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October 31 2013

surveyork
03:36
After 11 days of digging for the 1,000 tonnes of gold at the Daundia Khera village in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, it's Peepli Dead now. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has hit a dead-end in the digging and doesn't seem interested in continuing with it.

Formally, the site has nothing very special even in terms of archaeological value, said BR Mani, additional director general, ASI. Informally, the local seer, Shobhan Sarkar, who had dreamt of the treasure and had convinced Union Minister of State Charan Das Mahant to get the site excavated, perhaps had a stomach disorder and was having a bad dream.

September 16 2013

surveyork
18:06

August 23 2013

surveyork
03:05
It seems that teachers at the Nashongo and Makaba primary schools in Siavonga, Zambia have threatened to abandon their posts after a rash of indecent incidents involving invisible witches. According to Chief Sinadambwe of the Tonga-speaking people, the saucy sorcerers have been projecting their spirits into the teachers' bedrooms and molesting them.
Zambian teachers say they live in fear of 'invisible sex' with witches. The witches have yet to comment – Telegraph Blogs

May 25 2013

surveyork
13:30
  • An Orthodox Jewish plane passenger was seen wrapped in a plastic bag during a flight
  • It was believed the man is a Kohein, a religious descendant of the priests of ancient Israel, who are banned from flying over cemeteries
  • April 01 2013

    surveyork
    15:40

    "Imperial society galaxy-wide is characterized by religious intolerance, superstition, xenophobia, militarism, and antiscience. Critical thinking is considered a waste of time. Ignorance of anything beyond one's place in society is common, and for many, desirable. Unquestioning obedience to authority is the greatest virtue. The Age of the Imperium is not an age of reason, but an age of superstition and ignorance. Above all, "it is an epoch of war, a grinding, unceasing war where mere survival is justly hailed as victory.""

    [...]

    "The Imperium commands the largest military in the galaxy, honed in millennia of almost constant war: at any time, there are numerous conflicts engaging Imperial forces, across the Imperium and beyond."

    ——————————————

    Not sure if reading a description of a fictional, future empire or a pretty accurate description of the United States of America today. /FuturamaFry

    August 08 2012

    surveyork
    10:05
    The woman whose name is only known via court records as "R.W." was brutally raped January 27, 2007 by an unknown assailant. After going to the hospital she was arrested by police on a prior charge and sent to jail. While in custody a guard denied R.W.'s request to give her a contraceptive pill that was prescribed by the emergency room doctor, because it was against their religious beliefs. Now over 5 years later a court has ruled R.W. does have a right to sue the guard for violating her constitutional rights.
    Rape victim wins right to sue guard that denied her prescribed contraception - Detroit liberal | Examiner.com

    July 08 2012

    surveyork
    20:56
    Sanal Edamaruku faces a Catholic backlash after insisting that the "holy" water dripping from a statue of Christ in Mumbai, India, came from a leaky drain. Edamaruku is the founder and president of Rationalist International, president of the Indian Rationalist Association, and honorary associate of the U.K. Rationalist Association.

    July 06 2012

    surveyork
    20:42
    Please join the Rationalist Association (UK) in condemning the misuse of Indian law by several Catholic organisations to silence a campaigner against superstition. In March 2012, following his exposure of a supposed miracle at a Catholic Church in Mumbai as nothing more than the result of a leak, a complaint was lodged against Sanal Edamaruku by local Catholic organisations with the Mumbai police, who are now able to arrest him. He has been denied 'anticipatory' bail which means if arrested he faces a long term in prison merely for explaining the science behind an apparent mystery. 

    June 29 2012

    surveyork
    06:03
    Another infant is hospitalized in NYC with metzitzah b'peh (MBP) transmitted herpes – which can be fatal and which also can cause permanent brain damage.

    June 27 2012

    surveyork
    02:38
    A court in Germany has ruled that circumcising young boys for religious reasons amounts to bodily harm.
    BBC News - German court rules circumcision is 'bodily harm'
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    June 16 2012

    surveyork
    09:51
    CALGARY - The controversial Muslim preacher who says homosexuals are evil and advocates for their death is set to speak at an upcoming event in Calgary.

    May 06 2012

    surveyork
    20:21
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - - Nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime and 10 percent think the Mayan calendar could signify it will happen in 2012, according to a new poll.

    March 27 2012

    surveyork
    16:17

    The cause of death of the 2-week-old boy, who died at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn on Sept. 28, was Type 1 herpes, caused by “ritual circumcision with oral suction,” according to the medical examiner’s office.

    The ritual of oral suction — or in Hebrew, metzitzah b’peh — is practiced almost exclusively in ultra-Orthodox communities and, to a lesser degree, in Orthodox Jewish communities, despite efforts by the city to curtail it and educate communities about its health risks. The procedure occurs during the circumcision ritual of the bris, as the practitioner, or mohel, removes the foreskin of the penis and then sucks the blood from the wound to clean it.

    Infant’s Death Renews Debate Over Ritual Circumcision - NYTimes.com
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