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Babies with Down Syndrome: ‘Abort it and try again”
The writer was using examples to illustrate logical syllogisms
By Lizzie Dearden Source Independent
Richard Dawkins has said “date rape is bad” and “stranger rape at knifepoint is worse” and contrasted “mild” paedophilia with “violent” paedophilia on Twitter.
The writer, known for his atheism and books including The God Delusion, emphasised he was not approving anything but giving examples of a “syllogism” – logical argument where the comparisons do not imply any endorsement of either. Continue reading
By Aijaz Zaka Syed Source Caravan Daily.com
“He was totally and embarrassingly out of his depth at the recent BRICS summit in Brazil, almost shaking and perpetually shuffling feet during his uninspiring speech. And this had nothing to do with his comfort level with Queen’s English. It’s something that comes from good education and breeding, something that the RSS which teaches martial arts and even use of arms to its members is yet to offer its pracharaks.”
After speaking non-stop for nearly a year like there’s no tomorrow, why has the ubiquitous, ever-talking, ever-sharing prime minister gone dead quiet?
Silence is the virtue of fools, counselled Sir Francis Bacon. Throughout the long, silent era that was Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s time in office, one longed to hear the good Dr Singh speak extempore, for once without consulting his script and holding his audience’s eye. It never happened. Continue reading
Gaveshana Charika: Its pluses and minuses
By Vishvamithra 1984 Source: Daily Mirror
“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are used to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.”
“Gaveshana Charika” literally means ‘investigative tours’. Taken in the literal sense, these investigative tours undertaken by a group of United National Party (UNP) parliamentarians indeed sound very genuine though it is quite obvious to every man and woman on the street that the tagline is a politically-loaded catch phrase invented by the UNP essentially to render at least some rudimentary identity to an otherwise isolated mode of protest launched by the Party to satisfy a ‘suspecting’ public getting increasingly alarmed and frustrated at the rotten stagnation and inactivity of the main Opposition party in the sphere of agitational politics in Sri Lanka. Continue reading
The Veddas of Sri Lanka
By Professor Malkanthi Chandrasekera (Senior Professor of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya and Vice Chancellor, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine, Malabe) Source Island
Blogger’s Note: This article will definitely interest those who are interested in nature and aboriginal lifestyles.
The Vedda represent a primitive community of the world who are faced with an imminent threat of extinction as a consequence of their contact with the more advanced communities. Most of the Veddas in Sri Lanka live in Dambana and Hennanigala. Veddas are hunter gatherers. Continue reading
Source: Sunday Leader
By Nirmala Kannangara
With the unfortunate death of Dr Priyangani – the Senior House Officer Plastic Surgery Unit of the Lady Ridgway Hospital (LRH) – startling revelations have come to the fore as to how the Health Ministry and the Provincial Health Services Dept. Western Province have failed to discharge their duties.
Had these two institutions discharged their duties accordingly, Dr Priyangani’s service as a trained Anesthesiologist would have been still obtained by the LRH, Colombo. Continue reading
Last Tuesday Sri Lankan history would have changed drastically if action had not been taken to prevent a clash between Muslim and Buddhist extremists in Colombo. SSP Premalal Ranagala and the police should be commended for the way they acted to contain the situation that was developing. SSP Ranagala was shown bundling the BBS monks into their vehicle and sending them off. Perhaps for the first time since the appearance of this mad monk phenomenon on our streets, we saw a cop adopting the right attitude and tone of voice towards these troublemaking monks. Had they not been packed off in that manner, Colombo would have gone up in smoke. The Muslim extremist Towheed Jamath organization and the Bodu Bala Sena had announced rival demonstrations in Central Colombo over the Palestinian issue. That Muslims in this country would want to demonstrate in favour of Palestine is quite natural. Continue reading