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by Fran on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 01:42:25 PM EST
Tax-payers foot the bill for free Carla Bruni CDs - Telegraph
Thousands of Carla Bruni CDs are to be given away for free in a French taxpayer-funded campaign to promote exports.

The album will be sent to people around the world along with wine and cheese vouchers.

The government insists the initiative is aimed at increasing international food and drink sales but anger has been expressed at the way it also promotes the wife of the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy.

by Fran on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 01:52:38 PM EST
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Catholics attack Dan Brown film Angels and Demons - Telegraph
Catholic leaders have attacked the film sequel to The Da Vinci Code for its "gratuitously outlandish" portrayal of the Church.

The storyline for Angels & Demons, which stars Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor, centres on a plot by the Illuminati, a secrety society of intellectuals, who are intent on gaining revenge for a brutal massacre of their predecessors by the Church centuries ago. Although the society once existed, there is no historical evidence that its members were butchered by Catholics.

The Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon, the Bishop of Nottingham, warned that the film could stir up anti-Catholic sentiment."This is so outlandish, it's total rubbish," said Bishop McMahon, who is one of the Church's most senior bishops. "It's mischievous to stir up this kind of anti-Catholic sentiment. It's a gratuitous knocking of the Church and I can't see any reason for it."

by Fran on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 01:53:37 PM EST
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Thank the Lord, Mr. Ratzinger is already doing a fine job stirring up anti-Catholic sentiment. May he reign for decades! By then there will be more Methodists in Italy than Catholics.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 05:06:14 PM EST
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In the meantime, he's doing his best to upset the Israelis by insisting that important issues be resolved before his visit. If you thought I'm talking about Gaza or similar things, you don't understand the Vatican. I mean really important issues
Peres is pressing the government to agree to the Vatican's request that Israel surrender control of six religious sites, among them the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth; the Coenaculum on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, where Jesus is said to have held The Last Supper; the Gethsemane, which sits at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem; Mount Tabor; and the Church of the Multiplication, which hugs the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 05:14:45 PM EST
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There were actually about one hundred sites the Catholic Church wanted. Also, the Church wants special tax exemptions, a favourite of theirs wherever they go, a defining characteristic of their earthly mission. It seems that there will be a conference on the matter at this point to save face. The present Israeli government has been far from sympathetic with Vatican requests despite the overtures of Shimon Peres.

The Israeli government as well as local parishs will pay the visit. I wonder if the victims of the earthquake in Onna had to pay for his visit.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 05:27:28 PM EST
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Bishop McMahon:
"This is so outlandish, it's total rubbish,"

One book of outrageously badly written fiction against another.


by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 09:45:59 AM EST
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I saw this on MosNews and thought it was a joke.  Now the Trib's reporting it:

Chicago Tribune: Soap drinking, leg biting, handcuffs: Another wild flight on United

According to court documents, Rusanova was returning home to the United Kingdom after traveling to California to visit a man she had met over the Internet.
Fearful of flying, she had taken sleeping pills and consumed two or three bottles of red wine, according to a statement she made to FBI special agent James McCarty.

About three hours into the flight, a United flight attendant said she found Rusanova with her feet on her in-flight food tray, kicking the seat in front of her. Rusanova, who appeared to be very intoxicated, according to a court filing, requested more wine and then fell asleep when it was denied her.

A short time later, the same United crew member was told by passengers that Rusanova was incoherent and bothering fellow travelers. As she approached, she saw Rusanova "drink a bottle of liquid soap that she had apparently removed from the bathroom," according to the court document.

A melee ensued as flight attendants attempted to subdue Rusanova while moving her to a flight crew member's seat at the rear of the cabin, where she was eventually handcuffed. Rusanova allegedly threw punches and even tried to bite a flight attendant's leg, according to the filing.

Rusanova told McCarty that she remember little about the flight, aside from fighting with a flight attendant over seating and the quality of United's red wine.

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky
by poemless on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 05:12:13 PM EST
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Repressed traits are the most easily revealed by alcohol. Here was a woman ready to fly - not for the first time - a long distance to realize some faint hope raised by a virtual chat conversation. It is desperation, and desperation denied often leads to violence.

It is indeed sad to behold that people can be so unhappy as to cling to such flimsy dreams. But that is the society we w*sterners have built for ourselves: somnambulism in front of the media for the poor in mind and spirit, or impossible dreams for the endowed. There are too few people who manage to navigate between these extremes - or so 'they' would have us believe.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 05:34:34 PM EST
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Eh.  I know of countless situations where people have met online and end up in prefectly decent relationships.  Even the internet hook-ups that don't end well normally don't end in someone drinking lav. soap and displaying rabid behavior.  

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky
by poemless on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 06:20:27 PM EST
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Hence my photo post

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 06:31:03 PM EST
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We could actually look at this as a happy ending if we consider that most people with that kind of a load on tend to die from aspirating their own vomit.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 03:14:39 AM EST
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For higher reasons of decorum the Italian Democrat Party refrained from releasing a video during the recent Trento electoral campaign, won by a very large margin by the way this Sunday.

The video shows a group of volunteers from Trento helping the victims of the earthquake when Poffarbacco Furioso arrives on the scene for another photo opportunity, oozing his spermatic aura. He grabs the closest thing feminine and asks, "Do you mind if I fondle her?"

The woman was not pleased.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 06:02:09 PM EST
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I got to work and I had a dozen unread work-related e-mails going back and forth between coworkers. I feel like this

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 04:24:47 AM EST
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