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Monthly Archive: February 2014

Feb 28 2014

Two sisters in Sulaimanya city

Someone tagged me in this Facebook post a couple of hours ago. I have no idea what the answer to the final question is. Sorry for tagging you dear friends; but it is worth. Yesterday two sisters (aged 16 and 18) were found killed and drowned in water in a district called Said Sadiq in …

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Feb 28 2014

Behold the field

Via I enjoy multiple sarcasms daily on Facebook:

Feb 28 2014

Edinburgh University Students Association rejects secularism

A press release from the University of Edinburgh Humanist Society: EUSA Rejects Secularism • Edinburgh University Students Association last night failed to endorse a motion to ensure equality for students of all beliefs, whether religious or not. • Students recently passed “EUSA is a Feminist”, but last night “felt uncomfortable” voting in favour of “EUSA is …

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Feb 28 2014

Disclose at the outset

More on Orac’s post. (Oh here’s an undeclared thing – not a COI, but still a something – a preference, a habit, a way of doing things. I like the way blogging allows you to treat a subject in pieces if you want to. I do want to.) He talks about false accusations, and the …

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Feb 28 2014

Spotting the occult Conflict of Interest

Orac / David Gorski has a post about Conflicts of Interest and motivated reasoning. He points out that COIs (it really should be CsOI, but I’ll go with COIs for simplicity) are not just financial, they’re also ideological and personal (and there are doubtless other kinds he didn’t enumerate). That’s why I’ve become very insistent …

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Feb 27 2014

Guest post: ‘Kill the Witch’ Miracle Crusade in Calabar

Nigeria

Guest post by Leo Igwe The world may not have seen the last in terms of the inane witch-hunting campaign being waged by Pentecostal pastors in Nigeria. New christian witch-hunters – pastors and churches – are emerging with force and ferocity. Another ‘Kill the Witch’ miracle crusade has just been announced to take place next …

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Feb 27 2014

We reserve the right to serve anybody

For a refreshing change, meet someone you’d like to sit next to at a bar or a conference or a pizzeria. Meet Rocco DiGrazia. Editor’s note: Rocco DiGrazia describes himself as a “failed anthropologist and thwarted musician, but a decent father and passable pizzaiolo.” He owns Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tucson, Arizona, and is married with …

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Feb 27 2014

Look at the specifics

Ron Lindsay wrote a post commenting on Ben Radford’s post. It’s good. The concluding paragraphs: That false reports happen is not disputed. Nor does anyone dispute that for the individual falsely accused, it’s a very unfortunate, sometimes tragic, situation. But is this a widespread problem? That’s the key question. One might think so from the …

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Feb 27 2014

Where to place the emphasis

Speaking of foreign domestic workers in Saudi Arabia…the aforementioned country takes a step to catch up with labor laws circa 1400. For the first time, Indonesian maids working in Saudi Arabia will be guaranteed a monthly wage, time off, and contact with their loved ones, under a new agreement signed by the Gulf kingdom and …

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Feb 27 2014

Of particular interest to skeptics

Huh. The stars must be aligned. Or is it the fates? Or the demons? Something. There was another post by a Big Skeptic yesterday on the subject of False Allegations of Sexual Assault. Two in one day. How about that! It almost looks planned, doesn’t it. Arranged. Timed to coincide. This one is by Ben …

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