Everybody Should Watch Out

March 23, 2016

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After the Brussels attack, Ted Cruz wants to "empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized." He means in the United States. I'm sure a constant, threatening police presence will prevent any radicalization that would otherwise have occurred. Trump, meanwhile, says, "Everybody should watch out." He may as well have just said, "BOO!"

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The Sad Reality

March 22, 2016

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A terror attack in Brussels: Three explosions, two at the airport, one in a metro station, killing what looks to be a couple of dozen people, but it's early yet.

Remember to be skeptical of early reports, as On the Media reminds us in their breaking news guide.

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There’s Gold in Them Thar Pills!

March 21, 2016

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Maria Konnikova was a recent guest on Point of Inquiry, talking about con artists. In The New Yorkershe applies her insight to Donald Trump:

If Trump were a con artist, he would be interested in politics only as a means to some other end...

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Interbreeding and Whatnot

March 18, 2016

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The Openly Secular campaign released its latest celebrity video, with rapper Killah Priest, interviewed by Mandisa Thomas. 

The Baptist Standard takes note of CFI's role in calling upon the State Department to label ISIS crimes as "genocide." 

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A Frustrating, Brutal, Overheated Existence

March 17, 2016

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The Heresy is rather late today because of this:

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) applauded the decision today by Secretary of State John Kerry to declare that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Yazidis, Christians, and Shiites in Iraq and Syria.

We're the only skepto-atheist group to be part of a coalition that urged the administration and Congress to make this declaration. 

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Hey, Ceres!

March 16, 2016

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Big day in politics, as Trump and Clinton dominate yesterday's primaries, Kasich ekes out a win in Ohio, and the president is set to announce his nominee to the Supreme Court this morning. 

Laura Turner at Politico says John Kasich's devout Christian faith may actually be hurting him in the GOP primary race, because it "appears to drive his politically moderate stances on immigration, climate change and gay marriage," which of course don't play well these days.

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Consecutive Primes

March 15, 2016

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This is so wild. Louis Daniel Smith is sitting in prison right now for selling a fake cancer/AIDS/etc. cure that was made primarily of bleach, but as Matt Zapotosky at WaPo reports, devotees of the fake drug ("Miracle Mineral Solution"), have made it central to their religion, the Genesis II Church of Health & Healing. Now the Justice Department is trying to crack down on the operation. But holy crap, listen to these guys...

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The Saint-Making Machine

March 14, 2016

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"I now give the floor to the distinguished representative from the Center for Inquiry," says the presiding officer of the UN Human Rights Council, as Michael De Dora delivers his second statement of this session, this time on the freedom of expression on social media, and concerns about the rise in government takedown requests. 

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Enlightened without a License

March 11, 2016

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Stanlislaw Burzynski. Ugh that guy. While I'm here fuming about him, Tamar Wilner writes at Skeptical Inquirer about the lessons she's learned about science communication and journalism while trying to report on the fake-savior's exploits. 

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Tremendous, Unbelievable, Radical, Very Hard

March 10, 2016

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Michael De Dora spoke up in support of free expression and freedom of belief at the UN Human Rights Council yesterday, and the video is up

Twitter releases a big transparency report on government requests to pull content, and how often it complies. Briefly, in the U.S. it gets a few requests, but doesn't take anything down, but in countries like Turkey, over 20% of requests are complied with. Russia has lately ramped up its requests to take down content, and Twitter has only complied about 5% of the time.

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