Mounting Casualities

Looks like Thunderf00t and Greg Laden have been run off Free Thought Blogs.:

We are parting company with two of our bloggers: Thunderf00t and Greg Laden. We wish them both the best but, unfortunately, their behavior towards other members of the community has made it impossible to keep them as part of our network. This is not a matter of a disagreement or difference of opinion, but of behavior that we cannot condone or support.

Didn’t take Thunderf00t long to get accused of bad behavior.  About a week if I recall.   There must be something we didn’t see, because the only “behavior” I ever saw him display was rational examination of what are the most irrational claims being thrown at atheists and skeptics since the quieting of the flat Earth contingent.

Congratulations to the the American Girlyban!!  Your list of scalps continues to grow even as the level of attention (and mockery) you bring to yourselves and skeptics in general hits new levels of vapidity.  I am not sure what Greg Laden is accused of.  I had already quit reading FTB and only returned when Thunderf00t joined.  I need to go back and examine what dastardly deed caused Mr. Laden’s eviction.  I suspect it was rational thinking based on Thunderf00t, but maybe the Gasbagging Girlyban are fingering him as “creepy elevator guy”?  I always assumed it was PZ Myers, but whocouldanode?

I left the following comment on this blog in response to the news that yet another (male) blogger is throwing in the towel from the continual bashing he is getting from the Gasbaggers.  Best Wishes to CoffeeLovingSkeptic.

I try to steer away from the more vulgar assessments of Baby Becca, even if I agree that what she is doing IS downright vulgar.  I never met her (or any of you) except on the blogs.  I attend ALL the major conferences though (on Youtube…lol).

She will not be shamed (or reasoned) into admitting her inter-group terrorism is unnecessary and obnoxious, no matter what approach one uses.  I came out-of-the-gate (Attack of the American Girlyban) with a mix of humor, mocking satire, and sarcasm hoping to induce a bit of shame.  At the end of the day, nobody who worries about security at heavily attended events held in classy hotels (often casinos with uber security btw) should be taken seriously.  Such concerns are CLEARLY irrational.

Many skeptics of higher regard than myself weighed in on the initial creepy elevator guy incident, the most noted being Richard Dawkins, who not coincidentally said exactly the right thing in about the right tone of voice.  Dawkins is certainly not considered a firebrand by anyone except the crazy religious crowd.  When his viewpoint was met with such hostility, it prompted me to engage.  Not only because I am a HUGE Richard Dawkins fan, but also because his viewpoint and mine were in accord.

It was almost a year ago today that I penned the original American Girlyban column.  I won’t link whore.  Google finds me quick enough for those who desire, and unlike CoffeeLovingSkeptic, I won’t be cowed into submission or silence by a bunch of spoiled, yuppie post teenagers with bad attitudes.  Nothing short of a massive “cloud” failure is slowing down my output.  I do Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and Yelp.  I have been blogging since before Blogger was Blogger (Pyra Labs).  My Yahoo email account was established in 1998, and it wasn’t my first.  So bring it on.

FWIW, I am not “doing” Freethoughtblogs anymore.  Thunderf00t was the last straw for me, though with the introduction of the all the earlier banning and blocking, it was already coming to resemble a bad replica of nearly any Creationist or ID website.  They can all sit around over at Freethoughtblogs curling each other’s hair and painting each other’s toenails while PZ Myers does tantalizing things to them with octopus tentacles.  I don’t care.

I have taken to cross-posting my longer comments to my blog before submitting, since these days, one never knows if their comments will meet with the approval of the host.  I don’t mind being shunned, but I won’t be shouted down.  There weren’t any WMD’s in Iraq, and there is nothing dangerous for women attending conferences of skeptics that requires the level of bullshit, whining and focus that the American Girlyban have proffered.

Enjoy.

Testing Theories

There are some competing theories bouncing around the skeptical blogosphere concerning security for women at conferences.  Rebecca Watson, aka Skepchick, made some very public claims concerning the safety of women at skeptic-atheist conferences, and there is some seemingly solid reporting, that female attendance at these conferences is way down.

One point raised as a reason for feminine drop in attendance is the false impression of insecurity that the Skepchick over-promotion and hype on Elevator Guy started last year, and now apparently extends to infinity and beyond as well.  Welcome to FTB, Thunderf00t!!

Let’s examine two possible future skeptic conference advertising strategies just to see how they might play out in actual practice.

Option One.  (Lubricant not provided)

What the world needs now ISN’T love sweet love.  No indeed.  What the world needs now are sexual harassment policies at atheist conventions.  That’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.

Henceforth, we shall only advertise skeptic events with a minimum of 50% of all our advertising stressing and highlighting our forward-thinking sexual harassment policies.  We’re gonna do this not just because we aren’t dicks (or that we’ve been sufficiently butt-hurt by the Girlyban Gasbaggers), but because we want to get as many women to participate in our events as possible.

Predictive analysis:  Our advertising is successful and we attract even more emotionally and sexually immature females to join our group.  Overheard at future conference, “You want a peek at my voluptuous neurosis or did you really just want to share a cup of coffee?”

Option Two. (Burning JeebusMan)

We advertise our events as being as close to a good old fashioned Roman orgy as you can get without the invention of a time machine.  Burning Man without the sand.  Thinking outside the box, maybe we even book it at a Vegas Hotel.  Nothing says P A R T Y like a nice Vegas Hotel.  We warn all women who dare to come that they should expect an overabundance of nerdy, yet horny science geeks, with more testosterone than common sense.  Make sure to highlight that many of the male participants will be coming directly out of the social development womb of their parents basements and heading directly to the casino bars, where they will be dulling their already blunted social acumen by consuming copious amounts of alcohol.  Be sue to point out that for all their sexual braggadocio, these guys are easy to pussy-whip into compliance, and being above average intelligence, often make productive mates and good fathers.   In other words, honesty in advertising.

Predictive analysis:  A successful conclusion to such an ad strategy could result in a huge increase in female attendance, The kind of females most likely to respond to such an appeal would be free-spirited hippie chicks with limited inhibitions and toothy smiles.   We sell more tickets to women and men.  Attendance goes through the roof.

Enjoy.