Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

socialismartnature:

‎”Right to work”: Brought to you by the makers of “state’s rights”, i.e., the right to segregate and discriminate based on race.

socialismartnature:

‎”Right to work”: Brought to you by the makers of “state’s rights”, i.e., the right to segregate and discriminate based on race.

Michigan Republicans have ILLEGALLY passed over 96% (546) of their bills using an emergency loophole

religiousragings:

invisiblelad:

racetothestoneage:

leftist-linguaphile:

enlighteningnews:

It’s much, much worse in Michigan than we even realized

Last night, Rachel Maddow broke a huge story that has been happening since Republicans took over in Michigan in 2011 and has gone completely under the radar. Since January 2011, 566 bills have been signed into law. Of those, 546 of them, 96.5% were passed under “immediate effect”. Click through for the video from last night’s show. Pay particular attention to around 12:30 where they show it in action. It’s astonishing.

but, but, but, DEMOCRACY

Wow, that’s terrible.

I think for this fact alone, Michigan is getting +5. Sort of a “the whole damn system is wrong” criteria I’ve decided to add.

I usually think about this when reading about Wisconsin’s Scott Walker problem, but…do all these illegally created laws still stand after they’re discovered (and presumably the people responsible are dealt with?…that last part might be a bit naive)

This is MY fucking state!  This is…unconscionable!  I don’t even have words for this right now.  

But they said that President Obama is the one disregarding the constitution because he made a couple a recess appointments!

A new “emergency” law backed by right-wing think tanks is turning Michigan cities over to powerful managers who can sell off city hall, break union contracts, privatize services—and even fire elected officials.

abaldwin360:

When the city of Pontiac, Michigan, shut down its fire department last Christmas Eve, city councilman Kermit Williams learned about it in the morning paper. “Nobody reports to me anymore,” Williams says. “It just gets reported in the press.” This was just the latest in a series of radical changes in the city, where elected officials such as Williams have been replaced by a single person with unprecedented control over the city’s operation and budget.

Gov. Rick Snyder put Louis Schimmel in charge of Pontiac last September, invoking Public Act 4, a recent law that lets the governor name appointees to take over financially troubled cities and enact drastic austerity measures. Under the law, passed last March, these emergency managers can nullify labor contracts, privatize public services, sell off city property, and even dismiss elected officials.

Schimmel got to work quickly, firing the city clerk, city attorney, and director of public works and outsourcing several city departments. City fire fighters were told that they would be fired if their department was not absorbed by Waterford Township’s. Schimmel has proposed putting nearly every city property up for sale, including city hall, the police station, fire stations, water-pumping stations, the library, the golf course, and two cemeteries.

read more on Mother Jones

MICHIGAN: Religious Exemption Stripped From GOP’s Anti-Bullying Bill

nonplussedbyreligion:

Thanks to Democratic state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer and a shitload of bad national publicity, the religious exemption has been stripped from the anti-bullying bill working its way through the Michigan legislature. But gay groups are still unsatisfied, as the edited version of the bill does not specifically outlaw bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We are grateful that this legislation moves forward without the license to bully based on an outrageous religious exception, but that said, it won’t be effective,” said Michael Gregor, a spokesman for Equality Michigan, a gay rights group in Detroit that wants vulnerable groups enumerated in the anti-bullying bill. Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, agreed that enumerations would strengthen the bill but said Muslims were still “relieved” that the Senate bill is likely dead.

Stand by for screams of outrage from the usual nutjobs. Michigan is one of only three states with no anti-bullying law.  ~Joe.My.God

Professor Leaves Christian College After Suggesting That Science May Exist

abaldwin360:

Schneider has very humbly agreed to step down, saying he doesn’t want to cause distraction at the school with his radical ideas that “evolution” may have some implications for the veracity of the preposterous Christian creation myth. Here is a sample of his sacrilege:

Evolutionary theory is hardly new, but Schneider said that the scientific developments that raised the greatest questions for him have come out of the recent breakthroughs in genetics research, which he said strengthened the evidence for evolution and specific questions about Genesis. Much of the discussion about his views has focused on his doubting that there were but two original humans, Adam and Eve. He said that he believes in fact that there was an original, much larger group of humans, not just two.

o_0

(Source: breanieswordvomit)

In Michigan, We’re Facing More Than Just a Class War

stfukyriarchy:

In the Lansing State Journal, Louise Knott Ahern offers descriptions of several of the anti-choice bills that have recently been introduced in Michigan. Among other bills not mentioned by Ahern, Senate Bill 13 would alter statutory law such that “The word ‘individual’ shall be construed to mean a natural person and to include a fetus.” House Bill 4433 would provide stricter guidelines for pre-abortion ultrasounds, mandating that an ultrasound be performed no fewer than two hours prior to the beginning of an abortion procedure, and requiring specifically that “The physician or qualified person assisting the physician shall ensure that the ultrasound screen is turned toward the patient to allow her to easily view the active ultrasound image of the fetus” (while still insisting that this constitutes giving women “an option” to view the ultrasound), as well as mandating that the most high-tech and visually accurate ultrasound possible be used. Particularly frightening when considering these proposals is the high level of support for anti-abortion measures in Michigan’s current state government: 76 percent of the Senate is anti-choice or mixed, and 71 percent of the House is anti-choice, mixed, or unknown. In Ahern’s words, “Michigan anti-abortion activists are taking advantage of what they consider the friendliest state government in decades,” proposing legislation with the potential to render Michigan one of the most restrictive states in the nation with regard to abortion rights.

And considering people getting abortions are disproportionately poor how are people supposed to pay for this?

I’m guessing they aren’t going to volunteer for the state to pay.

(Source: keepyourbsoutofmyuterus)

vinegarwilliams:

ignatius-m:

beautifulitisnot:

ignatius-m:

thetipsytoad:

PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO.

It doesn’t matter what your political views are — this is not good news.

They really are trying to destroy the US, aren’t they?

I don’t even live in the US but this is absurd :S

US politics often are, but this is beyond the usual absurdities. I desperately want some other country to take me in or for the US to finally start banishing sensible folks like myself.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!  This is so incredibly fucked up that I will not hold my tongue!!!  America!!  DO SOMETHING!!!  This is not the country you were born in!  This is something different.  We’re going to see the biggest change for the worst that we’ve ever seen in our lifetimes.  This is what we founded this nation for!!  Don’t let them gut it like a dying factory!!  They’re selling us off, piece by miserable piece!!

Like I said before, We elected Obama and all of a sudden, I’ve woken up in right wing wet dream.

(Source: thetipsytoad2)