A Sick Kind of Fatalism

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 08, 2017

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So I hear that the off-year elections were really quite something. I saw one journalist on Twitter refer to Republicans' beat-down last night as a "bloodbath." You already know the marquee races, but it's also very notable that the man who is said to be the most hard-right, anti-LGBTQ state legislator in Virginia, a guy who is known as the "chief homophobe" and devised the Virginia version of the "bathroom bill," was defeated last night, soundlyby a transgender woman. Danica Roem will be one of the nation's first transgender elected officials who also does this and really pulls it off.

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Leptospirosis, I Choose YOU!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 07, 2017

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News out of Bangladesh reported that police had arrested one of the men who attacked and killed Avijit Roy and maimed Rafida Bonya Ahmed in Dhaka in 2015. If you've followed CFI for a few years, you know that Avijit and Bonya's case is very close to our hearts, so we released a statement in response to the news, expressing a very cautious optimism for at least some justice...

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Ghosts at Nevada’s Pioneer Saloon

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 06, 2017

On a Friday night sojourn from the excellent CSI conference in Las Vegas (October 26-29, 2017), three of us visited the “haunted” century-old Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, Nevada—no doubt the most haunted site in the former mining town, population 229, not counting ghosts.

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Swept Out of Existence

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 06, 2017

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A court-martialed former Air Force member who had been imprisoned for assaulting his wife and child, Devin Patrick Kelley, murdered 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and injuring almost everyone else. Half the the dead are said to be children, as young as 5 and possibly as young as 1. Eight of the dead represent three generations of a single family, all within a town of about 700 people. Medical assistant Kevin Jordan avoided being hit and tried to get into the church to help...

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Plague is the New Plague

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 03, 2017

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So, what're you up to tomorrow? Any plans for the weekend? Me, well, I have a tech rehearsal for the play I'm directing, my daughter's got soccer practice, and, OH YEAH THERE'S GONNA BE A CIVIL WAR.

Some [alt-right] websites are telling their readers that antifa groups are “planning to kill every single Trump voter, Conservative and gun owner” this weekend.

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There’s a Hole in My Giza

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 02, 2017

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Scott Pruitt, destroyer of worlds, gets his guidance for assembling his science advisory committees from the Bible:

In the book of Joshua there is a story about Joshua leading the people of Israel into the promised land after Moses passed away. And Joshua says to the people of Israel choose this day whom you’re going to serve. And I would say to you this is sort of like the ‘Joshua Principle’ that as it relates to grants to this agency, you are going to have to choose either service on the committee to provide counsel to us in an independent fashion or you can choose grants, but you cannot do both.

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Houdini’s Halloween Legacy

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 01, 2017

Halloween, the time of would-be goblins, is also celebrated by magicians and magic lovers as National Magic Day (part of National Magic Week, the last seven days in October). First called “Houdini Day,” it was initiated by the Society of American Magicians following the death of the great conjurer, escape artist, and nemesis of fake mediums, Harry Houdini, who died at age 52 on Halloween, 1926.

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Whiskey-Fueled Tirades

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 01, 2017

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In an ISIS-inspired attack that was both horrifying and weird, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov plowed a pickup truck down a bike path in Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring eleven...

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A Gaggle of Grotesques

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
October 31, 2017

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Where am I? What year is it? Who let the dogs out?

CSICon 2017 came and went over the weekend, and it was quite an event, and I feel like the quality of presentations just keeps going up. I was blogging about presentations -- furiously! with great fury! -- over at CFI Live. So whether you couldn't make it or just want to read my ever-so-quirky perspective on the whole shebang, go check it out

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Lucy van Pelt FTW

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

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The Washington Post editorial board weighs in on the Alabama U.S. Senate race, saying that Roy Moore is "unfit to serve," a "contempt for the law," "mockery of his judicial oath," and calling him a "radical lawbreaker." That's all good, though I have a feeling that an editorial by the Washington Post will have less than a huge impact on the thinking of Alabama voters, the same ones that made Moore the state supreme court's chief justice.

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