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Interlude for Own-trumpet-blowing

May 14th, 2006 7:54 pm | By

Okay how can I do this without being repellent and awful. I can’t. Okay I’m going to be repellent and awful. But hey, there’s such a thing as marketing and advertising, you know – don’t think of it as being repellent and awful, think of it as advertising. What am I supposed to do, co-write a book and then not say anything about it? Well then!

Right, so Johann Hari wrote this review of Why Truth Matters. It seems fair to say he thinks it’s good. Boastful and repellent, but fair.

He concludes pleasantly.

In Why Truth Matters, Benson and Stangroom answer the clotted, barely readable sentences of the postmodernists with sentences so clear you could swim in them.

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Opus Dei Has Historically Always Been Bad Guy *

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Now they get to be victim: ‘a small Catholic group that is being beaten up by big, bad Hollywood.’… Read the rest



Rod Liddle on Ruth Kelly *

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Is it possible to be minister for equality while wishing in your heart to smite all sodomites asunder? … Read the rest



Roadblocks to Equality for Women *

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Worldwide, the situation is grim. Keep your eyes on the prize.… Read the rest



Johann Hari Reviews Why Truth Matters *

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Modesty forbids.… Read the rest



Hello, Canada?

May 14th, 2006 1:15 am | By

The walls keep getting closer and closer and closer. Read Michelle Goldberg on the subject if you want to have nightmares for a week.

Speaking to outsiders, most Christian nationalists say they’re simply responding to anti-Christian persecution. They say that secularism is itself a religion, one unfairly imposed on them. They say they’re the victims in the culture wars. But Christian nationalist ideologues don’t want equality, they want dominance.

Yes of course they say secularism is a religion. Secularism is a religion, science is a religion, ‘evolutionism’ is a religion, ‘Darwinism’ is a religion, atheism is a religion, humanism is a religion, naturalism is a religion, rationality is a religion, everything that doesn’t bow down and grovel before their benighted … Read the rest



Eve Garrard on Joffe Bill *

May 13th, 2006 | Filed by

The person whose life it is is best able to decide what its intrinsic value is.… Read the rest



Michelle Goldberg on Theocrats Militant *

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Be afraid.… Read the rest



Shirin Ebadi Against the Mullahs *

May 13th, 2006 | Filed by

Forced to resign as Iran’s first female judge when the revolutionaries decided women were unfit.… Read the rest



Adam Smith Abducted Again *

May 13th, 2006 | Filed by

Smith’s genius as an economist cannot be separated from his decency as a human being.… Read the rest



Samuel Brittan on Mill *

May 13th, 2006 | Filed by

Mill’s views on politics came from the same vein of thinking as his scholarly studies.… Read the rest



Joffe Bill Blocked *

May 12th, 2006 | Filed by

You Gov poll commissioned by Dignity in Dying showed overall public support for the law.… Read the rest



Lords Block Assisted Dying Bill *

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Thank the archbishops if you die in pain.… Read the rest



The Loony Scientist Stereotype *

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How it does linger.… Read the rest



Fired Editor of CMAJ on Editorial Independence *

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‘The notion that politically sensitive topics can be expunged from a medical journal is folly.’… Read the rest



Poland Bans Some TV Ads During Pope’s Visit *

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Alcohol, underwear, contraceptives (well duh), and – sanitary towels? Because…?… Read the rest



Polly Toynbee Resists Cabal of Believers *

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‘Today is the day when the forces of superstition will try to cut off any further debate.’… Read the rest



Religious ‘Leaders’ Team Up to Fight Legislation *

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‘We believe that all human life is sacred and God-given.’ That’s nice, but so what?… Read the rest



Letters on Breathtaking Arrogance of Christians *

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Atheists need neither heavenly carrots nor hellish sticks to persuade us to be moral, ethical persons.… Read the rest



Threat Threat Threat Bless You

May 12th, 2006 1:27 am | By

And there arose a great noise in the land, and a whirling on the waters, and the people were sore afraid, or upset, or worried, or puzzled, or something. Why? Because of a movie, of course. What movie? you ask, all athirst to know. Well what movie do you think? The Rembrandt code, of course. No no, I know; the Renoir code. No no, I’m just playing silly buggers; the Kandinsky code. Oh all right, the Da Vinci Code. (A title which causes a faint electrical hum of irritation every time I hear or see it, because as any fule kno, Da Vinci is not Leonardo’s surname. It’s like titling a book and movie The Of Devonshire Code after the … Read the rest