Quantcast

Monthly Archive: June 2014

Jun 27 2014

Maddow: The long history of violence in the anti-choice movement

If you imagine yourself to be defending free speech when you laud the Supreme Court for overturning a buffer zone law, mandating that protesters can’t swarm over abortion clinic patients intimidating them, then you have no sweet clue what “free speech” is. The violence and outright terrorism that happens at abortion protests, that buffer zones …

Continue reading »

Jun 25 2014

John Oliver does pandering right

Gotta admit, John Oliver knows how to work a crowd, and he doesn’t even have to sell magic beans to do it. I like John Oliver a good deal, loved his Daily Show run, and empathize with his immigrant status in particular. I hope he’s a step up in sensitivity on some topics compared to …

Continue reading »

Jun 24 2014

My CONvergence schedule – 2014

It’s gotten so’s I gotta put a year in the title to make it unique! How weird is that. My CONvergence schedule is a bit thicker this year than in years past — I’m invited to participate in six panels. That’s a record for me! One of them is even my own brain-baby — the …

Continue reading »

Jun 19 2014

Ontario public health policy under review, religious exception for doctors debated

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has written the current public policy, adopted by Ontario in December 2008, which binds physicians to provide Human Rights Code-mandated services without discrimination for any reason, including religious or moral beliefs of the physician. This means that physicians cannot make decisions about whether to accept individuals as …

Continue reading »

Jun 18 2014

The specific gravity of cold-press coffee

Okay, a bit of a misleading title, but I like it nonetheless. I just had a minor bit of unpleasant SIWOTI, only in meatspace instead of On The Internet. I don’t think I handled it entirely appropriately but that’s mostly because as a nerd, these things do matter to me. But interacting with other people …

Continue reading »

Jun 11 2014

A real powerhouse

Presented without comment. Hat tip to Kay Vee of Black Freethinkers. [Website], [Facebook], [Radio/Podcast]

Jun 10 2014

The state of the atheist “movement”

The atheist movement, represented by the stylized red A crying and wearing a trilby hat.

What a nice guy it is. If only those bitches would give it a chance. Forever friendzoned! With apologies to the clipart I stole to build this monster.

Jun 09 2014

Why I distrust Apple, in one short video

Okay, seriously. I know that WWDC is a sales pitch moreso than a tech demo. But this supercut of superlatives tweaks every nerve I have as regards manipulative language. There’s not a lot of actual innovation in their new iteration, that I can see, just a nice coat of paint slapped on the same old …

Continue reading »

Jun 02 2014

Why are YOU here?

I’ve had this question rattling around in my head for almost a year now: why am I here, in the skeptical and atheist communities? Why do I include the labels “skeptic” and “atheist” in bio blurbs, and why do I cover topics and follow discussions associated with those labels? Why, given how little commonality I …

Continue reading »