Tolerate It

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

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

Due to the president's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, we kicked off the next generation of Point of Inquiry earlier than we intended, because our first guest is the former head of the Sierra Club, Carl Pope, who also has an optimistic new book with Mike Bloomberg on climate change. Oh, and the host is me! Didn't see THAT coming, did you? Maybe you did.

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Lord, Here Comes the Flood

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 02, 2017

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

Drink up, dreamers. You're running dry. We knew it was coming, but it's stunning all the same. President Donald Trump withdraws the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.

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Was the Nightjar an Early Chupacabra?

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
June 01, 2017

Is the history and lore of the European nightjar bird related to the chupacabra?

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Multipurpose “Florida Water”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 01, 2017

“Florida Water”—popular through most of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth—was neither water nor a product of Florida. It had a surprising number of uses, medicinal and otherwise.

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Some Sort of Healing Vibrations

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
June 01, 2017

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

This is how we reacted to the news that Trump is probably going to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement:

“Should he go through with withdrawal from the climate accord, the president will be turning his back on the rest of the world while it almost literally burns,” said [our boss Robyn] Blumner. “Having isolated our country, the president would be transforming America from a global superpower to a rogue state.” 

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This is Rather Troubling

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 31, 2017

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

Jonathan Swan at Axios reports that Trump is pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, which is not a surprise, but also terrible.

A bomb detonated near the presidential palace in Kabul kills at least 80 people and injures hundreds.

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Biotech and the Poverty of Religious Morality

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 30, 2017

Advances in biotechnology present some critical and challenging ethical issues. How to resolve these issues will and should be a subject of much debate, but there is one thing that is certain: religion will be of no help in addressing these issues.

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The Only Way Out is Way, Way Out

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

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

A three-day weekend means there's a lot of news to catch up on. Let's try and burn through these.

Richard Dawkins talks to Scott Simon on NPR about the Portland attack, how good deeds are not the exclusive purview of religion, and the shifting religious landscape.

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Drips

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 26, 2017

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

The swamp thickens. Journalist-assaulting Republican Greg Gianforte wins Montana's special election to the U.S. House. But he's real sorry, everybody. Read Josh Barro on why this is just the way of things now.

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I Hear the Word Messy a Lot

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 25, 2017

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

Because things aren't ridiculous enough, the GOP candidate for Montana's House seat, Greg Gianforte, physically attacks Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs for having the gall to ask him questions about health care. Like, seriously attacks the guy, and literally puts his hands around Jacobs' throat. Broke the dude's glasses, too, which is ALSO NOT COOL. Two Montana newspapers retract their endorsements of Gianforte, and Gianforte is charged with misdemeanor assault (announced by a sheriff who actually donated to Gianforte's campaign).

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