Andrew Sullivan Says He Will Stop Blogging

Wow. I wasn’t expecting to hear that Andrew Sullivan will stop blogging, but I can’t say I’m surprised:



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James Randi Announces His Retirement

Over the past year, the James Randi Educational Foundation has closed its Los Angeles offices and let go of its Executive Director. Its founder was profiled by the New York Times and featured as the subject of a new documentary.

And now, the 86-year-old James Randi has announced his retirement:



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The Nightly Show‘s Disappointing Panel on Vaccines

For as much shit as Bill Maher gets (and deserves) for his questioning of the efficacy of certain vaccines, at least he brings on qualified guests who try to set him straight.

I wish Larry Wilmore had done more of that on last night’s episode of The Nightly Show.



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Atheist Activist Cleared of Wrongdoing After Putting Stickers on Ohio Courthouse’s Church Directory

Back in November, I posted about a message board encased in glass outside the Athens County Courthouse (in Ohio) that listed the addresses of all the houses of worship in the area.

Eliot Kalman, a resident who used to head up the local branch of the ACLU, believed the presence of that sign was unconstitutional… he complained about it to local officials but they responded by saying they were simply providing information to the public, not promoting any of the religious groups — and that he could request his own group be added to the list if he wanted. Unsatisfied with that answer, he fought back by putting a giant sticker on the board:

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Why Did About.com Invite an Anti-Vaxxer to Be One of Its Health Experts?

In general, I’m a fan of About.com, a site featuring experts in various areas writing about their fields. I have a lot of respect for Austin Cline, who has written a ton of helpful articles about atheism on that site over the years.

But it came to my attention the other day that their Health channel recently brought on Dr. Josh Axe (below) as the “Adrenal Health Expert.”

I’ll leave it to others to comment on whether certain herbs can really cure adrenal fatigue… or whether anyone really needed an adrenal health expert in the first place… but here’s the problem with Axe: He bills himself as “an physician” (his typo, not mine), author, and media personality. Maybe his appearances on Dr. Oz should’ve been a sign that his scientific credentials weren’t up to par, or maybe it’s all the “natural remedies” he sells, but there’s a bigger smoking gun on his personal website.

Turns out he has a whole page warning you against the supposed dangers of vaccines:

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