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Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 24 2013

Christina Amphlett has died

If you were ever into 80s pop, you’d know Christina Amphlett, the lead singer of the Australian band, the Divinyls. She’s had some rough years since, dealing with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, which finally did her in this past weekend, at the too-young age of 53. (Cancer sucks, and so do progressive neurological disorders, …

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Apr 24 2013

Would you like to play a game?

It’s a simple text-based game in which you play a cuttlefish. If you’re anything like me, it’ll take you 30 seconds to win. Knowing male cuttlefish mating strategies is a major advantage. Unfortunately, you only get to play as a male, and females only have the property of being ever-receptive…which doesn’t sound very realistic to …

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Apr 23 2013

How do we reduce crime?

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Increasingly, this is the image we have of the police. Terrifying, isn’t it? Once again, America reduces an abstract problem to the metaphor of war, and proposes armored vehicles and armored men with big guns as the solution. All we have to do is go in and kill crime, and we’ll be victorious! Maybe, instead, …

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Apr 23 2013

Maybe the right phrase is “revolutionary feminist”

The most “radical feminist” feminist I read religiously has got to be Twisty Faster, at I Blame the Patriarchy. She’s a ferociously passionate writer, and simply brilliant in her insights. So when we had the recent hatin’ and shriekin’ from #radfem2013, I had to wonder (maybe that’s the wrong word; I had high expectations) what …

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Apr 23 2013

Junk DNA in the coffee shop

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I’m giving you a heads-up in advance: the last Cafe Scientifique in Morris for the school year is next Tuesday, the 30th, and you-know-who is giving it. I expect to see you all there. If you’re not, don’t come around asking me for a Christmas present later.

Apr 23 2013

Steubenville hasn’t learned a thing

The football coach who reportedly joked to his team members about the sexual assault on an unconscious girl, who the team trusted to cover up any problems their behavior might cause, who threatened a reporter and her family if they pursued the case, has had his coaching contract extended another two years. Symbolic of this …

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Apr 22 2013

Earth Day: Atheism+Environmentalism

We’ve started the hangout on Google+. Stop by if you’re interested. And…here’s the result. This is the brief introduction I gave, to try and focus the discussion: For a long time, I’ve been saying that atheism is a heck of a lot more than just disbelieving in gods: we arrive at that conclusion by various …

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Apr 22 2013

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Is she trying to tell me something?

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My wife tells me I ought to feature a fish that’s actually called the Sarcastic Fringehead on the blog — it’s a natural. I wonder if she was being sarcastic, but she looked so innocent when she told me.

Apr 22 2013

PSA: Don’t take the Cinnamon Challenge

Oh, it’s good to be past the stupid kid phase, but it’s too bad many are not. One bit of painful excess I’ve heard about for many years is the Cinnamon Challenge, in which you try to gulp down a teaspoon of cinnamon without water. I’ve never been tempted in the slightest — see what …

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Apr 22 2013

Empowering Women Through Secularism

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The poster alone should convince you to go (Hi, Taslima!). See you in Dublin, 29-30 June!

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