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  • For Good Reason with D.J. Grothe Premiers
    D.J. Grothe, host of the weekly radio show and podcast Point of Inquiry for the last four years, has launched a new podcast in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation. Each episode of the new show will feature long-form interviews with leading thinkers on issues at the intersection of skepticism and belief. For Good Reason will also feature regular audio essays by acclaimed magician and skeptic Jamy Ian Swiss, The Honest Liar. Grothe's podcast compliments the format of the popular Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, which is also produced in association with the JREF.
    The latest podcast is a dandy featuring the author of one of my favorite books, Mistakes Were Made by Carol Tarvis
  • Francis Collins Can't Help Himself
  • Richard Dawkins has also been on the program recently.
  • Tiger Woods' terrifying lack of humor
    But here's the bigger truth: Tiger wasn't apologizing to actual people, to his wife or kids or even his confused fans. Tiger was apologizing, straight up and to the bone, to capitalism itself. To his own brand. It was a scary attempt to shore up the multimillions in endorsement deals, his future as a billion-dollar icon. Tiger the man was apologizing to Tiger, Inc., mostly for tainting its earnings potential. It's the golden rule of capitalism: Don't f-- with a hot brand. It's blasphemy of the highest order, made doubly potent by the fact that we're the ones who helped create the brand in the first place, who bought into the saccharine lie and absurd marketing BS of Tiger's impossible squeaky faultlessness.

 

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re: tiger woods- that's exactly what i was thinking. but i don't blame tiger for it. he doesn't have any actual character anyway, never did, and it was never expected of him by his corporate overlords. in fact it was viewed by them as a shortcoming. i'd feel for the guy if he wasn't a robot. (a hot white girl-robot fucking robot, hee hee.)

Morford's column was great - again. Don't you say to yourself, "How is it that this whole circus operates? Tiger is a great golfer, so his getting well paid for golfing well makes some sense by the often bizarre rules of the 'free market'. But how can someone really want to buy a product because Tiger makes commercials for it or puts his name on it? And how is it that people who give a shit about Tiger's endorsement on a product don't at least suspect that Tiger may well be getting a lot more extracurricular nookie than the average guy because if only because he's ultra rich? Gillette has a $15 million dollar deal with Tiger, but I'm sure they are quietly polling likely customers to determine whether the "new" Tiger – I mean, the post-scandal (but pre-apology) Tiger might not actually improve their sales.

If they make a commercial with a white woman touching his face to see how smooth the shave is...

Well lets just say, I am shaving my beard.

Christianity is a socially sanctioned superstition.

There are many other superstitions that are socially sanctioned, but few of them are used by people to control and exploit others.

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