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As American Religious “Nones” increase in Numbers, Here’s Why it Matters…

According to the 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Survey, the share of Americans who identify themselves as “atheist,” “agnostic,” or “nothing in particular” has jumped from 16.1% to 22.8% in the last seven years.

The increasing share of religious “Nones” matters because lack of religion is a basis for discrimination in this country. Michael Wallace, Bradley […]

NC Audit: 75% of Public Assistance Visits Lack Voter Registration Option, Violating Federal Law

A tip of the hat to DocDawg for bringing the following information to light:

According to federal law, specifically the National Voter Registration Act of 1993,, North Carolina must offer an opportunity for voter registration whenever a person comes to a public assistance office for help. And yet, when the voting-rights activist organizations Dēmos, Lawyers’ […]

Catholicism and Irreligiosity in Society; Catholicism and Irreligiosity in Congress

Percent of Americans who indicate they are “Atheist,” “Agnostic,” or “Nothing in Particular” when asked to identify their religion in the 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Survey: 22.8%

Rank of Atheism/Agnostic/Nothing in American religious identifications: #2 (behind Protestant)

Percent of Americans who indicate they are “Catholic” when asked to identify their religion in the 2014 Pew […]

Arctic Sea Ice Continues to Show Record Low Daily Extent

On March 19 2015, the National Snow and Ice Data Center declared that sea ice in the Arctic Ocean had reached its high point in its area of coverage (“extent”) for the year, and that this high point was the smallest on record.

As you can see by following the blue line in this […]

5 Years After Promising to Release Data on Breatharian Prahlad Jani, Dr. Sudhir Shah Offers … Nothing

Five years ago this month, American newspapers and television stations reported the amazing story of Prahlad Jani, a mystic from the Indian subcontinent who claimed to have lived seven decades without eating or drinking, subsisting as a “breatharian.” Even more amazing, said the news reports, was the research of Dr. Sudhir Shah, who declared at […]

Act Fluoride and the Expense of Germ Warfare

This afternoon, as I was finishing shopping for my family, I came upon two fluoride rinses.  We live in the country and draw from well water, so a fluoride rinse is necessary for the kiddos.  I couldn’t help but notice that there were two versions of ACT brand fluoride for sale at two different prices:

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The Ineffectual Landscaping Fabric of Despair

What this landscaping fabric was not good for: restraining weeds.  As you can see, roots have shot right through it.

What this landscaping fabric is great for: poking up through the weeds that have taken over the spot in garish white plastic strips.

The previous inhabitants of my home laid this stuff down meaning […]

North Carolina Voter Registration Selectively Drops — is this Vote Suppression?

Progressive blogger DocDawg has discovered a highly curious pattern in North Carolina, where by federal law the state government is required to reach out to citizens at the DMV and in public assistance offices and offer them a chance to register to vote. You can read the details here, but I’ll cut right to the […]

HKONJ Movement in North Carolina Pushes On, Strong

HKONJ — Historic Thousands On Jones Street — is a North Carolina movement that has transcended the Mondays of the Tar Heel state’s Moral Mondays marches in the state capital of Raleigh. The progressive organization makes this purple state more active than its blue peers, adding to the breadth of the Moral Mondays movement with […]

Whoops, I Hit the Wrong Key and Posted 8 Cartoons of Mohammed

Whoops! Darn it, my mistake.

Again? Why do I keep hitting the wrong key?

I meant to post a funny picture of Garfield wearing a hipster sweater and making a remark about the size of the latest NASA budget.

Trying again… I swear this was the Garfield image, not the Mohammed […]

Will Americans Elect Run a Presidential Candidate in 2016? What Americans Elect Does (and doesn’t) Say

Q. Are you supporting an independent candidate for President in 2016? A. No. Please do not assume that any of the signatories to the Change the Rule letter are committed to voting for an independent candidate in 2016. Individually, we may each decide that the Democratic or Republican candidate is superior. What each of us […]