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Love in the Time of Ebola
Harry Potter and the Deathly Ebola - Stephen Mack
Ebola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb - SAM
Romeo and Ebola - Anika
Only $50 for ebola sailor. - Todd Hoff
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Ebola - Brent Schaus
A Midsummer Night's Ebola - Big Joe Silence
Ebola-ing for Columbine. - Betsy
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Ebola - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Waiting for Ebola. - Corinne L
Ebola and Old Lace. - Me
Bill & Ted's Ebola Adventures - Me
American Ebola - Me
Beverly Hills Ebola - Me
The Ebola Crowd - Me
Three Weddings and an Ebola Outbreak - Big Joe Silence
The Truth About Cats and Ebola - Big Joe Silence
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Why is Los Angeles disliked by so many people? - Quora - - LOL #HatersGonnaHate
The 6 Most Terrifying Examples of 'Rule 34' - Cracked
:( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( I am sorry I clicked on that. - Stephen Mack
:( I'm sorry you clicked on that, too. But I couldn't not post this! - Victor Ganata
After I discovered the horrors of Edward Penishands, I never again doubted the veracity of Rule 34. - Hookuh Tinypants
The Atheist Disillusionment - Pharyngula
This post by P.Z. Meyers has helped me put together my thoughts about "New Atheism". If the movement is actively anti-social justice out of a misguided sense that only Western Civilization is rational and only straight white males can be logical, then it is exactly just as shitty as any fundamentalist extremist religion. - Victor Ganata
For all the major faults of mainstream organized religion and the atrocities done under the aegis of faith, they do at least address the idea of social justice. - Victor Ganata
"Too many atheists turn out to be just as shallow as the fervent faithful I rail against. Too many see atheism as another useless difference they can use to excuse discrimination against others they are already prejudiced against." - Victor Ganata
"I used to have this illusion that an atheist society would be more tolerant, that under it government and education would be secular, but the churches would still exist, if people wanted to attend them — a sort of Scandinavian ideal. But no, what I’m fast learning is that tolerance isn’t automatically a property of abandoning the false tribe of religion, but is more a reflection of the greater culture it is embedded in." - Victor Ganata
"Atheists can still hold a 'kill the wogs' mentality while babbling about the wonders of science; people who regard women as servile appliances for their gratification don’t seem to become suddenly enlightened once the scales of faith fall from their eyes." - Victor Ganata
To this I say "Duh!" - DB, Lil LB's Dad
For sure, to judge all atheists by Richard Dawkins and his ilk really is akin to judging all Christians by the Westboro Baptist Church or people who murder OBGYNs and judging all Muslims by the Taliban or ISIS, even as New Atheists like to point out that Dawkins and his ilk haven't shot or beheaded anyone. But New Atheism looks more and more like nothing but a secular defense of misogyny, white supremacy, and Western imperialism. - Victor Ganata
Heh, sorry, I was just being facetious. Atheism encompasses a broad array of people, and some are truly awful. I used to label myself agnostic (which sounded better to me than "weak atheist") until I had a long conversation with Eivind a couple of years ago, where he convinced me the label of atheist was a better match for my views. So I do use that label for myself -- but just as religious extremists don't speak for my religious friends, atheist extremists don't speak for me. I agree with this blog post. - Stephen Mack
could it be that in thinking that what you believe (or don't) innately makes you better than someone else is the first step toward, if not damnation, sinning? DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE? - MoTO: Team Marina
I identify as an atheist because I have no shred of faith in any religion. But I'm not very impressed by atheists who are driven by "furious rage at the lies and injustice and corruption of humanity by religion." It seems to me that intolerance and injustice is a human problem, which often cloaks itself in religion, but is not itself limited by or caused by religion. I'm no historian,... more... - Steele Lawman
