November 12, 2015
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Astronomers have their eyes on GJ 1132b, the closest Earth-like exoplanet yet found. Actually, since its temperature is estimated at about 500 degrees Fahrenheit, it's actually more Venus-like than Earth-like.
In Bangladesh, the prime minister continues not-helping, saying, "I belong to a religion and I would be upset if someone offended my sentiments by writing something obscene or preposterous. ... There will be a similar reaction from Hindus, Buddhists or Christians, if someone hurts their religious beliefs." To which several leading activists in the country say, "Instead of bringing the killers to justice, the government high-ups have suggested that writers show restraint. Writing seems to have become a crime bigger than murder. This is completely unacceptable."
The attorney general of my state of Maine files a first-of-its-kind human rights lawsuit against an anti-abortion protester for intentional interference with health services.
Rebecca Leber at TNR is glad that Rand Paul agrees that the Earth is more than 6000 years old, but the acceptance of science and reality seems to stop there.
UK parents who allowed their infant daughter to starve to death because of their religious beliefs are given jail time.
Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., who killed three people in a shooting spree in Kansas last year and said "he wanted to kill Jewish people before he died" (though his victims were Christian) is sentenced to death.
Hey guys, CVS solved that whole 40 proof homeopathic laxative thing. They just won't let kids buy more than one at a time. Done! Nothing more to see here!
Ken Chitwood reviews the new book Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents are Raising their Children for Publishers Weekly.
Unsurprisingly, Bernie Sanders is by far the top choice for president among seculars who opted to take this Survey Monkey poll.
Cats may not want to murder us. But who can say.
Quote of the Day:
This is the cockiest hospital i have ever seen
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