Study: BDSM practitioners “characterized by a set of balanced, autonomous, and beneficial personality characteristics.”

For people who talk openly about sex (sort of me, but REALLY Christina), we must often deal with the accusation that practicing BDSM or more aggressive forms of sex is the result of poor psychological health or past trauma of some sort. Turns out, that’s not the case.  In a study published in the Journal [Read More...]

Can an angel be purple?

Thank you Married to the Sea. [Read more...]

Streaming dat LoL.

Michaelyn is at her job saving the world, but I play video games on the weekend.  Join me! Watch live video from jteberhard on [Read more...]

Severe depression and the magic of medicine.

I’m going to take a day off to hang out with my fiancee and my brother.  However, I did want to post this one thing.  Eight months ago I received an email from a guy, let’s call him John Wayne, who was suffering from severe depression. Hi JT, Big fan, longtime follower. I’m sure you [Read More...]

Anne at the American Humanist Association Conference

Anne here … I’m at the American Humanist Association’s annual conference in San Diego today and through the weekend. Tomorrow is the United Coalition of Reason’s track on activism. I’ll be live-tweeting for anyone who is interested. Follow me @aramink or look for #ahacon13. [Read more...]

Scientists may have detected gravitational pull from other universes (and a long rant on a stupid comment).

Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap! The first ‘hard evidence’ that other universes exist has been found by scientists. Cosmologists studying a map of the universe from data gathered by the Planck spacecraft have concluded that it shows anomalies that can only have been caused by the gravitational pull of other universes. Frakking awesome. One [Read More...]

Obama throwing down on climate change.

I’m not the President’s biggest fan (though I certainly don’t regret my vote).  However, stuff like this makes me a happy Panda (and makes me not regret my vote a little more).  At a fundraiser the other day Obama said: President Barack Obama said Wednesday at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago that he’s willing to [Read More...]

WWJTD readers doing cool stuff.

I get asked to promote stuff a lot.  These three came in this week and all sounded cool. First up, Jay Knight is raising money f0r Child’s Play Charity by bicycling for PAX East to PAX Prime.  He plan to make a donation in the name of a marine he served with who, sadly, was [Read More...]

No gay marriage, no gay rights groups, and 14 years in prison for violators. Faith in Nigeria at work.

I knew the good news couldn’t last forever.  In Nigeria, where about 50% of the population is Christian and about 47% of the population is Muslim, they’ve passed a law that represents some of the vast amount of common ground between the two faiths. Lawmakers in Nigeria passed a bill Thursday banning same-sex marriage and [Read More...]

How cool roommates resolve conflict.

I had left one of my cereal bowls in the kitchen sink and forgotten about it (I normally do all my dishes as I use them, it turns out that’s easier).  This bowl sat there for days and this morning I walked out to find a note next to the sink asking me to wash [Read More...]

Tropes vs. Women: The Damsel in Distress Part 2

Steven here… Anita Sarkeesian is just plain awesome. She’s just put out part 2 of 3 in her series on the “Damsel in Distress” trope. What I love about this series is that it could have been done as “look at how shitty gaming is” and given how many gamers have treated her, that would [Read More...]

Chris Stedman doesn’t get that conflict is inevitable and necessary.

Chris Stedman has an article in USA Today that, surprise, I find gut wrenching.  It starts with: Last Tuesday, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer interviewed Rebecca Vitsmun, asking her if she “thank(ed) the Lord” for the fact that she lived through a disastrous tornado in Oklahoma. Holding her infant child in her arms, she replied, “I’m [Read More...]

Study: Republicans lie more.

Next they’ll conduct a study to determine if fire is hot. While this is by no means a badge of honor for the Democrats, it’s an absolute indictment on Republicans: A new study from the nonpartisan Center For Media Affairs has concluded that since the beginning of President Obama’s second term, Republicans have lied three [Read More...]

Best news day ever!

This is the best news day ever.  I feel like the other shoe will drop at any point.  I seriously worry I’m being punked… But, in the meantime… [Read more...]