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Octuplets’ Mother Plans Exciting TV Career *

Jan 31st, 2009 | Filed by

Will portray a childcare expert stranded in the wilderness with only a knife and a pacifier.… Read the rest

No Reason to Worry About Thimerosal in Vacs *

Jan 31st, 2009 | Filed by

Researchers find no risk of thimerosal in vaccines causing brain problems.… Read the rest

Drink Coffee, See Dead People *

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Ben Goldacre takes a closer look, finds the usual confusions; academics are sadly unblameless.… Read the rest

Octuplets Not Really an Occasion for Rejoicing *

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‘The cost of taking care of multiples is huge. It’s not going to finish when the babies go home.’… Read the rest

The Logic of Bonuses for Bad Performance *

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The bonuses for 2008 were the sixth-largest on record and paid for by taxpayers. What’s the thinking here?… Read the rest

Bankers Defend Their Bonuses *

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Say they work hard, ‘earn’ their bonuses; call disagreement ‘socialism.’… Read the rest

Mother of Octuplets Has Six Children Already *

Jan 30th, 2009 | Filed by

So she needed fertility treatments because…… Read the rest

John Patrick Diggins *

Jan 30th, 2009 | Filed by

‘He was the most philosophical-minded of the American historians,’ said the political historian Paul Berman.… Read the rest

Obama Calls Wall Street Bonuses Shameful *

Jan 30th, 2009 | Filed by

Rewarding themselves for trashing the economy and causing mass impoverishment not okay.… Read the rest

Women Gather to Cheer Female Submission *

Jan 30th, 2009 | Filed by

Signers affirm that women and men were designed to reflect God in ‘complementary and distinct ways.’… Read the rest

Michelle Goldberg on Tragic Ted Haggard *

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By preaching against homosexuality and allying with anti-gay politicians, he caused real damage – and trapped himself.… Read the rest

Abu Hamza Gets it Wrong Again *

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If a husband rapes a wife, she might call the cops, or ‘accept it with laughter and embarrassment.’… Read the rest

Forced Marriage in Syria *

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Muna, 15, dreads being married off to cousin who hits his mother with an iron bar.… Read the rest

FGM in Denmark *

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A Danish woman has been convicted of having two of her daughters genitally mutilated.… Read the rest

One fine distinction

Jan 30th, 2009 11:11 am | By

Buruma is at it again.

Dutch criminal law can be invoked against anyone who “deliberately insults people on the grounds of their race, religion, beliefs or sexual orientation.” Whether Mr. Wilders has deliberately insulted Muslim people is for the judges to decide. But for a man who calls for a ban on the Koran to act as the champion of free speech is a bit rich.

No, not exactly, and not necessarily. Being a champion of free speech does not necessarily mean being a champion of absolute free speech with no exceptions whatever. It can mean, for instance, defending free speech construed more broadly than to allow one anti-speech law but still more narrowly than to permit another. It’s … Read the rest

A piece of the true cross

Jan 29th, 2009 12:50 pm | By

I went into Bartell’s (a drugstore chain; think Boots if you’re in the UK, but not as nice) yesterday, and was skimming along an unfamiliar aisle when I stopped, amazed. There in front of me dangling from those little rods that packages dangle from, were packages of Foot Detox Pads. Kinoki Cleansing Detox Foot Pads, to be exact. They’re real! Sense About Science didn’t just make them up!

There were before and after pictures on the box: clean white pad, then grubby brown pad. Yes but as Sense About Science points out, the pads contain vinegar and herbs and they make the feet sweat: the brown is from moisture and vinegar and herbs, it’s not a nice brown smear … Read the rest

Elevating Science, Elevating Democracy *

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Science is not a monument of received Truth but something that people do to look for truth.… Read the rest

Godless Virtue *

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In secular Denmark and Sweden rates of violent crime are among the lowest on earth.… Read the rest

HRW on Crisis Without Limits in Zimbabwe *

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New 33-page report details the government’s responsibility for Zimbabwe’s humanitarian crisis. … Read the rest

Eve Garrard in Praise of Again *

Jan 29th, 2009 | Filed by

Novels, poetry, landscapes, music, all repay being revisited again, and again, and again.… Read the rest