• donboc posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    There were some mildly racist stereotypes that were portrayed in some of Hebdo’s cartoons. But yeah, even the worst of the Hebdo cartoons weren’t as bad as some of the cartoons that were published ‘in solidarity’ with them.

    Whether Hebdo cartoonists were better people than Dieudonné isn’t the question. They almost surely were, but people…[Read more]

    • I just can’t have sympathy for what I am now referring to as NoCs (Nazis of Color) who claim their speech is being oppressed because racism. And believe me, until we’re willing to look at who our self-styled ‘allies’ are, well, the standard you walk by is the standard you accept.

      I mean, seriously? Look at the Salaita case. I didn’t know a…[Read more]

  • donboc posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Regarding Scott in particular, and not “shy nerd culture” in general —

    What I take him to be saying is that his subjective experience was not one of privilege. He felt miserable and anxious and suicidal, and did not feel privileged at all. I’m sure if you were to have asked teenage Scott whether he felt that he lived a very privileged life r…[Read more]

    • Perhaps but one of the things he says is that he feels he was part of the “least privileged class in society.” To me, that doesn’t seem at all to acknowledge that others might have it worse, despite his own suffering.

  • donboc posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    FWIW, his followup is probably worth reading too:

    What I believe

  • donboc posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Did Scott really “want to put down other victims”? He might have been unaware of them, but I really don’t see how a fair reading of his words can suggest that he wanted to put down other victims.

    • “putting them down” isn’t quite accurate. More like “refusing to acknowledge that others had it worse.”
      But really, I meant the “shy nerd culture” people in general. It seems like there’s this weird belief in nerd culture, and in atheist culture too, that we’re the big victims and other people couldn’t possibly have it as bad.
      That’s what he’s…[Read more]

      • Regarding Scott in particular, and not “shy nerd culture” in general —

        What I take him to be saying is that his subjective experience was not one of privilege. He felt miserable and anxious and suicidal, and did not feel privileged at all. I’m sure if you were to have asked teenage Scott whether he felt that he lived a very privileged life r…[Read more]

        • Perhaps but one of the things he says is that he feels he was part of the “least privileged class in society.” To me, that doesn’t seem at all to acknowledge that others might have it worse, despite his own suffering.

  • donboc posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    Jews had nothing to do with building the pyramids. Nor were they slaves in Egypt. Not that this should result in the movie being banned, but it’s kind of a shame that so many people think the Exodus myth has any significant basis in reality.

    • To be fair, it is based on myth.

      To be fair, though, much of what we say about the Middle East is part fact, part myth.

  • donboc posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    I feel the same way. Rebecca, you were the best part of SGU, and I’ll feel less motivation to listen now that you’re gone. I’ll still check in now and then, but I suspect it will no longer be weekly listening for me.

  • donboc posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Good article, Olivia. I’d just like to add that, while it’s surely true that “sometimes bad things do happen to bad people”, and while it’s good to keep that in mind, I’m not convinced that Shia Labeouf is a bad person.

  • donboc posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Thanks for this post, Nicole.

    I posted some comments online in support of Katie Mack’s (very reasonable) comments. For this, I was told by people who assumed I was a woman that they feel sorry for my husband since I’m a frigid bitch. They said that I’m in for a world of pain. They said they want to smash my face in with a brick. And I know…[Read more]

  • donboc posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Will, I basically agree with your post. But I think the bigger failure was on the part of the federally funded researchers and the journal (PNAS), which have rules forbidding this sort of uninformed consent, or the publishing thereof.

    I mean, Facebook might have done something unethical (and I think they probably did), but they didn’t, so far…[Read more]

  • So sorry you had this experience. FWIW, FledgelingSkeptic sounds right to me. There are some administration names here: http://www.dragoncon.org/?q=be_a_volunteer
    Pat Henry might be worth talking to or writing […]