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Vaguely rude place names in Canada

I’m a big fan of things that are informative and a big fan of things that are hilariously inappropriate, and the intersection of those sets always brightens my day. So I had to share with you the work of one Gary Gale, who has meticulously crafted an interactive map showing all of the places in […]

Pushing Jesus

I wrote a post for Canadian Atheist the other day about Jehovah’s Witnesses handing out literature, that focused on the fact that they seem to be hiding their true intentions at first approach. The thesis was that they must realize that their message is unwelcome or off-putting, and they must agree with that at least […]

On Canadian Atheist: Do Jehovah’s Witnesses think their religion is embarassing?

My sister got stopped by a Jehovah’s Witness the other day, and handed the usual magazines, but what struck me about her story was that the proselytizer was so coy about giving away what she was – to the point that my sister did not realize she was handed religious material until she had already […]

On Canadian TV: On a show about different faiths getting along, atheism is just a punch line

You may remember that show that CBC aired a few years ago called Little Mosque on the Prairie. It caused a big stir when it was first announced, and remained a moderate hit for its first year or two, though interest waned quickly when it became obvious how empty-headed it was. Pretending to be controversial […]

Racism, gender essentialism, transphobia, and anti-science attitudes are rampant in tween media

I didn’t watch the Olympics. Part of it is simply that I’m not much of a sports fan, and even less of a fan of the kind of hyper-commercialized, industrialized sports that the Olympics represent. The other part was that I didn’t want anything to do with them given the political situation in Russia. The […]

Canadian Atheist is back!

It’s true! Canadian Atheist is back online and already flush with new posts.

On the depths an asshole can go to

So I just posted about the idiotic comments made by CBC News “commentator” Kevin O’Leary, and the viral fallout that’s lead to a petition for him to be fired, when – last night – there’s a segment on The Lang and O’Leary Exchange where they refer to the comments and the fallout (start around the […]

There is a buffoon on The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, and it ain’t Lang

I have a generally low opinion of most major news media. They’ve devolved to be more about “entertainment” than “news” or – one could only dream – “journalism”. CBC News is not one of the worst, but their record is not great. But if there is a single blight on that network that brings the […]

Being a more assertive atheist

Jeffrey Tayler had a nice editorial in Salon on Saturday about 15 ways atheists can be more assertive. There’s nothing actually new in it, and it’s really just reaffirmation for atheist readers, but its ballsy tone has captured some attention. Here are some of the suggestions I really find appealing.

Entering the public domain in Canada in 2014

I just (re)started this blog, and the first two posts have been downers. So – third time being a charm – to brighten things up, I’m bringing some good news.