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Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 31 2013

Enjoy the gift of life

Today is Easter Sunday, one of the two times of the year (Christmas being the other one of course) when Christians get past their obsession with the doom and gloom of original sin and death and hell, and look on the bright side of life, seeing in the resurrection of Jesus a new beginning and …

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Mar 31 2013

Introducing ‘grumpy’ atheism

Atheists, especially of the ‘new’ variety, are used to being described as angry, shrill, arrogant, strident, rude, militant, and dogmatic (I may have missed a few) just for saying that there is no evidence that god exists so we might as well abandon that belief, and that religions are a negative influence in the world …

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Mar 31 2013

The “war is hell” justification for murder

Once again I had the experience of talking with a steadfast ‘liberal’ Obama supporter and we got into the issue of whether the president had the right to order the deaths of people without any due process. It was extraordinary the lengths he went to to say that Obama must have set up this extremely …

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Mar 30 2013

The Supreme Court hearings

I fully expected to see The Daily Show and The Colbert Report devote considerable time to the oral arguments on same-sex marriage before the US Supreme Court and they did not disappoint. Here they are.

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Mar 30 2013

Sri Lanka’s touchy Buddhists

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Sri Lanka has apparently decided that it needs to become the Buddhist equivalent of Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries where any form of disparagement to their favored religion, however trivial, is not allowed. We had the situation of tourists who were arrested for taking a gag photo at a Buddhist temple and R&B singer …

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Mar 30 2013

The torturable class

In Sri Lanka, a poor person who gets arrested on suspicion of a crime can expect to be beaten up by the police in an effort to extract a confession. But better off people or those who might have connections to politically powerful people suffer no such assaults because the police are adept at recognizing …

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Mar 29 2013

What with one thing and another …

… I almost forgot to take part in the war on Easter. So here is That Mitchell and Webb Look celebrating Good Friday.

Mar 29 2013

An updated version of ‘Love the sinner, hate the sin”

David Brody writes for CBN (Christian Broadcast Network) which is an evangelical website founded by Pat Robertson and which broadcasts the 700 Club show where Robertson muses on all manner of topics, often unintentionally hilariously.

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Mar 29 2013

The end of the road for same-sex marriage opponents

Jonathan Chait writes that the opponents of same-sex marriage see the writing on the wall, that they have lost the battle in the public mind and likely in the courts too and that some of them are now looking for ways to change their stance without looking too opportunistic while others want to avoid being …

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Mar 29 2013

The Higgs Story-Part 6: Relativistic quantum fields

In the previous post in this series, I introduced the idea of fields and also said that while the Schrodinger equation and wave function overcame some of the problems with understanding how particles could also have wave properties, there were still difficulties in both interpretation and practice. The person who made the next major advance …

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