As you may know by now, the Foundation Beyond Belief is launching the Pathfinders project in a couple days, sending four young humanists around the globe to lay the groundwork for the development of a Humanist Service Corps. One of those young Pathfinders, Ben “Sweatervest” Blanchard, has an IndieGogo campaign to help raise funds to …
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Jul 28 2013
Jul 27 2013
In Grand Rapids there is a morning radio team that calls themselves Free Beer and Hot Wings. I’ve never actually listened to the show because the promo clips for it are painfully unfunny and I assume that if these are the best and funniest clips they can find to entice me to listen, the rest …
Jul 26 2013
There are few media figures quite as annoying as Tina Brown, editor of the Daily Beast and Newsweek. She gives a perfect example of how utterly vapid she can be in her unquenchable zeal for arbitrary princesses delivering male heirs — because they’re just so much better than icky girls, amirite?
Jul 21 2013
Liz Cheney has announced that she’s going to mount a primary challenge to Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, a state she has never actually lived in for any significant period of time despite her family’s prominent history there. Conor Friedersdorf points out just how extreme she is:
Jul 20 2013
This past weekend was The Amazing Meeting, the annual gathering sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation. And I absolutely love this picture of Sanal Edamaruku and James Randi, two of the great champions of rationality in the world, finally meeting in person. Each said that the other was their hero and both are mine.
Jul 18 2013
We have a new blog at FTB, but not a new blogger. Kate Donovan has left the safety of Ashley Miller’s nest and ventured out on her own with her own blog, Gruntled and Hinged. I love the name. And she’s really quite awesome. So go say hi.
Jul 13 2013
Alex Songe introduced me recently to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, an award given to the worst opening lines in novels every year. I don’t know whether to thank him or curse him. I’m not sure I want to live in a world where people write lines like this:
Jul 12 2013
In 2007 I gave a talk that aired on C-SPAN about the need for scientifically literate people to run for school boards to counter the influence of the religious right, which has focused on dominating local elected bodies for the last couple decades. I could have specified constitutionally literate as well. Americans United tells the …
Jul 05 2013
This may sound like an odd thing for a foodie to admit, but wine tasting is pretty much a scam. Study after study has shown that in blind tastings, even a sommelier with the most discriminating tastes has a difficult time telling a $5 bottle of wine from a $500 bottle of wine. And now …
Jul 04 2013
I came across this list of the 100 worst movies ever made and thought it would make an interesting discussion. There are some real doozies that are not on that list, like Eyes Wide Shut, a movie that makes you want to slip into a hot bath and slit your wrists. And I have no …
Jun 26 2013
From Chana Messinger to Kate Donovan to Dan Fincke I found a delightful phrase I’d never heard before: thought-terminating cliche. Wikipedia defines it as ” a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to propogate cognitive dissonance. Though the phrase in and of itself may be valid in certain contexts, its application as …
Jun 25 2013
Join Jamila Bey and me in about 25 minutes as we discuss this week’s Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action in college admissions and the Voting Rights Act. Here’s where you can listen: Washington, DC: AM 1390 AND WTOP 103.5 FM HD-2 NYC: AM 1430 Chicago: WILV 100.3 FM HD-2 Miami: 99.9 HD-2 http://ruvr.condensa.ru/ruvr05_eng_us.html
Jun 20 2013
My dear friend Todd Heywood, who has pretty much written the book on how to report on HIV issues, notes that June 27 is National HIV Testing Day and he is urging everyone to go get tested for HIV, especially those who are in high-risk groups. He writes about a panel discussion he participated in …
Jun 19 2013
When I saw that John Ratzenberger, the actor who played Cliff Claven on Cheers, was going to appear at last weekend’s Faith and Freedom Coalition conference, I kind of chuckled. Turns out he was there to introduce Allen West and his comments were a bit…unusual.
Jun 18 2013
I think Patton Oswalt is one of the five funniest comics working today. He’s one of those rare comedians who has a truly unique voice. Like Louis CK, he is capable of doing something that very few comics have ever been able to do, create an entirely new special/cd/dvd every year without the quality slipping. …