From the monthly archives:

September 2004

The Washington Pox

by Richard on September 24, 2004

George Bush delivers his acceptance speech
NEW YORK, September 2 – A somber President George W. Bush told thousands of cheering delegates and the world that he needs another four-year term in order to “complete the destruction of the earth.”
With thanks to The Gutless Pacifist for much-needed laugh.

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Us + Them = We??

by Mike on September 24, 2004

Following on from Richard’s post a little down the way there, I want to also express my concern at the divide that exists between different Christian groups within our university environment. I’ve been looking for suitable examples to demonstrate the fickleness of the differences that cause such a divide, and only today did I [...]

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Hubble Puzzle

by Richard on September 24, 2004

The latest pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope are making cosmologists scratch their heads. Apparently there are not as many stars out there as they’d expected to find.
The picture shows faint galaxies whose stars were shining just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang.
But the image’s revelation that fewer stars than expected were [...]

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Global warming — a matter of justice

by Richard on September 24, 2004

Global warming isn’t just a question of “saving” the environment, whatever that means. It is an issue of justice for the world’s poor. Take the recent tropical storms and think of where the greatest damage to property and loss of life have occurred. In these circumstances, it is always the poor who suffer most. To [...]

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A Question of Fellowship

by Richard on September 23, 2004

There are some things that shouldn’t be blogged. Every blogger knows that. This runs pretty close to that line, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t delete this post after I’ve done it. This will be one of those self-therapeutic posts, and I’d blame noone if they don’t read it. I’m relying on the [...]

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“Stunning” find in Utah Canyon

by Richard on September 23, 2004

The half-buried stone-and-mortar houses, granary caches, and painted colorful trapezoidal figures on canyon walls found deep in the heart of Utah were home to an ancient civilization that dates from 300 years before the birth of Christ, reports The Associated Press. [more...]

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Good News For a Change

by Richard on September 23, 2004

You can usually rely on the Wibsite to unearth the quirkier side of the web and today is no exception. Goodle is a source of good news, including
LONDON (Reuters) - The Global Capitalist System fades into memory as people all over the world realise it was all a big horrible scam anyway
BAGHDAD, Peace has been [...]

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The War and al Qaeda

by Richard on September 23, 2004

Here’s a map published by the US State Department in November 2001. The coloured in bits show countries where al Qaeda operates. In case your geography isn’t up to muster, there is also a helpful list of named countries. Guess which one isn’t there?
I’m doffing my cap towards cursor.org, Daily Kos and Balta.
On the subject [...]

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Also from Balta…

by Richard on September 22, 2004

The people of Florida should look at this map and take note. It’s a sign!!

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Global Warming

by Richard on September 22, 2004

Balta gets real about global warming.
The scientific consensus on this stuff is overwhelming. The only dispute is not “if” but “how fast?” It is wilful ignorance to ignore the evidence. Our grandchildren will not thank us for our selfishness.

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I wish I could agree with Paul Simon

by Mike on September 22, 2004

It’s a common experience for many people, the desire to return home after a long journey. Just a few days ago, I was no exception to this. Although my time in India had been an experience that has enriched my life in so many undescribable ways, as my flight back to London drew [...]

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Some “justice links”

by Richard on September 22, 2004

World Citizen Foundation
“We are dedicated to the proposition that all levels of political authority can only derive their legitimacy from the fundamental sovereignty of the people. This is widely accepted at local and national levels but not internationally or globally. This contradiction is the ultimate source of the corruption of democracy at local and national [...]

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Trade (in)Justice

by Richard on September 22, 2004

Dave takes up the theme of trade justice, using factoids from Christian Aid. The facts more than justify Christian Aid’s words:
Our government claims free trade is the solution to the world’s problems. But it’s the cruellest rip-off in history. Cast your vote for trade justice now!

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Core Values

by Richard on September 21, 2004

Via my friend Bene Diction comes this link to eight fundamental social values suggested by

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International Day of Peace

by Richard on September 21, 2004

The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
he [God] utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.
    (Psalm 46:6-7, NRSV)
Prayer
God of peace;
God of shalom;
God of salaam:
Save us from intoxication with war.
Turn down the media’s frenzy and
unquestioning assumption that war will come.
Pull all peoples [...]

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The Recognition Heuristic

by Richard on September 21, 2004

Rachel posts about the recognition heuristic, which may not immediately strike you as rivetting reading. I’ve got to admit that when I read the first sentence of the post I thought, “In Swansea they speak of little else!” But it is fascinating stuff and Rachel is kind enough to produce an explanation that most of [...]

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Scheduling a Pity Party

by Bene Diction on September 21, 2004

Richard’s post…The Parable of the Spoons made me think about clutter in my life.
I don’t have any.
Not any ‘on purpose’ or even ‘neglectful’ clutter, but sometimes stuff comes at me from the outside that I have no say over other than to do the best I can.
I’m having the week from hell and it’s only [...]

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Justice?

by Richard on September 20, 2004

From the BBC

A foreign national held under the government’s emergency anti-terrorism powers since 2001 has been released.
Home Secretary David Blunkett said the weight of evidence no longer justified detaining the Algerian, known as “D”.
The man had been in the high-security Woodhill jail near Milton Keynes since 17 December 2001.
This story makes me ashamed. How can [...]

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Parable of the spoons

by Richard on September 20, 2004

For some time the cutlery drawer in our kitchen has been unruly. You never seemed to be able to keep knives, forks and spoons in their proper places. There was no obvious reason why that should be so. It isn’t as if we’d been buying more cutlery or anything. But the other day my wife [...]

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Would Democrats ban the Bible?

by Richard on September 19, 2004

A UMC Bishop has responded through Chuck Currie’s blog to an advert claiming that electing John Kerry would lead to the banning of the Bible
The Republican ad being distributed in West Virginia, implying that the election of John Kerry would lead to the “banning of the Bible” is outrageous, and represents demagoguery of the worst [...]

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