Friday, March 23, 2007

Long-Forecast Dementia Epidemic Is Here

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, a 10 percent increase since the last Alzheimer's Association estimate five years ago and a count that supports the long-forecast dementia epidemic as the population grays. Age is the biggest risk factor, and the report to be released Tuesday shows the nation is on track for skyrocketing Alzheimer's once the baby boomers start turning 65 in 2011.

Mainstream Media Meltdown Continues

Several newspaper companies today reported big hits to their revenues in early 2007. Tribune Co. said today its publishing revenues were off 5.1% for February with circulation revenue off 7%. Advertising revenue at The New York Times Co. plummeted 6% in February due to weakness at its flagship and regional papers, the company announced yesterday. Total revenue for the company was down 3.6%.

Man Commits Suicide on Live Webcam

A father-of-two hanged himself live over the internet in Britain's first 'cyber suicide'. Kevin Whitrick, 42, took his life after being goaded by dozens of chatroom users from across the world who initially believed he was play acting. But as they watched in horror, Mr Whitrick climbed onto a chair, smashed through a ceiling and then hanged himself with a piece of rope.

More on 'Anti-Gay' T-Shirt Ban

Heidi Zamecnik, of the Chicago suburb Naperville, wants to wear the shirt at school the day after the "Day of Silence," a nationwide observance April 19 to protest harassment of homosexuals in schools, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Zamecnik is asking the court to order her school, Neuqua Valley High, and Indian Prairie District 204 to allow her to express her family's "conviction that true happiness cannot be found through homosexual behavior."

The Corruption of Children's Literature

We felt comfortable on our charted course when one day one of our daughters handed us her seventh-grade reading list. She, as all our children, attends a Catholic school. A quick glance through the list of around 75 books revealed that we would have to help her in the selection process. The descriptions of some books referred to child abuse, sorcery, and other questionable subjects.

Ontario Government Gives Magna $50 Million - Why?

The Ontario government is providing Canadian auto parts giant Magna International Inc. with $50-million to develop a new global research and commercialization centre in Ontario. The announcement was made ... by Finance Minister Greg Sorbara in his budget speech to the Ontario legislature.

Student Groups Clamor for Trans-Sexual Washrooms

Washrooms on university campuses across Canada may be the latest frontier in the campaign to accommodate all sexualities. Student groups at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg, and Toronto's Ryerson University are lobbying for alternatives to conventional male and female washrooms to protect the safety and privacy of transgendered students.

Conservatives on Cusp of Majority: Poll

The federal Conservatives got the budget boost they were hoping for, putting them on the cusp of a majority if an election were to be held today, latest poll numbers suggest.

How to Evade 'Big Brother'

Liberty points out that mass data collecting and sharing by government agencies will allow the powers-that-be "essentially to go on fishing expeditions through existing databases without having any suspicion of unlawful behaviour." The fact is, it is now impossible to live your life "off the cards" in modern Britain, or indeed anywhere in the West. So what can you do to pull at least a little wool over Big Brother's all-seeing eye? Here are my tips ...

Thursday, March 22, 2007

'Political Correctness Is Killing Our Freedoms'

Europe's citizens must be on their guard against political correctness and moralising politicians, says the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. The former Portuguese premier and centre-Right politician is concerned that freedom can be the loser in European culture wars over climate change, cheap air travel, Islam and free speech.

Teen Fights For Right to Wear 'Anti-Gay' T-Shirt

A Neuqua Valley High senior has gone to federal court seeking the right to wear an anti-gay T-shirt to school next month on the day after a national event in support of gays is scheduled in schools.

Harvard Club Promotes Abstinence

Sometime between the founding of a student-run porn magazine and the day the campus health center advertised "Free Lube," Harvard University seniors Sarah Kinsella and Justin Murray decided to fight back against what they see as too much mindless sex at the Ivy League school. They founded a student group called True Love Revolution to promote abstinence on campus. The group, created earlier this school year, has more than 90 members on its page and drew about half that many to an ice cream social.

Abortion Mess in New Jersey - History's Greatest Coverup Continues

An abortion clinic closed. A woman nearly died and two women are filing lawsuits against the clinic. Haven't heard about it from your trusted news sources? No, of course not, but you probably heard about the pet food recall.

