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Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 13 2012

Secular Woman creates travel grant program to Skepticon 5!

This is wonderful news. From a press release I received from SecularWoman.org: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: Brandi Braschler, VP of Programs: 404.669.6727, [email protected] Kim Rippere, President: 404.669.6727, [email protected] Atlanta, Georgia – July 12, 2012- On the eve of its two-week birthday, Secular Woman announced its first major conference travel grant initiative, …

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Jul 13 2012

Atheist Film Festival 2012 tickets on sale now!

If you’re planning on being in or around San Francisco on August 11th, you should really consider checking out the Atheist Film Festival and supporting indie filmmakers who have kindly made for us some atheist brain candy. Join us for the 4th Annual Atheist Film Festival Saturday, August 11th at the Roxie Theater! An all-day …

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Jul 13 2012

Jay Smooth on feeding trolls

This actually makes an excellent companion piece to our Don’t Feed the Trolls panel in the SkepchickCON track at CONvergence. Ill Doctrine: Why I Will Feed The Trolls If I Damn Well Want To from ANIMALNewYork.com on Vimeo. At Jay Smooth’s blog, he adds a few salient words: One of the main reasons “Don’t Feed …

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Jul 12 2012

Doug Stanhope: more irresponsible messaging for DJ to rebuke

In his interview with Russia Times, Doug Stanhope, who will be part of The Amazing Meeting’s entertainment at 9pm Friday night, gives full-throated defense of Daniel Tosh’s right to make rape jokes — which right nobody has actually denied. But not just rape jokes — also the right to suggest that it would be humorous …

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Jul 12 2012

Digital archaeology of Elevatorgate – a timeline

Oh, the huge manatee! Suirauqa has taken it upon xirself to chronicle the origin of the DEEEEP RIIIIIIFT that the community has found itself in, between people who think Rebecca Watson magically ruins everything by her mere presence, and people who think she’s just another human being. Xir googling efforts are chronicled here, and the …

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Jul 12 2012

Scientists protest death of evidence on Parliament Hill

Canadian scientists marched on Parliament Hill this past Tuesday to protest the ongoing campaign by the Harper government to squelch any and all science whose results go against party lines on topics like (and especially) the environment. Evoking images of the Grim Reaper, protesters held a mock funeral procession through the streets of Ottawa before …

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Jul 11 2012

Coles Notes and alt audio for Don’t Feed the Trolls

Matt Lowry was so kind as to post his notes on the Don’t Feed the Trolls panel, which while it’s not a full transcript, certainly pulls out a lot of the relevant details. In Canada, you call that a “Coles Notes”, after the Coles bookstore from whence these synopsis books come. I hear in America, …

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Jul 11 2012

Dawkins stabs at Skepchick over “Hug Me I’m Vaccinated” campaign

One of the most painful lessons I’ve learned over the past several months is that there are no heroes. There is always — always — some measure, small or large, of disappointment hiding behind all the awesome things that drew you to idolize one person or another. Of course, while I always thought of Dawkins …

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Jul 11 2012

CONvergence: Growing Up Online

The second of my three panels from SkepchickCON at CONvergence. I grew up online and was probably in the first generation that would have had the opportunity to spend all of my formative years on the internet (if you include that hairy period where the “internet” was a series of BBSs and the connections you …

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Jul 10 2012

CONvergence: Doomsday Scenarios

Another of the three panels I was on, audio only unfortunately. Do let me know if the questions from the audience aren’t audible, I might be able to normalize the volume some. I’m not terribly experienced with Audacity, but I’m willing to play with it some more if you have problems. Also on the panel …

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