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Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 30 2013

Airlines: remind people to cover their coughs

The conference finished yesterday. In the meantime, during the night between Saturday and Sunday, the cold passed on to me by the two lavishly sneezing coughing guys who sat next to me on the plane made itself known; I felt crappy all of yesterday and coughed enough for ten people. Oddly, though, it’s much better …

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Jun 29 2013

Panelry

I was on a panel this morning, so now that’s over. I thought it was terrific (leaving my part aside). Clare Daly TD is someone you want on your side and part of government! She’s a pistol.

Jun 28 2013

Near Merrion Square

I’m here. Took a quick walk through Merrion Square, then Stephen’s Green. Two swans with eight cygnets in the latter. Jane Donnelly picked up Maryam and me at the airport. Good times.

Jun 28 2013

Yurrup

I’m at Schiphol. I survived! Mind you I expect to get very ill, because the guys on each side of me coughed and sneezed all over me for 10 hours. I like the airbus though. There’s a nice little passage in the back where if things are quiet you can stand and exercise and stretch. …

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Jun 27 2013

Dan Cardamon on the Amazing Atheist

In this matriarchal culture where jokes about rape are simply forbidden… Brave heroes each…and every one of you. [salutes]

Jun 27 2013

Goats

I leave for the airport in under three hours. I keep vaguely thinking I should be doing preparing things, but they’re mostly done really. I’m neurotic about travel. It’s raining here. I keep thinking I should take a hoody because rain, but I don’t want to. I’m neurotic about packing. It will get quiet here …

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Jun 27 2013

Homeopaths fight back

Sensibly, a Lothian (Scotland) NHS board decided to stop funding homeopathy yesterday. Homeopaths are fighting back. The British Homeopathic Association (BHA), which claimed the controversial 
alternative medicine had been the victim of a “hate campaign”, today refused to rule out a challenge in the courts. The organisation believes the removal of clinics, used by around …

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Jun 26 2013

Forced marriage and murder in Turkey

A guest post by Torcant Torcant Warning: it’s a horror. Dilan (18) was married 20 days ago to her husband Selcuk Dogan, in Dogubeyazit at Agri province in Turkey. She was actually her husbands maternal aunts daughter. Dilan and Selcuk were engaged a year ago after an arrangement made by their families. Dilan was in …

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Jun 26 2013

If you call yourself Tinky Winky

Wired has a nice amusing interview with Richard Dawkins. They asked him about comment moderation at RDF the website. I’m afraid the internet is filled with people using really very intemperate language. I’m in favour of ridicule, but not abuse and I think we do a pretty good job on RichardDawkins.net of controlling the abuse. …

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Jun 26 2013

No contact

A court in Burma found two Muslim women guilty of setting off a recent outbreak of sectarian violence, which seems a tiny bit suspect given that it’s usually Muslims who are the victims of sectarian violence in Burma. Myint Thein of the pro-government National Unity Party, who attended their trial, said Wednesday that the two …

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