News From Around The Blogosphere 5.29.11

May 29, 2011

1. Murdering teen escapes punishment because she was possessed by evil spirits

Lorraine Mbulawa, 19, escaped jail after judge Mr Justice Keith accepted the girl had such strong beliefs in witchcraft and evil that she was acting upon what she was told to do by spirits.

2. Anti-vaxxers forcefully remove peaceful protester from their convention – Ken Reibel and Jamie Bernstein were both ejected from the anti-vaccine “Autism One” conference by 3 security guards and 4 police officers. Their crime: being recognized as dissenters of the movement’s ideology. This speaks volumes about the intellectual integrity of their movement. If anti-vaxxers attended TAM or NECSS, no one would kick them out unless they were actually disrupting the conference.

3. Catholic adoption agency shuts down rather than let gays adopt – Finally, a charity that has its priorities in place. Better a child grow up in an institution than risk that child being infected by evil, gay cooties. Good thinking there, Catholic Charities of Rockford! You guys are a class act all the way!

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No fair being incredibly rational and articulate!

February 4, 2011

This kid clearly doesn’t understand politics. He just uses rational arguments and uses only actual words in the English language. Not once did he accuse anyone of being a communist or warn of the downfall of our nation or use non-existent words like “refudiate.” He’s got a lot to learn.

News From Around The Blogosphere 2.2.10

February 3, 2010

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1. Herbal remedies may cause cardiac problems – First, homeopathy takes a beating. Then the anti-vaccine movement. And now herbal remedies. The trifecta!  This is shaping up to be a great year for science-based medicine:

Herbal medications can affect the activity of prescription drugs, dampening or enhancing their effects, Jahangir said. For example, St. John’s wort, which is used for a number of conditions, including depression and sleep disturbances, has its major effect on the liver, which is involved in the metabolism of many drugs, especially those for heart disease, he said.

2. Pope Palpatine rips fights for the right to discriminate

Pope Benedict XVI marked the announcement of his first papal visit to Britain with an unprecedented attack on the ­government’s equality legislation yesterday, claiming it threatened religious freedom and ran contrary to “natural law”.

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The pope’s broadside appeared to be aimed squarely at recent legislation that prevents Catholic adoption agencies from discriminating against gay couples, and the proposed equality bill, which would make it harder for churches to exclude job applications from homosexuals or people who have changed their gender.

And The Guardian did such a great job with the photo that I’m not even going to bother grabbing the Palpatine-comparison pic I’d normally use for a story like this.

3. Apologies more effective when made in the right ear

Scientists found that when we are angry, the right ear becomes more receptive to sound than the left.

The discovery has led to the theory that by targeting the right ear, the penitent are more likely to succeed in talking someone round.

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Previous research has shown that if you want to persuade someone to do something, you should also speak in their right ear.

They make a cute couple

4. Lesbian albatrosses become proud parents – You can’t go wrong with that headline. Suck it, fundies!

It began with a love triangle between two female royal albatrosses and a wannabe male suitor. But girl power prevailed and the ladies dumped their man and set up a same-sex family together at the world’s only mainland albatross breeding colony in New Zealand.

5. Tell Focus on the Family about your loving gay spouse

Focus on the Family is holding a Valentine’s Day Contest! All you have to is write a love letter to your spouse (under 300 words) explaining why you want to grow old with them.

As far as I can tell (and I read through the entire set of rules), gay couples are totally allowed to enter. Sure, they say right up front that “marriage between a man and a woman is a sacred commitment,” but at no point do they forbid gay couples from entering.

News From Around The Blogosphere 8.19.09

August 19, 2009

creationism-cartoon-a-miracle-occurs1. Creation “Museum” hosting a science “fair” – More like a science unfair, since all the projects have to be tied to a Bible verse. Finally, someone will explain to me the science behind the theory of things magically poofing into existence fully formed, spontaneous language creation, surviving inside the belly of a big fish, building a boat large enough to carry 2 and/or 7 of every kind of animal.

2. Do you have a kid that you don’t want? Unsatisfied with all those other methods for getting rid of? Try giving it away to Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Call now, and you also get a ShamWow! The church’s Pastor Vic Pentz says:

I make a promise to you now and I don’t want you to keep this a secret… the Peachtree Presbyterian Church will care for any newborn baby you bring to this church.

We will be the family to find a home for that child, and there’s no limit on this. You can tell your friends, you can tell your family, you can tell the whole world…

Well, I agree with the Friendly Atheist that it’s at least a better way for religious institutions to promote their so-called “Pro-Life” position than protesting outside Planned Parenthood centers, but the last thing the world needs is a whole new generation of Christians indoctrinated from infancy, especially since atheists are winning more and more of the hearts and minds of the coming generation. It is a good idea, but I’m still thinking, nah. Thanks but no thanks. I’d sooner my hypothetical future unwanted fetus was aborted than turn out like that Levy kid from Jesus Camp.

scarletletter_out3. Atheist bus campaign coming to Croatia – The slogan will be “No Gods, No Masters.” As far as I know, I haven’t heard of that slogan being used before in the campaign. But of course no matter what it says, it will inevitably piss off somebody, especially considering that Croatia is 88% Roman Catholic.

Monkey adopts kitten

June 16, 2009

Animal adoption

June 2, 2009

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