Self Censorship

Self Censorship

January 19th, 2015


The idea of burning books conjures up such ugly images of oppression and hate, but the environmentally friendly practice of turning paper to into pulp rarely leads to anger.

Escape to Chimp Eden

If you like Apes (not monkeys), then you might enjoy Escape to Chimp Eden.

I find this show fascinating.


Science + Religion = Yuck

I watched the Daily Show and was looking forward to their guest: “<Somebody-Something> discusses faith in Science”.

“Oooo,” I thought.

Monkey Talk

Ape not monkey. Ape talking.Coolness from this excellent episode of

Draw Muhammad Day

Happy Everybody Draw Muhammad Day!

Everybody Draw Muhammad Day picture of Jesus, Christopher Hitchens and the Prophet Muhammad having a Picnic.

Draw Muhammad Day: Summer Picnic with Jesus, Christopher Hitchens and the Prophet Muhammad

Don’t be fooled.

The Silent Majority

As posted on Pharyngula, Swedish Cartoonist Lars Vilks was attacked during a University lecture. After this event, his website was hacked and firebombs were planted in his house.

David Frum points out that the crowd of spectators who outnumbered the protesters 10 to 1 remained passive during the protest, while the police were slow to respond to protect the speaker. This silence and lack of enforment from authorities is despressing.

Daily life in Sweden and other European countries is increasingly governed by an unwritten set of rules very different from the country’s formal law.

The formal law forbids assault and upholds free speech rights. The actual rules of the game, however, concede that certain assaults and certain violations of free speech rights may proceed with impunity. Police arrested two men for disrupting the Vilks event; both were released without charge.

I do think silence is what allows these kind of pre-enlightenment mentality to continue.


Summer Reading or Door-stopping?

I can

My First Podcast!

Tanya over at Webcomic Beacon was kind enough to invite me on a podcast with Steve from Tree Lobsters to discuss skeptic comics.

I can only hope I didn

Update: Skepchick censorship

Update: Hooray! I

Religious Moderates

Take the example of cartoonists Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who had death threats leveled against them for depicting the Islamic prophet Mohammed in South Park (in a bear suit no less).

The Prophet Mohammed

When asked to comment, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)