In the Irish abortion referendum, the 'No' side -- those campaigning against the repeal of Ireland's archaic Constitutional abortion ban -- certainly had their work cut out. The way the Constitution was worded meant they had to persuade the Irish electorate to defend all of the following: (a) forcing raped pubescent teens to carry unwanted pregnancies to term;... Continue Reading →
Ha! Polls closed 10 minutes ago. The Irish Times, our paper of record, has conducted an exit poll. Get a load of this baby: WOWZERS! I had told folks to expect a decisive margin, but I had been pegging it at 60:40... Of course this is just an exit poll, but unlike pre-polls, exit... Continue Reading →
I mean, how could anyone consider this to be racist? Two words making a generalization about a person's race in the context of criticism of that person? No. John Taylor is definitely not a racist. Using the clichéed phrase "Typical x" historically used by racists to dismiss 'lesser' races? No. Definitely not a racist. Here's... Continue Reading →
Two thoughts come to mind at this time. Firstly, Hawking is to be greatly admired for being both a highly regarded theorist and researcher, and a genuine celebrity scientist. In this he joins very few who have managed to achieve fame in their own lifetimes by changing the way we understand the fundamentals of our universe.
These days, it often seems that celebrity scientists are not really leaders in their fields, and that leaders in their fields seldom become real celebrities.
Secondly, Hawking — at least to me — exemplified someone who practiced the role of scientist in its totality. He not only talked scientific talk, he walked a scientific walk.
By this I mean Stephen Hawking can…
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Wanted. More exorcists. A Dublin priest has told the Irish Catholic newspaper (yes) that he has noticed a sharp increase in demonic activity. ...Fr. Pat Collins said he has been overwhelmed with the number of requests for exorcisms from the faithful in Ireland. In an open letter, he has urged the Irish bishops to train more priests... Continue Reading →
Because I want to see what happens when I have more than one post.
And so by its nature, it contains some text without there being substance to convey.