Tag Archive: General

Jun 29 2010

Roger Ebert gets it EXACTLY right

Some day, if I keep at this writing thing, and work really hard, I may become as good a writer as Roger Ebert is: How would I feel if I were a brown student at Miller Valley Elementary School in Prescott, Arizona? A mural was created to depict some of the actual students in the …

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Jun 28 2010

The truth is important!

In the interest of not writing an entire book about it, I decided to break up last Monday’s post into two parts. Last week, for those of you whose fingers are too atrophied to click on the link provided, I talked about why I’m not content to simply leave people alone to believe whatever they …

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Jun 26 2010

What you missed this week: June 21st – 25th

Lots of good stuff this week, when I: Explained why I have no interest in leaving bad ideas alone; Updated you on the fate of the gay couple in Malawi; Likened the Roman Catholic Church to an abusive boyfriend; Scratched my head over a secular/religious conflict; and Introduced you to germ theory. Here’s what you …

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Jun 25 2010

Movie Friday: Look Around You – Germs

Whenever I hear anyone talk about their theories for why ‘alternative medicine’ works, this is what pops into my head: This video is from the HILARIOUS series “Look Around You”. If you’re ever bored and in need of a laugh, you should watch these. This is what I think of whenever I hear people talk …

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Jun 24 2010

A dilly of a pickle

Here’s an interesting ethical debate, for those of you who swing that way: Ontario’s highest court is considering the thorny issue of whether a sexual assault complainant should remove her niqab to face her alleged attackers in court. The issue has drawn attention from several groups, that are not only split on whether or not …

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Jun 23 2010

RCC gets even closer to a real apology

Regular readers will remember two weeks ago when I gave credit where credit is due to the Pope for finally admitting that the abuse and its systematic and deplorable covering up of that abuse are the fault of the Catholic Church itself, and not a cabal of people trying to ruin a good organization. It …

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Jun 22 2010

Update: Gay couple in Malawi pardoned

A couple weeks back I talked about a couple that was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for the shocking, deplorable act of… well, being in love with each other. However, ultra-religious Malawi doesn’t like it when you’re in love with someone who has similar genitalia (although to be 100% clear, it was a law that …

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Jun 21 2010

Why can’t you just leave them be?

I watched a mini-drama unfold on a thread that was linked to my Deepak Chopra post a couple weeks ago. Some of the massage professionals on the site did not take kindly to the idea of skeptics telling people that they were wrong.The ‘arrogance’ card was pulled out (although I think telling people you have …

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Jun 19 2010

What you missed this week: June 14th – 18th

Well don’t you feel foolish? Look at what you missed this week: The ghost of Bertrand Russell and his flying teapot; Race and politics in South Africa in the face of the World Cup; A less-than-politically-correct argument against hate speech laws; Do Canadians have a national culture? I’m not sure; and The single greatest poem …

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Jun 18 2010

Racism is alive and well in Canada

I want to re-iterate something off the top of this post: I love my country. I love how we have managed to find a way to safeguard individual freedoms without sacrificing our sense of mutual custodianship to each other. I love the fact that we pride ourselves on separating religion from politics, and are, for …

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