Well put, Steve. - Stephen Mack
Yeah, I did get the impression that most of the atrocities of the 20th century were committed in the name of "logic" and "reason". I certainly think it's extremely naive to expect that people will stop being terrible to each other just because they no longer believe things that aren't "true". - Victor Ganata
(haven't read the article; liking for the discussion) - Betsy
I'm not an atheist because I think religion is bad; I'm an atheist because I don't feel like I can be anything else. - Steele Lawman
The word "atheism" isn't short hand for this "organized atheism," this "movement" in the anglosphere, to me. An atheist is just a person who lives her life as if there are no gods, as if there are no supernatural agents she needs to consider/placate/fear in course of the day. That's not much of a basis for an organization (and certainly not for a society). To me it's a tiny word, but it seems to be such a big word to so many others. - Eivind
Sure. There's atheism and then there's New Atheism (which P.Z. Meyers just abbreviates as atheism), and it seems that P.Z. Meyers and Richard Dawkins et al have been at odds about the movement for quite some time. So there's definitely some specific context underlying the post. - Victor Ganata
I think Meyers is just using it for shorthand and not being reductive in the same way that some people equate ISIS with all of Islam or the Christian right in the U.S. with all of Christianity. - Victor Ganata
Eivind, it seems by your definition plenty of theists are also atheists, living their life as if there is no god. A belief based definition, asserting god does not exist, makes more sense to me than a behavior based definition. - Todd Hoff
That said, I think an argument about essentialized definitions misses the point here. P.Z. Meyers *is* talking about a specific movement headed by specific people and while certainly I understand that other people might not like the co-opting of the term (and I think it's really important for atheists outside of the New Atheism movement to be vocal about their resistance to the co-opting of the term), it is what it is. - Victor Ganata
The thing is, the lived experience of a lot of theists (in my experience) aren't that driven by the shear fact of the god being real/supernatural vs. a convenient and familiar mental scaffolding to hold a framework of their moral ideals. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
To be clear: I despise the sexism, classism, racism, rudeness and disrepect exhibited by Dawkins and Hitchens and other leaders of New Atheism. They don't speak for me at all. - Stephen Mack
I'm a practical man, Todd. I am comfortable with that definition. I think many people live godless (atheos) lives with small bursts of trying to adhere to the scripture of their upbringing without ever consciously denying the existence of the god of their upbringing. Then they're mostly atheist to me :) - Eivind
When someone says "I'm a practical man" you know there's a lot more to the story :-) - Todd Hoff
CDC confirms first case of Ebola in United States - PBS News Hour
OK, this is a little more worrisome. - Victor Ganata
Government Confirms First Case of Ebola in US - ABC News - Victor Ganata
It sounds like they got things locked down pretty quickly, and the patient wasn't symptomatic until six days ago. Hopefully that gives a short enough window of exposure (and limits who could be at risk.) - Jennifer Dittrich
It occurs to me: it's only been two months since I went to Hawaii to bury my uncle and a lot has changed in my life since #ChokeMeInTheShallowWaterBeforeIGetTooDeep
OK, seven hours of sleep does work a lot better than caffeine.
But I still need the caffeine :) - Victor Ganata
L.A. heat wave to return with triple-digit temperatures this week - L.A. Times
NoooOOooOOOooOOoOOOoOOOOOO - Spidra Webster
I wish I still had my basement. - Anika
Last night we were down to no degrees. - Eivind
Oh God. Caffeine is having the exact opposite of the intended effect. Now what am I gonna do?
