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Daylight Atheism

Too High a Price to Pay for Comfort

Dabanner
about 5 years ago

Religion inspires billions of people around the world today to live honest, decent, law-abiding lives. Faith-based charities of every religious tradition have brought comfort, hope, and healing to millions of people who would otherwise starve, lay homeless, and be left to fend for themselves ...

Waq al-Waq

That MEED Article

Missing
about 5 years ago

Below, I briefly discussed an article abstract by MEED, a subscription to which costs some 1200 bones. Valued reader David, however, saved the day by providing a link to Google's cached page of it. A huge Waq al-Waq tip of the hat goes his way. The first part of the article is pretty standard, and ...

Undiplomatic

Going Silent On Human Rights

Georgi_gongadse
about 5 years ago

One of the bad things about the Obama administration is that human rights have taken a backseat to more pressing concerns abroad. A case in point was Joseph Biden’s recent trip to Ukraine. Here’s a country whose human rights record is appalling by European standards, but you wouldn’t know it by ...

Waq al-Waq

The return of al-Mu'ayyad

Missing
about 5 years ago

I am not sure what impact this will have on Yemen. I feel that so much has happened since his abduction/arrest that it is difficult to gauge what role he will be playing. If any readers have any thoughts on this, I would love to hear them. I am slightly hopeful that it might have some small impact ...

Undiplomatic

How To Interpret Russia's Latest Posturing

1000px-flag-map_of_russia
about 5 years ago

It may not be newsworthy that a pair of nuclear-armed Russian submarines was caught patrolling near the U.S. coast. But it was bound to make headlines no less, and for that alone it is worth asking: What kind of signal is Moscow trying to send? Before reading too much into the story it should be ...

Novel Copy

Can Comedy Be High Art?

Woody_allen
about 5 years ago

When you want to see art, that contemporary expression of the human essence, do you find some stand-up comedy in an events bulletin or do you head for a gallery? I am as guilty as most people when it comes to considering comedy as Art’s red headed stepchild. But why? Why aren’t we permitted to ...

Daylight Atheism

Exposing Scientology

Dabanner
about 5 years ago

I've written about the ludicrous "space opera" beliefs of Scientology (the Plan 9 from Outer Space of modern religions). In the future, I want to tell the story of my personal encounter with Scientology proselytizers, but today I have another subject: some recent news exposés that reveal the ...

Eruptions

Monday Musings, Part 2 (UPDATED)

Missing
about 5 years ago

Mystery volcano in Kamchatka is disrupting flights to Asia and the local residents around Kelud in Indonesia refuse to heed the warnings of an imminent eruption. UPDATE: Erroneous news feeds got me ... this is old news (but still illustrates an important point).

Waq al-Waq

Pie Grows Smaller

Missing
about 5 years ago

In my inbox today, got an update from MEED, a comprehensive Middle East Business Review, titled "Yemen: The Region's Failing State". Now, unless you subscribe to MEED, you won't be able to access the report. I am not able to either, as one year is about 1200 bones, US. Sorry, gang. But this ...