False Breakfast Memories

September 28, 2015

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First and foremost, my sincere thanks to Stef McGraw for taking care of the Heresy while I was away for my brother's wedding. Stef did an amazing job, such that I am considering just having her do the Heresy every day from now on. Seriously, she nailed it. Thanks, Stef.

Second and almost-foremost, I was obviously away for all the coverage of the AP's change from climate science "skeptics" to "doubters," which is not as good as "deniers." But there was a lot of coverage! It's great! But for me, the crowning achievement was the interview by Bob Garfield on public radio's On the Media with the AP's Seth Borenstein on the topic, where CFI/CSI are front and center. On the Media is just about my favorite audio program of any kind, and I am absolutely delighted to have CFI be the catalyst for one of its pieces.

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Confirmation bias to start your Friday

September 25, 2015

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(Note: Today's guest Heretic is Stef McGraw. Paul is still away, but will return Monday. Thank god—I don't know how he does this day in and day out! Also, shout out to Outreach staffer Cody Hashman for helping collect articles throughout the week.)

We're going to mix it up and start today by talking about the Republican candi—just kidding we're talking about the Pope again! The Washington Post has a transcript and video of his full address to Congress yesterday. The New York Times offers a good summary of his speech, also noting, "If his words of unity struck a lofty note, though, his choice of issues effectively fed the very divisions he assailed...In the end, both sides could walk away taking vindication from parts of his message." Ah, nothing like some good ol' confirmation bias to start your Friday!

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Pope Pope pope Pope pope

September 24, 2015

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(Note: Paul is gone the rest of the week. Today's guest Heretic is Stef McGraw.)
 
As I type, Pope Francis is addressing Congress. You're lucky I chose to go into work instead of staying in my car to keep listening, because otherwise the Heresy would be done from my phone and probsby looj loke thos.

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The U.S. just got a whole lot Fluffier

September 23, 2015

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(Note: Paul is gone the rest of the week. Today's guest Heretic is Stef McGraw.)
 
Ah man, Paul's really taking vacation at the wrong time--his main man Pope Fluffy is in the U.S! Although I bet even Paul isn't as excited as CNN is; there's so much enthusiasm over there that you'd think another Malaysia Airline flight had gone missing! 

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Asinine

September 22, 2015

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Quick housekeeping update: I'll be gone the rest of the week for my brother's wedding, so the incomparable Stef McGraw will take over Heresy duties for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. You won't even miss me.

Today you are stuck with me.

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Like a Diamond in the Sky

September 21, 2015

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Wow, lots of weird things happened over the weekend. I'm tempted to pretend they didn't, or at least really lean on the whole "we can't look like we're opposing or supporting presidential candidates" thing in order to dodge it all. But lemme give it a shot.

Here's the thing - last week, the whole Ahmed's-clock thing seemed to end so happily. Bad, stupid things happened, but our eyes were opened, and the world embraced the idea that, hey, let's stop treating each other like we're all enemies, and also let's encourage science and curiosity. Hooray! Sunshine!

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God Would Show Me These Saggy Pants

September 18, 2015

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Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, 21 years old, is the nephew of a cleric the Saudi government doesn't like, and took part in protests in 2012. As punishment, he was arrested, tortured, and now faces a beheading and crucifixion. (A reminder: the latest Point of Inquiry discusses our relationship with the Saudis with guest Craig Unger.)

Donald Trump has an exchange with a man at a campaign event who believes Obama is a Muslim and other terrible things, and given the rules of this being a nonpartisan nonprofit I will not characterize the exchange beyond that. 

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This Whole Movement is Cuckoo

September 17, 2015

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So a lot happened yesterday.

You almost certainly already know about Ahmed, the 14-year-old Texan arrested at school for building a clock which a teacher thought looked like a bomb. The Internet exploded, and people and institutions from NASA to Mark Zuckerberg to the President of the United States expressed their support and invited him to hang out. We tweeted out: "Kids like Ahmed not only inspire a love of science, but remind us to treat each other with respect. #IStandWithAhmed"

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“Safety Dance” on a Pan Flute

September 16, 2015

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A court in Albuquerque requires a divorced mom to attend classes riddled with Christianity, and when she refuses, she is barred from seeing her own kids. The "educator" insisted the classes were not religious, but an undercover report shows very much otherwise. I think we have a problem here.

I'm quoted in a Washington Post piece by Michelle Boorstein on the popularity of Pope Fluffy among non-Catholics, not representing CFI, but sharing my pope-hope that he's playing a progressive long game.

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Funkmaster General

September 15, 2015

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Point of Inquiry this week marks 14 years since 9/11 with a conversation between host Josh Zepps and journalist Craig Unger, author of the book House of Bush, House of Saud. The two largely discuss our strange and complicated relationship with the Saudis, and their various conflicts and interests in the larger Muslim world.

Alabama adopts science standards that require the teaching of evolution and climate change, and the news is that no one seems to be putting up a fight

Bernie Sanders addresses the students of Liberty University

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