• Religion

    Dawkins Has It Pretty Good, Honey: An [Ex-]Muslima’s Perspective

    The first in my family to fly after September 11th, 2001 was my wheelchair-bound, arthritic grandmother. An international traveler of many years, she had carried the same pair of small, sturdy nail clippers in her purse for nearly two decades. They were duly confiscated. We laughed it off nervously. What else could we do? We didn’t laugh when we heard about…

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  • Quickies

    Skepchick Quickies 7.23

    Today in history: “On July 23, 1904, according to some accounts, Charles E. Menches conceived the idea of filling a pastry cone with two scoops of ice-cream and thereby invented the ice-cream cone.” But he was only one of a few other vendors at the St. Louis World’s Fair to claim the invention. Enjoy an ice cream cone today in…

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  • Risk, Radiation, and Airports

    With all of the news from Japan, and some additional information that’s been published, I thought it might be a nice time to revisit something I wrote last year about the “naked scanners” in use at airports. Most of what I feared in that post has come to pass. Many different accounts are available of disabled individuals humiliated, and rape…

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  • Touched by a Stranger

    So, I’m going to be flying several times over the next couple of months. And, as I’m sure you’ve heard, the TSA has now implemented a variety of different new screening techniques. From that article: “If a full-body scanning machine shows something strange or a passenger declines to go through the machine… an officer will perform a more personal search. …

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