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FEBRUARY 2, 2010
WARSAW (Reuters) - A Polish priest has installed an electronic reader in his church for schoolchildren to leave their fingerprints in order to monitor their attendance at mass, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily said on Friday.
I can't wait to see the ACLU get involved in this, in Polish.
FEBRUARY 1, 2010
DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A restaurant owner in Arizona alleges the owners of an eatery in Delray Beach, Fla., stole the theme behind his Heart Attack Grill. Heart Attack Grill owner Jon Basso alleges in a federal lawsuit the owners of the Heart Stoppers Sports Grill in Delray Beach copied his theme of having a restaurant with a medical theme and unhealthy foods, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel said Friday.
Well, the Japanese had their kamikaze, and apparently we have ours.
JANUARY 31, 2010
NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Americans consider heavy male political candidates more honest and reliable than thin ones, but thin still wins for female candidates, a study shows. "A candidate's physical appearance plays a greater role in evaluation than we have thought in the past," Dr. Elizabeth Miller, the study's co-author, told the New York Daily News. "We assume voters only pay attention to things like issue position, but to think that they don't pay attention to physical appearance is a bit naive," added Miller, a political scientist at the University of Missouri.
The calorie gap – a new concept in politics.
JANUARY 30, 2010
BOSTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Boston researchers said they discovered family ties between President Barack Obama and newly elected Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. The New England Historic Genealogical Society said the Democratic president's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and Brown's mother, Judith Ann Rugg, are both descendants of Richard Singletary, a Massachusetts man who died in 1687 at the age of 102.
I want to be invited to that family reunion.
JANUARY 29, 2010
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Argentina's president thinks eating pig meat is really sexy. Many people in this beef-loving nation reacted with surprise Thursday after Cristina Fernandez promoted pork in a speech during which she not only said pork is better than Viagra, but suggested she's personally proven it.
That is not exactly outreach to the Muslim world. Watch the fatwahs start pouring in.
JANUARY 28, 2010
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A city in Russia's south is selling its bronze statue of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, as it can no longer afford the cost of repairs, Russian media reported Wednesday. The 14-tonne, balding figure has stood upright with one arm outstretched -- one of several typical Lenin poses -- in the main square of Voronezh, some 500 km (311 miles) southwest of Moscow, for 60 years, state-run Vesti-24 television showed. But the city-owned company responsible for his upkeep has gone bankrupt and is looking for a new owner who can afford present repairs costing 1.5 million roubles, popular daily Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.
Well, let's see. They could ask Jane Fonda, Michael Moore, Oliver Stone and a number of prominent American "academics" for some financial help. Ring up Bill Ayers, Obama's radical pal from Chicago. His father was a corporation executive who probably left a bundle.
JANUARY 27, 2010
HERTFORD, England, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Bosses at a British recruitment firm said they were shocked when a government job center rejected an ad for discriminating against people who aren't "reliable." Nicole Mamo, 48, director of Devonwood Recruitment in Hertfordshire, said she was shocked when the government-run Job Center rejected her ad for applicants who "must be very reliable and hard-working," the Daily Mail reported Tuesday. Mamo said she called the center to find out why her advertisement was rejected. "She said it was because they could have cases against them for discriminating against unreliable people," Mamo said.
Maybe there won't always be an England.
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