The rod was not spared.

A couple in Las Vegas has beaten their seven year-old child to death for not reading the bible. Police say Palmer later admitted that he beat Roderick with numerous household items, including a belt, a spatula and a wooden paddle, as well as with his hands. Dina Palmer, who initially denied involvement in the beatings, [Read More...]

The Legend of Sir Uncle Bobolink, Mightiest of the Trolls.

Some bloggers just ban trolls who hinder the conversation.  Not I.  If somebody trolls my blog, I edit their comments to amuse myself before adding their new IP to the ban list. There is a group of sock puppet trolls in the Kansas City area who are, to be perfectly frank, deranged.  They are banned.  [Read More...]

The American Psychological Association removes Asperger’s as a diagnosis.

The APA is apparently reclassifying those who have Asperger’s, which will no longer be a diagnosis under the DSM-V: The American Psychiatric Association voted this weekend to remove the diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome from the so-called bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders. People with Asperger’s will now more likely be [Read More...]

Sour grapes dipped in delusion.

Remember that banner in Cranston, Rhode Island that admonished students to lose with dignity?  Despite harping repeatedly on how wholesome that message was, it seems many conservatives should have given the portion about losing with grace a keener eye.  They have not handled losing at the polls last month particularly well.  In fact, here is [Read More...]

My interview with We Are Atheism

Steven here… This year at Skepticon I sat down with Adam Brown from We Are Atheism to discuss growing up as an atheist. I actually begged off of doing a video with them for a long time primarily because I wasn’t convinced that my story would be of any help to closeted atheists. I’ve always [Read More...]

What would it look like if global warming was real?

DrB- Remember this xkcd comic? What could be said of global warming, what capitalist signs would show up if ice caps were melting? Multi-billion dollar international companies didn’t get that way by ignoring reality*, so are they responding to climate change like it’s a real thing?   “We have studied lots of observation data – [Read More...]

SSA to host two annual conferences.

There is a problem with a lot of conferences.  Well, it’s not a problem with the conferences, but a problem with the population distribution of the United States.  Once you get west of Kansas, there’s not a whole lot of people until you hit the highly populous states snuggled up to the Pacific.  So if [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: war.

I was watching the CNN reports the other day on Syria possibly mixing vast amounts of sarin gas.  The only really feasible use for this would be to stem the tide of rebels, both military and civilian.  A more sinister possibility is that President Bashar al-Assad will use it to take as many people with [Read More...]

I’ve spent my morning two inches shy of literally crossing swords with a modem.

So…my parents’ internet has always been slow and they decided, with me down to help, that they wanted to upgrade.  I checked availability and for this address the local company sold speeds as low as 768 Kbps to as fast as 25 Mbps.  I decided that 10 Mbps would keep them up with the median [Read More...]

Michigan senate advances anti-gay bill, ironically citing “conscience.”

This is disgusting.  The state senate in Michigan has advanced a bill that would protect doctors who refused treatment to gay people. The Michigan Senate’s Committee on Health Policy has approved a bill that would protect health care professionals who wish to discriminate against the LGBT community. Under the guise of “religious liberty and conscience [Read More...]

Fun atheisty pics for 12/3.

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WWJTD podcast Episode 3: Teresa MacBain

Christina here… We made a third podcast! We’ve almost got the RSS feed up for realz so people who want to listen to the podcast can do so, but it’s not ready yet! For now, you can watch the unedited video version in Youtube: Hosts: Christina Stephens, Steven Olsen, JT Eberhard Special guest: Teresa MacBain [Read More...]

Turns out child molesters want to work with children. Boy Scouts of America caught off guard by this.

It turns out that one of the demographics who most wants to volunteer for organizations that work with children is child molesters.  This is not exactly rocket science.  So many of those organizations began running background checks on their volunteers ages ago. Amid reports of widespread sexual abuse of children in the late 1980s, several [Read More...]

Ashley Miller lost her father to racism.

Ashley Miller over at freethoughtblogs has one of the most heart-rending blogs I’ve read this year.  You see, Ashley is dating a black man.  He’s a good man; he’s kind, smart, and has his shit together.  While most parents fear their daughter will come home with a guy in cut off shorts and smoking a [Read More...]


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