A few follow-ups

A couple of times I have posted about an event that hasn’t yet been resolved. While it’s nice to hear about things as they happen there is the problem of follow-up. So I’ve decided to take this opportunity to address some earlier stories and what’s been happening there.

In my Valentine’s day post I mentioned that Alexander Aan was facing prison time and possible execution because of Indonesia’s law against blasphemy. I looked a bit to see if there was any progress but I didn’t find anything conclusive. About the best I can say is that Atheist Alliance International has been able to appoint Aan a lawyer. It’s not as good as him being cleared but at least he will have a chance. Continue reading

How would you like to fund something and then pay to see was done?

That is essentially what might happen in the US. A new bill is being proposed that would prevent the public from having access to research that was publicly funded. If you wanted to see that research you would have to pay to see it, meaning you would have to pay for it a second time. Not only does it mean you aren’t getting what you pay for but it prevents the public from having an ability to interact with science and see how it works. That is detrimental to the understanding of science and is problematic for any institution that doesn’t have the funds available to pay for access to important work. Continue reading