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How Irving Fought and Lost *

Nov 19th, 2005 | Filed by

Judge in trial called him a falsifier of history.… Read the rest



Austria Considers Putting Irving on Trial *

Nov 19th, 2005 | Filed by

Irving sued Deborah Lipstadt in 2000 for calling him a Holocaust denier in 1994 book. … Read the rest



‘Deacon Joe’ Molested Nearly Every Boy *

Nov 19th, 2005 | Filed by

Catholic missionary in Alaska village ruined many lives. Church disavows responsibility.… Read the rest



Blair Seeks to Appease ‘the Muslim Community’ *

Nov 19th, 2005 | Filed by

By using phrase ‘the community’ three times in two short sentences.… Read the rest



Muslim Girls in France Get it From Both Directions *

Nov 19th, 2005 | Filed by

Racism, unemployment and deprivation, and harassment and violence in their own communities.… Read the rest



It Really Matters What is True

Nov 19th, 2005 2:37 am | By

Did you listen to that In Our Time with Julian and Anthony Grayling and Miranda Fricker? There was one bit near the end where it seemed to me Julian kind of pulled a fast one. I transcribed it. See what you think.

The thing about Rorty is that he does reject this idea of Truth with a capital T, as all the pragmatists do, and – but the thing is it’s not so much that he thinks it’s a philosophical mistake to think we can have that kind of truth, which represents the world – he does think that’s a mistake – but I think more importantly, he thinks it’s just not that important or relevant. And his attitude to

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Beady Eye for the Murdering Guy

Nov 18th, 2005 6:38 pm | By

So, it seems to be a good day for out-there pronouncements by bloodthirsty authoritarian men. For horrible glimpses into the nasty fetid power-ravenous controlfreak minds of tyrannical shits.

Osama’s pious little wet-dream is not much of a surprise, of course. No surprise at all really. But still worth a passing kick.

Osama bin Laden wants the United States to convert to Islam, ditch its constitution, abolish banks, jail homosexuals and sign the Kyoto climate change treaty…Alcohol and gambling would be barred and there would be an end to women’s photos in newspapers or advertising. Any woman serving “passengers, visitors and strangers”, presumably anyone from air stewardesses to waitresses, would also be out of a job.

From air stewardesses to waitresses … Read the rest



Thucydides for the Common Reader *

Nov 18th, 2005 | Filed by

Thucydides belongs on list of things to be sure to read before dying.… Read the rest



Todd Gitlin on the Authority of Anti-authority *

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Within any movement against improper authority there evolves an idea of proper authority… Read the rest



Steven Pinker on General Science Education *

Nov 18th, 2005 | Filed by

General education in science should stimulate a worldview grounded in our best understanding of reality.… Read the rest



What bin Laden Wants the US to Do *

Nov 18th, 2005 | Filed by

Convert to Islam, ditch constitution, abolish banks, jail homosexuals, sign Kyoto treaty. How touching.… Read the rest



Pinochet Says God Will Forgive the Mass Murder *

Nov 18th, 2005 | Filed by

‘Everything that I did, all that I carried out, all the problems I had, I dedicate to God.’ How touching.… Read the rest



Anguished Archbishops

Nov 17th, 2005 8:04 pm | By

Okay so these seventeen archbishops. All tied up in knots they are. All frantic and agitated and unhappy. Tearing their episcopal hair, rending their purple robes, chewing their anglican nails. And for why? For because that the Archbish of C isn’t being harsh enough toward non-heterosexuality. That’s why. Okay – why? Why is that a reason? Why are they so agitated about non-heterosexuality? Why does it upset them? Why does it worry them? Why do they think it’s so terrible?

They don’t really say. Maybe it’s too much to expect them to, in a letter to the Archbish, since they probably expect him to know. But still – since religious types never do seem to manage to come up … Read the rest



Archbishops’ Letter to Archbishop *

Nov 17th, 2005 | Filed by

The whole letter, so that you can judge for yourself.… Read the rest



Conservative Anglican Archbishops Worry *

Nov 17th, 2005 | Filed by

About sexual behavior – perhaps a little more than strictly necessary.… Read the rest



Richard Webster on ‘Care’ *

Nov 17th, 2005 | Filed by

A tv drama based on real people but with some of the evidence left out.… Read the rest



Austria Arrests David Irving *

Nov 17th, 2005 | Filed by

Judge in libel hearing called him ‘an active Holocaust denier’. Holocaust denial against law in Austria.… Read the rest



UK Political Bloggers *

Nov 17th, 2005 | Filed by

Norm Geras, Harry’s, others. Mostly male, Guardian notes.… Read the rest



Saudi Teacher Sentenced for ‘Mocking’ Islam *

Nov 17th, 2005 | Filed by

Forty months in prison and 750 lashes. HRW condemns decision.… Read the rest



In Our Time on Pragmatism *

Nov 17th, 2005 | Filed by

Grayling, Baggini, Fricker discuss.… Read the rest