Creationism in the classroom; in 2 minutes you can help stop it; why you should

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Readers in England in particular, please write to your MP in support of the BHA campaign to combat Creationism, including Creationism in publicly funded schools; details here. The rest of this post is an explanation of why, shockingly, such action is necessary. In post-principle politics, it would be naive to suggest that this or perhaps any feasible alternative Government is really interested in the merits. The Creationists are a coherent constituency, who make their voices heard. Defenders of scientific reality (regardless of their position on religious matters) must do likewise. Dr Evan Harris assures us, and he should know, that 20 letters to an MP are a lot (Glasgow Skeptics 2011). So the readership of this column, alone, is enough to make a real contribution. Do it. And ask your friends to do likewise.

 The school “will retain its right to censor papers, under agreed conditions.”

Jewish faith school caught censoring questions on science exam papersYesodey Hatorah (Charedi Jewish) Senior Girls School 

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No Sugar Added

Jolly good, I thought, when my pal Ian gave me a sample of his favourite Malaysian coffee filter bags, I don’t like sugar in my coffee.

Hainan Lao Front

Well, the coffee was certainly strong, and very dark, and … somewhat tar-like. It certainly left an almost indelible stain on the counter in the kitchen! And thank you Ian for an unusual experience.

Being a bit of a label-reader, which probably comes of being an EHO in Scotland and therefore I’ve been involved in food labelling issues, I turned the packet over.

Hainan Lao Back

Carefully hidden under the folded seam was the list of ingredients. Reassuringly, coffee was “Not Less Than 50%”, but …

Hainan Lao Ingredients

… next in line was sugar, not bad for a product with “no sugar added”. Obviously food labelling laws in Malaysia differ somewhat from UK and the EU. Perhaps the sugar was present in the form of caramel, which would explain the gravy-browning appearance.

And come to that, I can understand salt as an added ingredient, but margarine?

It’s a wide, wide, world.