• Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    I look forward to whatever you do next Rebecca! You were my gateway drug to the atheoskeptisphere when you were on Public Radio Talent Quest (you was robbed!), and thanks to your example I’ve been able to make so many new friends and even contribute in my own modest way. I’ll miss hearing you every Saturday with the guys, but I’m certain that…[Read more]

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    I red Amanda’s piece with great interest (and I have Grounded Parents take on it percolating), but my initial Cliff Notes reaction is… Sorry about that, but we Gen X-ers are real assholes. The entire phenomenon smacks of the Ayn Rand/glibertarian plague that infected many of my high school classmates in our 20’s and 30’s. Now we are careening…[Read more]

    • Oh, the Ayn Rand plague started before that. Obviously, there were the John Birchers and other fascists at all times, but you started to see Ayn Rand being marketed as ‘spiritual’ in the 70s. Look at Ruth Beebe Hill. (Disclaimer: Everything she said about the Sioux is bullshit.)

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Vox has done some excellent analysis of the events in and around Ferguson.
    http://www.vox.com/2014/11/26/7285263/police-misconduct-ferguson-law

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    The Idol Building Moose Children are definitely going into my next D&D game.

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    I have it on good authority that men should smell/taste like hotdogs.

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Of course this kind of disaster-centric attention to the “developing world” helps focus attention away from the systemic issues that make it difficult for countries in West Africa to deal with this outbreak effectively. How much of the wealth of these nations that could be used on hospitals and doctors is siphoned away by oil companies or…[Read more]

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Sikivu Hutchinson has a piece this week about the racial aspects of the Jonestown tragedy that I found fascinating. The situation was never as simple as gullible people falling under some charismatic cult leaders sway. There were political and sociaological issues involved that complicate that tidy little story.

    I for one was never very…[Read more]

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Those are turkeys. I think… Almost positive that they are not Dodos… 😉

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    The Grounded Parents went back and forth in our inaugural season on the usefulness of the Santa story.

    R.I.P Santa

    In Defense of Santa Claus and Unicorn Poop

    A Wolf In Santa’s Clothing

    And I’m sure we’ll have more to…[Read more]

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    That Arthur Chu piece is one of the best articles about this entire spectrum of fandom based hatred. I had never considered the Disco Demolition event through any other lens than the 70’s were weird and you could sell anything to Bill Veeck if it would put butts in the seats. And his links will send you down a rabbit hole of despair. I’m…[Read more]

    • Some parts of the article are possibly accurate, but the failforward link (and associated “analysis” definitely isn’t.

      There has been quite a bit of digital ink spilled over that piece. It’s a put-up job, plain and simple. Zak is a relentless and abrasive arguer, but there is exactly no evidence of him being sexist, homophobic or…[Read more]

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    It’s always cool to see your article in the Sundailies… 😀

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    “My Magic Shoes are Too Tight” is a fine joke for us to share. The problem is that the people invoking FWP aren’t interested in sharing a joke, they are interested in making a point and using those less fortunate as props for their argument.

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Oh no Olivia, you can’t use that kind of language when talking to anyone at The Daily Banter (except maybe Bob Cesca). It’s liberal/libertarian dude-bros all the way down. Chez Pazienza is even worse, having once boldly declared that “people who find things ‘problematic’ are simply people with out real problems.”

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Very very Coool!

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    If you are ever in town I recommend visiting the memorial to Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon as well as the last Carolina Parakeet. It has always chilled me, the only place in the Zoo with no live animals on display.

    • Maybe I’m a horrible person for mentioning this, but I once visited Martha’s memorial at the Cincinnati Zoo. There was a woman with a small boy (possibly her grandson.) She told him “Martha was the last passenger pigeon. They don’t have passenger pigeons any more. Now, all they have are freight pigeons.”

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    404 on the Lovecraft link. Was it supposed to go to Jim C Hines blog here?

    Lovecraft Apologists and the World Fantasy Award

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Well he is writing in The New Republic, the official Hall Monitor and part time Crossing Guard of American Liberalism.

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Isn’t… isn’t anything new.

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    I have to agree, the utility of Dawkins anti-theist approach may be up for debate, but Gray’s article is anything new either. It’s just ticking off the boxes on my defensive believer Bingo card.

  • Louis Doench posted a new activity comment 4 years, 1 month ago

    If only Cersei had not been so phenomenally bad at executing her power play. She pretty much spends the entirety of A Feast for Crows making one willful mistake after another.

    • Well that is part of the scheme” Cersei tries to damn hard. So does Baelish and between themselves they bring down the whole kingdom.

      Cersei has a massive chip on her shoulder thinking she has been looked over for being the wrong sex. Which of course she has been but that does not make her competent.

      Its the same even more starkly with…[Read more]

      • Tyrion is more than just a competent administrator: he is truly smart and cunning in the same mold as Tywin. Hence her aunt’s comment to Tywin that he only had one real son, and that was Tywin. With Cersei, it is certainly the case she is overlooked because she is a woman, and she is expected to exert her influence in the manner in which women are…[Read more]

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