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Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 20 2012

I’m off to defeat religion!

And by that, I mean I’m heading to the Secular Student Alliance‘s in-person board meeting. It’s kind of like the meeting of the Justice League. We both defend the world against evil-doers, right? Except that our strategizing involves poring over budgets and organizational goals, we require much more coffee, and our secret lair is in …

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Jan 19 2012

My boyfriend has my geekery figured out

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Here’s one of the Christmas presents he got me: I am inordinately excited about having a Pokeball themed iPhone case.

Jan 19 2012

No florist in Rhode Island would send Jessica Ahlquist flowers

From the Freedom from Religion Foundation: Working through a Wisconsin flower shop Tuesday, Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president, placed what she believed to be a routine order: A dozen red roses to be delivered on Wednesday with the message to Jessica: “Congratulations, and hang in there, with admiration from FFRF.” Late yesterday, the local florist …

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Jan 18 2012

There is no hope for humanity

My new favorite thing is @herpderpedia on twitter, who is retweeting all of the completely moronic things people are saying because of the Wikipedia blackout. It’s simultaneously hilarious and soul crushing. There seem to be some common themes, like: Why is Wikipedia down?! (If you could read, you would know…) How am I supposed to …

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Jan 18 2012

Blackout and whiteout

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This is an odd combination. While much of my usual internet distractions are shut down in protest of SOPA and PIPA, Seattle is also shut down because of the snow. School was canceled, bus routes are mostly down, and the streets are totally impenetrable. At first I was worried – how am I going to …

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Jan 17 2012

UK student threatened with expulsion over Mohammed cartoon

You may already be familiar with 17-year-old Rhys Morgan. In 2010 he received the James Randi Award for Grassroots Skepticism for outing the scam drug “Miracle Mineral Supplement.” More recently, he received numerous legal threats from the odious Burzynski clinic for shedding light on their unscientific and unethical practices. Did I mention this badass is 17? …

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Jan 16 2012

Welcome to the United States

Here a state representative thinks it’s perfectly fine to refer to his 16-year-old constituent as “an evil little thing” who is “being coerced by evil people” because she understands the concept of separation of church and state. Maybe Rhode Island House Representative Peter G. Palumbo (D) needs a few emails ([email protected]) or phone calls ((401) 785-2882) …

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Jan 13 2012

That Christian compassion

Jessica Ahlquist may have won her legal battle to remove an unconstitutional prayer banner from her public school, but that doesn’t mean she can finally resume her everyday life. No, now she’s receiving horrible comments from fellow classmates, community members, and other angry Christians who are very, very offended that their religion no longer has …

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Jan 13 2012

Update on Canada’s gay marriage issue

The government is taking action: The Harper government is working quickly to change the law so that the marriages of the thousands of gay couples who travel to Canada to wed are legally recognized in this country. “We want to make it very clear that in our government’s view, these marriages should be valid,” a …

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Jan 12 2012

Canadian government dissolves same-sex marriages of non-Canadians

I’m raging too much to say anything more. Check out Dan Savage’s post on the matter. Fuck. Canada, you’re supposed to be our Liberal Hope to the North.

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