Monthly Archives: April 2009

CSI(COP) – best example of the skepticfuckwits at work

Via Greg Bishop, this timely reminder of when the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims Of the Paranormal (CSICOP- now CSI-Committee For Skeptical Inquiry) conducted their one and only scientific study of an alleged paranormal phenomenon. The full sorry … Continue reading

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Sara Robinson's "The Truth about Consequences"

A truly outstanding and stirring piece by Sara Robinson, taking both sides of American politics to task over the CIA torture and other actions of the Bush regime that Obama has said he wants to move on past – starting … Continue reading

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Fred Phelps has a use!

Slacktivist, yet again, makes everything that much clearer. Writing about the homophobic astroturfing campaigning of the National Organisation for Marriage, he makes this perfect observation: We could go through a point-by-point refutation of the ad’s innuendo about the Big Gay … Continue reading

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Want a new free Bruce Sterling short story? 'course you do!

Via Boing Boing, who said this: In White Fungus, an “architecture fiction” published in the first issue of Beyond magazine, Bruce Sterlng marries the sardonic and the hopeful in a gripping, hilarious story about how every aspect of civic life … Continue reading

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Rending the Veil – Beltane edition

The latest issue of the online magical ‘zine Rending the Veil goes live today. Many excellent features and a wide range of viewpoints, as ever. Contributions from Yours Truly include another Guttershaman reprint and my review of Pete Carroll’s Apophenion. … Continue reading

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Grant Morrison on The Matrix 'borrowing' from The Invisibles

Since it’s the tenth anniversary of the cinema release of The Matrix (and as I found this synchronistically while looking for something else), here’s Grant Morrison interviewed at Suicide Girls on the subject of just how much the film took … Continue reading

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Meeting fictional characters

Found this excellent piece on Electric Children on the subject of (specifically comic book) creators who have spoken of fictional characters as being in some sense real – and those who have met them. The classic example is Alan Moore’s … Continue reading

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Roll-your-own anti-terrorist poster

Via Boing Boing, this: This odious billboard appears in my town, encouraging me to rat on my neighbours because I don’t understand what they throw away. Use the text fields below to make improvements to it. And so I did, … Continue reading

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Pagan myths of Easter

Every year since time immemorial, Pagans and Wiccans and witchy folk have told others the tale of how Easter is really a Pagan festival to the Goddess Eostre which was co-opted by the Xtians. And every year, writer Adrian Bott … Continue reading

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Putting the mockers on

I have to smile when The Economist agrees with me… in an opinion piece about the awful UN resolution regarding ‘defamation of religion’, they say:  The resolution says “defamation of religions” is a “serious affront to human dignity” which can … Continue reading

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