Typhoons are bad.

Skepticon is officially taking a controversial stance on typhoons: typhoons are bad. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) is beyond awfulHaiyan-nasa.

You can help in two big ways at Skepticon.

This Friday at 1PM, Dale McGowan, founder of Foundation Beyond Belief is skyping in to Skepticon’s main stage to talk about the typhoon and how the humanist community is coming together to help with this and other disasters in the future. Expect hats to be passed at the event, but you don’t have to wait to contribute, click here.

If you’re short on cash and still want to help, next door to Skepticon is an event called Meals a Million. There you will be able to pack meals that fight hunger around the world. This year, they are sending a portion of its food to the Philippines as part of the relief effort. Space is very limited, but to help keep them working at capacity, Skepticon’s volunteers will be announcing opportunities to get involved.

Skepticon VANTS YOUR BLAHD!

There will be a blood drive at Skepticon on Friday Nov. 15 from 1-5 PM.

Bleh!

Bleh!

For this new project, the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is bringing a truckload of beds and a small army of volunteers.  Let’s dazzle them and make them wish they brought another truck!

Get involved and sign up early. Sign-ups will be available in the morning.

The drive itself will happen in the Atrium (the big room outside all the workshops).  See you there!

P.S. Regardless of if you are donating, stop by and sign a petition to take remove the ban on gay blood. Because gay panic is lame.

SK6 Launches Super Serious Schism

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When you check in, you will be given a colored armband and an important mission: Win.

It’s the ultimate showdown of Red Team vs Team Blue and it could decide everything. Help your team win points to achieve victory and get the  TOTALLY AWESOME PRIZE!* How do you get in on this? At Skepticon, you can give blood, register to vote, even pack meals for Africa. There are also secret shenanigans to be announced at the event.

Make sure your friends are registered so that they can take part in the antics.

*High fives, bragging rights, and compliments to your attention to footnotes.

Meet the Sponsor: Secular Woman (SW)

Donate-DinoDear Skepticoners,

One of our most amazing sponsors this year is Secular Woman (SW). From their website:

Secular Woman, Inc. is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Georgia in June of 2012. Secular Woman is currently preparing its application for recognition by the Internal Revenue Service of exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. Currently, there are seven Secular Woman Board of Directors.

Mission

The mission of Secular Woman is to amplify the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious women.

Vision

Secular Woman envisions a future in which women without supernatural beliefs have the opportunities and resources they need to participate openly and confidently as respected voices of leadership in the secular community and every aspect of society.

We couldn’t be happier for their support in making this year’s Skepticon happen and are so grateful that they are helping us with travel grants! Please head over to their Facebook or Twitter and give them some Skepticon love!

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Many, many thanks to a great sponsor!

The Skepticon Team

Meet the Sponsor: Polaris Financial Planning

Donate-DinoDear Skepticoners,

One of our most amazing sponsors this year is Polaris Financial Planning. From their website:

Polaris Financial Planning LLC, is a “fee-only” registered investment advisor and does not receive money from anyone other than the paying clients.  Phil Ferguson is an investment advisor representative with 15 years of experience and president of Polaris.  Polaris is only registered in the state of Illinois.  If client(s) are obtained in other states, Polaris will contact states to obtain registration if required.

Polaris Financial Planning is committed to supporting the growing secular movement in the United States and donates at least 10% of all revenue to support this cause.

We couldn’t be happier for their support in making this year’s Skepticon happen and highly encourage all of you to head over to their Facebook or Twitter and give them some Skepticon love!

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Many, many thanks to a great sponsor!

The Skepticon Team

Meet the Sponsor: Kansas City Atheist Coalition (KCAC)

Donate-DinoDear Skepticoners,

One of our most amazing sponsors this year is the Kansas City Atheist Coalition (KCAC). From their website:

The Kansas City Atheist Coalition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization. Our mission is to advance atheism through activism, philanthropy, education and the cultivation of a positive secular community.

Inspired by the strides that local leaders have made in the community and with the encouragement of American Atheists leader David Silverman, several leaders in the Kansas City atheist community decided to form a nonprofit organization to encourage greater unity, outgoing activist efforts and charitable outlets for members. Above all, we want to offer our members a community of like-minded people while at the same time giving the public an opportunity to learn from us as “out” atheists.

We couldn’t be happier for their support in making this year’s Skepticon happen and highly encourage all of you to head over to their Facebook or Twitter and give them some Skepticon love!

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Many, many thanks to a great sponsor!

