The culture of subtle sexism can be altered when people have their attention drawn to it. … Read the rest
Archive for July 2011
Maryam Namzie, Kenan Malik, Polly Toynbee, Susan Blackmore, A C Grayling, Ben Goldacre, Victor Stenger, P Z Myers, Andrew Copson, more.… Read the rest
Alan Sheldrake was convicted of “scandalising the judiciary” – writing a critical book that could undermine public faith in Singapore’s judicial system.… Read the rest
The church in Australia is also saying how sorry it is. Sorry sorry sorry. Oh dear, so sorry. It doesn’t know what came over it. It was a moment of carelessness that lasted for decades. It’s terribly sorry, unless anyone can think of a way it can dodge culpability of course, in which case it isn’t.
It is believed at least 150,000 Australian women had their babies taken
against their will by some churches and adoption agencies between the 1950s and 1970s.
Think about that for a minute. A period of thirty years, in which the church yanked away the babies of 150,000 women.
But hey, the church is sorry. Maybe.… Read the rest
The Vatican feels really really really really bad about what its priests did in Ireland. Really it does. It’s so so so so so sorry. It’s wounded to the core; it’s devastated; it’s super-upset; it’s crying into its pillow every night; it can hardly eat.
What if it can say that what Catholic priests do is nothing to do with it?
Ah. Well in that case, it feels perfectly fine, because after all, it didn’t do anything. Yay!
Victims of sexual abuse by priests will no longer be able to sue the Catholic church for damages if a landmark judgment rules that priests should not be considered as employees.
In a little publicised case heard this month at
The Telegraph accuses him of inventing an atrocity in the story that won him the Orwell Prize. … Read the rest
The organizers of the prize announced that they had reached a “clear and unanimous decision” on Monday.… Read the rest
That is, taking women’s babies against their will, aka kidnapping. Australian Catholic church took at least 150,000 from 1950s to 70s.… Read the rest
Nothing to do with us, says compassionate Catholic church. It was the priests wot did it, not us.… Read the rest
Nigeria is often described as a deeply religious society where most – if not all – persons profess religious beliefs without qualification. Nigeria is often portrayed as a country where the religious demography is static – everybody is religious, everybody belongs to one faith or the other. Everybody professes religion, nobody renounces religion. Nobody is critical or skeptical about religious dogmas. Non-religious and freethinking Nigerians are purportedly so insignificant. For me this is a misrepresentation of the religious demography and dynamics in the country, and the time has come for us to rectify this misrepresentation.
No doubt, most Nigerians profess belief in God and identify themselves with one of the three main faiths – Traditional Religion, Christianity and Islam. There … Read the rest
Transportation for America has Raquel Nelson on the Today show yesterday. It’s very hard to watch, but worth watching. She’s impressive, and obviously not just some giddy irresponsible parent dragging her children into traffic because she can’t be bothered to walk down the block to the intersection.
It also has a guy called Ken Edelstein of Green Building Chronicle in Atlanta showing us the bus stop, the street, how far away the intersection with traffic lights is, how obvious it is that the bus stop is there for the apartment complex, how people who live there never go to the intersection to cross, how like a highway the street is, how heavy the traffic is and how fast it goes, … Read the rest
And Ken Edelstein of Green Building Chronicle shows just what a death-trap Austell Road is.… Read the rest
The Vatican did not say when he would return. Things are a bit hot for him in Ireland right now.… Read the rest
Over the past two years, a total of nine teenagers have committed suicide in a Minnesota school district represented by Rep. Michele Bachmann—the latest in May—and many more students have attempted to take their lives. State public health officials have labeled the area a “suicide contagion area” because of the unusually high death rate.
Some of the victims were gay, or perceived to be by their classmates, and many were reportedly bullied. And the anti-gay activists who are some of the congresswoman’s closest allies stand accused of blocking an effective response to the crisis and fostering a climate of intolerance that allowed bullying to flourish.
Teachers and counselors in the district, as well as civil rights
Why critics blame the congresswoman’s anti-gay allies for contributing to a mental health crisis.… Read the rest
Chicago Tribune review of sexual abuse cases involving several Theravada Buddhist temples found minimal accountability and lax oversight of monks.… Read the rest
The judge’s unusual decision was announced at a sentencing hearing Tuesday in Cobb County State Court.… Read the rest
More than 135,000 people signed an online petition calling for leniency.… Read the rest
How to get more traffic on your blog…write about elevator guy. Ha! That’s a good one. That’s a real thigh-slapper.
Apparently, the secret for a successful website (aka “blog”) is misspelling a person’s last name so the misspelled name includes a slang term for female genitalia.
That will get one over 1240 comments …
Quite, with the addendum that as of this moment the count is 1283. What fun all this would have been if Watson had had a couple of confederates, Rachel Unt and Rosalind Ussy. But then again what if the confederates had been named Rachel Igger and Rosalind Pade? Would the count have been higher, or lower, … Read the rest