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Middle School Kids: Stuck in a Home School Rut? Try a bit of Code.Org

Every day, it seems more and more kids in the crucial middle school years are in the middle of a home schooling situation. Are you one of those kids? Maybe it’s because your parents are so zealous that they don’t want you to hear about ideas outside the family religion. Maybe it’s because you left [...]

Plant It Forward

There are many things going wrong in the world, and we write about a good deal of them here at Irregular Times. However, it’s important from time to time to give simple recognition to some of the positive efforts that people are making things a bit better in the world.

Among these is the Plant [...]

Hard Dawn’s Beautiful Satire Of Right Wing Conspiracy Theorists

Right wing conspiracy theory web sites are adept at skirting the line between leading questions and blatant falsehoods. They offer questions that suggest to gullible readers that the ideas being questioned are, in fact, well-established, supported by evidence. For example, the sites Pakalert Press and Before It’s News are currently presenting articles with the following [...]

Safe Haven For Emerging Secular Americans

My earliest memories of religion are experiences with harassment. Living in communities where Christianity was the norm, I was openly nontheist when I was young. Other people didn’t want me to be that way. I got nasty notes in my locker telling me to accept Jesus or else. There were taunts on the playground. Even [...]

Finding the Principles of the Forward Together Movement

Earlier today, blogger Docdawg reflected on his participation in the second year of weekly “Moral Mondays” protests held in Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina:

“In the face of Moral Mondays’ incessant reminders of NC voters’ discontent and revulsion, state Republicans (not too long ago a fearsomely united bloc) are beginning to unravel at [...]

Outrage Over Greece v. Galloway Supreme Court Decision Grows

Recent writings in protest of the Greece v. Galloway decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, allowing religious discrimination against non-Christians by local governments in the United States. [...]

The Mallard Of Diversity

GBIF looks like an acronym that could be scribbled on the inside cover of a schoolgirl’s notebook, representing an expression of earnest affection – some variant of BFF. In fact, it represents a more serious idea: A place to collect data from observations of living organisms – the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.

The Global Biodiversity [...]

Shame On Senator Feinstein

A genuine grassroots coalition of 24 organizations and over two thousand individuals from California has come together to sign an open letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein, deploring her consistent support for abusive government programs that use electronic communications networks to spy on Americans. The coalition, calling itself Shame On Feinstein, expresses “concern and outrage”, and [...]

Before Saturday’s Surveillance Protest: Meet, Debate, and Encrypt

You should already know that on Saturday, October 26 there will be a protest against massive unconstitutional surveillance of the American people in Washington, DC. If you want to take part, show up outside Union Station at 12 noon for a march to the U.S. Capitol building. The weather looks like it will be great [...]

Know of a nifty Liberal Utah Group or News Source? Tell Me About It!

For a while now, we’ve been maintaining a list of liberal social movement organizations and news sources for Utah and Utahns. It’s a pretty conservative state, all right, but the last time we looked a few years ago we were surprised at the number of vibrant, active groups on the left.

Tonight, I headed over [...]

After Using Surveillance Outrage to Collect Personal Information, Alan Grayson Offers No Legislation

Two and a half months ago, Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida used outrage at the unfolding NSA surveillance scandal to declare his intention to offer an amendment to an otherwise unrelated piece of legislation. That amendment would have ended the NSA’s massive collection of personally identifiable information without a direct connection to terrorism. The idea [...]