Lawsuit: Fertility Clinic Used Wrong Sperm

A Commack, N.Y. couple can proceed with a lawsuit against a fertility clinic after the wife gave birth to a daughter whose skin they thought was too dark to be their child, a judge has ruled. Thomas and Nancy Andrews sued New York Medical Services for Reproductive Medicine, accusing the clinic of medical malpractice and other offences. The couple claims the Manhattan clinic used another man's sperm to inseminate Nancy Andrews' eggs.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Bill Would Mandate Ultrasounds Before Abortions

The South Carolina house has given key approval to a bill that would require women seeking abortions to view an ultrasound first. The bill passed a second reading Wednesday. A third, usually formality third reading will take place later. If this bill is passed, it would be the first of its kind in the nation.

Oprah's 'Secret'

Her new "secret" isn't very new at all. In fact, it's the oldest lie in the history of the world. It is that you and you alone are master of your own universe – a kind of "god," if you will. Whatever you want in life will be yours if only you visualize it and claim it earnestly in your heart. Oprah is peddling this lie to millions on her TV show.

Science Can't Alter Morality, Say Ex-Gays

The leaders of two ex-gay ministries say that even if scientists someday find a biological basis for homosexuality, such behavior will nonetheless be immoral and the Bible's condemnation of it will still stand.

Homosexuality Not Hardwired, Says Genome Head

"Evidence from twin studies does in fact support the conclusion that heritable factors play a role in male homosexuality. However, the likelihood that the identical twin of a homosexual male will also be gay is about 20% (compared with 2-4 percent of males in the general population), indicating that sexual orientation is genetically influenced but not hardwired by DNA, and that whatever genes are involved represent predispositions, not predeterminations."

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

HIV-Positive Man Organized Gay Orgies

An HIV-positive Melbourne man organised orgies to deliberately infect other men with the virus, a court has been told. Michael John Neal, 48, of suburban Coburg, faces 122 charges relating to sex with 16 men when he was knowingly infected with the HIV virus between 2000 and 2006.

Some Choice Quotes From Hillary

"Where is the G-damn f**king flag? I want the G-damn f**king flag up every f**king morning at f**king sunrise." (From the book "Inside The White House" by Ronald Kessler, p. 244 - Hillary to the staff at the Arkansas Governor's mansion on Labor Day, 1991.) "You sold out, you mother f**ker! You sold out!" From the book "Inside" by Joseph Califano, p. 213 - Hillary yelling at Democrat lawyer ...

Teacher Fired After Making Biblical References

During his eight days as a part-time high school biology teacher, Kris Helphinstine included Biblical references in material he provided to students and gave a PowerPoint presentation that made links between evolution, Nazi Germany and Planned Parenthood. That was enough for the Sisters School Board, which fired the teacher Monday night for deviating from the curriculum on the theory of evolution.

Catholics Who Are Anti-Catholic

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), described as "maybe the most dangerous leader in the long campaign by anti-Catholics within the Church who mislead Americans," has advanced "the culture of death," a former congressman charged ... Dornan also called Pelosi - the first woman to serve as speaker in the U.S. House of Representatives - a "propaganda maven who branded herself as a devout Catholic grandmother" even though she "favors diabolical partial-birth abortion."

Pornography's 'Philosopher King'

Jeremy's swinging, I've learned, has earned him a lonely life: By his own admission, every mate he's ever had (except one) has dumped him on account of his refusal to stay faithful. "It's odd to think there was a time when [a single] girl might've been enough to make me happy," he writes wistfully of his first love, Mandy. "All I wanted was to sit on the cold floor of a dark and abandoned school, [cuddling with Mandy] and count[ing] the pretend stars on the ceiling tiles."

World Ignoring Iraqi Refugees

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says there has been an "abject denial" around the world of the humanitarian impact of invading Iraq ... Syria says it is home to 1.2m Iraqi refugees, with up to 800,000 in Jordan. Damascus has repeatedly called for help to deal with the problem.

Barbara Amiel Dismisses Journalists as 'Vermin'

Barbara Amiel shattered the calm of her husband’s fraud trial today, telling a woman journalist she was a “slut” and dismissing the profession as “vermin."

