Exploit with Impunity

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

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

Trump meets Pope Fluffy, and I dunno, it seems like Francis is not at his usual fluffiness around this guy.

Alex Wagner at The Atlantic contrasts the Pope and Trump in terms of the moral foundations of their work. Trump doesn't come out looking so good.

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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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Ding Dong

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 18, 2017

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

First up, check out the latest Cause & Effect newsletter, if for no other reason than it opens with a comforting picture of Stephen Fry having some tea.

Roger Ailes, who helped bring Nixon to power, who created the lie-factory of Fox News, who forced the women who worked for him to debase and humiliate themselves for his pleasure, is dead. Dead, dead, dead.

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In Pitiless Succession

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

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

Of course you know the big news already. HTC made a phone you can SQUEEZE.

Oh, also: Trump asked Comey to end his investigation of Michael "Good Guy" Flynn. Plus, he suggested to Comey that they jail journalists who publish leaked information. 

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Douse the Computers!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 16, 2017

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

Richard Dawkins is profiled at The Times (UK), where he discusses a wide range of topics, including his belief that humanity's treatment of animals is our great moral blind spot.  

Humanist Voices interviews one of the secular activists I most admire, George Ongere of CFI Kenya...

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Some Kind of Dirt Hamster

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 15, 2017

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

Richard Dawkins talks to the Irish Times about blasphemy laws (and how the Irish government really must be embarrassed about its own). 

Stephen Fry, who Dawkins defended recently on the blasphemy issue, explains the dangers of "the illusion of knowledge" and how it serves as the foundation of Trumpism. 

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Kind of YInMn

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 12, 2017

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

After the absurd spectacle of Ireland investigating Stephen Fry for blasphemy, which prompted Richard Dawkins to challenge Irish authorities to arrest him for his own blasphemy, New Zealand wises up and decides to scrap its blasphemy law. Not lookin' so great right now, Ireland. Or Denmark. 

Or Canada. I could go on.

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