NEPA Freethought Society Podcast playlist

Justin Vacula and Rodney Collins of the NEPA Freethought Society
Justin Vacula and Rodney Collins of the NEPA Freethought Society

22 Episodes of the NEPA Freethought Society Podcast are now together in a YouTube playlist.

The NEPA Freethought Society Podcast hosted by Justin Vacula explores atheism, religion, and philosophy from a secular perspective. Episodes — recorded from September 2011 to October 2012 — include topical discussions, interviews, discussions with special guests, and debates.

Residents of the Northeastern Pennsylvania area are invited to join the NEPA Freethought Society at its new website.

Enjoy the playlist embedded below.

Episodes:

  • #22 – Interview with Dan Barker co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation 10/18/2012
  • #21 – Interview with Dr. David Kyle Johnson on ‘Natural Evil and the Simulation Hypothesis’ 9/26/2012
  • #20 – Interview with D.J. Grothe President of James Randi Education Foundation (JREF) 9/6/2012
  • #19 – Debate: ‘Does God Exist?’ – Justin Vacula vs. Dr. Ronda Chervin 8/24/2012
  • #18 – Interview with Edwina Rogers and Kelly Damerow of the Secular Coalition for America 8/16/2012
  • #17 – Interview with comedian Zachary Hammond 8/01/2012
  • #16 – Interview with Susan Jacoby 7/18/2012
  • #15 – Women in the Secular Community 7/02/2012
  • #14 – Interview with Jason Torpy – Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF) 6/20/2012
  • #13 – Religion, Psychology, and the Secular Therapist Project with Dr. Darrel Ray 6/06/2012
  • #12 – Practical Strategies to Combat Faith with Dr. Peter Boghossian 5/23/2012
  • #11 – Interview with melodic death metal band Ethereal Collapse 5/09/2012
  • #10 – Religion and the Workplace with Karla Porter 4/25/2012
  • #9 – Respecting Beliefs. 4/11/2012
  • #8 – Interview with Jen Hancock author of “The Humanist Approach to Happiness: Practical Wisdom” 2/21/2012
  • #7 – Debate review & The most inoffensive atheist ad campaign ever 2/14/2012
  • #6 – Interview with Sean Faircloth author of “Attack of the Theocrats!” 1/8/2012
  • #5 – Curious Bible Verses/Remembering Christopher Hitchens 1/4/2012
  • #4 – Debate: “Does the Christian God Exist?” 12/19/2011
  • #3 – Race & Religion 11/2011
  • #2 – Discussion on Religious Faith 10/2011
  • #1 – Discussion on Morals 09/2011

Feminist outrage following Volkswagen Superbowl commercial

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Although the surest Superbowl was ‘no’ concerning whether power would go out, a surer bet was ‘yes’ to ‘will feminist outrage follow the Superbowl.’

Although the Denver Broncos were devastated, I enjoyed watching last night’s Superbowl and was thoroughly entertained monitoring the outcomes of several novelty proposition bets surrounding the game including ‘Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform shirtless,’ ‘Will the announcing team mention the word marijuana,’ and ‘How many times will the announcing team mention the phrase 12th man.’

Following some televised commercials, I predicted that there would be feminist outrage after the Superbowl. Volkswagen featured a commercial, echoing a famous line from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, stating that when Volkswagen cars reach 100,000 miles “a German engineer gets his wings.”

The commercial, including a man being slapped in the face (which goes unmentioned by self-professed “feminist crusader” Elizabeth Plank), has drawn the ire of feminists, but hey, feminists are working on men’s issues (see the 40-second mark)!

http://youtu.be/ns-p0BdUB5o

Plank describes the Volkswagon commercial as “horrifyingly sexist” and asserts that the Volkswagen commercial is a transmission of the message that only men [“old white dudes”] can become engineers.

Since, at least according to one feminist organization, the field of engineering is dominated by men [see page 15] it is sensible to portray engineers as men. It also makes sense to portray engineers as men when the statement in the commercial, “…gets his wings” uses the male pronoun. It is likely the case that the male pronoun was preserved to not entirely derive from the famous American movie quote. Regardless of the original movie quote, men dominate the field of engineering, therefore it’s likely that portrayed engineers would be men.

Plank seems to believe that since “horrifyingly sexist” commercials like this exist, women are discouraged from entering the field of engineering…despite the fact that women just don’t seem to be interested in engineering and tend to instead prefer fields like nursing, library science, education, social work, and psychology [read more about this phenomena in a previous piece in which I cast skepticism on the ‘gender wage gap’ – even in European countries which are believed to rate higher than the United States in terms of ‘gender equality’ and even when government agencies financially intervene with aims to increase gender parity in certain fields.

Feminist outrage is the order of the day. Feminists like Plank dig through media, often proclaiming themselves as ‘popular culture critics,’ with preconceived notions of sexism, misogyny, and negative messaging about women…and [not] surprisingly they ‘find’ what they knew they were already looking for.

If women want to break through the so-called ‘gender pay gap’ or the ‘glass ceiling’ [whether or not they exist], women ought to take initiative and actually do something about a state of affairs in which they view as unfavorable rather than complaining about Superbowl commercials and further tarnishing whatever good ideas people have surrounding feminism – the supposed movement for women’s rights and ‘gender equality.’ Take a cue from Ready to Run Northeastern Pennsylvania – a group which recently hosted an event to not only inspire women to become active in politics, but also provided needed tools and knowledge to facilitate a goal.

I could perhaps understand a response to the commercial encouraging a rephrase of the ‘…his wings’ quote and a portrayal of both men and women as engineers, but calling the commercial “horrifyingly sexist” and drawing conclusions that the commercial transmits the message that “only men can be engineers” is simply overboard and unwarranted.

Feminism – the radical notion that Superbowl commercials oppress women and keep them from attaining higher-paying engineering jobs despite the fact that women, as a group, just aren’t interested in engineering.

Jacks or Better Basic Strategy

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Video 7 in my new ReferLocal.com Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs video poker series is now available!

This video series will show you optimal strategies — beyond and at the video poker machines — to break even or get close to it while eating for free at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs through use of deals offered at ReferLocal.com.

This video will discuss basic strategy of Jacks or Better video poker. Stay tuned for more videos in the series.

See other videos in this playlist here.

Learn more about the series in my introductory piece here.

Here’s video #7:

http://youtu.be/w-4lpwhyZ2Y

As always, feel free to leave comments here and on YouTube. I plan to release multiple videos per week. Stay tuned for new, fresh content here, on my YouTube channel, and in the series playlist.

Your first video poker session at Mohegan Sun

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Video 6 in my new ReferLocal.com Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs video poker series is now available!

This video series will show you optimal strategies — beyond and at the video poker machines — to break even or get close to it while eating for free at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs through use of deals offered at ReferLocal.com.

This video will prepare you for your first session of video poker at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Since your first session can be quite intimidating, I do my best to dispel confusion providing valuable tips to maximize your return. Don’t lose money because of ignorance. Stay tuned for example of play with live commentary.

Stay tuned for future videos!

See other videos in this playlist here.

Learn more about the series in my introductory piece here.

Here’s video #6:

http://youtu.be/CFSv4Ff3yWs

As always, feel free to leave comments here and on YouTube. I plan to release multiple videos per week. Stay tuned for new, fresh content here, on my YouTube channel, and in the series playlist.