Archive for May, 2007

Unsustainabilty catches up with Naples

May 30th, 2007 / Energy Transition, Newswire, Society / Comments Off on Unsustainabilty catches up with Naples

For a dozen years, Naples and surrounding towns like this one have periodically choked on refuse, but the last two weeks have flared into real crisis, as much political as ...

Clerics, misinformation defeat condoms in Algeria

May 30th, 2007 / Newswire, Religion, Science, Society / Comments Off on Clerics, misinformation defeat condoms in Algeria

They face an uphill task. Many Algerians in television interviews claimed AIDS can be transmitted simply by being in contact with someone who had it. Others, swayed by hard-line clerics, ...

If It Feels Good to Be Good, It Might Be Only Natural

May 29th, 2007 / Newswire, Psychology, Religion, Society / Comments Off on If It Feels Good to Be Good, It Might Be Only Natural

The results were showing that when the volunteers placed the interests of others before their own, the generosity activated a primitive part of the brain that usually lights up in ...

No link between religion, terrorism: seminar participants

May 26th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on No link between religion, terrorism: seminar participants

New Delhi : Speakers from across the socio-political spectrum participating in a conference on "Islam and Terrorism" Saturday opined that terrorism cannot be linked to any religion and many of ...

Protests against sexual education

May 26th, 2007 / Newswire, Religion, Society / Comments Off on Protests against sexual education

May 25 - Indian students join a protest against government proposals to begin sex education in the largely conservative society. The proposal has triggered heated debate between ...

Local zoning stymies U.S. wind power

May 25th, 2007 / Energy Transition, Newswire, Society / Comments Off on Local zoning stymies U.S. wind power

MELISSA, Texas — An orange flag marks where Gary Lisle planned to put up a 33-foot windmill behind his house. But that's about as far as his green idea got ...

Georgians praying for rain

May 25th, 2007 / Newswire, Psychology, Religion / Comments Off on Georgians praying for rain

ATLANTA (AP) - Neighbors are turning in neighbors for violating water restrictions, farmers are jittery about crops and churchgoers are praying for rain as Georgia suffers through one of its ...

Clark Adams: 1969-2007

May 25th, 2007 / Newswire, Psychology, Society / Comments Off on Clark Adams: 1969-2007

The Humanist community mourns the death of Clark Davis Adams, a greatly influential freethought leader and activist, and a person of integrity and personal honesty who expressed his Humanism through ...

Charles targets religion in Borat follow-up

May 25th, 2007 / Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Charles targets religion in Borat follow-up

At least five Hollywood studios are believed to be circling director Larry Charles' follow-up to his global smash comedy Borat. The Untitled Larry Charles Project is a ...

Wife blames military gambling for husband's suicide

May 23rd, 2007 / Newswire, Psychology, Society / Comments Off on Wife blames military gambling for husband's suicide

BANGOR, Maine (CNN) -- Carrie Walsh's husband was a decorated Apache helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army. But years ago, Aaron Walsh started playing slot machines on military bases. He ...

Rapturous Indignation

May 23rd, 2007 / Current Affairs, Energy Transition, Religion / 6 comments

Mark Morford, at SFGate.com posted this brilliant opinion piece on the death of Falwell and the Hummer H2: ...it is time for much rejoicing. It is time for an upraising ...

Man conned by fraudsters claiming religious morality

May 23rd, 2007 / Newswire, Psychology, Religion / Comments Off on Man conned by fraudsters claiming religious morality

Founders of a defunct Provo credit services company defrauded a California man out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by persuading him to take out a home loan, promising a ...

Poll: 1 in 4 U.S. Muslims approve suicide attacks!

May 22nd, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Poll: 1 in 4 U.S. Muslims approve suicide attacks!

WASHINGTON - One in four younger U.S. Muslims say suicide bombings to defend their religion are acceptable at least in some circumstances,

Danny Glover accepts $18m from Chavez

May 21st, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Danny Glover accepts $18m from Chavez

Venezuela is to give the American actor Danny Glover almost $18m (£9m) to make a film about a slave uprising in Haiti, with President Hugo Chávez hoping the historical epic ...
Conspiracists on the Rampage

Conspiracists on the Rampage

May 21st, 2007 / Current Affairs / 11 comments

With fully 33% of Americans believing 9/11 conspiracy theories, it's no surprise when a rational debunking draws ire. A recent commenter from Australia responded indignantly to ...

Venezuelans protest opposition TV channel closure

May 20th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Venezuelans protest opposition TV channel closure

CARACAS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of protesters on Saturday denounced President Hugo Chavez's plans to close an opposition television channel, accusing their leader of maiming Venezuelan democracy as he ...

Lone juror spares killer of 7 from death row

May 18th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Society / Comments Off on Lone juror spares killer of 7 from death row

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Twelve jurors who convicted a man of killing seven people at a suburban restaurant 14 years ago narrowly recommended he spend the rest of his life ...

Islamophobia Worst Form of Terrorism

May 17th, 2007 / Current Affairs, Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Islamophobia Worst Form of Terrorism

The gravest terrorist threat in the world today is Islamophobia, foreign ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference said this week. “It is something that has ...

'We are Palestinian, we are women, we are gay'

May 16th, 2007 / Newswire, Religion, Society / Comments Off on 'We are Palestinian, we are women, we are gay'

Battling against a deeply patriarchal society, Arab Israeli and Palestinian lesbians are uniting to break the taboo of homosexuality and politicise the right to be female and gay. ...