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Freethought Day, Florida carjacker needs a hug, Ronald McDonald keeping a low profile these days
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Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 4:48 AM EDT
Oct 12 2016


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October 12 is Freethought Day, the annual observance by freethinkers and secularists of the anniversary of the effective end of the Salem Witch Trials.

The seminal event connected to Freethought Day is a letter written by then Massachusetts Governor William Phips in which he wrote to the Privy Council of the British monarchs, William and Mary, on this day in 1692. He outlined the quagmire into which the trials had degenerated, in part by a reliance on "evidence" of a non-objective nature and especially "spectral evidence" in which the accusers claimed to see devils and other phantasms consorting with the accused. Click here for the full Wikipedia article, or here for related quotes.

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Among other things, this is also National Gumbo Day, International Moment of Frustration Scream Day, and National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day.

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Florida man asks for hug after carjacking.

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Some people born on October 12 who said some interesting things: Luciano Pavarotti, Dick Gregory, Alice Childress, and Eugenio Montale.

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Getting people to pay sales taxes by making receipts lottery tickets.

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The next hurricane that hits Texas could wreak havoc with the national economy. The Gulf Coast is home to roughly 30 percent of the United States’s proven oil reserves; The Gulf Coast and Texas hold 35 percent of its natural gas reserves. The refineries and plants encircling Galveston Bay are responsible for roughly 25 percent of the United States’s petroleum refining, more than 44 percent of its ethylene production, 40 percent of its specialty chemical feed stock and more than half of its jet fuel. And, as usual, nothing's being done to mitigate the impending doom.

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan laments the absence of dialogue between Trump and Clinton supporters and- from his viewpoint within a blue state- the blanket dismissiveness of ideas from the so-called fly-over states.

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It couldn't block gay marriages, so Louisiana isn't letting immigrants get married.

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Billy Bush's departure from NBC is now a matter of 'when', not 'if'. He is effectively already gone. After being suspended on Sunday night, his name was missing from the 9 a.m. hour graphics on Monday and Tuesday.

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With greater oil reserves than Saudi Arabia, Venezuela should be at least moderately prosperous. Instead, it has the world’s fastest contracting economy, the second highest murder rate, inflation heading towards 1,000% and shortages of food and medicine that have pushed the poorest members of its 30 million population to the edge of a humanitarian abyss.

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With all the creepy clown sightings, Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile.


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