Monthly Archives: September 2013

Science and Economics

Cross-posted on Ricochet: The Guardian: One of Saudi Arabia’s leading conservative clerics has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems, countering activists who are trying to end the Islamic kingdom’s male-only driving rules. … Continue reading

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Own Goal

Whatever you think about the rights or wrongs of this move, its politics will do the GOP no favors: Washington (CNN) – House Republicans have added a measure aimed at limiting contraceptive coverage to the spending bill coming up for … Continue reading

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“Religious Freedom”

Reuters: A Pennsylvania mining company sued by the federal government on behalf of a worker who refused a biometric handscan because he believes in the Bible’s mark of the beast prophecy, said on Thursday that it supports religious freedom. The … Continue reading

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Placing Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins has a new book out this week, An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.  Naturally he’s been out talking about it, and commentators have been talking about him. Glancing through this stuff, I am struck as … Continue reading

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Playing an Old Tune?

Cross-posted on the Corner: There are times, sadly, when the economic pronouncements of Pope Francis have more than a touch of Juan Perón about them. This may be one of them. “We don´t want this globalized economic system which does … Continue reading

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Western = human?

There are occasions where I don’t even understand what universe the academic cultural Left is inhabiting. Their utilization of plain and simple terms in bizarre fashions makes implicit the reality that their factual universe is radically different from mine. AFP … Continue reading

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A Numbers Game?

The Economist takes a look at what America’s Roman Catholic church has been saying about immigration: In America Roman Catholic ears are ringing from sermons supporting immigration reform. On September 8th, just before politicians returned to Congress after their summer … Continue reading

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Oh Please

Pope Francis: Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. Depending on how you interpret that statement, it is either simply untrue or it has achieved an emptiness so great that the Dalai Lama must only look … Continue reading

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Pacifism and the Pope

Over at the Washington Post, Michael Peppard writes: Like 159,000 other people, I follow Pope Francis (@Pontifex) on Twitter—in Latin. I enjoy the chance to refine my declensions and conjugations while pausing in reflection on the beautiful words of Franciscus. … Continue reading

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Why I am on the Right, part 1,356,446

It’s time for science fiction to face up to discrimination: The author Jim C Hines sparked a conversation on Twitter after posting a picture of the all-white past, present and future chairs of WorldCon and coining the hashtag #DiversityinSFF. As … Continue reading

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