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Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 16 2012

The hazards of being a woman on the internet

Laurie Penny describes the terrible reactions she gets from readers on the internet for daring to have opinions that are outside the mainstream. It is really quite horrific what she has to put up with.

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Dec 16 2012

Surely this time they go too far?

It has become routine in the wake of some major tragedy for some religious idiot to say that it was punishment from god for something or other. The only question is who will enter that swamp first. This time Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association and Republican huckster Mike Huckabee who do the honors, …

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Dec 15 2012

Puppy trying to sleep

I am someone who enjoys sleeping. But I am impressed by the much greater sleeping ability of dogs. It seems like they can take naps almost anywhere and at any time. Here is a puppy that is determined to sleep even in an uncomfortable pose.

Dec 15 2012

Turbulent winds ahead

Paul Krugman has a good analysis of the current state of affairs, and says that what we have is not a debt crisis.

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Dec 15 2012

Increasing acceptance that humans cause climate change?

It looks like the message that climate change is real is slowly catching on, even in the US. PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute) conducted a survey jointly with the Religion News Service (RNS) and the results are quite revealing:

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Dec 14 2012

Parody of Old Spice ads

I love good parodies but to really appreciate them, one needs to be familiar with the material being parodied. Some time ago, there was an excellent parody of the Old Spice ads, put out by (of all people) the Brigham Young University library.

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Dec 14 2012

What more is there to say?

I have been reading about the dreadful shootings in an elementary school that has resulted in so many deaths. I really don’t know what to say that will not be said by many other people. But I wonder about what goes on in the dark recesses of someone’s mind that can cause them to prepare …

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Dec 14 2012

Torture and the film Zero Dark Thirty

I have not seen (and will not see) this film that deals with the killing of Osama bin Laden but have been following the controversy over it. Glenn Greenwald has a powerful essay about the film that touches on a whole range of important issues.

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Dec 14 2012

These people have no shame

There was recently a big fuss about how the Hostess company was going out of business, because many people seemed to have a sentimental childhood attachment to its products though I personally had never eaten any, perhaps because I had not grown up in the US. Much of the media spread the message that the …

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Dec 14 2012

How modernity undermines religion

When I assert that modernity will undermine religion over time, I often get pushback from people who, while sharing my views about religion, think that I am hopelessly naïve and optimistic and that some religions are so deeply entrenched that they will never budge.

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