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A middle road between mental health and misogyny

Two days ago, May 23rd 2014, an insane person and student at University of California at Santa Barbara killed seven people on the UCSB campus before being killed himself. The murderer, identified as Elliot Rodger, had posted a video online not long before his shooting spree in which he announced his "Day of Retribution." Retribution for what, you may ask? Well, for all those "blonde sluts" who never slept with him. In the days following this event, we're going to hear a lot of things from the media on both sides of the

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Oh dear, I’ve gone and fallen in love with yoga.

When I first moved out to California, I viewed people who do yoga as being rather silly people. Every yoga class I've ever been to has been both really irritating to me, in large part because every teacher I've ever had insisted on spiritualizing it in a way that couldn't just be ignored. I also was never very good at it, and many of the classes I've attended have been too large for me to actually get a chance to ask questions about what I'm doing wrong. And so, when I joined a gym out here that has yoga classes available, I sort

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Being an atheist made me less afraid of roller coasters.

Yesterday, Ellen, Brett and I took the afternoon off and went down to Disneyland. Ellen's annual pass is expiring in the next few months, and this year they've had passholder events every three months for the people who's passes are expiring that season. The reason is pretty obvious - getting annual passholders into the park so they'll renew their passes - but it's still a great excuse to head down there and spend an afternoon goofing off. One of the rides that we always ride a lot is the roller coaster in California Adventure,

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A State of the Union reaction from a disillusioned progressive.

There is absolutely no doubt that I am a progressive. I voted for Obama in 2012, the first year I voted in a presidential election. In high school, I identified as a communist, and even considered joining a group of hymn-writing musicians who lived in a black bus that ran on veggie diesel. I am in favor of universal healthcare, a guaranteed income, workers owning their work, and several other things that are downright socialist. 185

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I think the recent Sherlock episode should have been called “What the actual fuck?”

...because that's literally all I could keep saying the entire episode. By now I'm hoping you've figured out that if you haven't seen the most recent episode, His Last Vow, that there will be unmarked spoilers in this entire post. You've been warned.  This entire Sherlock episode seemed to be aimed at turning fans every which way, and making us scratch our heads as much as we possibly could. "What do you mean Sherlock's on heroin? What do you mean he's done this before? He's got a girlfriend now? What the fuck?" And so went the

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Lots more fan goodies in Sherlock The Sign of Three

If you haven't seen the new Sherlock episode The Sign of Three, assume everything in this entire post is spoilers.  I feel like this week's episode of Sherlock really continued a trend that I, for one, am a fan of: humanizing Sherlock. The entire show seemed to be jam packed with really good moments, all of which showed that Sherlock is starting to 'get the hang' of hanging around with people. We also learned some interesting things about him and his past, including the fact that he's a graduate chemist (something that's

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Bill Nye is going to debate Ken Ham?!?

Two days ago, Answers in Genesis, the organization that runs the  Creation Museum, put out a press rele announcing that Creation Museum Founder and President Ken Ham will be debating Bill Nye the Science Guy on February 4th at the Creation Museum.  Oh boy, oh boy. This is going to be fun! For those of you who don't know, the Creation Museum is a 'museum' in Kentucky that aims to show the origins of the earth as told in the Bible. Because I can't make it sound anymore ridiculous than their own website does, I'll just quote

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