Ireland’s voters would inflict “extraordinary uncertainty” on the European Union if they fail to ratify the 27-nation bloc’s reform treaty, Prime Minister Brian Cowen said Thursday.
Cowen said he was confident a majority would vote Friday for the Lisbon Treaty, a painstaking negotiated 2006 agreement already backed by the parliaments of all other EU members. Ireland alone requires the complex document to win support in a grass-roots referendum — a test it has already failed once.
I’m sure that if the Irish vote no again, they’ll either ask again next year, or do the same my government did: approve it anyway, and ignore the NO the people told them.
The Vatican has lashed out at criticism over its handling of its paedophilia crisis by saying the Catholic church was “busy cleaning its own house” and that the problems with clerical sex abuse in other churches were as big, if not bigger.
In a defiant and provocative statement, issued following a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Holy See said the majority of Catholic clergy who committed such acts were not paedophiles but homosexuals attracted to sex with adolescent males.
The statement, read out by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, defended its record by claiming that “available research” showed that only 1.5%-5% of Catholic clergy were involved in child sex abuse.
So not only are you using your own failures to support your attacks on gays worldwide by claiming they’re not paedophiles, but you’ve got the nerve to say its only 5%.
And that’s your defense of what happened? Really?
The USA has easily the largest percentage of their population incarcerated or on probation of all countries in the world.
There are 1 in 32 people in the US either behind bars or on Probation, and that’s for ALL convictions combined.
That’s less than 3%. And the vatican has the fucking nerve to say it’s “only” 5%.
He also quoted statistics from the Christian Scientist Monitor newspaper to show that most US churches being hit by child sex abuse allegations were Protestant and that sexual abuse within Jewish communities was common.
Everybody else is doing it, so it’s OK, right?
Delta 4-Heavy roars into orbit with DSP-23, the final Defense Support Program missile-warning satellite, at 8:50pm EST from Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, November 10, 2007. Delta 4-Heavy, over 23 stories tall, is the world’s largest rocket by height and most powerful unmanned booster.
The particular setup for this was sound activated. The lens was destroyed (worth it of course) but the camera survived this one despite being severed from its ratchet straps and thrown to the ground, and the sound device used for this one disconnected from the camera and thrown about 200 feet backwards into the pad perimeter fence (still worked!). All settings are preset manually. No one is allowed closer than several miles from a launch.
More about the setup
The percentage of U.S. Internet users who click on display ads has fallen 50 percent in the last two years, according to a study by comScore, Starcom and Tacoda.
The findings (Techmeme), an update to research conducted in 2007, found that 16 percent of Internet users in March 2009 clicked on display ads, down from 32 percent a year ago. In addition, only 8 percent of the Internet user base accounts for 85 percent of all ad clicks.
You know what really gets my goat? This phrase from the article: “The big takeaway from researchers is that display ads should be measured by something other than click-through.”
No, fuckhead, the big takeaway is that you’re wasting bandwidth,electricity, time, and a lot of other things from 92% of the internet population, and should fucking stop doing that.
The Bank of America chief executive officer said Wednesday he’ll step aside at year-end after eight years at the helm. Based on the company’s most recent proxy statement, he will have $53 million in pension benefits waiting for him when he leaves.
That should give him about $3.5 million a year in pension payouts for the rest of his life — at a time when people who bought the stock when he took the reins in 2001 are underwater on their investments.