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It seems Obama's outreach is having the desired effect. It is a little harder for militant extremists who depend on demonising America and Americans to garner the support and commitment of recruits. In the meantime, Lebanon voted against Hezbollah.
"At least 31 small children died, including many who were asphyxiated, after a fire raced through a day-care centre in the north-western Mexican border state of Sonora. 'Where's God? Where's God?' a police commander said as he came out of the centre in tears..." (Source)
Sunday, 07 June 2009 09:25

Baghdad Fashion Frees Up

This is great to hear: "The young women of Baghdad acknowledge there are more serious concerns in Iraq these days than hair, clothes and makeup. But they also say there might be nothing quite as exhilarating as stepping out of the house in a pretty dress, hair flowing freely behind them, behaving as if their country had not been shattered by war and dominated by religious conservatism for much of their lives". (Source)

Saturday, 06 June 2009 18:14

Our Ancestors

-Australopythicus.

- Homo Rudolfensis

- Homo Heidelbergensis

  • Signs of better tools with aesthetics.
  • Signs of groups, communities and family units.

Published in Scientific Advances
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A Kansas doctor reviled by anti-abortion groups for his work providing "late-term" abortions was shot and killed in his Wichita, Kansas, church on Sunday, and police said they captured the man responsible. (Full)
"PETER CAVE: Medical researchers at the University of New South Wales are claiming success in curing partial blindness by coating contact lenses with stem cells. The patients with diseased corneas wore the lenses coated with their own stem cells and after about a month their corneas had regrown. The scientists say that in the future the technique may be used to help people blinded by other causes."
Published in Scientific Advances

"Church of Scientology members have been banned from editing Wikipedia articles about their church, after a long-running dispute about biased articles." *

PERSONAL COMMENT: Wikipedia's robustness depends on keeping out misinformation being contributed by individuals and organisations willing to fudge truth for their own benefit.

This video report talks about the apparent 'missing link' that links our species to that of the apes.


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PERSONAL COMMENT:

The reporting seems to indicate that this finding is the missing link that we needed to confirm that we indeed descended from the apes, the evidence that we need to put Creationism as a failed theory. This, I think confirms for me that most people, even journalists working for major media companies, are not informed that this is merely a 'missing link' in the fossil records, not the missing link to prove that we have a common ancestor with apes.We already have enough evidence, through our studies of the DNA, to say that Creationism, as outlined in The Book Of Genesis, is a theory that contradicts the evidence we have.

CONTINUING ON...

Here's more about this fascinating discovery:

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Published in Scientific Advances

A mother accused of praying instead of getting medical help for her dying 11-year-old daughter has been found guilty of reckless homicide. (Source)

COMMENT: If the mother wanted to know whether praying works, here's proof that it does not.

THREE American Jihadists accused of plotting to blow up synagogues in New York and attack a US military plane were described in court on Thursday as fanatics "eager to bring death." (Source)