Dispel the Illusion
Saturday, November 11, 2006
After he successfully won a court order to kill Terri Schiavo via euthanasia, the disabled woman's former husband Michael pledged to take on pro-life advocates and formed a political action committee to defeat them. However, the candidates Michael campaigned for during the 2006 mid-term elections didn't fare very well.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Too many Americans harbor the illusion that we live in a democracy simply because we have the right to vote. But let us be clear about something: voting matters only where real choices are allowed. It is universally understood that special interest money runs the American political system and thus defines what the choices will be. So we are left to choose between candidates who are financed by special interest money, which any fool can see, is no choice at all.
A Quebec judge has authorized a ground-breaking class-action suit against pharmaceutical giant Merck Frosst, which, if successful, could expose the company to billions of dollars in damages. Justice André Denis removed an important barrier to the legal action yesterday by certifying the class and allowing a formal suit to be brought against the company, which manufactures the painkiller and anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx.
"Declaration on Marriage" issued today by religious leaders before the
upcoming vote on revisiting the marriage issue. The declaration, signed by representatives of 40 faith groups, including the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, summarizes the historical understanding of marriage and its importance as the primary nurturer of children, and also notes the threat to freedom of religion and freedom of expression posed by the implementation of same-sex "marriage."
Thursday, November 09, 2006
The Inquirer and its sister paper, the Philadelphia Daily News, (have) both ... struggled financially in recent years. But The Inquirer and The Daily News are deep into contract negotiations with the principal union at the papers, the Newspaper Guild, and Mr. Tierney is believed to be considering new layoffs at the Inquirer that could reduce its newsroom staff by 30 percent or more. The Daily News staff had already been so diminished that there is no discussion of layoffs there. Advertising revenue at both papers has plunged and circulation continues to spiral downward.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, the price tag for this year’s election will reach at least $2.8 billion—about a 20 percent increase over the 2002 election cycle, the last midterm campaign. That total includes a conservatively estimated $30 million raised and spent by so-called 527 committees, issue-advocacy groups that are largely secretive about where they get their money and where they spend it. And those totals could climb higher since candidates, parties and political committees raised and spent funds at a record pace in the final days of the campaign ...
Ballot measures to ban same-sex marriage were winning in seven of eight states late Tuesday, with voters in Arizona poised to be the first in the nation to turn down such a measure.
The measures, all constitutional amendments to limit marriage to heterosexuals and some to ban domestic partnerships, passed in Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee and were winning in Colorado, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Idaho. A proposal to create domestic partnerships in Colorado appeared headed to defeat with just 45 percent of the vote when more than half of the state's precincts had reported their results ...
In a report warning of "a silent pandemic in modern society," a team from the Harvard School of Public Health says millions of children may already have been affected ...
It is so pleasant to listen to Justin Trudeau speak that you can almost ignore what he is saying and still come away feeling enriched.
He knows it, too. He considers his charisma a gift, but also a burden, foist upon him by a country still largely in thrall of his surname ...
A group of British scientists has asked the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority to give them permission to mix up a batch of embryos that would be 99.9 per cent human and the other 0.1 per cent goat, rabbit or cow egg cells ...
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
A retired vaccine researcher goes public on what the pharmaceutical industry and the health authorities don't want us to know: that vaccines are unsafe, untested and one of the greatest frauds of our time ...
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
In Canada, having an abortion is supposed to be all about "choice." A woman's health after she exercises that choice is a subject no one wants to talk about.
But things are different in other countries. On Oct. 27, 15 prominent signatories wrote a letter to the editor of the Times of London. The group included a past president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Others were some of the top general practitioners, psychiatrists and obstetricians and gynecologists in the country. They asked the official bodies regulating obstetricians and psychiatrists to revise their guidance on abortion as it pertains to mental health in young women ...
This photo was taken at a competition in June. The competition was between nine women who had to have makeovers. They had every possible beauty treatment available to them over a period of time. Look at the before and after photos ... top to bottom.
Conclusion - there are no homely women, only poor women ... if you only have the money ...
