Monthly Archives: August 2012

New Study Finds Gender Equality for Sluts

“Slut” is such a strong word, isn’t it? Perhaps we should say the “sexually over-experienced” or the “excessively sexually compelled.” Anyways, a new study shows that these sluts are now being looked down on not just if they’re female, but also male. So soon women won’t have to feel that they are being treated unfairly for having sex with multiple partners just because they’re women. Instead, they’ll have to feel they’re being treated unfairly because having sex with multiple partners doesn’t make someone a whore… but that’s already beyond the scope of this article. Let’s just focus on that fact that – yay! – men can be sluts now too. This is just another gender-equality success story.

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Armstrong News – A Death and the End of a Career

The first man to ever walk on the moon has just died yesterday. The all-American Neil Armstrong’s most famous words, on that famous Apollo 11 mission, will surely never be forgotten: “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong lived a long and happy life, until he died at the age of 82.

From the Guardian:

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Oh, For the Love of Smoking!

Why do people smoke when they know that smoking is bad for themselves? Reasons range from self-deception to “ignorance is bliss.” A popular video-advertisement from Thailand recently broadcasted the hypocrisy and foolishness of smokers, by sending children to ask for lighters. The love affair with smoking is intense, and quitting always seems so hard for smokers. One writer says that smoking “gives me something to look forward to every morning, allows me to remove myself from dull conversations at parties and dinners and miraculously helps me both relax and concentrate all at once. Every one is like a little hug.” How do you compete with that?

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Guns in America – Part 2: Gun Cultures and Foreign Solutions

In Part 1, we saw that many people are very dangerous with guns, including some who accidentally shoot themselves or others in the face. In fact, hundreds of unintentional deaths happen every year due to guns, not to mention the thousands that are intentional. Being able to defend yourself against a large person who wants to hurt you is of course an important thing, but obviously this argument assumes that you’re a smaller person defending against a bigger person. However, anyone can own a gun, which makes it dangerous for everyone.

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Skeptikai Reaches 100k! …Impressive or not?

Skeptikai started in January 2011, and I’m happy to say that it has grown substantially every few months. First with bursts of a hundred or so people per day, then with hundreds, and then thousands. I can’t say whether or not they all actually stay to read my articles in their entirety, but regardless, I’m happy to say that the total hit count has reached 100,000. And I’m always surprised at the ever-time-consuming nature of managing this blog, because it’s all done by myself. But should I really be celebrating?

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