PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Every Democrat Votes for Military Budget – Except Bernie” / The Jimmy Dore Show / Jimmy Dore, Stef Zamorano, and Ron Placone ☮

All of the Democratic Senators voted for the military budgets. Only 6 Republicans and one Independent, Bernie Sanders, voted against. Media’s been silent.

IN MEMORIAM: “Atheist Stephen Hawking Fed Homeless People in Church During His Funeral” ☮

When Stephen Hawking passed away, some Christians jumped at the chance to slam the world-famous cosmologist for his outspoken atheism.

I wonder how they’d feel after learning that, as his last act on this Earth, he fed 50 homeless people in a church and donated money to feed even more.

Hawking and his family arranged for dozens of homeless people to be fed during his funeral at the Wesley Methodist Church in Cambridge. The three-course meal included a note that said it was a “gift from Stephen.”

The scientist’s daughter Lucy Hawking contacted the charity, Food Cycle Cambridge, to tell them the family planned to make a donation so that people would be sitting down for a “hot meal on Stephen” while the funeral took place, the charity said.

A Food Cycle spokeswoman said the donation would, in fact, go towards far more meals than the 50 provided on the day, but she would not disclose how much cash was donated.

“The guests on Saturday were so surprised and touched by the family’s gesture and raised a glass to Stephen before tucking into lunch.”

That’s right, religious fundamentalists eager to use the brilliant theoretical physicist’s death to promote your own beliefs: Hawking’s legacy will include acts of kindness and respect, regardless of religious or spiritual differences, and charity to those who are less fortunate. It almost sounds like something a certain Middle Eastern carpenter might do.

Hawking took the high road on the way out of this world. It’s too bad his critics are stuck in the gutter.

So next time you are in a tough ethical quandary, just ask yourself: What would Hawking Do?

h/t: Friendly Atheist

NEROSCIENCE – COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: “Religion is Nature’s Antidepressant” / Big Think / Robert Sapolsky ☮

“Essentially there has been no culture on earth that has not invented some form of what could be termed ‘meta-magical thinking'”, says Robert Sapolsky.

Why does religion seem to manifest in culture no matter what?

GUN CONTROL: “NRA” / vpro zondag met lubach / Arjen Lubach ☮

There’s something going on in the world. A situation we cannot ignore any longer and we need to address it. Say nay to NRA (nonsensical rifle addiction). From the creator of ‘Netherlands Second’ and ‘Westeros the Serie’s.