Space Ambulance

June 28, 2016

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The Supreme Court strikes down Texas's cynical and draconian HB2, which would have forced the closure of most of the state's abortion clinics. It's, to abbreviate the vice-president, a B.F.D. Our boss said:

We are delighted that the Supreme Court saw through this transparent attempt to effectively ban abortion, an attempt propped up by manufactured pseudoscience. The legal right to an abortion is meaningless without reasonable access to abortion services, and this cynical move to cut off that access has been shown for what it is: the imposition of religious dogma on Americans’ lives. 

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Blessing Weapons

June 27, 2016

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CFI's Michael De Dora appears in this new documentaryDefending Shia Rights: Mission to the UN, around the 22-minute mark, speaking specifically about Saudi Arabia. 

Make sure you catch up on the previous fortnight of CFI activity with the latest issue of Cause & Effect

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Brexit, Pursued by a Bear

June 24, 2016

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A slim majority of the British people vote to leave the European Union and David Cameron says he will step down, for as a supporter of remaining in the EU, he does not believe he is the person to "captain the ship" at this point. Scotland and Northern Ireland aren't too keen on this whole idea, and we may have a Not-So-United Kingdom shortly. The British pound quickly devalues, and the Dow plunges almost 500 points. Oh, and Trump is over there right now. 

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It Was the Monstrous Ugliness

June 23, 2016

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The House Democrats continue their sit-in on the House floor, led by the amazing John Lewis, trying to move the very, very heavy needle on gun control. The House GOP had the TV cameras turned off for much of the night, so Democrats resorted to Periscope and Facebook Live to continue broadcasting their protest. Complicating matters is that the specific bill the Democrats are trying to get a vote on is one that would stop people on the FBI's no-fly list from buying a gun, but of course the no-fly list is rife with its own problems. But I guess from the Democrats' perspective, the GOP has not only moved the goal posts on gun control, they've airlifted the goal posts to another field entirely. What a time to be alive, folks.

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It’s Going to Be Worse

June 22, 2016

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Yesterday we announced a big change to our membership program, a change that makes things way easier and more, like, cosmic. Marc Kreidler from our web team made this awesome graphic which really justifies the whole thing. 

Naga Munchetty of BBC's Sunday Morning Live interviews Richard Dawkins (who's looking so much better) about how he came to reject religion, the means by which he criticizes belief, and mortality. Also of note: Dawkins was serious about not matching his socks. #revolution

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Angry Canadians

June 21, 2016

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James Randi wants you to come to CSICon 2016, so much so that he's singing

On Point of Inquiry, Lindsay Beyerstein talks to Michelle Vines about the experience of growing up with undiagnosed Asperger's syndrome, and discovering it as an adult...

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Ring Ding

June 20, 2016

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One of the men suspected of having killed Avijit Roy last year, one "Shariful," is killed in a gunfight with police.

Following the Brock Turner case, CFI President Ron Lindsay considers what punishment is actually sufficient for sexual assault, and concludes that Judge Persky was indeed too lenient...

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Fishy Citations

June 17, 2016

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There's just a lot of awful things in the news today, there's no way around it. I'll have funnier stuff down below, but I gotta tell you guys, sometimes this link-blog thing isn't the light, fun endeavor you'd want it to be. I'll just put the awful stuff up first, rip the band-aid off...

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I Am Not a Lizard!

June 16, 2016

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It's 6-16-16, which is of course the Mark of the Somewhat Hesitant Beast.

Police in Dhaka arrest a member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team said to have been involved in the attempt on the life of secularist publisher Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury Tutul. Also, a Hindu teacher in Bangladesh is attacked by knife-wielding assailants in his home, but survives, and is now in critical condition.

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A Semi-Reputable Curiosity

June 15, 2016

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Without naming him (other than referring to "politicians who tweet"), President Obama gets hot under the collar over Trump's anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant stances. 

The raids in Bangladesh to stop the machete attacks have resulted in over 11,000 people being rounded up, only 145 are said to be "Islamic militants," the rest, well, it's not clear, but the opposition party says it's their own people being targeted. Something is very fishy about this. 

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