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Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 27 2013

You have normal, and then you have normalette

So according to Wikipedia, you have American Novelists and then you have American Women Novelists, and no the first does not include the second – the two are intended to be separate, though the separation hasn’t been completed yet. Gee, what a brilliant idea. You have normal, and then you have normalette. There are the Smurfs, …

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Apr 27 2013

There are no beds here

A BBC story on the trial of four would-be mujahideen helps to back up what I always think about these projects: a lot of it is about adventure and spectacle and attention-seeking and thrills, more than it’s really about theocracy or sharia. The theocracy is a kind of excuse or shortcut-reason. These four dudes went off to Pakistan …

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Apr 27 2013

“You lot”

amehdi

Mehdi Hasan is back on Twitter. (He was busy interviewing BHL in the meantime.) He’s fighting dirtier than ever.

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Apr 27 2013

Catholic schools have “general principles about ethos and values”

Oh, brilliant – another encroachment by the Catholic church on a secular bit of society. High-performing Catholic schools are to be given considerable influence over the running and performance of struggling secular schools under plans being drawn up by the Church and government.

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Apr 26 2013

Mandatory hope in mandatory Jesus

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center is filing suit against a Mississippi high school that forced all students to attend a lecture on “finding hope in Jesus.” (Washington, DC, April 25, 2013) —The American Humanist Association’s legal center filed a lawsuit at 2:30 p.m. ET yesterday against Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, Mississippi, challenging the …

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Apr 26 2013

Dressed in a grey top

Maureen mentioned that England actually prosecutes internet harassment, and linked to a current example. A self-confessed British internet “troll” has admitted threatening to kill 200 people at a US school by posting menacing comments on a memorial Facebook page. Thousands of pupils stayed away from the school in Warren county, Tennessee, after Reece Elliott, 24, …

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Apr 26 2013

Making a difference

The BBC has graphics illustrating the rise in measles outbreaks in England and Wales. It’s scary. Measles is back and causing outbreaks in England and Wales. It is a nasty and potentially fatal disease. It is also one of the most infectious viruses around. Before vaccination there were hundreds of thousands of cases in epidemic …

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Apr 26 2013

“Sisters” to the back

Australian universities are doing it too – allowing Islamist groups to tell women to sit at the back of the room. THE University of Melbourne has declined to condemn gender segregation at public events held by Islamic organisations at its Parkville campus… On April 13, a lecture entitled “Islamic rulings on Jihad in Syria & why great …

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Apr 25 2013

Is he a friend of Joe Arpaio’s?

Well there had to be one somewhere, right? Or several. It stands to reason. But anyway, there he is – the college kid who calls himself a “street preacher” and did a little impromptu “street preaching” at the University of Arizona where he is a junior; the message of his sermon was that women deserve …

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Apr 25 2013

A win

Good news about libel reform, at least. It’s been agreed by Parliament and once the queen says ok it will become the Defamation Act 2013. The Libel Reform Campaign has comments from a lot of relevant people. Tracey Brown, Director, Sense About Science said: “A campaign of small organisations, thousands of individuals and good parliamentarians has …

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