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Fundraising Auction: Handmade Beer and/or Dildo Cozy

Fundraising Auction: Handmade Beer and/or Dildo Cozy

Cross-posted with Skepchick Events. The SkepchickCon fundraising auctions are back this week with another one-of-a-kind handmade item, a bottle (or large dildo) cozy that Jodi Thibeault crocheted during the Godless Fiends Fabric Arts Hour, part of Freethought Blogs Conscience 2, the online freethought con. You can see the video here, where Jodi not only creates this BEFORE OUR VERY EYES but also d... »

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GoDaddy Released My Personal Information to a Spammer Troll

Yesterday, I learned that GoDaddy released personally identifiable information about me to a spammer troll. You see, it all started way back in August of 2011 2012 (edit: I was mistaken on the date of the original incident) when I got a dodgy-looking email from someone I didn’t recognize that said only “Transcendental Argument for the existence of God (17:36)” and a link to a website that I did no... »

4 Myths about Taxes

4 Myths about Taxes

If you’re living and working in the U.S. then you know today is that most infamous of “holidays,” Tax Day. You are either rushing to finish your taxes and get it to the post office before they close or are smugly sitting back and relaxing because you finished your taxes ahead of time to avoid the last-minute rush. As one of the latter who already received and spent most of my refund weeks ago on n... »

Help Without Heaven

Help Without Heaven

As part of my ongoing Do Better Challenge, I am seeking out people who are doing volunteer work and good deeds to help out in the various secular communities. We see a lot of negativity in the world and because of that, every now and then, I like to try to focus your attention on some of the good people out there doing great things. Miri Mogilevsky and Courtney Caldwell are two very inspirational ... »

Bias in Science: Further Thoughts from Skeptech

Bias in Science: Further Thoughts from Skeptech

This weekend at Skeptech there were many great talks, but one in particular stood out to me as something that could use a bit of fleshing out.”The Other Scientific Method” looked at ways that bias can influence science. The panel itself focused on things like discrimination in science and the personal experiences of those on the panel. These are incredibly important topics, but it miss... »

Captain Janeway, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Us?

I believe that our resident astronomer Nicole will soon be posting about the new geocentric documentary, “The Principle,” but in the meanwhile, here’s a bit of a rant about that, plus our expectations of actors and how Kate Mulgrew is anti-abortion and that makes me even sadder. Close-enough transcript follows! PS: If you like these videos, why not become a Patreon supporter mayb... »

Bad Chart Thursday: Bra Cancer

Bad Chart Thursday: Bra Cancer

Hey, ladies. Maybe you’ve heard that “scientists” want you to stop wearing a bra. And by “scientists,” I mean this guy. Apparently, wearing a bra gives you breast cancer, according to breaking news from an intrepid reporter. And by breaking news, I mean studies that don’t actually show this, some that are 20 years old, and by intrepid reporter, I mean ^ that guy. It all started with a 1991 study, ... »

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Hey Man, You Have IQ All Over Your Face

A study released this month by Czech researchers proves that you can tell the intelligence of a man just by looking at him, but women are a closed book. This probably happens because of all the man hormones telling the ladies what good baby-makers they would be. Or something. At least that is what all the articles written about the study seem to suggest. The truth is a bit more complicated. The re... »

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