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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 27 2012

Sikivu Hutchinson in Vancouver this Saturday

WTF wrong with you

If you’re not reading the Black Skeptics blog, I have just one question. If you are reading, you’re already well acquainted with the perfect blend of passion, fact, and relentless courage that is the writing of Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson. You may have even seen her in this discussion with Richard Dawkins: If you’re in the Vancouver …

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Sep 27 2012

Idle Chatter

George Orwell’s prescient masterwork 1984 is more or less required reading if one wishes to critically appraise the modern political world. To be sure, it has always been the case that people have exploited war and propaganda for the purposes of seizing and maintaining power, but in an era where mass communication has never been so accessible, …

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Sep 26 2012

State of the Blogion

I feel I owe you an explanation for the disrupted service that’s been going on for the past weeks. Maybe you haven’t noticed, in which case “great”, but if you’ve been missing the schedule of posts, here’s what’s been going on. As I mentioned some months ago, I started a PhD program at the beginning …

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Sep 26 2012

No noose is good noose

Hey folks! Remember that time that Clint Eastwood did something hilarious? Clint Eastwood did end up stealing the show at Mitt Romney’s formal appointment as his party’s choice for the US presidential election but perhaps not in the way he or the candidate would have wanted. The 82-year-old’s rambling gravel-voiced conversation with an empty chair – supposedly supporting an …

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Sep 24 2012

“Misogynist” is NOT “the new nigger”

Wrong

Sometimes I read things on the internet that make me furious at how clueless and exploitative they are. Other times I read things on the internet that make me laugh myself sick at how unbelievably shallow and idiot they are. It is a rare occasion indeed when I have the opportunity to experience both reactions …

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Sep 24 2012

The wages of virtue

A cartoon in which someone is rewarded lavishly merely for saying "I don't have a problem with queers"

Most of you probably know that in addition to the handful of other things I do in my life, I work full-time as a health economic researcher. I have a job. I work at this job because it’s a necessary thing for me to have the kind of lifestyle I want, and I have been …

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Sep 21 2012

Settling in, Leftist Identity Politics, and Ideological Purity

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I’ve been absent from the blogging world (or blogosphere, or blogodrome) for a while now, due almost entirely to having spent the better part of two weeks moving myself and my partner to a new city to begin the penultimate phase of my education. The move was rather stressful; I am not, by nature, a …

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Sep 18 2012

On atheist smugness and geopolitics

If you’ve been following the news at all, you’ve heard about rampant anti-US protests happening across western Asia and North Africa in response to a video trailer for a movie that supposedly mocks Muhammad, the central religious figure in Islam: Rioting demonstrators battled with police outside a U.S. military base in Afghanistan and the U.S. …

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Sep 18 2012

#MittBateman

I have loved some of Brett Easton Ellis’ novels. While he himself is a difficult person to have positive feelings about, his work is excellent and unique. Reading and watching American Psycho has been singularly useful to me in explaining corporate behaviour in the age of #Occupy. And so when I saw this clip of Mitt …

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Sep 17 2012

Talking to Tauriq Moosa: full transcript

Here is the full text from Tauriq Moosa’s response to my original e-mail. My response is here.: Dear Ian Thanks for replying and eloquently replying to some of my points. > His assumption is that atheism+ (and the larger movement toward awareness of anti-misogyny) is focussed on the organizations within the movement is a bad …

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