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The Trump budget. “Cuts” don’t do justice to what this would mean if it passed. Gutting science (specifically climate science), diplomacy, help for the poor, the arts, even local police. It’s like the plow coming for the Frisby home while Timothy is sick. And we can’t move to the lee of the stone because the Democrats are too consumed with arguing over being in the more practical lee or being more far-leeward.
The White House formally apologizes to Britain for claiming that the GCHQ wiretapped Trump Tower. Never forget.
India.com reports that 16-year-old singer Nihid Afram is the subject of a fatwa from 46 Muslim clerics because she has sung or intends to sing a song “against the Sharia,” critical of the Islamic State. In this case it looks like the fatwa is not a Rushdie-type directive to kill, but an appeal to refrain from performing the song.
BBC Asian Network asks its viewers, “What is the right punishment for blasphemy?” Un-effing-believable.
Facebook, meanwhile, has sent some of its folks to Pakistan to talk about concerns over blasphemous content. This is just days after the country’s leadership called for more investigations into such content on social media.
A Hungarian Nazi group claims Trump security adviser Sebastian Gorka as a “sworn member.” The group is Vitézi Rend, which was “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” during the war.
Every good Megatron needs a Starscream, so Trump is appointing to the post of deputy EPA administrator coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler.
CFI’s Michael De Dora sent out a message yesterday giving us an update on his work in Geneva at the UN Human Rights Council. Check out the company he’s keeping:
We also hosted Azam Khan, a Bangladeshi activist and blogger who was forced to leave his home country after facing threats; Alber Saber, an Egyptian college student who was imprisoned for his writings; and Kacem El Ghazzali, who started blogging about religion in high school and had to flee his home country Morocco, over his public atheism. All of these speakers have resettled in Switzerland, in part due to support from the Center for Inquiry.
Ben Radford’s book Bad Clowns is a finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year.
CFI is among the 19 faith-based and non-faith-based groups that have signed on to a letter of concern about Judge Neil Gorsuch.
“There are no such things as homosexuals,” says the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Arizona. Well that’s a curious approach to…whatever they’re approaching. Wait! Wait! Imma try this. “There is no such thing as student loan debt.”
Did it work?
Derek Beres looks at the atheism of Percy Bysshe Shelley, who wrote, “If ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, knowledge of nature is made for their destruction.”
If someone’s going to stop corporal punishment in schools, it’s the Satanic Temple. This is made even better when one considers all the fake “Satanic abuse” claims from decades previous.
In an upcoming film, Kevin Sorbo plays an atheist who writes a book called Aborting God and…nope, I can’t. “There is no such thing as a Kevin Sorbo anti-atheist movie.”
A dude in Colorado reports to 911 that a UFO was dropping people off. And THEN, “A man accidentally called 911 while resetting his Apple watch at Purgatory resort.” Heavy.
Dude gives his goldfish with a buoyancy-disorder a teeny wheelchair with a little floatation help, and it’s just great.
Quote of the Day:
The Wilson Times of North Carolina posts an editorial opposing SB 258, the Enact Naturopathic Doctors Certification Act:
SB 258 lists several forms of “alternative health care” — think “alternative facts” — that licensed naturopaths could practice under state approval. They include homeopathy, hydrotherapy and electromagnetic therapy, all of which the medical research community regards as pseudoscience. … Senate Bill 258 is a toxic tincture that would sanction junk science. It’s far more dangerous than downing a full bottle of homeopathic pills.
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