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Skepchick Quickies 12.18

Amanda

Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. @Shevek:

    And let me add: I own a copy of that book – I don’t like it on the basis that it’s propaganda painting religious people with a very broad brush. I don’t like this kind of indoctrination when it comes from the religious and I don’t think an atheist twist makes it much better.

  2. Yep, I fear I may have a wee bit of a man crush on Steve. His posts here are hilarious and/or thought provoking, and his tree lobsters comic is awesomely clever. (I even have a TL pin signed by him from DragonCon.)

    Happy anniversary Tree Lobsters!

  3. @Shevek: agreed, though I haven’t read the book myself but I got that feeling from the story.

    “All three religions are treated equally in the book,” he said. “No one is negatively singled out.”

    All three are singled out, equally.

  4. Last time i saw mongooses they were involved in a rather involved courtship involving a large mongoose erection, a lot of mongoose screaming, and even more horrified parents when they were asked what “those two furry things are doing, mommy?” As a direct result, “This baby mongoose is definitely up to something” made me think “That’s a little uncalled for!” before i realised that was the fault of my dirty mind and you guys had no way to make that connection. But really, you haven’t lived till you’ve seen a male mongoose trying to bone a female one.

  5. @Briarking: Damn, I didn’t get my pin signed! I didn’t even know it was physically possible to sign them…

    Happy Anniversary, Steve!

    On the holiday story… so Solstice, Newtonmas, and Festivus are out with Kwanzaa? I don’t have a problem w/ state employees celebrating their religious holidays at the office (we’re talking lil tree on the desk here, right?), but non-religious ones should be cool, too.

  6. I haven’t seen the book but to argue against the existence of anything by showing three crazy adherents isn’t much of a rationale.

    Better to have each pitch their religion in a calm manner, have one of the animals ask questions about proof, and leave them be befuddled.

    That could be a good book, hmmm.

  7. I’ll add my congrats to Steve even though most of the time a genetic defect makes the comics look like talking blobs. Perhaps one day science will find a cure for the curse of red/green color blindness. Then again someday a monkey may fly out of my ass.

  8. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, STEVE!

    Congratulations on being more tenacious than 90% of the webcomics ever started! I’ll be sure to announce your milestone on the Beacon this Sunday. *glee*

    As for the “hidden sensory apparatus” story – is there some kind of law that states all hype infused science articles have to mention either Autism or Fibromyalgia? As a woman with both Fibromyalgia and an Autistic son, I’d like to know who I need to shoot to have the freakin’ law revoked.

  9. @weofui: You are so right about the fibro comment. I’m not tuned in to autism, but as someone with CFS I definitely notice that it and fibromyalgia come up incredibly often as “illnesses we know the general public doesn’t understand so we might as well use them as examples.”

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