Scott Kaufman

Meditation Literally Alters Your Brain Matter

The following is an excerpt from the new book Wired to Create by Scott Barry Kaufman & Carolyn Gregoire (Perigee, 2015):

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Fox Guest: Keep Discrimination Legal Because Bible Tells Businesses Not to Hire Atheists

A former Department of Justice official went on Fox & Friends over the weekend to discuss the passage of a Madison, Wisconsin city ordinance that prohibits businesses from discriminating against atheists.

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Crazy Things Glenn Beck Told Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald joined Glenn Beck on The Blaze radio hour this morning to discuss the security apparatus of the United States, as well as other topics of current interest, including the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and the administration’s negotiations with Iran.

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Phony! ‘Tea Party’ Protesters Opposed to Florida Land Deal Were Mostly Actors Hired by Big Sugar

The Palm Beach Post‘s Christine Stapleton reports that the “Tea Party” protesters outside of the South Florida Water Management District on Thursday were, by and large, actors hired by the Tea Party of Miami and U.S. Sugar.

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Michigan High School Yanks Trans Equality Poster After Christian Parent Complains on Facebook

A bulletin board promoting transgender equality was removed by school officials in Marshall, Michigan in what some students are calling an attempt to silence them, WWMT reports.

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Russell Brand: 'The Reason Fox News Can’t Talk About Mental Illness Is Because Fox News Causes It'

On the latest episode of The Trews, British comedian and activist Russell Brand discussed the crash of a Germanwings plane and the media’s rush to blame it on the suicidal captain.

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WATCH: SNL Does Brilliant Skit Mocking Starbucks Race Awareness Campaign

Last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live featured a fake commercial that took aim at Starbucks’ recent — and disastrous — campaign to increase racial awareness by having its baristas initiate conversations with patrons about race relations in the United States.

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US Troops Fighting Drugs in Colombia Raped Dozens of Girls--And Got Away With It

According to an independent report commissioned by the Colombian government and FARC rebels, United States soldiers and military contractors are responsible for sexually abusing at least 54 children between 2003 and 2007 — but they were not prosecuted because of immunity clauses in the American diplomatic treaties with the government.

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Woman Held 8 Days in NYC Psych Ward For Saying Obama Followed Her on Twitter - Even Though He Does

A Long Island woman was detained in a Harlem mental institution for eight days for claiming, among other things, that President Barack Obama followed her on Twitter — even though he does.

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WATCH: Angelina Jolie's Dad Is Still a Warmongering Lunatic

Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight took to YouTube yesterday to voice his support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his disdain for President Barack Obama.

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11-Year-Old Suspended for a Year for Possessing Leaf That Repeatedly Tested Negative for Pot

An 11-year-old Virginia boy was suspended for 364 days after being caught in possession of a leaf that, as it turned out, repeatedly tested negative for marijuana, the Roanoke Times‘ Dan Casey reports.

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A Georgia Middle School Is Trying to Avoid Offending White People While Teaching the Civil War

Parents in Johns Creek, Georgia are upset about a middle school visual rhetoric assignment that asked students to identify and analyze features of a Reconstruction-era editorial cartoon depicting blacks in a situation that is “worse than slavery,” WSBTV reports.

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Conservative Columnist: I Can’t Mourn Nimoy’s Death Because Spock Reminds Me of Obama

The editor in chief of the conservative Washington Free Beacon published a column today in which he outlined why he felt “apathetic” about the passing of Leonard Nimoy — his iconic character, Spock, reminds him too much of President Barack Obama.

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City of Cleveland: 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Caused His Own Death by Failing to ‘Avoid Injury’

According to court documents obtained by BuzzFeed’s Stephanie McNeal, the city of Cleveland, Ohio is claiming that 12-year-old Tamir Rice’s death — as well as the pain and suffering caused to his family by it — was his own fault. 

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Ax-Wielding Hair Designer Burns Down Michigan Adult Store to Please God

A “hair designer” in Kalamazoo, Michigan was arrested after police identified him as the ax-wielding man witnesses saw fleeing from an adult store that had been set on fire, WOOD’s Ken Kolker reports.

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Florida Tribe Threatens Rick Scott: Let Us Build A Casino Or We Start Growing Pot

An Alabama native American tribe that operates casinos in Florida informed the state that if it doesn’t allow them to expand their casinos, they will have no choice but to start growing marijuana on the land designated for the expansion, the Associated Press reports.

