A Tinfoil-Hat “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
August 18, 2015
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Well you really don't even need me to link to this, but what the heck. The thing breaking the Internet more than a Kardashian's butt is John Oliver's establishment of a religion in order to expose the awfulness that is television, money-begging, prosperity-gospel-ing evangelists.
Get ready to be punched in the gut, fellow omnivores, as Point of Inquiry has Lindsay Beyerstein's interview with Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society on all the awful things going on in factory farming.
Our boss Ron Lindsay looks at what he says are opposing dogmas on the subject of sex work:
If we are to address sex work as critical thinkers, we should put aside preconceptions, carefully define the problems we are trying to address through our policies, and then review the empirical evidence related to the policies under consideration.
Bangladeshi authorities say they've arrested three men involved in the murders of secular bloggers, including Touhidur Rahman, who is said to be the "mastermind."
Nancy Szokan at WaPo covers Stephanie Savage's non-afterlife coma experience featured in Skeptical Inquirer.
Kavin Senapathy at Skepchick purports to expose a lot of ethical, legal, and factual problems with the whole "I Fucking Love Science" enterprise, and at the end of the post, IFLS founder Elise Andrews contests the reporting. Hooo lawd.
EPA contractors accidentally spilled a whoooole lot of toxic mine waste into the Animas River in Colorado, and Ben Radford reports on the conspiracy theories that of course are now spreading like, well, toxic waste in a river.
Daniel Engber at Slate picks apart the pseudoscience and sensationalism in the new documentary That Sugar Film.
Eric Segall at Daily Beast looks at how religions are dragging their feet when it comes to equality for women.
I'd heard about the death of Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter E'Dena Hines a few days ago, but what's new to me is that it may have been the result of an attempted exorcism.
Wow. A Bible museum using old celebrity wax figures as biblical characters. It's so weird, guys. Using Tom Cruise as Jesus and John Travolta as King Solomon might be Scientological blasphemy.
The latest episode of my podcast with Brian Hogg, Thinkery, is up, and we cover fun topics like abortion, time machines, and Jedi afterlives.
Dig this: A short film about a lot of little Carl Sagans. That's not quite right, but just go see.
Wow, I wish formula had done this to my kids.
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A "Conspira-Sea" cruise. I'm not making that up. Get ready to have your brain explode, from the website copy, a "We Didn't Start the Fire" of tinfoil-hattery:
JFK! Blown away! What else do I have to say?!?!?
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#1 Randy on Tuesday August 18, 2015 at 10:13pm
“we will do our best to uncover the truth about things conspiratorial, including…”
So… this IS or ISN’T the escape vessel we use to avoid Jade Helm attack? I know the timing is wrong, but that’s just to throw off the military, right?
#2 Randy on Tuesday August 18, 2015 at 10:29pm
“equality for women”
I think the words you’re looking for there are “gender equality”.
By focusing only on women, you (following the lead of the article’s author Eric Segall) neglect the rest of the gender spectrum, as if they don’t exist, or don’t matter.
The dominant religions in North America are patriarchies, and it is right to oppose them for that reason (among many).
But let’s not continue the idea that equality can be “for” any side for the equation. Equality is a relation between things, not something one side has. We’ve seen how treating equality like something to be given, rather than a relationship in which all are involved, allows some groups to become “more equal” than others.