Human-animal mixing going too far, report says
Aug. 9, 2006
Courtesy Scottish Council on Human Bioethics
and World Science staff
Scientists are going too far in creating mixed human-animal organisms, a Scottish organization is warning.
The Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, a professional group based in Edinburgh, has published a report on the ethical implications of the practice in the journal Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics. The report is online at www.schb.org.uk ...
By Cyril Dixon
BUNGLING mail chiefs were yesterday accused of taking the Christ out of Christmas.
They unveiled this year’s festive stamps which unlike those of previous years, such as the one pictured, ignore the season’s holy background.
Furious Christian politicians joined the Church of England to condemn the Royal Mail over its six faith-free designs ...
By Jonathon Moran
November 07, 2006 02:32pm
MORE fighting goes on in parts of suburban US than Iraq, according to Australian filmmaker George Gittoes who has just finished a documentary set in a Miami "war zone".
Gittoes' latest feature, Rampage, contrasts life for a family living in the blue-collar community of Brown Sub, Miami, with ongoing fighting in Iraq.
"It is much worse in Miami than it is in Baghdad," Gittoes said in Sydney today ...
New York Plan Provides Freedom Of Gender Choice
By DAMIEN CAVE The New York Times
Published: Nov 7, 2006
NEW YORK - Separating anatomy from what it means to be a man or a woman, New York is moving forward with a plan to let people alter the sex on their birth certificate even if they have not had sex-change surgery.
Under the rule being considered by the city's Board of Health, which is likely to be adopted soon, people born in the city would be able to change the documented sex on their birth certificates by providing affidavits from a doctor and a mental health professional stating why their patients should be considered members of the opposite sex, and asserting that their proposed change would be permanent ...
We are finding spouses later in life, but marriage is alive and well
BY CHRISTINE B. WHELAN
Friday, November 3, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST
... Among Americans between the ages of 35 and 64, married couples still make up the majority of households ... Marriage is a priority for most Americans - more than 90% of American adults eventually marry - but these days it may not happen, as it so often did before, in the immediate post-high-school or post-college years. The truth is that we're marrying later - and marrying smarter. The institution of marriage is alive and well in 2006 ...
By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent
Last Updated: 1:53am GMT 07/11/2006
Scientists have applied for permission to create part-human, part-animal embryos as part of research to create new treatments for debilitating neurological diseases.
Two teams of researchers today submitted applications to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for licences to be allowed to use therapeutic cloning to fuse human cells with rabbit, cow and goat egg ...
Investment guru oversees $50-billion
Michael Larson doesn't grant many interviews, and he certainly wasn't talking yesterday. But then again, someone who manages money for the world's richest man and the biggest charitable foundation on the planet probably doesn't need any extra attention.
Mr. Larson, 46, runs Bill Gates Investments, or BGI for short. That includes handling Mr. Gates's personal portfolio, through a company called Cascade Investment LLC, and overseeing investments for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private charity in the world.
All told, Mr. Larson manages around $50-billion (U.S.), all from a small office outside Seattle identified only as "investments" by a friendly secretary. That amount will jump by at least another $30-billion in a few years once Warren Buffett finishes donating almost his entire fortune to the Gates Foundation ...
60 % say party not ready. Leader who wanted to recognize Quebec would cost Grits dearly, survey finds
CanWest News Service
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Sixty per cent of Canadians say the Liberals aren't ready to govern again and 42 per cent are less likely to vote for the party if their new leader wants to recognize Quebec as a nation, a new poll made public yesterday suggests ...
Spector refuses to apologize for calling Stronach a 'b*tch'
CanWest News Service
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
VANCOUVER - Political pundit Norman Spector refused to apologize yesterday for calling Belinda Stronach a "b*tch" - a remark that set off a national controversy last week. Speaking on the Bill Good Show on Vancouver radio station CKNW, Mr. Spector said "the shoe fits and she should wear it" ...
