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Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 12 2012

Cathursday: Random Awesomely Cute Kitten Photos

Comet, Talisker, Houdini

On the other hand… our kittens are very cute! Here are all three of them in the sun room. And yes, we got those window seat/ cabinets with cats in mind. What’s your point? Lots more cuteness below the jump.

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Jan 11 2012

Dream diary, 1/11/12: Christopher Hitchens at Tufts

I dreamed that Christopher Hitchens was teaching philosophy at Tufts, and that I had moved across the country to take his classes. I liked his first class — but most of the dream was taken up with frustration and annoyance at having to live in a dorm again, getting lost on a confusing campus, and …

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Jan 10 2012

Welcome Mano Singham to Freethought Blogs!

Mano Singham

We are very fortune to have Mano Singham join the Borg Collective, also known as the Freethought Blogs network! Here’s what he has to say for himself: I am a theoretical physicist and currently Director of UCITE (University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I am …

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Jan 10 2012

D.J. Grothe Replies… and I Reply Back

JREF President D.J. Grothe has responded in the comments to my previous post, in which I expressed serious concerns about his responses to sexist and misogynistic behavior in the atheist/ skeptical community, and his attitudes towards bloggers who point it out. In that comment, he expressed concern that his comment might be overlooked. So I’m …

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Jan 09 2012

Two Questions for DJ Grothe

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UPDATE: D.J. Grothe has replied to this post in the comments, and has requested that I link to that response here in the original post. I will respond as soon as possible; it may not be until tomorrow. I have two questions for JREF President D.J. Grothe. They’re questions that I find unsettling and upsetting …

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Jan 06 2012

Fashion Friday: Black Patterned Stockings

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about ways to be sexy and still be age-appropriate. (A larger topic I’ve written about before, and one I’m planning to write more about soon.) And one of the strategies I’ve come up with is black patterned stockings. For years, if I was putting together an outfit and wanted …

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Jan 06 2012

I’m Number Two! I’m Number Two!

Rebecca Watson

I can’t remember another time in my life when I was as honored to come in second. Jen McCreight as Blag Hag recently did a reader poll for their nominations for Most Influential Female Atheist of 2011. And I came in at Number Two! A fairly distant number two, well behind the landslide winner: Rebecca …

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Jan 06 2012

What Do You Say to Grieving Non-Believers? A Reader Query

I want to write a piece for AlterNet about godless/ secular grieving, and I’m asking for help from readers. The piece I want to write is tentatively titled, “What Do You Say to Grieving Non-Believers?”. The gist: A lot of religious and spiritual believers find themselves stymied when the non-believers in their lives are grieving. …

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Jan 05 2012

Christopher Hitchens’ Brother: Atheists Reject Religion So They Can Be Decadent

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I wish I was kidding. I’m no longer surprised when religious believers say that atheists just want to be atheists so we can live a decadent, sybaritic, selfish life with no morality. I’ve heard it way, way too many times now. I was, however, surprised — and saddened — to hear it said by Christopher …

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Jan 05 2012

Tokenism Is Not Inclusivity

When a list of Top Five atheists doesn’t include any women, you’ve got a problem. When a list of Top Five atheists doesn’t include any women — and the creator of the list says it’s because he didn’t want to include any “tokens” — you’ve got a bigger problem. You may have seen the Atheist …

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