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ZURICH, Switzerland (CNN) -- Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar and Martin Scorsese have "demanded the immediate release" of fellow filmmaker Roman Polanski, who was arrested in Switzerland on a U.S. arrest warrant related to a 1977 child sex charge...Watching the Vikings clip a few times was therapeutic, but I wonder if it will ever live up to the pure joy of watching pompous, self-absorbed artists whine that them giving prizes to one another is so important that child rapists should enjoy immunity from arrest in transit to and from. Cultural events are deemed rather like Old Testament cities of refuge, except that they magically appear wherever 2 or 3 are gathered in the name of art and that all roads leading to them are part of them, an international spider's web of exculpation.
"It seems inadmissible to them that an international cultural event, paying homage to one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers, is used by the police to apprehend him," said the petition, backed by France's Societe des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers).
"The arrest of Roman Polanski in a neutral country, where he assumed he could travel without hindrance ... opens the way for actions of which no one can know the effects," said the signatories, who also included actresses Monica Bellucci and Tilda Swinton and directors David Lynch, Jonathan Demme, John Landis, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Wim Wenders*.
The district court properly determined that MERS was not a contingently necessary party in Landmark's foreclosure action... The judgment of the district court is affirmed.What it means in short is that in Kansas, MERS cannot bring a foreclosure action upon a homeowner. What it means in long is a little more complicated.
When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons...Just you wait until your father gets home.
“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.”
...how wonderously the the speculations of... [The Unseen Universe] lend themselves to this scriptural idea, pointing out the necessity imposed by modern scientific thought for postulating some such internal spiritual sphere, of which the material universe may be regarded as a temporary development. The doctrine of the ascension, when rightly understood, presents then no difficulties from a scientific point of view, but is rather in strictest accordance with the highest and subtlest forms of modern thought.The only problem is that, since the book was written in 1891, the "scientific point of view" referred to therein is some manner of steady-state universe that no modern scientist (as far as I can tell) would prefer; today we are all about the Big Bang. The physical model that so troubled a prior generation's theology died long before it.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (AP) -- Google Inc. is giving 2 million books in its digital library a chance to be reincarnated as paperbacks.I already have a filing cabinet full of Google books that I have printed off from PDF, three-hole-punched, and bound, so doubtless the appearance of a machine that would bind them for me into paperbacks* will save me a lot of space. And I really can't complain about getting a custom-printed, brand new paperback for $8.
As part of a deal announced Thursday, Google is opening up part of its index to the maker of a high-speed publishing machine that can manufacture a paperback-bound book of about 300 pages in under five minutes. The new service is an acknowledgment by the Internet search leader that not everyone wants their books served up on a computer or an electronic reader...
The White House will shelve U.S. plans to build a missile-defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, a move likely to ease tensions with Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.Nicely done. Seriously.
There are, no doubt, modern people who engage in homosexual sex for reasons similar to those identified in Romans 1. If someone began with a clear heterosexual orientation, but rejected God and began experimenting with gay sex simply as a way of experiencing a new set of pleasures, then this passage may apply to that person. But this is not the experience of the vast majority of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people.The blog offers a very good examination of Romans 1 and fills in a lot of background for Paul that people might not understand today, not sharing Paul's cultural experience. Like the lawyer he is, though, I think the author identifies many trees correctly and yet misses that he's standing in a forest. He is perfectly correct that we can't know what Paul would have said had he known committed gay couples, for example, but he may be in error in presuming that Paul had never heard of such cases. Why should we have them today, and in such seeming abundance, and yet the premier evangelist of that generation never heard of such a thing?
[W]hen I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members***, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?All of us are twisted in some way. Each of us bears certain burdens, struggles with certain temptations that others do not. Some of us may have a will to power, to move our fellow men about like so many tin soldiers. Some of us are obsessed with remaining forever young. Some of us may desire to accumulate shiny things simply to prove we are a better man than someone else. Some desire to bed every woman or man who comes our way. And some of us desire to share sexual intimacy with a person of the the same sex. The temptation is different on the surface, but it is still a temptation to act in a way that stands outside God's will for us.
