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The Red-Pill Right Swaps Chivalry for Misogyny – via TDB

“An investigation by The Daily Beast about the New Hampshire state representative who was secretly behind The Red Pill (“the web’s most popular online destination for pickup artistry and men’s … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · 62 Comments

The Secret Life of the Mind: How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides by Dr. Mariano Sigman

“Where do our thoughts come from? How do we make choices and trust our judgments? What is the role of the unconscious? Can we manipulate our dreams? In this mind-bending … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · 27 Comments

The Butchering of the Age of Reason – via TDB

“Our country is in a crisis that threatens to set us back 400 years. I know this sounds dramatic, and I am not talking about politics, I’m talking about reversing … Continue reading

March 4, 2017 · 49 Comments

Reflections on White Masculinity via The Guardian + Society’s failure to discuss ideas.

[The book is] “slated for 2018 . It’s based on interviews with four different groups around the world. One of them is an organization in Sweden which helps young neo-Nazis … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · 19 Comments

The Anatomy of Populist Economics by Brigitte Granville – Project Syndicate

A bit of a long read, but well worth it. Professor Brigitte Granville’s article is outstanding. PARIS – For at least the past year, populism has been wreaking havoc on … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 17 Comments

Yiannopoulos’ enablers deserve contempt – and must be confronted | Owen Jones 

by Owen Jones “They were fine with his bigotry, his in-your-face, two-fingers-up transphobia, Islamophobia and misogyny. It took his defence of relationships between “older men” and “younger boys” for their queasiness … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · 33 Comments

Him, Daniel Blake

We watched Ken Loach’s film last night. Beautifully done but excruciatingly sad. I spent the rest of the evening feeling generally guilty- and selfish, and clueless, and uncaring. It’s something … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 6 Comments

The Last Straw Fallacy: Another Causal Fallacy and Its Harmful Effects

by Carolyn Cusick & Mark Peter November 2015 Argumentation; Nov. 2015, Vol. 29 Issue 4, p. 457 “We have noticed a pattern of arguments that exhibit a type of irrationality … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 · 30 Comments

The David Irving Method & Wanker Theory

One of the less talked about films of last year was Denial. Not as cheerful as La La Land or dramatic as Fences, it tells the story of the libel … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 35 Comments

From Simulation Confusion by K. Sanes

“… more often, we are being deliberately tricked, by people who have something to gain by manipulating us with misleading appearances. Indeed, much of America’s economy is based on providing … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · 25 Comments

In case you missed it: Matt Frei

“Meet The Trumps: From Immigrant To President Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States and commander in chief of America’s armed forces, the most powerful position in … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · 11 Comments

Let’s just say they wish today was over: Penelope Fillon & Marine Le Pen

Marine Le Pen: élue au Parlement européen, et est accusée d’avoir rémunéré avec des fonds européens comme assistante parlementaire Catherine Griset, alors que celle-ci travaillait essentiellement pour le FN. Cette dernière … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 13 Comments

Skittles, Terrorism & the Hippopotamus Factor

These excellent graphs are by the wonderful people at Datagraver. For more interesting graphs, numbers and information on terrorism, Oxford University’s OWID is fantastic. I thought it would be interesting for … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 35 Comments

A Series of Even More Unfortunate Events: The Appalling Airport

No sooner had the Baudelaire orphans handed their passports to the immigration officer than they looked up and realized it was actually Count Olaf in disguise! In a very, very bad disguise. … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 21 Comments

Sean Spicer: Trump considering 20% tax on Mexican imports – Business Insider

“Sean Spicer, White House press secretary for President Donald Trump, told reporters on Thursday that the administration is pushing for a 20% border tax on Mexican imports. “When you look at … Continue reading

January 26, 2017 · 48 Comments

Is rape imaginary?

