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Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 25 2011

An atmosphere where a slide towards violence against women is enabled

Kyle Sandilands says it’s free speech and also that it’s quite all right and reasonable and why not? He explains carefully. I’ll attack any journalist that attacks me that I think’s unfair. Well what he means is, if a journalist says something about his show that he doesn’t like, he will not respond with an …

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Nov 25 2011

The edification of both sides

The chief rabbi and Charles Taylor got together recently to say stuff about “The Future of Religion in a Secular Age.” Both are big fans of religion, so the stuff they said was in that vein. For Taylor and Rabbi Sacks, religion should act as a counterpoint and antidote to the rampant solipsism and breakdown of …

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Nov 24 2011

“Just so you know, you’re a piece of shit.”

And then there’s Kyle Sandilands. He’s a shock jock in Australia. A journalist called Alison Stephenson wrote an unfavorable review of his shock jock radio show. He replied to her on the air. Some fat slag on news.com.au has already branded it a disaster. You can tell by reading the article that she just hates …

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Nov 24 2011

Mona Eltahawy

Oh, Jesus – I can’t keep up with it today! I saw a brief tweet from Mona Eltahawy yesterday saying “arrested and beaten” – it wasn’t even clear if she was the one arrested and beaten. I replied and retweeted but then got distracted…But she was the one arrested and beaten all right: her arm and …

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Nov 24 2011

Squabble squabble

Via Dan Fincke - Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Republican debate.

Nov 24 2011

The prophet’s bodyguards claim another victim

Horrible news, via Maryam: the Azerbaijani atheist and critic of Islam Rafiq Tagi has been murdered. Jahan News has gleefully reported that ‘Azerbaijan’s Salman Rushdie has been murdered’. The Islamic regime of Iran’s mouthpiece says writer Rafiq Tagi was despised by the people of Azerbaijan for his attack on Islam’s prophet Mohammad. It’s hard to “attack” …

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Nov 24 2011

Kvetch kvetch

The Chief Rabbi (as the Telegraph sycophantically calls him) decided to go off in a brand new direction and talk about the inadequacy of consumerism as a worldview. Gosh you know what – he’s totally right!! Speaking at an interfaith reception attended by the Queen this week, Lord Sacks said: “People are looking for values other …

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Nov 24 2011

Most attend their local madrassa

The BBC is so stupid sometimes – so conformist and reactionary and authoritarian. There’s this piece on UK madrassas “modernizing” for example. Most mosques have their own madrassa or religious school. Larger mosques can have a number of them, and they all form an integral part of the local community. In close knit neighbourhoods most …

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Nov 23 2011

Afghan women have continued to struggle

Grim news from Afghanistan: A law meant to protect Afghan women from a host of abusive practices, including rape, forced marriage and the trading of women to settle disputes, is being undermined by spotty enforcement, the UN said in a report released Wednesday.

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Nov 23 2011

Thinking about thinking about thinking

More discussion of facts and belief, of Ward and Coyne, of science and philosophy, of evidence and reasons to believe. Jean Kazez did a post a couple of days ago, which I didn’t see until today, and Russell Blackford did one at Talking Philosophy. I find Jean’s post very interesting because it talks about the …

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