We Are Just a Bunch of Suckers
November 19, 2019 · 2 


Snopes pushes back on secular and progressive groups who are upset about the Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act, saying that the bill doesn’t explicitly say that wrong answers get a pass as along as their based on a religious belief, which is what we and many others have been warning: What HB 164 might ultimately …

The Emperor is Transformed
November 18, 2019 ·


Behold, a sign we are rapidly approaching rock bottom: The Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act, passed by the state House, will clear the way for students to answer questions in school that correspond to their religious beliefs, whether or not they are correct, and teachers can do nothing about it. In our initial social media …

Trudeau, Cherry, and Canadian Racism Polls
November 15, 2019 ·


The issue of racism in Canada was recently brought into sharp focus when, shortly before the Canadian election, photos and videos of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface and brownface emerged. They had been taken on at least three occasions in the 1990s and early 2000s. Trudeau—widely praised for his socially progressive agendas—quickly apologized and …

Deal With All These Lies
November 14, 2019 ·


Lucky Tran at The Guardian looks at anti-vaxxers’ use of “firehosing” as a propaganda strategy, and they’re hardly alone in using it: Firehosing relies on pushing out as many lies as possible as frequently as possible. That’s typical for propaganda, but the aspect that makes firehosing a unique strategy is that it doesn’t require the …

Sagan’s Candle In The Dark
November 13, 2019 ·


Carl Sagan’s book The Demon-Haunted World was published in 1996. The contents reveal Sagan’s passion for critical thinking (scientific thinking) and dislike for popular media misrepresentations of science. He warns and provides examples of the negative impacts associated with pseudoscience. The contents cover a wide range of topics and illustrate his love of finding the …

A Small Hiccup
November 13, 2019 ·


Humanists International releases its latest Freedom of Thought Report, “a unique worldwide survey of discrimination and persecution against humanists, atheists and the non-religious.” You want to support freedom of scientific thought here at home? Tell your congress-folks to back the Preserve Science in Policymaking Act, which is also a really good way to honor Carl …

The Lighthouse: A Fog of Madness and Superstition
November 12, 2019 ·


The new genre-bending film The Lighthouse is hard to describe. I’ve seen it mentioned as everything from a horror film to a dark comedy to a psychological thriller. I can’t really tell you what it is, but I can tell you what it’s about, and why you should see it. The basics are pretty straightforward: …

A Fresh Set of Organs
November 12, 2019 ·


The Daily Beast ran a test, creating some made-up anti-vaxxer ads making false claims, and those ads were accepted by Google and Twitter, and rejected by YouTube, Snap, Instagram, and Facebook: Google approved the two advertisements with blatant language—“Don’t get vaccinated” and “Vaccines aren’t safe”—and even sent multiple prompts via email to optimize them. … …

Such Deeply Stupid Questions
November 11, 2019 ·


At the New York Times, Eugene Linden looks at how scientists’ predictions about the severity of climate change has become more dire over time: Had a scientist in the early 1990s suggested that within 25 years a single heat wave would measurably raise sea levels, at an estimated two one-hundredths of an inch, bake the …

On Waiting for Houdini’s Ghost
November 7, 2019 ·


Writing this poem constituted my annual “Houdini Séance” for 2019. (Houdini died on October 31, 1926.) It is written in my own style, which I call Improvisational Rhyming. I wait, not for Houdini to haunt, but      for the rest      of us to meet      in pretense      at some séance table.      In life      he slipped off      handcuffs, …