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Chris Clarke

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Name: Chris Clarke
Date registered: 29 September 2011
URL: http://coyot.es/crossing/

Latest posts

  1. On using suicide as a rhetorical strategy — 1 August 2013
  2. Lazy writer is lazy — 21 July 2013
  3. We told you! You didn’t believe us but we told you! — 20 July 2013
  4. Deadly woo purveyor out of prison — 15 July 2013
  5. Sing it, Carl — 13 July 2013

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Aug 01 2013

On using suicide as a rhetorical strategy

[Edited per Esteleth's suggestion to put this para up top: -- CC] I have been reluctant over the last couple years to write about Hugo Schwyzer, mainly because I’ve realized since the last iteration of the perennial shitstorm that he wears like a second hat that it was all the same to him, positive attention …

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Jul 21 2013

Lazy writer is lazy

Salon’s Katie Engelhart has a perplexing question: Where are the Women of new Atheism? Where were the women? Why, they were right there: stolidly leading people away from the fold. They were irreverent bloggers and institution founders. And scholars. Around the time that the Dawkins-Hitchens-Harris tripartite published its big wave of Atheist critique, historian Jennifer Michael Hecht published “Doubt” and journalist Susan …

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Jul 20 2013

We told you! You didn’t believe us but we told you!

Here, at long last, is proof sufficient to most systems of jurisprudence that I am not PZ’s alter ego. It’s the video from the #FtBCON panel Science, Skepticism, and Environmental Activism, held Saturday evening California time, also featuring Madhu Katti and Jennifer Campbell-Smith, my colleagues from the Coyot.es Network. The panel also featured Piasa the …

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Jul 15 2013

Deadly woo purveyor out of prison

Cultural appropriationist and charlatan James Arthur Ray, under whose watch three people died of hyperthermia in a for-profit 2009 sweatlodge “ceremony” in Sedona, AZ, just walked out of prison after 20 months. From that CNN story: The 55-year-old son of an Oklahoma preacher, Ray built a multimillion-dollar business as a best-selling author and motivational coach. …

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Jul 13 2013

Sing it, Carl

Blake Stacey has a good quote quoted at Science after Sunclipse: The business of skepticism is to be dangerous. Skepticism challenges established institutions. If we teach everybody, including, say, high school students, habits of skeptical thought, they will probably not restrict their skepticism to UFOs, aspirin commercials, and 35,000-year-old channelees. Maybe they’ll start asking awkward …

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Jul 11 2013

Did you know douchebags are full of dihydrogen monoxide?

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Doing what I do for a living, I often find myself reading things on Facebook, Twitter, or those increasingly archaic sites called “blogs” in which the writer expresses concern about industrial effluent in our air, water, consumer products or food. Sometimes the concerns are well-founded, as in the example of pipeline breaks releasing volatile organic …

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Jul 07 2013

Hanging out with desert kit foxes

What, what time is it? July? Hell. I have some catching up to do around here. While I get less threadrupt, if any of you are available for and interested in a G+ hangout with the Desert Kit Fox project I wrote about this morning earlier this week, back in May, we’ll be doing one …

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Jun 24 2013

Remembering the UpStairs Lounge

Over at The Friendly Atheist, Terry Firma points out that today is the 40th anniversary of one of the deadliest hate crimes in recent U.S. history: the deliberate arson of the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans. Just before 8:00p, the doorbell rang insistently. To answer it, you had to unlock a steel door that opened …

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Jun 22 2013

Misandry In Teh Animule Kingdom!!!!7!

Misandry, polyandry, whatever. I know it’s some kind of -andry. Hordeling Ron Sullivan and her partner in crime Joe Eaton have been spending a lot of time in the San Joaquin Valley of late, and Joe has a new post up on Ron’s blog riffing on their recent frequent sightings of Swainson’s hawks. It turns …

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Jun 21 2013

In Boring fields

In Boring fields the suburbs grow In Council houses row on row, A cozy place; and in the sky The plastic bags still bravely fly Used once by urbanites below. We paved the Dead. Short days ago It lived, sank roots, let seedpods blow, Ten thousand years, but bid goodbye to Boring fields. Dig up …

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