Ireland’s atheists are battling a blasphemy law while the year of gay China is moving forward. And you won’t believe what you’ve been eating. These stories and more on today’s list.
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Annals of Irish Jurisprudence, Blasphemy Division, Cont.
Ireland’s Minister of Justice is proposing to amend his new blasphemy law by providing, as a defense, that a person accused of blasphemy can “prove that a reasonable person would find genuine literary, artistic, political, scientific or academic value” in blasphemous matter.
The Joy of Dirt
Grub, filth, grime, muck, gunk, slag, grit, grunge, smut, dross, dust, sludge, squalor. Insulted, hounded and despised, dirt these days has nowhere to hide.
Obama Double-Crossed Progressives on Health Care
Are you feeling like a chump yet? If you’re a good progressive, and you wanted single-payer health care for all, or, second best, Medicare for All Who Want It, or third best, a robust public option, or fourth best, a paltry public option, now you’ve got nothing, nada, zippo.
Bernanke: Rewarding a Catastrophe
The Senate Banking Committee overwhelmingly voted to approve Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke for another four-year term.
Fifteen Horrifying Reasons to Never Let Anyone You Love Near a McDonald’s
One of AlterNet’s most popular articles of the year: Erectile dysfunction, the truth behind the “special sauce” and a burger from 1996. Keep reading if you dare.
Irish Atheists Challenge Blasphemy Law
An atheist group in the Irish Republic has defied a new blasphemy law by publishing a series of anti-religious quotations on its website.
Yummy! Ammonia-Treated Pink Slime Now in Most U.S. Ground Beef
You’re not going to believe what millions of Americans have been eating the last few years (Thanks Bush! Thanks meat industry lobbyists!).
Year of Gay China
As the year 2009 comes to a close, it does so having been a monumental year for China’s LGBT community.