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Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 29 2013

In a gallery in Ballard

I was in Ballard yesterday afternoon, and I was walking down Ballard Avenue, which is a protected historical district with beautiful 19th century brick buildings – old hotels and shops and newspaper offices – and passed a gallery with some amazing sculptures in the windows, so I went in to look at all of them. …

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Aug 29 2013

Guest post: Josh has the ear of Vermont Public Radio, so…

Guest post by Josh, Official Spokesgay. He wrote to Vermont Public Radio to cancel his donation because of NPR’s coverage of Chelsea Manning, and then – So I waited for five days to hear back from Vermont Public Radio, and all I got was a polite, non-committal “Thank you for your support. . bye bye” …

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Aug 29 2013

Creative destruction

We hear a lot about “tearing apart” this or that – skepticism, the atheist movement, the world of skeptoatheo science-loving nerdery. Sometimes the idea is that the tearing apart is mutual, and sometimes it’s that it’s only the pesky feminists (or the mythical Atheismplussers, who are always people who aren’t in fact Atheismplussers, like PZ …

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Aug 28 2013

AA 1, New Jersey 0

So – Dave Silverman got his godless license plate after all. The New Jersey DMV backed down. From the press release: Cranford, NJ—As public backlash was growing, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission reversed its decision on Wednesday, approving American Atheists President David Silverman’s application for custom license plates reading “ATHE1ST.”  American Atheists, which celebrates …

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Aug 28 2013

Guest post: a plant evolutionary biologist on GMOs

From comments by quixote on First world phobias. I’m a plant evolutionary biologist. The problem with the GMO debate is, as others have said, the conflation of many issues. . 1) The modification in approx. 75% of GM foods is RoundUp resistance. Both seed and RoundUp have to be bought from Monsanto, which strikes everybody …

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Aug 28 2013

How do you get your information?

Mano has a great post on the strange disdain for bloggers. I move in circles (socially and at work) where people tend to be politically interested but surprisingly ignorant of many facts. I blame it on the fact that they spend far too much time following a few big name sources of TV and print …

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Aug 28 2013

It’s all the paperwork

Aw, damn, those oppressive bureaucrats in China are really oppressive – now they’re six years ago they started saying monks have to get government permission before they can reincarnate! That’s just mean. China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious …

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Aug 28 2013

One of 18 women

It’s everywhere. There’s the mayor of San Diego, for another example. A San Diego parks employee who says Mayor Bob Filner put her in a headlock and rubbed against her breasts at a public event this year filed a $500,000 battery and sexual harassment claim against the city on Monday, her attorney said. Stacy McKenzie, one …

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Aug 28 2013

Bungling the libertarian tweet

I should start a category here, called Twitter Over-reaching or Trying to Say Too Much in a Tweet or Twitter Is Not the Place for Grand Generalizations, or something. Because I keep seeing people doing that, and it can be funny or pathetic or destructive or all those. The latest one that I’ve noticed is …

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Aug 27 2013

What a feminist looks like

God damn John Scalzi is good. Yesterday: To The Dudebro Who Thinks He’s Insulting Me by Calling Me a Feminist Just read it. I don’t want to spoil it with appetizers or remarks; just read it. But I’ll give you a visual appetizer. I’ve always wondered what that pleasant sweep of green at the top of …

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