Maybe I Am a Sucker After All

July 18, 2017

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California extends its climate change-combating cap-and-trade program to 2030 in a vote that Gov. Jerry Brown called the "most important" vote of these legislators' lives. No pressure.

Don't worry, Catholics with celiac disease. You don't have to eat Jesus to become one with Jesus. You do have to drink him, though.

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Theologically Marooned

July 17, 2017

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Kendrick Frazier, editor of CFI's Skeptical Inquirerpens an op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal on the Roswell UFO story, and how "established facts of the Roswell incident will of course never catch up with the charming myth."

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that exclusively Christian prayers by county commissioners in Rowan County, North Carolina is a violation of the Establishment Clause.

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A Problem to Be Managed

July 14, 2017

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There's a really interesting piece by Michael Hiltzik in the LA Times about how Johnson & Johnson is being sued over an alleged link between their talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The science doesn't seem to fully support this claim, but J&J may get slammed anyway, in part because of the "David and Goliath" dynamic and the notion that J&J "must be guilty of something." 

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Ocean Waters and Hubris

July 13, 2017

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C is for cookie, except when it's a Delaware-sized iceberg that's just wrenched itself from Antarctica. So now C, as in the Larsen C ice shelf, is for climate change. Or catastrophe. Or "crap, we're all screwed."

Perhaps I'm not being helpful here. Case in point: Largely in response to New York magazine's recent we're-gonna-be-cooked-alive-by-global-warming piece, Michael Mann, Susan Joy Hassol, and Tom Toles write in the Washington Post, "There is no need to overstate [the threat of climate change], particularly when it feeds a paralyzing narrative of doom and hopelessness."

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NutraMeet®

July 12, 2017

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The smart people at Vox wanted to know more about why people believe in -- and think they have even seen -- ghosts. Obviously, they'd want to talk to Joe Nickell. So they came to CFI HQ and put Joe in their video report, and it's great.

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Totally Sober

July 11, 2017

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NASA live-streamed a real-time simulation of the Juno spacecrafts's pass over Jupiter's red spot. Actual images will start coming in July 14.

But all is not celebratory in the world of planetary science. A survey of astronomers shows that 28% of women of color feel unsafe at work because of their race, and 40% feel unsafe because of their gender. Astronomers. "Oh my, Morning Heretic," you might be thinking. "This must be an oldy-timey survey from many decades ago. Scientists are so above this now." And you'd be wrong.

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Worse Than You Think

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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Frustrated by the Lack of Bayesianism

July 07, 2017

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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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Hammurabi Lobby

July 06, 2017

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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

July 05, 2017

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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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