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...]

No more abstinence-only education in Illinois.

What is up with this day?  Normally reading the news is a slow, morose trek through a reminder that shit’s horrible.  But today the news has decided the be a constant source for celebration.  Ok, let’s roll with it. Illinois has banned abstinence-only education. Illinois public schools that teach sex education will be required to [Read More...]

American Atheists to unveil a secular monument to counter ten commandments.

Wow!  Is today ever a red letter day!  I woke up to the story that Michelle Bachmann is history (or would be if ethically dubious people confined to obscurity were “history”).  And then I found a press release from American Atheists in my inbox that just made my day. The Bradford County Courthouse in Florida [Read More...]

So long Michelle Bachmann. May you find the obscurity you so richly deserve.

Oh Michelle… Our time together was so short, but it felt like forever.  Literally. Michelle Bachmann has announced that she will not seek reelection.  She says it’s for ethical reasons: if the President can only serve eight years then she should only serve eight years.  It’s an ethical reason that, rest assured, has absolutely nothing [Read More...]

Streaming ranked night.

Tonight is ranked night in League of Legends, when my ranked team owns all faces.  I’m warming up.  Ranked matches start at 10pm EDT. Watch live video from jteberhard on [Read more...]