Weekend Coffee: January 10

Weekend Coffee: January 10 January 10, 2015


• A can’t-miss account of Charlie Hebdo‘s first editorial meeting since last week’s horrific attack.

• One-man outrage band Bill Donohue didn’t kill anyone at Charlie Hebdo, but he’s understanding and sympathetic towards the Muslims who did. They made fun of the Pope, after all!

• “The right to blaspheme religion is one of the most elemental exercises of political liberalism.

• The “radical feminism which has assaulted the Church and society since the 1960s has left men very marginalized,” frets Catholic cardinal Raymond Burke, a highly placed official of a church which has a billion adherents and which for 2,000 years has allowed only men to hold or wield power.

• The barbaric theocracy of Saudi Arabia is flogging Raif Badawi, whose crime was founding a website that called for greater religious freedom.

• Mauritania, making a strong dark-horse bid for worst country in the world, hands down a death sentence for “apostasy” and sentences anti-slavery activists to prison.

• President Obama proposes free community college tuition. Internet conservatives respond, “Get your government hands off my Pell grant!

• Anti-vaccine activists cause a measles outbreak at Disneyland in Anaheim.

• Published research finds that male internet commenters don’t believe sexism is real even when they see the evidence. Finally, scientific proof of the Don’t Read The Comments theorem.

• Intel pledges $300 million to increasing diversity in the tech industry. Gamergate responds by making a hoax 911 call that sent an armed SWAT team to an address that didn’t belong to one of their critics.

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