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    Human Story

  • mp3A Master Class on Being Human | Brad Braxton and Anthony Pinn
    In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, threats to our democracy, and national protests for racial justice, Black Christian Brad Braxton and Black secular humanist Anthony Pinn exchanged a thousand words a week, each to the other, exploring the philosophical and theological questions of what it means to be human.... Read more »
  • mp3The unexpected answer to the puzzle in my head | Tom Jump
    Tom Jump is defined by a paradox. His autism and introversion make meeting people awkward and painful. Yet the one thing he wants from life is a relationship. After years of searching, he stumbles on a solution in the last place he expected.... Read more »
  • mp3The shadows we live in | Casey Karaman
    Casey Karaman never expected the biography of an urban planner to change the way he saw the world. But the nearly five years it took to work his way through that one massive biography changed his view of himself, those around him, and the way our lives are dictated by... Read more »
  • mp3Laughter is healing | Nathan Timmel
    In October of 2005, comedian Nathan Timmel was in Kandahar, Afghanistan, to perform for American forces stationed far from home. While there, he was invited to attend a Ramp Ceremony to witness the loading of a fallen soldier onto a plane to return home for burial. Two days later, he... Read more »
  • mp3The one thing we miss most about religion
    When we asked people at an atheist convention what they missed the most after leaving religion, one word came up more than any other.... Read more »
  • mp3Sahra's last message | Ashkan Mehr Roshan
    Before the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, an Iranian activist, blogger, and translator who goes by the pseudonym Ashkan Mehr Roshan connected with an Afghan woman and freethinker. Together, they formed one of the biggest and most effective underground support communities for nonbelievers and religious minorities in the region.... Read more »
  • mp3My tangled feelings at Ramadan | Eiynah
    Raised in Saudi Arabia in a Muslim family of Pakistani background, and now an atheist living in Canada, Eiynah knows something about displacement, and disorientation, and the yearning for the lost familiar. Although she left Islam under her own power and is a strong critic of religion, her childhood and... Read more »



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    - Task & Purpose

  • Army hospital in Germany caring for wounded American volunteers in Ukraine
    The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army).Americans and other foreign nationals are among those being treated at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The post Army hospital in Germany caring for wounded American volunteers in Ukraine appeared first on Task & Purpose.... Read more »
  • US military sending ATACMS missiles to Ukraine
    A HIMARS weapons platform fires from inside Ukraine. (Ukrainian Ministry of Defense/Twitter).The missiles can strike as far as 190 miles away. The post US military sending ATACMS missiles to Ukraine appeared first on Task & Purpose.... Read more »
  • How small drones changed modern warfare
    A RQ-11B Raven small unmanned aerial system hangs from the ceiling in a classroom at Choctaw Field, Fla., March 4, 2014. (Sr. Airman Michelle Patten/U.S. Air Force).Small drones can have a big impact. The post How small drones changed modern warfare appeared first on Task & Purpose.... Read more »
  • Senate confirms top generals, DoD unclear on timeline for other confirmations
    (Composite image/Task & Purpose).Even with the recent confirmations of Brown, George, and Smith, the U.S. military’s top leadership still has major vacancies. The post Senate confirms top generals, DoD unclear on timeline for other confirmations appeared first on Task & Purpose.... Read more »
  • 101st and 82nd Airborne Division soldiers deploying to Eastern Europe
    Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and 1st Armored Division conduct Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System training at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air base in Romania, Nov. 10, 2022. (Sgt. Nicholas Goodman/U.S. Army).The US military’s force posture in Europe will remain the same. The post 101st and 82nd Airborne... Read more »
  • VideoWhat are EFP bombs?
    Soldiers from the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, deliberately detonate a known roadside bomb trigger point near Qedar, north of Baghdad, Iraq. (Sgt. John Crosby/U.S. Army).Once triggered, an EFP turns a copper or steel warhead into a molten projectile that can punch through the main armor of... Read more »
  • Senate bypasses Tuberville on Joint Chief nominations for Brown, George
    Air Force Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown Jr. (left) was confirmed on Wednesday as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Army Gen. Randy George (right) could be confirmed soon as the next Army chief of staff. (Ruth A. Medina-Villanueva/U.S. Air Force and Sgt. David Resnick/U.S. Army).The Senate confirmed Air Force... Read more »









