Wired is worried about Texas too

Who isn't? Now just two days away from deciding what will constitute the standard science textbook in Texas, everyone should be paying attention. This is especially true since many other states often base their own curriculum on what Texas does. I didn't know this, but these guys produce most of the teaching material for much of the south. So in that sense, this whole issue just got a lot more intense. It s ...

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26 percent of Turks support honor killings

I always knew that a portion of Muslims in the world endorse honor killings, but I never realized until today just how big that number is. A new survey in Turkey shows just how chilling the response is, and how incompatible this cultural attitude is to modern societal values. 26 percent of adults and teenagers are in full support of honor killings. That's a full quarter of their population. I find it surpri ...

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Another voice for legalization of drugs

There've been many high profile economists who have come out publicly calling on the US to repeal drug prohibition laws. Today, it's Harvard Economist Jeffrey Miron talking to CNN.com. If you're wondering why so many economists are coming out of the woodwork to talk about prohibition, consider the last time the US faced a depression, one of the big policy changes that went into effect was the abolition of a ...

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Hitchens not amused at circumcision

Here's a discussion where a group of theologians (with Hitchens there to provide the atheist perspective) are trying to answer the question: why do bad things happen to good people? Hitchens has a very simple explanation: "religion compels people to do wicked and unforgivable things". The best part of the video is the argument between him and Rabbi Harold Kushner about circumcision. Hitchens tries to use it ...

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Prayer not part of emergency procedure.

The last thing you want to hear on a plane that has a fuel gauge malfunction is the pilot praying out loud. It's a clear sign the guy has lost his marbles. Turns out the pilot and copilot of a ATR turbo-prob aircraft which crashed at sea just off Sicily will have plenty of time to pray in jail, as both have been sentenced to 10 years for failing to follow emergency procedures. Let this be a lesson to all yo ...

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Tough Competition

MORE AT ATHEISTNATION.NETHey millionaires, stop competing against us broke-asses in the podcasting world! Seth has 100 million dollars in his bank account, and now he's breaking into my racket! Ok, I'm being melodramatic. This is great. ...

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Site update

Just a heads up that in the next few days, I'll be launching the new site, which will allow patrons access to the other show, as well as some fun exclusive material down the road. Naturally I'm not a technical expert, so you'll have to bear with me while I iron out the bugs. If you have any suggestions, now would be the time to post them. I'm always willing to listen to good ideas! ...

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Another senseless honor killing in Jordan

Every time I hear about a girl getting killed by her own family, it sends a chill down my spine. It seems inconceivable that anyone would put their loved ones in danger, and even more so that they would be their killers. Such is the reality of conservative Muslims in Jordan, where an average of 20 women a year are slain in 'honor killings'. This week, it's a 19 year old girl who was beaten to death by her f ...

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