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Gretchen Koch
Attended Texas Christian University
Lived in Wichita, KS
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Oversexualize? Overnope.
Last November during BlizzCon, I wrote a post critiquing the design of some of the female playable characters as compared to the male characters in the newly revealed but not yet released FPS game Overwatch. In it, I addressed the following comment made by ...
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Brief summary and context of yesterday's violence in Copenhagen
Yesterday a symposium to discuss blasphemy and the meaning of free speech was held at a cafe in Copenhagen called Krudttønden. In attendance at this meeting was Lars Vilks, a 68 year old Swedish man upon whose head the Islamic State placed a $100,000 bounty...
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Calling it justice doesn't make it just
Barack Obama shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's new king Salman Credit: Jim Bourg/Reuters Apparently in the uproar over beheadings committed by ISIS, some have noticed that America's ally Saudi Arabia has  committed quite a few of them as well: The escalation...
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Watching Charlie
The manhunt for the terrorists continues. At least three mosques in various French cities have been attacked. News sources deliberate whether to repost the covers of various Charlie Hebdo magazines which were offensive to Muslims, unsure whether doing so wo...
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Things you should read
The NYPD's 'Work Stoppage' Is Surreal . Matt Taibbi describes the strange twist of New York's Police Benevolent Association (which becomes a more and more ironic title by the minute) deciding to start making arrests "only when they have to" in order to try ...
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How many fallacies can one shirt hold?
Let me count the ones I see . 1. Obey the law, and you have nothing to fear. 2. Break the law, and you deserve to be tortured to death. 3. Rules #1 and #2 are applied equally to all Americans. 4. Police never break the law themselves. 5. When they do, they ...
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Nothing more spectacular about him
The BBC has a profile on Omar El-Hussein, the man who carried out Saturday's killings in Copenhagen. He apparently was assisted by two other men , who have since been taken in police custody. They were charged with providing El-Hussein with weapons and help...
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Naming of names
At work the other day, we got into a discussion about names. Weird family names, bizarre nicknames, the difference (if any) between your given name and the name you have now, and how that came to be. We talked about how it's impossible to find a name for yo...
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In the virtue stakes, reverence leaves empathy at the starting line
In France, individual citizens run a satirical magazine, the Charlie Hebdo, which publishes cartoons making fun of Muhammad among countless other current world leaders and historical figures. In retaliation, terrorists storm the office and murder 12 people ...
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The rich and the poor alike are forbidden to stand on dogs
On New Year's Day, a group of photos showed up in my Facebook news feed. It turned out to be a holiday greeting from Sarah Palin. "Happy New Year!" she said. "May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward. Trig just rem...
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Odds and ends-- blog redesign/freeze peaches for sale
So, two things to mention here. First, hey look! New blog design. I've been wanting to change it for quite some time to something more clean and minimalist, and am pretty happy with how things are now. Though I do talk about personal issues from time to tim...
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When doxing is okay
Doxing (from dox, abbreviation of documents), alternatively spelled doxxing, is the Internet-based practice of researching and broadcasting personally identifiable information about an individual. -- Wikipedia In some cases, this "research" involves simply ...
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I'm... Not sure if I agree with this. Will try to post more coherent thoughts soonish.
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  • Texas Christian University
    Religious Studies, 1998 - 2000
  • University of Manchester
    Religion and Culture, 2003 - 2005
  • University of Aarhus
    Religion and Cognition, 2005 - 2009
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