Monthly Archive: August 2010

Aug 31 2010

Lady Gaga: Music Videos As Porn

This piece was originally published on CarnalNation. I realize that I’m late to the Lady Gaga party. (Hey, I’m 48 years old. Cut me some slack.) But I gotta say — I’m impressed. If I just listened to her music, I’d only be moderately interested. I think her music is perfectly fun, well- above- average …

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Aug 31 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Criticism Is Not Intolerance

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! It is not intolerant or dogmatic to say, “I think I’m right, and here’s why.” And that applies to atheists. It is just as reasonable for atheists to question and criticize …

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Aug 30 2010

Harder

Important note: This post discusses my personal sexuality, in a great deal of detail. Family members and others who don’t want to read about that stuff, you absolutely, positively, 100% do not want to read this piece. This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. Do other masochists run into this conundrum? If so …

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Aug 30 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: “Mysterious Ways” is a Terrible Excuse

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! “God works in mysterious ways” is a terrible explanation for why there’s suffering. If you think you know enough about God to know that he exists and causes the good things …

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Aug 27 2010

Friday Cat Blogging: Lydia On Back of Sofa

And now, a cute picture of our cat. Not much to say about this one. Except that, for such a gallumphing oaf, Lydia can sometimes look very delicate and elegant. And I think she co-ordinates with this sofa very nicely.

Aug 27 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Spiritual Experiences Aren’t Good Evidence

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! “I had a personal spiritual experience” is not a good argument for religion or the supernatural. Given the inconsistency and unverifiability of spiritual experiences, these experiences are much more likely to …

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Aug 26 2010

Running Along the Cliff: The Plateau Phase

This piece discusses my personal sex life in some detail. Family members and others who don’t want to read about that, please don’t read this one. This is about finding a silver lining in a cloud. Actually, it’s about finding a big, fat vein of silver in a cloud. In recent years, as I’ve gotten …

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Aug 26 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists Aren’t Vulcans

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Atheists care about emotion, passion, intuition, and irrational impulse. We’re not Vulcans, and we don’t think logic and evidence are the only things that matter. We simply think that logic and …

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Aug 25 2010

Five More Stupid, Unfair and Sexist Things Expected of Men

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. So what are some ways that sexism hurts men? Other than the ones I talked about already, I mean? I recently wrote a piece, Five Stupid, Unfair and Sexist Things Expected of Men, about how sexism damages men as well as women, and how men as well as …

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Aug 25 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Reality Wins

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Reality is more important, and more interesting, than anything we could make up about it. Pretty much by definition. If your religious beliefs are contradicted by the best evidence available about …

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