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Category Archive: civilization

Dec 19 2012

A Child Armed Himself

So there’s this, and it broke my heart. Good job, America. You’ve convinced eleven year-olds that they need to be armed and dangerous. And what happens when we arm children? They don’t know how to use a gun responsibly, so they wave it at people, and we have one more data point in the set …

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Dec 18 2012

A Few Important Items

Roses at Avery Park, Corvallis, OR

Before we get back to our a semblance of our normal routine, I want to share a few things with you. First, for those who want to help the Sandy Hook families with funeral expenses and paying for counseling, Atheists Giving Aid has set up a fund. You can donate here. I will have some …

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Dec 16 2012

Sunday Sorrow: What We Can Do

Roses.

No songs today. Something broke this time. These mass killings have gone on since before I was born, and somehow I accepted them. Outrageous, horrible, tragic: can’t do anything about them in our gun-obsessed, health care-deprived, bullying, class-ridden society. Moving on, then. Not this time. These mass killings have gone on since before I was …

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Dec 06 2012

Ode to a Caboose, the Reprise: The Story of the Iron Goat Trail Caboose

My intrepid companion (otherwise known as Cujo359) wrote a wonderful post on the Iron Goat Trail caboose. If you want to know its history, and see a lot of detailed pictures showing how various bits of a caboose work, head on over there. Hell, go even if you aren’t that interested – you might be …

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Jul 25 2012

A Tale of Three Communities

I live a pretty sheltered life. The geoblogosphere has been welcoming for women, at least that I’ve seen: I never worry about my competence being questioned because I’ve got lady bits, I don’t see women pushed to the margins, I don’t have to worry about running up against unexpected sexism. Even when talk strays from …

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Jul 03 2012

On Tides, Visibility, and Quiet Revolutionary Acts

Moi and Ryan in downtown Seattle, with Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains behind us. Image courtesy Robert.

There was a time, back when I first began seriously aiming at a life as an author, that I thought I’d have to select a pseudonym. Well, I knew I’d have to – writing under my birth name would lead to far too much potential violence, and it is never good PR for a writer …

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Jun 19 2012

A Brief History of Speaking Out on ETEV

I’ve spent the past few days immersed in the latest furor over sexism in the atheist and skeptical communities. I haven’t yet read the transcripts for “The Great Penis Debate,” but I’ve read quite a bit else, including many comment threads, and I’m still amazed by the sheer volume of the screeching resulting from something …

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Dec 08 2011

Warning: Fencesitters and Bystanders May Be Affected

At the risk of inviting a miasma of socks, I am going to talk about Womanspace once again. It’s important, and I’ve got a point to make. There are a couple of open letters that are worth reading. Dr. O’s An open letter to Dr. Rybicki makes a very important point: Maybe your short story isn’t …

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Nov 17 2011

Rising Up

I’m making an exception to my “no links to HuffPo because they are a repository for woo and wackaloonery that should not be rewarded” because this is important: Jesse Kornbluth: The Police Riot at Berkeley: If They’ll Beat a Poet Laureate, Will They Kill a Student? Go read it in its entirety before coming back …

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Oct 26 2011

Support the Secular Student Alliance

It’s this easy: 1. Like the SSA Facebook page. You do not need to be a student to do this, you need only support our cause. 2. Upvote the reddit article to push back against all the Christian down votes. 3. Become a member of the SSA ($35/year, $10/year for students) and/or donate to the …

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