There Are No Historical Facts

April 04, 2017

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I recently read The Handmaid's Tale for the first time (and wow), and there's a new edition out with a new forward by Margaret Atwood, published in the New York Times:

In this divisive climate, in which hate for many groups seems on the rise and scorn for democratic institutions is being expressed by extremists of all stripes, it is a certainty that someone, somewhere — many, I would guess — are writing down what is happening as they themselves are experiencing it. Or they will remember, and record later, if they can. ...

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The Gullible Tool of Liars

April 03, 2017

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The Los Angeles Times, it seems, has freaking had it, beginning a multi-part editorial on the dishonesty of Donald Trump. Part one is an introduction:

What is most worrisome about Trump is Trump himself...

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Be Few and Live Apart

March 31, 2017

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Benjamin Radford is on the Kojo Nnamdi Show discussing the misinformation swirling around DC's missing girls. 

Michael Bloomberg wants to make clear that Trump's rollback of Obama's climate policies won't necessarily mean the U.S. will blow the Paris Climate Agreements...

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Humans Against Humanity

March 30, 2017

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Happy Thursday. I'm still sick, and the world is still burning down, but at least there's a new Samsung Galaxy phone. Which means it's all going to be okay.

Oh wait, no it's not. Today in everything-is-hopeless...

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A Shattering Disaster

March 29, 2017

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The editorial board of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group cites the Center for Inquiry in its piece on Pakistan's blasphemy crackdown:

In Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif calls blasphemy an “unpardonable offense.” Here, the unpardonable offense would be failing to push back against such backward thing. Facebook and Twitter should help to lead the push.

Point of Inquiry this week has Phoebe Maltz Bovey, author of the book The Perils of “Privilege”: Why Injustice Can’t be Solved by Accusing Others of Advantage

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The Loch Ness Lindbergh Baby

March 27, 2017

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First things first: Catch up with a very full fortnight of freethought with the latest Cause & Effect newsletter. There's a lot about Michael De Dora at the UN Human Rights Council, and Michael has even more on his adventures there in this update

Things are getting absolutely bonkers in Pakistan. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan seeks to assemble a coalition of Muslim nations to devise a global strategy for "dealing with" blasphemous content on social media. 

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Subsequent Profuse Sweating

March 24, 2017

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CFI's Michael De Dora is quoted in the Associated Press's piece on Pakistan's request to Facebook for the personal information of those they consider to be blasphemers. 

Pakistan arrests two men for posting "blasphemous" content to WhatsApp (that's right, not Facebook or Twitter but WhatsApp, which Facebook owns). Islamabad High Court Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddqui seems to be sick of all this heresy, and says social media could be banned in Pakistan altogether. "It will not make any difference if selfies and pictures of food are not shared with others," he said, which, if it were not so chilling, would be kind of funny.

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Point-Zero-Zero-Four Percent

March 23, 2017

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A man plows an SUV into dozens of people in London, killing two, and stabs a police officer to death outside Parliament, before being shot himself. ISIS claims he's one of theirs, but they always do that, and nothing has been confirmed.

Here comes the flood: The House "Science" Committee is going to start holding hearings meant to delegitimize accepted climate science.

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Sensitivities

March 22, 2017

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Facebook is going to meet with Pakistani officials to discuss the country's request for the personal information of users Pakistan deem to have posted blasphemous content, and we asked Facebook to stick to its guns:

Facebook should use its leverage to encourage the government of Pakistan to abandon the theocratic, reactionary scapegoating of critics and dissidents, embrace the equal dignity of its people, and encourage the free and open exchange of ideas.

CBC investigates chiropractors in Manitoba making outlandish claims about what they can treat and cure, including autism, cancer, Alzheimer's, and more.  

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Stupid and Even Cruel

March 21, 2017

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I forgot to mention yesterday that the day before that was the 5-year anniversary of The Morning Heresy as a web-published thingy. Here's the first one to appear on the web, and as you can see, the quality has not diminished one iota. Nor has it increased. That's the kind of excellence you can expect from, um, whatever we were just talking about. 

Here's some encouraging news. A study from North Carolina State University suggests that studying the humanities can make one less likely to believe in pseudoscience.

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