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Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, 21 years old, is the nephew of a cleric the Saudi government doesn’t like, and took part in protests in 2012. As punishment, he was arrested, tortured, and now faces a beheading and crucifixion. (A reminder: the latest Point of Inquiry discusses our relationship with the Saudis with guest Craig Unger.)
Donald Trump has an exchange with a man at a campaign event who believes Obama is a Muslim and other terrible things, and given the rules of this being a nonpartisan nonprofit I will not characterize the exchange beyond that.
Skeptical Inquirer posts the full text of Michael De Dora’s presentation to the FDA on the regulation of homeopathy.
Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, a Catholic, is boycotting the Pope’s visit because Francis believes in climate change and won’t attack Planned Parenthood. That’ll show ’em!
Entertainers will hold a “climate rally” on the National Mall to coincide with the Pope’s visit.
Julie Beck at The Atlantic looks at how the GOP candidates conflated “big government” and vaccine safety at the debate.
Here’s something I didn’t know: Labour’s new leader in the UK, Jeremy Corbyn, is down with homeopathy. Come on!
So what happened to Dave Letterman? Looks like he’s going to host a documentary series on climate change for National Geographic! Now how cool is that???
Aurora Ford at the Anchorage Press profiles the Alaskan Atheists group and the challenges they face in building a community, and also interviews Hemant Mehta, who I think is not Alaskan, but will be speaking to the group tomorrow.
Asia News Weekly leads and ends its piece on the crisis for Bangladesh’s atheists with quotes from CFI’s Ron Lindsay and Michael De Dora.
After Americans United gets involved, the city of Cape May, NJ decides not to use its city hall to host a Pope Francis mass viewing.
The 8th Circuit sides with a couple of religious orgs that want out of the contraceptive mandate’s opting out.
On my podcast with Brian Hogg, Thinkery, we chat about things that include the Kim David imbroglio, but of course like two weeks behind, because dude I have a job and kids and podcast editing is work.
An ISIS fighter from Britain loses patience with his Arab comrades over cellphone chargers.
They see no issue in unplugging your mobile phone to charge their own phone. Even if it’s your own charger, they would casually take your phone off charge to charge their own phone, even if there is no real need for them to charge their phone at that current time.
Two black holes look like they’re about to collide (“about to” as in 100,000 years from now).
They made an invisibility cloak. For cells. That stay very still.
Holy moly, a scale model of the Solar System…in 7 miles of sand.
Quote of the Day:
This actual quote from an actual public official is QOTD for its utter absurdity. Dadeville, Alabama city council member Frank Goodman on the gravest issue of our time:
I prayed and asked God to show me what I should do, and the way I should go about it. What would God do? Did God go around doing this? He would show me this saggy pant—it’s one of the things He did not do. It is not in His orders to do that to gain eternal life. … If a police officer sees somebody walking down the street with their pants down, they’ll give them a ticket. So pull your pants up. That way, you won’t be fined. Start putting a belt on and buy your pants in the right size.
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