For many, organic is better
Health, ecology issues drive the industry
Gannett News Service
The demand for organic foods — from fruits, pizza, breakfast cereals and cookies to pasta, ketchup, sirloin steaks and baby food — is growing stronger:
Sales of organic food have grown about 20 percent during the last five years, with this year's tally expected to top $15 billion, the Organic Trade Association reports ...
Monday, November 06, 2006
The $$$ Behind Missouri’s Stem Cell Amendment 2
Friday, November 03, 2006
People in Missouri go to the polls November 7th to vote on Amendment 2, which would allow controversial embryonic stem cell research and would, some critics say, opens the door to human cloning. A billionaire couple, Jim and Virginia Stowers, has pumped $29 million “The Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures” – 97% of its financial support—in an effort to get the amendment passed. The Stowers’ millions are funding television, radio, print and billboard ads all over the state. But the couple, who is paying the most in an effort to pass Amendment 2, may stand to gain the most if it does.
Jim Stowers is the founder & CEO of American Century Investments, a privately held asset management firm with a $100 billion portfolio. The firm invests significantly in the healthcare sector, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical and healthcare equipment & supply companies. If Amendment 2 passes, Jim Stowers’ company would be positioned perfectly to take advantage of the enormous sums of venture capital that would flow into Missouri. In fact, Stowers is reportedly eager to turn Kansas City, Missourie into the Silicon Valley of biomedical research ...
By Fergus Walsh
BBC News, Medical correspondent
UK scientists have applied for permission to create embryos by fusing human DNA with cow eggs.
Researchers from Newcastle University and Kings College, London, have asked the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for a three-year licence.
The hybrid human-bovine embryos would be used for stem cell research and would not be allowed to develop for more than a few days ...
Gender-neutral bathrooms wanted
Posters call for support at U of A
By MAX MAUDIE, Edmonton Sun
Posters stoking support for gender-neutral bathrooms at the University of Alberta are getting a lukewarm reception from students walking the halls.
“I don’t think it’s necessarily a misdirected notion,” said history major Joe Nusse, 22. “I just don’t know if retrofitting buildings is really an option” ...
Date: Nov 06, 2006
OTTAWA - A nation-wide poll conducted by COMPASS Inc. for the Institute for Canadian Values and the Vancouver Sun shows that Canadians "massively" oppose legalizing polygamy.
The poll, conducted between October 18 and 27, 2006 found that 82 percent of Canadians oppose the legalization of polygamy. Only 9 percent favour its legalization while another 9 percent did not know. The numbers were similar among males and females, as well as among anglophones and francophones ...
August 28, 2006 6:10 PM
Jack Date Reports:
An Ivy League business school professor is in federal custody for allegedly having videos of himself engaging in sexual acts with children, ABC News has learned.
Lawrence Scott Ward, 63, Professor Emeritus of Marketing at University of Pennsylvania's renowned Wharton School of Business, was caught with child pornography in his luggage and on his laptop computer after arriving at Dulles International Airport on a flight from Brazil, according to court documents ...
ABC 7 Medical: Birth Control Patch
Posted: November 02, 2006 4:00 PM EST
- WJLA Script -
MORE THAN 40 WOMEN SUED THE MAKERS OF A POPULAR BIRTH CONTROL PATCH. THEY CLAIM THE CONTRACEPTIVE CAUSED SERIOUS ILLNESSES AND AT LEAST ONE DEATH OF A LOCAL WOMAN ...
From the desk of Paul Belien on Mon, 2006-02-27 21:13
Vladimir Bukovksy, the 63-year old former Soviet dissident, fears that the European Union is on its way to becoming another Soviet Union. In a speech he delivered in Brussels last week Mr Bukovsky called the EU a “monster” that must be destroyed, the sooner the better, before it develops into a full-fledged totalitarian state ...
Last updated on: 11/2/2006 7:35:14 AM
COLLIER COUNTY: During a meeting in which a former agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration spoke about teenage drug use, parents say they were shocked to see figures detailing how severe the problem really is in Collier County.
