Saturday, November 12, 2005


Saw that on a license plate.

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Put Out the Red Light

A (presumably male) Australian teacher was surprised to find a female co-teacher working at a legal brothel while visiting. Unable to keep his mouth shut, the news got out and she was suspended for engaging in activities inconsistent with her day job requirements. After having agreed to quit her night job, she was allowed to transfer to a different school but continue teaching. The poor woman was later seen by a parent, and subsequently fired.

There's nothing wrong with firing her. She agreed to stop doing it, she got caught doing it, she paid for it. The problem is, if working at a brothel is incompatible with teaching, why would visiting it be somehow okay? If it's okay for a parent and a teacher to visit brothels, how awful can it be to be working there? After all, there will be no supply without demand.

Alternatively, what if she was simply a "slut" and had a different boyfriend every night, would that still be incompatible with being a teacher and therefore grounds for dismissal? Does it really just come down to her taking money for sex?

Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Thanks, Kansas

The Kansas Board of Education voted 6-4 to allow Intelligent Design into its science curriculum. Following the electoral fiasco in Florida, California's election of Arnold Schwarzenegger into office had made it the butt of many jokes. I'd like to thank Kansas for taking our place as the stupid state.

Intelligent Design is many things - it's not a bad guess, for one - but it has no place in science. It assumes the existence of a intelligent creator being because some things are inexplicable. Science is the exact opposite of that approach, because science acknowledges what we do not know instead of assuming a solution. Intelligent Design is to science what insistence on the material proof of the existence of God is to religion: a fundamental mistake.

Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb.