Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom is very racist & sexist

Many kids have movies they love to watch over and over again. One of mine was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I’ve just seen it again for the first time in 15+ years. I suspected that it’d probably be quite racist but it exceeded my racism+sexism expectations by a lot. Another childhood favourite struck off the list! Many people hate the mere idea of criticising a movie for being racist/sexist. A good resource about the problems with this is these three posts by Heina Dadhaboy. And if you want a case of specific harm from racist movie stereotypes, […]

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Cargo cult skepticism

There have been Deep Rifts™ within the atheist and skeptical communities [in English-speaking countries]. These have now been covered enough in the wider media that you might have heard of them even if you don’t identify with any of those groups. Just in the last 2 months, there have been numerous sexual assault/rape allegations against Michael Shermer, an art exhibit made by Amy Davis Roth out of all the harassment her and other women in the community have received and numerous “debates” around some really sexist stuff said by Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. I won’t make an argument because […]

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Against the term “offensive”

I have a pet peeve: the use of the term “offensive”. Ok, it’s more than a pet peeve – I think its use in public discourse is misleading and harmful. To start, here are some uses of “offensive” that are particularly cringeworthy: You don’t have a right not to be offended It’s good and important to be offensive The PC crowd is desperate to be offended He’s a #bravehero who doesn’t worry about causing offense Do I offend you? Tough Often what follows is rank bigotry. What provides it cover is the conflation of offensive’s two meanings. The first is […]

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The “secrets” of happiness are simple

Most of us blunder through life’s complications – but if Einstein, Gandhi, Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama have taught us anything it’s that the simple truths about happiness are still valid. Here is the collective wisdom of the last few thousand years that They don’t want you to know about: Eat healthy. You are what you eat. Make sure that your chef is always using enough fresh, organic, biodynamic vegetables in cooking. Sure, it might be more convenient to have your chef pan fry that wagyu steak but that’s a shortcut. Isn’t it more delicious, tender and healthy to […]

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Lack of feminism is an existential threat to humanity

No, I don’t think I’m exaggerating here. The consensus for population growth has been that the world will peak at around 9 billion towards the middle of this century with a levelling off or even a slight drop-off. The main reason for this is that we’re having fewer children across the world – the effects of which will be felt decades later. Now, a new study in Science that the UN and others are paying lots of attention to is adjusting the projections upwards based on more recent data. Things do not look good for sustainability. There is now a […]

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Resources for “real names” policy bullshit

A few weeks ago, the intertubes went abuzz with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s latest case of foot-in-mouth disease. Here’s the now-infamous quote [source]: Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity Alongside this, Facebook tightened the enforcement of its real names policy. They’ve since reversed their policy and apologised, as did Google+ a few months ago. ADDED: Apparently Facebook are still enforcing the policy. During the period of enforcement, if your name didn’t appear to be genuine enough to a Facebook quality control auditor, your account may be suspended until you can prove who you […]

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What shall we do? | Part 9 on Gaza

This series is about Israel’s policies in Gaza. I think they’re so unconscionable that I can’t believe they’re up for debate even among Jews — and yet they are. Instead of criticising Israel, I invite you to explore the basis and consequences of a pro-Israel’s-policy view. I’m not naive about changing minds but gotta try. This is for you if you: (1) support Israel’s policies in Gaza and the West Bank (2) consider Palestinians and Israelis to be equally human, their lives equally valuable and (3) don’t consider Jews to be a superior race. Part 1|Part 2|Part 3|Part 4|Part 5|Part […]

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The greatest of conspiracies? | Part 8 on Gaza

This series is about Israel’s policies in Gaza. I think they’re so unconscionable that I can’t believe they’re up for debate even among Jews — and yet they are. Instead of criticising Israel, I invite you to explore the basis and consequences of a pro-Israel’s-policy view. I’m not naive about changing minds but gotta try. This is for you if you: (1) support Israel’s policies in Gaza and the West Bank (2) consider Palestinians and Israelis to be equally human, their lives equally valuable and (3) don’t consider Jews to be a superior race. Part 1|Part 2|Part 3|Part 4|Part 5|Part […]

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Moral wars and justification | Part 7 on Gaza

This series is about Israel’s policies in Gaza. I think they’re so unconscionable that I can’t believe they’re up for debate even among Jews — and yet they are. Instead of criticising Israel, I invite you to explore the basis and consequences of a pro-Israel’s-policy view. I’m not naive about changing minds but gotta try. This is for you if you: (1) support Israel’s policies in Gaza and the West Bank (2) consider Palestinians and Israelis to be equally human, their lives equally valuable and (3) don’t consider Jews to be a superior race. Part 1|Part 2|Part 3|Part 4|Part 5|Part […]

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On media bias | Part 6 on Gaza

This series is about Israel’s policies in Gaza. I think they’re so unconscionable that I can’t believe they’re up for debate even among Jews — and yet they are. Instead of criticising Israel, I invite you to explore the basis and consequences of a pro-Israel’s-policy view. I’m not naive about changing minds but gotta try. This is for you if you: (1) support Israel’s policies in Gaza and the West Bank (2) consider Palestinians and Israelis to be equally human, their lives equally valuable and (3) don’t consider Jews to be a superior race. Part 1|Part 2|Part 3|Part 4|Part 5|Part […]

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