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Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 29 2013

Last chance for the soggy apes

(via Thai Panda)

I’m getting more than a little tired of the long-running wrangle on the wet ape hypothesis thread. I’m closing it and opening a new thread here, with a few rules: No more pointless dismissals of comments from either side as mere opinion or evidence-less, even if they are. Absolutely NO copy-pasting of arguments from other …

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Jun 29 2013

My remarks at #ewts2013

(This is roughly what I said in my panel this morning at Empowering Women Through Secularism. The topic was Secular Values in Society; my fellow panelists were Leonie Hilliard, Nina Sankari, and Farhana Shakir.) I’ve been campaigning for atheism for about 20 years now, and I have a terrible confession to make. In the beginning, …

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Jun 28 2013

How to get to heaven, Mormon-style

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At last, that convoluted theology is clarified. It has been rendered obsolete, though. I was tap-tap-tapping this into my iPad, oblivious to the world around me, and I looked up and a Guinness had magically appeared at my table. A theology that fails to mention the spontaneous emergence of pints of Guinness is No True …

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Jun 28 2013

Friday Cephalopod: Wickedly intricate

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(via the International Cephalopod Advisory Council)

Jun 28 2013

I have arrived!

I’m at O’Callaghan’s in Dublin, with a cup of tea. I’m hydrating first. Guinness later.

Jun 27 2013

Now the fun begins

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act has the right wing in full meltdown mode. Ed is documenting the reaction, Salon has a roundup, and Futile Democracy has some charming tweets. I have a very favorite, though: it’s from someone calling themselves @FreedomWarrior. Here’s the good news: Massive population losses will be …

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Jun 27 2013

Free games!

These will distract you from getting into mischief while I’m airborne: the Royal Society has released some free science games. I’m heading out the door, no time to play, you tell me if they’re any good.

Jun 27 2013

Off to Dublin

I’m heading off to Fargo this morning, and then will go hurtling through the skies to the Empowering Women Through Secularism International Conference, and won’t land until 8am Dublin time. Behave yourselves! Jeez, I’m tired already. Perhaps a pint of Guinness will revive me once I get there.

Jun 27 2013

It’s a species-wide problem!

The results of a world-wide analysis of violence against women reveals that it’s common, it’s widespread, and it’s serious. Three in ten women worldwide have been punched, shoved, dragged, threatened with weapons, raped, or subjected to other violence from a current or former partner. Close to one in ten have been sexually assaulted by someone …

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Jun 26 2013

DOMA IS DEAD

After their stupidity in the court yesterday, the Supreme Court finally did something right: the Defense of Marriage Act has been found unconstitutional. Sorry, Republicans, you don’t get to discriminate against gay couples legally anymore. Note who voted for gay hatred, though: Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Thomas. Those guys are really dragging down the court.

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