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Atheist Legislator in Arizona Blocked from Giving Invocation That Doesn’t Reference a Higher Power

Atheist Legislator in Arizona Blocked from Giving Invocation That Doesn’t Reference a Higher Power

February 9, 2016

In 2013, when Arizona State Rep. Juan Mendez delivered an atheist invocation on the House floor, the celebration was short-lived. One of his religious colleagues gave a second Christian invocation the following day. As if God would use it to offset the secular invocation in some sort of weird karmic rebalancing.Things went a little better when Mendez delivered a secular invocation in 2014.So when Mendez signed up in January to give the invocation that took place yesterday, you'd think there'd be no problem at all.Instead, House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro blocked him from giving the speech, citing an unofficial rule that all invocations had to be made to a Higher Power.
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Chiral magnetic effect generates quantum current

February 9, 2016

Scientists at the U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University have discovered a new way to generate very low-resistance electric current in a new class of materials. The discovery, which relies on the separation of right- and left-“handed” particles, points to a range of potential applications in energy, quantum computing, and medical imaging, and possibly even a new mechanism for inducing superconductivity—the ability of some materials to carry current with no energy loss. The material the scientists worked with, zirconium pentatelluride, has a surprising trait: When placed in parallel electric and magnetic fields, it responds with an imbalance in the number of right- and left-handed particles—a chiral imbalance. That imbalance pushes oppositely charged particles in opposite directions to create a powerful electric current. This “chiral magnetic effect” had long been predicted theoretically, but never observed definitively in a materials science laboratory at the time this work was done. In fact, when physicists in Brookhaven’s Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science Department (CMP&MS) first measured the significant drop in electrical resistance, and the accompanying dramatic increase in conductivity, they were quite surprised. Continue reading the entire article by clicking the name of the source below. [MORE]

Atheist Alternative to Air Force Basic Training Church Gatherings Hits Record Attendance

February 8, 2016

A couple of years ago, Lackland Air Force Base in Texas began allowing Humanists a chance to gather on their own in lieu of attending church services during Air Force Basic Training.Given that the previous alternative to going to church used to be staying back and cleaning the dorms, this was a welcome third option.There were only 5 attendees when the alternative program got started.And now?They hit a new record over the past weekend with an astonishing 270 trainees and airmen attending a meeting.12647517_1093652970665491_1323846492706414037_n
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Right Wing Round-Up – 2/8/16

February 8, 2016

PFAW: PFAW and Allies Release Report on Money in Politics Reform Victories Since Citizens United. Michael Keegan @ Huffington Post: Don't Be Fooled: Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum Are Two of a Kind. Joe Jervis: Hate Group Leader Ja... [MORE]

Right Wing Bonus Tracks – 2/8/16

February 8, 2016

David Lane blasts President Obama for defending Muslims: "What happened at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., was not just unholy, but an abomination." Jesse Lee Peterson says that Trayvon Martin's parents "gave no love whi... [MORE]
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