Not a Stunning Image
February 14, 2020


A few days ago, the temperature in Antarctica was a pleasant 70 degrees. Good lord. It’s probably the hottest temperature ever recorded there. The Post reports: The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest-warming parts of the world. Most of the glaciers in that region are retreating rapidly. According to a 2018 study, ice-shelf collapse …

Finger-Pointing and Facial Expressions
February 13, 2020


So, about 15,000 new cases of the Wuhan coronavirus were added by Chinese officials…in one day…in one province. This isn’t because there are suddenly a tidal wave of new infections, but because they are now changing diagnostic criteria to determine whether one is infected. Roni Caryn Rabin at NYT reports: A change in diagnosis may …

All the Monsters Live in Ohio
February 12, 2020


Benjamin Radford takes on the myths and misinformation about the Wuhan coronavirus, and there’s a lot of important stuff here worth sharing with folks: When people are frightened by diseases, they cling to any information and often distrust official information. These fears are amplified by the fact that the virus is of course invisible to …

The Seepage
February 11, 2020


According to Gallup, on the question of which groups Americans would or would not vote for in a presidential election, atheists are totally kicking socialists’ butts! 60 percent would vote for an atheist compared to 45 percent for a socialist. Atheists are still getting edged out by Muslims at 66 percent. Tolerance for an atheist …

Unimaginably Strange Things
February 7, 2020


There’s a new member of the Center for Inquiry Expanded Universe, as we welcome our new fundraising superhero, Director of Development Connie Skingel. So, otherwise, how are things? Not so good, right? Right. On our podcast Point of Inquiry, CFI’s board chair, the great Eddie Tabash, levels with us about the state of church-state separation. …

My Name is Forget
February 6, 2020


President Trump was acquitted by the Senate yesterday, obviously, but one Republican did vote to convict, Mitt Romney, and here’s why, via The Atlantic: Romney, a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, described to me the power of taking an oath before God: “It’s something which I take very seriously.” …

Toxically Inhospitable
February 5, 2020


The president said this last night: My Administration is also defending religious liberty, and that includes the Constitutional right to pray in public schools. In America, we do not punish prayer. We do not tear down crosses. We do not ban symbols of faith. We do not muzzle preachers and pastors. In America, we celebrate …

The Truth Gets Retweeted Almost Never
February 4, 2020


So things are not going smoothly in Iowa. Mistakes were made, etc. Well, it’s time to release the conspiracy theories! I opened Twitter this morning (because I guess I hate myself) to find variations on trends about how Pete Buttigieg “cheated” at the expense of Bernie Sanders, how the DNC has rigged everything for whatever …

We All Die, Probably
February 3, 2020


This week is going to be too much. CBS News reporter Kathryn Watson tweeted this: Sunday night: Super BowlMonday: Senate trial Monday night: Iowa caucusesTuesday: Senate trialTuesday night: State of the UnionWednesday afternoon: Senate conviction/acquittal voteFriday night: Another Democratic debate And then: Saturday: We all die, probably She doesn’t even mention that before the Superb …

Destroy Our Wonderful Cows
January 31, 2020


Congratulations, Wuhan coronavirus, you’re now officially a global emergency. NYT reports: The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on Thursday as the coronavirus outbreak spread well beyond China, where it emerged last month. … … The declaration “is not a vote of no confidence in China,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the W.H.O.’s director-general. …