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Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 21 2013

Monckton assures Australians that their country isn’t burning because of global warming

Via Climate Crocks, the news that “Lord” Christopher Monckton is touring Australia to assure everyone that the fires that are visible from space are totally not caused by global warming. After 16 years of NO WARMING, Lord Christopher Monckton returns to Australia and NZ for a speaking tour late January – April 2013 Tour Title: …

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Jan 20 2013

Help send me to Women In Secularism? *GOAL REACHED!*

Update: Made it! Any further donations will go to helping someone else get there, likely through the Surly Grants program. Cheers! I hate fundraising for things other than charities. I hate that I do not make enough money that I could pay my own way to these events. But I’m going to swallow my pride …

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Jan 19 2013

Robertson: Marriages are ruined by ‘hard-nosed’ and ‘slatternly’ women

Guy starts playing more video games and paying less attention to his wife. Son worries about his parents, writes to Pat Robertson for advice. Pat, naturally, blames the wife. “Pat, how are you gonna blame the mother?” “Easy!” Yeah, when your worldview is that the man is the head of the household and can do …

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Jan 18 2013

“Who wrote THAT? Are you kidding me?”

When even FOX News personalities scoff at the headlines they’re forced to read, you know there’s a problem with the network. At least pretty well everyone present guffawed heartily at the assertion that the Constitutional Law Professor-In-Chief doesn’t believe in the Constitution. I’m guessing because there’s an amendment to the constitution that forbids sensible regulations …

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Jan 17 2013

Mock The Movie: House of Fears transcript

What do you get when you take a haunted house, add a dash of racist “curse from deepest Africa”, a handful of horror tropes that get paid lip service but never actually make the screen, then mix in a bunch of barely-pubescent teens, and totally neglect to include any character trait that might ever make …

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Jan 16 2013

Mock The Movie: House of Fears, tonight!

I’ve been calling it a “gritty reboot of Killer Klowns from Outer Space”, but that may have been giving it all too much credit after I actually tried watching the trailer and not just snarking based on Stephanie’s post’s title. It looks like this 2008 stinker isn’t just about clowns, so much as a bunch …

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Jan 15 2013

Michael Shermer on Nazi analogies

Let me tell you, in a climate as polarized as ours, especially in a contentious topic of discussion as our current, it’s refreshing to have an intellectual giant such as Michael Shermer tweet something like this: [blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/michaelshermer/status/289901671570624512"] People who equate America with gun control to Nazi Germany do not know anything about history. Read …

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Jan 15 2013

NRA’s scapegoating tactics: an attempt to clear the deck for THEIR video game?

NRA Practice Range for iOS screenshot

In a move I can only characterize as rank unvarnished hypocrisy, the National Rifle Association has just released a gun range game where you can shoot at “coffin-shaped” human silhouette targets. The ink isn’t even dry on reporters’ dutiful relaying of the NRA’s last attempt to blame video games for the Sandy Hook shooting, and …

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Jan 14 2013

The Petition to Ask Freethought Blogs and Skepchick to “Return to Critical Thinking”

I’m not going to pretend that this petition by Rocko 2246 from Australia is going to succeed, but it merits discussion at least. In fact, unless we have a crowdsourced effort by people at this blog and others on “our side” of the great rift, I seriously doubt they could get 100 unique signatures per …

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Jan 13 2013

Laci Green on slut-shaming

This is a fantastic video — and, honestly, Sex+ is a fantastic series as a whole. What gets me about it is how apologetic Laci has to be to Jenna Marbles while criticizing her for engaging in slut-shaming, just to prevent a blood feud between them. I suspect that’s exactly what we’re seeing in our …

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