President Quirrell

April 23, 2018

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Oh no. At the National Post, Sharon Kirkey reports that homeopaths are pushing a "detoxification" treatment called CEASE, which, alas, is not what they will be doing. Instead, it stands for Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression, where a treatment of—you guessed it—diluted vaccines are used to "cure" autism. Keep these people away from me.

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Coffee and Exorcism

April 20, 2018

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Ema O'Connor at BuzzFeed reports that at the UN Commission on the Status of Women last month, which our boss Robyn Blumner attended, Trump officials held several closed-door meetings at which they revealed a jaw-droppingly radical agenda that was "further to the right than those expressed by most other countries present, including Russia and the representative for the Arab states." As the commission's Susan O'Malley said, "I normally respect when things are off the record. But this meeting was just so bonkers."

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The Luxury of Opening Your Mouth

April 19, 2018

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This is really cool: Dig this original broadside poster from 1876 of an Robert Ingersoll event, excerpting his speech, and it's now in the loving care of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum.

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Alexa, Full of Grace

April 18, 2018

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In its obituary for Art Bell, former host of the paranormal-focused radio show Coast to Coast, the New York Times notes his receipt of his, let's say, special recognition from us:

In 1998, Mr. Bell received the ignominious Snuffed Candle Award from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a group, co-founded by Carl Sagan and based in Amherst, N.Y., that promotes scientific inquiry and critical thinking. ...

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Nice Work If You Can Get It

April 16, 2018

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You already know that school voucher proponents look for ways to leech public dollars away from public education and redirect that money to private and religious schools. Now Republicans in Congress are aiming their tax-dollar-vacuums at a program called Impact Aid, which would particularly hurt military families. To understand why, and why it's awful, check out this op-ed by CFI's Jason Lemieux in the San Antonio Express-News.

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Space Beer

April 13, 2018

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I forgot to tell you! We announced the release of our yearly Progress Report, and it's a real beauty folks. Go check it out

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The Boy Who Came Back from Being the Boy Who Came Back from Heaven

April 12, 2018

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The Independent Investigations Group out of CFI West tests the abilities of a guy who says he can control the luminosity of electric lights. CAN HE??? No, don't be silly, but he did the test anyway.

FDA chief Scott Gottlieb is a Trump appointee...who doesn't suck? Julia Belluz reports on how Gottlieb has "surprised many with a slate of evidence-based policies and policy directions." Um, does Trump know that's happening?

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Andromeda or Bust

April 11, 2018

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Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene is the most borrowed science book from South Korean libraries. It's amazing that I live in a world in which I know that without even having asked.

Louisiana's Bossier School District, the subject of a lawsuit over school prayer, is going to be saved—SAVED, I TELL YOU—by Kirk Cameron. Sans-banana-man.  

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For Gain or Lucre

April 10, 2018

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Let's begin with a subject about which I have deep expertise. Just kidding, let's talk about football! It's a sport! Ray Lewis, who is a former football man (that's what they call them I think), is mad about Odell Beckham Jr., a current football man, for some reason. Lewis, who you might know possibly killed two guys 18 years ago, says Beckham's problem is a lack of God...

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Jony Ive and the Borg

April 09, 2018

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On our Reasonable Talk video series, we've got David Gorski at CSICon talking about the infiltration of alt-med fake medicine into legitimate medical academia. In a post at Science-Based Medicine, Gorski continues on this theme, discussing how small examples of infiltration are "pebbles in an avalanche."

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