Contributions

Watch Fox News? You’re Less Likely to Believe in Global Warming.
August 23, 2013


Global warming isn’t happening. That’s what you’re more likely to believe if you watch Fox News, according to a study published in the journal Public Understanding of Science.

Louis CK Reinforces Awesomeness; Criticizes Global Warming Deniers
July 19, 2013


Louis C.K. is just awesome. He’s already earned several awesome points for his positive comedy regarding feminism (Source). Now he’s come out attacking global warming deniers in this excellent video.

Music Monday: Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”
July 8, 2013


Robin Thicke - Blurred LinesToday I opened up my email to get the latest updates from the Billboard Top 40 (yes, that’s a thing I do), and was disheartened to see that Rob Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, a repulsively sexist, and somewhat rape-y song, is now sitting at the Number 1 spot on the charts. The song went from fourth to first place (a gain that good hasn’t happened since 2009) suggesting that this song with its awful lyrics and even worse video is seriously enjoyed by many.

Henry Morgentaler: Abortion Rights Hero
June 25, 2013


Henry MorgentalerAbortion-rights activist, and doctor, Henry Morgentaler died on May 29 at the age of 90. Through his career Morgentaler fought for women’s access to safe abortions, and for this he will be remembered as a controversial figure, but one for who those that believe in women’s rights: A hero.  

CFCs responsible for global warming? Not likely
June 7, 2013


No CFCs logo

A University of Waterloo study is claiming that CFCs, not carbon dioxide, are causing global warming. In a press release put out by the University, Qing-Bin Lu, a professor of physics and astronomy, biology and chemistry at Waterloo states:

“Most conventional theories expect that global temperatures will continue to increase as CO2 levels continue to rise, as they have done since 1850. What’s striking is that since 2002, global temperatures have actually declined – matching a decline in CFCs in the atmosphere,” Professor Lu said. “My calculations of CFC greenhouse effect show that there was global warming by about 0.6 °C from 1950 to 2002, but the earth has actually cooled  since 2002. The cooling trend is set to continue for the next 50-70 years as the amount of CFCs in the atmosphere continues to decline.”

On Dominique Venner
May 24, 2013


Dominique VennerTrigger warning for discussion of suicide

My reaction to the suicide of Dominique Venner, the right-wing French historian who committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at the altar of the Notre Dame cathedral, has been one of incredibly mixed feelings. Venner’s views were hateful and downright repulsive; I find it difficult to mourn his loss. Yet he was still human and no one should be driven to take their own life.

Canada and Science
May 22, 2013


Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime MinisterCanada and science have had a rocky relationship over the past few years.  This relationship reached a point of turmoil when scientists gathered on Parliament Hill to “mourn the death of evidence”. 

Religion and Climate Change
May 10, 2013


Jesus holds an hourglass to symbolize the coming of the end times.There are number of reasons people refuse to take action on climate change. It isn’t happening; it would damage the economy; it is happening but humans aren’t the cause so there’s nothing we can do about it; Country X isn’t doing anything about it so why should we?—these are some of the common excuses given for inaction. Now we can another one to this list: Belief in the end times.

National Day of Reason: Canadian Edition
May 3, 2013


day of reason button logoThe National Day of Reason, which took place on May 2nd (yesterday), offers a chance to reflect on secularism. Admittedly, this day doesn’t have the same impact up here in America’s hat (also known as Mooseland Canada). Tensions between those who want a more secular society and those who want a society based on religious law aren’t as strong in Canada as compared to the U.S. 

Motivations Behind the Boston Bombings
April 26, 2013


The image below came across my Facebook newsfeed this morning.