  • Missouri State Senators in Video Were Burning Boxes, Not Books
    Two Missouri state senators participated in a fundraising event that included a demonstration of flamethrowers that were up for auction. Videos shared on Instagram falsely claimed to show the senators engaged in a "book burning." But only empty boxes, not books, were being torched. The post Missouri State Senators in... Read more »
  • Posts Push Unproven ‘Spike Protein Detoxification’ Regimen
    Serious side effects after COVID-19 vaccination are rare, and there isn't evidence people need to undergo a "spike protein detoxification" regimen after getting vaccinated, contrary to claims made online. Nor has such a regimen been shown to help people recover from long COVID, or long-term health problems after having COVID-19. The... Read more »
  • VideoFactChecking Trump on ‘Meet the Press’
    Kristen Welker's first week as the new moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press" featured an interview with former President Donald Trump, and she was busy trying to push back on his numerous false and misleading statements. The post FactChecking Trump on ‘Meet the Press’ appeared first on FactCheck.org.... Read more »
  • Flu Shots, MMR Vaccines Have Saved Millions of Lives, Contrary to Online Claim
    Flu shots and vaccines that protect children against measles, mumps and rubella have been effective in preventing illness, serious disease and death. But a meme has been circulating with the false suggestion that those vaccines are ineffective. Actually, they've saved millions of lives and have eliminated both measles and rubella... Read more »
  • Post Makes False Claim About Children Missing After Maui Wildfires
    The wildfires in Maui caused widespread destruction on the island and claimed the lives of 97 people. The Maui Police Department and the FBI have released the list of 31 individuals still unaccounted for following the fire. Yet an Instagram post falsely claims "over 1,000 children are missing." The post... Read more »
  • VideoLaunching Impeachment Inquiries: Reviewing What Happened in 2019 and 2023
    House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reneged on his promise not to move forward with an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden without having a full vote by the House of Representatives. When defending his reversal, McCarthy blamed his predecessor, Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi. We sort out their conflicting statements. The post... Read more »
  • VideoVideoAnother Ad Attacking Beshear’s Pandemic Commutations in Kentucky Distorts Facts
    In its latest TV ad attacking Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, the conservative super PAC School Freedom Fund falsely claims that Beshear's decision to release some prisoners early during the COVID-19 pandemic allowed a man convicted of sodomizing a child to "roam free." The post Another Ad Attacking Beshear’s Pandemic... Read more »



    The Marijuana Herald

  • Minnesota Governor Appoints Director of Marijuana Regulations, She Resigns Following Day
    Erin Dupree has officially resigned as director of Minnesota’s marijuana regulatory body, a day after she was appointed by Governor Tim Walz. Dupree has resigned amid reports that she sold illegal cannabis products in the state, according to Minnesota Public Radio. She was set to officially take over the position... Read more »
  • North Carolina House Votes 110 to 0 to Regulate Kratom and Hemp-Derived Consumables
    North Carolina’s full House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that would establish a regulatory and licensing system for both kratom and products made from hemp. The House voted 110 to 0 yesterday to pass House Bill 563, filed by State Representative Jeffrey McNeeley along with a bipartisan coalition... Read more »
  • US Senate Banking Committee Chairman Says Committee Will Pass Marijuana Banking Bill With a “Strong Majority”
    Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio who chairs the Senate Banking Committee, says that the committee will “decisively” pass the SAFER Banking Act when it’s considered on September 27. During an interview with Matt Laslo from Ask a Pol, Senator Brown says he expects a “strong majority” of the... Read more »
  • New Michigan Bill Would Legalize Magic Mushrooms, DMT, Ibogaine and Mescaline
    Legislation filed in the Michigan Legislature would legalize certain psychedelic substances. Senate Bill 499 would legalize the personal possession of psilocybin and psilocyn, both forms of magic mushrooms, while also legalizing DMT, mescaline and ibogaine. The proposal, filed by Senator Jeff Irwin, would allow these substances to be grow and... Read more »
  • Columbia, Missouri City Council Votes to End Marijuana Testing for Job Applicants
    The Columbia City Council has approved an ordinance that will place an end to the practice of testing city employees for marijuana. The new law will go into effect on October 1. Approval of the ordinance follows a four-year collective bargaining agreement between the city and Laborers’ International Union of... Read more »
  • New York: Court Rules in Favor of Leafly Regarding Online Marijuana Advertising
    Earlier this week, Leafly, a leading online cannabis information resource and marketplace, along with New York dispensary Stage One, jointly filed a legal challenge to certain portions of the recently adopted Adult Use Regulations in New York. On Thursday, the New York Attorney General’s Office agreed to a stay, and... Read more »
  • NCAA Committee Votes to Remove Marijuana and Cananbinoids From Banned Substances List
    Today, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that a key committee has voted to recommend that marijuana and cannabinoids be removed from the list of banned substances. The NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports recommended that each of the three divisional governance bodies introduce and... Read more »