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Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 30 2012

A Newt in the path of an elephant stampede

After Newt Gingrich’s unexpected big win in the South Carolina primaries, I said that we could expect the Republican party establishment and the oligarchy to freak out and make every attempt to drive a stake through his campaign’s heart. And lo, as the prophets spake, so it has come to pass, with the attacks on …

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Jan 29 2012

Ghastly ‘honor’ murders

A court in Kingston, Ontario has convicted an Afghan immigrant, his wife, and son of first degree murder for the deaths of his first wife (it was a polygamous marriage) and his three daughters (aged 19, 17, and 13), apparently because they disapproved of the behavior of the daughters and

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Jan 29 2012

The limits of tradition

The second most senior cleric in the Church of England says that marriage must remain between a man and a woman and society should not attempt to change it because “I don’t think it is the role of the state to define what marriage is. It is set in tradition and history and you can’t …

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Jan 29 2012

More evidence that young men are stupid

I have written before that men under the age of around 25 tend to do really stupid things. Further evidence in support of this comes from a recent story in a Cleveland suburb where three students sent in phony

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Jan 29 2012

Is there such a thing as an inoffensive atheist billboard?

As we all know, billboards with atheist messages seem to arouse indignant responses because of their purported offensiveness. Richard Wade wonders if it is the message itself or simply the fact that the word ‘atheist’ appears in the billboard sponsor’s name that drives believers up the wall. To test his hypothesis, he suggests a number …

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Jan 29 2012

Alaska Airlines and prayer cards

Alaska Airways will apparently stop, as of February 1, the practice of handing out prayer cards on flights, after some passengers complained. Never having flown on that particular airline I was

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Jan 28 2012

How to catch an iPhone thief

You just have to know what buttons to push.

Jan 28 2012

The Republican spiritual crisis

Political cartoonist Ted Rall captures the dilemma for Republican evangelical Christians posed by the possibility that Mitt Romney might be the Republican nominee. In the churches of the southern Bible belt, Mormons are

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Jan 28 2012

Christians persecuted in the US?

In the last debate, Newt Gingrich said something that again reveals the whiny persecution complex of Christians in the US.

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Jan 28 2012

Babies are smarter than we think

I have written before (here and here) about how babies, even before they speak, have an intuitive sense of justice and fairness, suggesting that

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