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Go to: How was airline bomb made to be 'undetectable'?

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"What has always intrigued me about this whole exploding underpants thing is the perfect timing." Klaasjansch, A very well made point, indeed. The purpose of "security" these days is to keep people in fear, coupled with the regular reminders of just how much danger we are in. I just wonder after exploding water and fizzy drinks how much can we possibly believe is true about ultra-sophisticated undetectable bombs made in basements and dank sheds? Remember a while back when European authorities had the temerity to complain about the mess American security was making of airline travel (nobody throw a hissy fit; I know it works both ways)? Then suddenly printer bombs arrive the next day, all on planes coming through or originating in Europe, Watching the news was like watch a comedy sketch. These planes came from Europe with printers! There are no explosives in the printers. Wait, I mean there are explosives in the printers. We have no pictures of explosives in the printers. Hold on, we do have pictures of explosives in the printers. The pictures of the printers without explosives in them were other printers. Here's an expert to help increase your alarm. Just once, I'd like to see a news anchorperson look into the camera, sigh with frustration and say "Is anyone really believing this bollix?"

Fri, 11 May 2012 16:24:34 UTC | #941043

Go to: Tennessee Goes Monkey Again

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It's all about money; stupid people can't fight against polluting industrial processes etc. There's plenty of prostitutes, politicians to you and me, willing to take a buck now and screw tomorrow. The more stupid people the system can breed, the less likely this is to change. As long as we elect trash in the rapidly fading democracies this situation is only going to get worse.

Tue, 01 May 2012 09:11:15 UTC | #938602

Go to: 9pm and 11pm ET - The Big Picture - Katherine Stewart interviewed

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"Their teacher overheard the increasingly heated exchange. When class resumed, she asked everyone to pay attention. People from different religious backgrounds, she explained, have very different perspectives on certain kinds of issues and beliefs."

Is there any chance there are enough teachers doing this behind closed doors with their classes?

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:05:57 UTC | #928968

Go to: Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims’ Group

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Funny how quickly "justice" will act to compel a victims' group to co-operate when "justice" took decades to politely ask the Catholic Church to co-operate and then only did so because public revulsion was getting too political hot-potato to ignore.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:38:53 UTC | #928885

Go to: Civilian Pastor Attacks Atheist Soldier - Reverend Bryan Griem Claims Atheist Solders Are "Big Fat Chickens"

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I think the vote-winner here is for the holy man to throw himself on the grenade. Just a spiritual fitness test, you understand.

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:14:25 UTC | #927866

Go to: Free speech under fire

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It's clear that free speech is losing because good people don't band together and use the threat of violence with the least provocation - as in, provocation made up from whatever's handy because provocation itself is the endgame; it's nothing to do with what caused it.

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:20:04 UTC | #926379

Go to: Santorum, Satan and the Fate of the Freeworld

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The idiots and the evil seem to have a much easier time getting together so maybe it's mob mentality. They simply don't have a problem with it whereas the more reasoned, intelligent, more qualified if I may, seem to have quite a hard time with the sociable ease of the mob. As long as the system is numbers, the bad and the thick seem to have an advantage. An anomaly or two seem to exist, however. The poor, who make up greater and greater numbers now that banks are openly running the world, should have the biggest voice but just don't vote, or get to vote in the numbers that should make the race much more interesting. And secondly, in the USA, the elitist Electoral College system scuppers the majority vote anyway. At the end of all that, it seems the only people who can win are the organised evil and they are always thumping a religious book or two. It's frutrating.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 15:31:42 UTC | #925631

Go to: Richard Dawkins in ‘single-celled ancestor’ shock

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Tricky one. Best hire Max Clifford to sort it out.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:34:56 UTC | #920695

Go to: Rare Martian meteorite given to science

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Well done, anonymous benefactor. Some people are just good people, thankfully.

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 10:05:40 UTC | #916142

Go to: Dawkins made it to my Sociology class

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Excellent; always good to see a little light at the end of the tunnel, especially when it is the very dark tunnel that Pakistan has become for common sense and human values of late.

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 16:23:55 UTC | #915898

Go to: Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot

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Comment#1 @ridelo "Organised paranoia?"

