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OPEN DISCUSSION APRIL 2020
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OPEN DISCUSSION MARCH 2020
Mar 1, 2020 · 138 

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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 319 

by Richard Dawkins Donald Trump was surely right when he said, in 2012, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy . . . A total sham and a travesty”. And he confirmed his sensible view on November 13th, 2016 (after winning the election by the Electoral College system, but losing the popular vote) …

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‘Lucy’s baby’ suggests famed human ancestor had a primitive brain
Apr 2, 2020

By Ann Gibbons In 1974, the world was stunned by the discovery of “Lucy,” the partial skeleton of a human ancestor that walked upright—and still spent time in the trees—3.2 million years ago. Later discoveries revealed her species, scattered throughout eastern Africa, had brains bigger than chimpanzees. But a new study of an ancient toddler …

Florida Follows Others in Allowing Church Amid Stay-Home Order
Apr 2, 2020

By Jonathan Levin and Keith Naughton Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a stay-at-home order after weeks of rejecting calls for such a measure. But like other mandates ranging from New York to New Mexico, it ensures that Floridians can still attend religious services. The carve-out for houses of worship comes as authorities across the U.S. …

Tony Spell Hires AL Judge Roy Moore to Defend Him, Holds Another Church Service
Apr 2, 2020

By Terry Firma Louisiana Pastor Tony Spell is not relinquishing the spotlight, but he’s decided to share it with alleged child molester Roy Moore, the Alabama judge — no doubt for the greater glory of both. Spell said he hired Moore to defend him against charges related to the embattled pastor continuing to keep his Life Tabernacle Church open. Its closure, and that of …

D.C. rabbi who secretly video-recorded dozens of women is released from jail early
Apr 2, 2020

By Michelle Boorstein and Keith L. Alexander Rabbi Barry Freundel, who plunged from national prominence after his 2014 arrest for spying on women in a ritual bath, was released from the D.C. jail Wednesday, the city Department of Corrections said. While prosecutors had initially sought a 17-year term for Freundel, who had secretly videotaped dozens …

Union-Busting in the Name of God
Apr 2, 2020

By Amy Littlefield Betsy Pingree has been living with friends for free because she can’t afford an apartment while finishing her dissertation on the precarious conditions of migrant laborers in the 20th century. Standing with fellow graduate-student workers at Boston College who are demanding recognition of their union, she acknowledged the irony. Like many in …

Hubble Spots Black Hole ‘Missing Link’
Apr 1, 2020

By Bruce Dorminey The Hubble Space Telescope has detected the best-ever candidate for an intermediate- mass black hole (IMBH) —- a medium-sized black hole some 50,000 times the mass of our Sun in the act of gobbling up a passing star. If this discovery holds, it will provide astrophysicists with the long-sought after missing link in …

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Originals


Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 319 

by Richard Dawkins Donald Trump was surely right when he said, in 2012, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy . . . A total sham and a travesty”. And he confirmed his sensible view on November 13th, 2016 (after winning the election by the Electoral College system, but losing the popular vote) …

An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 265 

Richard Dawkins 24 Oct 2017   I had tweeted an invitation to attend lectures in various parts of Britain by Saba Douglas-Hamilton, who grew up among wild African elephants while her father, Iain Douglas-Hamilton was conducting his pioneering studies of their ecology and behaviour, and he and his wife Oria were fighting the poachers. Saba’s …

News


‘Lucy’s baby’ suggests famed human ancestor had a primitive brain
Apr 2, 2020

By Ann Gibbons In 1974, the world was stunned by the discovery of “Lucy,” the partial skeleton of a human ancestor that walked upright—and still spent time in the trees—3.2 million years ago. Later discoveries revealed her species, scattered throughout eastern Africa, had brains bigger than chimpanzees. But a new study of an ancient toddler …

Florida Follows Others in Allowing Church Amid Stay-Home Order
Apr 2, 2020

By Jonathan Levin and Keith Naughton Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a stay-at-home order after weeks of rejecting calls for such a measure. But like other mandates ranging from New York to New Mexico, it ensures that Floridians can still attend religious services. The carve-out for houses of worship comes as authorities across the U.S. …

Tony Spell Hires AL Judge Roy Moore to Defend Him, Holds Another Church Service
Apr 2, 2020

By Terry Firma Louisiana Pastor Tony Spell is not relinquishing the spotlight, but he’s decided to share it with alleged child molester Roy Moore, the Alabama judge — no doubt for the greater glory of both. Spell said he hired Moore to defend him against charges related to the embattled pastor continuing to keep his Life Tabernacle Church open. Its closure, and that of …

D.C. rabbi who secretly video-recorded dozens of women is released from jail early
Apr 2, 2020

By Michelle Boorstein and Keith L. Alexander Rabbi Barry Freundel, who plunged from national prominence after his 2014 arrest for spying on women in a ritual bath, was released from the D.C. jail Wednesday, the city Department of Corrections said. While prosecutors had initially sought a 17-year term for Freundel, who had secretly videotaped dozens …

Union-Busting in the Name of God
Apr 2, 2020

By Amy Littlefield Betsy Pingree has been living with friends for free because she can’t afford an apartment while finishing her dissertation on the precarious conditions of migrant laborers in the 20th century. Standing with fellow graduate-student workers at Boston College who are demanding recognition of their union, she acknowledged the irony. Like many in …

Hubble Spots Black Hole ‘Missing Link’
Apr 1, 2020

By Bruce Dorminey The Hubble Space Telescope has detected the best-ever candidate for an intermediate- mass black hole (IMBH) —- a medium-sized black hole some 50,000 times the mass of our Sun in the act of gobbling up a passing star. If this discovery holds, it will provide astrophysicists with the long-sought after missing link in …

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