Indirect and Brawny

September 26, 2017

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Dearest Internet. I have found that the maxim "you just can't win" holds up remarkably well. It turns out that by merely pointing out the fact that some person holds some opinion about some thing, one has therefore implicitly endorsed that opinion -- on behalf of oneself and one's employer! That's right! Simply indicating that an opinion exists means that one is fully convinced by that opinion. How do I know this? From the Morally Superior and Righteously Aggrieved™ on Twitter, of course! And we know that they are never, ever wrong...

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Unless We’re Already Dead

September 25, 2017

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As a short, awkward, nerdy aspie with no interest in sports, there have been few American institutions that I feel more alienated by than the National Football League. The grandiose NFL logo and the iconography of its franchises have always been, to me, shorthand for "turn back, Paul, lest thou be bullied." What a difference a weekend makes. Via Liz Clarke and Abby Phillip at the Post:

Some stood. Some kneeled. Some remained in the locker room, choosing to speak through their absence from the NFL’s pregame ceremonies, in which the American flag is displayed and the national anthem sung. But from London to Los Angeles, virtually all NFL players on the sidelines before kickoff of Sunday’s slate of 14 games locked arms with each other in response to President Trump’s three-day campaign demanding that team owners “fire or suspend” players who kneel during the national anthem and calling on fans to boycott games if the form of protest continued....

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Things Might Not Turn Out Fine

September 22, 2017

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It's safe to go to Brigham Young University now. They're letting in Coke and Pepsi.

At Wired, Michelle Dean has a big story on what is a surprising degree of drama and stress (financial, personal, political, etc.) behind the scenes at Snopes.

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Dis-Ease

September 21, 2017

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Our boss, Robyn Blumner, is in Geneva for the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council, and yesterday she delivered an excellent statement on the persecution of atheists in Malaysia. (Don't let yourself be distracted by the incredibly orange and feathery woman sitting next to Robyn and the confused gentlemen who mills about behind her. You may have to watch it twice, but it's less than 2 minutes, so it's all good.)

In a piece for CFI's Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Harriet Hall looks at the findings about the myth of the male-or-female brain in a new book, Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science and Society, by Cordelia Fine...

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Dolphins or the Dead

September 20, 2017

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The Earth continues to writhe.  

More than 200 people are killed in the devastation of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake across central Mexico. Joshua Partlow at the Washington Post reports:

Marisela Avila Gomez, 58, was in her apartment in the capital’s central Narvarte neighborhood when the shaking began, toppling her furniture and shattering the windows. A piece of glass sliced deep into her right leg. “My whole house is full of blood,” she said. 

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Sonically Tuned Water, Moonlight, Love, Reiki, and Gem Elixirs

September 19, 2017

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Check out this fascinating presentation on the Gnostic gospels, given by the wicked-smart Cynthia Grzywinski, who also happens to be my mom. (And introduced with a poem read by my college acting professor, the wicked-awesome Pam Hendrick.)

Neil deGrasse Tyson tells Fareed Zakaria, correctly, that we are more or less screwed when it comes to climate change, saying, "The day two politicians are arguing about whether science is true, it means nothing gets done. Nothing." 

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Great Benefits Upon Future Inhabitants

September 18, 2017

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Kimberly Winston, reporting on an Annenberg study, writes an excellent and accurate lede for some ugly news. Emphasis mine:

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans incorrectly believe that Muslim citizens don’t have the same First Amendment rights as other American citizens. Also incorrectly, 1 in 7 believe that atheists aren’t protected by those rights. 

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Fangs and No Face

September 15, 2017

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Happy Friday: Cassini is dead, and so too may we all be relatively soon. According to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, there is a 5 percent chance of catastrophic climate change within the next 30 years, and a somewhat smaller chance that it will wipe out most of humanity. Did I already say "happy Friday?" 

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We Are All Saturnians

September 14, 2017

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Okay, look. We at CFI always counsel skepticism when there are claims about monsters creeping about under water or in the sewers. But in London, there just might be something to it. Beware the "fatberg":

Crews in London are waging a “three-week sewer war” against an enormous “fatberg” ...

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Ceiling Cat and Ted Cruz

September 13, 2017

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Both houses of Congress unanimously approve a resolution condemning white nationalists (which must have been awkward for any white nationalists currently in Congress) and honoring Heather Heyer. The resolution awaits a signature from President Trump, whom the bill urges to speak clearly against hate groups and racism.

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