Link Round-Up 8/17/2014

Story of the week: Robin Williams passed away. David Wong of Cracked has a moving article on the link between comedy and depression. Salon has an interesting compilation of his best moments and Vulture has more moments. Jerry Coyne has the best overview of the reactions of the atheist community to his death. Ashley Miller discusses the [Read More...]

Welcome All the New FTB Bloggers

Yesterday I welcomed Hiba whom I very glad and honored to call a friend, but FTB has now two new fresh bloggers as well. One is Heina Dadabhoy who used to blog for Skepchick and has a very sharp vision and strong argumentative powers, and also a major voice on ex-Muslim issues. The addition of [Read More...]

The Weirdest Search Terms Leading to My Blog

Enjoy this list. [Read more...]

Link Round Up 7/26/2014

The Story of the Week: Our friends over at Skptic Ink publish a joint book. Read about it here. Skeptic Ink writers visit Skeptic Canary Show to discuss their new book. I personally don’t have access to the book, but you might want to check it out. Other Story of the Week: Make sure to continue reading the [Read More...]

The Subtlety Illusion

I had this atheist friend who used to be mean to every religious person he came across. He would call religious people “stupid”, simply for believing in religion, and mocking them in a mean spirited manner. I confronted him on multiple times over this, and he always argued reasonably – he even sometimes confronted other atheists [Read More...]

Link Round-Up 7/12/2014

Headline Story of the week: Mubarak Bala is a Nigerian openly atheist who has run into problem for leaving Islam. Read the report here and here. Story of the Week: Eduard Shevardnadze (1928-2014), the former Georgian president and the foreign minister of USSR during Gorbachev passed away last week. Read New Yorker obituary written by a Georgian, BBC [Read More...]

Culture is the Problem

Part of this post has been copy pasted from a Facebook discussion but not the majority of it. A strange thing that I have noticed in many western liberals, and I find it perplexing, is a respect for culture as a concept. Personally not only I think culture is not a good thing, I think it’s [Read More...]

I Will Miss the Honor of Being on the Same Network as Kate Donovan

Kate Donovan is leaving FTB to host her own weblog. Via her goodbye post: Hello, wonderful commenters, readers, and other-people-peering-at-this. I’m writing with bittersweet news: G&H is moving, this time to a standalone location. I have adored being here. I have gotten to write next to some of my favorite people in the world, and it [Read More...]

Libertarian Is Not an Insult Part 2

I posted something yesterday about some progressives using dehumanizing language about libertarians, and sadly the comments appearing at the bottom provided tangible examples of what I was talking about in vague terms. Just as I’m sure such comments have not changed the mind of any libertarian, they have not changed my mind either, but quite [Read More...]

“Libertarian” Is Not an Insult

This was originally a facebook status. I wish my progressive friends stopped using “libertarian” as an insult. I also wish they avoided insulting generalizations, like associating libertarians with the worst people who have that ideology. Libertarianism is a political ideology. It has many values in common with progressive thought – especially social values. I many [Read More...]


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