Fish and Visitors

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 29, 2018

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

John Podesta (chaired the 2016 Clinton campaign, was chief of staff to Bill Clinton, believes aliens have been here) pens an op-ed calling Scott Pruitt (Destoryer of Worlds) "unfit for public office":

Time after time, Pruitt has ignored his agency’s own data, analysis and recommendations in order to protect corporate polluters. He has given new meaning to the lobbyist revolving door, hiring people who have close connections to the industries that the EPA is supposed to regulate. And he wasted taxpayer money for his own personal comfort.

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Invalidating Your Entire Existence

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 28, 2018

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

Good morning, all of you who are atheists out there. Guess what. America doesn't want to see you represented on television. Like, at all.

Republicans, already much more likely than Democrats to deny climate science, are becoming even deny-ier. 69% say climate change has been exaggerated versus 4% of Democrats. Only 42% even accept that most scientists believe in the reality of climate change.

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Explanation Date

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 27, 2018

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

We were glad to hear that the FDA was ready to take a harder line with homeopathy, which they announced earlier this year, but it's still not clear what they intend to do. CFI is happy to tell them what they oughta do, because we know they're new to this whole "protect the American consumer from obviously-fake medicine" thing. 

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Laughing at Your Expense

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 26, 2018

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

A fake image of Parkland survivor Emma González tearing up a copy of the Constitution is being passed around social media by "Second Amendment absolutists," doctored from an image in Teen Vogue of González ripping a gun range target. Alex Horton at the Post reminds us why this never seems to get better: "The pushback seems to have gained more traction than the original images, although that means the original images are also spread wider." 

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Egregiously Sloppy

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 23, 2018

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

McDonald's—yes, McDonald's—declares it has committed to what they call a science-based plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by one third by 2030, and this includes its suppliers. They say that they are the first restaurant company to do something like this.

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Conduct Me, Zeus

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 22, 2018

"Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good – or at least for the next 100 years." So says religion and sociology professor Stephen Bullivant about the demographic situation in Europe, where in the Czech Republic, for example, 91% percent of people between 16 and 29 have no religious affiliation. The number is 70% for the UK. 

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Obviously a Fantastic Bloke

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 21, 2018

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

Despite itself, the Republican Party of Illinois sort-of-accidentally nominates Holocaust-denier/white supremacist/wearer-of-hats-that-are-too-small-for-his-head, Arthur Jones, to be their candidate for the U.S. House in Illinois' Third District. Jones was the only candidate in the primary, and the GOP is disavowing him. 

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CBS “Sunday Morning” Seers Don’t See So Well

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 20, 2018

On March 18, 2018, CBS “Sunday Morning” featured an insufficiently skeptical segment, “ESP: Inside the government’s secret program on psychic spies.”

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The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 20, 2018

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

Kentucky's House of Representatives has passed a bill mandating an annual student day of prayer. It's not a problem, you see, because the bill doesn't specify any particular religion's prayers, so everybody is included. Wait.

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‘Annihilation’: A Mixed Bag of Mystery

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
March 19, 2018

Annihilation is a refreshing and thought-provoking take on the alien contact genre and has some interesting ideas, but they are often mired in metaphors that never really gel. 

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