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Category Archive: Politics

Mar 21 2014

Twitter blocked in Turkey; activists graffiti alternate DNS workaround

Graffiti on a turkish wall reading 'DNS: 8.8.8.8 Alternatif: 8.8.4.4'

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has instated a ban of Twitter ostensibly over concerns that it hosts pornography, but from all appearances actually in response to repeated leaks of damning recordings of government officials. However, the way that the ban is implemented is very rudimentary — the government has forced all ISPs in …

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Mar 10 2014

David Silverman’s “Darwin Was Wrong” Moment

Surely New Scientist’s terrible choice in creating the “Darwin Was Wrong” cover happened not so long ago that the skeptical community has forgotten the sturm und drang that rightly came after it. And yet, here we are. To explain: the science rag’s cover was designed to tease an article wherein the phylogenetic “tree” shape is …

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Jan 07 2014

The Prophet SomeGreyBloke’s predictions for 2014

I don’t use the word “prophet” lightly. Half of these predictions have come true already! And they might come true again!!

Jan 05 2014

You can take our gun columnists, but you’ll never take our freedom!

Here’s an interesting little situation that’s come up recently. Apparently, a gun columnist by the name of Dick Metcalf questioned the wisdom of gun rights advocates demanding there be absolutely no limits to the “Right to Bear Arms” by arguing that a sixteen hour course for a concealed carry permit was reasonable. As a result, …

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Nov 29 2013

“Smokey Joe” Barton’s long history of antiscience propaganda

Remember how Joe Barton apologized to British Petroleum for the government’s mild reproach and slap on the wrist after their oil spill destroyed the Gulf of Mexico and created a dead zone that will last for decades? Turns out he was one of the bigger names involved in the disinformation campaign waged by the tobacco …

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Nov 24 2013

Skepticon: Not my Canadian pride!

Debbie Goddard fired a shot across Canada’s bow, viciously savaging us during her talk at Skepticon where she related her deconversion. She said — I am horrified to even have to type this; someone fetch my couch! — that we’re “not really foreign.” More specifically, she related her experience visiting Oslo, where she was in …

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Sep 03 2013

Fischer: America will never elect “a saggy”, “old” Hillary Clinton

Presumably, John McCain is a virile, fit young man by comparison, and certainly a better pick for office. And by virile and fit, I mean he has a penis, despite being older and saggier. You know damn well exactly what he means by this. Not “a democrat”, not “old” — he means “a woman”.

Aug 25 2013

CNN panelist on Chelsea Manning: Prison will be “practice”

This image is a lot like the universe.  Especially the part about your worldview.

If it wasn’t for the fact that she really quickly chimed in with where she wanted to go next with this panel, I would have thought the anchor’s face was one of horror at lawyer Richard Herman’s bullshit. Trigger warning for transphobia and a rape joke, which I’ve already telegraphed in the title.

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Aug 19 2013

Maddow: North Carolina voter suppression efforts are succeeding

Rachel Maddow analyzes recent developments in North Carolina, showing without a doubt that the Republican Party is systematically suppressing votes statewide, entrenching themselves politically at the expense of democracy itself. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The most damning thing about all of this is how easy it is …

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Jul 20 2013

#FtBCON: Atheism Is Not Enough panel

As proven by the deep rifts that exist within movement atheism, a common acknowledgement that there is no god is often not enough ground on which to build a coherent, lasting community. Social justice movements often encounter tipping points where they either take into account the natural allies that are other movements, or they fail. …

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