…“The dissociation of labor and disintegration of society, which liberty and free competition occasion, is especially injurious to the poorer class; for besides the labor necessary to support the family, … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 40 Comments

The Magic(al thinking) Word of 2016/2017: Deal

Bold, ambitious, Global Britain- those were some of the terms Theresa May repeated ad nauseum in today’s speech on Brexit. The most used word, however, was deal. That is undoubtedly … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 50 Comments

The Mother of All Muckrakers

“… Tarbell was the nemesis of John D. Rockefeller, the creator of Standard Oil, precursor of ExxonMobil. But she was a lot more than that — as a journalist she … Continue reading

January 14, 2017 · 37 Comments

The adventures of President Shyster & his Shysterettes

By now you’ve probably seen President Shyster posing next to a table covered in files: The setup was extraordinary. Basically he said, Dear Public, these are papers. Papers mean I … Continue reading

January 12, 2017 · 90 Comments

Wishful thinking: from Proxylane to Dedifferentiated Rose Cells

I can’t tell you how annoying I find advertisements for cosmetics. What’s most irritating is that they work. The world’s wealthiest woman is, after all, Liliane Bettencourt the owner of L’Oreal. What … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 23 Comments

Darwin, Bonaparte & the Samaritan (starting the year on a good note!)

That’s the title of Michel Serre’s new book. Unfortunately I think it’s not yet available in English (but it is in French & Spanish.) He’s one of the great minds … Continue reading

January 2, 2017 · 12 Comments

Democrats, demagogues and despots via the FT

“The more powerful the passions and the more uncontained the ambitions, the more likely the democratic system will collapse into despotism. Demagogues are the Achilles heel of democracy. There is … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · 20 Comments

Ich bin ein Berliner

Right now we don’t know what the reasons were- and frankly I imagine the motivation doesn’t play much of a role in the feeling of loss of those who have lost … Continue reading

December 19, 2016 · 10 Comments

Welcome to the age of anger

The seismic events of 2016 have revealed a world in chaos – and one that old ideas of liberal rationalism can no longer explain by Pankaj Mishra “Writing in the … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · 22 Comments

What Gamergate should have taught us about the ‘alt-right’ + Let’s talk about language.

“It’s understandable that the world didn’t much care about Gamergate. The 2014 hashtag campaign, ostensibly founded to protest about perceived ethical failures in games journalism, clearly thrived on hate – … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · 80 Comments

Viviane Amsalem & Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

Last night we watched Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. Everything about it is superb. Watch the trailer because it gives a very good idea of how the film plays … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Religious radicalisation before there was ISIS: Reports of the West’s Enlightenment have been greatly exaggerated.

Catholic seminarians in late 1930’s Pamplona taking up arms for what the church itself called a Crusade. The crusade involved overthrowing the democratically elected 2nd Republic. Catholicism became omnipresent in … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · 64 Comments

Already Happening: The Normalization of Trumpism – via TDB

“… Only the characteristic bluntness of a child, who proclaimed the emperor’s nudity as he paraded through the streets humiliating himself and his kingdom, threatened to break the spell. But … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 35 Comments

White nationalists? Alt-right? If you see a Nazi, say Nazi | Lindy West | The Guardian

“What does it take to call a Nazi a Nazi? In the interminable fortnight since the election of Donald Trump, the US press has been floundering in a gyre of … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 101 Comments

What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class via The Harvard Business Review

“My father-in-law grew up eating blood soup. He hated it, whether because of the taste or the humiliation, I never knew. His alcoholic father regularly drank up the family wage, … Continue reading

November 17, 2016 · 35 Comments

The Economist’s Ode to Canada

“In this depressing company of wall-builders, door-slammers and drawbridge-raisers, Canada stands out as a heartening exception. It happily admits more than 300,000 immigrants a year, nearly 1% of its population—a … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · 91 Comments

History – Attention Must Be Paid | Envisioning The American Dream

“In my constant field of vision, are a series of framed vintage Vanity Fair magazine covers from 1933 that powerfully illustrate that most tumultuous year, a year that would have … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 18 Comments

Lord Haw-Haw: How a Little Liar Sold the Biggest One – The Daily Beast

“While studying at the University of London in the early 1920s, Joyce became virulently anti-Semitic. Some say that when a leftist slashed his face from the edge of his lip … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · 14 Comments

