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Damn Elitists!

Jun 18th, 2004 8:57 pm | By

I watched part of an old ‘Frontline’ on tv the other evening. ‘Frontline’ is one of the few fairly good shows on US public tv – actually one of the two, I would say, ‘Nova’ being the other. US public tv is so mediocre it’s painful. (And public radio is even worse. But that’s a separate subject.) It was about ‘Alternative’ Medicine. One part of it I found particularly extraordinary – an interview with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch. I’ve always disliked Hatch, frankly. He’s very conservative, and he has an irritating voice. He sounds like someone who’s trying to soothe a rowdy room full of six-year-olds – in fact I suppose he sounds a bit like Mr Rogers. Mr … Read the rest

Time and Effort – and Emotional Labour *

Jun 18th, 2004 | Filed by

Madeleine Bunting on emotional demands the service economy makes on workers.… Read the rest

Is Smoking a Class Issue? *

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Are instruction and ’empowerment’ opposed? … Read the rest

Guardian’s Joyce Links *

Jun 18th, 2004 | Filed by

Bloomsday, the Disneyfication of Ireland, new Mollies, O’Brien, Maddox.… Read the rest

Summer and Autumn

Jun 17th, 2004 11:17 pm | By

Horrible day here. In the upper 80s. The air quality doesn’t look too bad – the sky at the horizon is not brown – but it smells terrible outside all the same. It always does once it gets this hot. Heated-up car exhaust, I assume. I don’t like summer much.

But never mind that. The Dictionary gets printed next week. Once that happens, you see, it will be a book. Rectangular thing, open on three sides, pages with printed words on them. Something one can hold in the hand. Something one can read more or less anywhere – on the bus, in the park, in the checkout line at the supermarket, on the treadmill. That’s much harder to do with … Read the rest

New Age and Skepticism: Two Cultures *

Jun 17th, 2004 | Filed by

What it’s like to go from chakras and auras to critical thinking.… Read the rest

Religion in India and US *

Jun 17th, 2004 | Filed by

Two major democracies deal with divisions over religion.… Read the rest

Cass Sunstein on ‘Second Bill of Rights’ *

Jun 17th, 2004 | Filed by

Roosevelt’s 1944 State of the Union speech has influenced constitutions around the world.… Read the rest

Bush Asks for Vatican’s Help *

Jun 16th, 2004 | Filed by

Wants it to ‘push American bishops to speak out more about political issues.’… Read the rest

‘Religious Hate’ Trial Smacks of Bad Old Days *

Jun 16th, 2004 | Filed by

Exhibition angered a mob ‘who unleashed a pogrom in the museum, vandalizing the artworks with paint sprayers.’… Read the rest

Three Charged With Inciting Religious Hatred *

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Human rights activists staged art exhibition that angered Russian Orthodox Church.… Read the rest

Gendered Breathing? *

Jun 16th, 2004 | Filed by

Unintentionally comic examination of refreshing, provocative, frustrating Luce Irigaray.… Read the rest

Stuart Hampshire *

Jun 16th, 2004 | Filed by

The Guardian obituary, by Jane O’Grady. … Read the rest

Happy Bloomsday *

Jun 16th, 2004 | Filed by

Joyce once said Ulysses did not contain ‘one single serious line’ – and that’s why we like it.… Read the rest

‘Under God’ Stays in ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ *

Jun 16th, 2004 | Filed by

Procedural ruling leaves constitutional issue unresolved.… Read the rest

Freedom From Atheism

Jun 16th, 2004 1:47 am | By

Update on last Comment –

And there is the Supreme Court decision (or non-decision) in the Pledge of Allegiance case. Students will go on invoking the deity in public (state) schools for now, thus making sure we don’t go overboard with this separation of church and state stuff. Don’t forget, freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion, any more than Adam and Eve means Adam and Steve. No, religion is still mandatory in God’s country. (Of course, the Pledge is not actually required, so young atheists can just refuse to recite it and laugh cheerily when their devout classmates beat them up in the playground. Ain’t liberty grand.)… Read the rest

High Tension

Jun 15th, 2004 11:40 pm | By

A lot of vexed religious issues around at the moment. There is the Vardy foundation which wants ‘to take over seven comprehensives and turn them into Christian Academies promoting Old Testament views of the world’s creation. This includes the claim that it was made in six days, 10,000 years ago.’ There is the never-ending stampede of both political parties in the US to outdo each other in god-bothering. There is the prospect of Shari’a in Ontario (and the campaign against it). There is a group forming to ‘defend’ the hijab. And there is the Begum case, which is under discussion at Crooked Timber.

So, one way and another, there is a lot of debate and discussion … Read the rest

High Court Rules in Shabina Begum Case *

Jun 15th, 2004 | Filed by

School uniform not a violation of religious rights.… Read the rest

Snoop Dog is Talking to Foucault *

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The convergence of two developments: expansion of US penal system and the rise of rap.… Read the rest

Stuart Hampshire *

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The Telegraph obituary.… Read the rest