Thursday, July 8, 2010

We live in interesting times

I sometimes feel that I don't either watch or read enough news and I feel that I'm missing out. I had the chance to grab half an hour and my paper of choice and discovered all sorts of good news. I like it when that happens.

Judges: gay refugees must get asylum

Five supreme court justices say gay and lesbian asylum seekers should not be expected to "exercise discretion" in their home countries to avoid persecution ...... anti gay sentiments had gradually worsened in some places, fanned by the rampant homophobic teaching that right wing evangelical Christian churches indulge in throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa and the "ultra conservative interpretation of Islamic law that prevails in Iran.".

Climategate scientists cleared of manipulating data on global warming

The climate scientists at the centre of a media storm over leaked e-mails were yesterday cleared of accusations that they had fudged their results and silenced critics, but the review found they had failed to be open enough about their work. Sir Muir Russell, the senior civil servant who led a six month inquiry into the affair said that the "rigour and honesty" of the scientists at the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia was not in doubt. His investigation concluded that they did not subvert the peer review process to censor criticism and that key data was freely available and could be used by any "competent" researcher.

If you listen very quietly, you can hear the sound of right wingers gagging. If you listen ultra carefully (on the west coast) you can hear it from across the pond.

I leave the last word to George Monbiot - my hero in these things:

"You are a fucking douchebag. You pathetic fucking phony. I hope there is an earthquake under your fucking house and swallows you into Hell." Does this offend you? If so you haven't been involved in the climate wars. This message, one of many sent recently to climate scientists, and now published by the Guardian, is almost sweet by comparison to the gallant e-mails some of us receive every week. Many of these missives, perhaps revealing more about the senders than they intend, involve promises to insert implausibly large items of military hardware into the recipient's anus. At first they alarmed me. After a while, realising that most of the silver tongued chevaliers who sent them live on the other side of the Atlantic, don't possess passports and would struggle to place the United Kingdom on the map, I stopped worrying.
READ FULL TEXT HERE (The Guardian) I've put George's face at the top. No doubt someone who votes Republican will have apoplexy.