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Being Non-Racist vs Begin Anti-Racist

Emmanuel Acho in his truly wonderful YouTube series, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man: Being non-racist is still tolerating racism, but not volunteering yourself as a racist. Being anti-racist is speaking out against racism whenever you see it. — Emmanuel Acho, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, E10 with Chelsea Handler @ 10:16.

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Finally, Harvard Professor Slammed for Saying Atheists “Can’t Be Trusted” to Hold Office

Charles M. Silver, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in 2011, has written a piece for the Harvard Crimson responding to Vermeule’s comment. Among other things, he notes the lack of public outrage over what Vermeule said. That’s in part due to how […]

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Bill Nye Saves the World

Netflix: Emmy-winning host Bill Nye brings experts and famous guests to his lab for a talk show exploring scientific issues that touch our lives. Wow. Great show! Even better than I was hoping.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on America

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter: Let’s Make America Smart Again.

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Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

Books: they’re like TV for smart people.

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Want to live longer? Pick up a book…

It turns out all those hours I spend reading my Facebook feed won’t extend my life. It has to be books. The study, The Guardian reports, “looked at the reading patterns of 3,635 people who were 50 or older. On average, book readers were found to live for almost two years longer than non-readers.” And […]

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Pediatrician: Vaccinate Your Kids—Or Get Out of My Office

Russell Saunders, a pediatrician in New England, writing at The Daily Beast: Declining vaccines is, at best, misguided. But of course those inclined to refuse them don’t agree with me, and I’m not going to try to change their minds. I’ve had too many of that kind of conversation over the years to hold out […]

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‘Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey’ Will Breathe New Life Into Sagan’s Vision

Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer on Twitter): “For those questioning the idea of ‪#‎Cosmos‬ airing on Fox and not PBS, please read this.” We live in a time when the denial of reality is as prevalent (or more) than the acceptance of it. Much of that denial comes from a provincial view of the Universe, a narrowly […]

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How reliable is the science behind forensic science?

Fascinating PBS: FRONTLINE show from April, “The Real CSI: How reliable is the science behind forensics?” So it turns out that the Forensic sciences (with the notable exception of DNA) are no more “hard science” than Creation “science”, social “science”, or Scientology… Most have no scientific basis at all, and those that do rarely reach […]

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States Vary Widely in Number of Tax Filers with No Income Tax Liability

Scott A. Hodge writing at TaxFoundation.org back in 2010: Southern States Have Highest Percentages of “Nonpayers” Generally speaking, the most populated states have the most nonpayers. More than 6 million tax-filing Californians paid nothing to Uncle Sam for the 2008 tax year. That was 37 percent of the 16.4 million tax filers in California. The […]

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