Monthly Archives: July 2016

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person… 

“This is not said to make white people feel guilty about their privilege. It’s not your fault you were born with white skin and experience these privileges. BUT, whether you realize it or not, you DO benefit from it, and it IS your fault if you don’t maintain awareness of that fact.” Continue reading

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The psychiatrist who diagnoses mental illness and demonic possession. 

“This was at the height of the national panic about Satanism. … So I was inclined to skepticism. But my subject’s behavior exceeded what I could explain with my training. She could tell some people their secret weaknesses, such as undue pride. ” Continue reading

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Donald Trump would be first atheist US president

“I don’t think any Christian who is voting for Trump thinks — I mean, they’ll say ‘I’m not going to judge another man’s faith’ or ‘who I am to say what’s really in his heart’ but… if you pay attention … Continue reading

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Moon Myths: The Truth About Lunar Effects on You

“one study (of just 312 women), by Winnifred B. Cutler in 1980, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, that claims a connection. Cutler found 40 percent of participants had the onset of menstruation within two weeks of the full moon (which means 60 percent didn’t). If anyone can tell me how this oft-cited study proves anything, I’m all ears. Also, one should be skeptical that in the intervening three-plus decades, nobody seems to have produced a study supporting Cutler’s claim.” Continue reading

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Republicans continue to deliver

“Science is an exploration of demonstrable fact, isn‘t it?” Continue reading

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How to train white people to stop being racist

“Discussions of racism challenge whites’ conception that they’re good people, and “privilege” challenges the belief that they are hardworking and deserve everything that they have. When someone says “privilege” we hear “you’re undeserving of your blessings,” and when someone mentions “racism” we think we’re being called racists! … It’s the same reason a discussion of sexism lead to the popular “not all men” meme.” Continue reading

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The world is getting better all the time, objectively

“it sometimes feels like the world is falling apart: that everything is going to hell in a handbasket and we’re on the verge of a total collapse. In fact, we’re living through what is, by objective metrics, the best time in human history. People have never lived longer, better, safer, or richer lives than they do now. ” Continue reading

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