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Why Bother Preserving Civil War Battlefields?

What if there were no preserved battlefields left in the United States of America at all? What would be the loss? [...]

Super PAC Follows MO of Doomsday Prophets

Yesterday, a shadowy political action committee gave tens of thousands of dollars to a cheesy Washington D.C. political consulting firm called Candidate Command to send letters to large numbers of voters in the first congressional district of Kansas, telling them that U.S. Representative Timothy Huelskamp shouldn’t be re-elected to Congress this year.

Exactly who from [...]

Roll Call: Members Of Congress Who Voted To Let Barack Obama Start A New War In Iraq Whenever He Wants To

The 40 U.S. representatives who voted against this resolution were in essence voting to allow Barack Obama, or any future president, to send the American military off to fight in Iraq all over again – even if the American people are opposed. [...]

Fact Check: Did Georgia Pass A Law Allowing Guillotines To Be Used For Executions?

There really was legislation to legalize execution by guillotine in Georgia… but is there a law in Georgia allowing the government to decapitate prisoners using the machines? [...]

Do As The Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit Says, Not As It Does

If the people at the Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit are so good at predictive analytics, how come they have to ask me if I would like to attend? [...]

The Mythological Precedent Of The Woman Thor

This week, Marvel Comics announced that its comic book hero Thor, which is based upon the Norse god Thor, will become a woman.

A representative of Marvel explained, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike [...]

Big Data, Doctor Who, And Bob’s Burgers

This, the latest installment of How Big Data Is Going To Make Human Insight Obsolete, comes to us courtesy of Netflix, which assures me that, because I watched Doctor Who, I will want to watch Bob’s Burgers…

(“This animated series centers on Bob Belcher and his ragtag clan of burger-flippers, who are desperate to get [...]

Adam Kwasman Sees Fear In Child Immigrant Buses, And YMCA Campers

This week, Adam Kwasman was taking part in a protest of Americans who were angry about young children finding refuge in the United States, when, in the middle of a speech, he stopped what he was saying, and started running toward a bus. “Bus coming in!” he called out… [...]

Should American Religious Groups Censor Outsiders Who Blaspheme?

September 30 is International Blasphemy Rights Day, an unholy day on which people celebrate the legal right to defy religious leaders’ attempts to restrict speech and artistic expression. I’m tempted to design a set of bedsheets carrying the images of Ganesh, Mohammed, and Jesus to mark the occasion. [...]

Edge Of Tomorrow Disappoints With Unoriginal Thinking

Edge Of Tomorrow thus manages to fail, simultaneously, to be imaginative and to be plausible. I think I might have had a better time watching the movie with the talking raccoon. [...]

Answering 10 Christian Questions For Every Atheist

I answer Robert Nielsen’s 10 Questions For Every Atheist, and in turn, ask 10 Questions for Every Christian. [...]