Screeching to the Choir
April 8, 2019


F. Brinley Bruton at NBC News profiles atheists in Iraq, living in constant fear as the conflict between Sunni and Shiite extremists continues: “Have you ever heard of a militia that is formed by atheists?” engineering student Darwin [a pseudonym], 21, says. “No, only those who have religion form militias and death squads. They are …

With an Effort of Thought
April 5, 2019


The uncontested top story of the day—nay, the decade—is that the Russian military now has super-soldiers with psychic powers. Oh, yes. The Russian Ministry of Defense’s journal, Army Collection, published a scientific(покашлять, покашлять) paper detailing this horrible new reality in which we all live under the thrall of our Russian Psychic Super-Soldier Overlords. Popular Mechanics …

All Sorts of Atrocities
April 4, 2019


Whoa, have you seen the new website for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry? No longer confusingly found at the URL for CSICOP, it now resides, wisely, at skepticalinquirer.org. NICE. A brand new Point of Inquiry episode has Kavin Senapathy talking to Susan Gerbic about her big celebrity-psychic sting operation that was covered prominently by the …

My Own Personal Jaw-Drop Scale
April 2, 2019


The FDA shakes its fist once again at the manufacturers of homeopathic products: …the homeopathic industry has continued to grow, and we need to continue to address, consistent with our current enforcement policies, situations where products labeled as homeopathic are being marketed for serious diseases and/or conditions where the products haven’t been shown to offer …

Cast into the Sun to Melt in Agony for All Eternity
April 1, 2019


It’s April Fools’ Day and I hate it. So does Mark Serrels at CNet: I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that, in a universe where outlandish garbage occurs every single day, April Fools’ should be cast into the sun to melt in agony for all eternity. In 2019, in this universe, April Fools’ …

We Are Not Dumb (Mostly)
March 29, 2019


A new Pew survey shows that Americans’ basic science knowledge isn’t as bad as it’s often made out to be, but it’s not great, either. Interestingly, Democrats and Republicans are pretty much even in terms of scientific literacy, with liberal Democrats narrowly leading the other three categories (conservative Republicans, moderate Republicans, and moderate Democrats), and …

Queen Esther Reboot
March 28, 2019


James Alex Fields Jr., the Nazi who murdered Heather Heyer and injured 35 other people with his car, plowing into them at the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” white supremacist march, pleads guilty to 29 counts of federal hate crimes, and prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty. This comes after Fields’ state murder …

Crushed by the Oncoming Freight Train
March 27, 2019


It’s time Americans wake up and confront the real conspiracy that is tearing this country apart: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has clearly faked her birth time in order to get a more favorable astrological natal chart! People on Twitter said so!!! (Ocasio-Cortez herself has not responded to these serious charges, which tells you EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO …

Spending Time Being Hyper-Defensive
March 26, 2019


At FiveThirtyEight, Maggie Koerth-Baker has some bad news about conspiracy theories: They have been and likely always will be with us, and at least one guy says we shouldn’t want them to go away completely: “I don’t think so,” [University of Winchester psychology professor Michael] Wood said. “I’m sure some people would disagree with me …

Perma-Crisis
March 25, 2019


Mississippi officially bans abortion after a the time a fetal heartbeat could theoretically be detected during an ultrasound, around six weeks, which is before many women are even aware that they’re pregnant. These laws tend to get blocked by the courts, but things being how they are, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. To make …