Recent Posts - page 100

  • Creeping secularisation

    a sign post indicating a crossroads - the top sign says RELIGION, the lower sign says POLITICS

    All over the news in Australia today: the Girl Guides of Australia have removed references to God and the Queen from their pledge.

    Somewhat in the news in the USA last week: a new activist network for Secular Women was announced.

  • What the hell, Sweden?

    Black font on white background - a ligature for the three letters W T F

    Transphobic court tosses out rape charge because defendant’s intent ‘was to rape a woman’

  • I missed this back in 1995: quick facts about that McDonalds Coffee lawsuit

    A coffee cup, almost empty, sits on a saucer with a spoon. It's resting on the slats of a wooden table. Image by doug88888 on flickr; used with a Creative Commons license.

    It would be nice to think that there weren’t still ignorant twerps repeating the idea that the lawsuit was unfounded/frivolous/a grave miscarriage against a poor defenceless megacorporation/harrumph/wharrgarbl, but sadly there still are.

  • Dear media, about scientists not knowing what the Higgs-Boson discovery will lead to next

    A variation on the Hyperbole and a Half *CLEAN ALL THE THINGS* panel - this one says *KNOW ALL THE SCIENCE*

    This is a not a bug, this is a feature.

  • July 4th

    In the foreground we see the silhouettes of seated people, watching the fireworks show in the distance

    Happy day off to our USA friends, hope that it wasn’t too hot where you are, and that you did something fun.

  • Ad Nauseam: Huggies

    (Reposted from the Balcony)     Ad transcript: (All scenes split screen) A boy toddler, dressed in bright blue, plays with a red truck. A girl, dressed in pale pink, plays with a baby doll. Boy, dressed in blue and… Read More ›

  • On not buying into the LULZer playbook at FtB (or anywhere) #WeLoveFTB

    a silver monkey bares its fangs aggressively

    In a truly rational world, it might be possible to substantively and productively explore the pros and cons of competing positions in good faith and reach a nuanced understanding and a mutually satisfying path forward. Unfortunately the “don’t give disproportionate emphasis to sexism” side has basically been hijacked by a bunch of bad faith contrarians…

  • Otterday! And Open Thread.

    Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

  • Media Circus: asylum seeker impasse

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    Everything about the way that our pundits are demonising boat-arriving asylum seekers while pumping out crocodile tears over drowned families is disingenuous,the way that most of our politicians are pandering to them is despicable, and the debate this week is framed around not even asking the right questions. Please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis elsewhere, on any current sociopolitical issue.

  • F F F F*

    elephant

    Oh FFS.