Bureaucratic Doodling

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 20, 2017

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

Happy Presidents' Day. <writer has sudden and seemingly endless coughing fit>  

Five years ago today, I wrote the very first edition of The Morning Heresy, but don't bother looking for it, because it was an internal email for CFI staff so they could be kept up to date with the news. A little while later it became its own blog. 

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“Otto’s Cure” for Consumption, Etc.

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 17, 2017

“Otto’s Cure for Throat & Lungs” was allegedly effective for diseases including whooping cough and consumption (tuberculosis). (There were many such bogus consumption cures.)

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The Smell of Burnt Limes

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 17, 2017

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

Trump, as you probably know, held a deeply bizarre press conference yesterday, in which he lied and lied and lied and lied. Like, not politician-lied. Like Hurricane Lie. "Unhinged" is one way to put it.

Reporter Jake Turx of Orthodox Jewish publication Ami Magazine got to ask Trump a question, began it by saying he thinks Trump is not anti-Semitic, asks about anti-Semitism more generally, and then Trump berates him and tells him to be quiet and sit down and is really mad for some reason.

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Margery Presentation Copy

Access Points with Timothy Binga
February 16, 2017

One of the more sensational investigations of spiritualism occurred in the mid 1920s and involved a medium, a scientific magazine, a magician, a writer, a psychologist, and many others.

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Israel, the Two-State Solution, and Humanity’s Flaws

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
February 16, 2017

Let’s forget history for a moment, or at least as much history as is not absolutely necessary for understanding the present situation of Israel and the Palestinian people. Let’s also pretend for a moment that we are all rational, forward-looking beings, who are committed to universal human rights, including the right to a democratic government.

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They’re Glassy-Eyed and They Chant

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 16, 2017

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

Good news, everybody. According to Pew, Americans' feelings about atheists and Muslims have moved "from cool to neutral." I just this moment decided that From Cool to Neutral is my next album title.

Make sure you have nothing dangerous in arm's reach that you could throw in anger before you read this next sentence, and maybe take a few deep breaths before and after to read it...

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So Many Mechanisms

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 15, 2017

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

Evenings at the White House must be nuts these days. Last evening, NYT broke the big story that Trump's campaign aides (unnamed except for the known quantity, Paul Manafort) were in frequent contact with senior Russian intelligence agents during the election campaign.

Tell your congressmonster right now that they need to lay the hell off of DC's Death with Dignity Act

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Mail a Baby Alligator

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 14, 2017

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

It's Valentine's Day, when we commemorate that time when Santa Claus chased all the snakes out of Agincourt. Enjoy the holiday, unless of course you live in Islamabad, in which case, you're under arrest.

While you're eating your Valentine's Day candy, and then having a few pieces more because it's Valentine's Day goddammit and you're a grownup and can eat as many pieces of candy you want, OKAY, listen to CFI's Point of Inquiry podcast where Gary Taubes talks about how the sugar in that candy is killing you. ❤️

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Actually Let’s Not

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 13, 2017

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

Know what? Today is my fifth anniversary as CFI's chief communificationist. To celebrate, I will be surrounded by 2 feet of snow, trapped indoors with my children as I try to do my now five-year-old work.

The Columbus Dispatch reports on the efforts to allow Secular Celebrants to solemnize marriages in Ohio. Oh hey, that's us! More specifically, CFI–Northeast Ohio's Monette Richards:

"Why we're pushing the secular celebrant bill is so we'll have a choice, so everyone can have a choice," said Richards, president of the northeast Ohio chapter of the Center for Inquiry, a nonpartisan organization focused on creating a secular society. "No one loses, the churches can still do it their way."

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Ghost in the Window: At Toronto’s Colborne Lodge

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 10, 2017

According to many sources, Colborne Lodge at Toronto’s High Park (where I visited in 1973) is still the residence of the lady of the house, Jemima. Illness confined her for many years to her upstairs bedroom, until she died in 1877 and was buried on the property. “To this day,” states Dennis William Hauck in his The International Directory of Haunted Places (2000, 155), “her apparition is seen staring out that same upstairs master bedroom window, looking down at her iron-fenced gravesite and massive monument.” Hauck goes on to explain that she was the wife of Sir John Colborne, lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada, but he is mistaken.

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