Friday, September 05, 2008

E.U. Wants to Ban 'Sexist' TV Commercials

MEPs want TV regulators in the EU to set guidelines which would see the end of anything deemed to portray women as sex objects or reinforce gender stereotypes. This could potentially mean an end to attractive women advertising perfume, housewives in the kitchen or men doing DIY. Such classic adverts as the Diet Coke commercial featuring the bare-chested builder, or Wonderbra's "Hello Boys" featuring model Eva Herzigova would have been banned. The new rules come in a report by the EU's women's rights committee.

Palin Power

A week ago, most Americans had never heard of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Now, following a Vice Presidential acceptance speech viewed live by more than 40 million people, Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters ... The figures include 40% with a Very Favorable opinion of Palin ... Before her acceptance speech, Palin was viewed favorably by 52%. A week ago, 67% had never heard of her.

'Out of Control' Immigration Policy Raising Terror Threat

A former Canadian Security Intelligence Service official says Toronto could soon discover the pitfalls of Canada's "wildly out-of-control" immigration policy after reports Hezbollah was targeting an Israeli airline in the city. David Harris, former chief of strategic planning at CSIS, said an influx of Hezbollah and its supporters into Toronto has left the city wide open to a terrorist attack.

Global Financial System 'at the Brink'

The worldwide financial system has been "pushed to the brink" in its most severe downturn since the Great Depression, although the actions of American policy-makers have averted disaster, the head of Canada's largest bank said Friday. "Not since the [Second World War] has the financial system itself been in such a state of dysfunction," Royal Bank chief executive Gordon Nixon told a roundtable of prominent business leaders in Calgary.

Gardasil: Safety of HPV Vaccine Still in Question

Gardasil can induce reactions in recipients, thus immunization is not without risks. Most recently, Reuters reported on an Australian study that found young girls receiving the vaccine had a higher incidence of anaphylactic reactions than students receiving other vaccines. Although researchers had theories as to what other factors might have been involved in those elevated numbers, this is not the only study with results pointing to the same conclusions. Last May, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported higher rates of fainting in girls receiving the vaccine.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

For the Police, It's Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino has said repeatedly that drivers who go 50 km/h over the speed limit will have their car seized on the spot and their licence suspended for seven days — with no exceptions. But there were two exceptions, and both were OPP officers.

Obama Camp Runs Pro-Abortion Ad

"As a nurse practitioner with Planned Parenthood," says a woman's voice, "I know abortion is one of most difficult decisions a woman will ever make. I'm Val Baron. Let me tell you - if Roe v Wade is overturned, the lives and health of women will be put at risk. That's why this election is so important. John McCain's out of touch with women today. McCain wants to take away our right to choose. That's what women need to understand. That's how high the stakes are." "As president, John McCain will make abortion illegal," says an announcer.

E.U. Approves Proposal to Try Britons in Absentia

British citizens could be convicted in their absence by foreign courts for traffic, credit card or other criminal offences under plans approved in principle by the European Parliament. The proposals would allow citizens to be extradited automatically under fast-track procedures at the request of another European Union country on the basis of a decision by the foreign court. The overwhelming adoption by the Parliament of the proposals, which now go to the Council of Ministers, was condemned yesterday as “throwing habeas corpus out of the window”.

Gravel (Finally) Kicked Out of Politics

Bloc Québécois MP Raymond Gravel has decided not to run in the next federal election after the Vatican forced him to choose between Parliament and the Catholic Church. Gravel, an ordained Roman Catholic priest, was granted special permission by the Vatican to run for federal office in 2006. He indicated on Tuesday that the Vatican requested he choose between politics and the priesthood in light of Canada's impending federal election.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

'Californication' Star Being Treated for Sex Addiction

Did life imitate art when David Duchovny, who plays a sex-mad writer on the hit US TV show Californication, admitted himself to rehab for treatment for sex addiction? Or was it case of art imitating life for the X-Files actor - regarded as one of the hottest men in Hollywood and whose off-screen romances have long been a talking point. Duchovny's announcement that he was voluntarily going into rehab for sex addiction after years of denying he had a problem, threw a spotlight on a disorder that few celebrities, and even fewer ordinary men and women, admit to.

APA Uses Bad Science On Abortion

David Fergusson ... is executive director of the Health & Development Study at the Christchurch School of Medicine & Health Sciences in New Zealand. In 2005, Dr. Fergusson published a longitudinal study of young women which found adverse mental health effects associated with abortion. What is striking about his work is that he began his study with the expectation that abortion would not prove harmful. What he found convinced him that the concerns about mental health effects were credible.

Are Conspiracies Real?

An online survey on the beliefs of 5700 New Zealanders showed that 22% believe it "likely" that "a secret elite cabal controls world affairs", with 21% responding that they don't know, and 57% stating "unlikely". (Sunday Star Times, C2, 31 Aug. 08). Given the ridicule attached to "conspiracy theories" the percentage is encouraging, indicating that a significant proportion of New Zealanders are aware of political realities, or at least discern intuitively that something is amiss.

Palin a Hit With Donors

The McCain campaign raised more than $10 million in the two and a half days after Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was named as the vice presidential running mate, bringing the total raised in the month of August to more than $47 million, campaign officials tell ABC News. The final, official figures are expected to be reported in the next few days, but the amount appears to be a record for the McCain campaign, almost twice as much as it has raised in any other single month.

Demi Moore Squirted Breast Milk on Lesbians

DEMI Moore once squirted her breast milk at lesbians during a night out. Madonna's brother Christopher Ciccone revealed the Striptease actress - who has three daughters with ex-husband Bruce Willis - was out with him and the Like A Virgin singer when she found a novel way to entertain her pals.

Police Using GPS Units for Crime Investigations

Like millions of motorists, Eric Hanson used a Global Positioning System device in his Chevrolet TrailBlazer to find his way around. He probably did not expect that prosecutors would use it, too — to help convict him of killing four family members. Prosecutors in suburban Chicago analyzed data from the Garmin G.P.S. device to pinpoint where Mr. Hanson had been on the morning after his parents were fatally shot and his sister and brother-in-law bludgeoned to death in 2005. He was convicted of the killings this year and sentenced to death.