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Book Club: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha... [caption id="attachment_2131" align="alignright" width="197"] The Emperor of All Maladies[/caption]This month's book is The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, an oncologist...

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Blog Post: An Open Letter to the United States Congress

Posted on : 04-11-2011 | By : Todd W. | In : Blog Post, Member Post, news

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(This is cross-posted from Harpocrates Speaks.)

Dear Members of Congress,

I recently learned that you passed, overwhelmingly, a resolution (PDF) reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States. I am left to wonder, why?

Have you, unbeknown to the rest of the country, implemented legislation to help create jobs? Have you worked to improve health care? Cut down our debt? Eliminate waste?

How much time did you take away from important matters to not only vote on this, but to draft, read, refer to committee, approve and all the steps required to bring this to the full House?

Site Updates – Old accounts removed

Posted on : 06-06-2011 | By : maggie | In : news

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FYI, I’ve done some major updates recently and part of the cleanup included removing a lot (LOT) of un-used accounts (most by spammers/seo jerks who just sign up but never log in).

If your account was never used (no comments) and was older than 90 days, I’m afraid it’s been deleted. No worries, though, you can re-register at any time. We’d love to hear comments from any and all of you. So don’t be shy. :)

Thanks,
Maggie

Forums – we can haz them!

Posted on : 10-10-2010 | By : maggie | In : Blog Post, news

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That’s right. Forums. Where all you Boston-y skeptics can gab to your heart’s content, make suggestions, dig deeper into the book club books and whatever else you want to do.

But, on top of this, you’re the first group taking part in something that, we all hope, will take off and help grow and nurture grassroots skepticism. The site hosting the forums is called Skather and it will provide forums for us and other groups across the US and around the world. And each of those groups and its members can share and talk between groups. Skepticamps can collaborate, speakers can network, resources can be shared and, most importantly, ideas can be nurtured and grown among not just one group, but anyone who’s interested.

As the site grows, more things will be added (shared calendars of events, for example) and it’s hoped that this will help bring us all together globally just a little bit more. Skather will also be hosting forums for national and international groups who want to take part as well as giving national and cross-national organizers a chance to talk with each other and make grassroots skepticism more effective overall (which is already happening as I type this… big thanks for Travis Roy for kicking that into gear — more on that later).

So please visit and participate. You can sign up the old fashioned way, or simply (and securely) use Facebook Connect to join up using your Facebook account (only the bare minimum of data is used and you have full control over what details are imported). You can rate threads and, if you use Facebook Connect when signing up, even ‘Like’ them on Facebook (and, if you choose, post any new thread you start to your Facebook wall). But, that’s your call, everything is configurable. You can also sign up normally and then link your Facebook account later.

I (Maggie) started a couple of threads to kick things off, but they’re your forums so talk about whatever’s on your mind. I also want to thank Andrew V for being patient with me. He suggested this ages ago, but I couldn’t talk about Skather back then so I’ve kind of skirted the issue until now. :)

Click the ‘Forums’ link up top or head over to http://skather.com and look under USA -> MA for our forum.

** Yes, the forums will be moderated, first by each group’s owner/organizers/moderators and then by ‘super moderators’ at Skather. So if any trolls show up, rate them down and/or let someone know. Skather’s moderation policies aren’t all up yet, but will be soon. They’ll be very similar to those at, say, the JREF and will err on the side of keeping communication open but civil. Hostility and craziness won’t have a place there. **

Observatory Nights – Geeky Fun For the Whole Family

Posted on : 15-09-2010 | By : maggie | In : local, news

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If you’re looking for fun on Thursday nights, how about some science-y fun? The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics holds monthly observatory events open to all (including kids).

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge sponsors free programs for the public on the third Thursday of every month (excluding June, July, and December). “Observatory Nights” feature a nontechnical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. The lectures are intended for high-school age and older audiences but children are also welcome. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. Doors open at 7:00 pm; programs begin at 7:30 pm. Parking is free.

This Thursday (tomorrow) is Jeffrey Bennett’s “Beyond UFOs: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and its Astonishing Implications for our Future”. A look at the real searches for life in the worlds beyond our mesosphere and what it means for today and tomorrow.
CfA website