jos3phine asked: Hi! Do you want to switch URL's? :)
LOL, never! I’ve been on Tumblr since March 2007, just weeks after it was founded.
Being an atheist means you can no longer learn your moral code by rote and tradition and obedience to authority*, but have to rely on reason and empathy and greater human goals, and you don’t get to justify actions simply because they “feel” right or good — you have to support them with evidence or recognition that they directly serve a secular purpose. Our atheism, our secularism, our rejection of divinity and ecclesiastical authority determines how we move through our life, and that movement matters. It’s not superficial, it’s not a fashion choice, and the absence of god has meaning. — PZ Myers, The scarlet crayon of atheism
San Francisco and California wine country - a favourite place on Earth.
Timbers player arrested, questioned about sexual assault, released -
A Portland Timbers player was arrested in Kansas City over the weekend questioned about a sexual assault and later released, according to Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte.
Really surprised that I had to (gently) lay the smack down to a female co-worker just now. In response to this story, she said, “Well, what did she expect to happen when you go back to someone’s hotel room at 3:30am?” Good lord, I’m glad I kept my composure. Rape culture, people, fucking rape culture.
24 years ago today, 96 Liverpool supporters went to an FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough and never came home. We will never forget them. #JFT96
The answer to “is science the new religion?” is obviously yes, so long as you redefine religion as “a self-correcting, evidence based system of exploring the universe which attempts to unearth the least wrong laws and theories that can explain what exists or might exist whilst accepting that room must always be left for doubt and further enquiry”. — Robin Ince, “The Fascism of Knowing Stuff”, 13 April 2013 (via antallan)
I believe wholeheartedly, and without apology, that we have a collective responsibility to the children of our communities even if we did not conceive and bear them. Of course, parents can and should raise their children with their own values. But they should be able to do so in a community that provides safe places to play, quality food to eat, terrific schools to attend, and economic opportunities to support them. No individual household can do that alone. We have to build that world together. — Melissa Harris-Perry, Why caring for children is not just a parent’s job (via msnbc)
A lot of people in comments said that we should teach boys not to torture cats, specifically noting cultural changes that could be instituted to prevent cat torture. These people were not subjected to an angry flame war where they were accused of being stupid, called by misogynist or racist names, or told that they should be tortured themselves until they understood that the only way to stop cat torture is for cats to defend themselves. It was understood that cats do try to defend themselves, but unfortunately, self-defense is sometimes not enough to prevent cat torture. It was accepted that cat torture is a crime that is cultural in origin, and that by changing the culture, we can prevent it. — Amanda Marcotte, If Only We Could Talk About Abusing Women Like We Do Abusing Cats