Time to Get Your Flu Shot

English: Entrance to the headquarters of the C...
Entrance to the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to the Centers for Disease Control, less than half of Americans get a flu immunization each year (reported in the Jackson Free Press). Are that many people afraid this vaccine could give them Autism? Or maybe they have an alternative means of escaping the flu.

But seriously, I admit that there have been a couple of years when I forgot to get my flu shot. This is unwise since I work in a busy university setting where I can count on being exposed to nearly every contagious illness that seems to sweep through the students. I need to get my shot not just because I don't want to get sick (which I don't) but also because I don't want to spread it to others. Perhaps I do have a bit of humanism in me after all.


Seeking Posts From Atheists in Mississippi

we need a resolution by aramismarron
I write four blogs, including this one. Two of them are work-related. They are fairly easy to maintain because they are used to distribute news, only have to be updated periodically, and require only short update-type posts. On the other hand, they aren't even mildly enjoyable and are more of an obligation than anything else. The primary drain on my blogging time is my main blog, Atheist Revolution. I do enjoy it most of the time, but there is no denying that it takes a considerable amount of my focus. That leaves me with relatively little time for Mississippi Atheists.

It has been obvious for some time that I do not have the time to maintain the Mississippi Atheists blog on any sort of regular posting schedule. I've reached the point where I'm okay with that. I can post occasionally here, on the Facebook page, and on the Twitter account and not worry about it the rest of the time. And yes, occasional posting is all I am likely to do. Of course, I think it would be great to have some co-authors or even occasional contributors too. And that is where you come in.


Jackson Mayor Promotes Prayer

Take a look at this tweet from Tony Yarber, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.

Forget for a moment that this is an elected official who should know better than to promote his religious beliefs from office. Set aside the notion that the Christian community of Jackson would be up in arms if a Muslim mayor were to do this. And forget for a moment that Mayor Yarber is tasked with working on behalf of all the residents of Jackson, including the atheists who live there.


Voting Reminded Me Where I Am

English: Current Lamar County Courthouse in Pu...
Lamar County Courthouse in Purvis, Mississippi, circa 1956. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When I entered my local voting precinct this morning to vote in the state primary, the optics that greeted me were a powerful reminder of my location and why things are the way they are. The large room was nearly empty except for the poll workers who were sitting three to a table behind approximately six or seven small tables. I'd estimate that there were maybe eight other people in the process of voting when I arrived. No surprise there - poor voter turnout is the norm, and this is especially true for state-level primary elections.


Mississippi Subverse on Voat

Have you heard of Reddit? It is a popular aggregator site in which users form online communities called subreddits to share content on various topics. In fact, I told you about one such subreddit not too long ago focused on atheism in Mississippi. Reddit has several communities dealing with subjects like atheism, freethought, skepticism, and the like.

As you may or may not know, Reddit has been in the news lately due to some questionable decisions by their interim CEO (who has since resigned), leading some users to jump ship for a much smaller alternative called Voat. Voat's primary claim to fame at this point is that they have positioned themselves as being more supportive of free speech than Reddit has been of late. I'm hoping this proves to be accurate and that they are able to maintain this commitment. I've was disappointed with recent statements from Reddit's former interim CEO about how they are not interested in being a free speech platform, and it appears that they are continuing down that track now that she has left. While I am still on Reddit for the time being, I have been spending more time at Voat and have liked much of what I have seen so far.