Praise the profit!

News from the BBC today that evangelical churches catering to the African migrant community in Britain are touting the power of prayer as a cure for HIV (among other things).At least three people in London with HIV have died after they stopped taking life saving drugs on the advice of their Evangelical Christian pastors.The women died after attending churches in London where they were encouraged to stop taking the antiretroviral drugs in the belief that God would heal them, their friends and … [Read more...]

Should math be taught in schools?

Controversial.EDIT: I've been accused of disparaging women, and some folks have missed the parody of this.So. I present you the video it's parodying; A question put to contestants in the Miss America 2011 - "Should evolution be taught in schools?"You accuse me of disparaging women, I bring you fifteen minutes of video that will make you cry for the state of humanity. Let this be a lesson ;-) … [Read more...]

This is a British Conservative Prime Minister…

[youtube=]Find me a liberal American President who'd do and say that. Slow train comin'? … [Read more...]

"Pro-lifers" and medical termination of pregnacy.

Or "abortion" as it's commonly known. Today I had a rather ugly argument on a Facebook group for UK based liberals, with a woman who claims to be a liberal, but... Well... Isn't.The theme of the discussion was Nadine Dorries' proposed amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill which cover the issue of abortions. The tl;dr version is that Dorries was trying to strip not-for-profit charities who carry out terminations of the right to counsel pregnant women because they might try to improve … [Read more...]

Why science wins.

I've just read a story on the BBC about the latest data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that contains a passage which, to me, neatly sums up all that I love about science and all that I respect about the scientific method.The basic story is that the LHC Beauty experiment should have found evidence for supersymmetry by now, but it has found none. Supersymmetry is the theory partly used to explain why there appears to be less matter in the universe than other theories predict there should … [Read more...]