Religion is outdoing itself this week. The good old Catholic Church for instance, always vigilant for the well-being of humanity.
A vaccine against cervical cancer will be given to schoolgirls without them receiving any safe sex advice as a result of a controversial deal struck between the Catholic Church and health officials [in Scotland]…The Catholic Church originally raised objections to the jab on the grounds it could encourage promiscuity, but has made a U-turn after reaching an agreement with health and education bosses. The deal means girls getting the HPV jab will not receive any accompanying advice on the need to use condoms to protect themselves from other sexually transmitted diseases.
Typical. A bogus worry about a bogus guessed-at possibility of a non-problem motivates the church to object to a measure that would protect women against a fatal disease.
You think you saw the Olympics? Here is what you missed…
The 9th bank of 2008 has just been shut down by the FDIC. 9 down, at least 991 to go.
For some historical perspective, 9,000 failed during the Great Depression and almost 3,000 during the S&L crisis. Anyone think the number won’t reach at least 1,000, given that between $1 trillion and $2 trillion in loses are expected? Total loses during the S&L crisis totaled only $0.16 trillion!
The Columbian Bank and Trust Company, Topeka, Kansas, was closed today by the Kansas Bank Commissioner J. Thomas Thull, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Citizens Bank and Trust, Chillicothe, Missouri, to assume the insured deposits of The Columbian Bank and Trust Company.
The nine branches of The Columbian Bank and Trust Company will reopen on Monday as branches of Citizens Bank and Trust. Depositors of the failed bank will automatically become depositors of Citizens Bank and Trust. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship to retain their deposit insurance coverage.
Een vakantie kan soms een naar staartje hebben. Een gezin uit Ewijk is zaterdag op hun laatste vakantiedag gestrand op de A15, nadat hun caravan van de auto was losgeraakt. Het gezin kwam met de schrik vrij.
De bestuurder, een 38-jarige man bemerkte dat zijn caravan plotseling hevig begon te slingeren. Ondanks verwoede pogingen de caravancombinatie recht te houden, kwamen auto en caravan in een oncontroleerbare slip terecht. De auto botste frontaal tegen de vangrail en de caravan sloeg los van de trekhaak en kantelde.
Brandweer en ambulance waren snel ter plaatse doch bleken uiteindelijk niet nodig.
Zowel de auto als de caravan zijn total loss. Persoonlijke ongevallen hebben zich niet voorgedaan. De twee kinderen van drie en vijf zijn eveneens met de schrik vrijgekomen.
De rijbaan is ongeveer een uur afgesloten geweest. Onderzoek heeft uitgewezen dat de rechter achterband opvallend slap stond. Mogelijk dat dit de oorzaak zou zijn geweest voor het slingeren.
Opmerkelijk was de tekst onder het kenteken van de trekkende auto.
Het gedupeerde gezin kon er uiteindelijk nog een beetje om lachen.
Senator Barack Obama has chosen Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware to be his running mate, turning to a leading authority on foreign policy and a longtime Washington hand to fill out the Democratic ticket, Mr. Obama announced in text and e-mail messages early Saturday.
Biden has an unusual biography as well as pros and cons. A brief rundown follows. He was born in Scranton, PA, to a working-class Irish Catholic family. They moved to Delaware whe he was 10. His father was a car salesman. He went to college in Delaware and then got a law degree from Syracuse University. Lawyers are drawn to politics like bees are to honey and at 27 was elected to the local county council. At 29 he ran for the Senate and won, despite being constitutionally ineligible. Fortunately, he hit 30 before being inaugurated so they let him him. He has been in the Senate ever since and is now in his sixth term and running for reelection this year.
A few months after his election to the Senate, his wife and baby daughter were killed in a car accident and his two young sons almost killed. He wanted to resign from the Senate to care for his boys but the Democrats convinced him to stay on. He decided to commute an hour and a half every day from his home near Wilmington, DE, to the Senate to maximize his time with them. Thirty-five years later, he is still doing it. In 1977, he married his current wife, Jill. In February 1988 he suffered a brain aneurysm but survived well enough to run for President that year but dropped out after he was caught plagiarizing part of a speech from a British politician, Neil Kinnock.
Mobile phone carrier Orange Poland admitted today that it hired actors to stand in line for the country’s iPhone debut.
“It was a part of our marketing strategy, the concept was thought up at Orange Poland,” the company told the Associated Press. “The aim was to ‘warm up’ the atmosphere around the launch of the iPhone.”
There is apparently no limit to the Bush administration’s desire to invade Americans’ privacy in the name of national security. According to members of Congress, Attorney General Michael Mukasey is preparing to give the F.B.I. broad new authority to investigate Americans — without any clear basis for suspicion that they are committing a crime.
Why this urge to imitate STASI?