Global Quickies: 13/07/13

First international news of today’s quickies: It’s so damn hot here in Madrid, I can’t concentrate in anything other than ice cream for more than five minutes. So, short quickies today:

An 11 year old pregnant rape victim is being praised for her maturity by the president for not wanting an abortion. Chile is one of the few countries in the world that bans abortion under any circumstance. (From Moniqa)

London major says women go to university to find men to marry.

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey rejects a summer post-graduate training program on evolution because, they say, the subject is too controversial.

The cuts in science funding in Spain are getting worse and worse.

The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice now bans women from music shops.

Featured image: Spanish scientists protesting budget cuts by @eduolpe


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

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  1. Okay, I’m sorry, but I just looked up the temperatures for Madrid and I nearly started laughing. It was 95 (35C) degrees last night when I was wandering downtown Phoenix and I made this Facebook post: “Oh, wow. Despite the earlier dust storms, it is beautiful out. I wouldn’t even call it warm.”

    The last time I said, “It is so hot!” it was over 48C outside.

    I need to move to Madrid….

  2. True, this week hasn’t been as bad as last week, when we were at 38ºC. But remember they’re not big on air conditioning here, so you’re pretty much melting all day long for two months.

  3. I would like to denigrate Chile’s president for his idiocy and likely cowardice, as this provides, regardless of his own personal feelings, a perceived “out” from being criticized from either side of the issue.

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