More so than you think. The Tea-Party is no grassroots organisation of the great unwashed. Founding it, pushing its buttons, funding it and directing its activities are the Koch brothers (pronounced Coke). They are ultra rightwing billionaires pursuing the usual goals of no income tax, no social welfare, abolition of all gun control You name it, they're for everything to bring back the old divide of the rich in their fortresses and everyonoe else working for bread and water in the pits. Get rid of the "liberal" middle classes and you get rid of the annoying peole in society who think about social justice and practical matters like funding the infrastructure and holding politicians and business leaders accountable, in particular for those irritating things lke civil and workers' rights. The ultimate irony is the masses who do their bidding will suffer like never before if they get their way as fullly as they hope to.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 16:22:39 UTC | #915059

Go to: Creationist School Bill Looks Doomed in Indiana

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The bill's sponsor, Republican state Senator Dennis Kruse, told AP that he **didn't like the change but hoped it would gain him some votes

It should be more amazing that they don't even have to pretend anymore or hide the fact that they're just playing to the redneck and campaign money galleries. It's written in black and white here that they literally don't give a s**t about destroying educational standards for personal short-term gain.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 14:19:14 UTC | #915022

Go to: To the Moon, Newt!

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This idea sounds a bit like the South Park episode where the kids concocted a plan to send the whale from SeaWorld to the moon. Worryingly enough,they succeeded.

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:16:49 UTC | #912728

Go to: Student Faces Town’s Wrath in Protest Against a Prayer

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I do agree heartily with pointing out that all the protest about "just" wanting to protect the values in the prayer is exposed for the hypocrisy it is by the violent reactions and threats. If you're serious, then the poster can be edited rather simply and retain the values. And of course, lest we forget, this is a Catholic community where, as we know, school children are seen as sexual playthings for perverts. How can people, adults, still tolerate this organisation?

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:46:30 UTC | #912690

Go to: Alaska Airlines removing prayer cards from meal trays after 30 years as complaints increase

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Prayer cards and meals for first class only. I'm torn as to which to be more offended by. What good are the airline's "core values" (in the full article) on an empty stomcach?

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:18:23 UTC | #911713

Go to: Worrying developments for freedom of expression in the UK

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Reaping and sowing. When you tell someone they're untouchable by the law and then act repeatedly in a way that proves it to them, they are then, in fact, untouchable by the law and do whatever the f**k the like. Mind you, the law is more interested in sending a British student to the USA to be thrown in jail for ten years for copyright infringement than violence against citizens. But then, citizens aren't a group unless they're a business or a relgion and so needn't be courted for public image, votes and those all-important campaign contributions.

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:59:36 UTC | #910929

Go to: Atheism in Indonesia - Two articles

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Note from another commentator that there doesn't appear to be any news of arrest or charge against the attackers and then another a-hole is calling for him to be fired. But then, when you have government departments insuring you believe in at least one of their religions, you're on a hiding to nothing. How many "incidents" do we need before these people just f*** off or people stop tolerating them. They beat a guy up and got away with it and they are, apparently, perfectly entitled to do that. Lovely world really.

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:37:36 UTC | #910199

Go to: [Update10Jan-Protest and Fundraiser] Notorious Nigerian witch-hunter to preach in the US

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I saw the documentary referred to in the article. The power and arrogance of this woman and her scumbags is, as usual, allowed because she has money and, since making money by killing children, political influence. It just proves once again that no matter how you do it, as long as you are making money, you are allowed in the club of those untouched by justice. Glad she loses court cases but so do the fundies all over the world but they don't care. Their objective is money and power so courts can't touch them. The ignorance born of poverty in basic living standards and lack of education - the usual mixture promoted and sustained by religions - was staggering to behold. To see adults swayed by a cheap ass propoganda movie about possessed children that wouldn't even be shown on a clip show of stupid moments was unbelievable. More so was the genuine fear of these children by adults. I believe the documentary ended with a mother walking away from her five year old daughter who was being cared for by the charity because if the mother brought her back home she would have been murdered. It was a heartbreaking thing to watch. Sometimes it's hard to sit back and not wish violence on these monsters. One note on the American situation - I believe she is fully backed by American evangelicals of her main church with nice office and PR teams who claim it's not happening, they're very concerned, they're investigating, they don't do that sort of thing etc. etc. Whichever soundbite they can be bothered to trot out to someone questioning how they make money.

