Kendra's Posts

Quickies: 4/13/2012

Quickies: 4/13/2012

Sweden adopts a new gender neutral pronoun as part of a larger movement to remove gender distinctions. Robert Spitzer, a pyschologoist who published one of the only papers that provides evidence that it's possible to become ex-gay, repudiates it. The journal still won't retract it, however – stating that questionable interpretation is not a data flaw. London transportation authorit... »

Quickies: 4/6/2012

Quickies: 4/6/2012

Blog post "I'm Christian Unless You're Gay" continues to change people's minds, as reported by Salon.  Lousiana passes a bill allowing charter schools to not accept gay students and students with physical disabilities.  Free Thought Blogs's Jason Thibeault disscusses conciousness raising amongst bronies. Although EA may be officially the worst company i... »

Quickies: 3/30/12

Quickies: 3/30/12

A Reuters reporter catches Santorum telling a young male attendee at a bowling event not to use the "pink balls." Hilarity ensues. War on Reproductive Rights: An Oklahoma court strikes down a law requiring women recieving an abortion to view the ultrasound, finding it unconsitutional. In worse news, 1 in 5 pharmacies give out incorrect information to  teenage women who call to ... »

Quickies: 3-23-2012

Quickies: 3-23-2012

The Atlantic tries to answer one of life's eternal questions – "Are Straight People Born That Way?" Just in time for the Reason Rally, amazing atheist and skeptic Greta Christina has released her e-book "Why Are You Atheists So Angry?." Speaking of the Reason Rally, the lineup looks great, and I'll see you all there. Richard Carrier over... »

Quickies: 3/16/2012

Quickies: 3/16/2012

The New Yorker publishes a fabulous review of Dale Carpenter's "Flagrant Conduct," which tells the real story behind Lawrence v. Texas, the case where the Supreme Court overturned anti-sodomy laws in the United States. Apparently it wasn't quite as simple a story as history would have you believe. Go read this now! Continuing our coverage of the #Kony2012 debacle, a showing of ... »

Quickies: 3/9/2012

Quickies: 3/9/2012

The big news on the Internet this week has been #Kony2012, a video made by advocacy group Invisible Children to inform and advocate for Joseph Kony’s arrest that went viral. The video spawned massive backlash – with many African writers and thinkers claiming that it eliminated Ugandan agency and oversimplified the situation. You can also read Ethan Zuckerman’s skeptical take on w... »

What's the Harm?

AI: What’s the Harm?

Skeptics of all stripes get asked what the harm is all the time. What’s the harm of alternative medicine? Of acupuncture? Of placebos? Of beliefs not supported by evidence? Fortunately, there’s a good answer to that – “What’s the Harm?” chronicles cases where a lack of critical thinking made things go wrong. »

Quickies: 2/24/2012

Quickies: 2/24/2012

A US District Court in California rules that DOMA is unconstitutional. Edit: It looks like House Republicans may appeal the ruling, so it could possibly end up making precedent in a higher court. Earlier this week, Blag Hag reported on an Indiana State Representative who refused to support a bill honoring the Girl Scouts because “abundant evidence proves that the agenda of Planned Parenthood... »

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