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Monthly Archive: February 2010

Feb 26 2010

Obama aides to meet with atheists

Thanks, Guy Harrison, for bringing this Miami Herald article to our attention: …several administration officials will sit down quietly for a morning meeting at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus with about 60 workhorses from the coalition’s 10 member groups, including the American Atheists and the Council for Secular Humanism. Tina …

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Feb 21 2010

Tonight on AETV

Technical problems, especially with the UStream feed, plagued our late edition of AETV tonight. This is a shame, because our guest, Dr. Darrel Ray, who joined us to discuss his book The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture, engaged us in a tremendously enjoyable talk that made this one of our best …

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Feb 20 2010

Plugola

Hey gang. Here’s a positive thing you can do, in the midst of a world overrun with teabagger hate and domestic terrorism and general irrationality. One of my best friends is doing this week-long, 545-mile bike marathon this coming June, from LA to San Fran, and it’s all to benefit AIDS research. And she’s looking …

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Feb 19 2010

Update on Andrew Wakefield

In an earlier post, I drew attention to the anti-vax hero Andrew Wakefield. Today’s Austin American Statesman reported that Wakefield has left his executive director position at the Austin-based Thoughtful House Center for Children that he helped found. It’s possible that they can rehabilitate their reputation without him. Late last month, Wakefield was found “irresponsible” …

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Feb 18 2010

A Suicide Note I Empathize With

Today, a man flew a small plane into a building in Austin. It’s captured our attention for most of the day. It turns out that the pilot was very frustrated and did what is effectively a suicide attack on an IRS office. He also torched his own house with his wife and child in it. …

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Feb 17 2010

Racial composition does not imply a group’s ideology

Listening to Keith Olbermann in the car this morning made me deeply annoyed. He ran one of those signature “special comments,” this time on racism in the Tea Party. That’s fine with me. I mean, when you have images like this and this Then yeah, I think it’s not unreasonable to speculate that there is …

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Feb 16 2010

Atheist Experience on February 21st

Our regular time slot for The Atheist Experience for February 21st was taken by a class in the same studio. The crew has worked their magic and got us the slot from 8-9:30 pm that day (3.5 hours later). It looks like the show will go on. Please watch the stream and participate as you …

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Feb 14 2010

Just says it all, don’t it…

(…sigh) Laughing on the outside, crying on the inside. It should be noted that this level of illiterate paste-eating chowderheadedness is not always indicated in home schooling situations. In fact, you’ll hear from a number of progressive, atheist parents on the TFN blog who have chosen, wisely, to homeschool because Texas is doing is damnedest …

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Feb 13 2010

The show tomorrow and next weekend

Just a heads-up for all of you: tomorrow we’ve got the “No Boys Allowed” episode featuring the Jen & Tracie Power Team, fresh off their total ownage of Blag Hag’s poll of atheism’s most influential women. What can we say? Hit the UStream early for this one, gang. The following weekend, sadly, we’re going to …

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Feb 12 2010

Darwin Day 2010

Aaaand I hope you’re having a nice one. Apropos of Don’s post below, I can only reiterate the threat to science education (as well as to civics/history education, and anything else the wingnuts don’t feel meshes with their ideological “white Christians did everything!” talking points) by the current SBOE. So in that spirit I direct …

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