SSA Week Day 3: My Picks
SSA Week is ongoing, as atheist bloggers come together to raise money for the Secular Student Alliance. At the time this post was published, they've collectively raised $65,000 out of a goal of $100,000, a gain of more than $5,000 since yesterday. Awesome!
Yesterday's ongoing blogathon had two participants, but three participating bloggers. Here are my favorites from the bunch:
At WWJTD?, JT Eberhard points out that Kansas is at it again with teaching anti-science in science classes, and asks if we need to invent another parody deity to ridicule them (the Flying Spaghetti Monster came out of the last time this happened). I have to say I love his proposal of Mortimer, the Godly Tree Stump.
His co-blogger Michaelyn also got into the game, with a firsthand account of why secular student groups matter, and how a shy agnostic rose to the presidency of her college atheist group.
And at Unequally Yoked, Leah Libresco was answering challenges to a recent post on same-sex marriage. Some were geekier and more analytical than others, but my personal favorite was her musing on why trebuchets would be better than coffee at creating happy relationships.
SSA Week continues! If you want to support the SSA, click here to contribute. And if you do, leave a comment below or send me an e-mail letting me know you chipped in and for how much. I may just have a special gift for the top contributors...
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
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Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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