je’ qeylIS

February 23, 2018

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Stephen Fry announces that he has been dealing with prostate cancer, which he refers to as “an aggressive little bugger,” but surgery to remove the cancer seems to have been successful. Well, this poncey little heretic wishes him the best.

In Skeptical Inquirer, Craig A. Foster and Steven M. Samuels of the U.S. Air Force Academy discuss ways of confronting racism, and recommend being highly specific in tailoring one’s anti-racism message to different audiences.

The Arizona Senate wants teachers to put a sign saying “Ditat Deus” (“God enriches”) in their public school classrooms…and because it’s in Latin, it doesn’t count as religious, see? Clever. Now if you really want to get stuck in a secular humanist’s craw (and who doesn’t?), you put the sign up in Klingon: “je’ qeylIS.”

A church in Pennsylvania called the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary wants couples (not individuals?) to bring semi-automatic weapons to church to be blessed. And if you can’t get your hands on one in time? “If unable to purchase and legally transport such a ‘rod of iron’ because of laws barring the purchase of such weapons, or other reasons, couples are invited to purchase a $700 gift certificate from a gun store, as evidence of their intent to purchase a ‘rod of iron’ in the future.” 

Discussing the alleged haunting of Boone Tavern in Kentucky, Joe Nickell explains why the “ghost hunters” are wasting their time:

. . . if detecting electromagnetic energy was all that was required, scientists might have proved the existence of ghosts long ago. But science, it must be noted, has not authenticated a single ghost. That is not surprising, since any life energy that left a body at death would surely dissipate and, in any case, would be unable to function without a brain. (Think about it!) Indeed, ghost hunters should learn that electromagnetic fields are as ubiquitous as faulty electrical wiring, radio waves, microwave emissions, solar activity, and many other influences including their own electronic equipment! 

Picture it. China, 2030. Despite the shutdown of churches by the government, China may by that time be home to more Christians than any other country.   

Scott Gavura looks at the business of detox kits and detox diets, reminding us, “there is a lack of robust evidence to show that these types of detox strategies do anything at all.”

This really happened. A high school student is investigated for drawing what the teacher thought was a gun in math class. It was a square root sign. 

Quote of the Day

Chuck D is preaching Carl Sagan.  

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