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Jul 28 2014

I must be a gamma, too

True confession: my wife has been on a historical feminism kick lately: the other day she forced me to watch Iron Jawed Angels with her. This evening we’ve got the PBS documentary One Woman One Vote on the TV right now. So it was amusing that Vox Day and David Futrelle had a ‘debate’ over …

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Jul 22 2014

Can someone dig up the corpse of Norman Vincent Peale and drive a stake through its heart?

He’s still stalking about, giving the complacent a lie to shut the dissatisfied up. No, positive thinking doesn’t work; affirmations have no power; The Secret is a scam. The @SciCareer guy put his foot in it again by touting some paper titled “Happy Thoughts May Help Postdocs Handle Stress.” As you might guess, the reactions …

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Jul 18 2014

July Online Gender Workshop: An exercise in the utility of definitions

When last we left our intrepid workshoppers, one month ago, we had had a rollicking discussion of definitions of gender, sex, and related terms. One of the things that came out of that discussion is that when we are each pressed to define exactly what each of us as individuals mean by each person’s specific, …

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Jul 05 2014

Let’s hold up a mirror!


Here’s Holly Fisher, aka Holly Hobby Lobby. She seems nice. She and her friends have been gloating over how all those libruls’ heads are gonna explode over the photo. Unfortunately, someone posted this: Oops. Whose heads are exploding?

Jun 11 2014

Online Gender Workshop 3

I’m going to apologize upfront. First, this is a day late. Real life has intervened, and it looks like every other day may end up being the schedule. I want to keep the momentum of one post a day, and I will try again to do that, but family responsibilities and an upcoming law final …

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Jun 06 2014

What a mess

The SCA has fired Edwina Rogers. Ms. Rogers said in an interview that she was given no warning and no reason for her termination, but that she suspected she was being blamed for organization funds discovered to be missing and said to be embezzled by two of her subordinates. An internal audit, obtained by The …

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Jun 06 2014

Relaxing in Seattle


My required labors in Seattle are now done — I spoke to a packed house at Town Hall last night, had a grand time, got lots of questions and had many hours of stimulating conversations (wait, why am I calling that “labor”?). Now tonight is just relaxation — I’ll be going in to our Secret …

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Jun 01 2014

Oh, no

If any of you have been following Jay Lake’s struggle with cancer, it’s over. We’ve had a few conversations, but I only met him once at Norwescon — he was a smart, brave guy. I’ve been hoping I’d get a chance to run into him again, but the last few entries on his cancer diary …

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Mar 28 2014

Another review of Noah

Ken Ham went to see the movie. I think he’s giving it a thumbs down. I am disgusted. I am going to come right out and say it–it is disgusting and evil–paganism! Do you really want your family to see a pagan movie the has Noah as some psychopath who says if his daughter-in-law’s baby …

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Mar 28 2014

Activism! On campus!

It’s been so long since my heart has been warmed by furious students and faculty fighting for what is right, and now it’s happening: UMTC is getting some pushback over an invited speaker. It’s Condoleeza Rice. Why did we invite a war criminal to speak on campus in the first place? She is a person …

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