Some Sort of Healing Vibrations

June 1, 2017

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

This is how we reacted to the news that Trump is probably going to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement:

“Should he go through with withdrawal from the climate accord, the president will be turning his back on the rest of the world while it almost literally burns,” said [our boss Robyn] Blumner. “Having isolated our country, the president would be transforming America from a global superpower to a rogue state.” 

Julia Belluz explains how Trump’s climate policies will make people sick, everywhere.

Our latest Cause & Effect newsletter has lots of stuff about CSICon, Richard Dawkins’ tour, and even Amanda Knox.

Denmark might actually scrap its blasphemy law, for real this time. The AP reports: 

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen’s Liberals decided to join a majority of lawmakers, including the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party, who support repeal. It basically leaves the opposition Social Democrats, with only 46 seats in the 179-seat assembly, to stand alone with their desire to keep it. 

In less than a week, the crack in Antarctica’s Larsen B ice shelf grew by 11 miles. In 8 more miles, the thing breaks off.

Now that you’ve marched for science (or, presuming you have), Susan Gerbic would like to recruit you for the Guerrilla Skeptics on Wikipedia project.

Photographer David Chen hid his photos of the protests at Tiananmen Square for almost 30 years. But he came to the U.S. in 2012, and now here they are.

Ben Radford is cited in a Motherboard piece on the Pokemon seizure-panic of 1997. By the way, have you heard of the newest Pokemon?

Indonesia expert Thomas Pepinsky looks at what the Ahok blasphemy conviction means for the country’s religious minorities, as well as its Muslims who are wary of which forms of Islam will be considered acceptable, and which will not.

Sune Engel Rasmussen reports on how women in Afghanistan are trying to make their mark in the media, but at a time when journalists are increasingly at risk of violence. 

Now this is just cool: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane provide a foreword and introduction to, and LeVar Burton reads, a new audiobook edition of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.

Joe Nickell shows off the 19th-century cure-all “toilet water” called “Florida water. Appetizing already, eh? 

Quote of the Day:

Beth Skwarecki at Lifehacker Australia explains homeopathy:

Here’s the theory. You take a look at your symptoms, and flip through Ye Olde Homeopathy Booke for a substance that can cause those same symptoms. For example, if my allergies are acting up and my eyes are itchy, I might settle on onion extract, since onions irritate the eyes.

Then I … will buy or create the remedy that will treat my itchy eyes. I put a drop of onion extract into water, then succuse the mixture — in other words, I shake it in a very scientific way. This transfers some sort of healing vibrations from the onion extract into the water. Then I take a drop of that mixture, and repeat the process. By the time I’m done, the resulting “medicine” is full of the onion’s healing vibrations. To be totally clear, the healing vibrations are imaginary. …

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