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Science Not a Patch on Mindless Superstition *

Sep 10th, 2005 | Filed by

Says Charlie Brooker civilly, after watching ‘Psychic Detective’.… Read the rest

Seyran Ates on Multiculturalism v Rights of Women *

Sep 10th, 2005 | Filed by

Why is tolerance practised with cultural traditions that are clearly oppressive of women?… Read the rest

Poverty is About More Than Lack of Money *

Sep 10th, 2005 | Filed by

It’s also lack of connections, cultural capital, skills, strings to pull.… Read the rest

Blame not a ‘Game’ but Part of Democratic Process *

Sep 10th, 2005 | Filed by

If officials were grossly negligent, letting tempers cool may not be best plan.… Read the rest

Blocked Bridge Story Confirmed *

Sep 10th, 2005 | Filed by

UPI reports survivors were kept from crossing river by fears they would loot burn and pillage.… Read the rest

Midgley on Dawkins Again *

Sep 10th, 2005 | Filed by

Accuses ‘Dawkinsist’ orthodoxy of making the world in some important sense entirely random.… Read the rest

Enough About Me, What Do You Think of Me?

Sep 9th, 2005 8:29 pm | By

Okay, so I’m a hurricane. Big deal. We all have our faults.

Meanwhile. I’ve been wanting to mention for days, but other subjects kept intervening – the proofs for Why Truth Matters have arrived. Jeremy got his Tuesday, my set arrived Wednesday – on account of how he’s a few miles from Continuum and I’m six thousand miles farther off.

We had a little discussion about the acknowledgements. Gremlins had replaced that page with the acknowledgements from a previous book of Jeremy’s and Julian’s, one that I had nothing to do with. (It would have been even funnier if it had been replaced with the acknowledgements from a book by someone entirely unknown to any of us, thanking a great … Read the rest

Katrina as Another Triangle Fire *

Sep 9th, 2005 | Filed by

Catastrophes make libertarianism look pathetic.… Read the rest

Demonstrators Compare Ontario Premier to Taliban *

Sep 9th, 2005 | Filed by

Protest against use of religious rules critics consider an affront to human rights.… Read the rest

Bush Declares Katrina Prayer Day *

Sep 9th, 2005 | Filed by

Praying to the deity who sent Katrina, presumably. Whatever.… Read the rest

Protests in Eleven Cities over Ontario Sharia *

Sep 9th, 2005 | Filed by

Demonstrations registered outrage over recommendations of voluntary tribunals based on sharia.… Read the rest

Sharia Protests in Cities Across Canada *

Sep 9th, 2005 | Filed by

Opponents say the proposed arbitration process will violate women’s’ rights.… Read the rest

International Protests Against Sharia Law *

Sep 9th, 2005 | Filed by

Proposal that would allow Islamic law to be used in Ontario family arbitration cases. … Read the rest

The Good News Is, Pat Robertson is Thriving *

Sep 9th, 2005 | Filed by

His ‘faith-based’ Operation Blessing is on FEMA’s list of charitable groups.… Read the rest

The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven

Sep 8th, 2005 7:20 pm | By

Christ. It keeps getting worse. If this account is reliable – it’s hair-raising.

Two paramedics, in New Orleans for a convention of emergency medical people, stuck in a hotel that ran out of food and water and on the fourth day, turned them out and locked the doors.

As we entered the center of the City, we finally encountered the National Guard. The Guards told us we would not be allowed into the Superdome as the City’s primary shelter had descended into a humanitarian and health hellhole. The guards further told us that the City’s only other shelter, the Convention Center, was also descending into chaos and squalor and that the police were not allowing anyone else in.

Oh. Okay. … Read the rest

Women’s Rights Conference in Islamabad *

Sep 8th, 2005 | Filed by

Activists note that crimes against women are not an ‘image problem.’… Read the rest

Heading an Inquiry into Oneself Not Best Practice *

Sep 8th, 2005 | Filed by

Tax cuts for rich, Medicaid reuctions also dubious in wake of catastrophic hurricane.… Read the rest

Flogging Promised for ‘Bad Veiling’ *

Sep 8th, 2005 | Filed by

Individuals whose attire is against religious laws in public will be sentenced to flogging and fines.… Read the rest

‘Improperly Veiled Women’ Are Criminals in Iran *

Sep 8th, 2005 | Filed by

Crimes such as mal-veiling are evident crimes and must be dealt with in accordance with the law.… Read the rest

The Bridge Was Blocked by Armed Sheriffs *

Sep 8th, 2005 | Filed by

The West Bank was not going to become New Orleans, there would be no Superdomes in their City.… Read the rest