Damn. Time to taper off coffee, reset, then build again? - Stephen Mack
I once saw in cartoons how hiking your eyelids up with toothpicks can work.... - Spidra Webster
It's National Coffee Day. Perhaps coffee itself is taking a holiday. - Spidra Webster
Maybe you need to sleep more, Victor. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
LOL, yeah, probably. - Victor Ganata
Call it a day. Try again tomorrow. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
There comes a point where caffeine will not work any more and you just need to get some sleep. So, have a cup of coffee and go take a 20 minute nap. You'll wake up just as that cup of coffee will be ready to kick in, and it will work better. - April Russo
April knows - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
diminishing returns demands a detox on some scale to re-acquire efficacy. or something. - Big Joe Silence
water. When caffiene stops working, drink water. I find carboated water extra helpful/ - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Make a deposit at the sleep bank so you can keep hitting dat coffee ATM. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
LOL I love how we're giving lifestyle/health advice to a doctor. - Spidra Webster
He's constantly telling us how sleep-deprived he is, so... - Andrew C (✔)
Clearly time for an intervention. - Spidra Webster
You know what most interventions are sorely missing? Coffee breaks. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I may not be that awesome, but I am more awesome than I let on. :)
I take great pains to advertise my exact level of awesomeness at all times. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
In 'Selfie', John Cho Gets An Unlikely Shot As A Romantic Lead - NPR
"Sure, in a perfect world, there have been so many Asian-American male romantic leads that this casting choice is hardly worth noting as unusual or counter-intuitive, but as Cho himself acknowledges we don't live in that world. There's a reason we still have to call it 'colorblind casting' instead of just 'casting.'" - Victor Ganata
The complicity cost of racial inclusion - Al Jazeera America - 2014 Aug 24
"Expanding what it means to be white isn't good news; it only preserves structural privilege" - Victor Ganata
"What is white in America (and what isn’t) has always been subject to revision. The Irish and Italians are examples of groups that have been invited into whiteness." - Victor Ganata
"The Boston Marathon bombers are examples of how one might be escorted out. Despite their light skin and Caucasian ethnicity, the Tsarnaev brothers were depicted as dark-skinned 'Islamic terrorists' on the cover of The Week magazine. American whiteness may be able to absorb mass shooters of schools and movie theaters, but once a bomb was involved, the media seemed eager to relocate the Tsarnaevs to an imaginary Middle East." - Victor Ganata
"But race is a social construct, not a scientific fact: American whiteness was an ideological creation to rationalize the enslavement of Africans and the extermination of native peoples." - Victor Ganata
"For the past 50 years, Asian-Americans have been the so-called model minority — the minority group held up by politicians and the media to demonstrate the potential for success for people who aren’t white. It is no coincidence that this narrative arose alongside the black power movement in the 1960s. Asian-American success over time became a rhetorical bludgeon used to deny the real and ongoing effects of institutional racism and white supremacy on African-Americans." - Victor Ganata
"By passively accepting the privileges of whiteness, Asian-Americans become complicit in America’s present system of hierarchy, a system in which the nation’s institutions inflict ongoing injustices on a racial underclass. Highly paid Asian-American Google employees do not bear more responsibility to combat racial injustice than similarly positioned white people, but they don’t bear... more... - Andrew C (✔)
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Repost: 23 Signs You’re Secretly a Narcissist Masquerading as a Sensitive Introvert - Sci Am - 2013 Aug 26
All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. -
I am surprised the Asian guys at the beach haven't made it to Ello yet. (Yeah, I don't know why I even said that. There is something wrong with me :D)
OMG, how could I have forgotten?? - Spidra Webster
TIME TO RECTIFY THIS! Scobleized version, of course. - Big Joe Silence
Ok. I'm gonna check it out. How long are invites taking these days? - SAM
i can send you one if you like. DM me an email address you want it to go to. - Big Joe Silence
Rectified. - Spidra Webster
No matter what platform... that pic makes me nostalgic. - SAM
Arrgh. Someone on FB made a joke about the name Ello and now I have a Rihanna song stuck in my head.
trepanation is the new facepalm. #GetTheBadThoughtsOut - Big Joe Silence
Oh God, it really is stuck in my head. Every time I follow a link there, I can hear her singing "ello… ello… eh… eh… eh…." - Victor Ganata
HAHAHA! uh... uhoh. DAMN YOU! *slams own head in solid-core door repeatedly* - Big Joe Silence
Four hours of sleep? I'm sure it will be fine.
Can't sleep. Clowns will eat me.
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