Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 29

How dare they call themselves educators

I caught wind of this story a few minutes ago reading twitter. Man did it piss me off. Here’s the ground work: A city school in Rochester, New York gave essentially an extra-credit assignment to its students. One that I think was actually a fantastic assignment. When school officials handed out copies of The Narrative …

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Feb 29

A constant battle with coats

I struggle fighting with this monster I hate inside me. Sometimes I try, more or less metaphorically, cutting her out. There are better ways to do this but I can’t try those ways yet. I am trying the only ways I know how. Today it will be a blog post, and a metaphor. I try …

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Feb 26

Birth control and weak arguments

Some arguments are weak, not because they don’t argue the point well, but because they miss the big picture. I noticed this the first time I posted Fluke’s video here, and it appears I am not the only one. Amanda Marcotte at Pandagon addresses those kinds of arguments that miss the point altogether. The most …

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Feb 25

A Rant and a Resolution

For centuries people have resisted the tyranny of the superstitious and irrational. Early on we began to forge the tools to overcome these influences within ourselves. For most of our history those tools were dull and largely ineffectual in the face of a biological need to conform. Then, in different places and in different times, …

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Feb 24

Of course they don’t want this shown on television

It is a well reasoned statement from a woman. The only problem I have with Fluke’s statement is that it primarily argued that a woman’s access to birth control was necessary for other medical reasons aside from preventing pregnancy. While this is true, I would have preferred to see more argument directed at why a …

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Feb 24

Non-Fiction Friday: How the Mind Works

It’s my turn to give a brief book review. I will be talking about How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker. I am a Pinker fan and I had a few of his books to choose from for this review. The first of his books I read was The Language Instinct. I was so impressed …

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Feb 23

Imagine that…Another school breaking the law

As the story has been reported, a young lady by the name of Krystal Myers, editor of the school newspaper at Lenoir City High School, submitted an editorial criticizing her school for the regular violation of students’ first amendment protections. The tone of her article seems to indicate that her audience would have been well aware of …

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Feb 23

Political apathy

Jarreg posted the other day about why he votes, and I felt maybe I should post a little on a similar theme. You won’t catch me posting too much general political stuff, as I find it tedious to no end, but I am going to give you a little taste of where I currently stand …

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Feb 22

Things I think about

First and foremost, I am a parent. I know many people like to think that their own person-hood comes before their children’s, but that line of thought for me can be dangerous.  Thinking of my role as a parent being of greater significance, helps remind me that there are greater reasons for me to remain …

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Feb 21

Something I’ve found useful

I am late to the Netflix game. I just signed up a little over a month ago. In that time I have to say I am hooked. I hardly watch any regular TV anymore. I spend much of my free time (what little I have since this blogging thing started) checking out old seasons of …

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