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Egyptian Imam: It’s Atheist Doctrine is to Murder Muslims

This video is from a debate on Egyptian TV on 27 January between an Egyptian Islamist imam Muhammad Hamouda and an Egyptian intellectual, Sharif Farouk. The TV host, whose name I cannot ascertain, is clearly on the side of the imam. Part of the debate is about atheism versus Islam, and part of that is in this clip from MEMRI TV: (I’ve tried, but it won’t work if I make it smaller. If you go to... read more

Rick Wiles: Donald Trump is Under House Arrest in the White House

Every now and then I come across End Times believer Rick Wiles of TruNews via Right Wing Watch. This man not only believes every conspiracy theory that’s going, he makes up new ones of his own. He thinks there’s an organization which he calls variously “deep state” or the “shadow government”, which he thinks is really running the US. He also believes there’s a... read more

Arkansas: Eight Lethal Injections Scheduled Before End of April

In Arkansas there are currently eight men on death row. Their convictions were between 1990 and 2000, and they have therefore been there between 17 and 27 years each. The Arkansas authorities plan to execute two per day on four days before the end of April. Two got a temporary stay just before their executions were due on 17 April, but Arkansas still plans to carry out their sentences before the end of... read more

Recipe: Bacon and Egg Pie

See my last post for the reason for this digression from politics, history, current events etc into recipes. However, though it’s only been a few minutes since my first recipe post, it appears to be very popular. I may have to do more of them! In New Zealand, meat pies are a perennial favourite, usually mince and cheese or steak and kidney. When I was a kid I didn’t take to meat pies.... read more

Recipe: Ham and Vegetable Quiche

Regular readers will know I recently had biologist and author Jerry Coyne to stay for part of his visit to New Zealand. He has written several posts on his trip, including a couple about his time here in Taumarunui. While in New Zealand, Jerry came to love our savoury pies. It’s a surprise to me that savoury pies are rare in the US given the number of wonderful sweet pies there. Thus, a couple of... read more

Simon’s Cat: Easter Extravaganza – Hop It

We have a lovely new video from Simon’s Cat for Easter in which Simon’s Cat tries to catch a bunny. He finally does nab it, but I’ll leave you to see for yourself whether he exhibits typical cat behaviour. Simon’s Cat: Eggsactly What You Need!     Simon Paints: Easter Regular readers will have already seen this in my last ‘Easter for Atheists‘ post. However,... read more

Easter for Atheists

As we all know, Easter is a time that Christians all over the world mourn the death and celebrate the resurrection of their saviour, Jesus Christ. Outside their holy scripture, the Bible, there are no indications of the existence of Jesus. Even in the Bible, things are pretty confusing. Christians with tell you there are no contradictions in the Bible, but there are literally hundreds. Many of these apply... read more

Sad News: John Clarke alias Fred Dagg has Died

Any Kiwi who remembers the 1970s and 1980s will have a soft spot in their heart for Fred Dagg, real name John Clarke. He was certainly a favourite of mine and I was sad when he went to Australia. Now, at only 68, we’ve lost this wonderful man forever. According to stuff.co.nz, John Clarke was hiking in the Grampians National Park in Victoria, Australia, on Sunday when he died of natural causes.... read more

Third Month Mania: The Winner – Donald Trump’s Greatest Tweet of All Time

I was away so I didn’t get a post out on the final, but these were the competing tweets: Versus   Those were my two choice from the semi-final, so that pleases me! As I was away I didn’t vote in the final, and I’m not sure which tweet I would have voted for. It’s a tough choice! I think I might have gone with the “gross incompetence” tweet. As I’ve said... read more

The Cancellation of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Trip to Australia and New Zealand

joint post by Jerry Coyne and Heather Hastie   New Zealand is dealing with the tail-end of Cyclone Debbie at the moment. (It made a huge mess of north-west Australia recently.) There’s very heavy rain all across the North Island and the north of the South Island. Several places are receiving a month’s worth of rain in just a couple of days. Normally, this wouldn’t have much effect... read more

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