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Ophelia Benson

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Date registered: August 26, 2011
URL: http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/

Biography

Ophelia Benson is a columnist for Free Inquiry and the co-author of The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense, Why Truth Matters, and Does God Hate Women?

Latest posts

  1. Back you go — April 24, 2014
  2. He’s often wondered — April 24, 2014
  3. The sad fact is — April 24, 2014
  4. Guest post on why secularism matters — April 24, 2014
  5. Real enough? — April 24, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Jim Jefferies — 606 comments
  2. Bullying at 35 thousand feet — 556 comments
  3. I’m out — 535 comments
  4. A man generally cannot know — 389 comments

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Apr 22 2014

Ours is real, theirs is fake, amen

And speaking of calling women every shitty name you can think of…ManBoobz looks at how Melody puts the bullies to shame. Futrelle got a piece of hate mail which came from the admin account at mensrightsmelbourne.com, an Australian Men’s Rights site. There he saw yet another stupid hit-piece on Melody. The post – most of which is plagiarised …

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Apr 22 2014

John DePetro is still on the air

The Providence Journal on “unapologetic” John DePetro: The WPRO personality returned to the air Monday morning, sounding unapologetic and characterizing the criticism against him as an attempt by politicians and unions to stifle free speech. “It’s very simple,” DePetro said. “Politicians and unions should not interfere and try to silence public opinion. Period. That’s it. …

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Apr 22 2014

He called women union protesters “Whores”

Steve Ahlquist has a great post about being invited to be on a right-wing talk radio show and why he said no and why it’s not true that all publicity is good publicity because it’s publicity. WPRO’s Tara Granahan called me at 5:45pm Monday night to ask me if I would come on and do …

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Apr 21 2014

Neither the expertise nor the legitimacy

Chris Moos looks at the sources the Law Society cited for its guidance on sharia. …the Law Society has readily admitted that it does neither have the expertise, nor the legitimacy to make verdicts on sharia law. On what expertise is the Law Society then drawing for its practice note?

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Apr 21 2014

What doesn’t kill us can still break our bones

NPR had a piece on bullying a couple of days ago, starting from a British study published this week in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The unsurprising finding? Bullying is not beneficial. What doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger, right? Well, not when it comes to bullying. Some may still consider bullying a harmless part of growing …

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Apr 21 2014

Billionaire little guys fight back

Also, Cliven Bundy? He doesn’t have some kind of ancestral claim to that land. Bundy, a multi-millionaire farmer who hasn’t paid for grazing rights on public lands for more than 20 years, also stands to garner substantial support from some very wealthy enemies of President Obama. Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group backed by billionaire …

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Apr 21 2014

A conservative champion

What? Media Matters on Cliven Bundy: Bundy has been in conflict with the federal government for decades over his refusal to pay grazing fees for his cattle herd’s use of public lands. A recent attempt by the Bureau of Land Management to enforce court orders allowing the confiscation of Bundy’s cattle to settle unpaid fees and fines …

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Apr 21 2014

Horrors, women protesting

There was a protest in Kolkata of what appears to be the protest Maryam was recently part of. Kolkata: Several Muslim groups led a protest in Kolkata angered by photographs published in a Bengali Daily of women protesting in nude, with Arabic texts, including names of Allah and Prophet Muhammad.

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Apr 21 2014

A very carefully calculated piece of political propaganda

Also a good blog post on the Mail on Sunday’s amusing prank, at Where’s the Benefit? Beyond the horror that they did this to a charity, we need to be very aware of exactly what was done here, and it is a far murkier story than many will realise. The Trussell Trust has been flagging …

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Apr 21 2014

NEXT WEEK’S MAIL ON SUNDAY EXCLUSIVE

More sarcasm:

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