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Wednesday 14 April 2010


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries from 2008 December

24th December 2008

2009?

Posted by: Craig Young

Barring unforeseen newsworthy events of relevance to our communities over the next week or so, I thought I’d try to discern what the new year holds in store for us.
In the United States, the Bush error comes to an end, as Duhhh-bya steps down, trips over and plummets into well-deserved obscurity, as the United States enters […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

24th December 2008

Deeply Unholy Matrimony and Child Rape in Medieval England

Posted by: Craig Young

I sometimes wonder if those who call for same-sex marriage proper are aware of the problematic history of the institution. While browsing online, a History Today article caught my eye.
Now, I’m not overly inclined toward romanticism when it comes to marriage. Medieval marriage was particularly fraught. To its credit, medieval Catholicism insisted on consent before […]

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Tags: Religion

24th December 2008

Vatican: Homosexuality and Climate Change?

Posted by: Craig Young

Pope Benedict XVI has caused considerable annoyed response from LGBT people, who objected to him comparing us to advocates and active protagonists in fomenting adverse climate change.
I think what he was trying to do was to map the archaic, creaking Thomist framework that denotes heterosexuality as “natural” and homosexuality as an “objective moral disorder” onto […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

22nd December 2008

Pat Who?

Posted by: Craig Young

Pat Boone used to be one of my mum’s favourites. Not any more.
At seventy four, Boone is a hasbeen. He had his own US television music showin the fifties, and toured with Elvis, but became hooked on gospel in the sixties, and at the end of that decade, he turned Pentecostal.
Rock’s British invasion relegated him to […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

22nd December 2008

Review: David Wellington: 99 Coffins (2008)

Posted by: Craig Young

David Wellington: 99 Coffins: Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin: 2008
In this sequel to his earlier vampire trilogy novel 13 Bullets (2007), we take up the story of lesbian cop and vampire hunter Laura Caxton, and her uneasy relationship with her mentor, Jameson Arkeley.
At Gettysburg, a Civil War historical research fieldwork team finds a row of […]

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Tags: General

20th December 2008

The Wrong Sort of Surveillance?

Posted by: Craig Young

New Zealand’s Police Special Investigations Unit is in extremely hot water over its covert infiltration of peace groups, trade unionists, green and animal rights organisations. The aforementioned organisations are aghast at the activities of Jim Gilchrist, and rightfully so.
From somewhere in the twilight zone, NBR Editor Neville Gibson opined that there were jihadists under these […]

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Tags: Politics

20th December 2008

United Kingdom: Fundamentalist Registrar Loses Case Against Registration of Civil Partnerships.

Posted by: Craig Young

PinkNews has welcome news about a fundamentalist Christian legal registrar who refused to recognise civil partnership documentation due to her religious beliefs. She has lost an appealed employment discrimination case.
An earlier tribunal ruling argued that Lilian Ladele had been ‘discriminated’ against because Islington Council had undertaken disciplinary action against her due to her refusal to […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

19th December 2008

North America: Outlook Murky…But Improving?

Posted by: Craig Young

Canada: In British Columbia, several former sex workers have been rebuffed in their attempt to challenge the constitutionality of Canada’s prohibitionist laws against sex work, which they argue endangers the lives of that country’s sex workers. They were disqualified because they were former workers. In response, they argued that this was unfair, given that fear […]

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Tags: Politics

18th December 2008

Zombie Jesus: He Rises from the …Undead…

Posted by: Craig Young

Okay. As we are all aware, in Christian mythology, Jesus was supposed to have risen from the dead.
Trouble is, as all popular culture mavens are aware, there’s only one sort of being capable of that. Yes, that’s right. Jesus is a zombie. As such, he still loved humans- unfortunately, he wanted them for dinner. Why […]

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Tags: Religion

16th December 2008

Hello, I’m an Alien Sex Maniac…

Posted by: Craig Young

Alien abductions often cause snickering and snide aspersions from those of us who are non-believers. Intriguingly, I’ve never encountered a gay man who claims that these experiences happened to him. All male ‘alien abductees’ would appear to be straight.
In alien abduction stories, a person is abducted by little green or grey people. They rip the […]

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Tags: Religion