Archive for June 2011

Grayling, Dawkins et al. start new college *

Jun 5th, 2011 | Filed by

Grayling will be the first Master of the New College of the Humanities, which will give a degree from the University of London.… Read the rest

PZ in Dublin: Maryam Namazie rocks the conference *

Jun 5th, 2011 | Filed by

She made a fierce, impassioned, reasoned criticism of Islamism and its degradation of humanity — she was wonderfully clear and humane.… Read the rest

Oh is that so

Jun 5th, 2011 11:06 am | By

Texas governor Rick Perry called a court ruling that banned school prayers at a public high school graduation


“The First Amendment prohibits governments from interfering with Americans’ rights to freely express their religious beliefs, and accordingly the U.S. Supreme Court has maintained that Congress may convene every day with a prayer,” Perry said in a statement.

Oh yeah? But then governments are interfering with Americans’ rights to freely express their beliefs that there is no god, aren’t they. My religious belief is that god is a non-existent imaginary agent. I don’t get to say that at public school graduation ceremonies or Congress’s morning prayer. Since other people do get to say that god is a real, non-imaginary agent, the … Read the rest

Poet and publisher summoned to appear in court *

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For saying that Ponnar and Shankar, two figures revered by the kongu vellala gounder community as deities, are dalits. Srsly.… Read the rest

The discovery of arsenic-based Twitter *

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The true significance of the aliens-that-weren’t will be how it helped change the way scientists do science, Carl Zimmer reports.… Read the rest

Chicago Cubs to make It Gets Better video *

Jun 4th, 2011 | Filed by

The Cubs have contributed to several gay groups and hosted an annual Pride Day at the Cubs’ home park, Wrigley Field.… Read the rest

Boston Red Sox make It Gets Better LGBT Video *

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Joining the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs. Booya!… Read the rest

Nigerian ‘baby farm’ raided *

Jun 4th, 2011 | Filed by

The proprietor is undergoing interrogation over allegations that he normally sells the babies to people who may use them for rituals.… Read the rest

Nigeria: “baby farm” girls rescued *

Jun 4th, 2011 | Filed by

Aged between 15 and 17 years, the girls were locked up and used to produce babies, said Abia state’s police chief.… Read the rest

‘Baby Farm’ Girls and the Sale of Children in Nigeria

Jun 4th, 2011 | By Leo Igwe

The rescue by the Nigeria Police of 32 pregnant girls allegedly held by a human trafficking ring in Aba in south-eastern Nigeria has literally shocked the world. But to anyone acquainted with the ‘culture’ of women and child rights abuses in the country, it should not come as a surprise. The police raid has brought to global attention and knowledge new layers of horrific abuses and exploitation of women and children in the country.

According to the report, these girls, between the ages of 15 and 17 years, were locked up and used to ‘produce’ babies, who were then allegedly sold for ritual witchcraft purposes or adoption. Unicef estimates that at least 10 children are sold daily across Nigeria.

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Punjab state tells women what to do *

Jun 4th, 2011 | Filed by

Says newly-married women should cut down on phone use. Doesn’t say newly-married men should do that.… Read the rest

Giles Fraser finds a new way to snipe at new atheism *

Jun 4th, 2011 | Filed by

Something about not hating humanism enough, and not caring that Freud said humans are etc.… Read the rest

Obey moar

Jun 4th, 2011 11:22 am | By

Oh good – there are some women in Malaysia who have figured out how to make the world all better. How, you ask, all aflame. By telling wives to be more obedient.

“We just want to ask all the wives to be obedient wives so that there will be fewer problems in our society,” such as infidelity, divorce and domestic violence, she told AFP.

“Obedient wife means they are trying to entertain their husbands, not only taking care of their food and clothes,” Maznah said. “They have to obey their husbands. That’s the way Islam also asks.”

Right. We know. That’s why we hates it, precious.

Maznah is already involved in another controversial venture — the Ikhwan Polygamy Club,

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Malaysia: women launch ‘The Obedient Wife Club’ *

Jun 4th, 2011 | Filed by

“We just want to ask all the wives to be obedient wives so that there will be fewer problems in our society.”… Read the rest

Nonchurchgoers save a church *

Jun 4th, 2011 | Filed by

That’s what I call generous.… Read the rest

Appeals court lifts ban on Texas graduation prayer *

Jun 4th, 2011 | Filed by

The school’s valedictorian had filed an intervention lawsuit that claimed she was being deprived of her right to pray for her classmates and community during her speech.… Read the rest

Felice Gaer asks pointed questions *

Jun 3rd, 2011 | Filed by

“I think that voluntary means that one is free to leave,” she tells the Irish government.… Read the rest

Women politicians urged to support Magdalenes *

Jun 3rd, 2011 | Filed by
One Department of Justice official said most women entered the laundries voluntarily. Srsly!… Read the rest

Spam spam spam bacon flattery and spam

Jun 3rd, 2011 3:15 pm | By

I’m getting a hilarious new type of spam which consists of a single sentence complimenting me for all-cognitive reasons – basically “oooh you’re so clever.” One said “sbutle [sic] must be your middle name.” Hahahahahahahahahaha.

Seriously, what do they do, have bots that scan websites and figure out what kind of flattery will go down best?… Read the rest

The real bullies

Jun 3rd, 2011 11:54 am | By

Let’s take a look at who is really being bullied and shouted into silence. Let’s take a look at a case where in real life

the mob arrives; insults are flung around; the character flaws, motivations, psychological makeup, etc., of the original [dissident] are dissected at length

and a high school kid is disowned and thrown out of the house by his parents for attempting to stop his public high school from having an unconstitutional official prayer at graduation.

A student’s public prayer at a pre-graduation “Class Night” event was turned into an opportunity for the school and community to gang up on Fowler and publicly close ranks against him — teachers as well as students. (Here’s video).

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