Friday, 22 October 2010

 on Osborne's cuts are 'worst attack on equality for generations' 
"women make up 65 per cent of the six million public sector workers....In local government.....75 per cent of the workforce is female"
   This article says women will probably bear 70% of the cuts, which sounds pretty fair to me.   Indeed, to be considered really fair, even more women should go, to restore the gender balance to something more representative of our society.
   There should also be an investigation into whether institutional sexism created this imbalance in the first place, along with an affirmative action programme to correct it.

Judge Rules Teachers Do Not Get First Amendment Rights When It Comes To Curriculum

Judge Rules Teachers Do Not Get First Amendment Rights When It Comes To Curriculum

Commented Oct 22, 2010 at 07:18:20 in Education

The headline mis-interprets the decision: the teacher exercised her first amendments rights (and from the story, it sounds like this was done in a confrontational - perhaps even obnoxious - way) and the school board exercised their right not to renew her contract. 
All rights have responsibilities attached and all actions have consequences.
Prince Harry's Kidnapping Depicted In UK Documentary (VIDEO)

Prince Harry's Kidnapping Depicted In UK Documentary (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 22, 2010 at 07:10:47 in World

A fictional hypothetical being marketed as a "documentary"? 
Sure this isn't Fox News?

 on Dr Kelly post-mortem files to be released 

Public Employees Union Spends Huge to Save Dems
Given the millions contributed by corporations, including those bailed out by the taxpayer, , this seems a reasonable response by the unions: in the free marketplace if ideas, let the biggest spenders win.

NPR Under Fire After Canning Juan Williams

Mr Williams was fired because he did not understand the difference between opinion and fact. 

Not sure he will be comfortable at Fox, who understand the difference but prefer opinion.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010



Religious Gays Tell Teens 'It Gets Better'

Commented Oct 19, 2010 at 06:01:12 in Religion

Religion asks "what is right?", and, hence, is quintessentially human: responsible for more evil and hate, more good and love, than any other set of beliefs.

Politics asks "what gets me the most votes" and, hence, is more relativistic. It changes with the zeitgeist and is amenable to argument on the upside and to mob rule on the down

Science asks "what happens if?" and, hence, has a much less damaging position on homosexuality and people's reactions thereto. Seems a morally superior approach.

The Perfect Storm That Threatens American Democracy

Commented Oct 19, 2010 at 05:45:00 in Politics

The perfect storm against democracy is exacerbated by the attack ad.
The definition of pure evil: people who will deliberately damage their own society (by spreading fear and mistrust) for personal gain (winning an election).
I have changed from "vote against all incumbents" to "vote against anyone who has approved an attack ad."

Monday, 18 October 2010


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