My Very Own Question Time: On shame, guilt & victimhood

This has been on my mind for a while: How do the anthropological notions of Shame Society and Guilt Society – and the newer term (for a very old behaviour) Victimhood … Continue reading

November 11, 2016 · 80 Comments

Must Read: Resisting Resentment Politics Down Under, Paul Tyson

How owning our Resentment can save Australian Politics In this piece, Paul Tyson, honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, outlines his take on the rise of right wing … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · 5 Comments

After the election we will not mourn. We will organize | Gloria Steinem | Opinion | The Guardian

“In my country, the white-lash and the man-lash have just created President Donald Trump, an unqualified candidate who came up not through politics, but through inheriting money, a gift for … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · 47 Comments

Absolutely Fascinating

I was awake late last night and then early this morning. I think like most, I expected Clinton to win. WOW! What a shock. I’ll probably surprise you by not … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · 210 Comments

The Curious Cases of Nawaz & Ali

In case you haven’t yet heard, The SPLC has published a list of what they call Islamophobes. I prefer the traditional term, which is simply racist. Or in this precise … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · 36 Comments

How do we combat flawed thinking?

SANE ASYLUM The Swiss Know How to Beat Wingnuts Flavia Kleiner and Operation Libero handed the anti-immigrant right a major defeat last spring. Now they’re building their ‘rebellion of the … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · 21 Comments

First there was the vote. What now? The future of Brexit.

“The widespread assumption that Britain would remain in the EU gave way, after the June referendum, to the antithesis: the prospect of “hard” Brexit. Now, courtesy of Japanese carmaker Nissan, … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · 12 Comments

What Do Trump and Marx Have in Common? – The New York Times

HAMBURG, Germany — “We have a word in German, “Wutbürger,” which means “angry citizen” — though like many German compound words, its meaning can never quite be captured in a … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · 61 Comments

The brain adapts to dishonesty : Nature Neuroscience : Nature Research

“Dishonesty is an integral part of our social world, influencing domains ranging from finance and politics to personal relationships. Anecdotally, digressions from a moral code are often described as a … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 28 Comments

Patriarchy, feminism & other things

What do you think gay boys fear being called the most when we’re young? It’s not a short list, is it? I bet you came up with at least three … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · 43 Comments

Welcome to the ‘White Identity Retreat’: The Rise in Student Segregation – The Daily Beast

“A 2004 study that examined “ethnic enclaves” within college universities, surveying incoming freshmen at the University of California, Los Angeles the week before classes began and those same students each … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · 83 Comments

Thoughts on The Best News You Don’t Know

Source: The Best News You Don’t Know, Kristof for the NYT, 22/09/16 “As world leaders gather for the United Nations General Assembly this week, all the evidence suggests that we … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · 26 Comments

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended for Rest of His Term Over Defiance on Gay Marriage – WSJ

“A disciplinary court suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for the remainder of his term Friday for violating judicial ethics in his defiance of federal court rulings on same-sex marriage. The decision … Continue reading

October 1, 2016 · 12 Comments

Jesus, the brownish dwarf

Very amusing article by Candida Moss: “Historically speaking, it is likely that the average first-century male from Roman Palestine would have had dark hair, brown eyes, and dark skin tone. … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · 81 Comments

Mike Pence Opposes Word ‘Vice’ On Religious Grounds, Doesn’t Want To Be Called Vice Presidential Candidate | Huffington Post

“… Pence’s comment about Duke came in response to a question after Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for president, referred to Trump supporters, including Duke, as a “ basket of … Continue reading

September 17, 2016 · 36 Comments

Hard Brexit via Clare

“The Single Market is not a matter of common tariffs but common law. It is our agreement to common standards of product safety, for the good of consumers, as well … Continue reading

September 16, 2016 · 36 Comments

How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet | TIME

Fantastic article at Time: “But trolling has become the main tool of the alt-right, an Internet-grown reactionary movement that works for men’s rights and against immigration and may have used … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · 42 Comments

Christopher Biggins and the fall of civilisation

“Suppose you’d invited me round to dinner to celebrate my engagement to your daughter, which do you think would be more offensive? If a) I got violently drunk, threatened all … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · 5 Comments

Fascinating concept: Trepalium

I’m usually not inclined to science fiction- but having read the description I couldn’t just walk away: “In a world where jobs are scarce, in a city where only 20% … Continue reading

August 19, 2016 · 12 Comments

The problem with narratives.

In the context of the recent troubles of race/religion/violence a couple of analysts doing the rounds on 24 hour news channels are going with the story that France stands apart … Continue reading

August 2, 2016 · 25 Comments

Almost 10 thousand euros per month?

Yep. It’s apparently true. President Hollande keeps a hairdresser on staff at the Élysée Palace at a cost to the taxpayer of €9,895 per month. This has been the case … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · 27 Comments

Death of a Matador – and religion

Extraordinary picture, isn’t it? For the first time in decades a Matador in Spain was killed while “performing”. The bull gored him through the heart. His name was Victor Barrio. Spain … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · 101 Comments

Trump Delegate Looks Forward To Finding A ‘Real Man’ At GOP Convention | The Cretonia Times-Picayune

“BATON ROUGE – (CT&P) – Tanya “Hep C” McGhee, a Trump delegate from Syphilis Springs, Louisiana told CNN last week that she hopes to “land a real man” when she … Continue reading

July 8, 2016 · 8 Comments

The Guardian view on the Chilcot report: a country ruined, trust shattered, a reputation trashed | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

As always in matters of military aggression, the humane perspective has to start with the victims. Since the US-led, UK-backed invasion of Iraq in 2003, estimates of the lives lost … Continue reading

July 7, 2016 · 11 Comments

Officer, I was walking down the street when a gang of Micro-Aggressions attacked me!

Yes, my friends, this is what we’re up against: the infantilization of society. A game of semantics so ridiculous that people making an effort not to be racist are deemed racist. … Continue reading

July 2, 2016 · 34 Comments

Theresa May Emerges as a Contender to Lead Tories – WSJ

LONDON— Theresa May, one of the U.K.’s longest-serving home secretaries, has emerged as a favorite to become the next prime minister. Source: Theresa May Emerges as a Contender for U.K. … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 14 Comments

A Lesson From ‘Brexit’: On Immigration, Feelings Trump Facts – The New York Times

“Many citizens, particularly those who have suffered under the economic pressures of globalization, express their anxiety over these changes by focusing on another form of change: foreigners in their midst. … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 11 Comments

Boris Johnson: markets and the pound are ‘stable’—- Seriously???

“Are they? Boris Johnson, seen as one of the main contenders to replace David Cameron as UK prime minister, has suggested the worst of the markets turmoil is behind Britain, … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 17 Comments

Brexit: The carnage has begun

The FTSE saw losses yesterday worth a few hundred billion. Australia followed suit with losses of 50 billion in shares (AUD). The GBP is at a 40 year low. Moody’s has … Continue reading

June 25, 2016 · 41 Comments

The mood is ugly, and an MP is dead | Polly Toynbee | The Guardian

“There are many decent people involved in the campaign to secure Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, many who respect the referendum as the exercise in democracy that it is. But … Continue reading

June 17, 2016 · 27 Comments

Outstanding documentary – The Dishonesty Project (The Matrix Experiment)

(Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies: Feature Film It’s human nature to lie; we all do it! From scandalous headlines to little white lies, (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · 15 Comments

The Josiah Effect: How Moderate Religion Fuels Fundamentalism | Quillette

“In both Islam and Christianity, it is easy to dismiss fundamentalist doctrines as perversions of scripture. But the fundamentalists have a ready defense against this charge. When Curtis suggested that … Continue reading

June 15, 2016 · 14 Comments

Is it really Christians who are under attack? The story of a prolonged aggression.

