January 31, 2014
Bombshell Number One
As SkepDirt’s loyal readership has undoubtedly noticed, there hasn’t been any action in this publication in months. This reporter owes you an explanation.
O would some power the gift to give us / To see ourselves as others see us. (Robert Burns)
August 22, 2013
“If we construe ‘Islamophobia’ as ‘fear of Muslims’ and not ‘hatred of Muslims,’ then the press is guilty of it far more than is Dawkins.”
Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:
At last the British press has given Richard Dawkins a break! In truth, I can’t remember the last pro-Dawkins piece they’ve published, although there are dozens taking the other side, every one a carbon copy of the others. Strident. Bigot. Racist. Superannuated. You know the tropes. While people have every right to differ with Richard’s ideas, the wolf-pack behavior of the British press is more like a feeding frenzy than a reasoned assessment of his ideas.
But in the August 24 Spectator, British journalist and author Nick Cohen analyzes this phenomenon in a piece called “Richard Dawkins attacks Muslim bigots, not just Christian ones. If only his enemies were as brave.” He not only decries the press for its herd mentality, but indicts it for cowardice: its refusal to defend liberal Muslims who stand up against their oppressive and conservative coreligionists.
How refreshing is this beginning?
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August 18, 2013 9 Comments
Heath George (@WDP_HeathGeorge on Twitter) recently Tweeted the following:
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@rebeccawatson would it be possible to do a kick starter to hire a cyber assassin to track trolls like this down?—
Heath George (@WDP_HeathGeorge) August 17, 2013
August 16, 2013 1 Comment
In the last few days, Bravest Hero and father of skepticism ElevatorGATE* got into a bit of hot water when delicate flower Ana Mardoll** got mad at Storify CEO Xavier Damman*** because Ana brought herself to the attention of ElevatorGATE, and wanted to blame someone else for it. The salient parts of this backstory can be found in these two Storify pages: one by ElevatorGATE, and one by LazySavant. John Scalzi (@scalzi on Twitter) recently wrote a blog entry on Storify’s Terms of Service.
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July 9, 2013
According to Wikipedia, “cosplay” is
an activity in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.
Here are some pictures of good cosplay:
July 2, 2013 4 Comments
People in the skeptical community are concerned about ool0n’s rumored drinking problem:
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Karla Porter (@karla_porter) July 02, 2013
June 26, 2013 2 Comments
Copied with great respect from skep tickle at the Slymepit:
Friday June 14:
- CFI Board meets, after having been the recipient of letter-writing/email campaigns regarding Lindsay
Saturday June 15:
- Silverman appears on Brave Hero Radio, spends 30 minutes berating Vacula to denounce “all the shit”, to listen to the women (those reporting feeling harassed, any way), and that evidence is not needed
Monday June 17:
- Clint breaks the news about American Atheists Sued for Racial Discrimination, Wrongful Termination (suit filed by a black woman)
- CFI Board posts Center for Inquiry Board of Directors Statement on the CEO and the Women in Secularism 2 Conference
- Watson washes her hands of CFI in http://skepchick.org/2013/06/so-much-for-center-for-inquiry/
- Christina washes her hands of CFI in An Open Letter to the Center for Inquiry, Withdrawing My Participation and Support, including withdrawing as a speaker from the CFI Summit in October 2013
- American Atheists responds to Johnson lawsuit
Wednesday June 19:
- Skepticon Says Goodbye to a Sponsor (CFI); a bunch of FC(n) support that move (as I recall)
- Hutchinson is the first FtB blogger to mention the discrimination lawsuit against American Atheists, in Race, American Atheists and “The Movement”
Friday June 21:
- Point of Inquiry hosts, Mooney and Viskontas, resign from POI/CFI (as reported Tuesday June 25 by Watson)
Saturday June 22:
- Lindsay posts apologies for causing offense and making some people feel unwelcome in his post Some Remarks on My Talk at WIS2.
- Benson says that the Follow up post from Ron Lindsay “…might make conversation possible”.
- At some point that day, Myers posts This Silverman guy seems to be saying a lot of the right things
Sunday June 23:
- Zvan indicates acceptance of Lindsay’s apology in Apologies are Hard
- Benson puts up several more posts about Lindsay’s apology, including saying that she was too grudging in her prior post, now that she’s read Zvan’s post, and also (somewhere else) points out that she was fir-irst to accept Lindsay’s apology
Monday June 24:
- Isaak, producer of Point of Inquiry also resigns from POI/CFI (as reported Tues June 25 by Watson)
- Christina accepts Lindsay’s apology in Accepting Ron Lindsay’s Apology
- Marcotte accept’s Lindsay’s apology in Accepting Apologies And Moving On
- Zvan says she will withhold judgment on the claims against American Atheists for discrimination and wrongful termination, in Watching and Waiting
Tuesday June 25:
- Watson posts the POI trio’s press release in Point of Inquiry Team Resigns, Launches New Show with Mother Jones; several FtB bloggers do, too
- Sometime in the past week, Christina’s photo has been removed from the speaker montage at http://www.cfisummit.org/