01 January 2014

2013 on the blogs

I'll have the usual "best of the Infidel" post for 2013 up soon enough -- but first, here are a few good posts from other bloggers which deserve a read if you didn't see them the first time around:

Murr Brewster's funniest post of the year dramatizes bad spelling and terrorism.

Maria Konovalenko rebukes the "ethicists" who want everybody to die.

Rosa Rubicondior takes the Mormons as an example of religious immorality -- the first sentence of this post is just perfect.

Republic of Gilead specializes in in-depth reviews of Christian Right events and propaganda efforts, but really outdid itself with this series on fundamentalist home-schooling which really gives you a look into their mind-set (the link is to the conclusion, but that includes links to the preceding segments).  Equally educational is this series on their warped concept of history.  These people exist, and they are serious.  See also this look at those who are defending reproductive freedom.

Mario Piperni calls out the arrogance of self-pitying religious homophobes.

Green Eagle has an intriguing look at the aesthetics of far-right websites and mental illness.

Faye Kane (NSFW blog) pulls no punches on the false dichotomy of intellect vs. feeling and how it messes people up.  Don't miss this equally blunt celebration of the sixties.

Lady, That's My Skull has a look at the bizarre Christian American culture which the sixties revolution swept away.

Maryam Namazie defies Islam's murderous thuggery toward those who abandon it.

Earth-Bound Misfit makes an important point about the Second Amendment in just a few words and pictures.

Swallowing the Camel surveys fake aliens -- I'm really amazed that anyone fell for these.

Butterflies and Wheels finds the Catholic Church irredeemably malignant.

Progressive Eruptions divines the Republicans' real plans for the country from what they're already doing in North Carolina.  On a pleasanter note, the next generation looks promising.

Parsley's Pics has more on North Carolina, and on Tennessee.

Lady Atheist looks at how believers become atheists (and religion's wrong ideas on the subject), and dubious claims of religion's contributions to culture.  Also read why blog ads are a bad idea.

Exercise in Futility has a take-down of Buddhism, a religion too much neglected by Western atheists.

Booman Tribune, responding to Megan McArdle, explains why the metronome metaphor isn't a good predictor of election results.

Feminisnt (mildly NSFW blog) has some observations on the relative freedom of action offered by some careers vs. others.

Stonekettle Station takes an in-depth look at Michele Bachmann.

Man Boobz fisks a crazed MRA's ludicrous paean to his own sperm, and finds a dramatic reading of same.

I'm sure there are other posts that could have been included, and all these blogs have an abundance of good ones -- but these are ones that stuck in my mind from the year.


Blogger Ahab said...

Thanks for the shout out. Here's to another year of great blogging across the blogosphere.

01 January, 2014 12:18  
Blogger LadyAtheist said...

Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True blog brought to light a bogus ID course being taught for science credit at Ball State. The result was an investigation at Ball State and an unequivocal statement by the president of the university that ID is not science and should not be taught as such.

I followed the case closely and posted a summary with links on my blog: Eric Hedin ID Course at Ball State

The situation caused a stir in academic circles and also drew the attention of the Discovery Institute, who submitted a petition in support of the ID course to the university.

< / self-promotion >

(hey, it's not every day that my tiny town makes the news outside of Indiana!)

01 January, 2014 12:29  
Anonymous Comrade Misfit said...

Thanks for the mention. Happy New Year to you and your readers.

02 January, 2014 07:14  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

It's 2014, and we're still dealing with people who don't "believe in" evolution.

Thanks, religion!

02 January, 2014 13:52  

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