This isn’t a post I expect anyone to read from beginning to end. It’s more than anything else, an exercise, an illustration. In 2005 the SPLC published a timeline of … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · 52 Comments

Free Speech vs Hate Speech Part II

Yesterday someone re-blogged the previous post on free speech vs. hate speech with a critique. The critique itself wasn’t unreasonable, although the author basically relied on the slippery slope fallacy. His … Continue reading

June 7, 2016 · 20 Comments

Hate Speech vs. Free Speech

After a discussion this week with an American blogger regarding free speech, I decided to do a little research. Apparently the US is the only developed nation which does not … Continue reading

June 5, 2016 · 89 Comments

Post-truth politics: Michael Gove says it’s time to tell Europe’s elites ‘you’re fired’?!?

Listening to Boris Johnson and Michael Gove in the past two weeks one would be obliged to think they’d left the Tories to start a Neo-Bolshevik British revolution. They do … Continue reading

June 4, 2016 · 4 Comments

Otherization Part II: of religion, race and sexual orientation

Otherization is not done casually or accidentally. It exists in one context and one context alone. It’s designed to afford one’s self privileges that were not earned. It’s an attack … Continue reading

June 2, 2016 · 20 Comments

From Cardinal Cañizares to Donald Trump to Brexit: The Objective of Othering.

“Social identities are relational; groups typically define themselves in relation to others. This is because identity has little meaning without the “other”. So, by defining itself a group defines others. … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · 23 Comments

Man in dress and funny hat says gender equality is biggest threat to civilization in all human history.

Mithra help us all! Cardinal Cañizares of Valencia, sporting his white muumuu and a hat which doubles as a lightning rod, has been bestowing his senility on anyone willing to listen. His current bugbears are … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · 114 Comments

Almost as difficult to get rid of as the super-gonorrhea her husband got at ex-gay camp!

The title is a joke, obviously; I say this for legal reasons 🙂 She’s baa-aack. Yesterday I was given the news that Katy Faust of Grace Church Seattle was back … Continue reading

May 27, 2016 · 38 Comments

The internet was the great equalizer- until it wasn’t.

Have you noticed the change? It’s happened on Google, Ebay, Amazon and basically everywhere you turn on the internet. When you type things in- you no longer get the results … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 12 Comments

The Hilarious Story of the Palmarian Church

Origins: “In March 1968, four Spanish schoolgirls (only known as Ana, Josefa, Rafaela and Ana María) stated they saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary by a little tree on … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · 15 Comments

Brexit: The EU’s “red tape”?

A constant refrain of the out campaigners seems to be the EU’s red tape and how Europe interferes with British law. On occasion they go on to say the UK … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · 19 Comments

The imbecility goes on: Pseudo-feminists and a new angle?

First they proposed a solution to a nonexistent problem: let’s stop trans women using women’s bathrooms to stop the attacks that have never happened. Ever. And this week they’re back … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 61 Comments

Roy Moore may be removed from AL Supreme Court!!!

“The Southern Poverty Law Center continues its quest to remove Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore from the bench. Today they moved one step closer. The Alabama Judicial Inquiry … Continue reading

May 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Brainwashing of My Dad + Pick a dictator, any dictator.

Yesterday I watched The Brainwashing Of My Dad. It’s a film about the rise and socio-cultural effects of right-wing media in the United States (Fox, Limbaugh etc.) It’s interesting but comes … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · 14 Comments

Of religion and successful marketing: The doctrine of finding solutions to nonexistent problems

If you follow American politics, by now you’re privy to the case of the many bathroom bills introduced by religious conservatives in various states. The recent, rather unsurprising revelation that all … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · 19 Comments

Exasperating: Hijab Day

“The Hijab Day event was held (last week) in the wake of Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ statement that he wished to ban all forms of religious headscarves at French universities.” … Continue reading

April 26, 2016 · 22 Comments

One True Ideologies: Sectarianism. I think she just said white supremacist.

The way my encounter with the TERF group began was bad enough- but trust me, it’s been all downhill from there. People who don’t embrace their discriminatory ideology aren’t just alleged supporters … Continue reading

March 7, 2016 · 57 Comments

The pseudo-feminists: TERF’s. This is how cults work.

I must admit I hadn’t heard of this movement until very recently- and what an unpleasant surprise it has been. They represent, for all intents and purposes, the opposite of … Continue reading

March 6, 2016 · 35 Comments

A very short lesson in political philosophy: The reality of politics. Cowboys vs. Indians?

