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Monthly Archive: September 2009

Sep 30 2009

Happy Blasphemy Day!

I’m rather fond of holidays that make us reflect on our rights, so I marked International Blasphemy Day briefly this morning with a Tweet: I’m happy without your religion, thanks. Luckily, I enjoy working to improve the world while others just pray. #BlasphemyDay What I didn’t realize was that this was a gift-giving holiday. I …

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Sep 28 2009

Reminders

Kammy pointed me pointed me to an excellent article by Kate Harding in Salon. It’s a reminder of the inconvenient facts that some people would prefer to forget about Roman Polanski. Can we do that? Can we take a moment to think about all that, and about the fact that Polanski pled guilty to unlawful …

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Sep 26 2009

Thanks, Bridesmaid

Off to a wedding reception. I was reminded of this bit of loveliness yesterday, and it seems vaguely appropriate. Enjoy.

Sep 25 2009

Never Asked

Then it was time for me to repeat everything I’d told the officers. Having them hanging on my words had been heady, but facing a courtroom full of rapt listeners was almost too much. I’d never had so many people look at me at once. I wanted to hide. Only the knowledge the Carla had …

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Sep 24 2009

Fighting the Frost

For those who found my last story a bit difficult to take, well, this one is at least somewhat less hard on the reader. Or at least it’s intended to be. Fighting the Frost Raelorn stood on the edge of the city and shivered. He didn’t know which city it was, nor did he care. …

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Sep 23 2009

A Costly Delay

All apparent evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, is Senator Max Baucus really the best friend of single-payer health care in Congress? Yes, his bill does nothing to rein in obscene insurance company profits. Adds to them, in fact, largely at the expense of the working poor and middle class. However, via Neuron Culture, we find …

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Sep 22 2009

Are Women Less Skeptical?

The much-awaited survey on the religiously unaffiliated, “American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population,” is out and it exposes some fascinating gender differences. Or does it? “Women are also less skeptical than men and less drawn to irreligious and anti-religious views. They are more likely to reject a secular upbringing,” Kosmin says. Well, …

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Sep 21 2009

Sleeping Weather

Maybe it’s because it was the first season I experienced, but I happen to think that fall in Minnesota is pretty much perfect. Cool nights, perfect for snuggling. Warm days in which sun falling on skin is both tangible and welcome. Winds suddenly made manifest by their burdens. Scents of woodsmoke (even in the city) …

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Sep 20 2009

You Must Have Power

One of the highlights of SkepchickCon this July was getting to meet Dr. Pamela Gay. I could say that was because we have good friends in common or because of the outreach she does with Galaxy Zoo or Astronomy Cast, but that really just tells you what we talked about. The truth is, even sleep …

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Sep 19 2009

Community Index

This is a list of links to some of the more accessible writing here, at Greg Laden’s Blog and at Quiche Moraine on topics generally related to the creation and maintenance of community, mostly online community. Topics include language, identity, civility and rules, particularly as they relate to inclusion and exclusion. Many of these come …

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