See Bill dance!

My friend Q has a perverse sense of humour and somehow has managed to coerce Nice Guy Bill into guinea-pigging for him in a meeja-type experiment, filming Bill against an infinity background and then putting him on the Internet.

So remember kids, be careful who you tread on  – it can come back to haunt you.

Nice!

ITV gets wrist slapped and rightly so.

On a personal level I happen to think that faith in God is pretty silly. This is a growing belief shared by many atheists and can broadly be said to be a belief consistent with The Liberal Agenda ™ as expressed by much of the media in the western world. However, another part of the TLM ™ is the logical fallacy that all people that do believe in god are inherently stupid (and conservative in their political leanings). On a personal level, I do believe that believers in god are more dangerous than atheists – as Richard Dawkins has pointed out they have the ultimate fall back of an irrational justification for pretty much anything you can care to think of – but I don’t think theists are stupid. Not by a long shot.

I don’t believe in patronising them and I don’t believe in creating an unhelpfully elitist “us and them” attitude to them. I think that faith in a monotheistic god will gradually drop away from mankind, like a vestigial tail, over the course of several hundred years. I think this started in the last century and will continue into the next. As a result, I’m not all that bothered by theists and don’t feel the need to berate them for their faith, as long as they understand that they have no right to impose their doctrines on the rest of society.

Anyway, with that as a backdrop, it was with some disgust that I read a story on the BBC news website this morning concerning a complaint made against the TV station ITV in the UK. Thankfully, ITV has had its wrist’s slapped. I’ve partly paraphrased the gist of this story below:

An ITV News report that Tony Blair was guided by God ahead of the Iraq war breached rules over accuracy, regulator Ofcom has said.

An interview on the Parkinson chat show in 2006 carried an exchange asking if Mr Blair prayed before sending troops.

In the interview, host Michael Parkinson asked: “So you would pray to God whenever you make a decision like that?”

Mr Blair replied: “Well I don’t want to go into – this side of this but it’s – yeah I… but you of course, it’s… you struggle with your own conscience about it because people’s lives are affected.”

ITV said the answer justified the report that faith in God had played a part in the decision to go to war.

Clearly, Tony Blair did not state that god told him to invade Iraq – but to the news editors working in ITV the day this story broke, the temptation was too create to resist. The really interesting thing here is the degree to which personal bias can effect what gets reported and how.

You can read the entire BBC report at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6400035.stm

Egypt blogger jailed for ‘insult’

Hmm, worring stuff. Taken from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/6385849.stm

An Egyptian court has sentenced an internet blogger to four years’ prison for insulting Islam and the president.

Abdul Karim Nabil’s trial was the first time that a blogger had been prosecuted in Egypt.

He had used his weblog to criticise the country’s top Islamic institution, the al-Azhar university and President Hosni Mubarak, whom he called a dictator.

A human rights group called the verdict “very tough” and a “strong message” to Egypt’s many thousands of bloggers.

Powerscourt waterfall

Having spent most of Saturday being lazy, the family unit decided to get out walking on Sunday, so we took a trip up to Powerscourt Waterfall in the hills behind the area i live in. It’s the largest waterfall in Ireland, and while it may be no niagara, it’s incredibly impressive.

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As always, when I do things like this I wonder why I don’t do things like this more often.

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The shrinking world

I’ve been blogging for just over six months now, and have found the process extremely benificial for my own creative purposes. It’s also a nice way to keep in touch with some of the people I’ve met on my travels around the world and with friends that have upped and moved to other countries.

Even so, I’m amazed at the geographical spread of readers to this blog – it’s not a huge numer, but readers definitely come from lots of interesting places. Check out this pie chart breakdown of where viewers have come from in the last 24 hours.
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Interesting, isn’t it?