Archive for the 'Superstition & Ignorance' Category

STUPID SPAMMERS…

April 1st, 2014

Like everyone, I get gushes of sewage in my spam box everyday, and occasionally I go down there to muck out the filth so that I can make sure that the filters haven’t inadvertently trapped an important communication. The other day, this bit of stupidity popped up from a lying sack of shit who might, […]

RUPERT MURDOCH POSSESSED BY SATAN…

March 19th, 2014

Just last evening I was discussing Cosmos with one of my students and remarked that I was not all that happy that the show was controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his Fox Broadcasting company. We were discussing the segment focusing on Giordano Bruno’s story. I remember Carl Sagan discussing Copernicus and Tycho Brahe in the […]

THE FACES OF BIGOTRY AND HATE…

February 28th, 2014

State reps Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) and Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland) From my hometown newspaper: A proposed Ohio law whose broad language would allow business owners to cite religious beliefs in refusing service to whomever they choose was pulled Wednesday by its sponsors in response to overwhelming criticism to a similar bill in Arizona. Supporters of House […]

PZ GETS EMAIL…

February 25th, 2014

PZ Myers writes: I think it’s cute what you did there: Protestants have superstitions, but you have traditions. You really are peas in a pod. Also, no one is making you change your traditions or telling you what to believe. You don’t have to get married to someone of the same sex. Your church doesn’t […]

MY STUDENTS HATE SCHOOL…

January 10th, 2014

From The Best of 2013…

JUST WHO DOES POPE FRANCIS THINK HE IS…?

January 2nd, 2014

One reader of my hometown newspaper is upset: I have been disturbed for many months now on Pope Francis interview and his opinion on “gay” priests, in the ministry to the public. How could a man who claims to be a man of God say “who am I to judge”? How can this man who […]

HAPPY CHRISTMAS GRETCHEN CARLSON…

December 25th, 2013

Via Mano Singham…

I’VE NEVER WATCHED GLEE, NOW IS A GOOD TIME…

December 24th, 2013

When an organization tagged One Million Moms (with the backing of American Family Association, American Family Radio, Repairing the Foundations, One News Now, AFA Journal, The AFA Foundation and EWomen [the mates of The Knights Who Say Nee perhaps?]) hates a show they guarantee high viewership. I’m betting that this episode breaks some kind of […]

A CHINK IN THE TAX-EXEMPTION ARMOR…?

November 26th, 2013

Mano Singham concludes: I think [Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Geithner] is an important case that is going to have a big impact. As is common in major cases, the judge stayed the implementation of her ruling until all appeals are completed or the deadline for filing them has passed. If the government appeals, as […]

DON’T DISAPPOINT YOUR MOTHER…

August 13th, 2013

Via Culturestr/ke…

YOU’D BE BETTER OFF WITH CANCER

August 10th, 2013

To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.

Eleanor Longden overcame her diagnosis of schizophrenia to earn a master’s in psychology and demonstrate that the voices in her head were “a sane reaction to insane circumstances.”

ROLDO RIGHTS ON 45 YEARS MOVED TOO LITTLE…

July 21st, 2013

Roldo Bartimole writes: It hardly seems possible but the Glenville Shootout – as it became known – happened 45 years ago July 23, 1968. It was a disastrous time for Cleveland, an unnecessary gun battle between black militants and Cleveland police. It followed a peaceful Cleveland after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, […]

WHEN DO WE LEARN WE’RE GRAY…?

February 3rd, 2013

iO Tillett Wright thanks her parents for not asking her to define herself as a child. Her experience of growing up without having check boxes like “female,” “male,” “gay” or straight” thoroughly infuses her art.

iO’s photography can be seen regularly in two features in The New York Times: Notes from the Underground and The Lowdown. She is also the creator of Self Evident Truths—an ongoing project to document the wide variety of experiences in LGBTQ America. So far, she has photographed about 2,000 people for the project. Her goal: 10,000 portraits and a nationwide rethinking of discriminatory laws.

iO had her first solo show at Fuse gallery in New York City in 2010, and exhibited her latest work at The Hole Gallery in early summer of 2012. She has published three books of photographs; Lose My Number, KISSER, and Look Ma’, No Hands. She has directed several music videos, and spent nineteen years acting in films.

UPS GETS MY BUSINESS…

November 13th, 2012

Boy Scouts of America No Longer Eligible for Grant Funding from The UPS Foundation Previously…

I’M A DISTINCT MINORITY IN MARIETTA…

November 9th, 2012

Should Ohio approve gay marriage?

RACE MATTERS IN THE CLASSROOM, TAKE II…

October 30th, 2012

[Update: 30 October at 0446 Education Standards Divided by Race (story first published at 1011 on 24 October.]

RACE MATTERS IN THE CLASSROOM: DISCUSS…

October 24th, 2012

Update…

TIME TO TOSS FEDERAL RULE 804 (b)(2)…

September 28th, 2012

0525: Is religion good for anything?

DON’T BURN THEM, GIVE THEM TO PALESTINIANS…

September 26th, 2012

Daniel Estrin writes: An influential ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi ordered his followers this week to burn their iPhones, the latest move in a campaign by the insular community to encourage its members to keep the outside world — and specifically the Internet — at bay. The decree by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, 84, came ahead of Judaism’s […]

NEO UNITED WAY DEFUNDS BOY SCOUTS…

September 25th, 2012

From WCPN: The United Way of Cleveland says it will stop direct funding to the Boy Scouts of America’s Cleveland chapter. As ideastream’s Brian Bull reports, the decision stems from the BSA’s national policy on sexual orientation. Good on United Way, but it did take a bit of time… Previously…

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