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Category Archive: Rant

Jan 06 2011

Apologetics and Apoplexy

You see the arguments: Atheists can’t have morals because they don’t have a god to provide them. Atheists think this world is all there is, so what do they care about being good if it all goes away when they die? God is love, so atheists can’t love anyone. It’s a clueless, backward argument. Atheists …

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Dec 05 2010

How Must She Behave to Have Been Raped?

I don’t know whether the rape charges against Julian Assange are valid. I do know, however, that they are rape charges. It doesn’t matter whether a woman consented to have sex with you. If she tells you to stop, and you don’t stop, that is still sexual assault. I don’t care how frustrating it is …

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Dec 04 2010

Nonapologies, Whatever Edition

I’m guessing you’re aware of the concept of the nonapology, the thing that is phrased as an apology, often even contain the words “I’m sorry,” and expresses an utter lack of responsibility for any actions. “I’m sorry if you were offended.” “I’m sorry you feel that way about it.” I heard a new one today. …

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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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Dec 15 2009

How Unhappy Is Irrational?

I got an interesting response to my post, “Going Emo,” by email. It was specifically in response to the last bit of a single bullet point: Breaking the social conventions isn’t worth it. It just makes more work. It requires reassuring all the friends whose lives have just been shaken up. It requires holding your …

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Aug 27 2009

Let’s Talk Pre-existing

I’m grumpy today because I’m not feeling well and haven’t been for…well, far too long. The migraines are getting more frequent again, and more of them hurt instead of just making me stupid (thinking through sand) and hypersensitive. The allergies are taking a different tack this summer. I can breathe through my nose, and I’m …

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May 20 2009

May I Just Say…Arrgh!

Thankfully, though, there’s a company out there brave enough to tackle the differences between girls and boys—more specifically, the difference between the way boys play Ouija and the way girls play Ouija. Because when men are pretending to contact the dead, they’re all like, “Is there a ghost here?” while women are all like, “Who …

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Mar 29 2009

Sympathetic but Irrational

If you haven’t already read Greg’s post about a student of his recently sentenced for acts he committed as a member of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), I strongly recommend it. It is, in part, about dealing with people you love doing bad things. It is also about, well, here: But there is a third …

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Mar 13 2009

File Under Irony

…of the particularly painful sort. AARP To Stop Matching 401(k) Contributions Anybody want to ask me how much I love, not just dealing with this economy, but having to pay attention to it?

Mar 01 2009

Two Copyrights Can Make a Wrong

Sham pulp culture buried in timeTrue pulp culture there to be plundered I stopped by Pharyngula this morning, as I usually do on Sunday mornings, to see whether there were any questions for the radio show. There weren’t, which was fine. We got more questions during the show than we could fit in. What was …

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