CFI Kenya: Altruism Even at a Time of Economic Hardship during COVID-19
July 2, 2020


COVID-19 has changed the world completely. When China reported the first cases of the disease in the Wuhan province in early December 2019, many people did not know the virus would become a global pandemic and change the world entirely. With many people infected, a significant number of people dead, and new infections emerging daily, …

Seriously: Can He Do That?
June 2, 2020


That’s a question I’ve been asked a lot over the past three and a half years, and never more often than the last 12 hours or so. And it’s an understandable question—we’re a constitutional republic. There are rules and they are written down. All we need to do is check the rules and see if …

Why Can’t We Have Nice Things? Because of You, That’s Why.
April 29, 2020


I should start by saying I don’t necessarily mean you, the reader. I hope, and the fact you are reading CFI stuff indicates this is likely, you don’t fall into this category. But we all know some, and probably way too many of them. There’s your uncle or cousin who causes embarrassment every year at …

It’s the math, stupid.
April 13, 2020


The real pandemic starts the day lockdown ends.  The coronavirus is a crisis of math. The coronavirus is an easy problem to solve…if we understood exponentials. Unfortunately, the human mind is incapable of grasping exponentials. We cannot intuitively perceive how a small number can grow so large in such a small amount of time. An …

Keeping Churches Open Will Damn Us All
April 2, 2020


The American obsession with giving privilege to religion is rearing its head in these times of global pandemics and mandatory social distancing. As more and more states (39 at the current count) have implemented stay-at-home orders, a dangerous number of them have excluded houses of worship and religious services from their restrictions. Let one thing …

Can Naturopathic Doctors Combat COVID-19?
March 31, 2020


Last week, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) announced that it urges government officials coordinating the national COVID-19 pandemic response to utilize all licensed healthcare professionals, including naturopathic doctors (NDs) “to support other medical professionals in changing the trajectory of this public health crisis.”  Yes, we’re facing shortages of health care workers to respond …

Equatorial Misinformation Misadventures
February 19, 2020

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Last month I was editing a piece by Rob Palmer (perhaps better known as “The Well-Known Skeptic”) on the subject of misinformation he encountered in the middle of the world. Or, put another way, bogus information on the equator in Ecuador (a country named after the equator). I had a particular interest in the topic, …

Watching as the Supreme Court Vandalizes the Wall of Separation
January 22, 2020


The Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, marking what seems likely to be the next stage in the brick by brick dismantling Thomas Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state. While waiting for the transcript of the oral arguments (and it seems possible that may …

Burning Books with God’s Wrath
October 25, 2019


Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen. Where they burn books, they will, in the end, burn human beings.– Heinrich Heine, Almansor Fire, and its destructive capacity, has a special place in human psychology. It represents both a tool that when harnessed properly played a critical role in the development of civilization, …

What Gorsuch Giveth…
October 10, 2019


…Gorsuch will almost certainly taketh away. This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a series of cases all focused on one particular issue – does Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit employment discrimination against the LGBT community? Like many cases that come before the Supreme Court bench, there’s …