Reason Rally Rocked!

Seriously. I couldn't stop smiling. We laughed, we cheered, we clapped, we got wet and cold (standing in an off-and-on drizzle for 8 hours will do that to you) ...... and we did something legendary.   … [Read more...]

Greta Christina has a new book!

What Ed said.And DarkSyde.And Greg Laden.And Greta herself!Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, by Greta Christina, is out on Kindle!Greta will also be publishing the Nook and Smashmouth versions in the near-future (think hours). The physical edition will be out in April.There is a very good reason why every time I go to type (fellow FtB blogger) Greta Christina's name, my fingers first insist on typing, instead of "Greta,"  "GREAT."I kid you not, … [Read more...]

Oh, Kid, I Wish You The Best …

... I just wish your name was anything but "Palin."Because the spotlight that shines on you — because of your name — is the same one that shines on two-headed kittens, and Jessica Simpson. The spotlight that says "Oh, look, all you people sitting there with really nothing better to do, and no mind to figure out what you might be doing, here's something SUUWEEET!!!!"Bristol Palin is now a blogger.Yes, THAT Bristol Palin. … [Read more...]

A Study in Conflict Between Island Cultures

It doesn’t get much play in the publicly-available cultural anthropology literature, but there’s an island in the Pacific where an interesting conflict has played out over generations.The island, which has an untranslatable name – generally rendered in English as  “Ryeezahn” –  is occupied by two tribes, the Kritsi and the Syenz, which have been at war for generations, a war temporarily restrained in an uneasy peace.The root of the conflict, as visiting anthropologists have documented, is une … [Read more...]

Reason Rally Update

Reason Rally plane tickets in hand!I live about 8 hours drive time from DC, so I was going to drive down on March 23, but I have to work fairly late that day, so I decided to fly down on Saturday morning, March 24.Tentative plan is to meet up with a few other friends near the statue of Joseph Henry on the grassy quadrangle side of Smithsonian Castle (which is pretty close to the RR stage area), although I may end up getting there after the start of the Rally. Argh.Originally, the time of … [Read more...]

Short Stack #12

If your father has a stick in the closet that he's used in the past to beat you with, you have to wonder at someone who'd tell you "What are you getting all worked up about? He's not beating you with it NOW." Just so with organized religion and what it's done throughout history. As an atheist, I would rather empty out that closet.____________________________When a news story says someone "lost" a leg in an accident, I always hold out hope they'll eventually find it again and be better for … [Read more...]


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