Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 31 2012

Happy Birthday To Me


Happy birthday to me I evolved from the sea I’m a cousin to plankton And the rat and the bee! I turn 51 today. Woo-hoo! Happy birthday to me — and happy New Year to everyone. May 2013 be a damn sight better than 2012.

Dec 29 2012

“Had the girl simply surrendered…”

Via Butterflies and Wheels, regarding the Delhi rape victim who just died: “Had the girl simply surrendered (and not resisted) when surrounded by six men, she would not have lost her intestine. Why was she out with her boyfriend at 10 pm?” These comments made by an agricultural scientist [Dr Anita Shukla] at a seminar …

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Dec 29 2012

Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters


New Year’s Eve is coming up, so I thought I’d reprint this recipe for Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters. Proceed with caution. When I was about to turn 42, I of course wanted to serve Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters for my birthday. Not the real thing, of course — they can’t be mixed in Earth’s atmosphere …

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Dec 28 2012

Ophelia Benson Being Impersonated

Some misogynist, anti-feminist asshole has been creating fake Twitter accounts impersonating Ophelia Benson (Butterflies and Wheels), and tweeting under her name. Ophelia is taking steps via Twitter to stop this… but that takes time. In the meantime, you can help. If you’re on Twitter, please report the following accounts for spam: https://twitter.com/OpheIiaBenson https://twitter.com/OPHELlABENSON https://twitter.com/FakeOphiBenson And …

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Dec 27 2012

Humanism in a Shitstorm

“There are no atheists in foxholes.” I’m sure you’ve heard this more times than you care to remember. I’m sure you’ve heard religious believers dismiss secular humanism as a shallow, breezily hedonistic philosophy that dries up and blows away in the face of trauma, mortality, and grief. It’s malarkey. You probably know that, of course; …

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Dec 25 2012

Some Thoughts on Spending Christmas Day Alone

I’m not spending Christmas Day alone. I’m spending it with Ingrid and her family. I’ve spent Christmas Day with Ingrid for as long as we’ve been together: sometimes with her family, sometimes just with the two of us. And I love spending Christmas with Ingrid, whether it’s with her family or just with her. I’m …

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Dec 23 2012

Ed Brayton Hospitalized, Needs Help

Ed Brayton, of Dispatches from the Culture Wars and co-founder of the Freethought Blogs network, had a bad and scary health episode this week, which resulted in him being hospitalized and having his chest cracked open. In his words: So, Black and Decker to the sternum and they are shocked to find a ton of …

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Dec 22 2012

Greta’s Amazing Chocolate Pie

This is an old post from my archives, which I’m reprinting now so people can make it in time for for Santamas. Enjoy! It’s been a while since I’ve done a food post here that wasn’t about weight management, and I just made this pie for my birthday, so I thought I’d share the recipe. …

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Dec 21 2012

Fashion Friday: Transformation

Greta in party outfit

1: It’s a Friday evening, and there’s a party Ingrid and I said we’d go to. It’s a Friday evening, which all too often means Ingrid and I are exhausted by our work weeks, and we are not feeling it. But we promised we’d go to this party. And it’s sort of work-related for me, …

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Dec 20 2012

6 Outrageous Incidents of Discrimination Against Nonbelievers

hands on prison bars

Atheists are often seen as crying wolf when they speak about bigotry. But discrimination against atheists around the world is real. “Oh, you atheists are always whining about how put-upon you are. You don’t experience real discrimination: not like African Americans, or gays, or women, or immigrants. So knock it off with the pity party.” …

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