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The King of Wishful Thinking

September 16, 2020

Scientific American endorses a presidential candidate for the first time in its 175-year history. Notice you didn’t need me to tell you which one. “The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science.”

Oh come on, SciAm, that’s harsh, isn’t it? Let’s check with the man himself at his ABC News Town Hall last night:

“There are people that don’t think masks are good,” Trump said, prompting Stephanopoulos to ask, “Who are those people?”

“Waiters,” Trump said.

Okay, you got me.

On the other side of the coin, you have the Jesuit magazine America not endorsing Biden, per se, but definitely un-dorsing Trump.

The Washington Examiner (of call places) looks at how the “nones” are still left to merely infer which candidate they should support rather than be courted. “Democrats … have not invested in mobilizing the unchurched as much as they have reached out to those affiliated with a traditional church.” Yeah, we know.


Politico: HHS Secretary Alex Azar has been pressuring the FDA “to abandon its responsibility for ensuring the safety and accuracy of a range of coronavirus tests.”

Richard Besser at SciAm calls the political meddling with the CDC’s Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report “a form of scientific blasphemy.”


Mysterious letters are showing up at Long Island residents’ homes “WARNING” them that a COVID-19 vaccine is going to be tested on “minorities.”

After getting fines over $100,000—and promises of ongoing fines—the COVID-denying North Valley Baptist Church finally holds services outdoors.

Seven people have died of COVID-19 because of one single “superspreader” wedding in my own state of Maine. Oh, and none of the people who died actually attended the wedding, they just got infected by people who went to it.

Ohio parents are suing over the mask requirements for their kids in school on religious liberty grounds, because of course they are. Howard Friedman clarifies: “A school district denied an exemption to one of the plaintiffs even though she had a sincerely held religious belief opposing masks. The district took the position that a belief is different from a religious requirement.”

We’re keeping track of COVID-19 pseudoscience, snake oil, fake cures, and more at CFI’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Separate fact from fiction and inoculate yourself from misinformation at centerforinquiry.org/coronavirus.


A federal court rules that a Tennessee school district has to stop with the Bible distribution, crosses, and Christian prayers at assemblies.

Atheist Jesi Bailey at Varsity on attending online church during the pandemic: “I am still an atheist. Attending church didn’t change my beliefs about the existence of a god or an afterlife.”


The journal PLOS ONE retracts a five-year-old paper that concluded that a homeopathic placebo had some kind of magic property. It did not. (Hey Waaaaaalmaaaaaart….)

LA Progressive should retract this piece on finding the “right” tarot-reading psychic who won’t scam you. Lemme help you out: if you are trusting this article, you are already being scammed.

McDowell County’s Bigfoot Festival is a Bigfoot Scavenger Hunt this year, taking cues from “the king of social distancing.” That’s a Go West song, right?


Linking to a story or webpage does not imply endorsement by Paul or CFI. Not every use of quotation marks is ironic or sarcastic, but it often is.



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