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Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun 25 2012

Royal Thai Navy <3′s sea turtles

I’m pretty much in desperate need of happy-making material at the moment. And yes, the film series in my previous post was quite replete with that (see especially Hugh and Gerald’s story of the First Pride Parade — their story about the police officer’s awe is great). But sometimes it takes a special sort of …

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Jun 25 2012

“And he looks at me and says ‘So what?’”

Watch this trailer for a series of short films by Jeff Feuerzeig called “Together”. My title’s quote actually teared me up. The series is here, presented by Pride Toronto. I’ll be watching some or all of these tonight after work, I expect. It looks like it’ll be pretty much entirely happy-making, even where it’ll obviously …

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Jun 24 2012

Bullying the bullies into stopping bullying

As I mentioned in my essay on safe spaces, sometimes bullies win. Sometimes the bullies wear at a person’s resolve enough so that one little weird and probably innocuous incident from an unrelated source is enough to rattle that person. Enough to change the calculus used to determine whether something is worth doing, such that …

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Jun 24 2012

Christ… OR ELSE

Wow, these Christians make a compelling argument for converting to Christianity that totally actually works exactly like this in real life. CHRIST OR DIE from Everything Is Terrible! on Vimeo. Hat tip to Everything Is Terrible. They’ve got some crazy fortitude, digging through old 70s and 80s media for this weapons-grade nonsense.

Jun 23 2012

“An open letter to the tone troll”

You know who you are. George Waye lays it all out for you. Hi there! I bet you’re wondering why I’m writing you this letter.  You might even be wondering why people are all so mad at you right now- and why they are calling you mean names.  I know, I know- you were only …

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Jun 23 2012

Which government better understands how to get women interested in science?

I’ll report, you decide. The EU “Science: it’s a girl thing!” campaign: The White House’s Girls in STEM video (hat tip to Scicurious): Vote in the comments! IT’LL BE A FUCKEN TIGHTTE RACE, I’M SURE!!!1 (Err. Sorry, I channeled PhysioProf for a second there.) Also, to skew your votes ever so slightly, Teen Skepchick hosts …

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Jun 22 2012

Youtube giants join FtB!

The assimilation of the world’s greatest Youtube atheists, skeptics and freethinkers has begun! First Zinnia Jones (ZJemptv)… Zinnia Jones is an atheist activist, writer and videoblogger focusing on the impact of religious belief, political follies and LGBTQ rights. Since 2008, her videos have been viewed over 7 million times and her articles have been featured …

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Jun 22 2012

DOJ releases new standards to combat prison rape. Right-wingers fight it, MRAs yawn

Via Think Progress: This week, the Department of Justice published new standards addressing the epidemic of rape and sexual abuse in our nation’s prisons. The guidelines, which apply immediately to federal prisons and give financial incentives for states to comply, are a laudable, widely praised, and long overdue step in combating rape in the United …

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Jun 21 2012

Harassment Bingo: cards 1 and 2

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I had an idea earlier today, that we should start playing Bingo with the ongoing harassment campaign posts’ comment threads. We’ve done it for other topics, why not this one? So I jotted down a few, and asked people to help fill in the rest, and commenters easily filled two cards. I figure it should …

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Jun 21 2012

The FtB Conversation about TAM: Transcript pt. 2

Here’s the second part of the transcript for the big FtB Conversation from this past weekend, done once again by the indefatiguable Kate Donovan. She’s the poor soul who did the transcript for the “PenisGate Debate”, who volunteered for this as I guess a sort of palate-cleanser. If you’re just joining in, read these two …

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