Even without the toxic bro-dom, how can we speak of an ‘atheist community’ if it would have to include red-diaper Stalinists and Randroids under the same tent?
Not believing in any deities doesn’t even preclude devotion to other superstitions, e.g. all the idiotic evo-psych MRA/PUA horseshit.
Did routine male circumcision ever catch on in Iceland? The US situation had nothing to do with Judaism or Islam, rather with frantic anti-masturbation crusades by John Harvey Kellog etc.
Jewish circumcision is outside medical control, and is demanded in the first few days or weeks of a boy’s life. I believe there are active Jewish anti-circ…[Read more]
John the Drunkard commented on the post, This Congressman is Too Grossed Out About Women to Do His Job, on the site Skepchick 1 month ago
But…if we make the world better, jeebus won’t come!
Its tribulation, one damn’ kotex at a time.
That ‘object’ sample is the worm in the apple of ‘consent’ language. Safety from coercion is barely a minimum on the way to autonomy, active self-interest, and the framing and owning of personal desire and intention.
The Right, if it even thinks about consent, will frame it as transactional, or severely compromised by coercion and peer-pressure.
Well…Anti-vaxxers, rather than being Marin-county sandal-wearers, turn out to be: misinformed, credulous, lacking in critical thinking skills, at least on the fringe of conspiracy-mindedness.
In other words they arrive at their position just about the way most Americans derive all their political/moral/scientific positions. All floating about…[Read more]
John the Drunkard commented on the post, Anti-Vaccine Activist Cancels Tour Over Bomb Threat (So She Says), on the site Skepchick 3 years, 1 month ago
Never underestimate the capacity to rationalize away negative evidence. Anti-vaxx nuts already claim that ‘polio’ isn’t really the same illness. According to Peter Bowditch, in Australia, ALL of Tenpenny’s venues cancelled her appearances when they learned of her reputation.
And Bowditch fails to grasp that, in the US, Osteopaths are recognized…[Read more]
John the Drunkard commented on the post, Quickies: Spiderman, scientific literacy, sorority sisters, and Binding of Isaac, on the site Skepchick 3 years, 1 month ago
Given the threat, the Fraternities should be shut down on Saturday. Apparently NON-sorority members are fair game?
Of course, the number of Americans who think ‘Muslim’ is a race is significant. Along the the flat-earthers and climate change deniers.
Still, wow! No Asians, including South Asians, no non-Hispanic Native Americans….? Who took the survey? Who were the people questioned? Hobby Lobby shoppers?
John the Drunkard commented on the post, Quickies: Sexism makes women sick, Kamala Khan, and outing adulterous “family values” lawmakers, on the site Skepchick 3 years, 1 month ago
And what was ‘Islamophobic’ about these ads? Apparently the accusation of Islamophobia removes all responsibility for argument. I am not, in theory, opposed to ‘wheatpaste’ attacks on public advertising. But there has to be a real reason, not the usual ‘taking offence.’ As the Marvel character is unveiled, the paste-overs might be censored in…[Read more]
Dieudonné is a racist, anti-semitic asshole, who deserves nothing but contempt and scorn. Seems he is vastly popular with neo-nazis and islamist thugs. Whether he is worthy of arrest is another matter.
Fred Phelps and David Duke never faced arrest for their toxic spewings either. France and Germany do have speech laws, many around Shoa-denial,…[Read more]
John the Drunkard commented on the post, Global Quickies: Lost Fairytales, Heroe Doctor, and Egypt Doesn’t Like the Exodus Movie, on the site Skepchick 3 years, 2 months ago
Hmm. The actual, ya-know, BOOK of Exodus doesn’t mention the pyramids at all. A reason that some cast doubt on the whole story, though the ‘land of Goshen’ was where the short-lived Hyksos dynasty was located.
AND. The bible suggests that three days of high winds ‘parted’ the body of water. No earthquake.
John the Drunkard commented on the post, Quickies: Gender matters in computer science, “meninists,” and a product review of the knapsack of white privilege, on the site Skepchick 3 years, 2 months ago
Gee. Are those Larxist-Meninists?
John the Drunkard commented on the post, Skepchick Sundaylies! Gift Guides, Circumcision, and Dealing with Holiday Stress, on the site Skepchick 3 years, 3 months ago
I seriously doubt that anyone would spend a moment considering circumcision as a disease prevention strategy except as a means of continuing an existing tradition. Think how we could make breast cancer a thing of the past by routinely performing mastectomies on pre-adolescent girls?
Pro-circ arguments are always justifications for not stopping…[Read more]
Climate change and addiction/alcoholism seem like stock denials for the ‘libertarian’ crowd. I have no idea whether Randi himself has any particular enthusiasm for the Randroid subculture, but many of his close supporters (Penn Jillette etc.) DO.
Randi has made the point that he is a lifelong teetotaler himself.
John the Drunkard commented on the post, Rolling Stone Retracts Sexual Assault Allegations Suddenly Rape No Longer Exists, on the site Skepchick 3 years, 3 months ago
I do not see any logic in demanding that the ‘accused’ (who were not actually accused) be solicited to ‘tell their side.’ The victim’s report is the victim’s report. Maybe the journalist could or should have expanded the investigation. I think so.
But it is absolutely crazy to expect a victim’s report to equal some objective gods-eye view of…[Read more]
John the Drunkard commented on the post, Quickies: Free Speech and Online Death Threats, Peer-Review Scams, and Graphic Novels, on the site Skepchick 3 years, 3 months ago
Free speech? General Napier’s comment to the priests who protested his interference with their ‘strongly held religious belief’ in burning women might make for a model reply. To them he wrote:
‘Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and…[Read more]
John the Drunkard commented on the post, Quickies: Girls and science, the right to restrooms, and no one wants Julien Blanc in their country, on the site Skepchick 3 years, 3 months ago
Um… the Lakota reached their political-economic-cultural peak on the backs of their neighbors. Ask the Blackfoot, Arapaho, Cheyenne etc. about how peaceful the mythical ‘Native American’ culture was. And ‘systematic genocide’ is a mythical notion. The vast catastrophe for New World peoples started, and almost finished, with medical disasters…[Read more]
John the Drunkard commented on the post, Quickies: How Space Affects Men and Women Differently, Exploring Privilege in a Play, and Stop Saying “Drink the Kool-Aid”, on the site Skepchick 3 years, 4 months ago
If anything, Scheeres’ comments should reinforce the significance of the expression ‘drink the kool-aid.’ Abandoning one’s personal judgment and moral integrity to a charismatic Leader is a kind of suicide. Even though many of the Jonestown victims only drank the potion upon coercion or by force, they had put themselves into the hands of a maniac…[Read more]
Just who is it that needs to remember that this was started by ‘just a shirt?’
Of course a creepy, kitschy, garish, shirt deserves some comment. Especially as it’s ‘content’ evokes geek-fantasy iconography while the anti-Sarkeesian jihad is raging. It is the subsequent flood of hatred and rabid fury from the gaters and MRAs that makes the…[Read more]
John the Drunkard commented on the post, Skepchick Sundaylies! Just the Facts, Psychoneuroimmunology, MOOCs, and Kim Kardashian , on the site Skepchick 3 years, 4 months ago
‘Confidence’ is not a virtue all by itself. Whether Kim Kardashian is a mother, or poses for images with racist antecedents, or has a nice ass, doesn’t mean that there is any reason I should EVER have heard of her.
Women who write, and teach, and speak out against violence and misogyny. These women, I hope, have ‘confidence.’ Confidence about…[Read more]
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