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I Have the Freedom to Say that the Charlie Hebdo Massacre Is Not About Free Speech

They say that the best things in life are free. But, no, I have to <i>pay</i> for my pelvic massages.<p>Nevertheless, speech is still free, which is <i>one</i> of the best things in life... I mean, not counting the Westboro Baptist Church protests, Snoop Dogg's tweets, and any Academy Award acceptance speech in which …

Religion

Is mocking religion enough? Harris, Dawkins and the future of atheist/secular politics

Some atheists want to celebrate difference, others want to join the political arena. Time for an Atheist Party?<p>Right from the start, the 2012 Reason Rally in Washington, D.C., set the tone that was to dominate the rest of the day. As the crowd was filtering in to the National Mall, a band fired up …

Modern slavery affects more than 35 million people, report finds

Five countries including India, China and Russia account for 61% of all slavery, says Australia-based Walk Free Foundation<p>More than 35 million people around the world are trapped in a modern form of slavery, according to a report highlighting the prevalence of forced labour, human trafficking, …

Does Being 'Spiritual But Not Religious' Really Mean Anything?

"Spiritual But Not Religious" is a phrase you hear more and more these days — and with good reason. In 2012, a Pew Foundation survey on religion found that almost 20 percent of Americans placed themselves in the category of "unaffiliated."<p>That 20 percent unaffiliated translates into a whole lot of …

Why The Walking Dead Is So Brutal — and So Popular

<i>This article contains spoilers. Click here to reveal them.</i><p>They just keep coming, more and more, as if rising from the very earth. Not zombies–<i>Walking</i> …

Where Millennials Went Wrong and How They're Paying the Price

Millennials messed up and as a result they're paying the price.<p>Here's a few unfortunate facts about Millennials:<p>They contributed $1 trillion to our national student loan debt [Bloomberg]<br>• They are the most educated generation in human history, yet they have the highest share of people who are …

Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo

Judge in Australia says incest may no longer be a taboo and the only reason it is criminal is potential birth abnormalities, which can be solved by abortion<p>A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer be a taboo and that the community may now accept consensual sex …

Sociology

Sir Elton John: 'Jesus would support gay marriage. He was all about love' http://ind.pn/1ofybzB

Minecraft: here's one I made earlier

It's been dubbed virtual Lego, a place where people build fantasy worlds and drop in on past creations. As Minecraft turns five and tops 50m users, Tom Lamont assembles his dream construction team and steps into a land of opportunity, love and painful memories<p>"Let your surroundings load a bit," …

The 1 big reason GOP will lose the presidency in 2016

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Warning to GOP: A new poll says you can kiss the presidency goodbye for 10 more long years: Why? “Voters have …

D-day landings scenes in 1944 and now – interactive

Peter Macdiarmid has taken photographs of locations in France and England to match with archive images taken before, during and after the D-day landings. The Allied invasion to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during the second world war took place on 6 June 1944. Operation Overlord …

12 Charts That Show How Tobacco Is Destroying The World

Tobacco use is one of the deadliest epidemics in history, with projections that it will kill one billion people in the 21st century.<p>Despite strong anti-smoking programs in America and other high-income countries, tobacco consumption is still rising around the world. Even in the U.S., smoking rates …

Public Health

6 Huge Reasons For Slowing Down: How 'Busy' Creates Addiction, Anger and Anxiety

(© Cosmin Gheorghe)<p><i>"The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. What we really value is out of sync with how we live our lives. And the need is urgent for some new blueprints to reconcile the two." -- Arianna Huffington</i><p>Did you ever ask yourself how did we …

Mental Health

11 things the Koch brothers don’t want you to know

Robert Greenwald’s updated documentary reveals the poster boys for the 1 percent are even worse than you thought<p>The mega-billionaire brothers, David and Charles Koch, stand apart in the world of Republicans.<p>In 2012, their network of hardcore libertarian political donors spent $400 million on …

Who Was Carl Sagan?

