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Monthly Archive: April 2010

Apr 25 2010

A Pair of Doubles

It’s been a busy weekend, much of it in support of Boobquake. First off, I’ve been listening to the calls to do more about Iran than mock the credulity of a cleric. That’s a taller order than you might think. But what is to be done? What are the actual conditions in Iran, and what …

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Apr 21 2010

An Immodest Proposal

Or, Why I’m Attending Boobquake When I read about Boobquake, my first thought was, “Heh. Cute.” Sedighi claims that not dressing modestly causes earthquakes. If so, we should be able to test this claim scientifically. You all remember the homeopathy overdose? Time for a Boobquake. On Monday, April 26th, I will wear the most cleavage-showing …

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Apr 17 2010

Caring About Abuse

To those implying* that your friendly local atheist is taking some new-found interest in fighting child sexual abuse because it involves the Catholic church or because Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are supporting the effort to explore legal options: Oh, there are plenty of things I could say here. Short, pithy, pointed. Angry. Satisfying…but unhelpful. …

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Apr 14 2010

All That and a Skeptic

I am a skeptic. I’m also an atheist, feminist, progressive, absurdist artist. I have prejudices and blind spots and unquestioned notions. And I have friends whom I love dearly who are arguing (in a way I find incredibly painful to watch) over the purity of the mission of the skeptical movement–again. Unsurprisingly, I agree with …

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Apr 06 2010

To the Kids of Fulton, Mississippi

First, since you’re used to being first, to the kids who went to the big dance: Congratulations. You, with your parents’ help, have just fucked things up for life. Well, maybe not all of you. Some of you were probably planning to start local, dead-end jobs straight out of high school. The rest of you, …

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Apr 06 2010

Beautiful Red Dress

Zuska has a good post up today about the choice for adult females to identify as girls rather than women. It’s decidedly worth a read. She ends with Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman,” which was part of the soundtrack to my formative years. It was interesting hearing it again. My musical tastes have changed with …

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Apr 01 2010

Garbage Statistics

Literally. We have a corner lot in the city, with plantings where a lot of people would have lawn, so lots of trash gets blown into our yard and stays for a while. One of the rites of spring is my own personal neighborhood cleanup. I started right after work, and here’s a little rundown …

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