Homegrown Islamic Extremism on Rise

Canada needs to do more to fight "homegrown" Islamist terrorism, says a classified intelligence report prepared for Prime Minister Stephen Harper that puts part of the blame on parents. The briefing, marked secret and dated five days after the arrests of 17 terror suspects in Toronto last June, says Canada is increasingly threatened by radicalized members of the Muslim community.

Monday, March 19, 2007

New Confessions of an Economic Hitman

Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign “aid” organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder.

Attacking the Notion of a 'Gay Gene'

The FACT is homosexuality – having NO scientific, biological basis whatsoever – IS ALREADY a changeable trait WITHOUT a patch or injection, one that I have personally received 14 years ago: Jesus Christ. No matter the future's findings or lack thereof, homosexuality is, was and always will be 'sin' in God's eyes – an immoral, sexually behavior based lifestyle that should and can be changed.

Pope: Catholic Politicians Must Back Church Doctrine

Pope Benedict XVI strongly reasserted Tuesday the church’s opposition to abortion, euthanasia and gay marriage, saying that Roman Catholic politicians were “especially” obligated to defend the church’s stance in their public duties. “These values are nonnegotiable,” the pope wrote in a 130-page “apostolic exhortation” issued in Rome that represents a distillation of opinion from a worldwide meeting of bishops at the Vatican in 2005.

Call for Academic Freedom Gets Chinese Prof Sacked

A prestigious Chinese university has fired one of its deans days after he complained about being sidelined for bold remarks on academic freedom and berated the country's higher education woes on the Internet. Zhang Ming, dean of political sciences at Renmin University of China, posted articles detailing a row with his superior and attacking the "bureaucratization of Chinese colleges" on his well-read blog last week.

Anti-'Homophobia' Law Threatens Brazilian Priests

Debate continues over so-called homophobia legislation, which seeks to criminalize anything considered a condemnation of homosexuality, including priests who speak against the practice in homilies. Priests could face two to five years imprisonment for preaching against homosexuality. And a rector of a seminary who refuses admission to a homosexual student could face three to five years.

Spyware Taking Over Computers

More and more computer users are unwittingly helping spread spyware and spam, according to a new report from Symantec, one of the world's leading Internet security firms. A little more than six-million computers around the world were identified as bot-infected during the last half of 2006 -- a 29% increase over the previous six months, according to Symantec's semi-annual Internet security threat report.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Despite Violence, Iraqis Say Life Is Getting Better

MOST Iraqis believe life is better for them now than it was under Saddam Hussein, according to a British opinion poll published today. The survey of more than 5,000 Iraqis found the majority optimistic despite their suffering in sectarian violence since the American-led invasion four years ago this week.

GodTube: One of the Hottest Sites on the Net

What would Jesus download? One of the hottest sites on the Internet is, the Christian answer to YouTube. It's a goofy, fascinating window into the world of Christian youth.

Revellers Don't Even Know Who St. Patrick Is

Almost two-thirds of people celebrating St Patrick's Day have no idea who the priest was, a survey claims. Guinness sales rise dramatically every year on 17 March as people across the world mark the event. But its true meaning has been forgotten - or never learnt - by many, according to the Manchester Irish Festival.

Gay, 'Catholic' Parents of Three

All three children - two boys and a girl, ages 5, 6 and 9 - were adopted from countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia ... They are well-liked by their friends, Maguire said, adding, "We have yet to hear or face in nine years living in Concord any resistance to us as a gay couple with a family." Maguire and his partner, artist Andy Newman, are not only a gay couple raising children, but they are legally married under a new law in Massachusetts, the only state with equal marriage rights for lesbians and gay men.

One-Third of British Christians Claim Discrimination

A new survey carried out by the BBC has revealed that 33 per cent of Christians in the UK think that the way they are portrayed in the media amounts to discrimination. And 25% said they also experienced discrimination from colleagues in the workplace when their faith was known or talked about.

Projected Costs to Label Genetic Food Have Been Overblown

Mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods would cost much less than the food industry has claimed, a new study commissioned by Quebec's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food reveals. The as-yet-unpublished study, obtained by The Gazette, estimates the yearly cost of such a program at $28 million to Quebec's food industry and $1.7 million to the provincial government.