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Clueless ideologue of the week

Clueless ideologue of the week

Click on the screenshot to go to the article, if you must. It’s from Curve,  a lesbian magazine, but the same sentiments have been expressed by non-gay people. Even if the attack aimed at killing as many girls as possible, isn’t it conceivable that such a plan would come from Islam’s misogyny and dislike of Ariana […]

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On the way home: discussion with Dawkins

On the way home: discussion with Dawkins

I’m cooling my heels at R*agan Airport in DC, which I’d prefer to call National Airport, its old name. I’ll be home about noon Chicago time. You may remember the first bit of this post’s title as a Beatles song; if you also remember the album it was on, you get extra credit. The event […]

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Readers’ wildlife photos

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales, from Queensland, sent a passel of reptile photos; his notes are indented. A set of Squamates. First a particularly pretty little skink called the Shaded-litter Rainbow-skink, Carlia munda: A close up of the common striped wall skink, Cryptoblepharus virgatus: One of the small common dragons (Agamids) with the charming name of Tommy Roundhead, Diporiphera australis: […]

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Thursday: Hili dialogue

Thursday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Welcome to another glorious Towel Day! You can keep up with the other hoopy froods here or by following the hashtag #TowelDay on Twitter. 496 years ago on the history front, the Diet of Worms was still dragging on (Jerry was still in New Zealand when we last visited that era), and today […]

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First Lady and First Daughter refuse to cover their heads in Saudi Arabia, but do so before the Pope

First Lady and First Daughter refuse to cover their heads in Saudi Arabia, but do so before the Pope

I got an email from reader DrBrydon that said the following; I’ll quote it rather than just paraphrase his words: Looking at the new first thing this morning, I saw photos of Donald, Melania, and Ivanka with the Pope [JAC: see below], and was immediately struck by the fact that both women were wearing head coverings. […]

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Is creationism on the wane in America?

Is creationism on the wane in America?

Every year or two since 1982, the Gallup Poll has surveyed Americans for their attitudes toward human evolution. (Note: it’s not evolution in general that’s surveyed by the question below, but human evolution. It’s entirely possible that more Americans would accept evolution in general if it’s construed as applying to all species except humans—in fact, that’s […]

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WEIT censored on Twitter?

WEIT censored on Twitter?

UPDATE: This seems to be a case of Twitter “shadow banning, me” which I’ll try to fix. In the meantime, if you’re on Twitter you can fix it, according to reader Jack, by adusting your Twitter settings: To remove them I had to change settings under the Safety section of twitter. unchecked: Hide sensitive content […]

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Indonesia flogs 10 people for violating sharia law; two gays get 83 lashes each before jeering crowd

Indonesia flogs 10 people for violating sharia law; two gays get 83 lashes each before jeering crowd

Apologists like Reza Aslan always point to Indonesia as an “enlightened” Muslim country, and it is less repressive in some ways than places like Saudi Arabia. Still, the country has a blasphemy law, which Wikipedia characterizes like this: Indonesia prohibits blasphemy by its Criminal Code. The Code’s Article 156(a) targets those who deliberately, in public, […]

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It is Grania’s birthday!

It is Grania’s birthday!

I just realized that today is Grania’s birthday. I know she’ll hate my posting this (and she didn’t mention it in the Hili Dialogue she wrote this morning), but it’s a chance for me and the readers to thank her for her service to this website. She has never refused to keep the site going during […]

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Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ the Qur’an

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ the Qur’an

Today’s Jseus and Mo strip, called “glory”, was clearly inspired by the Manchester bombing, and came with the email message: “The Koran is surely the most overrated book in the history of literature.” There’s nothing to say here except that maybe Dawkins was wrong: perhaps it’s Allah, not the God of the Old Testament, who is the […]

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Readers’ wildlife photographs

Readers’ wildlife photographs

It was World Turtle Day yesterday, and I asked if any reader had turtles. Well, Mark Richardson did, and sent us some photos in an email titled “I haz turtles”. There were also photos of non-turtles. Mark’s notes are indented. You noted on Hili’s dialogue this morning that it was World Turtle Day, and you […]

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Wednesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Wednesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

by Grania Jerry is sleepful in Washington DC, so I get to do the morning Hili greetings. I declare today a Day of Music. Today is the birthday of Bob Dylan b. 1941, a singer and song writer whose voice I did not appreciate much when I was young. As I get older though, I […]

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Roger Moore 1927 – 2017

Roger Moore 1927 – 2017

by Grania British actor Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89 in Switzerland. He was best know for his role as James Bond, but will also be remembered as the eponymous Saint in the 1960s TV adaptation of Leslie Charteris’ novels. He was my favourite Bond because he played the rather ridiculous character with a Fourth […]

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Manchester – This Is The Place

Manchester – This Is The Place

by Matthew Cobb After the terrible events of last night, there was a vigil in the centre of Manchester tonight, with thousands of people crammed into Albert Square in front of the Town Hall, there to express their defiance against the bombers, and their solidarity with the dead, the injured, and their families. It was a […]

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My lunch in Washington

My lunch in Washington

Since tomorrow I’m doing my bit for CfI and the Dawkins Foundation without remuneration (and I don’t want any!), I figured I might as well eat well when I’m in Washington. And so I hied to Georgia Brown’s restaurant, just a short hop from my hotel. It’s slightly upscale Southern food, and they have a good prix fixe […]

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Less than 2000 to go!

Less than 2000 to go!

When we reach 50,000 I will be a happy man, for I had no idea this site (not a blog!) would grow this large. If you haven’t subscribed, swell the ranks and make Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus) less dolorous than usual.

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“Walk on the Wild Side” offends Guelph college students; Lou Reed friends incredulous

“Walk on the Wild Side” offends Guelph college students; Lou Reed friends incredulous

“Walk on the Wild Side” was a song written by Lou Reed and released on his Transformer album in 1972. If you were young then, you’ll surely have heard it, though perhaps not on the radio.  It’s about people making the journey to New York City, where Andy Warhol’s “Factory” attracted all manner of beats, proto-hippies, […]

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Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning; it’s Tuesday, May 23, 2017, and when most of you are reading this I’ll be flying to DCA, otherwise known as R*agan Airport. It’s National Taffy Day, something I haven’t eaten in years, and also World Turtle Day, sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue. Anybody out there have turtles? I wrote about the Manchester Arena […]

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