Komen Concedes (but it still sucks)

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Komen spent the last two days reaping a financial windfall from pro-life activists, after they pulled their funding for Planned Parenthood.  (Planned Parenthood had a funding surge, too, prompting a friend of mine to say the whole thing felt like a publicity stunt, or a pro-wrestling storyline).  Now, Komen has purged its new policy.But before any pro-choice readers I've got decide to put the money where their mouths are, let me make a plea that you not give Komen any of your money.  Not ev … [Read more...]

Stop SOPA

Like many sites, I'm drawing attention to SOPA and PIPA, two terrible laws that threaten the web.  You can check out the Electronic Frontier Foundation for a rundown of the bills, but here are some lowlights:SOPA creates a guilty until proven innocent standard for copyright. Instead of filing a complaint about specific infringing content, copyright holders can knock the entire website hosting the content off the web. The Attorney General could de-list websites from search engines.So … [Read more...]

A (non-authoritative) post on Transgender Issues

There was a request in the comments that I do a post on Transgender issues in the same way I did a post on bisexuality for National Coming Out Day (which was followed by bisexuality Q&A and a post on queer political tactics).  I thought those posts prompted some pretty helpful discussion, so I'm glad to set up another opportunity to go over the basics, but this time I have to tag on some major caveats:I'm not trans (well, except transhumanist), so I'm not speaking from a place of … [Read more...]

You Must Have Known This’d be the Thanksgiving Post

 Bonus content: Orion Magazine is running a feature essay on Turkey Pardons.  Here's a preview: The tradition of the presidential turkey pardon has continued to evolve in surprising ways. In the early years the exonerated gobblers were sent to Kidwell Farm, a petting zoo in northern Virginia where, as turkey rock stars, they lived a life featuring excessive drug use and media attention but only the brief fame their overbred and steroid-addled condition would allow. Since 2005, however, … [Read more...]

Halloween Costuming

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I really do shut down almost everything when Halloween comes around.  This is the first season in a while that I didn't pull a costuming all nighter (though most of my nights were 2am nights this week).  I'm a little zonked, so you'll get content-y posts tomorrow, but today you'll just get the photos that are brought to you by sleep deprivation and an entire rewatched season of Battlestar Galactica.  Voila!Confused about what I'm dressed as?  Perhaps this paragraph I had to write for faceb … [Read more...]

I need a reading recommendation

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Some friends of mine invited a bunch of us to spend Sukkot with them this weekend and I had a lovely time.  They miraculously managed procure a lulav, despite the shortage, and gave a thorough exegesis of the holiday and the symbolism of the lulav components.Some of the conversations I had at or after the party highlighted the fact that I don't know very much about Judaism.  I'm from New York, so I know plenty of Yiddish, but I've known very few religious Jews.  (Oh, and I've seen the Shari L … [Read more...]

Bringing a Stat Book to a Culture Fight

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Comments are still a little bit in flux here.  Because Disqus was causing problems, it's been stripped off and we're back to plain old wordpress comments until things get sorted out.  On the plus side, this means that all the previously vanished comments are back!Oh, and speaking of comments, today I want to point you to a conversation that's going on over at Marc's Bad Catholic blog here at Patheos.  Marc wrote a post called "10 Reason the Pill Sucks" and, although I disagree with several of … [Read more...]


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