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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 29 2012

The sacking of a library in the middle of the night

The what? Yes – and by a Labour council at that. The Kensal Rise branch library, at 2 a.m., with an army of cops. Kensal Rise library was emptied of its books and stripped of the plaque commemorating its opening 112 years ago by Mark Twain in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Residents who …

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May 29 2012

The myriad other ways the comparison to the Taliban doesn’t fit

‘Ere we go ‘ere we go ‘ere we go – the “Taliban” thing is becoming the latest casus belli for the you know whos. I’ve got one of them right here playing musical IP addresses and calling me every name in the book. Misogyny lives! Jason has a good post on the subject. The repeated …

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May 29 2012

Not ready for the flood

Paul Fidalgo did another good roundup of Stuff on Women in Secularism last week (“another” in addition to the one I linked to before that one). He quoted Jen on the perils in talking about “commonly-showcased speakers who are also bad-actors toward women”: Look at what happened to Rebecca Watson when she simply said “guys, …

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May 29 2012

The Take the Flour Back group did not have enough support

Another message from Sile Lane (Sense About Science): Dear Petition Signatory, The planned direct action against the GM wheat experiment at Rothamsted did not happen yesterday. The Take the Flour Back group did not have enough support to storm the field and the local police kept them off Rothamsted’s grounds. Last night hackers attacked Rothamsted …

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May 29 2012

No religious test except for this one tiny thing

When I sat next to Wafa Sultan at the dinner weekend before last, she asked me if there were any penalties for being an atheist in the US, and I told her there were two states that ban atheists from running for office. She was amazed and incredulous, and I assured her it was true; …

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May 29 2012

Go, and report child rape no more

Good to see the Catholic church learning (however slowly) from its mistakes. The Italian Bishop’s Conference (CIE) has issued guidelines on child  protection that inform its bishops that they are ‘not obliged to report illicit  facts’ of child abuse to the police. … In their new five page document which advised Italian Bishops on how …

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May 28 2012

The Taliban comes to Foggy Bottom

Is sexual harassment a thing? Is it just a fantasy of whack-job feminists (who of course are all way too ugly to be sexually harassed)? What about the military, for example? Lots of discipline there; probably there’s no sexual harassment in among all that discipline, right? Well, one third of women in the military reported …

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May 28 2012

Bleaching away the autism

Annals of horror. “Recovering” children from autism by dosing them with MMS, “Miracle Mineral Solution” aka bleach. Basically, MMS is 28% sodium chlorite in distilled water. In essence, MMS is equivalent to industrial strength bleach. Proponents recommend diluting MMS in either water or a food acid, such as lemon juice, which results in the formation …

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May 28 2012

One of these things is not like the other

Is a no harassment policy like the Taliban? Let’s start a little farther back. Is feminism like Nazism? No, feminism is not like Nazism. Nazism tried to kill all the Jews in Europe. Feminism does not try to kill all the Jews in Europe.

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May 28 2012

I get options

Cooper in outside the door mode

I just took my temporary housemate, a black Lab named Cooper, to the beach for a good vigorous outing with the chuckit and tennis ball. We came back. I sat down at the desk, and he asked to go outside. I let him outside. He went around to the garden and then came back and …

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