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Australian Columnist Says Atheism Wrecks Liberal Democracy

Prior to the latest census in Australia (2016) the Atheist Foundation of Australia ran a campaign. It was to urge people to mark the “NoReligion” option on the census form. The number that did so was 29.6%, almost double the 16% of 2001, just fifteen years earlier. Christianity is still by far the largest group at 52%. Within Christianity, Catholicism is still the biggest group at 22.6%. While... read more

Tusked Weta Versus Foraging Pig

Regular readers may remember my recent post about the rare New Zealand Mountain Stone Weta. The Tusked Weta (Motuweta isolata) is also critically endangered, though its impressive tusks and usual habitat make it slightly better known. I always thought “The Dead Wetas” would be a really good heavy metal band name. (See below for a Heavy Metal Band Name Generator.) The Mountain Stone Weta, with... read more

CNN, Donald Trump, and Twitter

Personally, I have no problem with President Donald Trump using Twitter. It’s not using Twitter that’s the issue. Social media is a useful tool for anyone who wants to get a message out to the public. In fact, anyone in a public position is silly not to make the most of social media. Trump himself has made excellent use of social media. He has an instinctive talent for getting the best out of... read more

FGM Has Economic Benefits Says Egyptian Imam

Note to Readers: There are images of FGM and sexually explicit statements in this post. Yes, you read that right – an Egyptian imam says FGM (female genital mutilation), which he calls female circumcision, has economic benefits. What’s more, he has a doozy of a theory as to why that’s so. There’s a pretty big pointer that imam Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Maligi’s theory is going to be... read more

Simon’s Cat: Waiting Game

The wait is over, and we have a new Simon’s Cat movie. It’s very short, but enjoyable all the same. And, as The Kitten is in it, there’s a Cute Quotient multiplier effect. New Simon’s Cat movies are one of the highlights of my life. I’m not sure how sad and pathetic some people will think that makes me, but I don’t care. People unable to appreciate and enjoy this... read more

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