– Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow pharmacies to refuse to stock birth control. Many are outraged by this bill, claiming that it is an attack on women’s reproductive rights. But why should a pharmacy have any less choice about which products it stocks than any other business?
– Police in Bangladesh have arrested four bloggers for allegedly blasphemous posts. In response, several Bangladeshi bloggers have blacked out their websites in protest. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Islamists rallied in Bangladesh’s capital to demand anti-blasphemy laws.
– Several articles on the Russian language Wikipedia–including the entry on cannabis–are apparently on the country’s list of banned URLs. Russia: slowly creeping back into Stalinism.
– Pakistani public school textbooks include anti-Hindu, anti-Semitic and anti-European passages. If Pakistani students are anything like American students, though, those textbooks are just gathering dust in the students’ desks.
– In Myanmar, a mob led by Buddhist monks butchered 25 Muslims (including at least a few children) with machetes and swords before dragging their bloody corpses up a hill and burning them, as part of a Buddhist-led extermination campaign against the nation’s Muslim minority. So much for Buddhism being the “peaceful” religion.
– A Brooklyn judge has ordered a conspiracy theorist who has filed over 20 lawsuits alleging that President Obama was not born in the U.S. to pay $177,000 in fines for “wasting the court’s time.” So I’m not the only one who wishes these birthers would just go the fuck away.
– Anti-porn group Morality in Media has assembled a list of the top 12 “facilitators” of porn in America. Strangely, the list doesn’t include any actual porn sites.
– Fark has breathed new life into a story about a team of German doctors who say that looking at busty women is good for your health. Too bad the story is complete and utter bullshit, and possesses no more truth today than it did when it was first published in the Weekly World News over 15 years ago.
– And finally, 5 Major News Stories That Forget to Tell You the Best Part.