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Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 15 2013

Psychopathology Sum-Up: Bulimia Nervosa

[This is a guest post by Tetyana Pekar] Tetyana is about to defend her MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto. She is passionate about making eating disorder research more accessible to the public. She writes the Science of Eating Disorders blog where she aims to make sense of the latest findings in eating …

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Feb 14 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day! Surly Amy: Citation Needed

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It’s more a graduate school sort of necklace than a Valentine’s one, but I got it today so! Go buy her awesome stuff.

Feb 13 2013

Musical Wednesdays: A comment and ukulele song for Pope Ratzinger

It’s been a very long time since I’ve allowed myself to do video commentary on YouTube.  I once had a vlog and it was so thoroughly abused by assholes that I took it down.  But, I am short of time lately and it’s less difficult to just sit and talk than to carefully construct an …

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Feb 11 2013

Monday Miscellany

The pope is gone! Paul Fidalgo wants to replace him. Oh, and I’ll put an immediate end to the church’s tolerance and enabling of sexual assault; its treatment of women as second-class; its adherence to Bronze Age notions of morality; its hoarding of wealth for no purpose but its own aggrandizement (except for me, of …

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Feb 06 2013

Forward Thinking: What Would You Tell Teens About Sex?

Libby Anne and Dan Fincke have been running a project called Forward Thinking. Prompts are proposed, and bloggers can respond. Every two weeks a roundup of links is published. The most recent topic is what we should be telling teenagers about sex. Being as I was a teenager a very short six months ago, I …

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Feb 06 2013

Musical Wednesdays: To the Moon and Back on Ukulele

Did you know that the band Savage Garden named itself after a line in an Anne Rice vampire book?  True story.  Did you know that Anne Rice once exchanged e-mails with me?  ALSO A TRUE STORY. As Wednesday is the traditional day of the Karaoke, I celebrate with a musical selection just for you.

Feb 05 2013

Ashley Speaking in Chapel Hill Next Monday

If you are in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area and like Freethought Blogs and/or me and/or the topic of social justice movements and religion, then have I got good news for you! I will be speaking at UNC-CH for their SSA (Secular Student Alliance) and SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance) groups. Monday, February 11, …

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Feb 05 2013

Social Media Science

As a social scientist and nerd who works in the social media industry (yes, it is an industry), a recent story really caught my attention.  There’s been some claims that Google works better to follow/predict the flu than the CDC, but it turns out that Twitter is even better.

Feb 04 2013

A couple of things

1. Here is a brilliant post summarizing the treatment that many women in the secular movement have faced in the last several years and the negative effects of that treatment. http://www.secularwoman.org/opportunity_%20and_%20access_freethought It’s a great piece, I am only jealous that I did not write it. 2. If you scroll down the page a bit until …

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Feb 04 2013

Marriage as protection against accidental pregnancies not a new argument

Greta has a post up about the “increasingly stupid” tactics used by supporters of DOMA and Prop 8 — but, for better or for worse, the argument that marriage is different for heterosexuals because of accidental pregnancy is not a new argument at all.  It is, in fact, the primary argument used by the proponents …

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