Singapore sends blogger to jail for critizing religion

Singapore court sends teen blogger back to jail for criticizing religion

Teen blogger Amos Yee speaks to reporters next to lawyer Nadarajan Kanagavijayan, after hearing his verdict, while leaving the State Courts in Singapore September 29, 2016. REUTERS/Pedja Stanisic via Reuters – by Fathin Ungku | SINGAPORE

A Singapore court sentenced 17-year-old blogger […]

Thou shalt not make graven images in Islam

Why does Islam forbid images of God or the Prophet?

************(cartoon that is claimed was the basis for the murder of Nahed Hattar


In some ways, early Muslims were reacting to Christianity, which they believed had been led astray by conceiving of Christ not as a man but as a God. They did not […]

Mendacity exposed by Nahed Hattar and others


Theocratic murder over a cartoon

Why a Jordanian Writer Was Killed in Amman

The prominent secular activist shared a controversial cartoon mocking the Islamic State on Facebook.

Protesters hold up photos of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside the Jordanian Prime Ministry in Amman, Jordan. AP via The Atlantic by Yasmeen Serhan – Sep. 27th, 2016 Demonstrations broke […]

“…everybody’s talking…” especially on Twitter

Why even Republicans think Clinton won the first debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meet for their first debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)


With Breanne Deppisch and Elise Viebeck

THE BIG IDEA: The consensus that Donald Trump badly lost the first debate gelled […]

NPR live transcript of Presidential Debate: Sep 27th, 2016

NPR POLITICS LIVE TRANSCRIPT <– Go to the link to see the fact check of each candidate’s remarks

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Good evening from Hofstra University in Hempstead New York.


I’m Lester Holt anchor of NBC nightly news I want to welcome you to […]

the beam…

This whole elector process illuminates the simple calculus of which feature of humanity will carry us to the next major step in our planetary evolution. It will be a waste of resources if 1+ million years of development in our capabilities is squandered on our ‘beliefs’ and ‘feelings’ instead of on our knowledge.

And […]

By 2050 one-quarter to one-third of all men in the American labor force will be unemployed

A disaster is looming for American men

By Lawrence H. Summers September 26 at 8:16 AM Over the weekend, the Financial Times published my review of Nicholas Eberstadt’s important new book Men Without Work. The core message is captured in the graph below:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, author’s calculation

Job destruction caused by […]

Getting old in pix

Subject: Slideshow – some people never get old by Judy – Sep. 26th, 2016


“Art of the Deal” Ghostwriter speaks out


“The Art of the Deal” made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it.

via The New Yorker – By Jane Mayer – Jul. 25th, 2016

“I put lipstick on a pig,” Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter, […]

Serial liar strikes again

Donald Trump’s ‘The Art of the Deal’ says that he punched out his music teacher because he ‘didn’t think he knew anything about music.’

via by Dan Evon

Aug 19, 2016

CLAIM: Donald Trump wrote in ‘The Art of the Deal’ that he punched out his second grade music teacher.


WHAT’S […]

ITT scam explained

How ITT Tech Screwed Students and Made Millions

Michael Nunez – Sep 22, 2016

By the time ITT Technical Institute (ITT) closed its doors earlier this month, the for-profit college had been selling tenuous diplomas at exorbitant prices for more than 20 years. The company had been taking millions in federal […]

Wells Fargo scam explained – ELI5

by Mixairian – Sep. 11th, 2016


Bankers get a commission (extra money,) for certain actions. These usually invoice opening accounts. The more accounts you open, the more money you get. Commission is a bonus. It’s not a requirement for your base salary. Many banks create a quota of sales that they […]

“one innocent man unjustly convicted is much worse than one guilty man going free”

A Law Professor Explains Why You Should Never Talk to Police

By Harry Cheadle – September 20, 2016

Police question three people detained in Santa Ana, California. Photo by Spencer Grant/Getty

James Duane doesn’t think you should ever talk to the police. Not just, “Don’t talk to the police if you’re accused […]

Transportation issues & climate change

Interview: Clean Vehicles Expert Jeremy Martin

Jeremy Martin is a Senior Scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Vehicles Program, in charge of evaluating transportation fuels and fuel policy. The author of more than 15 technical publications and 13 patents, he is active in transportation planning […]

Why did the South secede?

5 Myths about why the South seceded

by Sociologist James W. Loewen – the author of “Lies My Teacher Told Me” and co-editor, with Edward Sebesta, of “The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader.” Jan. 9, 2011 ***************************

“One hundred fifty years after the Civil War began, we’re still fighting it – or at least fighting […]

Time to get real…

In as much as many of us would have preferred another POTUS candidate other than who we have ended up with, the time to get real is fast approaching. There simply is no way for any Presidential candidate other than Clinton or sTrump to win this election. While Stein and Johnson have some virtues, […]

Diet & Exercise vs Cancer

Diet and exercise versus cancer: A science-based view

Posted by David Gorski on September 19, 2016 36 Comments

One of the most effective spin techniques used by advocates of “integrative medicine” (also sometimes called “complementary and alternative medicine,” or CAM for short) to legitimize quackery has been to claim basically all non-pharmacologic, non-surgical interventions […]

Danae & the NSA

On parenting

How much do parents matter

via The Atlantic – by Uri Friedman – Sep 15, 2016


In 1930, the American anthropologist Margaret Mead published a study of how people in Papua New Guinea raised their children. The world is one giant laboratory and human development one grand experiment, she reasoned. So why not compare […]