William Thompson of the University of Nevada reports that Vietnam is now
a capitalist state.
Several items via
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has ordered state universities
to allow discrimination against homosexuals, claiming that universities
lack the legal authority to forbid it.
Tower Hamlets borough councillor Shiria Khatun reports receiving death threats
for dressing immodestly.
Three young Muslim men drove into San Francisco to shoot people with
a BB gun for looking homosexual. They were caught, but reports do
not ask who taught them to hate. A smaller outrage in this incident is
the "deadly weapon" charge for the BB gun.
A diplomatic delegation of Pakistani lawmakers aborted a visit to
the United States in protest of the U.S.'s excessive airport security
called Congressional House Speaker Nancy Pelosi an Islamic terrorist
British philosopher Harry Taylor has been charged with blasphemy
for distributing anti-religious cartoons at John Lennon Airport in
Christians in Bristol, Virginia are going around telling women they
deserve to be raped for wearing punk clothing.
Law professor Peter Tague provided a lesson in the need for skepticism
of trusted sources when he told a first-year class that Supreme Court
Chief Justice John Roberts was retiring, upon which a student text-messaged
Radar Online from class and Radar Online ran the story.
A study by Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics finds that
people who score high on Intelligence Quotient tests tend to be more
liberal, although there are plenty of exceptions.
Many home-school textbooks popular in the United States teach Creationism
instead of evolution.
A study finds that black men in the U.S. have trouble gaining respect in
jobs traditionally seen as womens' work. In particular, black male
nurses run into popular disbelief in their skills and knowledge.
- Arctic seabed methane is venting into the atmosphere at a faster rate. This could lead to a feedback cycle that will exacerbate global warming.
- Muslim militia massacred the entire populations of three Christian villages near Jos, Nigera.
- Leaked C.I.A. documents show the U.S. torture program was carefully coordinated.
- A Pennsylvania woman of unspecified European descent has been charged with attempting to assassinate Swedish cartoonish Lars Vilks as part of a Jihadist plot.
- Russia blames last November's train bombing on the jihadist organization of by Alexander Tikhomirov, also known as Saïd Buryatsky, who was recently killed in a battle with the Russian military.
- A few items on Turkey:
- "How embarassing should it be for this country that Iran puts its officials on trial for torture and we don't?"
- Indian secular humanists Innaiah Narisetti, Subba Rao, and Macha Laxmaiah have been arrested for writing a book that contains excerpts from Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses and one of the Jyllands-Posten Mohammed cartoons.
- Americans United for the Separation of Church and State reports on Ohio public school teacher John Freshwater, a Christian fanatic who taught Creationism in science class and burned crosses into students' arms.
- The District of Colombia branch of Catholic Charities has ceased giving employees spousal benefits so that they do not risk ever giving such benefits to a homosexual couple.
- The New York Times reports on defectors from Scientology.
- Police in Colombus, Missouri broke into a man's house and shot his dogs to recover "a small amount of marijuana".
- Police in Putnam, Indiana took a man's money on the grounds that he might possibly use it to buy drugs in the future. After more than a year of lawsuits, Putnam County Judge David Polk ordered the police to return the money but the man will not be reimbursed for his legal costs.
- National Public Radio lists several times when the Congressional process of reconciliation has been used in the past thirty years to push forward health care legislation.
[Edit 2010/05/08: fixed Cuccinelli's name.]