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Jul 10 2014

That’s an awful breakfast

But it’s a powerful short story, Trigger Warning: Breakfast. We hear all the time from MRAs about how women make false rape accusations to cover their regrets about having sex, but this rings far more true: that they sometimes make new narratives to cover over their regrets about being raped.

Jul 10 2014

Νικασίτιμος οἶφε Τιμίονα

Just to counter the repressive BS in the last post, here’s some news that it doesn’t have to be that way: 2,500-year-old erotic graffiti has been found on an Aegean island. "They were what I would call triumphant inscriptions," said the Princeton-trained professor who found them while introducing students to the ancient island world of …

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Jul 10 2014

I get email

Sometimes it is even informative. I was sent a data dump on official Catholic doctrine regarding sexual relations — it is rather revealing. I don’t recall requesting it, though, but sure, I’ll take it. And grimace. I was informed of an inquiry you made some 7 months ago concerning the morality that must be preserved …

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Jul 09 2014

Now it’s Colorado

You know the drill by now: a judge has ruled that Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. It is now pending appeal.

Jul 09 2014

Now you won’t have to go see the next Star Wars movie

All the good stuff is right here in this clip. The release version will just have added wooden dialog, hackneyed characters, and some cheesy plot you won’t care about. Oh, and since it’s J.J. Abrams, there’ll be lots of lens flare slathered on. Hey! I just saved you ten bucks! You should go to the …

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Jul 09 2014

Christians setting a bad example

Every year, Minnesota Atheists participate in the gay pride event in Minneapolis — they don’t go in to make “conversions”, but to show support for our fellow citizens. There is no flaunting of trophies afterwards, no singling out of gay folk who Suddenly! Turned! Atheist! because of our godless proselytizing, because that’s not what it’s …

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Jul 09 2014

I’ve got to buy a Roku now?

They seem to be nifty little devices, and now I have one more reason to get one. American Atheists announced Wednesday that it has set Tuesday, July 29, 2014, as the official date for the launch of Atheist TV, the world’s first television channel dedicated to atheist content, on Roku. The national atheist nonprofit will …

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Jul 09 2014

They know

Ally Fogg makes a really good point about those blithe excuses people make for having sex with the very young, that they’re frolicking hedonistically and simply can’t tell that someone is underage. Yes, you can tell. Not screwing children really isn’t that difficult, if you are any kind of decent human being. Even when they …

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Jul 09 2014

Bread and circuses…well, circuses anyway, not so much bread

poorcosts

Michael Shermer indulges in some shabby Libertarian statistical games to wave away American economic inequality. Sure, there are inequities, he argues, but they’re not so bad — the poor are also getting slightly richer. The rich are getting richer, as Brookings Institution economist Gary Burtless found by analyzing tax data from the Congressional Budget Office …

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Jul 08 2014

There’s the leak in the pipeline

surveytable

We’re always talking about this curious phenomenon, that we see lots of women at the undergraduate and graduate level in biology, but large numbers of them leave science rather than rising through the ranks. Why is that? It seems that one answer is that elite male faculty in the life sciences employ fewer women, that …

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