• Politics

    This is What Threats to Free Speech Actually Look Like

    Twitter’s recent permanent ban of professional troll Milo Yiannopoulos and his followers’ indignant cries of censorship are the most recent (and highest-profile) example of a phenomenon that has existed for years across countless blogs and internet communities. The pervasive–but entirely entirely incorrect–notion that anyone can say whatever vile garbage they want on any platform they choose without suffering any consequences is so common on…

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  • Meta Stuff

    ICYMI: October 27 – November 2 on the Skepchick Network

    Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 71: A Weighty Situation Mindy discusses the relationship between and weight. Speak Your Mind: Autumn Colors Fall is the best season. What is your favorite part? Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Absolute Time’s an Atrocity Edition Jam to Postmodern Jukebox’s song about time dilation. Mad Art Lab Gorilla A Bruno Mars song makes Ryan laugh…

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  • Featured

    Anti-Vax Hacks Abuse Fed Facts

    Two weeks ago over at Mary’s Skepchick Quickies post, one particular comment caught my eye. Pcisek wrote the following: This has nothing to do with today’s news stories, but I know of no other forum where I can ask this question. My girlfriend has been hearing the claim that “44 women have died from the HPV vaccine”, and is looking for…

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    Poverty & Disability: A Most Dangerous Combination

    Poverty plus disability equals death sentence. They’re like bleach and ammonia: if the twain do meet and there are no windows for you to open, you’re history. This is about someone who found a window or two but could have just as easily asphyxiated. He was born into the middle class but a custody battle (and, later, his mother’s drug problems)…

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  • Activism

    How CFI’s Office of Public Policy is Kicking Ass and Coming for You Next.

    I recently had a chance to sit down and ask Michael De Dora some questions about the work he does with CFI. You might remember Michael from my series on Speaking out Against Hate Directed at Women. Michael is the Director of Public Policy and the UN Representative for the Center for Inquiry. Many people in the secular community seem…

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  • Christians Hate New Hate Crime Bill

    In April of this year, the House of Representatives voted on and passed a legislation in the interest of banning hate crimes against homosexuals. The Senate is up next for a similar bill, and Christians are freaking the eff out. Who can blame them? Groups like Westboro Baptist Church base their whole schtick on the fact that homosexuality is so…

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