Stream Splashes: October 6-12 in Review

By The Stream Published on October 13, 2019

Every week, The Stream rounds up some highlights from the recent news. We call these our “splashes”: everything from insightful commentary on the week’s big events to small inspiring stories you may have missed.

 

Richard Dawkins, one-time leader of the now-fracturing New Atheist movement, has just released another anti-God book, Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide. It’s a sad display of what can happen when an influential scientist thinks the whole intellectual world exists inside his own head.

It’s not just that I disagree with Dawkins’ conclusions. I certainly do; but there’s another problem he ought to care about himself. He makes faith look ridiculous by misrepresenting it, yet without even seemingly knowing that’s what he’s doing. He’s oblivious. Not a good sign for a man of his influence.

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Last week Dottie and I had something for dinner we have never eaten before: pronghorn tenderloin. Pronghorn, popularly known simply as “antelope,” are found throughout the West in high desert. Lander, where we live, gives us access to lots of high desert and thus lots of antelope.

One of them is now in pieces in my freezer.

Prior to last week, I had never shot anything larger than a pheasant. Now I can tell you that shooting a large animal is an awesome experience. That’s “awesome” in the old sense: inspiring awe.

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“If the girls don’t sleep with our clients we beat them with a bat or we electrocute them until they obey.”

Somewhere in Southeast Asia, a sex trafficker discusses torturing those he has enslaved with the casualness you or I might have discussing the weather.

People go to bat for terrorists exposed to enhanced interrogations, but who is stepping up for young women forced to have sex with countless men or face torture? Girls like Dallin.

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Will Hillary Clinton enter the presidential race? Rumors are flying. She’s acting like someone who wants to run.

Clinton’s popping up everywhere, increasing her public visibility. She’s currently on a book tour promoting a book she wrote with her daughter Chelsea. The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience comes out this month. She’s dropped the horrible looking tent dresses she’d been wearing the past year and returned to a more professional look.

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