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Monthly Archive: March 2011

Mar 31 2011

Unopposed hypocrisy

I am what libertarians would describe as a ‘statist’. I believe that the government can and should play an active role in maintaining the stability of the society, as well as being actively involved in the economy. Of course, the word ‘statist’ has a bunch of other baggage that doesn’t apply to me at all, …

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Mar 30 2011

Psychology beats “bootstraps”

Crommunist is back from vacation, at least physically. I will be returning to full blogging strength by next week. I appreciate your patience with my travel hangover. Here’s a cool thing: You don’t have to look far for instances of people lying to themselves. Whether it’s a drug-addled actor or an almost-toppled dictator, some people seem …

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Mar 29 2011

The hypocrisy of the religious right

Crommunist is back from vacation, but still slowly putting his life back together. I will be posting something every day, but don’t expect it to be up to my usual standard until next week. So obviously this title will raise exactly zero eyebrows among those who have read my previous discussions of religion. I find …

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Mar 28 2011

Special post: Crommunist goes to America

Ian and the Liberty Bell

So this whole past week I was visiting two of my good friends in the Northeastern United States. One, a friend from graduate school, lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The other, a friend I’ve known since I was a kid, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I talk about things in Canada quite a bit, and was excited …

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Mar 25 2011

Movie Friday: Protect yourself with censorship

Still on vacation. Brief writeup of some relevant stuff on Monday. Until then, enjoy this hilarious video by Mr. Sharp Like this article? Follow me on Twitter!

Mar 24 2011

Secularism isn’t pro-Islam

Crommunist is on vacation this week, so blogging will be spotty. I’m going to make sure there’s at least SOMETHING up every day, but they’ll be short. Things should be back to normal by April. An argument that is commonly leveled against pro-secular activists is that Christianity is the only thing preventing the Western world …

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Mar 23 2011

Yeah because THAT’S fair…

Crommunist is on vacation this week, so blogging will be spotty. I’m going to make sure there’s at least SOMETHING up every day, but they’ll be short. Things should be back to normal by April. Fair warning – this post was written whilst VERY drunk. A revised citizenship study guide for new Canadians released Monday …

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Mar 22 2011

Dispatches from the gender gap

Crommunist is on vacation this week, so blogging will be spotty. I’m going to make sure there’s at least SOMETHING up every day, but they’ll be short. Things should be back to normal by April. If there is one thing that science can do for us, it’s challenging our assumptions and the resulting underlying myths …

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Mar 21 2011

I get e-mail

From Greta Christina, apparently: Hi, fellow atheist bloggers/activists. Greta Christina here. I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of prominent atheists of color — as well as atheist organizations predominantly focused on/ participated in by people of color. It’s on my blog here: Atheists of Color – A List If you can help publicize this …

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Mar 21 2011

The embedded assumptions of belief

I recently had an old acquaintance of mine contact me over Facebook for a status update. I had opined that homeopaths deserve to burn in a “non-existent hell” for stoking hysteria over the Japanese nuclear crisis to sell their snake oil. My friend (who I will hereafter refer to as “Janice”) felt that it was …

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