Thursday, September 14, 2006

Apocalyptic Letdown for Kenyan Cult

The world was supposed to end following a nuclear war September 12. The "House of Yahweh," undeterred by their failed prophesies, put their gas masks on anyway.

"They have stocked the bunkers with dried fermented flour meant to feed them for a year, by which time sinners would have been wiped off the Earth, according to their beliefs. "

Surviving the Loss of a Common Enemy

Who are the bad guys? Terrorists? Nations?

Henry Kissinger warns "...that the big threat lay in the erosion of nation states and the emergence of transnational groups. Iran was at the centre of the challenge, he said, with its support for Hezbollah, radical Shiite groups in Iraq and its nuclear program."

He believes this has set the stage for a "War of Civilizations." Read his comments in this article.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Russians Say No to Madonnanaut

As it turns out, Madonna will not be visiting the international space station despite "good physical preparedness and financial capabilities..."

George Clooney to Address U.N. Security Council

I swear it's true; go to the article at entertainmentwise.com.

On the same site, you can also read about Brad's transforming fatherhood experience. Or maybe you'd like to know how Jessica is finding her own path...

The Onion Does Doomsday

Like The Onion? Then have fun reading "Majority of Americans Unprepared for Apocalypse."

""Our survey of households in seven U. S. regions demonstrated that few citizens have bothered to equip themselves with fireproof suits and extinguishers to deal with volcanic upheaval, solar flares, or the Lord's purifying flame," Malthusian Institute director James Olheiser said."

Rape Law in Pakistan

Under current Hudood Ordinances, a woman must have four male Islamic eyewitnesses to bring rape charges. "If the witnesses cannot be produced, the rape victim herself can be charged with fornication, or adultery if she is already married, a crime punishable in the most stringent circumstances by death."

Read this article in the Christian Science Monitor about Pakistan's attempt to broaden rape laws. Strangely, there's a photo of women protesting against the proposed changes.

Coke in Kabul

I'm glad I don't work for the Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan. Luring business to the region is a difficult task, but Coca-Cola is giving it a go.

"Karzai's Western-backed government is desperate to kickstart an economy independent of the $3 billion-a-year illegal drugs trade, but has been unable to lure investors to one of the world's five poorest countries, where violence has hit a high since the 2001 war."

Apart from the drug trade, "the country has no economy and apart from thousands of well-paid United Nations personnel, foreign troops and aid workers, few people have money to spend."

Good news: a bottle of coke costs $.20.
Bad news: average yearly income is $200.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Anti-Abortion Stupidity

Memo to dull and clunky anti-abortion activists: Before you drive into a women's health clinic and set your car on fire in protest, please check to make sure the clinic actually performs abortions.

This did not happen in the south -- I checked to see if they were kin to Tammie Lee.

Read the article.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Where's Bert #3

I'm always only the lookout for OBL and al-Z. We need to find them. Surely I'm not the only obsessed american out there -- and yes, I'm aware that he is not the federal head of global terrorism. But he certainly represents that kind of cunning, feral, we-hate-you-so-we'll-kill-you brand of terror.

Read this interesting Washington Post article about the search for OBL. At least the headline didn't lure me in with false promises, but gives darned good reasons why we haven't found him.

"Many factors have combined in the five years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to make the pursuit more difficult. They include the lack of CIA access to people close to al-Qaeda's inner circle; Pakistan's unwillingness to pursue him; the reemergence of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan; the strength of the Iraqi insurgency, which has depleted U.S. military and intelligence resources; and the U.S. government's own disorganization."

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Evangelize like Tammie Lee

Well, I read this story in phillyburbs.com about goofballs in Athens, Alabama. It turns out that Tammie Lee and her two roommates (Donna Leigh and Ronald David) held a gun at her brother's head while they prayed for his repentance.

There's mention that both women had guns, and one fired a warning shot...

They don't sound like Presbyterians.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Conquering the Fear of Flying

was the reason I clicked on this NYT article. A cure? For me? It's not what I expected, and I'm somewhat disappointed, but I'll try it next time.

Bowels are Ringing for Me and My Gang

Four inmates serving time in El Salvador wrapped their cellphones, chargers and spare chips in plastic. I won't say what they did, but it was "far enough to reach their intestines," Ramon Arevalo, director of the maximum security Zacatecoluca prison, said.

Click on the title to read.

Security...Israeli Style

My husband the world traveler has told me stories of Ben Gurion airport personnel -- intelligent, highly trained profilers (yes, profilers) interact with each person that wants to board a plane.

This article by Jeff Jacoby says something stunning about their technique: while American airport security looks for bad things; Israelis look for bad people.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Sausages and Longevity: Is There a Link?

An article on sf.com about a California man with bad dietary habits. See? If you eat that way you won't live past 112.

The Next Time We Start a War...

Read Charles Krauthammer's article for his take on the recent Lebanese/Israeli Conflict in the Jewish World Review. Nasrallah's shouts of victory give way to deflated admissions of a weakened Hezbollah.

Friday, September 01, 2006

What Abortion Looks Like

An HIV-positive woman sought an abortion at a Kolkata hospital. Doctors refused to treat her, but gave her a pill to induce delivery of the six-month baby. The following quote from the article almost sent me to the hospital: "After taking the pills, she started bleeding and the foetus started coming out. She took it out with her own hands and even cleaned the bed."

The emphasis, of course, is on the hospital's lack of compassion for not providing an abortion to a desperate, sick, pregnant woman. I am sad for this nameless, faceless mother whose introduction to her lifeless child began in a pool of blood.