Obama And Notre Dame

I am trying hard to imagine what the real Notre Dame, the Blessed Virgin Mary, would make of a Catholic university named in her honour, and I presume, relying on her patronage and intercession, inviting someone who publicy opposes Catholic teaching on the sancitity of human life to speak to students at commencement. Speaking at commencement is about …

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French Fail To Surrender – Inquiry Launched

A group of Somali pirates attacked a French war ship near the Seychelles. The captain of the frigate Nivose, Lieutenant Commander Jean-Marc le Quilliec, sent out commandos in small boats, with a helicopter for air support. Within minutes the pirates had surrendered. Lieutenant Commander le Quilliec apologised profusely, explaining that contrary to French naval regulations, the frigate …

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Turnbull Shows Some Sense On Emissions Trading

Malcolm Turnbull is too weak to back the government’s proposed emissions trading legislation, according to hot air minister Penny Wong. Wrong. Malcolm Turnbull has yet to be convinced that global warming theory is bankrupt. But he is showing some sense at last. The government has been saying that the scheme must be implemented immediately, right now, this …

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Saudi Arabia Clamps Down On Women’s Gyms

In Saudi Arabia women’s gyms can only operate legally inside hospitals, where they are called health centres.  They are so expensive (over $250 per month) that only the very wealthy can afford them. Other, cheaper gyms for women exist, but they are called  studios or beauty salons. But the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs recently closed …

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WHO – Widespread Outbreaks Of Insufficient Panic

People aren’t scared enough, according to the World Hysteria Organisation. A spokeperson says the WHO may raise the global pandemic alert level to six – the highest possible. In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais published Monday, WHO chief Margaret Chan implies the agency might raise the level to 6, but cautions that …

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Three Abus Grilled

That’s what the headline says: 3 Abus surrender, undergo grilling. That is, three members of terrorist organisation Abu Sayyaf have surrendered, and are assisting with investigations. Philippine officials say they expect to ‘extract information’ from the three terrorists about the whereabouts of hostage Eugenio Vagni. I can only hope no caterpillars are being used. Meanwhile, other sources …

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Swine Flu Not Scary Enough? Don’t Worry

There’s always another reason to panic. According to Alzheimers Australia, we are facing an avalanche of dementia. If avalanche is not scary enough, try ‘dementia tsunami’, a reference to the ageing baby boomers who are living longer but who are increasingly needing care in the home and sometimes outside the home. Those blasted aging baby …

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