20, 2017

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

Happy Presidents' Day. <writer has sudden and seemingly endless coughing fit>  

Five years ago today, I wrote the very first edition of The Morning Heresy, but don't bother looking for it, because it was an internal email for CFI staff so they could be kept up to date with the news. A little while later it became its own blog. 

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“Otto’s Cure” for Consumption, Etc.

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 17, 2017

“Otto’s Cure for Throat & Lungs” was allegedly effective for diseases including whooping cough and consumption (tuberculosis). (There were many such bogus consumption cures.)

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The Smell of Burnt Limes

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 17, 2017

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

Trump, as you probably know, held a deeply bizarre press conference yesterday, in which he lied and lied and lied and lied. Like, not politician-lied. Like Hurricane Lie. "Unhinged" is one way to put it.

Reporter Jake Turx of Orthodox Jewish publication Ami Magazine got to ask Trump a question, began it by saying he thinks Trump is not anti-Semitic, asks about anti-Semitism more generally, and then Trump berates him and tells him to be quiet and sit down and is really mad for some reason.

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Margery Presentation Copy

Access Points with Timothy Binga
February 16, 2017

One of the more sensational investigations of spiritualism occurred in the mid 1920s and involved a medium, a scientific magazine, a magician, a writer, a psychologist, and many others.

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Israel, the Two-State Solution, and Humanity’s Flaws

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
February 16, 2017

Let’s forget history for a moment, or at least as much history as is not absolutely necessary for understanding the present situation of Israel and the Palestinian people. Let’s also pretend for a moment that we are all rational, forward-looking beings, who are committed to universal human rights, including the right to a democratic government.

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