Friday Night Music: The National

It's Friday night and I haven't done one of these in a while, so here's a video from a group I've been listening to a lot lately: The National, a moody and melancholy American band. This is from their quite good newest album, Trouble Will Find Me:What's been running through your head lately? … [Read more...]

Photo Sunday: Reykjavik

My wife and I spent the last week on vacation in Iceland, which is like a liberal's dream: an peaceful, egalitarian society with no standing army, very low inequality and scarcely any crime, consistently ranked as one of the best countries in the world for women and LGBT people, with a Scandinavian-style social welfare system and energy derived almost entirely from renewable sources. And its people were the friendliest, politest and most hospitable I've ever met - possibly surprising, … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: July 26

Coffee

I got back from Iceland yesterday and I'm still catching up on news that happened while I was away. Here are a few of the stories from my backlog:• More to come on this, but for now I'll just mention it briefly: a very welcome joint statement by Richard Dawkins and Ophelia Benson denouncing all forms of harassment, sexist and otherwise. I'm not prepared just yet to say this wipes the slate clean, but I'm cautiously optimistic!• Anti-abortion fanatics disrupt a Unitarian … [Read more...]

Programming Note

Kronur

Just a note about what's coming up: Posting will be as normal this week, but on Friday, the 18th, I'm going to Iceland for a week's vacation. I'll schedule some greatest-hits posts while I'm away so things don't get too quiet around here, and I'll check in as I'm able to approve comments and answer e-mails. Pictures when I come back, of course!Also, check out my Icelandic money. I'm rich, baby! (OK, not really: a króna is the equivalent of a penny, not a dollar.) … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: June 14

Coffee

• Chris Hedges, the left-wing firebrand who really, really despises New Atheists, is apparently a serial plagiarist, according to a lengthy and damning article this week in the New Republic.• In the why-all-atheists-are-Hitler department: Part of the SS oath in Nazi Germany was to swear their allegiance to God and say that atheists are "not one of us".• I wrote in 2007 about José Luis de Jesus Miranda, a kook and would-be cult leader who claimed to be Jesus reincarnated. I … [Read more...]

Reminder: NY Debate This Weekend!

Last December, I debated Andrew Murtagh at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I'm pleased to announce that this weekend we're holding a part 2, this time on Long Island, New York. If you're in the area, come out and see us! The sparks will fly (in a friendly way, of course) as we go head-to-head about the existence of God, the proper role for government in our lives, and all that other fun stuff. (Also, Andrew now has his own blog on Patheos.)Here are the … [Read more...]

Open Thread: Advertising Complaints

I realize that Patheos has to pay the bills somehow, but lately I've noticed a definite uptick in complaints about the intrusiveness of the advertising on this site. I plan on taking this up with the management, but I want to know what the general sentiment is, so here's an open thread.Are Patheos' ads crashing your browser, interfering with your ability to view the site, or just being egregiously annoying? Let me know. (Or if you like them, let me know that too. Hey, someone must.) … [Read more...]

Upcoming NY Debate and Free Short Stories!

ThinkPart2Flier

Last December, I debated Andrew Murtagh at the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I'm pleased to announce that next month we're holding a part 2, this time on Long Island, New York. If you're in the area, come out and see us! The sparks will fly (in a friendly way, of course) as we go head-to-head about the existence of God, the proper role for government in our lives, and all that other fun stuff. (Also, Andrew now has his own blog on Patheos. Check that out too.)Here are the … [Read more...]

Last Chance to Donate to Bowl-a-Thon!

Just a reminder - this coming weekend is the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon, a nationwide fundraiser with the goal of helping to pay for abortions for women who want them but can't afford them. I'm on a fundraising team this year, and it's not too late to chip in. If you want to support me in this cause and haven't donated yet, now's your last chance!Here's my personal page and my team page (you can donate to either one; the only thing it affects is who gets bragging rights for raising … [Read more...]

Bowling for Abortion Access

EmpoweringWomen

The past few years have been bad ones for reproductive choice, as the religious right continues in its obsessive focus to throw up ever-more insulting, condescending, and ridiculous obstacles between a woman and her right to exercise autonomy over her body. Just this month, in Iowa, state legislators proposed a bill that would allow women to sue their doctors for up to ten years after getting an abortion, regardless of what consent forms they signed, if they experience "regret" - an obvious … [Read more...]


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