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 12:22:12 UTC | #905834

Go to: Christopher Hitchens obituaries

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Very sad news. I will be having a drink today in his honour, and then another and another, though I'm sure he would understand if I decline to take up smoking. Hard to hope we'll see his like again but we must hope. Too many battles still to be fought so in his honour we'll continue to hope and strive to emulate but definitely not to pray.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 12:24:54 UTC | #899712

Go to: Saudi woman beheaded for 'sorcery'

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I wonder if she was one of the witches Sarah Palin got blessed for protection against. Or maybe just one the Saudi army missed when they were busy rolling into their wealthy residents' playhouse - Bahrain to you and me - to murder the hell out of democracy protesters. Shitty country; hope its ruling elite fall to the most vicious and painful deaths of any of the scumbags so far that the Arab Spring has dislodged.

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 10:15:42 UTC | #898540

Go to: UBC study finds believers distrust atheists as much as rapists

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Is this not perhaps simply the expected response; when a religious person is put on the spot with questions they would automatically say or tick the box to note they distrust atheists more than another person who believes in a god in some form? The constraints of even ordinary marketing surveying, for which I've taken a few phone calls, are surprisingly inflexible. As for the rapist thing, whatever way that was asked it's just a made for TV/newspaper soundbite that they surveyers surely knew would be jumped on. A bit sneaky and beyond the point to the realm of just silly.

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 11:34:26 UTC | #895000

Go to: If only more people took this approach.

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Well done, Daniel Radcliffe. Some of the other posters are right, this will likely have some reach that eludes the more direct approach which can have difficulty finding traction across generations in the popular culture cauldron because it's about older people and therefore "stuffy". It's kind of like "Yeah, check it out, no hassle" which is the only way alot of the younger ones (myself included in the day)would bother/dare to look into something.

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:15:45 UTC | #894116

Go to: Lego bible too racy for Sam's Club

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If it's not suitable for kids, put it on a different shelf and high up. Then you can let adults make their own decision about purchasing it. Problem solved. Unless, of course, you have a different agenda.

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 10:24:15 UTC | #894075

Go to: Afghan woman's choice: 12 years in jail or marry her rapist and risk death

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Where can we see the film? Is it on Youtube etc.?

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:46:54 UTC | #892586

Go to: As ultra-Orthodox flex muscle, Israel feminists see a backsliding

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Comment 66 by PatW. See Comment 68 by ShadowMind. Thanks for answering, ShadowMind. You nailed it. I would have thought the light tone would put my remarks in context but even on this forum...

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 12:11:06 UTC | #890699

Go to: As ultra-Orthodox flex muscle, Israel feminists see a backsliding

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There's women walking down the street like they're at the beach? F**ling hell, I know where I'm going on my holidays! Honestly, it'll serve them right when all the hot chicks leave. But seriously folks,isn't it ironic that the strident atheist Christopher Hitchens is a leading advocate of empowering women to make society better and these jerks are the "moral" ones?

Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:06:32 UTC | #890113

Go to: Friendly bacteria move in mysterious ways

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Pity, the strawberry and banana ones are really tasty.

Wed, 02 Nov 2011 14:38:52 UTC | #886428

Go to: Bishop Indicted; Charge Is Failing to Report Abuse

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Comment 4. It will be fascinating to see what defence they mount. I suspect it will be more "vigorous" and full of "steady resolve" than their defence of the children abused. Anyway, go Kansas!

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:29:09 UTC | #881436

Go to: Atheist Richard Dawkins snubbed by Detroit area country club

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Who would have thought a country club could be exclusive and biased...oh wait.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:09:17 UTC | #880185

Go to: Ultra-Orthodox Jews picket girls' school

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Update - saw the video. Even more contempt now when you see it. Especially since they've run away in large numbers since more cops came along. Good to see the cops pushing them back etc. but yes, more than that is needed. This is attacking children and should at the very least involve major public ass-kicking as a consequence. Even more ugly is the ironic fact that, at the end of the day, it's just a push for influence with a pathetic little land grab thrown in. And yes, why haven't these guys being hauled up before national and international law for anti-Semitism? Bunch o' wankers.

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:33:55 UTC | #879910