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Atheists Gravatus

A call to end the stigma.

May 3rd, 2007 · Written by · 6 Comments

Atheist vs Theist

“I am nothing,” she says, her eyes avoiding mine. In her face I see contradictory tinges of apathy and embarrassment, further complicating the interpretation of her already polysemous declaration. I am nothing. Maybe she thinks her life is a failure. Maybe she feels ineffectual in some specific regard. Or maybe she has accepted her relative unimportance in the vast cosmos. […]

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An Impractical Obsession

May 3rd, 2007 · Written by · No Comments


”I would rather be dumb than be a slut, but I would rather be a slut than be fat or ugly.”

This statement was made by an 18-year-old girl taking part in Lauren Greenfield’s widely acclaimed traveling photo series entitled “Girl Culture.” In the series, Greenfield photographs women and young girls, displaying their thoughts about their bodies and the obsessions resulting from the Westernized view of ideal beauty alongside the photos.

Unfortunately, statements such as this have become all too familiar among the youth of America. […]

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Silencing Science

How ExxonMobil and the Whitehouse have duped the public about the "uncertainty" behind climate change.

March 3rd, 2007 · Written by · No Comments


If you’ve seen Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, allegations that the Bush Administration manipulated federally-funded studies in order to downplay the threat of global warming are hardly any surprise. These manipulations have expectedly muddied the picture on global warming throughout the general public’s mindscape.

But now Congress is finally taking notice. […]

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Hiding in the Center

The Senate’s too passive to cut off surge funding. Democrats aren’t weak in numbers – just courage.

March 3rd, 2007 · Written by · No Comments

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing in February on whether certain civilian officials in the Pentagon manipulated intelligence to support the Administration’s decision to go to war against Iraq four years ago. At the end of the hearing, the committee’s new chairman, Senator Carl Levin, wagged his finger at the Pentagon’s Inspector General, calling the report the most “devastating” he’d seen in his Senate career. Levin, it seemed, hadn’t been quite steamed about anything in a while – including the President’s recent unveiling of the troop “surge.” […]

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A Bull in a China Shop

A Call for an Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq

March 3rd, 2007 · Written by · No Comments

Last November, many Americans were celebrating the new Democratic majority in the House and Senate. Outrage and concern over the Iraq War had forced Democratic and Republican candidates to address not only the government’s decision to go to war, but also the handling of the war since 2003. More often than not, candidates who advocated a change in course were elected. These results clearly challenged the Bush administration policy of “staying the course.”

But rather than heeding the voice of the people, on Jan. 11 President Bush dismissed overwhelming disapproval of the war, ignored military advisors’ skepticism over a “surge” in forces, and announced an increase of 21,500 troops in Iraq.[…]

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