Friday, June 13, 2008

A Restaurant Owner Makes a Point

Americans Say Moral Climate Getting Worse

Few Americans give the country's moral climate high marks, and the latest survey revealed that they feel it's only getting worse. According to a Gallup Poll released Thursday, 81 percent of Americans say the state of moral values in the country as a whole is getting worse while only 11 percent believe it's getting better. Currently, only 15 percent of Americans overall consider moral values to be "excellent" or "good;" 41 percent say the moral climate is "only fair;" and 44 percent consider the moral state to be "poor."

Contaceptive Failure Main Reason for Abortions

TWO-THIRDS of all pregnant women seeking abortions in one Australian state are doing so because their contraception methods failed. The study, to be published today, looked at the experiences of 3400 women who presented at a southern Adelaide clinic for abortions in the past decade. Between July 1996, and June 2006, nearly 70 per cent of the 3434 women who presented for an abortion were using contraception.

Ireland Says 'No' to Lisbon Treaty

Ireland has voted ‘No’ to the Lisbon Treaty with Taoiseach Brian Cowen likely to have some explaining to do when he meets his European counterparts in Brussels next week. With almost 12% of results declared, the 'no' side is ahead by around 54% to 46%, despite all the main political parties campaigning for a 'yes'. The 'no' vote is in the majority in eight of the 10 constituencies to have so far reported their results.Tallies from the rest of the country also indicate that the 'no' side is ahead in most areas.

Another 'Safe, Legal' Abortion Death

A 'bubbly' A-level student died when an abortion went tragically wrong. Manon Jones, 18, was given two powerful drugs to terminate the six-week pregnancy. After her condition deteriorated she went to hospital, but doctors were distracted by another emergencyand delayed giving her a life-saving blood transfusion for more than four hours.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kangaroo Court's in Session

Filth Monger on Trial

If all goes according to plan, an otherwise stately federal courtroom in downtown Los Angeles will be converted into a makeshift movie theater this week, screening a series of graphic -- many would say vulgar -- sexual fetish videos. At issue is how a jury will define obscenity in a region that boasts its status as the capital of the pornography industry and at a time when technology has made the taboo adult flicks of a generation ago available to a mainstream audience.

College Displaying Crucifix in Rectum

Federal taxpayers are subsidizing a college in New York whose art school is currently displaying works that include a drawing of a man with a crucifix coming out of his rectum, a drawing of a man with a rosary coming out of his rectum, and rosaries decorated with penises. Over the last eight years, at least $4.6 million in federal tax dollars have been provided to the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, which is displaying the controversial artworks. Some of the money has come in the form of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Oral Sex Fuels Throat Cancer Rise

That virus, scientists have proved only in the last two years, is human papillomavirus, or HPV - the same virus that's behind most cases of cervical cancer. With 6,000 cases per year and an annual increase of up to 10 per cent in men younger than 60, some researchers say the HPV-linked throat cancers could overtake cervical cancer in the next decade.

The Modest Life of a Canadian Musician

The average Canadian musician earns only $16,500 a year from music after taxes, according to a study of the music industry by Rotman School of Management professor Douglas Hyatt and polling company Pollara. The survey of 684 Canadian musicians, songwriters and vocalists polled last December and January found that two-thirds also have a job outside music that earn them less than $21,000 in extra income, on average.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Dan Rather Slams Corporate Media

You know your rights, you know that you are entitled to news media as diverse and varied as the American people ... and that you deserve a press that provides the raw material of democracy, the good information that Americans need to be full participants in our government of, by, and for the people. There is energy here, that can be equal to that task, but this energy must be maintained... if the press — if democracy — is to be preserved.

Sidelining of Christianity is 'Common Sense,' Says U.K. Minister

It is "common sense" for Christianity to be sidelined at the expense of Islam, a Government minister claimed on Sunday. Hazel Blears, the Communities Secretary, defended Labour’s policy on religion after a report backed by the Church of England claimed that Muslims receive a disproportionate amount of attention ... As The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday, the landmark report commissioned by the Church and written by academics at the Von Hugel Institute accuses ministers of paying only “lip service” to Christianity and marginalising the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, while focusing “intently” on Islam.

Monday, June 09, 2008

One in Four New Yorkers Has Herpes

A city Health Department study finds that more than a fourth of adult New Yorkers are infected with the virus that causes genital herpes. The study, released Monday, says about 26 percent of New York City adults have genital herpes, compared to about 19 percent nationwide. The department says genital herpes can double a person's risk for contracting HIV.