Global Quickies: Polio, Pilots, Astronauts, and much more

The Pakistan army was asked to assist the civilian government by taking over security of polio eradication teams in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. More than 30 people working in vaccination teams have been killed in the last two years.

A Catholic bishop praised the Ugandan Parliament for the Anti-Homosexuality Act that provides life in prison for LGBT people and told parents of gay and lesbian children that they would be rewarded in heaven if they turned over their gay and lesbian children to the state for punishment.

The same week Saudi Arabia issued its first flying license to a female pilot, a woman was fined for driving a car.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster can now apply to be registered as an official religion in Poland.

Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi has said that any woman who has sex outside marriage should be hanged, including women “raped with or without their consent”. In an interview that would make any MRA proud, the politician talked about the problem of false accusations and whinny women complaining over everything.

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) shared this heart-warming picture of kids in her village dressed as astronauts for Carnival:


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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