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February 19, 2008

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more stupiderer, a recent US university massacre has apparently triggered a push for more guns on the campus:

IN WHAT seems a distinctly American response to a distinctly American problem, last week’s Illinois university shooting appears only to have spurred a push to allow students to carry guns.

An internet-based lobby, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, wants lawmakers to overrule university boards that ban guns on campus, so that staff and students could arm themselves against mass killers.

I am literally speechless. (Lucky I can still type.) Where do you start with insane troll logic like this?

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War on music piracy. Yaar!

February 19, 2008

Avast maties! Thar be poi-rats on them thar inter-toobs! Yar-har!

AS THE internet threatens to kill the established music industry, the Rudd Government is considering a three-strikes policy against computer users who download songs illegally.

The Government will examine new legislative proposals being unveiled in Britain this week to target people who download films and music illegally. Internet service providers (ISPs) there might be legally required to take action against users who access pirated

Interesting. I wonder how are they planning to approach it this time?

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It’s amazing what gets reported as news:

THE Catholic Church has revealed how growing interest in satanism and the occult has led to a rise in exorcisms across Queensland.

Well, for starters this statement is a little misleading. To be clear, what is actually on the rise is the rate of exorcism ceremonies being carried out. There is no evidence to suggest that any of these anecdotally reported cases involves anything that could be construed as supernatural demonic possession.

One priest, who asked not to be named for fear of “reprisals”, said he was carrying out at least one exorcism a fortnight.

Reprisals from who pray tell? Satan? Demons? The police? Other, saner priests?

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Firstly, apologies for the gratuitous Monty python quote.

Secondly, Saudi Arabia is planning to execute a woman convicted of being a witch. WTF?

Human Rights Watch has appealed to Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of a woman convicted of witchcraft.

In a letter to King Abdullah, the rights group described the trial and conviction of Fawza Falih as a miscarriage of justice.

The illiterate woman was detained by religious police in 2005 and allegedly beaten and forced to fingerprint a confession that she could not read.

Among her accusers was a man who alleged she made him impotent.

So not only does it look like she was fit up, but the crime is witchcraft. Doesn’t anybody else see a problem with that?

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A Geologic Fancast

February 13, 2008

Fancast coverartGeorge has very kindly posted the fancast that I mentioned earlier on his regular podcast feed.

My part in the production was very small, with that dynamo of niceness, the lovely CarrieP the main creative force behind it all, and a whole lot of content from a bunch of people with more creativity and skill than you could fit in a telephone booth. A big one.

It might not make much sense unless you are a listener of the Geologic Podcast. So if you’re not then then you should ignore this bloody well subscribe and then download the fancast.

You don’t get off the hook that easily.

It’s really quite alarming sometimes just how misleadingly scientific findings can be reported. Take for example this article on a study by the Centre for Population and Urban Research at Monash University, that allegedly “challenges the notion that ethnic diversity leads to a stronger, more cohesive society”.

Really?

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It looks like there might be an end in sight to the Writers Guild of America strike. Yay!

I hope the writers got what they wanted, because if we have learned nothing else from this we have learned that in the absence of intelligent (or for that matter bone stupid) writing, TV loses almost all redeeming qualities, other than the incidental provision of light. Hopefully new episodes of Battlestar and Heroes will save us the nerdier amongst us from the increasingly desperate wave of manifestly writer free reality TV.

I might even feel safe enough to turn the volume back on. Eventually.