Archive for July 2011

Marc Hauser resigns from Harvard *

Jul 20th, 2011 | Filed by

He was on leave after an internal investigation found him guilty of eight counts of scientific misconduct.… Read the rest

Furious Purpose on using a sexist slur *

Jul 20th, 2011 | Filed by

The name is Watson, not Twatson. “If you give me ‘Twatson’, you show yourself to be a clueless sexist dimwit.”… Read the rest

“Beatified” statue “funding issue” “solved”

Jul 19th, 2011 12:26 pm | By

The BBC, not to be outdone, jumps eagerly into the god-hugging pool, reporting joyfully that Birmingham city council has fixed a “funding shortfall” by spending public money on a hideous tin-foil statue of a local-boy-makes-good “saint.”

A funding shortfall to pay for a work of art to celebrate the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Birmingham has been met by the city council.

The sculpture of the Blessed John Henry Newman was commissioned by the
authority, to mark the visit last year.

It was hoped public donations would pay for the statue of the Victorian
clergyman who was beatified by the Pope in a special Mass.

But they didn’t, which is not surprising if you look at it, so … Read the rest

Brum city council pays for Catholic statue *

Jul 19th, 2011 | Filed by

£25,000 of public money paid for a statue of “the Blessed John Henry Newman,” reports the sycophantic BBC.… Read the rest

Jesus appears on Walmart receipt! *

Jul 19th, 2011 | Filed by

Bearing a disconcerting resemblance to bin Laden. Whatevs.… Read the rest

Man whipped with cable for drinking alcohol *

Jul 19th, 2011 | Filed by

Three men allegedly held him down while a fourth allegedly lashed him about 40 times over half an hour. In Sydney, Australia.… Read the rest

Abandon all hope, ye who enter Shadwell

Jul 19th, 2011 9:16 am | By

Holy shit.

More extremist posters have been discovered in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets.

It is understood the posters were found last Thursday morning at council-managed housing blocks in Shadwell, next to the DLR and Overground station.

They state: “You are entering a Shariah controlled zone. Islamic rules enforced.”

Underneath, images declare that smoking, alcohol, music, drugs, prostitution and porn are forbidden.

In other words, good morning, the Taliban has arrived in Shadwell. If you live here, your life is now hell. Have a nice day.

Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary, who said in 2008 that gays should be stoned to death, has claimed responsibility for the campaign.

Ah. Well that’s a relief. If it’s true, that means … Read the rest

“Shariah controlled zone” posters in London *

Jul 19th, 2011 | Filed by

Posters have appeared at council housing blocks in Tower Hamlets: “Islamic rules enforced.” Music is one of the banned items.… Read the rest

New entry in “my Jesus is bigger” contest *

Jul 19th, 2011 | Filed by

The one in Lima is 123 feet, so the new one in Split will be 129 feet, so ha.… Read the rest

Cristina Odone explains why archbish fired Pitcher *

Jul 19th, 2011 | Filed by

It’s because Pitcher made a joke about the archbish sexually assaulting Odone at a drinks party.… Read the rest

Two possible apologies for the archbishop

Jul 18th, 2011 3:31 pm | By

Guest post by Patrick O’Malley.

I wrote 2 apologies for the Archbishop in Ireland, who is preparing to give an apology after the scathing Cloyne report, which showed that in 2011 the Catholic church continues to be criminally negligent about clergy child sex. Both apologies are completely honest, so they are inadmissible in today’s Catholic church:

1) Let’s be honest. We don’t care. A few of our priests raped your kids. We don’t care. It’s a nuisance. They’re only kids. Let’s get back to fighting women priests, condoms, and gays, and fixing everyone else in this world. Now shut up, go home, and don’t bring this up again. God bless, fools.

2) I’m so embarrassed to be a Catholic … Read the rest

Ireland: priests say they will not obey the law *

Jul 18th, 2011 | Filed by

New Irish government legislation will state that the confessional is not beyond the law. Priests say yes it is.… Read the rest

Irish government expects Vatican to hurry up *

Jul 18th, 2011 | Filed by

And respond to the Cloyne report.… Read the rest

Archbishop dismisses George Pitcher *

Jul 18th, 2011 | Filed by

Pitcher tells the Guardian he is better suited to journalism. Journalism? George Pitcher?… Read the rest

Twentieth Century Vole

Jul 17th, 2011 4:45 pm | By

Christopher Shea on Patricia Churchland.

“It all changed when I learned about the prairie voles,” she says—surely not a phrase John Rawls ever uttered.

She told the story at the natural-history museum, in late March. Montane voles and prairie voles are so similar “that naifs like me can’t tell them apart,” she told a standing-room-only audience (younger and hipper than the museum’s usual patrons—the word “neuroscience” these days is like catnip). But prairie voles mate for life, and montane voles do not. Among prairie voles, the males not only share parenting duties, they will even lick and nurture pups that aren’t their own. By contrast, male montane voles do not actively parent even their own offspring. What accounts for

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Patricia Churchland on the biology of ethics *

Jul 17th, 2011 | Filed by

Churchland thinks the search for what she calls “exceptionless rules” has deformed modern moral philosophy. … Read the rest

Bachmann Christian “clinic” got federal funds *

Jul 17th, 2011 | Filed by

Marcus Bachmann’s “Christian family clinic” received $137k in Medicaid funds plus $24k in federal funds to train clinic employees. … Read the rest

“Faith healer” scam in Leeds *

Jul 17th, 2011 | Filed by

Knock on the door, say the householder is ill because of black magic, demand £501 to lift the spell. Easy money.… Read the rest

Upshot of Cloyne report: never trust a bishop *

Jul 17th, 2011 | Filed by

We are long overdue the pleasure of seeing these sleekit and conniving, bumptious and arrogant prelates brought low.… Read the rest

Crozier no longer more powerful than the Dail *

Jul 17th, 2011 | Filed by

Any argument about the supposed primacy of canon law over civil law is over. But guidelines can be ignored or circumvented.… Read the rest