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HIV Researchers and Activists Killed Onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight

HIV Researchers and Activists Killed Onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight

Update 7/20/14: News reports are now listing the number of researchers killed as 6. While still an important loss of knowledge in the world of AIDS and HIV research, it is not as extreme as originally reported. Original Post: According to TIME Magazine the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 that was apparently shot down over Ukraine yesterday had on board approximately 100 researchers and activists heade... »

Queerview Mirror: Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser

Content note: Discussion of Pickup Artist culture, BDSM, mentions of rape but no graphic details in my review. BIG trigger warnings for rape descriptions in the book itself. I’ve recently read “Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser: Long Interviews With Hideous Men” by Clarisse Thorn. I got it on Kindle and it is also available in paperback. This book is by a straight woman about... »

Math, I Will Conquer You Yet

Math, I Will Conquer You Yet

This may be a story about my tenacity and determination. It may be a story about my inability to see reason and quit an unwinnable war. It is a somewhat long story, but far less long for you than it has been for me. I hope you will bear with me. The story started in 1994, when I started 7th grade. I had done well in 6th grade math, in a school where “doing well” was defined as being ab... »

Quickies: Jamie’s Story Getting Coverage, Louisiana Legislature Keeps Sodomy Law on Books, Wonderful Science for the People Episode, and Beautiful Snail Photos

Quickies: Jamie’s Story Getting Coverage, Louisiana Legislature Keeps Sodomy Law on Books, Wonderful Science for the People Episode, and Beautiful Snail Photos

Both Salon and Business Insider have picked up Jamie’s story from Skepchick about being harassed by a spammer using GoDaddy’s services. The Business Insider story is better than the Salon one, but it’s good to see this story getting the attention it deserves. Louisiana’s legislature overwhelmingly voted against removing an unconstitutional sodomy law from the state’s ... »

Quickies: Interview with Cece McDonald, Loss of Net Neutrality, and Sexism and Homophobia in Atheism

Quickies: Interview with Cece McDonald, Loss of Net Neutrality, and Sexism and Homophobia in Atheism

The Socialist Worker did a good in-depth interview with Cece McDonald. According to The Humanist, the loss of net neutrality is something for minorities (including queer folks) to worry about even more than we may have thought. Recent changes threaten minority speech. Yep, atheism doesn’t preclude being homophobic and sexist! »

Quickies: Non-binary Gender Terminology, Economics of Marriage Equality, and Violence Against a Trans Teen

Quickies: Non-binary Gender Terminology, Economics of Marriage Equality, and Violence Against a Trans Teen

Looking for a lot of great terms for various non-binary gender identities? Try this A to Z list will help! Milwaukee Magazine looks at the economic impact of marriage equality in Wisconsin. Not that Wisconsin’s state government makes effective economic decisions though. Despite bigots fears that trans* teens in bathrooms will assault their classmates, instead trans kids end up being the vict... »

Why Do Environmental Scientists Study Human Evolution?

Why Do Environmental Scientists Study Human Evolution?

I am an Environmental Science major working on my BS. In one of my classes we were asked to write and essay on the reasons why people who want to understand human impacts on the environment should study human evolution. In preparation, we read Masters of the Planet by Ian Tattersall, which I highly recommend. Here is my essay. It was sort of done in a rush and I was constrained to some limits beca... »

Some of Us ARE Joiners

Some of Us ARE Joiners

Every time someone starts talking about creating or attending an organized congregation for non-believers, like Sunday Assembly, I hear the objection “Atheists are non-joiners, so it won’t work.” When I attended Sunday Assembly in Chicago for the first time this past weekend I wondered if there would really be anyone there. Was it true that this feeling of wanting to belong to a ... »

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