Cyclone

A few people have asked me about whether or not I am involved in the cyclone said to make landfall in a few hours.

Firstly? I am expected to have heavy rain. The Cyclone hits mainly to the North.

Secondly? I am in Tamil Nadu, the Cyclone is set to hit Andhra Pradesh and Orissa which are to the North of here. I should be fine. Thank you for all the concern! I may go take photos of stuff in the rain though.

 

Reddit – The Philosophy of Rape

This one’s been doing the rounds on places like We Hunted the Mammoth. Reddit I think has an unfair reputation as a hotbed of MRA bullshit, it’s a subsection of the Internet. The majority of people on it have ideas that are like reality, slightly biased towards women. Then there are MRA. And so anyone speaking about women has to (in general) drive against the grain.

There are places for good discussion on Reddit, however there are places where people come into contact with trolls and other examples of racists, sexists and homophobes. So I can’t tell what this one is. Is it a troll? Or is it some manifesto by some misogynist creep. But the fact is many men out there think like this. That they are owed women or that women should like them.  [Read more...]

Common Core – This is why the USA needs more Arithmetic

I am amused by the arguments against the common core.

Primarily because I was a newbie participant in the old “Creationist” wars that many of our more famous atheists (See Aron Ra, PZ Myers, Thunderf00t and indeed Dawkins) were the big voices of atheism speaking for evolution. To see the USA finally admit that it requires a basic standard of excellence to be adhered to is a good thing.

But as always there are people who “simply don’t get it“. [Read more...]

Avoid the Plague of Practical Atheism

This one’s from Katherine Jean Lopez at Patheos. And she’s quoting Pope Benedict here.

A particularly dangerous phenomenon for faith has arisen in our times: indeed a form of atheism exists which we define, precisely, as “practical”, in which the truths of faith or religious rites are not denied but are merely deemed irrelevant to daily life, detached from life, pointless. So it is that people often believe in God in a superficial manner, and live “as though God did not exist” (etsi Deus non daretur). In the end, however, this way of life proves even more destructive because it leads to indifference to faith and to the question of God.

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