Most people think we can describe politics with the linear model above. One side wants one thing, the other wants the opposite. Yes to abortion rights, no to abortion rights. … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · 29 Comments

Coddling Idiots: Safe Spaces, Trigger Warnings & Microagressions

That, my friends, was an actual discussion chez Roughseas. I’ve been hearing murmurs of this new phenomena for a while now, but I’d never seen it in action (courtesy of … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · 100 Comments

Diary of the Oppressive White Male

I read something appalling yesterday. Of course I understand that when people are young, they see the world in the first person. All that exists, only exists in relation to … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · 15 Comments

Umberto Eco on Political Correctness (Translated and Revisited)

Eco died a few days ago. He’s best known as the author of The Name of the Rose, but he was also an exceptional social commentator and philosopher. Among his … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · 21 Comments

The Eight Species of Gaymen. A Non-Scientific Study by The Pink Agendist

In my many years out, I’ve been conducting entirely non-scientific (anti-scientific, even) research to identify and inform society of the many species of gaymen they may come into contact with … Continue reading

February 17, 2016 · 41 Comments

Corruption-fest 2016

The Noos case began today. Despite a plethora of pre-trial motions the charges against Princess Cristina were not dismissed. Also in Spain, the Taula case is taking shape. It involves 30 … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · 10 Comments

February: Skip a single little luxury month

The Max Mello association for animal’s plea got me thinking. Exchange rates, life, well being, Brazil’s £130 per month minimum wage. How a pretty boxed bottle of Cristal champagne is … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · 30 Comments

Anti-lgbt C-Fam’s Tax Return

Amusing reading: C-fam 2013 Tax Return This is how to make homophobia and opposition to women’s rights into a lucrative business: Austin Ruse, who started and heads this anti-gay group, pockets over … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · 21 Comments

French Anti-lgbt Icon Writes Book, Sells 38 Whole Copies!!!

Christine Boutin the crazy Catholic, aka Mrs. Homosexuality is an Abomination, aka George Bush plotted 9/11, aka mastectomy in the case of breast cancer is sex reassignment surgery (yes, she … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 27 Comments

The Blue Jasmine Doctrine

Yesterday El Pais live streamed the pre-trial motions in the Noos case and I watched most of it. I’m not sure why I find it so interesting, I suppose it just represents a … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · 12 Comments

A Tildeb Moment: The dangers of interpretation bias

As I said a few days ago, this blogging thing is fascinating. Yesterday Tildeb was pointing out in one of his comments the dangers of interpretation bias. That is, when an … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 · 32 Comments

This must be their leader! The results of religio-political propaganda: video

So sometimes we’re on wordpress or elsewhere on the internet- we read a post/article (or perhaps a comments section) and we’re flummoxed, right? The disconnect from reality seems too extreme to … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 44 Comments

New York Times Sparks Breitbart Article Scapegoating against LGBT Human Rights Advocacy | Melanie Nathan

NEW YORK TIMES SPARKS BREITBART ARTICLE SCAPEGOATING AGAINST LGBT HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY By Melanie Nathan, December 22, 2015. Who has hurt African LGBT people more?  Is that the question?  Ask yourself … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 · 6 Comments

AMAZING message for everyone #noelsansprejuges

This just came up on television. I’m thoroughly impressed. I could hardly believe it. Vive la France! Even if you don’t understand French, watch it anyway. The message is clear.

December 22, 2015 · 37 Comments

So your qualification to speak on this topic is… sexism?

