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May 25 2014

Waiting for Lab Meat

A pair of scientists have apparently figured out how to grow meat in a lab using stem cells in localized factories. I suppose we could call this the lab-to-table movement. They evidently think that will make a big difference in public acceptance of the idea of cultured meat.

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May 14 2014

Pinker on the Ubiquitous ‘Kids These Days’

I’ve written before about the line I use whenever people my age start blathering on about how much better things were when we were growing up: “Even the nostalgia was better in the old days.” Steven Pinker hammers this near-universal idea in an interview.

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May 04 2014

Rob Ford: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

The circus sideshow that is Toronto Mayor Rob Ford just got even better. He’s apparently been caught smoking crack on camera again. How long will it be before this guy is, like one of his doppleganger’s most famous characters, living in a van down by the river?

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Apr 27 2014

Hannity Takes on Jon Stewart. Oops.

Seriously, when will the right wing pundits and TV show hosts learn that they aren’t going to win if they take on Jon Stewart? Sean Hannity tried it over the Bundy Ranch standoff and got absolutely eviscerated. This is seriously going to leave a mark.

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Apr 25 2014

Brody Loves Rand Paul in Jeans

David Brody, the fake “journalist” for the Christian Broadcasting Network, really likes the look of Rand Paul in blue jeans. I mean really likes it. So much so that I’m wondering if perhaps he wrote this column, about how blue jeans are the key to Paul winning the Republican presidential nomination, with one hand.

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Apr 21 2014

Beck Loves Him Some Matt Blevin

Matt Blevin, the Tea Party candidate challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is attracting support from Glenn Beck. In fact, Beck says that Blevin is just like the founders and that if he isn’t elected, McConnell will make sure that The Blaze and other conservative sites are shut down. Wha? Yeah, I know.

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Apr 19 2014

Greta’s New Book is Out

FTB’s own Greta Christina’s new book is out. It’s called Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why. I got an advance copy but haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but Greta is always worth reading and always thoughtful and challenging.

Apr 16 2014

Early Bird Pricing Extended for FBB Conference

Good news! We’ve decided to extend the early bird pricing for the Humanism at Work conference until May 1, which means you can attend for $129 rather than $149. That’s about half, or less, of what many conferences cost these days. We’ve really worked to keep the cost as low as possible. Register now!

Apr 16 2014

In Kenya, Romney is President

I’ve always been amused by the fact that t-shirts and hats that are printed for sports teams that don’t win, which thus can’t be sold, are sent to poor countries around the world. Somewhere there’s a village in Cambodia that thinks the Buffalo Bills are the greatest football team ever after winning four straight super …

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Apr 14 2014

Please Help Me Fight a Lawsuit

So it looks like I’m going to be sued by a white supremacist who doesn’t like it that I’ve called him a white supremacist several times over the last few years. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail right now because I need to hire an attorney (one in Texas, unfortunately) and …

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Apr 02 2014

Porn Star Kicked Out of Nazi Party. And Out of Porn.

If you think a porn star who is a college student is a matter of controversy, how about a porn star who is a neo-Nazi? A German porn star has been booted out of a neo-Nazi political party after doing an interracial sex scene. And then she was thrown out of the porn industry for …

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Apr 01 2014

Mousavi on Things Atheists Shouldn’t Say

We clearly did not properly explain the hivemind concept to Kaveh Mousavi, who dares to disagree with me on a couple of the things I said atheists shouldn’t say. Which brings me to #10: Never disagree with me. Seriously, it’s worth reading, a thoughtful contribution to the discussion from a former Muslim perspective.

Mar 23 2014

SD Republican Okay With Racial Discrimination

A Republican legislator from South Dakota who authored legislation that failed to pass that would have allowed businesses to discriminate against LGBT people is disappointed that they didn’t go even further and let businesses to discriminate against black people too.

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Mar 22 2014

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I’m going to be doing some traveling and speaking over the next couple months so I thought I’d give a heads up for those who might be within range of any of them. April 4-5 I’ll be at ReasonFest in Lawrence, KS. Friday night I’ll be doing a brief version of my Stand Up Skeptic …

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Mar 20 2014

Fred Phelps is Dead

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Fred Phelps, founder of the vile Westboro Baptist Church, is dead at 84. Am I sad about that? Not a bit. I’m sad for Nate Phelps, though, and I hope he can find some peace and solace, at least in the fact that he managed to become a …

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