The Skepticon Team

Meet the Sponsor: Atheist Alliance International (AAI)

Donate-DinoDear Skepticoners,

One of our most amazing sponsors this year is Atheist Alliance International (AAI). From their website:

Atheist Alliance International’s vision is a secular world where public policy, scientific inquiry and education are not influenced by religious beliefs, but based upon sound reasoning, rationality and evidence.

Atheist Alliance International’s mission is to challenge and confront religious faith, to strengthen global atheism by promoting the growth and interaction of atheist/freethought organisations around the world and to undertake international educational and advocacy projects.

We couldn’t be happier for their support in making this year’s Skepticon happen and highly encourage all of you to head over to their Facebook or Twitter and give them some Skepticon love!

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Many, many thanks to a great sponsor!

The Skepticon Team

Meet the Sponsor: Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB)

Donate-DinoDear Skepticoners,

One of our most amazing sponsors this year is Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB). From their website:

Foundation Beyond Belief is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation created to focus, encourage and demonstrate humanist generosity and compassion.

Our programs include:

HUMANIST GIVING, featuring five charitable organizations per quarter, one in each of the following cause areas:

  • Education
  • Poverty and Health
  • Human Rights
  • The Natural World
  • Challenge the Gap (charities based in other worldviews)

Members join the Foundation by signing up for a monthly automatic donation in the amount of their choice, then set up personal profiles to indicate how they would like their contribution distributed among the five categories.
At the end of each quarter, all donations designated for our featured charities are forwarded, no percentage is retained, and a new slate of beneficiaries is selected.

BEYOND BELIEF NETWORK, a network of over 75 local freethought organizations across the U.S. putting compassionate humanism into action through community volunteering and fundraising.

HUMANIST CRISIS RESPONSE, raising funds and awareness for major humanitarian crises worldwide.

PATHFINDERS PROJECTa yearlong international service trip (July 2013-July 2014). Four humanists are undertaking clean water, education, and sustainability projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America while gathering information and establishing partnerships to build an ongoing Humanist Service Corps.

We couldn’t be happier for their support in making this year’s Skepticon happen and highly encourage all of you to head over to their Facebook or Twitter and give them some Skepticon love!

FBB_logoMany, many thanks to a great sponsor!

The Skepticon Team

Meet the Sponsor: American Atheists

Donate-DinoDear Skepticoners,

One of our most amazing sponsors this year is American Atheists. From their website:

Since 1963, American Atheists has been the premier organization fighting for the civil liberties of atheists and the total, absolute separation of government and religion. American Atheists was born out of a court case begun in 1959 by the Murray family which challenged prayer recitation in the public schools.

That case, Murray v. Curlett, was a landmark in American jurisprudence on behalf of our First Amendment rights. It began:

“Your petitioners are atheists, and they define their lifestyle as follows. An atheist loves himself and his fellow man instead of a god. An atheist accepts that heaven is something for which we should work now – here on earth – for all men together to enjoy. An atheist accepts that he can get no help through prayer, but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it and to enjoy it. An atheist accepts that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help lead to a life of fulfillment.”

Now in its 50th year, American Atheists is dedicated to working for the civil rights of atheists, promoting separation of state and church, and providing information about atheism.

We couldn’t be happier for their support in making this year’s Skepticon happen and highly encourage all of you to head over to their Facebook or Twitter and give them some Skepticon love!

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Many, many thanks to a great sponsor!

The Skepticon Team

Meet the Sponsor: American Humanist Association (AHA)

Donate-DinoDear Skepticoners,

One of our very awesome sponsors this year is the American Humanist Association (AHA). From their website:

We strive to bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted way to live life. We are accomplishing this through our defense of civil liberties and secular governance, by our outreach to the growing number of people without traditional religious faith, and through a continued refinement and advancement of the humanist worldview.

Humanism encompasses a variety of nontheistic views (atheism, agnosticism, rationalism, naturalism, secularism, and so forth) while adding the important element of a comprehensive worldview and set of ethical values – values that are grounded in the philosophy of the Enlightenment, informed by scientific knowledge, and driven by a desire to meet the needs of people in the here and now.

We count humanists and other nontheists as the core of our movement but are always willing to work with friends and allies on issues of common concern. The positions we hold and the actions we take are not simply for our own benefit, but for the betterment of all of society and the world in which we live.

We couldn’t be happier for their support in making this year’s Skepticon happen and highly encourage all of you to head over to their Facebook or Twitter and give them some Skepticon love!

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Many thanks to a great sponsor!

The Skepticon Team