Global Quickies: Savage Individuals, Woman Threatening Hawking Arrested, and Lots of Canada

“A couple who failed to get proper medical treatment for their son who died of bacterial meningitis are going to spend time in custody. A judge in southern Alberta has sentenced David Stephan to four months in jail and his wife, Collet, is being given three months of strict house arrest — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. She will only be allowed to go out for medical appointments and church.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of damaging Otomi religious site in Mexico. [The] official identity of assailants still unknown after incident at Mayonhika, an ancient site where stone structures were toppled and offerings tossed about.” A spokesman for the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Mexico said that the allegation appeared to be false.

“A Muslim cleric has been charged in a Shanzu court in Mombasa with defiling his three-year-old daughter.”

Muslim leaders break bread with Toronto queers. Iftar dinner dedicated to the victims of Orlando shooting broadens conversation between communities.”

“The group calling itself Individualistas Tendiendo a lo Salvaje — translated as Individualists Who Lean Towards the Wild — have claimed responsibility for a murder in the chemistry faculty of Mexico’s biggest university. The group, that goes by its initials ITS and describes itself as “individualist-terrorist” made the claim in a statement uploaded onto a blog called “Eco-extremist Curse.” It describes itself as “at war with civilization and progress” that it blames for annihilating the individual. “ If you want to know more about this group, we’ve talked about them before.

Adverts promoting negative body images will be banned across the Transport for London (TfL) network from next month. As part of his mayoral election manifesto Sadiq Khan pledged to ban adverts promoting “unhealthy or unrealistic” body images.”

“Spanish police have arrested an American woman for issuing death threats against the astrophysicist Stephen Hawking at a science event on the island of Tenerife. […]Police investigators who searched her hotel room found a collection of esoteric items linked to religious extremism and contrary to Hawking’s theories denying the existence of God.”

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau is hero in new Marvel comic. “The storyline centers on Alpha Flight, who now work for Captain Marvel’s worldwide defence program. When faced with a moral quandary, the team decides to seek out Trudeau, their old boss, for advice.”

More than 100 Nobel Prize recipients have signed a letter challenging the environmental NGO Greenpeace to halt its campaigns to prevent the introduction of potentially life saving options for the world’s poor, including Golden Rice.”

“An unprecedented Amnesty International investigation of 100 women arrested in Mexico reveals that they are routinely sexually abused by the security forces who want to secure confessions and boost figures in an attempt to show that they are tackling rampant organized crime.”

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will march in the Vancouver Pride Parade
July 31 according to the Vancouver Pride Society.·

Featured image: Justin Trudeau on the cover of Marvel’s Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5. Photograph: Ramón Pérez


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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