I've used this image in a post previously as it seemed to make a good point. However there was something about the word 'tolerance' and how it's being used today.
We can have a look at the Oxford English dictionary definition to get an initial thought of how tolerance is defined: Definition oftolerance noun1 [mass noun] the ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviour that one dislikes or disagrees with:the tolerance of corruptionan advocate of religious tolerance 2the capacity to endure continued subjection to something such as a drug or environmental conditions without adverse reaction:the desert camel shows the greatest tolerance to dehydration[count noun]:various species of diatoms display different tolerances to acid diminution in the body’s response to a drug after continued use:the body’s tolerance to Ecstasy builds up very quickly 3an allowable amount of variation of a specified quantity, especially in the dimensions of a machine or part…
Dead chuffed that Creek Projects Investments have succumbed to public pressure and have withdrawn from the building of a Foie Gras factory in China’s Jiangxi Province. Apparently eight million ducks and two million geese would have been tortured and slaughtered every year to produce 1,000 tonnes of foie gras.
Time to treat myself to another book to go on my Kindle. Problem is choosing one!
Any book that catches my eye I add to my Goodreads.com account so I have a continually growing list of books to choose from. What I choose depends a lot on how I feel so at the moment I have a list of three books. So which one do I choose?
University atheist society ordered out of freshers' fair for displaying 'blasphemous' pineapple called Mohammed
So said the headline in the Daily Mail.
University of Reading (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Apparently the Reading University Atheist, Humanist and Secularist Society (RAHS) said they wanted to celebrate free speech and promote their upcoming debate 'Should we respect religion?' So they popped a pineapple on their stall and labelled it 'the Prophet Mohammed' but they were ordered to remove the offending fruit by union staff who said their actions were causing 'upset and distress' to a number of Muslim students and other societies.
I think that they've answered their own question with a big, fat no. But I do wonder why people seem to take delight in deliberately causing offence under the banner of 'free speech'. It's not as if there's a historical trend in naming pineapples Mohammed, or that all pineapples are really named &…
You probably look at this book and think it's a sci-fi novel, and you'd be right and you'd be wrong. It is a sci-fi novel, and a very good one, but it is just a vehicle for the main theme of the book. The main theme being the interaction between Anarchism (anarcho-syndicalism) and Capitalism. for good measure Socialism is thrown in as well.
The story is centred around a character called Shevek who is a citizen of a planet called Anarres. Anarres is a desolate planet where society functions under anarchistic principles. Anarres was colonised by people from Urras who left and fled to Anarres to escape the rampant capitalism of Urras. They were anarchists who followed the teachings of Odo, a woman who had put developed a concept of anarcho-syndicalism.
Apart from these two planets a number of other races are intertwined in the novel which represent Socialism and other forms of civilisation.
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow.
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I've tried my best to ignore the antics of 'Pussy Riot' since they came to the mainstream media's attention with their ridiculous stunt in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ The Saviour. Their stupid arty-farty behaviour has somehow gathered a large measure of support amongst certain sections of the left. I think there's a special name given to this type of arty protest, can't for the life of me remember it though.