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Global Quickies: 21/09/13

NIGERIA
You probably saw this since it was posted all over the place, but I had include it: post-graduate student proves gay marriage is wrong with SCIENCE.

FRANCE
Despite same sex marriage being legal since May, a Franco-Moroccan couple had to cancel their wedding. The Ministry of Justice says the “marriage for all” law doesn’t apply to citizens of 11 countries that don’t allow gay marriage and have bilateral agreements with France.

INDIA
The controversial ad campaign “Abused Godesses” to stop domestic violence might not be such a great idea: No More Goddesses, Please. Bring in the Sluts.

SYRIA
Interesting article about the women covering the war, and why you probably haven’t heard about them.

FRANCE (again)
Parliament is moving to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 because they promote hyper-sexualization of minors.

SWEDEN (from Mary)
Public masturbation is now legal as long as it’s not directed towards one or more people.

WEST AFRICA
You have to listen to this incredible interview with skeptical hero Leo Igwe about people accused of witchcraft.

UK
Some Pentecostal pastors are telling HIV patients to stop taking anti-retroviral drugs and rely on faith and magical water.

TANZANIA (via Ateorizar)
A Catholic priest was hospitalized after being attacked with acid. It’s only the latest of similar incidents in Zanzibar, where religious tensions are on the rise.

Featured image from the Abused Goddesses campaign.

Daniela

Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at esceptica.org.

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  1. Gay physics experiment: Get two circus cannons, two volunteer acrobats, a big net and an HD visual camera. Suspend the camera at the top of the tent, pointing down at the net. (The square grid of the net should make it easy to track the trajectories of the acrobats.) Aim the cannons near but not directly at the center of the net. Fire the acrobats out of the cannons at the same time, so they pass each other above the center of the net. If you use to male or two female acrobats, they will be deflected away from each other. If you use one male and one female acrobat, their trajectories will bend towards each other.

    Really cool variation: if you get the distance (impact parameter or “b”) and initial velocity exactly right, the two acrobats should achieve a stable, elliptical orbit about each other!

    This proves sexual attraction is a form of electromagnetic force. If it were a form of gravitational or strong or weak nuclear force, all the acrobats, no matter what gender, would be attracted to each other, and orgies would be a normal,. everyday occurrence for everyone.

    As a further demonstration, the orbiting acrobats will produce a magnetic field, which should be detectable with a magnet suspended from a string, or with a standard EMF detector as used by ghost hunters.

    It’s SCIENCE, people!

      1. They also talk about it on this week’s SGU podcast, and Steve Novella says he discussed it on his blog, though I haven’t had a chance to check that out yet.

        Makes you appreciate the toughness of the job faced by people like Leo Igwe At least Ray Comfort doesn’t (yet) have the power of a government behind him that is threatening and practicing violence against people who disagree with his nonsense.

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