The Morning Heresy 6/22/12: Gigantic Money Pit

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 22, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

The first half-day of the Student Leadership Conference is in the can, and everyone's already exhausted. Somehow my hotel room was never booked, so there was some scrambling late last night until I found lodging, as most rooms in the area were already filled. Yes, there was in fact no room at the inn.

But I'll live. In the meantime, make sure you're following the action on Twitter at #CFIcon.

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Film Review: Pixar’s “Brave” Aims High But Falls Short

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
June 21, 2012

The new film Brave, about a headstrong Scottish fire-haired archer princess, squanders one of Disney's best characters in a meandering and muddled script. 

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The Morning Heresy 6/21/12: The Baptist Convention Formerly Known as Southern

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 21, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Here I am once again in the Portland Jetport (that's Portland, Maine, you crunchy Oregonian elitists!), on the way to the The Most Important Event of All Time Times Eleventy Billion, the CFI Student Leadership Conference in Amherst, NY. I'm trying to scratch together another edition of the Heresy from my iPad, which, I don't mind telling you, is a little harder to do than with a laptop. I do most of my CFI-ing from my desktop Mac at home, so I am constantly looking for the most efficient workarounds for getting the job done on the road without a full-fledged "computer." Anyway, time is short as I hop from airport to airport, so let's see what I can scrounge together for my tens and tens of readers.

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The Morning Heresy 6/20/12: The Kids and Their Jungle Music

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 20, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

I'm completely stressed out about the CFI Student Leadership Conference this weekend. I'm giving a presentation (tentatively titled "Super-Awesome PR Pro-Tips That Will Help You Become Famous and Lose Weight!" -- But that's only if Lauren Becker will let me keep it that way), I'm going to meet lots of important folks from the secular and skeptic movements who are sure to make me very nervous, and of course, I have to find some way to pass myself off as modern and relevant to all the young people who are into that loud jungle music with all those words that you can't even understand and why don't they get haircuts and jobs? It may be more than I can handle.

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The Morning Heresy 6/19/12: The Best Possible Time to Be Alive

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 19, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Yesterday, CFI organized a protest outside the Indonesian Embassy to demand the release and exoneration of Alexander Aan, beaten by a mob and convicted of "spreading religious hatred" via his atheism and satirical Facebook posts. Our boss Ron Lindsay reports that the folks within the embassy were definitely paying attention (how often does their embassy get protests?) so we at least know that our message was heard. Here are some pics, and our thanks to those who helped spread the word.

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A Scintillating UFO Experience

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 18, 2012

Journalist Jacqui Jeras—reporting on CNN Newsroom, Sunday, May 27, 2012—described a UFO that had been seen over Blue Springs, Missouri, for the previous two weeks. It first looked like a star, “experts” said, but then began flashing red and blue colors, leading to descriptions of “a purple light” and “freaky blue lights in the sky.” Video closeups confirmed the effect.

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In this game of Info Survivor, print wins

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
June 18, 2012

One of the joys of blogging is sometimes you just get to rant. Here's one case, at least, where a very good book has lost a bit of its value because its publisher was too quick to jump on the online bandwagon.

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The Morning Heresy 6/18/12: Let’s Get it Aan

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 18, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Over the weekend, CFI roundly condemned the blasphemy conviction of atheist Alexander Aan in Indonesia, and is organizing a protest for his freedom outside the Indonesian embassy in Washington at 2pm. Details are here. If you're in the area, show the Indonesian authorities -- and Alex -- that we demand his freedom, and that we are paying attention.

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Population, Consumption Threaten Earth’s Future—Who’s Surprised?

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
June 15, 2012

If a consortium of 105 national science academies and a report by 22 scientists in the June 7 Nature are to be believed, overpopulation and unsustainable consumption may already have set humanity on course for a catastrophic future. If only we'd listened to the "popullution" alarmists back in the 1970s, when human numbers were far lower and remedial action might have been easier.

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The Morning Heresy 6/14/12: Therefore it’s Not Happening

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 13, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Quick note: I'm dragging my kid to see family this weekend, so there will probably not be a Morning Heresy tomorrow (Friday). But don't worry, nothing interesting will happen.  

Media outlets are abuzz over recent Pew data that shows millennials belief in God dropping pretty quickly...

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