A tribute to the NSA.
This is a long installment of my ongoing series covering my journey before, during, and after my deconversion from Christianity. Since I think it is interesting how all the ambivalences, contradictions, anxieties, and displacements that I was experiencing parallel and inform each other, I am deciding to post it all as one episode in the series, rather than break each easily isolatable vignette into its own post. For the busy or the short attention spanned, I have made it easier to read in multiple sittings or to skim by breaking it into subsections according to themes.
The only way to beat the system is to master the system; but as you master the system, the system masters you.
I have no interest in criticizing the solace people find in religion as they mourn. I only criticize the cruel things religious people say to hurt others who are mourning and the religious attempts to exploit people’s terror and trauma to scapegoat others and pave the emotional way for future theocratic laws.
Some people identifying themselves with Occupy Wall Street have an ingeniously cost-efficient and politically symbolic charity plan that can provide crucial aid to epxloited debtors–even if it will probably only help a relatively very small number of affected people: David Rees explains: Like many folks, Occupy Wall Street has been some doing good work in [...]
Chris Howard colors the electoral map to reflect the degree to which each county is red, blue, or purple—and populated or not.
2:44 am: The real winner of the night, is rational, evidence based thinking. As the mainstream pundits kept insisting this race was too close to call and a nail biter, Nate Silver just kept making arguments based on legitimate numbers run through rational models. And the outcome so far is looking to be 100% as [...]
An excellent pro-Obama cartoon on the economy by Simpsons and Family Guy animator Lucas Gray that is almost certain to go viral, and most certainly should.
Rick Santorum says he has “voted to kill Big Bird” and that you can “kill things but still like them.” In other news, Newt Gingrich wants to liberate Big Bird from bureaucracy.