Latest Blog Post:The clouds on the horizon
One from last Saturday, that I missed because there’s a lot. I’m missing most of it, I promise you. I hear reports, but I don’t see most of it.
It’s on Melby’s blog. Melby is one of the worst. The post is by H J Hornbeck. It starts on a friendly note, to soften you up.
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It was about a year ago, I think, that I walked up to Ophelia Benson and said she was my favorite blogger on FtB. I adore her writing style, which feels like a conversation between old friends, and her frequent posts on international news were a breath of fresh air.
Even as those words were escaping my lips, though, I could see clouds
By Andrew Copson and Leo Igwe, July 2, 2015 We are appalled that a death sentence should be considered a legally enforceable punishment in any circumstance. In this case where the “offence” committed appears to be little more than the expression of a minority religious belief, the death sentence is particularly disproportionate and constitutes an egregious violation of the right to life.
By Bill Cooke, June 28, 2015 The genius of Western monotheistic religions is their ability to disguise a colossal conceit under the fake shroud of humility.
By Leo Igwe, April 8, 2014 These women have been forced to adopt Kpatinga as their home and community, as the only safe place to be and to live for now, if not forever.
By Rebecca Goldstein, March 20, 2014 Our culture has relapsed back into the kind of self-aggrandizing, self-glorifying answers that the Athenians had presumed, which had Socrates railing against them until he got so annoying that they killed him.
By Bruce Everett, February 9, 2014 The presumption of innocence is important for jurors, and for journalists reporting the bare facts of cases like these. This is, however, not so much the case for journalists engaging in meta-analysis, and much less so for the rest of us, especially those discussing rape in informally therapeutic environments.
By Leo Igwe, December 19, 2013 Witch camps are at least safety nets, however poorly run, for these victims of religion whose believers will kill them for crimes it is impossible for them to have committed.
By Bill Cooke, November 9, 2013 So much of what is not understood is attributed to witchcraft and, not infrequently, whoever is identified as the witch ends up dying a horrible death.
Encountering diversity can help us realise the possibility of being someone new, someone different, someone better.… Read the rest
Boston Globe reviews Plato at the Googleplex
Goldstein’s ventriloquism allows Plato to serve as a foil for the preoccupations of the 21st century.… Read the rest
Slate reviews Plato at the Googleplex
“Plato on Cable News” has him exchanging blows with a bloviating Bill O’Reilly clone named Roy McCoy.… Read the rest
Martin Robbins on the return of Bora Zivkovic
‘Not sexually harassing women’ is not optional; it’s not a ‘bonus extra’ in the job description.… Read the rest
This collective sense of honour and shame has for centuries confined our movement and freedom of choice, and restricted our autonomy.… Read the rest
Alabama senator says slavery was good for black people
The bible says slavery is ok and the Southern slave plantations were fabulous for the slaves says State Senator Charles Davidson.… Read the rest
Saudi cleric tells women to wear one-eye niqab
Sheikh Muhammad al-Habadan said showing both eyes encouraged women to use eye make-up to look seductive.… Read the rest
Tarek Fatah on death threats over free speech
The celebrated and controversial Canadian author Irshad Manji received the first “Mansoor Hallaj Freedom of Speech Award” by the Muslim Canadian Congress.… Read the rest