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Jul 30 2014

More Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Today comes yet another report of Israel shelling a UN school where hundreds of people were sheltering from the barrage and killing at least 19 people, despite UN officials repeatedly telling Israel that civilians were sheltering there. UN officials on the ground are openly disgusted with such actions.
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Jul 29 2014

Dancing your way into your pants

The things people think up. Call me square but I think I’ll put on my pants the old-fashioned way, one leg at a time.

Jul 29 2014

What is ‘terrorism’ and what is ‘self-defense’?

In mainstream US media coverage of the Israeli assault on Gaza, the attacks by Hamas are labeled ‘terrorism’ while those by Israel are labeled ‘self defense’. But as Glenn Greenwald says, the sheer statistics of the current assault on Gaza reveals how the US media uses those labels in a purely propagandist manner.
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Jul 29 2014

It is not easy being religious

The Onion points out that religious people often have to deal with tricky decisions that for us atheists are no-brainers.
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Jul 29 2014

Israel’s assault on Gaza continues

Today comes reports that Israel has bombed the only power plant in Gaza as well as water processing plants, adding to the list of war crimes since bombing essential infrastructure necessary for civilian life is prohibited by the rules of war. Radio and TV stations were also hit. A refugee camp and hospital were also bombed and eight children were killed in a park.
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Jul 29 2014

Facing death-2: My own attitude to aging and death

Like everyone, my view of death is shaped by my own life experiences. I became seriously ill with polio at the age of six and it was only as a result of the heroic efforts of my family and the skill of the physicians who treated me that I have had a full life. But as a result of that illness I always felt, even before my teenage years, that the permanent damage that the disease had inflicted on my body would take its toll over time, leaving me with a shorter lifespan than that of other people.
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Jul 28 2014

More tricks from Richard Wiseman

Wiseman is an academic and amateur magician who periodically comes up with interesting little tricks and explains how they are done.

Jul 28 2014

The destruction of Gaza

Photographs from Gaza show the extent of the destruction. Here is just one.

gaza wreckage
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Jul 28 2014

Take that, Alito!

The Satanic Temple, the group that seeks to put its monument on state grounds that have allowed things like the Ten Commandments, has said that by virtue of the rights granted to religious organizations by the Hobby Lobby verdict (authored by justice Samuel Alito), it will exempt its own employees from state laws that restrict rights to abortions.
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Jul 28 2014

GCHQ’s activities

While the NSA has been the focus of much my criticisms, its British counterpart the GCHQ has been even worse in its disregard for people’s privacy. Glenn Greenwald has a new story out today revealing more of its activities and its propaganda techniques to manipulate public opinion.
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