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Monthly Archive: November 2012

Nov 25 2012

Shunning among the atheists

Ron Lindsay has an interesting post about the fad for shunning fellow atheists and skeptics. I am motivated to write about this topic for a couple of reasons. First, Russell Blackford has recently announced via Twitter that he will not attend any conference at which Rebecca Watson or PZ Myers is speaking.  Second, in the …

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Nov 25 2012

Back in Tahrir Square

The Islamists in Egypt aren’t just taking all this nonsense about separation of powers lying down. Of course they’re not. They’re out on the street in a show of support for Morsi’s decision to declare himself above the law. Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood called nationwide demonstrations Sunday in support of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in …

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Nov 25 2012

Uganda is still pushing that bill

Jeff Sharlet said on Twitter a couple of hours ago that the New Yorker did bad, lazy journalism in reporting that Uganda had dropped the death penalty from its anti-gay bill. He said The Family had spoon-fed Peter Boyer that information and that he hadn’t checked it. He said they had another “prayer breakfast” just …

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Nov 24 2012

Mushraks have no concept of cleanliness

You thought Rush Limbaugh was unpleasant – check out Rubina Nasir, a presenter on Leeds based Radio Asian Fever. She said that homosexuals should be ‘beaten up’ and that a Muslim marrying a non-Mulslim was on ‘the straight path to hellfire’. The presenter, known as ‘Sister Ruby’, said: “What should be done if they do …

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Nov 24 2012

In which I annoy everyone all at once

There’s apparently a lot of discussion on Twitter about something Richard Dawkins said yesterday (on something – a debate with Mehdi Hasan? is that right? – that will be on Al-Jazeera in December). I’ve seen some of it, but also references to more, which I haven’t seen. The origin was a tweet (isn’t it always?) …

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Nov 24 2012

A mark of the beast

A Texas high school wants its students to carry ID cards with microchips, so that it can tell where they are. ID badges containing radio tags started to be introduced at the start of the 2012 school year to schools run by San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District (NISD). The tracking tags gave NISD a better …

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Nov 24 2012

Cognitive dissonance

Bjarte Foshaug did a toon. It made me laugh.

Nov 23 2012

Those things that we all have in common

Another Very Young Girl spots the unfairness in gender stereotyping in the toy department. A six-year-old girl wrote Hasbro to let them know they only have bros (HIGH FIVE!) in their game, Guess Who. You know, the game that’s like memory but all the characters have googly eyes, dodgy mustaches, and bad toupees? Well, guess …

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Nov 23 2012

Very young real housewives of Malibu

This is from two years ago, but so what – it’s still on point. One wonders why the video that has a FEATURED label at the top of the right hand column is the one titled Anti Feminist, which features someone who 1. calls herself Trish 2. appears to be imitating a Barbie doll 3. says “like” every third word. It’s …

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Nov 23 2012

This cannot be revoked

The news from Egypt is appalling. The Islamist Morsi has granted himself the power to do anything he wants to do without any hindrance from courts. President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree on Thursday granting himself broad powers above any court as the guardian of Egypt’s revolution, and used his new authority to order the …

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