Butterflies and Wheels update

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Pres Jonathan orders military to end unrest in Jos

More than 100 people have been killed in Plateau state in the past two weeks in conflict between Muslims and Christians from rival ethnic groups.
Filed: September 12, 2011

Saudis deport radical Islamist to Norway
Wait…what?
Filed: September 12, 2011

Bangladesh enacts new broadcast law
National ideology or characters cannot be criticized. The father of the nation cannot be criticized. Actually pretty much nothing can be criticized.
Filed: September 12, 2011

Pope accused of crimes against humanity

Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have accused the pope, the Vatican secretary of state and two other officials in a formal complaint to the ICC.
Filed: September 13, 2011

Abuse survivors will try to take pope to court
Rape and other forms of sexual violence are specifically included in the definition of crimes against humanity that are under the jurisdiction of the ICC.
Filed: September 13, 2011

Near-death experiences found to have naturalistic causes

Research is now revealing scientific explanations for virtually all of their common features.
Filed: September 13, 2011

Nothing paranormal about near-death experiences

How neuroscience can explain seeing bright lights, meeting the dead, or being convinced you are one of them.
Filed: September 13, 2011

Iran: women’s rights activist badly beaten by cops

Her charges were announced as “Insulting the Supreme Leader”, “Propaganda against the Islamic Republic regime”, and “Acting against national security”.
Filed: September 13, 2011

Globe and Mail editorial: make right to die legal
“Many people, once they know that if all else fails, this is an option, they won’t make that call. The stress is gone,” says Udo Schuklenk.
Filed: September 13, 2011

Globe and Mail talks to Udo Schuklenk

"Often when people talk about end-of-life decision making, the assumption is it’s about pain. But it’s not. The concern is more about losing control over their lives, the quality of their lives."
Filed: September 13, 2011

Bachmann’s breathtaking ignorance about HPV vaccine
“To have innocent little 12-year old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just flat-out wrong,” she proclaimed Monday.
Filed: September 14, 2011

Sexism alive and well in TV land
Only 15% of the writers of broadcast network, prime-time programs were women in 2010-2011 season, less than half the number in 2006-2007.
Filed: September 14, 2011

Why is US TV losing women writers?
Women who hear that the television industry is not welcoming to them may be less likely to become part of it in the first place.
Filed: September 14, 2011

Jacques Berlinerblau says how to do secularism

Do it his way.
Filed: September 14, 2011

Israel: cadets protest women singing at ceremony

Four of the nine religious cadets who walked out of a military event as a female soldier began singing solo will be dismissed from their officers’ course.
Filed: September 14, 2011

Couple on trial for letting their baby die
The Oregon medical examiner’s office estimates that in the past 30 years, more than 20 children of church members have died of preventable or curable conditions.
Filed: September 14, 2011

Man sues LSE for “sexism”

“Its programs actively block men’s discourse and perpetuate the men-bad, women-good dialogue.”
Filed: September 14, 2011

Johann Hari offers a personal apology

Admits editing Wikipedia entries "of people I had clashed with in ways that were juvenile or malicious."
Filed: September 15, 2011

Jonathan Dean defends LSE’s Gender Institute

If a gender studies scholar were to put forward a crude "women good, men bad" analysis, it would never stand up to peer scrutiny.
Filed: September 15, 2011

Tom Martin replies: men are too so the victims
"In a world which verbalises four times more sexism against men than it does against women, it’s high time gender studies set a better example."
Filed: September 15, 2011

The normalisation of misogyny is commonplace

The objectification and dehumanisation of women is such an inescapable part of popular culture that it necessarily plays a part in the daily interactions of men and women.
Filed: September 15, 2011

Women hardest hit by poverty but it’s a secret
Neither The New York Times nor The Wall Street Journal even mentioned women in their front-page stories about the rise in the poverty rate.
Filed: September 15, 2011

USA Today on atheism and sexism

Watson, elevator, Dawkins, Jacoby, Gaylor, CFI "Women in Secularism" conference, Hensley, Myers, things getting better.
Filed: September 15, 2011

“Smile!” he said
These hyper-concerned male citizens aren’t exactly smiling when they offer up their unsolicited advice.
Filed: September 16, 2011

Chocolate ‘as good for you as exercise’

Says headline. Article replaces ‘you’ with ‘mice’ and says it would be a leap of faith to say the same effects would be seen in humans.
Filed: September 16, 2011

Daughter of the Patriarchy works her way free
Philosophy at Community College; wanting to be authentic; long "Biblical" skirt v jeans; a horde of Message women; apostasy.
Filed: September 16, 2011

The F-word on Tom Martin’s campaign to sue LSE
His antics stink of a publicity stunt designed to paint him as the innocent, caring, liberal-minded bloke taken hostage by a feminised, man-hating world.
Filed: September 17, 2011

Tom Martin, LSE, and the Missing Minister

He has been busy.
Filed: September 17, 2011

Ben Goldacre on detecting dodgy stats

Forensic statisticians have ways of spotting suspicious patterns in the raw numbers, thus estimating the chances that figures from a set of accounts have been fiddled.
Filed: September 17, 2011

Lawyer gets rich off “persecuted Christian” suits
The crusade against secularism pays well.
Filed: September 18, 2011

The New Yorker offers God’s blog commenters
A month old but funny.
Filed: September 18, 2011

Dexter Filkins on the murder of Saleem Shahzad
Only a few other journalists had written as aggressively about Islamist extremism in the military, and not all of them had survived.
Filed: September 18, 2011

Steven Pinker argues humans are becoming less violent

Pinker shows that, with notable exceptions, the long-term trend for murder and violence has been going down since humans developed agriculture 10,000 years ago.
Filed: September 18, 2011

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OB

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former US Marine, retired philosophy teacher, author, reviewer, humanist
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