A Sick Kind of Fatalism

November 08, 2017

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So I hear that the off-year elections were really quite something. I saw one journalist on Twitter refer to Republicans' beat-down last night as a "bloodbath." You already know the marquee races, but it's also very notable that the man who is said to be the most hard-right, anti-LGBTQ state legislator in Virginia, a guy who is known as the "chief homophobe" and devised the Virginia version of the "bathroom bill," was defeated last night, soundlyby a transgender woman. Danica Roem will be one of the nation's first transgender elected officials who also does this and really pulls it off.

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Leptospirosis, I Choose YOU!

November 07, 2017

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News out of Bangladesh reported that police had arrested one of the men who attacked and killed Avijit Roy and maimed Rafida Bonya Ahmed in Dhaka in 2015. If you've followed CFI for a few years, you know that Avijit and Bonya's case is very close to our hearts, so we released a statement in response to the news, expressing a very cautious optimism for at least some justice...

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Swept Out of Existence

November 06, 2017

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A court-martialed former Air Force member who had been imprisoned for assaulting his wife and child, Devin Patrick Kelley, murdered 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and injuring almost everyone else. Half the the dead are said to be children, as young as 5 and possibly as young as 1. Eight of the dead represent three generations of a single family, all within a town of about 700 people. Medical assistant Kevin Jordan avoided being hit and tried to get into the church to help...

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Plague is the New Plague

November 03, 2017

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So, what're you up to tomorrow? Any plans for the weekend? Me, well, I have a tech rehearsal for the play I'm directing, my daughter's got soccer practice, and, OH YEAH THERE'S GONNA BE A CIVIL WAR.

Some [alt-right] websites are telling their readers that antifa groups are “planning to kill every single Trump voter, Conservative and gun owner” this weekend.

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There’s a Hole in My Giza

November 02, 2017

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Scott Pruitt, destroyer of worlds, gets his guidance for assembling his science advisory committees from the Bible:

In the book of Joshua there is a story about Joshua leading the people of Israel into the promised land after Moses passed away. And Joshua says to the people of Israel choose this day whom you’re going to serve. And I would say to you this is sort of like the ‘Joshua Principle’ that as it relates to grants to this agency, you are going to have to choose either service on the committee to provide counsel to us in an independent fashion or you can choose grants, but you cannot do both.

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Whiskey-Fueled Tirades

November 01, 2017

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In an ISIS-inspired attack that was both horrifying and weird, 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov plowed a pickup truck down a bike path in Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring eleven...

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A Gaggle of Grotesques

October 31, 2017

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Where am I? What year is it? Who let the dogs out?

CSICon 2017 came and went over the weekend, and it was quite an event, and I feel like the quality of presentations just keeps going up. I was blogging about presentations -- furiously! with great fury! -- over at CFI Live. So whether you couldn't make it or just want to read my ever-so-quirky perspective on the whole shebang, go check it out

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Lucy van Pelt FTW

October 24, 2017

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The Washington Post editorial board weighs in on the Alabama U.S. Senate race, saying that Roy Moore is "unfit to serve," a "contempt for the law," "mockery of his judicial oath," and calling him a "radical lawbreaker." That's all good, though I have a feeling that an editorial by the Washington Post will have less than a huge impact on the thinking of Alabama voters, the same ones that made Moore the state supreme court's chief justice.

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Another Way for Nobodies

October 23, 2017

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The General Social Survey predicts that by 2035, "nones" will outnumber Protestants in the U.S. Allen Downey at Scientific American writes:

Religious beliefs are primarily determined by the environment people grow up in, including their family life and wider social influences. Although some people change religious affiliation later in life, most do not, so changes in the population are largely due to generational replacement. 

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Obliterating

October 20, 2017

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Happy 50th birthday, fake Bigfoot footage.

Smarmy-faced Nazi dirtbag Richard Spencer came to the University of Florida yesterday, and all but select journalists were kept from bringing anything like notebooks or writing utensils into the venue. Nonetheless, somehow the LA Times reports:

Spencer initially protested the boos as suppression of his speech but later began taking questions from audience members who variously asked why he hadn’t left yet or how he could form a white ethno-state without performing violent ethnic cleansing. 

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