Saturday, May 24, 2008

Oil Profits Sky High and Unlikely to Come Down

With prices at the pumps rising, and crude oil prices seemingly breaking records everyday, millionaire executives were an easy target for politicians looking to make good with their constituents ... The common narrative is that oil companies are making record profits, and the numbers don't lie. Exxon Mobil made US$40.6 billion in profits in 2007 -- about US$1,300 of profit every second of the year. Royal Dutch Shell made a mere US$31 billion in net income in 2007.

Militant Homosexuals Are Shutting Down Free Speech

Militant homosexuals are shutting down free speech. They've been targeting speakers, workshops, and conferences. Basically any event where a conservative view on homosexuality is presented by a speaker, or discussed/debated during a workshop is fair game. Gritty "gay" radicals are troubled that people will hear the conservative side of the argument that says, "gays can change."

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Britain's Minister of Family Dysfunction

For decades, feminist zealots have told us that family structure is irrelevant, fathers are unnecessary for child-rearing and marriage is outdated. These views have had a disastrous influence ... Yet, amid all this wreckage, hardliners still cling to their dogma. And none is more hardline than the High Priestess of British Feminism, Harriet Harman. In an extraordinary interview published yesterday, she declared marriage was 'irrelevant' to public policy and described high rates of separation as a 'positive development', as it reflected 'greater choice' for couples - never mind the children.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Men Experience Domestic Violence, Too

Domestic violence can happen to men, not only to women, according to Group Health research in the June American Journal of Preventive Medicine. “Domestic violence in men is under-studied and often hidden—much as it was in women 10 years ago,” said study leader Robert J. Reid, MD, PhD, an associate investigator at the Group Health Center for Health Studies.

New Research Suggests Shroud of Turin May Be Legitimate

John Jackson, a physics lecturer at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has done something his colleagues consider nearly miraculous. Jackson, a leading researcher on the 14-foot-long linen sheet, has persuaded the Oxford laboratory that dated the shroud to the 13th or 14th century to revisit the question of its age ... It is possible, Jackson said, that even minimal contamination of the shroud by environmental carbon monoxide could have skewed the dating by 1,300 years — making it not medieval but contemporaneous with Jesus's life.

The Fruits of a Liberal Society

A heightened police presence in school buildings, new procedures for dealing with peer sexual assault, and dozens of new staff to work with marginalized youth – these are just a few of the recommendations made by a panel of Toronto District School Board staff in response to January's Falconer Report. The recommendations, obtained by the Star and scheduled for release this morning, call for enhanced "positive police interactions with students in school buildings" and a plan to establish a model to "further engage" police in Toronto schools.

Millions of Casinorama Dollars Swallowed Up

Millions of Casino Rama dollars meant to help lift First Nations out of poverty have been swallowed by legal fees, unexplained expenses and payments to at least one band that doesn't officially exist, suggest newly released audits. Documents obtained under freedom of information outline how a small board of native directors distributes about $60 million a year from the casino near Orillia to 133 chiefs in the province.

China: A Spiteful Dictatorship

The payoff for giving the Olympics to a sweltering, overcrowded, smoggy city was supposed to be that China would try to put its best foot forward, and liberalize itself like most other leading powers. No such thing has happened; China has in fact dragged our standards down, at least at the WHO. And in the meantime, tens of thousands of Chinese children are paying the price.

Every Phone Call, E-Mail to be Monitored in U.K.

A massive government database holding details of every phone call, e-mail and time spent on the internet by the public is being planned as part of the fight against crime and terrorism. Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms companies would hand over the records to the Home Office under plans put forward by officials.

The Unbearable Pressure of China's One-Child Policy

Under the one-child policy, imposed in 1979 as a way of reining in population growth already running at dangerously high levels in the world's most populous nation, most families are limited to one child. The worst natural disaster to hit China in 30 years has brought the spotlight to bear on one of the country's most controversial policies of social engineering, and highlighted how this policy puts unbearable pressure on many families in contemporary China.

Sex Changes for 7-Year-Olds

Boston’s Children’s Hospital bills itself as the hospital for children — and now it’s also the hospital for children who want a sex change, a procedure some critics are calling “barbaric.” Dr. Norman Spack, a pediatric specialist at the hospital, has launched a clinic for transgendered kids — boys who feel like girls, girls who want to be boys — and he’s opening his doors to patients as young as 7.

Large Ordination Class in St. Louis

On Saturday, Nemeth and eight of his colleagues at Kenrick will be ordained as priests in the St. Louis Archdiocese — the largest St. Louis ordination class in 25 years and one of the largest in the U.S. It's also the same number of ordinations in St. Louis as the last three years combined.