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Minn. Man in Jail For Possession Freed When ‘Drugs’ Turn Out to Be Vitamins

A Minnesota man who was arrested in November on drug charges has been released after the “most expensive and most accurate test” available found that the drugs in his possession were over-the-counter vitamins, the Mankato Free Press‘s Dan Nienaber reports.

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Man in Jail for Possession Since November Freed When ‘Drugs’ Turn Out to be Vitamins

A Minnesota man who was arrested in November on drug charges has been released after the “most expensive and most accurate test” available found that the drugs in his possession were over the counter vitamins, the Mankato Free Press‘s Dan Nienaber reports.

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Black Mississippi Judge Opens a Can of Whoopass on White Murderers - And It’s Awesome

The United States District judge tasked with sentencing the men responsible for murdering James Craig Anderson in Mississippi in 2011 asked them to sit down while he read a lengthy statement about the history of race relations in Mississippi, NPR’s Code Switch blog reports.

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WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Why Humanity Hasn’t Made First Contact With Aliens Yet

During the question-and-answer session after a lecture in Denver on Thursday, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson addressed the question of why the human race has never had contact with alien species.

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Watch All the 2015 Super Bowl Ads Right Now Without Having to Bother with the Game

For many viewers, the best part about watching the Super Bowl is the commercials. Luckily for them, they don’t have to wait for the game to start doing so, as many companies are now releasing their ads online in the days leading up to it, for example:

Budweiser’s “Lost Dog” or “Best Buds” commercial:

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Michigan Christians Want to Drive ‘Carpetbagger’ Atheist Activist Out of Town

An atheist firebrand who recently moved to Ottawa County in Michigan is being attacked by Christian residents who claim that he moved to their county specifically to persecute them, The Detroit News reports.

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Pastor: I Punched a Kid ‘As Hard As I Could’ for ‘Not Taking the Lord Serious’

A pastor at the Bible Baptist Church in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey is coming under fire after his church posted a video of him claiming to have converted a “smart aleck” youth by “punching him in the chest as hard as I could.”

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WATCH: Man Holds Up Hands and Lies Down Yet Cops Still Kick Him in Face and Tase Him

A drug task force video of an arrest differs markedly from the police reports written by the plainclothes detectives involved in the incident, the Kansas City Star reports.

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Gay-Hating Duggars Have a Lesbian in Their Family - And She Thinks They’re Crazy

RadarOnline.com confirmed yesterday that the notoriously homophobic Michelle Duggar’s older sister, Evelyn Ruark, is a lesbian.

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Bill Maher on Cosby’s Accusers: ‘There’s No Glamour in Saying an Old Creep Forced Himself on You’

Comedian Bill Maher told the Star-Advertiser that he did not have to reconsider his opinion of Bill Cosby after allegations of serial rape surfaced — because he already believed Cosby was a “nightmare” to women.

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4-Year-Old Handcuffed, Shackled and Hauled off to Sheriff’s Office by Cops

A four-year-old Virginia boy with attention deficit disorder (ADD) was handcuffed and shackled, then taken away in a squad car after his teacher and principal were unable to calm him down, WVTF reports.

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Ohio Cops Back into, Then Arrest Woman Who was Protesting Killing of Unarmed Black Man at Walmart

Police in Beavercreek, Ohio backed into, then arrested a woman protesting in front of the Walmart where cops shot a black patron holding a toy gun earlier this year.

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Meet the Ohio Teen Who Refuses to Do Homework Until School Brings Back Ten Commandments Plaque

A Marion, Ohio high school student is going on strike to protest the removal of a Ten Commandments plaque from the school’s hallway, The Marion Star reports.

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Noam Chomsky: Reagan Was an ‘Extreme Racist’ Who Re-Enslaved African Americans

In an interview with GRITtv’s Laura Flanders, linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky discussed how the events in Ferguson, Missouri and the protests that followed demonstrate just how little race relations in the United States have advanced since the end of the Civil War.

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Einstein’s Letter Defending Marie Curie Reveals How Long Trolls Have Slut-shamed Women

In 1911, nearly a decade after winning a Nobel Prize for her pioneering work on radiation, Marie Curie received a letter from Albert Einstein in which he urged her not to be beaten down by people who would, today, be called trolls.

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