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by grammar king
March 21st, 2009, 10:06 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Ofquack
Replies: 132
Views: 80776

Re: Ofquack

We had David Colquhoun speak to us at the university last night and he briefly outlined how he managed to get into OfQuack. He says someone sent him an email telling him that they were advertising for committee members, and he thought that, seeing as he's highly qualified, he'd apply and have a laug...
by grammar king
March 18th, 2009, 6:36 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Homophobia alive and well in the Anglican church
Replies: 3
Views: 661

Re: Homophobia alive and well in the Anglican church

Unbelievable... makes me sick that such people are so often seen as moral leaders and inspiration.
by grammar king
March 16th, 2009, 10:52 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Did Jesus exist?
Replies: 155
Views: 28301

Re: Did Jesus exist?

I remember in primary school a plucky young lad asked what evidence there was that Jesus existed. The teacher confidently announced that regardless of whether Jesus was the Son of God, we know Jesus existed because there are records showing that Jesus of Nazareth was killed by crucifixion on such an...
by grammar king
March 14th, 2009, 5:24 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Patrick Holford and Food for the Brain
Replies: 8
Views: 1125

Re: Patrick Holford and Food for the Brain

I found Holfordwatch, but found it to be quite ad hom. I can't find much there on why FFTB is a load of bollocks, which could be useful if I'm going to kick up a stink about it. I've asked the authors for any other info they have.
by grammar king
March 14th, 2009, 3:39 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Patrick Holford and Food for the Brain
Replies: 8
Views: 1125

Patrick Holford and Food for the Brain

Does anyone know much about this guy or of any scientific analysis of the claims he makes with regard to Food for the Brain? I only ask because apparently the University of Edinburgh employed them to get accreditation for its cafeterias. I want to see what that entails. After the whole homeopathy th...
by grammar king
March 10th, 2009, 1:42 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Replies: 41
Views: 3806

Re: Cormac Murphy O'Connor

Cool. But this thread shows just how shockingly difficult it is to get your views heard on peerages.
by grammar king
March 9th, 2009, 5:17 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Replies: 41
Views: 3806

Re: Cormac Murphy O'Connor

HA! I got exactly the same email this morning. I have received a copy of an e-mail you addressed to the Honours and Appointments Secretariat earlier this month. We too have seen the recent press speculation regarding a possible peerage for Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor and we assume such a nominat...
by grammar king
March 7th, 2009, 9:30 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: One Law for All - No Sharia Campaign and demonstration
Replies: 29
Views: 3725

Re: One Law for All - No Sharia Campaign and demonstration

Well I find it frightening and I don't like it, but I'm not surprised. The powers that be are not afraid of the views themselves. What they're afraid of is the response. So Geert Wilders was banned because the reaction from some members of the muslim community could be disastrous. He could be assass...
by grammar king
March 2nd, 2009, 11:59 am
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Replies: 41
Views: 3806

Re: Cormac Murphy O'Connor

Looks like it's this one you want.

enquiry@lordsappointments.x.gsi.gov.uk
by grammar king
March 2nd, 2009, 11:57 am
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Replies: 41
Views: 3806

Re: Cormac Murphy O'Connor

FFS! Why is it so difficult to make yourself heard? Griffiths says that the Committees are comprised of key members of the Civil Service, not the Government, and still maintains that he can do nothing. The email address I posted here is the email address on the Honours Committee website for "all oth...
by grammar king
March 1st, 2009, 4:41 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Replies: 41
Views: 3806

Re: Cormac Murphy O'Connor

Triple post, but I've emailed Nigel Griffiths back and also contacted Denis Brennan, the Cabinet Office Honours and Appointments Secretariat, on enquiry@lordsappointments.x.gsi.gov.uk. I urge you to do the same.


Edited to correct email address - admin
by grammar king
March 1st, 2009, 3:57 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Replies: 41
Views: 3806

Re: Cormac Murphy O'Connor

I should also clarify that he's my MP, not my MSP.
by grammar king
March 1st, 2009, 3:55 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Replies: 41
Views: 3806

Re: Cormac Murphy O'Connor

Yeah I will, no worries.
by grammar king
March 1st, 2009, 2:49 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Replies: 41
Views: 3806

Re: Cormac Murphy O'Connor

Well I was always aware from studying politics that the Royal Prerogative (which includes honours lists) is now the remit of the PM, but how this happens in practice isn't really specified. I just put 'honours committee' into google and this came up which says: The Main Honours Committee reviews the...
by grammar king
February 28th, 2009, 7:06 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Replies: 41
Views: 3806

Re: Cormac Murphy O'Connor

Got a reply back from my MSP (I could get used to having 8 representatives). Dear Mr Williamson, Thank you for taking the trouble to email me. The Government does not propose people for peerages, expect those member of its party to fill vacancies - ie on the death of a Labour Peer. Other peerages, c...
by grammar king
February 28th, 2009, 11:06 am
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Replies: 41
Views: 3806

Re: Cormac Murphy O'Connor

This, combined with the UN resolution which I only found out about yesterday, totally ruined my day. What gets me most is that all the press coverage, even in the Times which was investigating him at the time, was on how wonderful it is to have a Catholic bishop finally in the HoL, as if this were s...
by grammar king
February 14th, 2009, 12:26 am
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Our turn to complain...
Replies: 20
Views: 4448

Re: Our turn to complain...

It does not really fall to ASA to make decisions about the existence of God - they simply need to rule on whether the advert conforms to their standards. The media will always spin it so that the "ASA to rule on God" etc., but in reality they simply need to apply their rules to the statements made ...
by grammar king
February 10th, 2009, 9:02 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Our turn to complain...
Replies: 20
Views: 4448

Re: Our turn to complain...

I actually don't think it'sa good idea to complain. They're looking like idiots all on their own. If we decide to strike back, it should be in the form of another mild, polite message.

The more people get talking about this, the better IMO. Noone ever became a Christian through rational discussion.
by grammar king
February 4th, 2009, 5:32 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is uttering the word 'golliwog' always offensive?
Replies: 45
Views: 9165

Re: Is uttering the word 'golliwog' always offensive?

They've just been discussing this on the radio, apparently it's because the word contains wog that makes it offensive, so presumably you can no longer use the word polliwog (tadpole). Would there have been all this fuss if she had refered to a redhead as carrot top? But there's a difference. Carrot...