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Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 31 2013

Tornado chasers be nuts

And maybe, Oklahomans be nuts, too. How do you live in that state? This video convinces me I’d be safer living atop a volcano in an earthquake zone near the sea, where the tsunamis could reach me. Why am I living in the midwest, anyway? Hint for the videographer: The footage of what’s going on …

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May 31 2013

Why does everything have to suck in exactly the same way?

Here we go again. Read this letter from a former member of the Science Fiction Writers of America. It began with issue #200 of the Bulletin—all right, #199 if we want to get technical. It began with the Resnick and Malzberg Dialogues, a long-time feature of the publication. It began when two men sat down …

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May 31 2013

Camp Quest Minnesota has grown!

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They’ve expanded their range of dates to two weeks, both 14-20 July and 21-27 July. The registration deadline is 14 June, so it’s not too late to sign up to ship your kids out. Register online, now’s your chance to get the little monkeys out of your hair for a week while simultaneously being able …

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May 31 2013

Google+ Hangout, Saturday, 10am Central

Let’s talk. I’ve just gotten home from a couple of conferences, so maybe we could discuss the recent disgruntlement emerging from Women in Secularism 2, or how the humanists at the IHEU seem to be mostly doing it right. We also have Empowering Women Through Secularism coming up in late June in Dublin — anyone …

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May 31 2013

OK, OK, I won’t eat the octopus no more

That guilt-trippin’ radical vegan Jamie Kilstein is deploying the heavy artillery now: he posted about this little kid making an argument from moral clarity. Dammit, OK already, I’ll give up the octopus and the calamari now. I denied bacon two years ago, is that not enough sacrifice? I’ve got my vegetarian wife leaning on me, …

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May 31 2013

Friday Cephalopod: Just a citizen of the floating world

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(via Mexi Elena Marine Photography)

May 31 2013

My yacht is the very best yacht

A Stanford professor of anthropology, T.M. Luhrmann, has a curious op-ed in the NY Times. She studies evangelical religions, and she takes the time to explain to us atheists and other secular people why people like to go to church. You know all those questions we ask, about whether god exists or what evidence there …

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May 31 2013

Awards time!

American Atheists has stepped up to recognize some of the new media promoting atheism — blogs, podcasts, all that stuff — with the inaugural ‘EVOLVE Awards’.The first awardees are eminent and deserving…follow the link to find out who!

May 30 2013

This is what hate gets you

Nigeria has just passed a vicious anti-gay bill. It not only forbids gay marriage, it criminalizes organizing or lobbying to allow gay marriage, helping gays marry, having a gay club, and public demonstrations of affection by couples in public. Lawmakers in Nigeria passed a bill Thursday banning gay marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations …

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May 30 2013

I think Greta is a bit cheesed off

I tell you, I’ve been tagged in a whole lot of email conversations lately, and there are a lot of women out there who are seething with fury at Ron Lindsay…and now Greta has stepped forward to express that anger at both the content and context of the introductory talk at Women in Secularism 2. …

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