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Simon’s Cat Logic: Ragdoll Cats

Simon Tofield of Simon’s Cat has started a new initiative as part of his Simon’s Cat Logic series. So far the series has been about different aspects of cat care and behaviour. He’s now including an introduction to different cat breeds into the mix. The first, released yesterday, is about Ragdolls, which I admit I’d never heard of before. I’ve seen cats acting like rag dolls... read more

It’s 15 Years Since 9/11 – Why Did Bin-Laden Attack?

The fifteenth anniversary of Al Qaeda’s attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon in Washington DC, and the attempted attack that resulted in a plane crash in Pennsylvania has just passed. Almost 3,000 people were murdered that day by Islamist terrorists. We all know that the attackers were fundamentalist Muslims who were followers of Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden himself, originally... read more

Donald Trump: Phyllis Schlafly was “a Champion for Women.”

In typical Trump fashion, Trump makes his own truth. But it’s statements like this – calling Phyllis Schlafly “a champion for women” – that expose both his ignorance and misogyny. The truly great Phyllis Schlafly, who honored me with her strong endorsement for president, has passed away at 92. She was very special! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2016... read more

Has Winston Peters Finally Lost It?

I’ve spent a lot of time lauding New Zealand’s election system on this site. One or two have found that pretty annoying, and I don’t care; I stand by my comments. It’s called MMP, which stands for Mixed Member Proportional. Here’s how it works: This video explains it slightly differently: Someone who calls himself “Soliloquy” did an analysis of the last United... read more

Simon’s Cat: Trash Cat

Simon’s Cat is back in a new film. First, here’s the trailer from Facebook: And now the full film (all 2:13 of it!):   Share... read more

Essay Competition: Science vs Religion

Many of you, like me, are readers of Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution is True website. Yesterday he posted a story called ‘Templeton-sponsored essay contest: Big bucks for telling stories about accommodationism‘. It detailed an essay competition offering large financial prizes for personal stories that show science and religion in harmony. Templeton, of course, is all about promoting religion... read more

Reza Aslan is Still Excusing Islam

Fareed Zakaria’s Why They Hate Us, updated to include the Orlando massacre, has been playing on CNN again this weekend. It’s an excellent documentary by one of my favourite commentators. (The full 40 minute documentary is at the bottom of this post.) Reza Aslan, who’s described throughout as a religious scholar, is included amongst the experts talking about the intersection between Islam and the... read more

Simon’s Cat: Cat Logic – Feeding

There’s a new Simon’s Cat video in the Cat Logic series. If you haven’t come across these before, the maker of Simon’s Cat, Simon Tofield has been making a series of videos with veterinarian Nicky Trevorrow about cat care. This one is about feeding. There’s a reference in the video to meals on tables and a cartoon by Simon of a cooked chicken on the table and Simon’s... read more

Reforming the US Electoral System

A couple of days ago I posted a clip from Dave Rubin where he suggested that supporting Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson in polls in order to get him the 15% support required to feature in the presidential debates might help to force the two major parties to reform. Whether or not that would work is questionable, but I thought it wouldn’t do any harm. In the comments I was rightly criticized... read more

Who Y’all Gonna Vote For America?

Anyone who follows this blog knows that if I was a US citizen I’d be voting for Hillary Clinton in the November elections. I don’t claim that she’s the perfect candidate, but I do think she’s the best option. She’s wickedly smart, easily the best informed, and although I know I’m not going to convince anyone who believes differently, not the crook and liar she’s... read more

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