Pop-Culture Zombies

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 08, 2012

On ABC’s popular show Castle, in an episode titled “Undead Again” (aired April 30, 2012), Detective Beckett summons the show’s writer/consultant namesake to a murder scene where the victim’s body bears severe human bite marks. The only witness also has bite marks that match those on the dead man, and the witness insists their assailant was a zombie!

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White House Judicial Vacancy Briefing

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Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
May 08, 2012

More than 250 million Americans--80 percent of the U.S. population--live in a community today with a courtroom vacancy.  And 150 million live in districts awaiting a Senate confirmation vote.

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The Morning Heresy 5/8/12: Six Commandments, Fourteen-Foot Beaver

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 08, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Greta Christina posts her audio interview (mp3) with new SCA chief Edwina Rogers, as well as a transcript

Prime takeaway from my perspective: Rogers seems adamant that there is more of a pro-secular attitude within the GOP than almost anyone else believes, and leans heavily on the idea that there's not sufficient research on the question (she says, "I don't agree that the Republican Party is pro-life," which is really hard to square, but she insists that there is supportive research). I have to wonder whether this is somewhat a moot issue, because it seems to me that the question that is plaguing movement atheists is whether Rogers is truly "one of us" given her history, and while not totally irrelevant, the secularity of the wider GOP is not necessarily central to answering that. In other words, her own record and coming work will be a far better barometer than that of the Republican Party as a whole. 

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The Morning Heresy 5/7/12: Fruitloops Goonybat

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 07, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Welcome to the work-week, folks. I just bought a bicycle yesterday, and it's the first time I've ridden one in almost 20 years, so as you can imagine, it's a whole new world for me (the whole gear-shifting thing was explained to me, but I only pretended to understand it). Perhaps to avoid hurting myself too badly, I should have taken my new bike to Milton’s Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Massachusetts, where they were blessing bicyclists and motorcyclists with holy water from a bike helmet. It actually looked like it was kind of fun!

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The Morning Heresy 5/4/12: Woonsocket in My Pocket

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 04, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

The Secular Coalition for America's announcement of Republican activist Edwina Rogers as their new executive director garners a plethora of reactions and coverage.

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“Bully” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 03, 2012

At school-bus stops, in busses carrying students to and from schools, and in schoolyards and schools themselves, as well as online, bullying takes place at an alarming rate—an estimated over 13 million American kids suffering this "most common form of violence young people in this country experience" (online at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt168218/plotsummary).

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CFI, 22 Other Groups Urge Obama to Ban Anti-LGBT Discrimination by Federal Contractors

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
May 03, 2012

The Center for Inquiry today joined 22 faith and humanist groups in urging President Barack Obama to issue an executive order banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees of federal contractors.

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The Morning Heresy 5/3/12: Secular Coalition of Dubstep

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 03, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Happy National Day of Reason! In celebration, I will do some algebra problems. Kidding! I kid! 

Herb Silverman in WaPo on the big day:

Here’s one final difference between the National Day of Prayer and a National Day of Reason. Many secular groups plan to observe the National Day of Reason by advocating and performing community service projects or other good works.  

Oh, and there's something going on with Herb's organization, but I can't remember what it is.

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Sam Harris’s New Plan for the War on Islam

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
May 02, 2012

Sam Harris wants to screen everyone who looks Muslim. The Center for Inquiry and many other secular and civil rights organizations disagree.

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The Morning Heresy 5/2/12: Void on its Face

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 02, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

The Romney campaign, pilloried by the religious right and its veto power over the GOP, is forced to let go of its openly-gay foreign policy spokesman who resigned yesterday 

Sarah Posner says the move is less about the advisor's orientation on its own, and more about the right's mistrust of Romney's anti-gay bona fides 

Ed Brayton on CFI's suit against the atheist-unfriendly Michigan country club that broke its contract with CFI-Michigan:

The fact is that if this was a Christian group that had this happen, no one would doubt that it was illegal. It is no less so here.

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