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How the US Government Spies on Americans without “Spying on Americans”

How are we to make sense of the news that the US government has been “helping” the UK government collect e-mails, phone records, app records, voice chats and now the naked web photo chats of millions of Americans? How can that possibly be reconciled with President Barack Obama’s bald assertion that “there is no spying [...]

NSA Pictures Of You Naked Smash The Metadata Myth. Yahoo!

Apologists for the Obama Administration’s Big Brother electronic spying have spent much of the last year wagging their heads at concerns about privacy, saying that gosh, the age of privacy is just plain over, and we all need to accept that some of our private information will end up in government hands, because we need [...]

Brits Harrass Greenwald’s Partner In Attempt To Block More Spying Revelations

The United Kingdom’s abusive tactics against David Miranda are just one more example of how the extraordinary government powers that were justified as necessary to protect against terrorism, are in fact being used in the UK and USA to squash dissent and to create centralized governmental powers that are slipping dangerously toward totalitarianism. [...]

Another Nail in the Coffin of the Anti-Gay Jesus Weather Hypothesis

Number of prominent Christian pastors who insist that deadly weather disasters are the means by which Jesus shows his hatred for gay people loving judgment against same-sex marriage: at least six.

Date of the UK House of Commons’ vote to legalize same-sex marriage: May 21 2013

Weather disasters over the United Kingdom on May 21 [...]

Fewer Brits Christian

In absolute numbers, the number of Christians in England and Wales declined by four million, while the population in general rose by 7 percent. The number of people who described themselves as Jedi, followers of the religion of Star Wars, also declined, to 177,000. [...]

Hospital Chaplains Don’t Improve Healing

A study of chaplains’ medical impact found no correlation between amount spent on chaplains and medical success in hospitals. [...]

UK Now a Secular Majority, Christian Minority Nation

A nod of the nose to Secular News Daily for tipping me off to the results of the 2009 British Social Attitudes survey, just released this month.

Back in 1985, 63% of respondents to the BSA identified themselves as Christian, with 32% indicating that they subscribed to no religion at all and 5% saying that [...]

Protesting The Pope

Pope Benedict XVI doesn’t seem to be in a mood to listen. Who could hear the humansists’ protest, then, and listen? [...]

Where the Gwyniad and the Loch Killin Char Meet

Surveying the scarce footman and the interrupted brome [...]

Police Make Arrests in Britain to Shovel DNA into Database. See also “USA.”

The UK Human Genetics Commission reports on DNA database sweeps by the British police:

It is now the norm to arrest offenders for everything if there is a power to do so … It is apparently understood by serving police officers that one of the reasons, if not the reason, for the change in practice [...]

I Will Not Cut Off SmartCars In Traffic… I Will Not Cut Off SmartCars In Traffic…

From Andy at Yellow Swordfish. How long is Time Out?