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Feb 10, 2016

Taxpayers Fund Scientology "Research" on Veterans

Results of a clinical trial were completed in December 2015 for Gulf War illness to study an "innovative detoxification program." The trial is described at  the US NIH clinical trial study website.
What was the test program? It was the  Hubbard Detoxification Method, developed by the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard. It's also used by the Church of Scientology as an introductory service, and believed by Scientologists to be the only way to deal with the long-term effects of "toxic exposure."

Feb 9, 2016

Ontology

The following ontological argument attributed to Anselm is sometimes cited as a proof of God. It does not say which God, but somehow makes a quick jump to Jesus. It goes like this:
  1. By definition, God is a being than which none greater can be imagined.
  2. A being that necessarily exists in reality is greater than a being that does not necessarily exist.
  3. Thus, by definition, if God exists as an idea in the mind but does not necessarily exist in reality, then we can imagine something that is greater than God.
  4. But we cannot imagine something that is greater than God.
  5. Thus, if God exists in the mind as an idea, then God necessarily exists in reality.
  6. God exists in the mind as an idea.
  7. Therefore, God necessarily exists in reality.

Feb 5, 2016

Progress Needed in Global Women's Education

In the Global section of the Nov. 2, 2015 issue of The Atlantic, US First Lady Michelle Obama says,
Right now, 62 million girls worldwide are not in school. They’re receiving no formal education at all – no reading, no writing, no math – none of the basic skills they need to provide for themselves and their families, and contribute fully to their countries.

Jan 15, 2016

Australian Open 2016

Men's:


Djokovic > Tsonga
Dimitrov > Berdych
Wawrinka > Nadal
Murray > Ferrer

Djokovic > Dimitrov
Murray > Wawrinka

Djokovic > Murray


Women's:


Sharapova > Serena
Cibulkova > Sloane
Azarenka > Kerber
Halep > Pliskova

Sharapova > Cibulkova
Azarenka > Halep

Sharapova > Azarenka

Jan 13, 2016

2015 Word of the Year: Redux

A rapid redux! We just saw a story about the results of the American Dialect Society's 2015 Word of the Year vote, and a few nights ago I noticed this relevant post on the  Grammarly blog, titled, “3 Cool Ways English Evolved in 2015.”
According to the Society vote, the 2015 Word of the Year was they, used as a gender-neutral third-person singular personal pronoun. Read on for more on gender-neutral language from Grammarly.

Jan 10, 2016

Women’s Rights Timeline

For today’s post I’m sharing the International Women’s Rights Timeline from Womankind.org, which is an organization dedicated to furthering women’s rights globally since March 8, 1989. Their focus is twofold:

  • Supporting women’s rights organizations in the belief that, just as a group of women has greater strength than one woman alone, women can best bring about significant change by getting together.
  • Development rather than welfare, with an emphasis on funding projects that enable women to become aware of and use their human rights.

Jan 9, 2016

2015 Word of the Year

Did you know there is a Word of the Year vote?

The American Dialect Society, in its 26th annual word of the year vote, selected they used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun as the Word of the Year for 2015.

Jan 8, 2016

For Love of Pens

Nowadays I do most of my writing with a keyboard. My hands get tired if I try to write with a pen, and my penmanship gets worse all the time. This post, however, is dedicated to anyone who has ever written with a pen they loved.