The latest news is what we have now come to expect from the religious lunatics within Afghanistan, 17 people including two woman have been beheaded in a southern Afghanistan village ... The party-goers, including two women, were holding a gathering with music in a southern Afghanistan village. “I can confirm that this is the work of the Taliban,” the Helmand provincial governor’s spokesman Daud Ahmadi told AFP. “Two women and 15 men were beheaded. They were partying with music in an area under the control of the Taliban.” The hardliners were notorious during their rule for public executions and the suppression of music and parties. Nematullah Khan, the Musa Qala district chief, confirmed … [Read more...]
News24 is a well-known vector for daft claims, perhaps because much of what you get there is user generated and has not been filtered. I came across an article by a chap called Kevin King that is a great example of an appeal to authority. What is that? OK, quick basic summary Person, book, etc... says that X is true Therefore X is indeed true The flaw here is that something is only true if there is evidence to confirm it. A claim or concept might indeed be truly beautiful and majestic, it may also have been affirmed as true by many honest, smart and noble humans, but unless there is evidence to confirm it, then it can be dismissed. There is however a variation that may be … [Read more...]
Get ready to facepalm, this was all in my twitter feed this morning ... ... and yes, there is sadly a great deal more of that ... to which the only possible response is to perhaps simply roll your eyes and sadly shake your head as you walk away. It would indeed appear that the urban legend of his conversion to Islam has gone viral within sections of the Islamic community once again. The only small consolation to grasp from it all is that at least they acknowledge the moon landing really happened and have not bought into the moon hoax claims. He was of course a legend in his own lifetime, a name known to almost every human on the planet. There is much … [Read more...]
Damian Thompson, Editor of Telegraph Blogs, raises the issue of a rather worrying development, and points out that radical Islamism appear to be fanning the flames of intolerance... More than half the Jews in Iraq have been driven out of the country; those that remain are forced to pay a fine or leave their homes. Some are forced to marry Muslims. In Syria, towns and villages where Jews have lived for centuries are now almost entirely Muslim; these communities have fled to safer parts of the country, where they hope to escape an anti-Semitic massacre. In Egypt, the new regime is surreptitiously encouraging attacks on synagogues; the Jews, despised for their supposed wealth, fear that … [Read more...]
It was just seven days ago that a new movement was started, and as explained by an article in the New Statesman ... Less than a week old in its current form, Atheism+ is the brainchild of Jen McCreight, a Seattle-based biology postgrad and blogger at the secularist Freethought network. She has called for a "new wave" of atheism on that "cares about how religion affects everyone and that applies skepticism to everything, including social issues like sexism, racism, politics, poverty, and crime." And the response so far has been a mix of ... - "Hell yes, I'm in" ... that is where I stand, I blogged that two days after Jen's post. - "But ... but ... but ... that's just Humanism" ... well … [Read more...]
Hey, I love this, its a 360 degree panorama view of Mars composed using shots taken by Curiosity. This was composed by Photographer Andrew Bodrov who is a member of the International Virtual Reality Photography Association (IVRPA). To view, simply click here, then once in you can use your mouse or the arrow keys to scroll up down, left and right ... enjoy.