-- Rom 7:21-24
Ah…gold….you dig it up at great expense and then put it back into the ground in a vault that you guard at great expense. It has no inherent value, other than to make pretty jewellery and to fill teeth. Such wonderfully sensible stuff for the Chinese to invest in*. My own belief? Never underestimate the ability of the Americans to sort out problems.While I think solving problems is something at which Americans excel, and while I would not be surprised if our economic problem turns out to be less problematic than I expect, I would be even less surprised if it turns out to be worse in the short run. But I really do think that to whatever extent we surprise to the upside, it will be to that extent that American policies fail**. In other words, I have greater trust in individual Americans acting in their own interest than I do in our government acting in our perceived collective interest.
Employers cut payrolls by 216,000, fewer than forecast, after a 276,000 drop in July, Labor Department data showed today in Washington.I'm always kind of amused by the phrase tucked into bad news that informs us that the bad news was not so bad. At least it was "fewer than forecast."
Uncle Tom’s Cabin: A rock song by the hair band Warrant (Cherry Pie, 1990) that examines the problem of police corruption in rural 20th Century America and its effects on civilians.While I would have to invent a few congressional hearings, a blue ribbon commission, and an omnibus crime bill to give the song the gravity to top, say, the Market Revolution of 1800-1840, I think I could pull it off.
In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the unnamed narrator and his uncle are river fishing late one night when they hear a disturbance in the nearby brush. Silently climbing a tree, they witness the local sheriff, John Brady, and an accomplice the pair recognize as Deputy Hedge, dump two presumably dead bodies into an abandoned well under cover of night.
Escaping back to Tom’s nearby ramshackle cabin, the two discuss possible courses of action and their consequences. Since the sheriff belongs in prison for what is obviously a crime, and they are the witnesses who can not only finger the guilty but can produce the evidence, it is their duty to expose him. On the other hand, as the sheriff is a trusted law enforcement authority, it is uncertain whether anyone will believe their story. In addition, if Brady has compromised local judges or elected officials they may place themselves in personal danger by coming forward. Tom eventually convinces the narrator to take what he has seen to the grave, leaving the crooked sheriff and his co-conspirators free to terrorize and murder other innocent Americans.
The narrator describes his dilemma in the chorus: I know a secret down in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, I know a secret that I just can’t tell. I know a secret down in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, know who put the bodies in the wishing well.
The watchdog of the Securities and Exchange Commission has found that three agency exams and two investigations of Bernard Madoff's business were incompetent, despite ample warnings of the multibillion-dollar fraud."Incompetent but not improper" is a great slogan. It's not that we won't enforce all the laws and protect all the widows like we promised, it's that we can't do it. But, hey, progressivism is based almost wholly on intent anyway*, so the conclusion will be that we need new and improved rules that we can't enforce.
But SEC inspector general David Kotz's report found no evidence of any improper ties between agency officials and Madoff.
Police have said they have "no known suspects" in the case [of eight murdered in Georgia]. "We are not looking for any known suspects," Doering said. "That doesn't say that there are no suspects. They're just not known to us."That appears to be the problem the SEC had with Madoff: he was the suspect, but no one knew it.
The pressure from Google’s digital library project and Amazon’s electronic books is forcing publishers to consider drastic price cuts, the head of the world’s second largest publisher of books by sales has warned.Not surprisingly, a stilted, bureaucratic 19th century industry misinterprets the times. Rather than worrying about the lucrative trade in hardcovers, publishers ought to be asking themselves, "why do we exist at all?" In a world where books can be written, sold, delivered, and read without a single piece of paper being used, what purpose to publishers serve, what need do they meet?
Arnaud Nourry, chief executive of French publishing group Hachette Livre, said unilateral pricing by Google, Amazon and other e-book retailers such as Barnes & Noble could destroy profits and kill the lucrative trade in hardback editions.
"The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance."
-- Samuel Adams