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Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 31 2012

EA removes gun links from Medal of Honor site

Guess why. Not because it’s ridiculous on its face to advertise to kids who play video games — obviously not, when the average gamer is 35 and has played games for 13 years. When it was announced that Electronic Arts would be partnering with gun companies for the latest outing of their Medal of Honor …

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Dec 30 2012

Hawking and other scientists petition for Turing’s posthumous pardon

Stephen Hawking and a number of other notable scientists and humanitarians in the UK are petitioning David Cameron to pardon Alan Turing, one of computing’s forefathers, for the crime of being gay. Now, several of the nation’s top scientists, including Stephen Hawking, and other leaders have penned a letter to the Telegraph, throwing their support …

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Dec 29 2012

Baby turtle eats raspberry

I’m posting this to prove a point, on top of the obvious squee and funny factors. That point is, human beings can be complete monsters sometimes. Treating cute little turtles as sport, as though there was any contest between the turtle and an automobile. For shame. Look at that turtle, having trouble eating a raspberry! …

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Dec 29 2012

New Zealand YWCA ad for equal pay

Shoe’s on the other foot now, huh? When you consider it perfectly acceptable to pay women less than men for identical jobs, why shouldn’t we also charge men more for identical services? Yes, it’s insane to charge someone more because they have a penis. Of course it is. So is giving women less money for …

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Dec 28 2012

Easy-Bake Gender

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My sister had an Easy-Bake Oven when we were kids. I recall it having a lot of pink, but not much else about it. I remember vividly the commercials for the one that looked like an oven, but I don’t think that was it. The model my sister had could very likely be this one, …

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Dec 27 2012

Humanism in a shitstorm

How do you deal with all of life’s vicissitudes if you don’t have an invisible means of pretend support in a deity? Greta Christina shares her story over at The Humanist. Here’s the short version of what happened to me: This past October I got hit with a serious one-two punch. My father died and …

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Dec 27 2012

Swaziland bans ‘rape-provoking’ miniskirts

Cultural differences. I keep telling myself there are cultural differences and I should be careful not to judge. And yet, I can’t help but see this from anything but a humanist angle. And a bitter, snark-infused one at that. Swaziland, Africa’s last absolute monarchy, has banned miniskirts, and midriff-revealing tops, and will put anyone caught …

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Dec 26 2012

Sympathy for the devil

Trigger warning for frank discussion of bullying and PTSD. When I was young, I was bullied. A lot. Maybe not more than other kids who’ve been bullied, but I was definitely the target of my grade for many years running in my tiny grade school and middle school. It started to let up a bit …

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Dec 26 2012

Asteroid 2011 AG5 missed the keyhole

Welp, there goes another apocalyptic prophecy — this one grounded in reality, mind, but it means we can scrub the 2040 doomsday off our calendar. Earlier in 2012 only a few observations of AG5 could be made before it got too close to the Sun to see. Those allowed the crude estimate of where it …

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Dec 25 2012

Remember the reason for the season

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While you’re going about preparations for your holiday fête, remember the reason for the season — to Jesusify all things whether it makes sense or not. The Meaning of the Snowman The white snow represents God’s forgiveness of our sins. The circular snowballs show the everlasting life God promises us. The carrot nose shows us …

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