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Clarkson should do one. I have no time for him.

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Morality, The News | 9 comments

Jeremy Clarkson, right wing pundit and presenter on the ever popular everyman BBC TV money spinner car show, Top Gear, has not had his contract renewed. He has always been controversial, and the last incident was the brick that broke the weary camel’s back. He has a long line of things he has got up to, which I will later list. Essentially, he is a very rich man who doesn’t seem to have a care in the world for anyone or anything, whether it be the environment, foreigners or fellow workmates. As the Economist reported:

Ted Cruz’s father is a total idiot

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Politics | 5 comments

EARLSBORO, Okla. – Rafael Cruz, father of Texas Senator and Tea-Party favorite Ted Cruz, spoke recently against atheism and secular humanism at a gathering of an Oklahoma Second Amendment advocacy group. He claimed that the belief systems are two of the main ills facing our society, that they lead to sexual perversion, sexual abuse, and the complete loss of hope, and that people following these two views should be rounded up and placed in special ‘camps’ to keep them separated from the rest of America.

Being skeptical about UKIP and their claims; Are they racist? Libertarian? Rational?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Climate Change, Environment, Featured, Politics, Skepticism | 18 comments

This will be part of a short series looking at UKIP in the context of the upcoming election, including expressing my views on immigration since that appears to be UKIP’s main serious concern. This is a long piece, so get yourself a nice cuppa and settle into it.

So to the uninitiated (and to those foreign readers) who are UKIP?

Caleb Lack’s new book on OCD out on Onus Books

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Books, Psychology, Science | 0 comments

Dr Caleb Lack has had three books published on my Onus Books imprint and I am glad to announce his fourth; this time he has edited and contributed to an important anthology dealing with the psychology and treatment of OCD. This book provides a vital reference of experts and students in the field, to psychologists seeking an academic companion to their work or studies. Here is Caleb’s post welcoming its publication:

Homeopaths Totally Baffled By Cordial

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Pseudoscience, Science, Skepticism | 3 comments

A spokesperson for Australian Homeopathic Association has released a statement today conceding that they are “baffled” by the concept of cordial.

Homeopathy, an alternative medicine practice dating back to the 18th century, operates under the principle that water holds “memory” and that a substance will increase in efficacy as it is diluted in solution.

Beyond Faith: deconversion

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Atheism, Books, Deconversion, Featured | 6 comments

With John posting about Bruce Gerencser’s deconversion account the other day, I thought it would be opportune to mention that his full story is published in a great book I edited called Beyond An Absence Of Faith: Stories About the Loss of Faith and the Discovery of Self which documents some sixteen deconversion accounts from different religions and denominations. Let me tell you about a few of them.

Ali Rizvi Exposes Muslims’ Double Standard About “Hate Speech”

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Atheism, Extremism, Featured, Islam, Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Society | 7 comments

The Friendly Atheist has an excellent short piece which utterly destroys liberal and moderate Muslims in their case for Islam being a religion of peace. It is not that, as I have shown here, and due mainly to this. The problem stems from the core text, the Qu’ran. And you can’t really be a Muslim and drop the Qu’ran – they are inseparable.

‘Free schools are a vanity project and a reckless waste of public money’

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Education, Politics | 0 comments

Geoff Barton, headteacher of King Edward VI School in Suffolk, writes:

I drove in to work this morning listening to Radio 4’s Today programme. I wasn’t quick enough to avoid its regular Thought for the Day segment. But in a way I’m glad. Because straight afterwards education secretary Nicky Morgan came on, trying to defend the proposed expansion of the government’s “free schools” initiative.

From Thought for the Day to Platitude of the Day. Truly, the education secretary left no cliché unturned.

Reminder: UKIP’s Farage was childhood “racist” and “fascist”

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Featured, Morality, Politics | 0 comments

I can’t believe I had forgotten this, or perhaps it never passed my radar. Apparently UKIP aren’t a racist party, even though theor supporters and members are empirically more racist and intolerant than all other main parties, even though it seems that a councillor activist puts their foot in their mouth on a daily basis, and even though their leader was labelled as a “racist”, “fascist” and “neo-fascist” when he was at school. He sang Hitler youth songs, for crying out loud! Here is a Channel 4 News article from September 2013. You MUST read the letter sent by one of the teachers to request Farage not be considered for prefect. It is amazing:

In Florida, officials ban term climate change

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Environment, Featured, Politics, Science | 1 comment

The state of Florida is the region most susceptible to the effects of global warming in this country, according to scientists. Sea-level rise alone threatens 30 percent of the state’s beaches over the next 85 years.

But you would not know that by talking to officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the state agency on the front lines of studying and planning for these changes.