Energetic Healing Jolt

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 04, 2018

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

Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. I started this day reading Joe Nickell's reflection on the influence King had on him, and the fervent civil rights activism it inspired in him. It was a good way to start this day. Go read it. 

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Following Martin Luther King in Life and Death

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 03, 2018

America’s greatest civil rights, anti-poverty, and anti-war leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated half a century ago, on April 4, 1968. His was a profound influence on countless others in that tripartite revolution which he came to lead and still inspires. I speak here as one non-violent foot soldier who followed Dr. King’s lead in all three of those movements.

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Homeopathy-Level Implausible

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 03, 2018

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

In a special editor’s column for Skeptical Inquirer, Kendrick Frazier takes a step back to consider all the issues, subjects, and fields of study that the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the wider skeptic community cover, and why we go to such efforts:

Our quest seeks to understand not only the external world of nature out there but our own selves, what makes us human—wonderful and creative, flawed and exasperating...

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Visibly Salivating

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 02, 2018

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

Apparently the fact that Google didn't make a Google Doodle for Easter is a reason to be very angry. As actor-turned-crazypants James Woods said of Google, "They loathe Christians. Plain and simple." Yes, that is definitely the soft, cushiony conclusion to which you should jump.

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Exhalest This Vapour-Vow

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 30, 2018

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

A NEW DAY HAS DAWNED. Behold this milestone in skepticism and technology: The Skeptical Inquirer (and CSI) Twitter account has changed from "@SkeptInquiry" to the much more sensible "@SkeptInquirer." REJOICE. 

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“Legend Tripping” at Graves of “Witches” and “Vampires”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 29, 2018

Increasingly, “legend tripping” (a term used by folklorists) is becoming popular. A “legend trip” is a visit to a site having a legend—typically about uncanny events there—the purpose being to test the legend or to otherwise engage it (Brunvand 1996, 437–440).

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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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