The famed scientist, and celebrity, had a lot more going on than just hosting a television series.<p>It was almost like a dispatch from another planet: the invitation to the young astronomer to leave Brooklyn and visit the lakes and gorges of upstate New York.<p>"A letter shows up in my mailbox from Carl …

Johnny B. Goode

God and Morality: Never the Twain Shall Meet

Ah for every one step forward two steps backward. The Pew Research Center just published a survey conducted in 40 countries demonstrating that many people in the world still hold onto the idea that one must believe in god to be moral. That view is more common in the poorer countries; and the idea …

Atheism

Here's the Cliff Notes Version of the GOP Governor's Race for You

Still having trouble deciding who to vote for in next week's primary. Don't fret.<p>We've got a side-by-side rundown of where the major candidates stand on our key challenges. Taxes? Schools? Jobs? Trust? Pensions? Spending? Term limits? Gerrymandering? Who stands with you?<p>Check out the Reboot …

Government

How to Write an Email That Will Get a Response | The Art of Manliness

<i>How to write an email?</i><p><i>What’s next? A post on how to tie your shoes?</i><p>I know, I know. Email is such an ubiquitous part of our lives that you might think …

Self-improvement

How to Debate a Christian Apologist

Recently there seems to have been a rash of debates between atheists and Christian apologists. Of course, we had the much-ballyhooed debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye on creationism versus evolution ("Ham on Nye"), which only served the purpose of giving Ham's ridiculous beliefs attention they …

Assam's modern slaves: the real price of a cup of Tetley tea - video

Poverty pay on tea estates in Assam fuels a modern slave trade ensnaring thousands of young girls. A Guardian/Observer investigation follows the slave route from an estate owned by a consortium, including the owners of the best-selling Tetley brand, through to the homes of Delhi's booming middle …

Noam Chomsky: Talking About Iran Sanctions Is 'Surreal'

Iran and six world leaders agreed to a plan Thursday for negotiating an agreement to freeze Iran's nuclear program in exchange for eased economic sanctions. But author and activist Noam Chomsky isn't convinced the United States has the right to impose sanctions at all.<p>"My feeling is that the entire …

Number of chemicals linked to autism and other disorders doubled in past 7 years, study shows

The number of industrial chemicals with known links to neurodevelopmental disabilities like autism has more than doubled in the past seven years, according to new research published in <i>The Lancet Neurology</i>.<p>As rates of autism and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increase worldwide, …

Evangelical Theology Is Used Like Sunscreen -- Not to Encourage Discussion but to Protect Against Exposure

<b>Let's be honest.</b> Sure some smart young people who "come to Christ" are deeply sincere. Then life happens to them and they come to see that nothing is quite as true as it was cracked up to be that night they got "saved." Then they have a choice: stick with the program, because that's how they earn …

Faith

Republican Rebranding a Massive Failure

After the worse than expected results of the 2012 elections, the Republican National Committee did an autopsy to find out where it was failing. While the answers to these questions were anything but surprising, the RNC has been working to rebrand the Republican Party as a kinder, more inclusive …

Reince Priebus

The 10 Best Renovation Websites For Living Out Your Dream Home Fantasies

Any HGTV viewer knows that renovating is far easier said than done. That doesn't stop any of us from mentally making a few changes to our homes -- whether we own them or not -- even though we don't intend to hire a contractor anytime soon. Or, perhaps a renovation is actually within reach, but …

Houses

Why Facebook and Twitter Make Us Feel Rejected

We face a gauntlet of rejection all around us. Our colleagues go to lunches without us; family members forget our birthdays; spouses rebuff our sexual advances; neighbors don't invite us to their barbecues; and friends don't include us in their weekend plans. It used to be hard enough to get …

Social Media

100 Best Albums of the '90s

From Moby to Nirvana, the records that defined a decade<p>Millions of us made time to listen to Billie Joe Armstrong whine as he and his band of Bay …

Billie Joe Armstrong