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Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 28 2012

Have a big fat freaking sh!t-ton of Alain de Botton abuse! You’re welcome.

Actually, he's not wrong that religion's contributions to fashion have a lot to do with putting people to shame.

I have no idea where this Alain de Botton guy sprung from, but he can spring right back. You’ve heard Dawkins mention the Neville Chamberlain school of atheist accomodationism, but de Botton, an atheist who thinks atheism would be really awesome if only we were all religious about it, is full-on Vichy. His latest excrescence, …

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Feb 28 2012

Iron Chariots update

FYI, in case you’re wondering: The forum has been updated to a new version of PhPBB, but the old data hasn’t been fully transferred over.  Expect a delay of perhaps a few more days before the process is complete.  Don’t panic, your posts will come back. The wiki is up and running, but no anti-spam …

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Feb 28 2012

Assault is not free speech

I have to say, I was initially kind of skeptical of this story about the judge who threw out a lawsuit against a Muslim for assaulting an atheist.  Several people have emailed us looking for a comment on it, and I hesitated to jump on it until I knew the whole story. It’s not that …

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Feb 27 2012

Open Thread for Show #750 – Matt & Tracie

This is the open thread for the program. No topic, just calls. Caller Eric, from AZ, most fun. Can something come from nothing? Can there *be* nothing? If it *is* or *was*–then could it have actually been nothing? If nothing does exist, does that mean it’s something? If nothing cannot be (as Eric defined it …

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Feb 25 2012

Reserve your copy of A Better Life

You may have seen some notices and plugs about photographer Chris Johnson and his Kickstarter project for a lavish coffee-table photo book featuring atheists, but if not, go have a look and open your wallet to him if you feel so moved. I do think this is a nice idea, and Chris’s goal to help …

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Feb 24 2012

Iron Chariots outage

FYI: Ironchariots.org will be experiencing some down time for a matter of hours or days as I try to complete this upgrade to the latest version of MediaWiki, which should help reduce spam and make more tools available to editors.   UPDATE: It’s been down since yesterday, now it’s back up.  It doesn’t look any different, …

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Feb 24 2012

Debating and rallying and reasoning, oh my!

Debate flyer

Some quick updates on what some of us in the AXP camp are up to. Matt is, as you read this, getting ready to take the stage at West Texas A&M University in Amarillo for another debate. Here’s the flyer thingamajig. No, we don’t have any idea about their plans to record the debate, or …

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Feb 23 2012

“50 Popular Beliefs” now available

If you enjoyed our interview with Guy P. Harrison last weekend, why not show him some support and pick up the new book? Harrison’s new book challenges popular beliefs Author Guy P. Harrison, a former Grand Cayman resident now living in southern California, has written a new book that is attracting high praise. 50 Popular Beliefs …

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Feb 20 2012

Open thread on TAE 749 / NPR 11.3

This weekend… Russell and long time crew member / first time co-host Josh Burkhart take calls, and talk about slavery a lot, on The Atheist Experience. Russell and Lynnea spend time talking with Guy P. Harrison about his new book, 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True, on The Non-Prophets.

Feb 15 2012

Somewhat off-topic: Evolutionary arms race of spam

Just wanted to mention that we get a lot more attempted spam here at Freethought Blogs than I ever remember getting at the old blogspot address.  Luckily, the spam filters are pretty good and I usually don’t have to lift a finger to mess with it.  I do, however, see a few posts a week …

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