The Stank, Oppressive Odor of Secular Humanism

December 21, 2016

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ISIS claims the driver that killed twelve people in Berlin by smashing them with a truck as their own. This may or may not be true.

Seems that kids start leaving Catholicism around the age of 10 to 13, and Crux tries to figure out "what parents can do about it." 

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Oh God, You Devil

December 20, 2016

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I have to be super quick this morning because my kid's school is doing this holiday thing and yes I know I should have done this last night, but you know what? Life is crazy.

Let's begin with the world totally unraveling. All on the same day, the Russian ambassador to Turkey is assassinated in Ankara by a Turkish policeman; a truck plows through a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Berlin, killing 12 people in what is probably an act of terrorism; and Donald Trump formally wins in the Electoral College's vote, despite last-ditch efforts to sway the electors.

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Something to Think About to Not Think About the Other Things

December 19, 2016

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Catch up with the previous 14 days with Cause & Effect, the official propaganda outlet of the Glorious Democratic People's Republic of the Center for Inquiry. I mean newsletter.

For his podcast, Sam Harris posts the first of his two conversations with Richard Dawkins, recorded at the Alex Theater last month on Dawkins' recent U.S. tour. 

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Upsetting at Best

December 16, 2016

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2016 will be over in 15 days. 

Dylan Roof, who killed nine black parishioners in Charleston last year, is convicted on 33 counts of federal hate crimes. He could face life in prison or execution. A state trial for his crimes begins next month.

Sean Omar Rivera at Blavity says, "I am black, I am a humanist, and I support Black Lives Matter." He makes a case for the secular movement's alliance with Black Lives Matter...

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It’s Called Ignorance

December 15, 2016

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Here's something I didn't know: Religions are officially registered in Germany, and receive tax subsidies based on the size of their respective flocks. Of course Catholicism, Protestantism, and Judaism are there, as are Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses. Not legally recognized is Islam, which claims over 4 million adherents.   

In the U.S., Americans vastly overestimate how many Muslims live here. On average, Americans think the population is about 17% Muslim. The reality? 1%. That's a one. 

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It Sounded Almost Like Health

December 14, 2016

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Gov. John Kasich vetoes the unthinkably awful Ohio 6-week abortion ban, but signs the almost-as-awful 20-week ban. 

At The New Yorker, Lawrence Krauss says what readers of this blog already know: Under a Trump administration, science is in big damn trouble:

Taken singly, Trump’s appointments are alarming. But taken as a whole they can be seen as part of a larger effort to undermine the institution of science, and to deprive it of its role in the public-policy debate. 

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The Boundary Within Which Nothing is Able to Escape

December 13, 2016

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Horror in Aleppo. Assad's forces plow into the city, executing dozens of activists and just regular civilians, including women and children. 

The Committee to Protect Journalists says at least 257 journalists have been jailed in 2016, the most since they started keeping track in 1990. The big offender? Turkey. 

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This Zoo is Going to Kill Itself Off

December 12, 2016

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You might have heard something about the CIA saying that, yeah, Russia definitely tried to tip the election for Trump by hacking the political parties and other major figures. Trump, who essentially is a walking conspiracy theory, dismissed the U.S. intelligence apparatus thusly:

Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory! 

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I’ve Accomplished Something

December 09, 2016

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John Glenn is dead at the age of 95. Record-breaking pilot, pioneering astronaut, U.S. Senator, and then at age 77, astronaut again. An amazing human being. President Obama said:

The last of America's first astronauts has left us, but propelled by their example we know that our future here on Earth compels us to keep reaching for the heavens. On behalf of a grateful nation, Godspeed, John Glenn. 

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Lie More, Die Sooner

December 08, 2016

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Ohio's legislature passes that terrible "fetal heartbeat" anti-abortion bill, which would ban abortion at the point a heartbeat can be detected, around six weeks into pregnancy - even in cases of rape or incest. If you're an Ohioan, you need to tell Gov. Kasich to stop this bill right now.  

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