Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Daily digest - Wednesday, 16 January 2012

So much for my busy morning, I can't remember what it was I was supposed to be doing (Oh yeah. I was meant to be strimming my garden. Too wet right now, but two days of dry weather forecast, so maybe later or tomorrow).

It would appear yesterday's link to the Stephen Law podcast didn't work, so it is - perhaps - fortunate that +Kylie Sturgess posted her January interview with him today. Click here to hear it. 

As an addendum to yesterday's European Court judgement on Christian persecution (or whatever), here is a pdf of the full judgement.

Atheism / SecularismLocal /Cornwall
Evangelist Claims God Gave Christians Diabetes Cure, Says They Won't Share With Non-Christians

Evangelist Lance Wallnau announced on the Trinity Broadcasting Network’s  Praise the Lord that God is giving Christians "technology that can heal diabetes" within months, along with technology “that is going to revolutionize our dependence on oil and energy.” However, Wallnau shared that these new discoveries will only be “given to Kingdom-minded believers” and not sold to benefit the general public.

Satanists Plan Rally in Support of Florida Gov. Rick Scott

"The Satanic Temple is planning its first major rally, which will be held in support of Florida Gov. Rick Scott later this month for -- which might sound ironic -- signing a bill that allows for the possibility of prayer in public schools."


Lame creationist/evolutionist debate at the BBC

Four days ago the BBC “Religion and Ethics” site posted a written debate on evolution between a Muslim and a Christian.  Unexpectedly, the evolution side was argued by the Muslim, Inayat Bunglawala (media secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain), while the wrong side was represented by the Christian: young-earth creationist Greg Haslam, senior pastor of the Westminster Chapel in London. The BBC describes Bunlawala as “a strong believer in the evolution of man in line with accepted scientific theory”; Haslam as “an avowed creationist who believes the world was created by God in six days between six to 10,000 years ago.”

D'Souza-Bernstein Debate

"Is Christianity the source of important truths, moral law, and man’s rights and thus profoundly good for mankind—or is it antithetical to all such values and thus profoundly bad? Christian conservative Dinesh D’Souza will argue that Christianity is good; Objectivist atheist Andrew Bernstein will argue the alternative."

This should be an interesting debate.
South West homeless programme gets £160,000

“Pfft! A drop in the ocean.

I suppose any amount is more than welcome, but if £160,000 is to be shared amongst 120 schemes, this means they will each be realistically able to support four people's private deposits.

Why do we need 120 schemes anyway? Seems a ridiculous number to me.”

Deal to provide council tax support for poor is rejected

“So people in receipt of council tax benefit were asked to leave because of a conflict of interests? 

Why didn't everyone leave, then? Surely the people that aren't affected by the proposals have a conflict of interest too; if all the costs are pushed onto those in receipt of council tax benefit, then those that don't get it get off scot-free.

If that isn't a conflict of interests, I don't know what is.”

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Can the Royals overrule Parliament?

Andrew George MP has been pressing Ministers for clarity about the extent of Royal influence in the Parliamentary process. Yesterday’s The Guardian newspaper has run a story highlighting the extent of Royal influence in Parliamentary affairs. Following pressure (and a court order) the Government has now published a guide outlining both the power available to senior Royals to consent or block new laws and to indicate that in recent years at least 39 Bills have been subject to such consent. They also reveal the power has been used to block proposed legislation relating to decisions about the country going to war.

Proof of the existence of Ceiling Cat

Ceiling Cat is watching you loaf about.
I just got my double macchiato from the coffee bar in the Michael Smith Building at the University of Manchester, looked down and, Holy Foam, there was the image of Ceiling Cat. Explain this away, unbelievers!

By Matthew Cobb @ Why Evolution is True

Paperless medical records : where’s the privacy protection?

"Today’s announcement from the Health Secretary that all patient medical records will be held in electronic form by 2018 has grabbed some headlines, but the underlying privacy risks seem to have been given short shrift.

Paperless records is a nice sound-bite but the change creates significant privacy risks. The Department of Health needs to be absolutely clear who will hold our medical records, who can access them and reassure patients that their privacy will not be destroyed in another NHS IT blunder."

I have already returned my form asking that my records not be shared. Unless the NHS can guarantee that they will not be shared with companies like ATOS - who judge whether I am fit to work or not - I simply don't trust them to keep my records private.

My beef with ATOS relates to the quasi-legal process I am now going through - at the second time of asking - to ensure that my application for ESA has not been misrepresented, that the evidence provided for them is not overlooked or how a so-called judge in the employ of a private company can independently rule against fully legal documents supporting my claim.

Suffering from debilitating anxiety complexes in the UK is enough to give people debilitating anxiety complexes.


“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16 KJV

Total value5 c-im
Adds to my understanding of the meaning of life0 c-im
Inherent morality0 c-im
Level of engagement instilled5 c-im

Comment: A word of warning to wayward pastors, perhaps?

Gary Downie will tell us how Streetkleen's energy from dog poo might be the solution to the dogfouling problem

Online at 8pm on Thursday 24th January

Joining details for this free online conference / webinar will be going out at 10am that day to those who are registered with Zilch for Online Events - you will need only to click on a link and make a phone call to take part.

Gary set up Streetkleen in 2012 and the company has since featured on Kevin McLeod's Man Made Home programme. The company's mission is to introduce anaerobic digesters that will turn dog poo into energy and thus give dog owners an incentive to dispose of their pet's waste responsibly and councils a way of handling it in an energy-generating manner!

You'll need to register here.

What do you think of the new approach? Is there anything you would like me to approach with more consideration? What else on this site do you think needs changing? Leave a comment below to let me know.

n.b. I am working on a new site that will further delineate between my increasingly diverse interests, but for the time being this blog will have to suffice. I'll let you know more when the roll-out date approaches.

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