Jonathan Simmons

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Buy Products That Don’t Normally Ship to Your Country With Parcl

Retailers don’t always ship anywhere in the world. If there’s a product you want to buy that doesn’t normally ship to your country, you can get …

The "Medieval Monsters" of England's ancient forests

Beautiful footage, perfectly narrated by Phil Reynolds, of the billions of beasties underfoot—and underground—in the New Forest. Beetles, bugs, …

20 Word Usage Mistakes Even Smart People Make

English vocabulary is full of pitfalls that you might not be aware of. Don't let them trip you up.<p>1. INVARIABLY<p>If something happens invariably, it …

Extremism, Islamophobia, and taking New Atheists seriously: How liberals can critique fundamentalism while avoiding xenophobia

There’s a difference between Donald Trumpian bigotry and critiquing extremism. It’s time liberals admit it<p>Thanks to Ben Carson’s objectively stupid remarks about Islam and the U.S. Constitution, a conversation about religion, violence and xenophobia has been reignited. Noted atheist Sam Harris also …

There was nothing illiberal about Ben Carson’s ‘Muslim president’ comment

Republican hopeful Ben Carson was asked on television whether a president’s religious faith matters. He said that a president’s faith should be compatible with the Constitution of the US. Asked whether that included Islam, he denied it. ‘I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this …

Religion

Why I’ve finally given up on the left

Left-wing thought has shifted towards movements it would once have denounced as racist, imperialist and fascistic. It is insupportable<p>Listen<p>‘Tory, Tory, Tory. You’re a Tory.’ The level of hatred directed by the Corbyn left at Labour people who have fought Tories all their lives is as menacing as it …

Few feminists dare criticise Islam. To see why, look at the ones who do

Over the weekend, a Muslim conference held near Paris was interrupted when two Femen activists stormed the stage during a talk given by two fundamentalist preachers. The focus of the talk was on the role of women in Islam and, according to Inna Shevchenko – Femen’s founder member – they were …

When His Project Was Canceled, an Unemployed Programmer Kept Sneaking Into Apple to Finish the Job

<b>by Julia Dahl</b><p><i>When an Apple programmer’s project got canceled, he didn’t despair. He just kept sneaking into the office until the program was finished.</i><p>…

Queen Elizabeth II

Atheism in the U.S.: Is It Really That Bad?

One of the more common questions I see atheists who live outside the U.S. asking those of us who live in the U.S. is, "Is it really that bad there?" …

Religion

‘Classical Atheism’ vs ‘New Atheism’ – Dispelling the Myth of ‘New Atheism’

<b>Introduction</b><p>This essay will attempt to compare and contrast ‘Classical Atheism’ with ‘New Atheism’. [1] The greatest challenge posed by such a …

Religion

How Teenage Activist Malala Yousafzai Is Turning Her Fame Into A Movement

For the first time, the young Peace Prize winner’s organization talks about the work they’re doing to create a voice for girls around the world.<p>Most teens spend their 18th birthday celebrating with friends. Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai spent it in Lebanon, opening a school for Syrian …

Pakistan

The Reproducibility Problem

A recent massive study attempting to replicate 100 published studies in psychology has been getting a lot of attention, deservedly so. Much of the …

Clinical Trials

What Non-Believing Muslims Say About Faith In The World's Largest Muslim Country

<i>This blog originally appeared on USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture website.</i><p>"If Islam is a religion of peace, why are people so violent?"<p>That rhetorical question brought me up short. I wasn't watching Pamela Geller's latest piece of Islamophobic stagecraft or listening to a stump speech …

The Dark Side Of Jesus People USA, America's Most Influential Christian Movement

For decades, the freewheeling hippies of Jesus People USA —"God's forever family" — forged one of the most influential movements in Christianity. They were also Jaime Prater's family, until he made a documentary exposing the commune's darkest secrets.<p><b>Usually, Jaime Prater</b> felt excited on the first …

Theology

How Should the Nonreligious Feel About Hillary Clinton?

With the 2016 presidential race fully underway, the growing population of nonreligious voters across the country is deciding who to support. While Donald Trump remains the most talked-about candidate, the clear frontrunner nationally and in many of the upcoming primaries is former Secretary of …

Can craft beer really be defined? We're about to find out

A newly formed United Craft Brewers is attempting to define what craft beer is in the UK. Is that possible? And, if so, is it a good thing?<p>Next month, possibly in a secret underground bunker, but more likely in a pub, the leading lights of new wave British brewing will meet to do something that, so …

Beer

Oh no: On the Road’s a masterpiece. So what else have I missed?

I had good reasons for ignoring it. And Catcher in the Rye, too. But I’m glad Boy forced me to change my mind<p>This week’s column is dedicated to all those of you who have never read <i>Catcher in the Rye</i> and who, what’s more, are unhealthily proud of the fact. It’s OK: I understand. I was one of you …

Where Does Alcohol Come From, Anyway?

<i>Spirits don't grow on trees—they're made in a distillery!</i><p><i>Today, Emily Vikre, who left her job to start her own distillery with her husbund, walks us through the process—from fermentation to distillation—and gets to the heart (and the heads and the tails) of the drinks we love.</i><p>I have spent the last …

Alcohol

1960s Civil Rights Activist Explains Why ‘It’s Hard for Me to Get Behind Black Lives Matter’

Journalist Barbara Reynolds agrees with rapper Tef Poe — the demonstrations of the Civil Rights movement are vastly different than the more recent Black Lives Matter protests.<p>In her column for the Washington Post, “I was a civil rights activist in the 1960s. But it’s hard for me to get behind Black …

Black Lives Matter

Rethinking Alcohol: Can Heavy Drinkers Learn To Cut Back?

The thinking about alcohol dependence used to be black and white. There was a belief that there were two kinds of drinkers: alcoholics and everyone else.<p>"But that dichotomy — yes or no, you have it or you don't — is inadequate," says Dr. John Mariani, who researches substance abuse at Columbia …

Alcohol

Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Bar Owner

Opening your very own bar kind of sounds like a relaxing retirement project—until you realize that creating a sustainable hospitality business is a …

The protest movement is failing: it's fighting the same old battles with the same poor results

Activists’ tendency to turn every issue into a fight against government or big business won’t create long term change<p>Does campaigning work? I’m often asked this question. In 2010, when I was director of the World Development Movement, I was interviewed by the Ecologist magazine and was optimistic …

Free Trade

Cross-border New Brunswick beer buyer mounts constitutional challenge

<b>WATCH ABOVE: A man fined for bringing more than his allowed limit of alcohol across the border from Quebec to New Brunswick is fighting the charges</b> …

This is the Horrifying Way Atheist Blogger Niloy Neel Was Killed in Bangladesh

August 24, 2015 by Hemant Mehta<p>Earlier this month, 40-year-old <b>Niloy Chatterjee</b> (who wrote under the name <b>Niloy Neel</b>) became the fourth atheist blogger …

Discover the Oldest Beer Recipe in History From Ancient Sumeria, 1800 B.C.

<i>Image courtesy of Lock, Stock, and History</i><p>Beer, that favorite beverage of football fans, frat boys, and other macho stereotypes—at least according to …

Craft Brewing

Sorry, Study Says Beer Googles Aren't Real

Researchers from <b>Bristol University</b> stepped out of the laboratory and into the pub for their latest study on how alcohol consumption affects whether …

Paul Haggis Blasts Press Over Tom Cruise’s Scientology Treatment: ‘Shame On You’

The Oscar-winning filmmaker opens up about his excellent new HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, race in America, and how the entertainment press coddles …

Religion