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Gallup: Belief in Creationist View at New Low

Art Swift at gallop.com: STORY HIGHLIGHTS • 38% say God created man in present form, lowest in 35 years • Same percentage say humans evolved, but God guided the process • Less-educated Americans more likely to believe in creationism WASHINGTON, D.C. — The percentage of U.S. adults who believe that God created humans in their […]

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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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A Skeptical Response to Science Denial

So, study after study confirms an overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. But what does the average person think about the consensus? A Yale survey of Americans found that on average, people think that 67 percent of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming. That already sounds disturbingly low, but it’s even worse […]

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Tennessee’s Cosmetology Board Thinks It Can Regulate a Software Company

Or, could it be that the board is using its regulatory power at the behest of private businesses who don’t want to compete with Project Belle? That seems to be case.

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How Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, and Other Blowhard Goliaths Meet Their David

Donald Trump’s ongoing feud with the parents of a slain soldier, like Rush Limbaugh’s personal attacks on a student before it, shows the modern bloviator’s greatest weakness: his inability to walk away.

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Fundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections

I find this particularly compelling, and it dispenses with dissenting arguments in toto: Of course, the Constitution contemplates that democracy is the appropriate process for change, so long as that process does not abridge fundamental rights. Last Term, a plurality of this Court reaffirmed the importance of the democratic principle in Schuette v. BAMN, 572 […]

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Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

Associated Press on Twitter: MORE: The Supreme Court’s ruling means 14 states will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage Tennessee being one of those 14 states. Not to pat myself on the back, but I’ve been calling this one for a decade on Equal Protection grounds, even before that awful ‘Tennessee Marriage […]

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Federal Court Rules Mass Metadata Collection Not Authorized by PATRIOT Act

The government takes the position that the metadata collected – a vast amount of which does not contain directly “relevant” information, as the government concedes – are nevertheless “relevant” because they may allow the NSA, at some unknown time in the future, utilizing its ability to sift through the trove of irrelevant data it has […]

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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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Penn on Daylight Savings Time

I couldn’t agree more with Penn’s conclusion: Now, I meet people, you know this, I have met people–Matt Donnelly–who believe in Chiropractors. I have met people who believe in circumcision. I have met people, I have met them personally, who are anti-vaccination. I have met people that believe in a supreme being–omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent–who cares […]

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