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Suspected criminal Richard Dawkins under investigation

Posted in Pharyngula by Skepdude on March 23, 2009

It’s been confirmed: members of the Oklahoma legislature are investigating the suspicious circumstances of Richard Dawkins’ lecture. After all, what possible excuse could UO have for inviting a known rabblerouser who doesn’t happen to believe in gods? Other than his reputation as a world-famous scientist, writer, and speaker, of course.

Sure enough, I just received confirmation today in a letter from the Open Records Office at the University of Oklahoma. The letter confirms that on the day of Dawkins’ speech, Oklahoma State Representative Rebecca Hamilton requested substantial information relating to the speech from Vice President for Governmental Relations Danny Hilliard. Representative Hamilton’s exhaustive request included demands for all e-mails and correspondence relating to the speech; a list of all money paid to Dawkins and the entities, public or private, responsible for this funding; and the total cost to the university, including, among other things, security fees, advertising, and even “faculty time spent promoting this event.”


Jordanian beats daughter to death for wearing makeup in ‘honour’ killing

Posted in News by Skepdude on March 23, 2009

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s prosecutor has charged a man and his two sons for the premeditated murder of his 19-year-old daughter Saturday, in the latest “honour killing” to take place in this conservative desert kingdom.

The man and his two sons were charged with beating to death the daughter for leaving the house in makeup and talking to a stranger, according to prosecutor Salah al-Taleb’s indictment sheet.

The father brought his daughter to the hospital after she lost consciousness and turned himself in.

Autopsy showed severe injuries to the head which caused brain hemorrhage and the body was covered with bruises.


Normal Posting to resume soon

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on March 23, 2009

Sorry for the slow couple of days, but I’ve got a test to prepare for, nothing as fun as laying the smackdown on some crazy woo, but…..I….must…..graduate….to……feed…….kid! Be back soon, in the mean time I think I have left you with a honey of an entry, the Evan Bernstein interview which should be enough to hold you ’til tomorrow.