Worse Than You Think

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 10, 2017

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The Amelia Earhart mystery got even more interesting last week with the unveiling of an incorrectly-filed photograph from 1937 that shows what very well may be Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan in the Marshall Islands, supporting the theory that they survived the plane's disappearance and were subsequently captured by the Japanese.

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Eclectic Medicine

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
July 07, 2017

In nineteenth century America, a number of what today are called “alternative” medical practices—“magnetic healing” (hypnosis), homeopathy, and eclecticism, among others—vied with each other and with regular or “old school” medicine—i.e., allopathy, today’s science-based medicine.

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Frustrated by the Lack of Bayesianism

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

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

Yesterday I screwed up the link to Andy Ngo's blog post again. Is there some supernatural force that is causing me to prevent you from reading Andy's piece??? Well, in your face, supernatural force, because third time's the charm! Here's Andy's "The Orlando Selfie."

(Did I get it right this time?) 

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Chupacabra and the Nightjar: Response to Colavito

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
July 06, 2017

Following up on my book Tracking the Chupacabra, I have occasionally written about varied speculative pseudohistories of the chupacabra, including a reputed link to a nightjar bird.

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Hammurabi Lobby

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

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

France has a crazy idea: Let's stop kids from dying of measles. I know, I know, only the French would come up with something so nutty. But it's true. Parents will be required to vaccinate their kids beginning next year.  

There's a new book about SETI's Jill Tarter by Sarah Scoles, and two big science-y mags are running excerpts: Popular Science and Wired. Tarter is also a fellow of CFI's Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

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It Will Be the Shockwave That Gets You

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 05, 2017

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

Posts on social media are at the center of a lot of crazy stuff right now. 

To celebrate our freedom from British tyranny, NPR tweeted out the text of the Declaration of Independence. It...confused some people:

Some supporters of Donald Trump didn’t recognize one of the nation’s founding documents and accused the broadcaster of inciting violence and even revolution. 

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Sunshine Makes Things Grow

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

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

Last week, we helped spur some news coverage of the sneaky GOP scheme to undermine the Johnson Amendment through the budget process, and to do so for the benefit of churches (as no other institutions, religious or secular, are mentioned): The Associated Press did a great report on this, plus more good stuff from Newsweek and Bustle.

Trump thought this GIF of him beating up a personified CNN was cool, so he tweeted it out. That'll show the dishonest media! CNN calls it an incitement to violence against journalists. Jerry Falwell Jr. approves! The source of this creation is a straight-up racist Reddit troll who also makes images like this.

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Omnishambles

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 30, 2017

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

While the very fabric of space-time warped and undulated over the Trump-Morning Joe conflict (we'll get to that), Republicans in the House finance subcommittee worked up a scheme to neutralize the Johnson Amendment. The proposed rule would deny the IRS the funds it would need to investigate Johnson Amendment violations...for churches only. That's right, no mention of other nonprofits, no mention of other houses of worship. We joined a big coalition of groups opposing the measure, and I did the equivalent of marching up and down, toddler-Bart-Simpson style, making noise about it.

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Irony Maiden

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
June 29, 2017

 

 

Elizabeth Moss’s role in The Handmaid’s Tale should be a cautionary tale for all Scientologists

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You May Wear Pants

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 29, 2017

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

Cardinal George Pell is the third-most powerful official in the Catholic Church as head of the Vatican's finances. And he's just been charged multiple sexual assaults in his native Australia. I think it's time to play this song again.

Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky signs into law a bill allowing Bible classes in public schools. I'm sure that not far behind are classes on the Qu'ran, the Bhagvat Gita, Dianetics, and the Books of Bokonon. Any day now.

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