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Thanks To Bill Nelson, Even Watered-Down NSA Reform Won’t Take Place

Yes, it’s true that the George W. Bush and Barack Obama oversaw a massive spying program through the National Security Agency, seizing huge numbers of private communications involving Americans who are suspected of no crime whatsoever, but that’s all been reformed since then, right?

Wrong

In response to the revelations of Edward Snowden that the […]

Ben Carson Creationism Would Lead Back To A Violent Past

Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who retired from medicine in order to take up a career as a right wing commentator on Fox News, only to retire from Fox News in order to become a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, likes to talk about “our Judeo-Christian values” as if everyone in America has “Judeo-Christian […]

Will Boeing Bucks Lead Congress To Look The Other Way From Dirtbox Spying Against Americans?

At the end of last week, we found out that the US Marshals are using airplanes to secretly gather data indiscriminately from huge numbers of electronic mobile devices, using airplanes that are equipped with “dirt box” devices that make the planes act like fake cell phone towers. The practice is far outside the scope of […]

Ben Carson For President Flops After Infomercial

Last weekend, right wing Creationist Dr. Ben Carson tried to jump start a campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination with an hour-long infomercial. Carson paid for the production and airing of a “documentary” that talks about what a great guy he is, suggesting that Americans are clamoring for a Ben Carson for President campaign.

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US Government Using Airplanes To Hack Into Americans’ Phones En Masse

Late yesterday, the Wall Street Journal revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice is using airplanes equipped with “dirtbox” technology to hack into Americans’ cell phones from the air. (Read all about it in The Guardian) This technology converts an airplane into a fake cell phone tower. When Justice Department planes fly over American cities, […]

Celebrate Mockus For His Blaspemy

Mykolas Mockus was a Lithuanian who wasn’t afraid to say what was on his mind. Because he spoke his mind freely, Mockus was seized by the police, who had infiltrated a private meeting to record what he was saying by a speech. Mockus was thrown into a jail cell and criminally prosecuted for what he […]

Hindus Threaten Violence Over Image Of Krishna With Coca-Cola

Because I see Hindus threatening to kill anyone who shows this picture, I am deciding to join in the blasphemy, and to amplify it. If a Hindu activist group succeeds in pressuring the web host of the mythological discussion group to remove the blasphemous image, I want the image to survive, in defiance of the censorship. […]

The Lilies Of November

This photograph shows just one of the manifrstations of climate change. This morning, I took this photograph of day lilies coming into blossom in my garden.

It’s mid-November, and we still haven’t had a killing frost. I live within 100 miles of the border with Canada.

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Bring Me Your Blasphemies

Next year, the people of Ireland will hold a referendum on whether blasphemy should finally cease to be a crime in their country.

Inspired by the effort of Irish Atheists, who responded to the renewal of Ireland’s anti-blasphemy laws in 2009 by starting a Church Of Dermatology, I am beginning a new project. Its name […]

Protect America’s Children! Comparing The Threat Of Ebola To The Threat Of Laundry

Laundry soap is a much more serious threat to Americans that Ebola is. So, why haven’t politicians held congressional hearings about laundry soap, demand that the Obama Administration confront the danger of laundry soap, and called for “proactive” measures to ban the use of laundry soap, “because one American in the hospital is one American too much”? […]

Ben Carson Ebola Panic Is Medically Incorrect

In October, at the height of the Ebola Panic, Dr. Ben Carson wasn’t speaking reason. He was part of the panicked crowd, fanning the flames of fear.

Instead of speaking in measured tones about the precise risks to public health from Ebola, Ben Carson encouraged Americans to fear the worst. “We should be thinking about […]