Pope Benedict XVI urged Catholic pharmacists on Monday to use conscientious objection to avoid dispensing abortion pills or euthanasia drugs.
In a speech to participants at the 25th International Congress of Catholic Pharmacists, Benedict said that conscientious objection was a right that must be recognized by the pharmaceutical profession.
Such objector status, he said, would “enable them not to collaborate directly or indirectly in supplying products that have clearly immoral purposes such as, for example, abortion or euthanasia.”
In his speech, the pope also said that pharmacists have an educational role toward patients so that drugs are used in a morally and ethically correct way.
Bullshit. Pharmacists have an educational role toward patients so that drugs are used in a medically correct way, and the only reason they could possibly have to not dispense the drugs a doctor ordered is when they know the drug may have an adverse effect on the patient – for example when another medication, one the prescribing doctor wasn’t aware of, has a contra-indication.
If they can’t do that job properly because their shaman tells them something else, they should get a job they can do, like goat herding.
Britain’s first Muslim minister, Shahid Malik, says he is “deeply disappointed” that he was detained by airport security officials in America.
The international development minister was stopped and searched at Washington DC’s Dulles airport after a series of meetings on tackling terrorism.
Mr Malik, MP for Dewsbury, West Yorks, had his hand luggage checked for explosives when returning to Heathrow.
He said the same thing happened to him at JFK airport in New York last year.
On that occasion he had been a keynote speaker at an event organised by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), alongside the FBI and Muslim organisations, to talk about tackling extremism and defeating terrorism.
“The abusive attitude I endured last November I forgot about and I forgave, but I really do believe that British ministers and parliamentarians should be afforded the same respect and dignity at USA airports that we would bestow upon our colleagues in the Senate and Congress.
“Obviously, there was no malice involved but it has to be said that the USA system does not inspire confidence.”
You can chalk this one up to our bad in assuming best intentions, but when Apple said no cash for iPhones, they damn well meant it — enough to extend the policy out to no cash for anything that could in turn purchase an iPhone. Turns out you can’t even use your Apple bucks to buy an iPhone anymore, not even if someone bought you an Apple Gift Card with their credit card. Ok, for a lot of you this isn’t a big deal, but who gets hit hardest? Try all those teenage Apple fanboys begging various family members for small denomination gift cards that will add up to the iPhone they’ve been after. We’ve never heard any company being so adamant about keeping non-paper trail for every single damned purchase, but now we’re just left wondering how long until someone (or some state) sour from this bitter pill decides to challenge Apple on that whole US dollar bills being “legal tender for all debts, public and private” thing.
P.S. -No we’re not lawyers, but yes, we’re aware that it’s probably completely legal for Apple to do. But that doesn’t make it right, nor does that mean it will go unchallenged, you feel us?
From the comments on that page:
CUPERTINO – Apple announced today that it would no longer be accepting purchase requests for the iPhone. “We feel the iPhone is too good for regular humans,” says the Apple spokesperson. “To protect our brand image, we have decided to stop selling our product altogether to maintain a level of exclusivity unattainable by any other product currently on the market.”
The spokesperson also announced they would continue advertising in order to maintain the feel of unattainability.
CNN is one of the participants in the war. I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected president but refuses because he doesn’t want to give up power.
Arthur C. Clarke (1917 – )
Here is a long but excellent review of Leopard.
The Surgeon General announced today that he will recommend changing the country seal from an eagle to a condom because it more accurately reflects our politics.
A condom stands up to inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you’re actually being screwed.