Arrested For A Mean Tweet?

If this is all the relevant information, this English arrest seems unjust to me: After coming fourth in the men’s synchronised 10m platform diving event on Monday, the 18-year-old from Plymouth received a message telling him he had let down his father, Rob. Rob Daley died in May 2011 from brain cancer. A 17-year-old boy [Read More...]

Is Religious Circumcision of Male Infants Morally Defensible?

Last month a court in Cologne, Germany ruled against allowing the circumcision of children too young to give consent. CBS News summarized the facts: a German court ruled that circumcision infringes on a child’s right to be protected from bodily harm. The regional court in Cologne said that circumcision went against the “fundamental right of [Read More...]

Why The Needs of Gay Kids Deserve Special Attention in Anti-Bullying Legislation

There is a major piece of anti-bullying legislation which will soon be up for a vote in Ontario, Canada. In the legislation, kids in Ontario Catholic schools will be protected from repeated aggressive behavior that occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual based [Read More...]

Colbert on Obama, North Carolina, & Gay Marriage

Two nights in a row last month Colbert had fantastic coverage of the news of Barack Obama’s “evolved” support for gay marriage and the unevolved decision of the people of North Carolina to even further restrict gay rights than they already had. In case you missed either or both of his segments on these subjects, [Read More...]

GOP Congresswoman's Spokesman: "Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators"

Trigger warning: Below the fold and down the page a bit there are extremely graphic and disturbing pictures of women victimized by acid attacks. Then there is a disgusting and infuriating news story. [Read more...]

Is TED Primarily About Assuaging The Egos of the Super Rich?

TED opted not to air the Nick Hanauer video below in which he talks about the problems with income inequality. Hanauer’s camp caused a big stir by getting word out that this was a talk “that TED doesn’t want you to see”. TED does not release the videos of all their talks online. But Alex [Read More...]

Penn Jillette vs. President Obama on Drugs

The personally drug free Penn Jillette takes Obama to task for his cavalier attitude towards our country’s authoritarian drug laws and the draconian penalties associated with them: Do we believe, even for a second… that if Obama had been busted for marijuana, under the laws that he condones, would his life have been better? If [Read More...]

My Thoughts on Obama's "Evolution" Towards Favoring Marriage Equality

So while I was busy ending the semester, Obama gave a tepid, hedged, politically non-committal, mealymouthed endorsement to same-sex marriage. Over time, no doubt, his expressions of support for gay rights will increasingly feature less pauses, hesitations, stammers, ambiguities, and qualifications as the American public increasingly gives him permission (in the form of polls on [Read More...]

I'm So Sick of Whining About Negative Campaign Ads

Journalists should stop categorizing ads by whether they are negative or positive and start categorizing them by whether they are true or false. “Does this ad present accurate, adequately thorough, properly contextualized information?” “Are the inferences this ad draws from the factual information it presents logically valid?” “Is this ad presenting a sound argument that [Read More...]


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