So You’ve Been Transformed into a Paperclip

April 19, 2017

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The world will not be destroyed today by the giant asteroid that's passing by the planet. So, I still have to do The Morning Heresy. #ThanksObama 

SCOTUS still intends to rule on the Trinity Luther Church case, even though Missouri's governor changed state policy to allow the church to apply for government funds. The ACLU and Americans United are calling on the Court to declare the case moot. 

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Strategically Placed Seals

April 18, 2017

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On climate change, Bill McKibben goes after the real enemy: Justin Trudeau. Wait. What?

Trudeau says all the right things, over and over. He’s got no Scott Pruitts in his cabinet: everyone who works for him says the right things. ... But those words are meaningless if you keep digging up more carbon and selling it to people to burn, and that’s exactly what Trudeau is doing. He’s hard at work pushing for new pipelines through Canada and the US to carry yet more oil out of Alberta’s tar sands, which is one of the greatest climate disasters on the planet. 

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Something Fundamentally Human

April 17, 2017

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The National Bureau of Economic Research releases a study saying that the folks who are the most blindingly hyper-partisan are oder Americans, those who use the Internet the least. Oh-HO! Whose bubble is filtered now??? 

Mashal Khan, the Pakistani atheist student killed by a mob of fellow students over blasphemy allegations, had criticized his university and its chancellor in a video interview.

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Try Shaming

April 14, 2017

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Happy Friday. Here are some ways we'll all be made sick or put in peril by the administration's reversal of climate regulations. 

Hey maybe there are more atheists in the U.S. than we thought. If a novel study from the University of Kentucky is correct, it could be that as much as a quarter of the population or more is non-believing. But that's a pretty big "if," and other experts are skeptical. (Interestingly, the number of Republican atheists, according to this way of surveying folks, is about zero.)

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Bad Climatologists

April 13, 2017

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Dina Ali Lasloom of Saudi Arabia was reportedly detained at an airport in the Philippines as she was attempting to seek asylum in Australia. In a video, she says, "If my family comes they will kill me, if I go back to Saudi Arabia I will be dead." 

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Laboratory Scandal

April 12, 2017

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The Morning Heresy salutes the great Lindsay Beyerstein, whose last episode of Point of Inquiry has now been posted, quite appropriately with guest Sarah Posner, discussing Trump's hijacking of the religious right. 

The Alabama Senate votes to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham to have its own goddamn police force. Coincidentally, I'll be captain of the all-new CSICOP, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry COPS. Bad boys, watcha gonna do?

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Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Lake Monster?

April 11, 2017

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I'm back. 

The San Jose Mercury News quotes CFI's Michael De Dora in an editorial telling Facebook and Twitter to "stand strong" against Pakistan's pressure to reveal the private information of those deemed to have posted "blasphemous" content. Michael takes Pakistan to task in a new essay as well.

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The Degree To Which We Are All Screwed

April 05, 2017

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Housekeeping note: I'll be away starting tomorrow and until Tuesday of next week. I promise you'll be okay. The rest of the world? Who can say.

The latest Cause & Effect newsletter is out, now on its new day, every other Wednesday. This new schedule was determined thanks to super-sophisticated algorithmic machine intelligence in order to maximalize optimization of consumer engagement. Plus it's the day the other newsletter comes out on the off-weeks.

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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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