On Wednesday, former DEA agent Robert Stutman explained to parents that the problem is not solely with teens doing illegal drugs. He said that much of the problem lies with average kids that have started huffing the fumes from aerosol cans and other household products ...
6 min 32 sec
The truth of cell phones has been buried by the industry, the health
officials and governments. Health effects from radiation exposure is being
allowed to continue ...
Abortionist’s investigation request of O’Reilly, Kline is a desperate move to avoid indictment and confuse voters
Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Outreach & Media Coordinator, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue
WICHITA, Kansas, Nov. 6 /Christian Newswire/ -- In what Operation Rescue is calling a desperate attempt to avoid impending indictments, attorneys for late-term abortionist George R. Tiller have promised to ask the Kansas Supreme Court today to confiscate medical records that the Kansas Attorney General’s office is now reviewing, which allegedly contain evidence of illegal late-term abortions ...
By Frederick N. Dyer
What is the legacy of the laws overturned by Roe v. Wade? You probably can see some of it when you look in a mirror. If through late immigration, early Catholic ancestry, or sheer coincidence you do not owe your own existence to these laws, you can still be sure that most people you know or know of in the U.S. would not be alive today had it not been for these laws. The laws were passed from 1860 to 1880 to counter an epidemic of induced abortions among married Protestant women. Physicians were largely responsible for their passage. However, abortion legislation was only one goal of the "physicians' crusade against abortion," as it was termed by historian James C. Mohr. The other was to convince women to continue unwanted pregnancies. The physicians were highly successful in enacting stringent anti-abortion laws. They were not as successful in preventing abortions, but most Americans can be immensely thankful for their successes ...
Says can't continue in unpaid position
Monday, November 06, 2006
FREDERICTON -- New Brunswick's New Democrat leader has quit the job, saying she can't continue in an unpaid position.
Allison Brewer says she regrets the decision but there's no chance the position will have a salary in the foreseeable future ...
By KIRSTY WALKER
Last updated at 09:24am on 6th November 2006
Ministers are considering stockpiling more than three million body bags because of fears of an impending flu pandemic, a senior Government source has revealed.
Experts have warned that a mass outbreak is 'overdue' - and when it arrives, 25 per cent of the population could be infected ...
Law allowing police to seize children weakens society
By Ezra Levant
Police in Alberta now have the power to seize children as old as 17 from their parents if there are any illegal drugs in the house.
Just to clarify: The kids might not even know about the drugs. Even the parents might not know the drugs are there. There might not even be any drugs -- just "a chemical or other substance" used to manufacture drugs. If any of these things are even in the house, police can seize the children.
Without a trial ...
Sunday, November 05, 2006
November 05, 2006
Doctors: let us kill disabled babies
Sarah-Kate Templeton, Health Correspondent
ONE of Britain’s royal medical colleges is calling on the health profession to consider permitting the euthanasia of seriously disabled newborn babies.
The proposal by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology is a reaction to the number of such children surviving because of medical advances. The college is arguing that “active euthanasia” should be considered for the overall good of families, to spare parents the emotional burden and financial hardship of bringing up the sickest babies ...
Truth scarce in information overload
By SALIM MANSUR
... We live paradoxically in an inverse relationship between information and knowledge. Particularly in the mainstream lib-left media, the inversion of information and knowledge is relentless ... We have thus become, despite our hubris -- it might be a fitting epitaph for our generation -- a class of people like those Eliot imagined: "We are the hollow men/We are the stuffed men/Leaning together/Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
OTTAWA, October 30, 2006 – The Catholic Civil Rights League today cited a new opinion poll about Canadians’ views on religious freedom in the same sex marriage question as further proof of the need to revisit the matter.
The poll, conducted by COMPAS Inc. for the Institute of Canadian Values and The National Post, shows that a majority of Canadians want Parliament to act to protect freedom of religion in the light of legislation redefining marriage to include same-sex couples.
Sixty-four percent of respondents to the survey, conducted October 18-27, said that Parliament should review existing legislation to ensure that freedom of religion is protected while 24 percent opposed such an initiative ...