A Certain Amount of Stoicism

September 13, 2016


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

I’m going to die, you’re going to die, life is often awful, and it’s all we have. Excited? Dive deeper into this rainbow of a topic on Point of Inquiry with guest Andrew Stark, author of The Consolations of Morality: Making Sense of Death

The NCAA pulls all of its championship games out of North Carolina as a result of the state’s odious anti-LGBT laws. NCAA’s Mark Emmert said:

Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships. We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events. 

But THEN the North Carolina GOP released the craziest statement in response. Just bananas. Spokesperson Kami Mueller said in part:

I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams. Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms. This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women’s bathrooms and locker rooms, how do you have a women’s team? I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor. 

Isaac Henderson at The Atlantic looks at the the group Oasis, secular congregations for the nonreligious in the Bible Belt who still look for some community, and Tom Flynn and Free Inquiry are cited. 

Ben Guarino at Washington Post talks to actual doctors about the actual seriousness of Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia. Stanford University pulmonologist Mark Nicolls says, “If she’s had it for more than a week or so, you could say that it indicates a certain amount of stoicism.” My god! 

Anahad O’Connor at NYT reports on the machinations of the sugar industry in the 1960s to point the finger at saturated fat as the thing that could give you heart disease, and this all leads to a long and winding road of particular food interests shaping nutrition policy and what is considered accepted science. 

Catholics for Choice, a frequent partner of ours, starts a petition/pledge for “abortion in good faith”:

Women who are dependent on Medicaid, employees of the federal and state governments, military members, and millions of others who are dependent on public funding simply don’t get the same kind of care as women with money. That is not Catholic. 

The LA Times reports on the Medical Board of California’s moves to have anti-vax pediatrician Bob Sears’ medical license and how it’s starting a whole new battle over vaccination laws

Harvard psychologist Richard J. McNally says if university students really need trigger warnings, then what those students really need is treatment for PTSD. Elana Newman of the University of Tulsa, however, says those warnings are simply “a sign of respect” and a way to let people know what to expect.

A court in Alberta, Canada is going to hear the application of a man expelled from his Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation, which is a weird, but might pass muster because of the “economic impact” on him. 

A Social Security employee in Illinois is suspended from his job for refusing to view an LGBTQ awareness training video because “I am not going to certify sin.”  

Tesla updates the “autopilot” software on its cars, claiming that “the car should almost always hit the brakes correctly even if a UFO were to land on the freeway in zero visibility conditions.” The truth is out there. 

Quote of the Day

Vox does a great video explaining why detoxes are “bullshit.” One of the reporters is Julia Belluz, the Balles Prize winner who will be at CSICon Las Vegas.

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