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Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 31 2013

Did you tell the stabber “no?”

Carrie Poppy has a public post on Facebook that elicited a lot of very funny and apposite comments. I’ll share some of the best. First the post (which started life as a tweet) (should I do that thing where your tweets go to Facebook?) (no, probably not, because I wouldn’t do it right): Me: I …

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Oct 31 2013

Only one person refused to sign

Never trust people approaching you in the street with a petition! They could be testing you. A Londoner who suffered female genital mutilation has warned that political correctness is hampering the fight to stamp it out after asking people to sign a fake petition in its favour. Leyla Hussein, 32, said many were scared to …

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Oct 31 2013

Comparing the tens

Let’s do a comparative study, or rather, let’s compare a couple of things. The American Humanist Association has a ten commandments, and I made up a ten commandments a few weeks ago, so it might be interesting to see if they have much in common. I naturally assume they have a good deal in common …

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Oct 31 2013

The pastor meant to cast out demons, but the girl died

Pentecostal churches in Africa do a lot of harm. The president of Cameroon is attempting to do something about that. Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has ordered the closure of nearly 100 Christian churches in key cities, citing criminal practices organized by Pentecostal pastors that threaten the security of the West African nation. But Pentecostal pastors …

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Oct 30 2013

Shock-horror: research fails to find Big Danger in GMO crops

GMO-phobes please note: Massive Review Reveals Consensus on GMO Safety “The scientific research conducted so far has not detected any significant hazards directly connected with the use of genetically engineered crops.” That’s the conclusion from a team of Italian scientists, who just completed a thorough systematic review of the scientific research conducted on genetically modified (GM) …

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Oct 30 2013

Brief one-time return of documenting the harassment

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Was there a rumor that the slime pit had gotten not so bad? Or did I imagine it? Anyway it’s not not so bad, that I can see. I normally don’t look at it, but it showed up in the stats again (as it does so often) and I was vaguely curious to see if …

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Oct 30 2013

Oh no not a Facebook group calling for atheism

It’s exhilarating to know that Egypt is in such wonderful shape that its national security officials can squander their valuable time arresting people for posting atheism on Facebook. A 20-year-old Egyptian student is reportedly under investigation for starting a Facebook group calling for atheism. The unnamed student who studies commerce at the Suez Canal University in Ismailia, was arrested …

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Oct 30 2013

He was just musing aloud

Turkey used to be more secular than it is now. It’s going in the wrong direction. It’s going backward. Of course, theocrats think it’s going in the right direction, and going forward, or else that going backward is a good thing. Torcant sent me this example from Hürriyet, in which a woman is fired because …

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Oct 30 2013

Life’s little glitches

You know that thing where you’re in a place with a lot of people you don’t see very often, and you cross paths with someone who says, warmly, “Hi, [your name here]!” and you know who it is but can’t pull the name up quite fast enough to say it before you’ve already said the …

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Oct 30 2013

If corporations are persons

I sat next to Eddie Tabash at the speakers’ dinner Saturday, so I’ve been reminded (aka inspired) to focus more on the church/state issues looming at the Supreme Court, so you can expect me to be sharing more reportage on the subject. The LA Times has a useful article by its business columnist on the “do corporations …

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