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    Archive for September, 2005

    Odd Consumer News

    Friday, September 30th, 2005

    A solar-powered handbag designed by a student from Brunel University promises to make finding keys and other items at the bottom of a bag easier. The handbag, dubbed Sun Trap, uses a solar cell attached to the outside of the bag to trap energy from sunlight. The energy is stored in an internal battery which [...]

    Muslim Sci-Fi?

    Friday, September 30th, 2005

    There’s a web page dedicated to it. Link.

    Kidman Undercuts Cruise

    Friday, September 30th, 2005

    The Buddha v. L. Ron: Nicole Kidman has spoken out in defense of psychiatry, months after her ex-husband Tom Cruise publicly denounced the medical practice. . . After researching her role as psychiatrist for her next movie The Visiting, Kidman is a full supporter of the benefits of psychiatry. She says, “I have a father [...]

    Airport Security

    Friday, September 30th, 2005

    The Smoking Gun has reproduced complaints from the Transportation Security Administration about airport security. Funny and somewhat disturbing stuff. Link. Excerpt: While one woman was offended by an extremely close wanding, another gal, a doctor no less, ran into problems over the screening of “her magnetic breast implants.” An international traveler complained about a “coloured [...]

    Acceptable Racism?

    Friday, September 30th, 2005

    A doctor has offered to perform free abortions on hurricane evacuees, saying it may be too dangerous for them to wait until they return home. Link.

    Diocese Bankruptcy Revisited

    Friday, September 30th, 2005

    The WSJ has run a pretty good op-ed about the Washington Bankruptcy Court decision that made individual parish assets part of the bankrupt diocese for purposes of paying creditors. Link. The writer raises good points, and I wish his conclusions were right, but I think there are two glaring problems and one minor problem with [...]

    Dutch Expand Baby Killing

    Friday, September 30th, 2005

    Good luck to the ugly Dutch babies: The Dutch government intends to expand its current euthanasia policy, setting guidelines for when doctors may end the lives of terminally ill newborns with the parents’ consent. A letter outlining the new directives will be submitted to parliament for discussion by mid-October, but the new policy will not [...]

    Internet Stays with U.S.

    Friday, September 30th, 2005

    Chalk one up for officials that don’t kowtow to the UN: A senior U.S. official rejected calls on Thursday for a U.N. body to take over control of the main computers that direct traffic on the Internet, reiterating U.S. intentions to keep its historical role as the medium’s principal overseer. “We will not agree to [...]

    More and More Grisly

    Friday, September 30th, 2005

    Will Frist want federal funding for this, too? Colombian police searching couriered packages for contraband made a chilling discovery on Wednesday: three human foetuses wrapped in plastic and concealed inside porcelain statues of Christian saints. Anti-narcotics police chief General Jorge Baron said the four- to five-month-old foetuses were found at Bogota’s international airport, inside a [...]

    Brews You Can Use II

    Friday, September 30th, 2005

    Alcoholics who smoke appear to lose more brain mass than alcoholics who don’t smoke, according to a study at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. It is already well-known that the brains of long-term alcoholics atrophy and shrink, the study authors say, but the new findings are the first evidence that cigarette smoking might contribute [...]

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, September 30th, 2005

    New contraption signals bartender to filler up

    Order Heads Going to Rome

    Friday, September 30th, 2005

    The NY Times continues its high-radar coverage of the proposed ban on gay priests, looking for any homosexual-sympathetic angle possible: Responding to reports that the Vatican may be close to releasing a directive to exclude most gay candidates from entering the priesthood, leaders of Roman Catholic men’s religious orders in the United States are planning [...]

     


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