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Apr 23 2014

Clever corvidae

A very cool Nova episode about animal minds. If you want a particular highlight start at 8:50 to watch the New Caledonia crow faced with a novel problem it takes 8 steps to solve. The crow has done each step separately before, but never seen them combined. It’s pretty damn fascinating.

Apr 23 2014

Hoping and bobing and singing this sawng

The Donald does Twitter. What does he do when he does Twitter? He says Obama goes down the stairs of the plane wrong. He should be doing it slowly and ponderously so that we will all be overawed and a little abject, instead of running down them because dude they’re stairs, you go down them, …

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Apr 23 2014

Feminist art

Rebecca does rewards for her Patreon thingy, where people can request items they want. Secular Woman requested a drawing about the current state of the secular movement, so she obliged. I’ve never done a political cartoon before so this was very exciting. I decided to draw a picture of something that from what I understand actually …

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Apr 23 2014

Built on Christian values

I guess Labour people are panicking about the Forcible Christianity Gap, and rushing to catch up with David “we are a Christian country” Cameron. Jack Straw says that the way to deal with Islamist takeovers of state schools is to do a Christianist takeover instead. I take it he’s never heard of secularism? Muslims must …

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Apr 23 2014

If you close your eyes, you will disappear

One quick bit of stupid to smack because I just saw it so it’s fresh in my mind – Dan Fincke has a (public) mini-essay on Facebook making the point that it’s not very humanist or reasonable or compassionate to respond to a woman who says she has PTSD from verbal abuse by assailing her …

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Apr 22 2014

“Get the hell out of my race”

A story told by “A Mighty Girl” (which is a group) on the eponymous Facebook page. In celebration of today’s Boston Marathon, we’re sharing the dramatic story of the first woman to officially run the historic race. Kathrine Switzer’s experience is a revealing illustration of the barriers that trailblazing women athletes had to overcome and of …

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Apr 22 2014

More than any other means

Governor Chafee’s declaration of May 1 as Reason Day is really very cool. Governor Chafee has proclaimed May 1 as “A Day of Reason’’ in Rhode Island. His proclamation begins: “Whereas, the application of reason, more than any other means, has proven to offer hope for human survival upon Earth by cultivating intelligent, moral and ethical interactions …

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Apr 22 2014

My favorite cat

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Apr 22 2014

Pleasantries

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God’s fans are up in arms, of course.

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Apr 22 2014

Under god

The AHA press release: Contact: Merrill Miller, [email protected], 202-238-9088 ext. 105 David Niose, [email protected], 202-238-9088 ext.119   (Washington, DC—April 21, 2014)—A lawsuit was filed against a school district in New Jersey on behalf of a local family that objects to their child’s school conducting regular Pledge of Allegiance recitation with the words “under God.” The case was …

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