You got to start somewhere. You got to learn somewhere.
Jul 07 2014
Charles Moore’s piece in the Daily Telegraph‘s gone viral. It’s created a debate of over 4000 posts and has hundreds if not thousands of views on facebook when I found it.
And I have a response. See what Charles Moore has constructed is a straw man. In fact? It’s so strawmanny I am surprised it doesn’t wander off with a girl from Kansas, her little dog, a tin man and a cowardly lion in order to look for a brain.
Atheism is a sad business is a genuinely daft argument built on denigrating atheists.
Jul 06 2014
Jul 05 2014
Around a decade ago there was a watershed in Indian culture.
We saw a concept come about in India and abroad.
It was called the New Indian Male. The very idea of the New Indian Male was a gentleman. He wore clothes that fit and wasn’t picked out by his mother. He understood fashion. He was gentler, kinder and indeed “more in touch with his feminine side”. His image on the big screen and in populist media was not one of the country boy or poor, but a middle class hero and his actions resonated the most with that demographic. In the minority of India that is Upper Middle Class this may hold true. More men broke gender roles and cooked, cleaned and raised children and this allowed more women to break out of those traditional roles and do non-traditional roles such as working. More men cleaned up themselves and after themselves. But what happened? Why have we shifted out of that?
Jul 01 2014
Trigger Warnings abound, the reader has asked to remain anonymous but wishes to tell us a story… I have edited it for spelling and helped by westernising the language since the reader’s first language isn’t English and when Indians write they often use colloquialisms but it’s a voice that I feel that we must all hear. (Thank you Anonymous Reader). Many people asked what does this have to do with Atheism, but this is a primarily Hindu method of keeping women “safe”.
Jun 30 2014
Jun 30 2014
There is a double standards in the UK with regards to religion in schools. We don’t mind the teaching of “Christian” values. See Christian values are seen as local and from places that are near to us. So if we hear Christian hymns being sung in schools, we turn a blind eye to it.
If someone utters Allahu Akbar then religion has gone too far.
This one’s about Project Trojan Horse or the plan to infiltrate a mainly Muslim school and create enough changes to provide fundies with a system of recruitment of children turning it into a “Madrassa”. A word here? Madrassa means school. It doesn’t mean religious school explicitly. I went to a “madrassa” when I was younger myself.
But when we discuss it in the west we specifically refer to the madrassas that teach the “Koran”. Part brainwashing, part cram school, part philosophy class, the majority of these are designed to get kids to recite the Koran. The original “korans” were people. It was an oral tradition written down as oral reciters had a bad habit of getting killed in wars. But the problem here was that this school had a fantastic reputation, and they wished to use it to sneak nonsense under the radar. The plan failed. It was a stupid plan (since we have inspectors to ensure schools are doing their job and it would show on the results when you suddenly replaced evolution with Islamic Creationism as a subject). But needless to say it was a plot, no matter how incompetent and silly.
Jun 29 2014
What follows… is a response to Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. Let us just say that Blurred Lines was pretty damn shady. Okay it had a catchy beat. Okay it’s video basically was pornography. It was popular. But it was tasteless and had issues with the way it treated women and the rapey context of the lyrics.
Jun 29 2014
One of the things I realise is that the anti-vaccination lobby often utilise fairly unorthodox methodology to spread their ideas.
See? Science writing generally tends to stick to fairly well trodden paths. Even pop sci. Popular Science is science written to simplicity and provided with glossy photos and cool diagrams. But the thing with Pop Sci is that it generally sticks to the cool bits of science. It’s easy to sell this cool new rocket than it is to sell the basics.
It is why such magazines rarely advertise a new hygenic toilet despite that fact that is something basic that could save thousands if not millions of lives. It isn’t glamorous.
Neither is this.
Herd Immunity. I write this in response to the Financial Post’s resident quack, Lawrence Solomon.
Jun 28 2014
Yeah this kind of needs to be done.
It is no secret that I love football. I grew up watching it. I am rather irritated that I cannot see the matches at the moment and that England managed to go out with a whimper rather than a bang. It’s no secret that I was a Manchester City fan during the Roller Coaster Era where sublime football strode hand in hand with shockingly bad football. You didn’t follow City for glory back then.
You followed it because just once. When all the stars aligned… City would be perfection.