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Nov 16 2013

Students: American Atheists Wants to Give You Money

American Atheists has announced that it is time to apply for their 2014 Student Activist Scholarships. Here are the details: WHAT ARE THE STUDENT ACTIVIST SCHOLARSHIPS? The American Atheists awards the $2,000 O’Hair Scholarship and the $1,000 President’s Scholarship to atheist students attending college or university. The awards are given every year at the American …

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Nov 12 2013

Ed’s Annual College Basketball Preview

Longtime readers know that I am a huge college basketball fan. Have been since I was a little kid, when I watched Magic Johnson and MSU win the 1979 national championship over Larry Bird and Indiana State in what is still the highest rated college basketball game in history. Somewhere in a box I still …

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Nov 01 2013

Even the Nostalgia Was Better in the Old Days

I just turned 46 years old and I’ve turned into my father. I catch myself thinking or saying “back in my day” and “things were so much better back then.” But you know what? That’s nonsense. Paul Waldman writes about this phenomenon and rightly says that what we’re really remembering is not how great things …

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Oct 31 2013

Should You Court Your Friends?

Ann Friedman has a fascinating article in New York magazine about why it’s smart to court your friends, to make a deliberate effort to “woo” the right kind of people — which will change for each of us, of course — into being our friends just as we would a romantic interest. Speaking of a …

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Oct 31 2013

FTB Now Has an Ad-Free Option

Thanks to Jason Thibeault and his programming acumen, we now have an ad-free option here at FTB. We’ve tried to keep the prices reasonable: $3 for 30 days, $8 for 90 days or $30 for an entire year. You can enjoy your favorite bloggers with no annoying ads in the way. You can sign up …

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Oct 25 2013

The Registration Problem Should Be Fixed

We’ve had a lot of complaints over the last few months about problems with registering to comment on the site. There were two problems. First, the banner was over the top of some of the entry boxes on the form. Second, the confirmation emails sometimes didn’t show up (because a bunch of ISPs had blocked …

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Oct 21 2013

2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced. They are: Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, KISS, LL Cool J, The Meters, Nirvana, N.W.A., The Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, Yes, and the Zombies.

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Oct 18 2013

Help Keep Skepticon Going

No, this is not a repeat from last year. Or the year before. But it is that time again and the good folks at Skepticon are asking for a little help to make sure the event happens this year. It’s a very expensive event to put on and it’s one of the few free conferences …

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Oct 14 2013

Handgun Stops Kessler Hearing

Here’s something entirely unsurprising. An appeal hearing on the firing of extremist Gilberton, PA police chief Mark Kessler was brought to a screeching halt when one of Kessler’s supporters had his handgun drop out of its holster and on to the floor.

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Oct 12 2013

Who Should Join Rock Hall of Fame in 2014?

Rolling Stone has a reader poll on what bands should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. The list of nominees has yet to be released, but after Rush finally got inducted this year a lot of people, me included, are hoping that some other long-overlooked acts will get put …

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Oct 11 2013

Please Don’t Pass On Atwill’s Nonsense

My Facebook feed suddenly filled up on Wednesday with links to a press release saying someone named Joseph Atwill is going to reveal evidence that Jesus was invented by the Romans and that they confessed to it. Even Richard Dawkins tweeted in support of it. It’s total bullshit and I’m a bit appalled at how …

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Oct 10 2013

ACLU Challenges Religious School Assembly in Maine

Here’s yet another example of a school bringing in an outside group to put on a school assembly that is ostensibly just about vague things like “self-respect” but that really turn out to be little more than sermons telling students about how God will fix all their problems.

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Sep 17 2013

Hey, We’re Back!

Sorry about the outage, folks. Our database got borked big time and had to be restored from a backup copy. Thankfully, our site tech is very anal about backing up the site and has it done several times a day, so very little was lost. And now we’re back in business.

Sep 15 2013

Kilstein, Fugelsang Debate the Existence of God

Kamau Bell, host of Totally Biased on FXX, brought comedians Jamie Kilstein and John Fugelsang on the show to debate the existence of God. The results are pretty funny. I was surprised to find out that Jamie was not an atheist until after he met Alison. Best exchange:

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Sep 11 2013

It’s Day of Prayer Day. Again.

Today is Sept. 11 and you know what that means. It’s time for yet another day of prayer and repentance, this one called by Joseph Farah of the Worldnetdaily. And unlike the dozens of such events over the last few years, many of them endorsed by Farah himself, this one is really extra super duper …

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