Archive for: September 2007

September 30, 2007

Hints of a New Race to the Moon

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Filed under: Environment,Ethics,International,News - 30 Sep 2007

It looks like the major governments of the world are turning a little more interest towards sending manned missions to the moon – and even establishing bases there. Last week, at a global conference on space exploration held in …

September 29, 2007

Budget Problems for Bush

According to VOA news, Congress did not approve Bush’s budget for the coming fiscal year. As a result, Bush is signing emergency legislation to keep the government functioning for the next seven weeks.

The main disagreement seems to be over …

September 28, 2007

Connecticut Catholics & Contraception

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Filed under: Debate,Ethics - 28 Sep 2007

Connecticut Catholic hospitals have agreed to issue emergency contraceptives to rape victims in accordance with a new state law, Plan B, set to go into effect next week. This announcement comes as a surprise, since it was generally expected …

September 27, 2007

Forget Edwards

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Filed under: Politics,Voting - 27 Sep 2007

So Edwards is going to start relying on public funding to keep him running in the Democratic nomination campaign. All right, fine. I am certainly influenced deeply by the media and it’s portrayals of this and that, but …

September 26, 2007

Muslim, Christian, Jew

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Filed under: Debate,International,Politics - 26 Sep 2007

“If we don’t walk down this path of dialogue, we’re going to end up in conflagration.”

These words were spoken in New York today by Mary Ellen McNish, general secretary of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization. Quaker …

September 25, 2007

Amadinejad

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Filed under: International,Law,News - 25 Sep 2007

There is talk of the American right to free speech in reference to the platform that Amadinejad was offered yesterday by Columbia University – and usually it precedes the sound of a but. That’s a but, not a butt. …

September 24, 2007

Late-Night Shudder: The Middle East!

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Filed under: International,Politics - 24 Sep 2007

Whenever I approach an issue that is obviously vast and foreboding, I have to give a verbal shudder.

Israel.

*Shudder* There. Now, it’s already old news that Israel sent a strike force of F-16s into Syria …

September 23, 2007

The Law of the Sea, Economic Rights & Alaskan Coastal Waters

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Filed under: News - 23 Sep 2007

This week, the Senate will conduct hearings to consider the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Referred to by its opponents (many of whom are conservative pundits in this country) as the …

September 22, 2007

Involuntary Intoxication, Maybe

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Filed under: Crime,Criminal Law,Law - 22 Sep 2007

Oh, intoxication. Is there any problem you can’t not solve? As it turns out, the majority of idiotic criminal actions that that might seem like a really great idea to a drunk person …

September 21, 2007

When “Consent” Doesn’t Help

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Filed under: Crime,Criminal Law - 21 Sep 2007

Maybe it’s stating the obvious, but there can be some pretty sticky hang-ups to using the “consent” defense in a criminal trial.

First of all, if the person who gave consent had no authority to do so (for example, I can’t …

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