That is Some Unstable Derp

August 24, 2015

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I know you've already seen Friday's edition of Cause & Effect, so you're aaallll caught up on the previous fortnight's news. 

CFI isn't the only organization who thinks the FDA should crack down on homeopathySo does the FTC! In its press statement about its comments the Federal Trade Commission says:

The comment states that given the FTC’s long-standing advertising substantiation policy that health claims must be substantiated by such evidence the FDA’s current regulatory framework may harm consumers and confuse advertisers. The comment discusses the mistaken belief by some advertisers that homeopathic products that are in compliance with the FDA policy guide do not have to comply with FTC advertising substantiation requirements.

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Definitely Not a Pterosaur

August 21, 2015

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In our seemingly endless struggle to get the FDA to give a darn about the flimflam that is homeopathy, CFI filed comments with the FDA urging them to put homeopathic products through the same ringer that they put real drugs through, and failing that, at least have them labeled as being unevaluated and unproven. 

Sarah Posner, reporting on the coalition of 130 groups (including CFI, y'all!) calling on the Obama administration to fix a 2007 legal memo on faith-based contractors, looks at the potential conflict brewing...

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I’m Gonna Have to Scare the Pope

August 20, 2015

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The Patheos blog network hosts a Public Square discussion on humanism, and features a piece by our boss Ron Lindsay, looking at the rise of "nones" as not an atheistic phenomenon, but a boon for inquiry:

[These surveys] indicate Americans are increasingly rejecting religious dogma, and with it the notion that there is a particular, rigid creed they need to abide by. 

It's just so perfect. I mean, come on, it's just...I don't know. Of course this happened: Josh Duggar -- Christian fundamentalist, religious right hero and confessed child molester -- was a paid subscriber to Ashley Madison, the cheat-on-your-spouse online service...twice over! Of course he was! Of course he was.

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If You Want to Feel Bad For the Rest of the Day

August 19, 2015

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Bloggers at Mukto-Mona, the Bangladeshi site of people like Avijit Roy and Asif Mohiuddin, demand that their government take the threat to their lives and the threat to free expression far more seriously:

If, instead of uncovering the true nature of these heinous attacks on secular, humanist atheists, instead of taking steps to tackle this, the government of Bangladesh wants to resolve the issue by laying blame on the victims, by threatening the victims with imprisonment, then Mukto-Mona would like to remind them that while today we are the ones under attack, and you are blaming us, the time will come when the fundamentalists will have done away with us and will come after you. 

Our own Michael De Dora is a signatory to the big joint open letter to the government of Bangladesh to protest the "institutional attack" on the country's secularists. 

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A Tinfoil-Hat “We Didn’t Start the Fire”

August 18, 2015

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Well you really don't even need me to link to this, but what the heck. The thing breaking the Internet more than a Kardashian's butt is John Oliver's establishment of a religion in order to expose the awfulness that is television, money-begging, prosperity-gospel-ing evangelists.

Get ready to be punched in the gut, fellow omnivores, as Point of Inquiry has Lindsay Beyerstein's interview with Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society on all the awful things going on in factory farming. 

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Breakfast Cereal or Toothpaste

August 17, 2015

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On Friday, we released a statement urging the Defense Department to stop the funding of experiments on Gulf War vets using the Church of Scientology's pseudoscientific "purification" treatments. Expect to hear more from us on this. 

At Huffington Post, our boss Ron Lindsay explains why homeopathy is such a crock, and how the FDA could at least make a little progress by pulling medicine out of the 18th century...

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Concentrated Versions of Various Smelly Things

August 14, 2015

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Bangladesh police say they've arrested two Islamists in connection to the murder of Niloy Neel.

Research outfit the Barna Group creates a metric to define who is and isn't "post-Christian," and says that despite 78% of Americans identifying as Christian, 44% are post-Christian, an uptick from 37% just two years ago. To me, post-Christian is sooooo 2013. I'm post-paleo-Judeo-skepto-sub-Norse.

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Seeing Carl’s Face

August 13, 2015

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CFI's Michael De Dora was on MSNBC's Road Map for a good amount of time to discuss the crisis for secular bloggers in Bangladesh. Good, important stuff.

90-year-old former president Jimmy Carter reveals he has cancer that is spreading. 

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The 100-Billion-Year Bucket List

August 12, 2015

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CFI's Michael De Dora will be on MSNBC today, probably about the time this publishes, talking about the killings in Bangladesh. We'll get the link out as soon as its available. Right now, you can contact your U.S. House representative and tell them to support Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's resolution calling on Bangladesh to protect its people.  

Rukhsana Hasib explains the stakes for Bangladesh:

The extremists in Bangladesh, like those in Pakistan, are strongly principled and are willing to kill anyone who opposes their philosophy of a distorted view of Islam. And they are willing to die for their cause. Their philosophy makes them powerful and dangerous.

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The Hospitalities of the Brain

August 11, 2015

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What do the Bangladeshi police do when four atheist bloggers are murdered in one year? Threaten other bloggers with jail

Point of Inquiry this week has Matt Crawford, talking to Josh Zepps about dealing with a world full of distractions and oh hey did you see the new Iowa poll for the GOP primaries and I never watched The Apprentice but of course I don't get cable and...wait, what? 

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