The Future of the James Randi Educational Foundation

Earlier this year, James Randi announced that he would be retiring from the James Randi Educational Foundation. That came a few months after the organization closed its Los Angeles office and let go of its Executive Director.

(Randi, who was profiled by the New York Times around that time and featured as the subject of a new documentary, said he wasn’t entirely stepping out of the public spotlight.)

With all the changes, though, there was question of what would become of JREF.

Now we have some answers:

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Chats with Charlie Rose

In case you missed it the other night, Neil deGrasse Tyson was one of the guests on Charlie Rose.

(Sorry if the Hulu settings don’t work in your country!)

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The Upside-Down Glass of Water Illusion… Debunked

Captain Disillusion explains the secret behind a popular illusion.

If you flip a glass of water upside down and remove it just right, does the water really remain in place?

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Nashville Mayoral Candidate Airs Radio Ad Trashing Opponent’s Support of Church/State Separation

Last week, I posted about a controversy brewing in the Nashville (Tennessee) mayoral race between Megan Barry and David Fox. Rumor had it that Fox’s campaign was calling up voters and suggesting that Barry didn’t believe in God — because that’s supposed to be a bad thing.

Barry responded to the initial rumor by telling the audience at a church’s prayer breakfast that the allegations weren’t true — which is perfectly fine for her to say — but I didn’t appreciate this one particular comment:

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Kim Davis’ Lawyer Says KY County Residents Can Drive 30 Minutes to Get a Marriage License Elsewhere

Mat Staver, the Liberty Counsel lawyer who’s defending Christian bigot Kim Davis in her quest to be a government employee who doesn’t have to do her job, is bending over backwards trying to rationalize bigotry.

His latest argument, which he alluded to on MSNBC last night and said outright on Steve Malzberg‘s Newsmax program today, is that the 20,000+ people who live and pay taxes in Rowan County, Kentucky simply have to drive 30 minutes out of their way (to another county) to obtain a marriage license if they want one — all so that a Christian doesn’t have to do the job she was elected for and gets paid to do.

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