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Go to: Sir Salman Rushdie facing threats of Muslim reprisals over Jaipur Literature Festival appearance

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I've said it before and no doubt will (have to) say it again, but ...

Before you start whinging about blasphemy you have to prove beyond all possible doubt that your alleged god(s) exist. Until then, shut the f*ck up. Sigh.

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:17:11 UTC | #907194

Go to: Shocking news on state-funded religious schools

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I'd personally say that in order for any school to be allowed to convert to a faith school that a single condition should be met:

Prove beyond all possible doubt that the god(s) your religion worships exist.

Until then, you remain a non-faith school.

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 12:36:04 UTC | #905495

Go to: Archbishop calls for NHS bill to cover spiritual health

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I quite like the Archbishop of York, most of the time, he usually has a sensible head on his shoulders. Shame about the fancy dress, but there you go.

However, I think this is one time where he's got lost in the woo. I might be wrong, but he's calling for the NHS to fund exorcism, at least, that's what I read from his prayer, candle, goat explanation.

Maybe it's just me?

Cheers, Norm.

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 13:33:46 UTC | #886843

Go to: Cooking Lobsters alive, is it moral?

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Comment 67 by mordiwilwey If the lobster is drowning why does it not struggle and how does the lobster actually experience this " drowning".

I'm sorry, I don't know. What I know is that I once caught a crab at the seaside and took it home. I put it in a tank of fresh water and in a couple of hours, it was dead. I asked my biology teacher at school why and she explained about osmosis and the fact that the crab had "drowned" effectively.

I am curious because as a trained chef I was taught to cook a lobster by boiling it alive, this is industry standard and therefore the way we were taught.
I am not a trained chef, my step father and my brother are. They do not boil lobsters or crabs alive. (Not sure about steaming mussels and clams though - but to me, they are bait!) All the TV chefs I've see advocate killing the lobster with a knife through the head - so maybe things are changing.

I have tried this method many times and my observations of the lobsters are that they are definitely not displaying anything like the stress of being boiled alive.

I presume that, like my crab, it's a slow death by pseudo-drowning rather than a quick-ish but painful one by boiling. I honestly don't know. I always think of their eyes when I hear about them "having" to be boiled alive - it simply cannot be nice.moral/pleasant to have your eyes boiled while you are still living.

Cheers, Norm.

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:42:42 UTC | #852162

Go to: Cooking Lobsters alive, is it moral?

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Comment 64 by manilla_wise NormanDunbar, that is an amazing critter in your avatar. I saw this online yesterday, check out this frog! It's unbelievable. ....

Thanks. If I remember correctly, my wife took the photo somewhere near Uluru in Australia back in 1996. She loves the Thorny Devils and was most impressed when she discovered that they don't run off when approached and can be picked up simply! That made her day.

What I love about them is the fact that the stand in a puddle and due to the fine grooves in their skin, they can drink without having to do anything - they stand there with their heads slightly down, and water runs up their legs, along their body and into their mouths. (No, I'm not joking - Watch David Attenborough's Life In Cold Blood to see it actaully happening!)

Anyway, thanks for the link to the Rainbow Toad. It truly is a fascinating colour. I had seen it recently (possibly on New Scientist's web site or the BBC) but always good to see it twice!

Cheers, Norm.

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:34:11 UTC | #852156

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