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Voices of Disbelief Off to the Publishers *

Dec 1st, 2008 | Filed by

Essays from 52 atheists including Baggini, Clark, Dacey, Grayling, Namazie, Edis, Law, Randi, Singer, Tatchell, Stenger.… Read the rest

Access of evil

Dec 1st, 2008 1:14 am | By

What a foul ruthless disgusting privileged shameless contemptible bastard George Bush is. Not that this is a news flash…but new instances of it can still cause the jaw to drop with revulsion and loathing.

The Labor Department is racing to complete a new rule, strenuously opposed by President-elect Barack Obama, that would make it much harder for the government to regulate toxic substances and hazardous chemicals to which workers are exposed on the job. The rule, which has strong support from business groups, says that in assessing the risk from a particular substance, federal agencies should gather and analyze “industry-by-industry evidence” of employees’ exposure to it during their working lives. The proposal would, in many cases, add a step

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Ways of knowing

Dec 1st, 2008 1:00 am | By

I trust you read Tom Clark’s terrific article on epistemology. I’m going to comment on just one section, ‘Misplaced concessions to non-empiricism.’

Most organizations in the U.S. that champion science take the politically safe route of conceding a certain respect to their biggest epistemic competition, traditional faith-based institutional religions such as Christianity. A popular rationale for such respect is that science and religion don’t conflict since science can’t evaluate religious claims about the supernatural; it’s only concerned with the natural, material world. This suggests that religions have epistemic authority when it comes to the supernatural.

Indeed it does, and, annoyingly and unhelpfully (not to say harmfully), it does it without actually explicitly saying it. As Tom says, it suggests … Read the rest

UN Reports Taliban is Stockpiling Opium *

Nov 30th, 2008 | Filed by

In an effort to support prices and preserve a major source of financing for the insurgency.… Read the rest

Bush Races to Prevent Worker Safety *

Nov 30th, 2008 | Filed by

New rule will make it much harder to regulate toxic substances and hazardous chemicals on the job.… Read the rest

Mumbai Doctors Say Victims Were Tortured *

Nov 30th, 2008 | Filed by

‘It was obvious that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed. It was so bad that I do not want to go over the details.’… Read the rest

Kill Until the Last Breath *

Nov 30th, 2008 | Filed by

The Mumbai attacks were intended to kill 5,000 people.… Read the rest

Five Survivors *

Nov 30th, 2008 | Filed by

‘I crouched along with my customers in the restaurant shaking in fear.’… Read the rest

Celebrity Terrorism *

Nov 30th, 2008 | Filed by

Mass murder in crowded railway stations and restaurants is easy, and it makes you famous.… Read the rest

Suketu Mehta Asks: Why Do They Hate Mumbai? *

Nov 29th, 2008 | Filed by

‘Hindu and Muslim demagogues want the mobs to come out again in the streets, and slaughter one another in the name of God.’… Read the rest

Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death *

Nov 29th, 2008 | Filed by

Wal-Mart has successfully resisted unionization, but not crowds of shoppers.… Read the rest

At Least 172 Dead in Mumbai *

Nov 29th, 2008 | Filed by

The gunmen killed everyone they could. The hostages were a sick joke, they were killed at the beginning. … Read the rest

Religious Riots Kill Hundreds in Nigeria *

Nov 29th, 2008 | Filed by

In Plateau State, Christians are regarded as being indigenous and Hausa-speaking Muslims the settlers.… Read the rest

Bush Moves May Endanger Endangered Species *

Nov 29th, 2008 | Filed by

Proposed loosening controls on factory farm waste and letting power plants operate near national parks.… Read the rest

Bush Busy in Last Few Weeks in Office *

Nov 29th, 2008 | Filed by

Bush’s last-minute rules are focused, like a laser, on destroying US environmental standards.… Read the rest

A few young men out on a spree

Nov 28th, 2008 4:23 pm | By

It’s hard to read it without feeling sick – sick with loathing and disgust. With hatred of what people can be at their most horrible – and of what makes them be like that.

[T]he Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus, previously known as the Victoria terminus, a world heritage site and one of India’s busiest stations, was the scene of mayhem, with blood spattered across the station forecourt and platforms. Gunmen shot up the reservation counter of the station, randomly sprayed passengers, believed to be entirely composed of Indian travellers and commuters, and fled. “They just fired randomly at people and then ran away. In seconds, people fell to the ground,” said Nasim Inam, a witness. Cafe worker Pappu Mishra said two

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Islamist Terrorists Were Remorseless *

Nov 28th, 2008 | Filed by

‘They were the kind of people with no remorse – anybody and whoever came in front of them they fired.’… Read the rest

They Appeared Calm and Composed *

Nov 28th, 2008 | Filed by

How disgusting people can be…… Read the rest

Migrant Workers Face Abuse in Middle East *

Nov 28th, 2008 | Filed by

Domestic workers still face abuse and exploitation because governments have failed to protect them.… Read the rest

Bush Working at Breakneck Speed *

Nov 28th, 2008 | Filed by

To weaken or reverse regulations that protect America’s wilderness and other tree-hugging stuff.… Read the rest