Few American Christians let their faith get in the way of their politics. They simply ignore church teachings or find creative ways to interpret biblical passages to justify their political views. That is why I don’t expect the new encyclical from Pope Francis to cause much of a shift in people’s opinions about climate change.
with anything tony abbott is involved in, nothing is done without a purpose... "accidents" and cock ups are staged managed...
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has labelled as "wrong" and in "poor taste" a Liberal Party email linking national security to party fundraising.
Richard Dawkins gets attacked quite regularly for attacking religion. Fair enough. Tit for tat... One could do worse. Dawkins "belief" in evolution is denigrated of course by our own Ham of the Noah's Ark Reconstruction and by other religious figures with doctorates in godology because they have studied godology with studious belief in godology.
Mr Obama spoke to Mr Hollande following reports on the Wikileaks website that the US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on successive French presidents.
The White House said after the two leaders' phone call "we are not targeting and will not target" Mr Hollande's communications.
French intelligence officials are due to travel to Washington for more talks.
Wikileaks reported that the NSA had intercepted communications from President Francois Hollande and former leaders Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac between 2006-12.
gus apologises for a cartoon about ABC journalists being pressured to apologise and stop doing their job, to satisfy turdy...
The ABC’s managing director, Mark Scott, ordered the flagship current affairs radio program PM not to broadcast an interview the show had recorded with the former terrorism suspect Zaky Mallah after his appearance on Q&A.
If all you care about is making more stuff, capitalism may be the best system ever. But if you want to save the planet from environmental catastrophe our current economic system is a dead end.
I remember in my socialist youth often being told: “Your ideas sound good but that’s just not how things work in real life.”
Already we have the Nazi slogan of ‘Work Will Make You Free’ splattered heavily across our social welfare landscape. ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ … work will make you free.
We are beginning to be bombarded with interpretations of the popish call to save the planet from ourselves. And many religious people are using this as a conduit to reinforce faith and proselytise religious beliefs. I have no beef with this... as long as the planet is protected from our greedy hands. Easier said than done... So:
in the heat of the longest cold night, throwing shoes at the TV set... but not for the same reasons as Tony Abbott...
The night had the most poignant ending... A song by Anthony Hegarty accompanied by two aboriginal elders or was it two aboriginal elders accompanied by Anthony — in turns... I usually don't watch the Q&A programme, ABC TV. Most followers of my rants on YD would know why: TV is an emotional medium while facts and figures can be as dry as dried apricots from Turkey, as good as they can be. But emotions are not my thing when they are stirred with big ladles by lying or mediocre politicians. I prefer the straight facts and dried figs.
It’s a little hard to judge these things. But it’s likely, not certain, that Abbott won’t be Prime Minister by Friday and Malcolm Turnbull will.
The terrorist imaginary necessarily requires mutual enforcement. It begins with the idea of a red under the bed, or the monster in the woods. The work for such a monster is essentially done by the fantasist victim, the individual who fears what he or she might become.
A deal to jointly build an extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline across Greece will help Athens to settle its multibillion euro debt to international creditors, President Vladimir Putin said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Talking to the representatives of international media at the Forum, Putin said he didn’t see any support for Greece from the EU, RIA Novosti reports.
“If the EU wants Greece to pay its debt then it should be interested in the Greek economy growing,” Putin said. “The EU should be applauding us. What’s bad about creating new jobs in Greece?” he said, commenting on Russia’s preliminary gas deal with Greece.
N.R.A. Board Member Deletes Criticism of Victim in Church Massacre