Goodness gracious; the garbage that’s out there is truly, truly appalling. Just when you think you’ve already seen the worst of it, you hear of something called a Milo Yiannopoulos. A promoter … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · 31 Comments

Ab Fab movie accused of racism

Janette Krankie and Ab Fab movie accused of racism Full text: Ab Fab movie accused of racism And most unfortunate is the accusation comes from comedian Margaret Cho. Ab Fab … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 13 Comments

Lesser Known Bible Passages by Modern Jesus

I have no idea who this guy is, but he’s brilliantly funny. My two favourites of the day: And

December 14, 2015 · 6 Comments

Are the Best Things in Life Free? – The New York Times

Turning Points asked Yao Chen, Karl Lagerfeld, Andreja Pejic, Yanis Varoufakis, Richard Hell and others why people are so rarely satisfied with life’s necessities. Continue reading: Are the Best Things … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · 20 Comments

Déjà Vu, Global Radicalism Edition | Right Wing Watch

Sometimes, covering the Religious Right every day, we feel like we’re hearing the exact same talking points repeated over and over again. And then, sometimes, we actually are hearing the … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 14 Comments

Trying to save her homophobic sinking ship: Katy Faust is at it again

We had a short break from her chronic homophobia, but she’s at it again. After her Australian fiasco, her blog went private, then she simply decided to remove the comments section. … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 21 Comments

#21h20 Paris time turn on your lights and play loud music

“Around the world, French artists and cultural figures are calling for people to mark a week since the start of the attacks with an outpouring of ‘noise and light.’ The … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · 6 Comments

Regarding Paris

  from Charlie Hebdo:

November 17, 2015 · 8 Comments

Study: Religious Kids Are Jerks – The Daily Beast

Study: Religious Kids Are Jerks A study published in the journal Current Biology testing the behavior of Christian, Muslim, and atheist children has found that religious kids are meaner and … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 37 Comments

Schadenfreude-Wagen. The power of the social myth.

I can’t deny it, I’m finding the VW scandal de-licious. It’s a fantastic lesson on the power of mythology and social manipulation. Most countries I’ve been to have some variety … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · 21 Comments

Hilarious parody: The Modern Fundamentalist (Kim Davis)

September 29, 2015 · 13 Comments

What Jack said: My tup-penny(pig) opinion on the Piggate scandal. I’ve not put my willy in a pigs mouth but hear me! (NSW) | jackzivvi

Enough with the pseudo outrage on David Cameron possibly doing the silly (and harmless) things that young men do before our brains are fully developed. Don’t take my word for … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · 18 Comments

Black Women Kicked Off Wine Train For Laughing Too Loudly – The Daily Beast

A book club visit to a Napa Valley wine train ended in embarrassment and accusations of racial discrimination after the ladies were escorted off the train for laughing too loudly … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · 8 Comments

Here we go again: Global Shares Nosedive

It’s looking bad around the globe. In the past month the Spanish Ibex has lost 13% of its value. Today the Cac 40 is down by a whopping 7%. At the … Continue reading

August 24, 2015 · 10 Comments

Family Values Activist Josh Duggar Had a Paid Ashley Madison Account

“In 2013, conservative reality TV star Josh Duggar—of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting fame—was named the executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying group in D.C. which … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · 16 Comments

The Great Australian Gay Cake Frosting Wars of 2015

Brendan O’Neill said gay marriage represents a grave danger to society because of the cake frosting industry (the Katy Faust bobblehead doll bobbled enthusiastically as he said so.) According to him it … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 24 Comments

The Sydney Morning Herald sums up Q&A (and Faust’s performance)

Worth reading the whole article, but here’s the best part. Warning: Don’t try drinking anything while reading this, you will spit it out: “Faust comes blessed with an interesting surname … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 9 Comments

Grace Church Seattle: Ryan Faust’s Defence of Katy Faust

When I exposed Katy Faust/Askthebigot’s identity , her husband, the pastor Ryan Faust responded. I noticed he recently deleted it from his page, but I think it’s important his attack … Continue reading

August 16, 2015 · 18 Comments

Katy Faust, supporter of Exodus International purveyor of Gay Conversion Therapy

  The organization Faust is recommending is this one: They not only promoted (debunked) reparative therapy (praying the gay away), but were at the now infamous conference in Uganda which … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 24 Comments

Katy Faust’s Cult: The Membership Covenant at Grace Church Seattle

  It’s not just that it’s an anti-gay church, it’s that dissent is simply not permitted. The document in its entirety is available here.  Note how they put homosexuality in … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · 60 Comments