I Get Religious Mail: Trust in God, Go Hungry Anyway

The latest religious charity that's sent me a solicitation is Food for the Poor, Inc., a Christian nonprofit that serves poor and malnourished people in the Caribbean and Latin America. Click to see the letter [NOTE: possibly disturbing images of an emaciated infant]:As is standard for humanitarian charities, the letter describes the desperate poverty of the people they serve. Given that Haiti was one of the world's poorest countries even before the 2010 earthquake, I'm willing to … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Brexit

Well, who saw that coming?In a shock 52-48 vote, the United Kingdom has declared its intent to quit the European Union. The value of the pound is plummeting, world stock markets are cratering, and Prime Minister David Cameron, who allowed the referendum as a concession to right-wingers in his party, is quitting in humiliation.I admit, when I first heard about the referendum, I was sympathetic. It's easy to see why people are frustrated.The EU was formed with noble intentions: to end … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: June 19

• "As I went walking, I saw a sign there And on the sign it said: '© Ludlow Music, a subsidiary of the Richmond Organization, Member ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.' But on the other side it didn't say nothing, That side was made for you and me."• The Cool PopeTM says your marriage is invalid because you don't hate divorce enough, you bad, bad people.• A debilitating vaccine-caused injury is miraculously cured by hidden cameras. (My favorite part is her claim that the shot … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: June 4

I'm in Washington, D.C. this weekend. If you're here for the Reason Rally, come find me! Meanwhile, here are some worthwhile long reads:• Since she'll very likely be our next president, you ought to read this in-depth profile of Hillary Clinton, the candidate and the person. To understand why she is who she is, you have to understand the male entitlement, sexist double standards, and sheer hateful prejudice that have dogged her throughout the decades of her career in public … [Read more...]

What Should I Review After Atlas Shrugged?

All good things must come to an end! My marathon review of Atlas Shrugged, the project that's occupied my time for the last three years (!), is coming to a close.Next week I'll begin writing about Part III, Chapter X, which is the last chapter of the book. I plan to spend about a month going through that, then probably another month to review the third and final Atlas movie, and finally I'll post some closing thoughts about the book as a whole.This project has taken up so much of my time … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: March 27

• With all the stealth and haste of a coup d'etat, North Carolina's Republican government rushes through a vicious and willfully mean-spirited pro-discrimination bill. Transgender people are targeted the worst, but the bill also nullifies all local ordinances that protect LGBT people, blocks private individuals from suing over racial or sexual discrimination, and prohibits municipalities from raising the minimum wage.• But North Carolina is getting a run for its money from Indiana, … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Dance Apocalyptic

Since the 2016 presidential election seems like it has at least decent odds of bringing about the end of the world, let's celebrate in style with Janelle Monáe. From 2013's The Electric Lady: … [Read more...]

My Birthday Wish: Support Bowl-a-Thon ’16

Happy birthday to me! Today's my 34th birthday, which means I totally outlived Jesus.I'm not a materialistic person, so I'm not looking for presents. But if you have some spare cash, I'd be happy if you made a donation to Feminist Coffee Hour's Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser for the New York Abortion Access Fund.And if you need a further reason to donate, this cat in a bowtie also wants you to: … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Sign of Spring

"Winter never dies. Not as people die. It hangs on in late frost and the smell of autumn in a summer evening, and in the heat it flees to the mountains.Summer never dies. It sinks into the ground; in the depths, winter buds form in sheltered places and white shoots creep under dead leaves."—Terry Pratchett, WintersmithPhoto by the author, Long Island, March 2016. Camera: Samsung Galaxy S6. … [Read more...]

Support Bowl-a-Thon 2016

As long as reproductive choice is under threat in the United States, there'll be a need for the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon.This year, the stakes are especially high, as Catholic hospitals continue to deny critical care to pregnant and miscarrying women, and the Supreme Court will soon hear a case over a dreadful, bad-faith law that effectively end abortion access for most of Texas - and even with the absence of Antonin Scalia, there's no guarantee of how they'll rule.We can't … [Read more...]


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