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February 5, 2015
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Meanwhile, Mississippi, which let's be honest is not known for its love of science-based policy, is sticking to its tough vaccination policies.
Our boss Ron Lindsay is named a Fellow of the Secular Policy Institute.
CFI On Campus has a great overview of the fantastic work done by student activists throughout 2014.
This will have big free expression implications, as the FCC decides to regulate Internet broadband as a utility. In other words, net neutrality.
"Shoe bomber" Richard Reid says Islam is totally cool with bringing down airplanes full of innocent people, and that his attempt didn't work out because God must have had some different plans.
Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo takes full responsibility for the company's inability to deal with rampant trolling and abuse, and promises in leaked internal memos, "We're going to start kicking these people off right and left and making sure that when they issue their ridiculous attacks, nobody hears them."
Speaking of trolls, Dennis Markuze, a.k.a. David Mabus, will be sentenced today.
Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency is named Humanist of the Year by the Humanist Community at Harvard University.
A group that advocates for Hawaiian independence has staked out a nice place for UFOs to land, and "establish diplomatic relations with extraterrestrial life." Which I think will really help their cause.
Quote of the Day
Daniel Dennett rebuts David Brooks on what secularists "have to do":
Secularists don’t have to “build” anything; we can choose moral philosophies from what’s already well tested. If religious people think that their “faith” excuses them from evaluating the duties and taboos handed down to them, they are morally obtuse. ...
We secularists have no need for love of any imaginary being, since there is a bounty of real things in the world to love, and to motivate us: peace, justice, freedom, learning, music, art, science, nature, love and health, for instance.
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#1 Randy on Monday February 09, 2015 at 9:28pm
I don’t think Anita even falls into the category of humanist, much less deserves praise for being a notable one.
More accurately, she’s humanism’s Mother Teresa of the year, for conning humanists and others, while getting rich doing nearly nothing.
#2 Randy on Monday February 09, 2015 at 9:33pm
“We’re going to start kicking these people off right and left”
Yes, those are exactly the words you want to hear from your phone company, right? Twitter isn’t a phone company, but it IS a communication platform just like a phone company. They need to be held to the same high standards.
We’d all be wise to keep in mind that today’s “these people” often turn out to be you tomorrow.