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Dangerous Advice

August 11, 2020

The same old horrors keep coming back. In Nigeria, a 22-year-old singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu is sentenced to death for blasphemy over a song he wrote. “Mr Sharif-Aminu did not deny the charges.”

Jane Donnelly of Atheist Ireland at the Irish Times: It’s time to scrap all religious oaths in state activities.

Hey, what if the world could be more on fire? Trump’s EPA has you covered. In methane. They’re rolling back Obama-era restrictions on methane emissions.

WSJ reports on how Trump’s HHS Office for Civil Rights is making sure hospitals are bending over backward to accommodate religious needs over, you know, health.

The FTC says coronavirus scams are in “overdrive,” with scammers hawking fake cures or trying to bilk folks out of their stimulus checks.

Oncologist Jalal Baig at NBC News says, “August would be an ideal time for Birx to grow a spine.” Ouch, doc.

A physician in Ontario, Dr. Kulvinder Gill, gets a tweet pulled down for advocating hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment.

Stephen Barrett at CFI’s Quackwatch takes a skeptical look at the hackery of Dr. Kelly Victory, a COVID-19 denier who’s now had videos pulled from YouTube. “I believe her advice is dangerous and should be ignored.”

Putin says one of his daughters got a state-backed COVID-19 vaccine, well before it’s been tested in Phase III trials. I would take whatever Putin says with a grain of polonium salt.

You gotta hand it to the Satanic Temple: Even when they just go about their business, it seems to people like it might be a hoax. Nope. Snopes steps in to say, yep, they’re challenging abortion restrictions on religious liberty grounds. That’s just how they roll.

These glasses probably don’t relieve “visual stress” like they claim, but I bet they relieve the stress of not looking awesome!

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