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Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 28 2011

One new OWS photo meme that broke my heart

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Those other OWS memes can’t hold a candle to this one. A US Marine posted this picture on Reddit describing his metaphorical brother-in-arms. The tear in this man’s eye choked me up. Click to zoom. For context, see this video.

Oct 27 2011

Solving the Power Problem and the Climate Problem in one go

A massive project funded by Google exposes the vast untapped geothermal reserves available to the United States’ power infrastructure. How much energy? you ask. Well, the researchers based their estimates on what current technology is able to extract – not any hypothetical future advances. Even so, it turns out that there is three million megawatts …

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Oct 27 2011

Mock The Movie: Attack From Space

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Mock The Movie moves to Friday this week due to prior engagements tonight by some of our core constituents. This week we’ll be defending the Earth (well, Japan) from starfish-shaped aliens in Attack From Space! Via MTM’s patron site The Journal of Are You Fucking Kidding, the rules for the movie: Here’s how we do …

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Oct 27 2011

Rick Mercer: Teen Suicide

Given the post I just put up, this one (from two nights ago) is relevant and timely. Three hundred teen suicides because kids don’t realize that it gets better? That’s obscene. Do something about it. MAKE it better, for the kids, now, while they’re most vulnerable.

Oct 27 2011

Rick Mercer: It Gets Better

From 2007. I hadn’t ever seen this rant. Still good four years later.

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Oct 26 2011

Police in Oakland disperse crowd using a flashbang while they try to rescue Iraq vet

Way to go, you jackbooted thugs, you fascist assholes. I hope you feel really big now. These people were trying to rescue the 24 year old two-tour Iraq War veteran you just shot in the face with a tear gas canister — fracturing his damned skull, by the way — and you have the gall …

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Oct 26 2011

Upvote the Secular Student Alliance

The Secular Student Alliance just hit the front page of Reddit with a request to have people join their Facebook group, in an effort to outdo the Campus Crusade for Christ. Prior to going frontpage, it was the highest voted in the Atheism subreddit, but immediately upon hitting the front page, the religious Redditors have …

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Oct 26 2011

TAM talk: The Future of Space

Phil Plait, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Close Personal Friend (total overstatement) Pamela Gay, Bill Nye and Lawrence Krauss. Together on the same stage. Talking about space. For fifty three glorious minutes. I just peed myself with joy. TAM Panel – Our Future in Space from JREF on Vimeo.

Oct 25 2011

Girls in India Unwanted no longer

Via MSNBC, 285 girls have legally changed their names from “Unwanted” to names with a touch more dignity. In shedding names like “Nakusa” or “Nakushi,” which mean “unwanted” in Hindi, some girls chose to name themselves after Bollywood stars like “Aishwarya” or Hindu goddesses like “Savitri.” Some just wanted traditional names with happier meanings, such …

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Oct 25 2011

Hot Chicks of OWS dude: “rape jokes are legitimate!”

I paraphrase only slightly. Via Feministe, it seems Stephen Greenstreet, the one-man brain-trust behind the Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street tumblr (no link this time — not even a nofollow), thinks he’s contributing to the movement by attracting dudes with erections. Erections that legitimize rape. To protect the privacy of people who are Steven’s …

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