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Jen is a writer and web designer/developer in Columbus, Ohio. She spends too much time on Twitter at @antiheroine.

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  1. I’m still trying to figure out who among us Canadian women genuinely (or even remotely) found that line to be offensive or non-inclusive. And I’m tired of the papers and the politicians griping about how ‘Next, TEH ATHEISTS will want us to remove the ‘God’ line!’

    Because I couldn’t care less about that one, either.

    Secularism and equality are awesome, but we’re not insane.

  2. The anthem thing keeps coming up. When I was a kid, they wanted to change the “sons” line as well as “native land” (under the premise that it discriminated against immigrants). Nothing ever came of it, though.

    The only changes that seem to have been implemented since I was a kid were changing “and stand on guard” to “from far and wide” and changing one of the “O Canada”s to “God keep our land”. I think they just like to screw with the lyrics every few years to confuse people.

  3. @Sam Ogden: There’s a glitch in the Matrix.

    And Re: the wall street psychic, anyone who says this: “I have called ALL the highs and lows of the market giving EXACT DATES for rises and crashes over the last 14 years,” Mr. Morton claimed at one point, according to the documents filed in connection with the case.

    If I hear that coming from my broker, I’m running for the hills- quickly and with all of my money.

  4. I just have a rant about the homeschool text book thing.

    My husband’s younger sister is homeschooled, and she needed a little extra help with her Chemistry, so I offered to help. I knew they used the Apologia textbooks, but I thought, “Well, it isn’t Biology. They can’t insert creationism into Chemistry, can they?” Oh, yes, they CAN!

    While helping my sister-in-law go over the laws of Thermodynamics, I noticed a passage in the book about Evolution. It was the old trope about Evolution violating the 2nd law of Thermodynamics, an argument which has been debunked by multiple scientists. This isn’t the worst part, though. The textbook authors KNOW their argument has been debunked, and thy admit that in the text. At the end of the passage, they say something like (I’m paraphrasing here), “Well, we know this argument is completely false, but it sure makes you think, doesn’t it?”

    So they know that they’re teaching these kids lies. They even know that adding that sentence at the end will allow them to claim that they aren’t teaching lies. And I’d be willing to bet that they also understand that most kids who read that whole passage will remember the nonsense about the laws of Thermodynamics, and forget the one sentence disclaimer.

    This isn’t just willful ignorance; it is shameless lying.

  5. It’s not like that snowgirl had any salacious details explicitly displayed. They should have responded with something along the lines of, “Naked woman? No, it’s a model of a woman’s short-sleeved wetsuit. Man, some people have dirty minds, huh?” I agree with the comment in the article that putting the clothing on made it more suggestive.

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