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Oct 14 2013

Pine River, MN’s puppy mill animal seizure, and our temporary foster dog

Tali, panting happily while eating a bone. Jodi had to take photographic evidence to prove it.

About a month ago, since Jodi can’t work on the Spousal visa she’s under, she decided to start volunteering some of her time at a local animal shelter. The shelter was at the time flooded with animals after a puppy mill — Country Pride Kennel, owned and operated by 60 year old Deborah B. Rowell in …

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Jun 21 2013

Anatomy of an apology

People are talking a lot lately about what qualities a genuine apology might take — what sort of apology, for instance, Ron Lindsay might be expected to make if many of the feminists he’s so undercut with his opening speech are going to actually accept it and thereafter find it in their hearts to resume …

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May 21 2013

Relief efforts for Oklahoma tornado

Just a quick note to let you know about the fundraising going on for relief efforts in Moore, Oklahoma, in case you haven’t already seen them elsewhere. Foundation Beyond Belief We Are Atheism Feel free to add links below. And if you’re in OK, let us know you’re safe.

Apr 25 2013

WaPo: Homegrown radicals opposed “US actions in the Muslim world”. See what they did there?

I have hardly had any time lately to blog (or much of anything leisure-related, honestly), but I’ve been trying to keep an eye on how the media’s been reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing. With Glenn Beck and the rest of the right-wing desperate to make this bombing about Islam, to fuel the rampant anti-Muslim …

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Dec 15 2012

On Systemic Violence, Misconceptions, and How We Fail Ourselves

Considered Exclamations has a guest post by Brendan Murphy, treasurer of the SSA’s board of directors, which analyzes the political reactions to previous mass shootings and the fallout thereafter. It’s what I was asking for yesterday: for people to look at these shootings as a trend, and deal with them appropriately. The above sign is …

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Dec 14 2012

Yet another isolated incident of gun violence

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I talk quite a bit about guns. Today’s shooting in Newtown, Connecticut — where a twenty year old assaulted an elementary school and killed 26 people, 20 of them kids — just leaves me dumbstruck. The only thing I can bring myself to say is, what will it take before people start treating these mass …

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Nov 01 2012

Noah’s ark film delayed due to… yes, flooding

Via WorstPreviews.com, a slight silver lining to all the bad news coming out of Hurricane Sandy. It seems Darren Aronofsky’s current project, Noah, has suffered from delays and set damage owing to all the flooding in Oyster Bay, New York. The best part? This quote: To make it as realistic as possible, the director built …

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Oct 29 2012

Video of ConEd building explosion in NYC

Apparently this is the ConEd building at E14th and FDR. Pretty cataclysmic. Shouldn’t be long before news outlets start picking this up. If you’re in the path of this hurricane, get off my damn blog and get to a hurricane shelter ASAP. And remember, Mitt Romney will get rid of FEMA. He said so himself. …

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Aug 05 2012

Curiosity piqued, tonight at 2:31am!

Atlantic Daylight Time, of course. So 05:31 UTC. Remember Curiosity and its Rube Goldberg-like planned landing? That happens tonight. Tomorrow morning, technically, for some of us. Phil Plait has details on how to participate in the fun: If you want to watch the proceedings live, I have a few things you can do. 1) Fraser …

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Jul 05 2012

San Diego’s 4th fireworks: worst, or best?

According to The Atlantic Wire, San Diego’s entire 18 minute show got compressed (via time dilation, rogue Hobbits, or a misfire — we may never know!) into a mere 15 seconds. I put it to you dear readers: worst, or best?

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