10 commandments, verboten; Pride day….

Let Freedom Reign has the story.

Full story at World Net Daily

Iran: Crackdown on Women Again

From Doxdo

A very thorough account (or compilation of accounts) of the recent occurences of cracking down on “bad hijab” in Iran. A couple of highlights:

Iranian bloggers, of course, discussed the crackdown and displayed photos and videos of crying women. Some reminded their readers that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised during his presidential campaign that there would be no crackdown on women’s dress. Nikahang, a leading cartoonist and blogger focuses on this broken promise in a cartoon in which Ahmadinejad is looking at his promises and says “it was not me”.

And:

Thanks to Kamangir we learn even some conservative bloggers crticized government for repressing women. Kourosh [Fa] doesn’t know who mandated the veil in this general and widespread form. Neither in history nor in the life of the prophet do you hear anything about this. Even if the veil is mandatory, which it is not, it is not so all-encompassing. Furthermore, I don’t know how they infer that the veil is mandatory…They refer to the Quran and scholars. I have read the same books and I have not found any trace of the veil in either Quran or the life of the prophet.

Global Voices Online

Wolfowitz to face Bank directors

Really don’t have much to say here, but the topic was just top of my mind, since I spent Saturday hanging out with a friend that works at the World Bank.

I do love how as soon as anyone is accused of wrongdoing, they are immediately considered “embattled.”

BBC NEWS

UN: tools of China

China keeps playing keep away with WHO/WHA status. Chen was smart to use this straightforward approach now as the spotlight is on China. Hope they at least get WHA status, which is what Chen is realistically shooting for.

While urging the WHO to submit Taiwan’s application to the WHA next month, Chen called on Taiwan’s political parties and its people to unite and fight against “China’s suppression” after being asked to comment on the Democratic Progressive Party’s presidential primary.

“China’s suppression of the collective human rights of the 23 million people of Taiwan is the important issue. In comparison, the DPP’s presidential primary is nothing,” he said.

Echoing Chen’s remarks that the country has every right to apply to join the WHO as a full member, pro-independence panelists in a forum yesterday said that Taiwan should continue seeking the full WHO membership using the name “Taiwan.”

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Thimerosal update

A good article on what we know now about thimerosal and autism (i.e. not much)

Thimerosal has been withdrawn from many pediatric vaccines since 1999 as a result of concerns over the neurodevelopmental toxicity of organic mercury although it is still used in influenza, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccinations (Goth et al, 2006).

In the United States autism, once a rare condition (Goodman & Koduru, 2000), has increased from 4 – 5 per 10,000 children in the 1980’s to 30 – 60 per 10,000 children in the 1990’s, an increase of more than ten times, and the diagnosis of ADHD increased 250% between 1990 and 1998 (Szpir, 2006). The cause of these diseases is largely unknown at this time though some researchers are looking to phthalates, PCB’s, and other chemicals for which use has increased about the same time (Booker, 2001). A 2006 study concluded that there is a potential association between autism and estimated metal concentrations in the air (Windham et al, 2006). Another study postulates that thimerosal may be a potential triggering mechanism contributing to autism in susceptible individuals (Walker et al, 2006).

To date no studies have been performed to compare human populations vaccinated and populations unvaccinated. In the past the Centers for Disease Control (CC) has purported vaccines and autism to be unrelated or casually related (Institute of Medicine, 2004) though the CDC has recently announced the funding of a multi-agency study to determine the potential for environmental and genetic causes of autism which includes thimerosal (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006).

It’s a long article, and I’m not sure if I buy it all, but it is something to keep in mind.

Truthfully inconvenient, or, looking behind the global warming curtain of consensus

Remember, this didn’t happen, it’s all a consensus, just listen to Sheryl Crow…

He said that over the past 40 years the number of major hurricanes making landfall on the U.S. Atlantic coast has declined even though carbon dioxide levels have risen.

Gray, speaking to a group of Republican state lawmakers, had harsh words for researchers and politicians who say man-made greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming.

“They’re blaming it all on humans, which is crazy,” he said. “We’re not the cause of it.”

Many researchers believe warming is causing hurricanes to get stronger, while others aren’t sure.

Gray complained that politics and research into global warming have created “almost an industry” that has unfairly frightened the public and overwhelmed dissenting voices.

He said research arguing that humans are causing global warming is “mush” based on unreliable computer models that cannot possibly take into account the hundreds of factors that influence the weather.

MIT admissions scandal

The admissions dean at MIT claimed she had degrees from three different schools. The truth?

A spokesman for Rensselaer said that while Ms. Jones did not graduate from the institution, she was a part-time nonmatriculated student during the 1974-75 school year. The other colleges said they had no record of her.

Funny thing, this story. Maybe she was just doing a job no other administrative assistants would do. I mean, maybe there were no capable degree holders willing to do the work that she could. My point is that illegal immigrants with forged documents are simply undocumented, according to the Wall Street Journal and Chicano activists. They aren’t to be deported, according to the major presidential candidates (especially the Democrats). Maybe we should take this attitude towards all documentation…you know, medical licenses, bachelor degrees, drivers licenses. In this post-industrial navel-gazing economy, these are all arbitrary anyway, right?

I heard a rumor that with her distinguished background she’ll be better suited as a fact checker for Alan Dershowitz.