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Category Archive: Notes and Comment Blog

Apr 18 2014

Oh dang, that was recorded?

The newly elected mayor of Latta, South Carolina, just fired the town’s first female police chief because she is openly gay. She’s been a cop there for more than 20 years, with an exemplary record. Bullard was recorded by a city council member making several unsavory statements about Moore and other town employee. According to a local news report …

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Apr 18 2014

Whose job

PZ also marvels at this idea that internet bullying doesn’t count. (PZ is at the AA Convention; I wonder if he’s dropped in on the art show yet.) He starts with the suicide of Amanda Todd and the arrest of the guy who harassed and extorted her. I pointed out back then that some members of …

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Apr 18 2014

Life among the quiverfull

Amanda Marcotte looks at some of the laughably typical scandals plaguing the reactionary-Christian movement. There’s the resignation of Doug Phillips, and even better, there’s what is revealed in the lawsuit filed by the woman he’d been “inappropriately” “romantic and affectionate” with. While the complaint never mentions sexual intercourse, it does claim that he repeatedly groped …

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Apr 18 2014

Tyson and Tits

I was hoping AA just hadn’t seen those painting, but no, that’s not the case. They tweeted one of them yesterday. Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh

Apr 18 2014

Why don’t the bullied people just hide?

Another psychologist explains PTSD. Caleb Lack asks Can one get PTSD via Twitter? and answers yes, easily. I don’t really keep up much with drama and goings-on in the skeptoatheist online world. I’ve got friends who do, though, and they pointed me to a recent post with the in no way linkbaitesque title of: Woman claims she has …

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Apr 18 2014

Welcome to oligarchy

The BBC reports on an academic study that finds the US is an oligarchy rather than a democracy. I knew that, but it’s interesting to have a study. the two professors have conducted exhaustive research to try to present data-driven support for this conclusion. Here’s how they explain it: Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites …

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Apr 18 2014

The count

The BBC is still reporting on the kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria. Their reporter there, Will Ross, says the government is saying 99 girls are missing but parents are saying it’s 150 to 200. The attack on the school in Chibok, a remote part of Borno state, happened late on Monday with gunmen reportedly storming the …

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Apr 18 2014

The missing 200+

Richard Attias at the Huffington Post points out the lack of coverage of the kidnapping of more than 100 schoolgirls in Borno, Nigeria. The Western media has made barely a mention of this story and appears resigned to ignore this abduction, which is an act of terror and unprecedented barbarism against these students whose only …

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Apr 18 2014

See this door?

For refreshment after that – the new xkcd.

Apr 18 2014

“It’s more of a guy thing” in paintings

NSFW Two more, for the total of three, at the Art Show and Silent Auction at the American Atheists’ Convention in Salt Lake City. I’m told this one is hanging just below one of Neil DeGrasse Tyson. This one is sculptural; the hand is part of it.

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