Story of the Week: Eduard Shevardnadze (1928-2014), the former Georgian president and the foreign minister of USSR during Gorbachev passed away last week. Read New Yorker obituary written by a Georgian, BBC obituary, and New York Times obituary, all give great views of this man’s life. History may judge his impact positive or negative, but it will never judge it small.
BBC News – Arguments for and against Jean-Claude Juncker as the president of EU.
Grat history lesson and context for current Iraqi crisis: The Map ISIS Hates by Malise Ruthven
Metal Injection writers choose Best 2014 Metal Albums (So Far). Very good for recommendations and knowing what to listen to.
Czech President Refuses to Apologize to Muslims for Quoting Prophet Mohammad-ACCURATELY http://shar.es/MjyUi
Zinnia Jones representing Chelsea Manning at SF Pride.
Christian pastor against GOT destroyed by Mehta.
A moving account of leaving fundamentalist Islam.
I don’t know any of people discussed here, but Alex Gabriel’s account of childhood heroes falling from grace is very interesting.
Catcalling women is wrong, and Libby Anne demonstrates why.
R.I.P. Paul Mazursky (1930-2014): Watch 2 1/2-Hour Talk With Writer/Director About His Career.
Greta Christina argues for The Power to Name Ourselves and doesn’t give a damn what you choose to call yourself.
A New York Times profile on Ahmad Chalabi, who might become Iraq’s next PM. Personally I think he’d be a horrible choice.
Lovato knows how to troll Putin. Excellent!
Ðavid A. Osorio S argues that De-baptism matters http://shar.es/MFpi6
Why Daniel Moran, openly atheist House candidate, feels left out of his own party?
Jonthan MS Pearce: Failure to stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a ‘national scandal’, say MPs http://shar.es/MBy6m
Dana Hunter explains Why Fireworks Depend on Geology. Happy birthday, America!
Jonthan MS Pearce brings good news: BC staff told to stop inviting cranks onto science programmes http://shar.es/MByzt
Rope of Silicon touches on the debate on PG-13 ratings.
Miri clarifies (again): Depression Is Not Sadness.
BBC News introduces key players in Sunni rebellion in the Iraq crisis.
A great New Yorker article about reading books and crying.
Dr. Richard Carrier says It’s Time for the Godless to Speak Up about The American Refugee Crisis.
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A Christian scientist tells us why evolution and religion are compatible, but gets it all wrong: http://wp.me/ppUXF-uiC
Here is an awesome collection of Jonthan MS Pearce’s philosophical podcasts.
Avicenna pens a Response to Charles Moore, arguing that atheism is not a Sad Business.
I don’t mind Facebook collecting private data – you need to pay some price for any service. But these instances are creepy and wrong.
Dan Fincke talks about the intricacies of being an atheist.
JT Eberhard’s message is very important – don’t ascribe motives to your opponents, they might be genuine.
When Will We Have an Atheist President? Adam Lee answers.
A moving account of grief and Facebook that I also connect very closely with.
Stacks Rosch talks about Humanity without Border, and admirable globalist perspective.
Greta Christina questions Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s ethics.
A great report about women unable to have orgasms.
Avicenna offers “A sort of defence of Voluntourism“.
Friendly Atheist reports that “In the Middle East, Some Atheists Fake-Fast During Ramadan To Avoid Detection” – http://goo.gl/nP30Ew I have to say though, even those of us who don’t face problems, like not being able to find lunch during the day.
Oscar for the Ape': The Andy Serkis Debate Begins and Ends? from Rope of Silicon http://po.st/CIjn4i
Infidel753 has a great summary of Iran’s situation. (However, let me say that it’s impossible that Rouhani brings up gay or Baha’i rights, these topics are so taboo even among the secular opposition few bring them up).
Joost Hiltermann enumerates the difficulties of Kurdish Independence.
Jessica T. Mathews introduces some nuances into Iraq’s story.
GRRM gets the Nate Silver treatment: Predicting When ‘Game of Thrones’ Author George R. R. Martin Will Come Out With His Next Book http://53eig.ht/1nwUu1z
BBC News has a great recap of Karzai’s years as the President of Afghanistan.