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This is, sadly, not a surprise: Raif Badawi’s sentencing is upheld after a “review” by a Saudi court.
The New York Times calls for the military to let transgender troops to serve openly.
In Skeptical Inquirer, Charles S. Reichardt and Ian A. Saari look at why evolution is rejected by highly-educated believers.
To the list of people who think that Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan is overreaching and generally unpleasant, add “Turks.” His party is beaten in parliamentary elections, which NYT calls “a significant victory [for] Kurds, liberals and secular Turks.”
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is charged for failing to protect children from a predatory priest.
Ross Pomeroy reports on a novel idea, so crazy it just might work: You want to really discredit creationism? Teach it in science class.
The Planetary Society’s LightSail craft is finally working. Congrats, y’all!
Laurie Goodstein at NYT takes a look at the cognitive, theological, and political dissonance experienced by Evangelical Christians who don’t want to be left behind by history in terms of acceptance of gays.
An earthquake in Malaysia is blamed by authorities on European tourists who got all naked on Mount Kinabalu. And now they want the tourists arrested. For causing the earthquake. With their naked.
So, okay, um, a particle, see, doesn’t, like, “decide” on its state, like, until its future-self is, kind of, um, observed, at which point, like, its past-self then, uh, kind of, then, decides. (Oh no, Chopra’s going to have a field day with this.)
Snowdon to Brecon Beacons: 32 minutes by dragon. Fort Augustus to Urquhart Castle: 22 minutes by Loch Ness Monster.
Scalia: Humanity has been around for “at least” 5000 years. At least!
Quote of the Day:
Rick Santorum, who has soooo much to learn about irony, says the Pope should leave climate science to the scientists. Fox News’s Chris Wallace says to him:
Two points, if he’s not a scientist, and, in fact, he has a degree in chemistry, neither are you.
That’s one point. The second point is, somewhere between 80% and 90% of scientists who have studied this say that humans, men — human activity, contributes to climate change. so, I guess the question would be, if he shouldn’t talk about it, should you?
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