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Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 31 2013

Thunderfoot shocked to learn he can’t harass believers

It’s definitely asshole Saturday. Thunderfoot has a new video about how feminism is roooning atheism, part 5. Yes seriously, it’s part 5. I watched almost 5 minutes of it. He gets his facts wrong. He starts by saying American Atheists “just” invited PZ to speak at the next convention, after he went and did that terrible thing …

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Aug 31 2013

Ways to screen out the female applicants

A comment by Leslie Brown at Pharyngula on a post about geekbro culture. First time commenter, this issue really chaps my hide. I was really keen to work in computers when I was in my 20s, way back in 1979. I applied for a place on a government run programming course, and sat an aptitude …

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Aug 31 2013

Sheep this way, goats that way

So I see this post of PZ’s, We’re all bad together here…and proud of it. Zinnia Jones is rightly resentful when a blogger who goes by the name “the atheist asshole” calls her “one of the good ones”. They’re missing the truth: while she’s all straightforward and civil and all that, she’s also one of …

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Aug 31 2013

An asshole posted

I should just title every post that way, right? An asshole posted on the Atheist Alliance of America National Convention Facebook page: Remember gentlemen, if a woman looks at you while you are at this convention, and you think she may be interested in you, she isn’t. She’s most likely reminiscing about the chocolate volcano she enjoyed …

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Aug 31 2013

The refreshment room at Bletchley

Which includes Ken Buddha and his inflatable knees. A smile, two bangs, and a religion.

Aug 31 2013

Older than her chronological age

Well that’s…disturbing. A Montana judge has apologized for comments he made about a 14-year-old female rape victim that seemed to take the “blame the victim” approach to a new level. “I don’t know what I was thinking or trying to say,” Judge G. Todd Baugh tells the Billings Gazette. “It was just stupid and wrong.” In …

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Aug 30 2013

The unreliable narrator

Colin McGinn is still writing blog posts. Here’s one from a couple of weeks ago. “I could list a great number of these one-sided diminutive romances. Some of them ended in a rich flavor of hell. It happened for instance that from my balcony I would notice a lighted window across the street and what …

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Aug 30 2013

Rape culture Friday

It’s rape culture day in the neighborhood. There’s Alex’s Shouting arson in a crowded theatre: rape, reputations and reasonable suspicion. The statements we have don’t warrant certainty. They may or may not meet legal standards of proof. But they do meet what standards we need to ask ourselves, ‘Should this person attend our conference?’ or …

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Aug 30 2013

Sarah’s leukemia is very treatable

One good thing. Wait, though, no, it’s not really a good thing – it’s just the avoidance of a bad thing. I keep noticing how often a bit of good news I’m pointing out is actually just a bit of bad news reversed or prevented or stepped around. More actual good news that isn’t just …

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Aug 29 2013

Removal directions

Here we go again – Mariama N, a lesbian from the Gambia, faces a new threat of deportation after she has twice stopped attempts to send her back to anti-gay persecution. On 24 July Mariama stood her ground, refused to get on the Royal Air Maroc plane at Heathrow, resisted all the threats of the …

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