International Blasphemy Day

Today, September 30th, is International Blasphemy Day, designated to commemorate the publication of 12 editorial cartoons in the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, which depicted the Islamic prophet, Muhammad in less than favourable and deeply satirical ways. The result was widespread violence, riots, and even murders by Muslim fundamentalists and extremists. On this day, people are encouraged to openly criticize religion and, yes, to blaspheme. Whatever that means. Blasphemy laws exist in many parts of the world such as Sudan, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia, with attempts to make it an international crime an ongoing concern. A number of countries are pushing for …

Richard Dawkins vs. Former Pope Benedict: Who Would Win The Hugo Award?

Nestled in Rome, Italy, is a sovereign nation called Vatican City, set apart from the rest of the world. The king of this country is the King of Vatican City, also known as the Pope. This King is the head of the Catholic Church over which he presides along with a bunch of guys who like to wear red. Because or their uncanny resemblence to the songbird known as a cardinal, these guys are also called Cardinals. The Pope is their boss until the Pope dies in which case the more ambitious among the lot have a go at getting …

Does Rogers want to give customers a heart attack?

Some Rogers Communications insanity for you today. Sally is away with her mother in Germany, visiting relatives and doing a little touring. Before she left, we purchased a travel talk and messaging plan from Rogers, as well as a data plan. This was to avoid scary roaming charges. We decided, despite the price, that this would be prudent. Better to spend a little more than to collapse from shock when we see the bill. Well, it seems that Rogers chooses to scare the hell out of customers no matter how much money they spend with them. Sally pointed out that …