News From Around The Blogosphere 1.6.10

1. Curing blindness – Science surpasses God again – Sorry God. Better luck next time:

Scientists and the University of New South Wales in Australia cultured corneal stem cells on extended wear contact lenses.  They then cleaned the corneas of three patients — two of whom were legally blind and one with limited vision (they could read the biggest row of the vision chart) — and had the patient start wearing the lens.

As Carl Sagan said, science delivers the goods.

2. Montana becomes third state to allow doctor-assisted suicide – It’s only three states? Jeez, no wonder we’re so overpopulated. It’s insane that people are being kept alive against their will if they have some debilitating terminal illness with little to no hope of recovery and want to just end it already. Only the religious could be so opposed to such a sensible, humane service.

3. Nigerian skeptic and humanist leader held on allegedly child rape charges – Now I don’t know the details of the case but my source on this seems to be convinced it’s a trumped up charge and I think they have good reason to suspect as much since the suspect, Leo Igwe, is accused of raping the very same ten-year-old girl he’s been campaigning for justice on behalf of. Again, I don’t know the details of the case so I can’t comment any further. Though I really hope these are bogus charges and if that’s the case, that he is freed.

4. Six arrested in Indonesia for ‘sexy dancing’

“We’re charging them for preparing the dance and performing it in public, which is against morality,” he added.

Against morality? See, this is what Hitchens means when he says religion poisons everything.

Achdiat did not give any details about the dance but said the dancers, who had performed at a live music cafe in Bandung, south of Jakarta, were in skimpy clothing.

Oh no, not skimpy clothing! Anything but skimpy clothing!!!

5. The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission’s list of top ten alleged anti-Christian acts of 2009 – Fortunately, someone has already fact-checked their list and illustrated how much BS it really containts. It’s just another epic fail by a group of people who despite being part of a majority with no concept of what real persecution is like pretending that they’re so oppressed. Give it up guys. You can’t have 44 consecutive U.S. presidents and still pretend you’re oppressed. Go cry to Jesus or something.

6. Two-headed calf in eastern Estonian city of Tartu – That’s one calf and two heads. I smell sitcom! I think the title should be “Intelligent Design.”

7. Cartoon trains teach autistic kids about emotions

The head of the University of Cambridge’s Autism Research Centre, Simon Baron-Cohen, conducted a study using a series of 15 animated stories called The Transporters. Each episode focused on a different emotion – from simple ones such as happy, sad and angry to more complex emotions such as sorry, ashamed, tired and joking.

The findings, published in the Journal of Autism and Development Disorders in November, showed children with autism spectrum conditions had improved emotion recognition after watching the 3D program for 15 minutes a day over a month.

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