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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Michael’s Picks

by Michael De Dora

* A California federal district court has held that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

* Tony Schwartz on the Harvard Business Review on why managers should reward value, not face time.

* Ron Lindsay argues that the Catholic Church is distorting the First Amendment and the concept of conscientious objection in the birth control debate.

* The New Yorker reports on Marie Colvin, the brave news reporter who was killed last week in Syria.

* I finally saw the movie Moneyball, which stars Brad Pitt as Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane, and I absolutely loved it. Here’s the story behind the movie. It essentially represents skepticism as applied to baseball.

* Greg Laden initiates a discussion on his blog on the role of secular and skeptic organizations in political advocacy.

* Chris Mooney says scientists can further improve their communication skills by fixing bad PowerPoint habits.

* Iran has sped up its production of higher-grade enriched uranium over the last few months, according to a confidential U.N. nuclear agency report obtained by the Associated Press.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you mentioned Moneyball. The success of the Moneyball movie might have been the biggest story of 2011 for skepticism, but somehow it has gone largely unnoticed in the skeptical activist community. I guess people don't realize it promotes skepticism because it's not exactly billed as such... but it is undeniably the primary theme.


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