Terrorist Attack on Glasgow Airport?

I fly through the airports in Scotland almost every week, so it’s quite a shock when these things hit close to home. At the moment, there’s no guarantee that this was a terrorist attack.

It might just have been two Asian guys who had an accident in their car, swerved and drove through the main entrance whilst on fire, then got out and doused themselves and the car with the petrol they were carrying on the front seat…

uh-huh.

Thankfully, no injuries, apart from the PoS that drove the car – and who cares about him. It’s going to be an interesting few days as this one unfolds.

So near, and yet…

There was due to be a vote before the Council of Europe on the very issue that we have beavering away at for the past few months – banning the teaching of creationism in Schools.

A French representative, Mnsr Guy Lengagne, tabled this thunderbolt for the consideration of the Council. This would have been binding on all member states, so it’s a big deal.

The document pulls no punches whatsoever – it is probably, since the Dover judgement in the US, the clearest statement so far of the threat posed by these relgiious fundamentalists to not only science education, but science as a whole. And in these technological times, anything which threatens science has a knock on effect on the economy and society at large.

Creationism in any of its forms, such as “intelligent design”, is not based on facts, does not use any scientific reasoning and its contents are pathetically inadequate for science classes

Which is pretty much the point – Intelligent Design is essentially “intellectual surrender”, the equivelant of shrugging your shoulders like a teenager and mumbling, rather than trying to answer the questions. To consider teaching this in Science Class is ridiculous, unless of course, you actually want to leave nice big gaps to fit your god in, or as the report puts it:

We are witnessing a growth of modes of thought which, the better to impose religious dogma, are attacking the very core of the knowledge that we have patiently built up on nature, evolution, our origins and our place in the universe.

There is a real risk of a serious confusion being introduced into our children’s minds between what has to do with convictions, beliefs and ideals and what has to do with science, and of the advent of an “all things are equal” attitude, which may seem appealing and tolerant but is actually disastrous.

So, what has happened – why is this timely and informative report no longer being put to the vote? That would be down to… the so called moderate christians.

The Vatican under John Paul II oversaw some pretty henious policies, but at leasy they were clear on the position of evolution.

Ratzinger/Benedict/Palpatine on the other hand has been murky and evasive on the issue – no surprise then that the world’s largest Papal fan club (also known as “poland”) lead the charge against this vote, resulting in, as Mnsr Lengagne put it “a perfect burial of a report”.

Really, this was more than we could have hoped for – the campaigns go on, and the struggle continues. it would have been nice to have such a stick, but we don’t really need it.

One sharp cookie.

Vladimir Putin is one of the sharpest world leaders by a long way. Compare and contrast with the idiot man child running the world’s last superpower, and he’s positively stellar.

The posturing between the United States and Russia over the US’s “Son of Star Wars” program is more than a little disturbing. It’s also something of an affront to a democratic nation to be turned into a target without gaining any benefit.

The Missile defence system would use Radar at RAF Flyindales – despite the fact that we would be outside the coverage of the Interceptor missiles. We get to have a big red target on us, but are, unfortunately, unprotected.

That to one side, the real concern is that the Idiot Man Child in Chief is intent on starting a new Cold War (with the hint of that old time “End of the World” Armageddon stuff that my Secret Fundie Informant loves so much).

It was interesting then to see Putin call America’s bluff by offering the joint use of a facility in Azerbaijan. It’s a stroke of genius.

If America is being honest, and the missile defence system is intended to guard against rogue states (in other words, Iran), then a radar station in Azerbaijan is an incredible boon – it would allow detection of missile launches a good four or five minutes earlier than the Czech station, and a good nine minutes earlier than RAF Flyindales.

If, of course, America is lying through it’s teeth, and this really is just an attempt to crank up that ole Cold War spirit again – then their bluff has been well and truly called.

interesting times we live in.

Derren Brown, mind reader…

Saw Derren Brown at the royal concert hall in Glasgow last night.

absolutely stunning. He’s incredible, memory and cold reading skills that border on the uncanny (not to mention spectacular showmanship).

I like him a lot – and like him even more for the simple fact that he doesn’t claim to be a psychic. In fact, he goes out of his way to state that he does not have (or indeed, even believe in) any psychic ability.

The best bit about Derren Brown is that, like me, he was once a Born gain christian before becoming an atheist. He has this to say about Richard Dawkin’s “The God Delusion”:

“I hope that those secure and intelligent enough to see the value of questioning their beliefs will be big and strong enough to read this book. It is a heroic and life-changing work”

Amen to that, brother.

And who are you to talk, Mr Cardinal?

Keith O’Brien, leader of the catholic church in Scotland is at it again – he thinks that the Abortion Act is “Lies Masquerading as truth”. Well, to be frank here, he should know all about that!

It’s the question that our press simply doesn’t ask often enough of the Catholic Church – what makes you think that you are in any position whatsoever to talk about sexual issues like this?

O’Brien sheds a crocodile tear for Madeleine McCann, asking us to extend the concern for the well being of this little girl to those feotuses being aborted daily… which sounds noble enough, but where was his concern when the priests of his church were sexually abusing children?

Only the other day he was leaping to the defence of John Paul II, a pope who turned a blind eye to the violent and sexual abuse of children.

The simple fact of the matter is that until they get it into their heads that “abstinence makes the church grow fondlers” (as one person put it), and allow their priests to participate in normal, healthy human relationships, then they have absolutely ZERO moral authority to speak on matters of sexual health or morality.