Recent Posts - page 100

  • Well done rationalia forum, you’re my final Skeptic straw

    A page on this blog is now titled “Critical Thinking” instead of its previous title “Skepticism”, because that name has become tarnished by the long-lasting and widespread ‘Skepchicks should STFU’ campaign being waged by so-called “skeptics” and “rationalists” who reject the utility of applying critical thinking to social structures, at least if that critical thinking is being done by feminists.

  • TV Thread: so what are you watching?

    The shows we love, the shows we love to hate, the shows we want to love but just don’t do it for us, guilty pleasures and comfort viewing: what floats your televisual boat and why?

  • Verify, check and challenge. Or perish.

    Mr Denmore gives examples of how the writers who are supposedly paid for their knowledgeable insight are shown over and over again to have feet of clay and invisible robes whenever someone cares to look at their published works with a mildly jaundiced eye:

  • Why I Would Rather Let My Son Watch X-Men than Bob the Builder

    Drawing of a young brunette woman in X-Men uniform, with a dragon on her shoulder.

    With my child reaching the advanced age of four and a half I am having a harder time keeping him on the television designed for very little people, and he is starting to ask for the stuff with superheroes in… Read More ›

  • Paying the price for popularity and success?

    A yellow handled sledgehammer with BANHAMMER written on the handle, in front of a grey cloud. Caption reads TODAY'S FORECAST: CLOUDY, WITH A CHANCE OF BANHAMMER

    How the cost of effective comments moderation led a mainstream publisher to hamstring one of their most effective click-generators: without the usual hundreds of comments piling up at a rate of knots, how many people will keep on clicking through repeatedly to Bolt’s posts?

  • Unleashed Guns: One More Massacre

    Those who fight for the right of [anyone] to have as many people-killing weapons as they want share moral responsibility for what happened last night—as they will when it happens again. And it will happen again.

  • 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?

  • Friday Hoydens: Women of Firefly

    We see the face, long hair, skirt and bare feet of a girl as she bends down to look at a stick.

    Zoe, Kaylee, River and Inara. The four graces. Different talents, different struggles, different features, different life experiences. Same life-affirming energy. I wish we could have heard more of their stories, and maybe one day I will get around to reading… Read More ›

  • Media Circus: sigh/meh/whatever

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    Forgive me readers, it has been a while since my last media spin tactics thread. As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis elsewhere, on any current sociopolitical issue.

  • Deleting blog comments: exercise of Property Rights vs Free Speech

    m0tt0 for Teresa Nielsen Hayden's moderation principles

    This accusation of suppressing speech online keeps on coming up (it’s a fundamental plank in the ongoing FTBullies smear campaign): the allegedly terrible awful no-good horrible “crime” of deleting comments on a blog. To which I say bah humbug pish tosh harrumph and quote a 2010 comment here: you have a right to access the Internet, not to access my audience via my resources.