Worth Reading – Part III

Time for another list of interesting articles and posts from my RSS feed. Since I’ve been busy for well over a week, I have nearly 700 entries to go through in my reader! Here’s a few number of highlights:

Atheism

Several flower shops refused to deliver flowers to Jessica Ahlquistwho recently won a lawsuit against her high school over prayer banners in school. The flower shop who ended up making the delivery, Glimpse of Gaia, stated that they “fully supports our First Amendment and will not be bullied by those who do not. Here’s to you, Jessica Ahlquist!”

LGBT – Gay Marriage

In LGBT news: “A number of large-city mayors in the US have formed a coalition with the hope to achieve same-sex marriage equality.”

Related links: Marry Me Minnesota – Non-profit organization for same sex marriage (via PZ Myers).

Science

An artificial brain has learned how to count without counting, much like our brain does. It is actually quite fun to test with your own brain-thingy. Try to look at a number of objects and guess how many there are without counting them. Usually humans can manage up to five. For more objects you group them into groups of five or less and add them up.

Fundies say the darnedest things

And so for sex-ed: Conservative and New Humanist Bad Faith Award winner Nadine Dorries seems to have come to her senses.

In the US Bible-belt, the state of Kentucky has decided to cut funding for education while maintaining funding for a theme park dedicated to promote mythology and pseudo-science. Nice way to “brain” up the place. After spending a week in the US Bible-belt, it is safe to say that education would be a better priority.

Also the state of Indiana has trouble separating science from pseudo-science.

Since I’m currently in the US, I was “lucky” enough to catch the presidential debate for the Republicans in South Carolina last weekend. I specifically noted – and facepalmed over – the oxymoron that is “pro-life”. Here’s an interesting blogpost about “pro-life” and feminism and one clearing up some misconceptions:

And some good news: “Despite months of fierce lobbying by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Obama administration announced today that it would not exempt Catholic hospitals from the Affordable Care Act requirement for insurance plans to cover employees’ birth control.”

Gaming

Finally, a bit about gaming and how many games portray female characters.

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