POLITICS: WV lawmaker says a baby can be a positive byproduct of rape.

West Virginia lawmaker Brian Kurcaba, a Republican, was defending a bill passed by the WV House that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in all circumstances, when he said something incredibly insensitive.  He said that in the case of a rape resulting in a pregnancy, yeah rape is horrible, but look on the bright side – [Read More…]

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FAITH & POLITICS: National Prayer Breakfast sucks, but Obama gave a nod to atheists/separation of church & state.

I think the National Prayer Breakfast is a terrible idea.  If the President won’t meet openly with atheists, he shouldn’t do it with other religious leaders.  However, Obama did say some decent things at the breakfast yesterday.  Obama reminded Christians their hands are not entirely clean: “Unless we get on our high horse and think [Read More…]

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MENTAL ILLNESS: First meeting with a new therapist today.

Today I meet with my new therapist for the first time.  I’ve forgotten his name, so we’ll call him Harold. I’m not particularly excited.  I’ve been eating the last few months and hating myself for it, but at least I’ve been eating.  That’s a step.  I don’t know…I’m just tired and not terribly optimistic.  I [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Guess who owns which tracks.

There are two sets of tracks here.  One was the owner’s,the other the dog’s.  Can you figure you which is which? [Read more…]

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Probability and Perspectives

Hement Mehta posted a rebuttal to the Fine-Tuning argument today. He spoke one line that stuck out in my mind. Paraphrasing, this argument is usually something like “If the conditions of the universe weren’t right for life, we wouldn’t be here to talk about it.” I agree, but I think it’s a point that will [Read More…]

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FAITH: Why @MrOzAtheist is so angry at god.

I have to scoot off early, I’m afraid.  I’ve been volunteering to vet people for the Hotline Project with Recovering From Religion and today I have three calls to make in a row (they usually last about 45 minutes apiece).  It’s all for a good cause, but dammit if it isn’t time consuming. I’ll leave [Read More…]

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GAMING: My brother and I holding the line by kiting forever.

For those unfamiliar with gaming vernacular, “kiting” refers to stringing someone along who’s trying to kill you by running just far enough away to avoid damage.  Here my brother and I were playing Heroes of the Storm with the hosts of the Game Theory Podcast.  We’re trying to hold one of the shrines on the [Read More…]

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SCIENCE & POLITICS: United States should have a vaccination policy like Mississippi’s.

It’s often joked that if Obama came out in support of oxygen Republicans everywhere would asphyxiate.  With the recent battle over whether or not vaccinations are good/necessary (they are both), that joke looks increasingly like prophecy.  The President has said vaccinations should be mandatory, presumably because measles sucks.  Now many conservatives seem to be all [Read More…]

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RELIGION & HIGH SCHOOL: Muslims demand a teacher be fired for showing Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

Muslim protesters are demanding a teacher in Washington state be fired after showing some of the cartoons featuring Mohammad to a class in a discussion of current events: A group of Somali Americans gathered outside the Refugee Women’s Alliance(ReWA) on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to demand the resignation of a teacher who showed the cartoons to [Read More…]

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POLITICS: Colorado has made so much money from recreational marijuana they literally have to give some back.

The warnings from conservatives were loud and constant.  It would be the end of the world!  It would mean moral and economic destruction!  What is Colorado thinking?  Crime will go up!  Even Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper predicted disaster when Colorado decided to legalize recreational pot: “I think our entire state will pay the price,” Hickenlooper said. “Colorado [Read More…]

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GAMING & GAY RIGHTS: League of Legends tournament that limited number of trans players reverses decision.

As many of you know I’m a huge proponent of getting women into gaming.  The day a woman breaks into the professional League of Legends scene I will have acquired one of my new favorite teams (unless she plays for Counter Logic Gaming, in which case they’ll just continue to be my favorite team). That’s [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Five co-stars recreate Saved By The Bell on Jimmy Fallon.

Ok, I admit it: when I was a kid I watched a lot of Saved By The Bell.  Seeing this clip brought a huge smile to my face.  I hope it does the same for you.   [Read more…]

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GAY RIGHTS & LAW: Roy Moore tells Alabama judges they can ignore federal judge’s ruling.

The roads here are too treacherous for driving, so no voice lessons for me this weeks.  This leaves more time for blogging! After flirting with defying his superiors, Roy Moore has just told all of Alabama’s lower judges they can ignore the federal ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban: Alabama’s chief justice is [Read More…]

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RANDOM: Dashboard cameras catch yesterday’s plane crash in the Taipei River.

My new approach to blogging allows me to indulge my fascination with plane crashes/investigations.  Yesterday TransAsia fligth #GE235 crashed into the Taipei River shortly after take off.  The last transmission the flight tower heard was “Mayday!  Engine flame out.” The crash was actually caught be dashboard cameras in two different cars.  In this one, the [Read More…]

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