Daily Archives: July 31, 2008

Chinese authorities’ broken promises threaten Olympic legacy | Amnesty International

I thought I would help friends in China out by drawing attention to Amnesty International, particularly to the recent report on the eve of the Beijing Olympics — which I do hope go as well as can be expected.

I further am helping out by tagging certain entries on this blog China forbidden topic. Now that will save the censors over there quite a lot of trouble, won’t it? So kind of me.

Finally, over the fold you will find your very own copy of the Amnesty Report. Can’t be more generous than that, can I?

The day that there are no Five Forbidden Topics will be the day China will have really stood up! 1949 was an interesting start and much good and bad has happened since. I like China and Chinese people, I really do; I mean that.

But there is a goal to aim for… No more Forbidden Topics!

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Posted by on July 31, 2008 in challenge, Chinese and China, Olympics 2008



Any of you watching Q&A at the moment?

It’s not too bad — but why, why, why are people still trotting out that absolute PIFFLE about the supposed petitions signed allegedly by a zillion scientists who do not support the human impact on the environment, global warming, etc…

When the topic appeared on the same show on 10 July I posted:

the highlight so far has been Andrew Bolt grappling with a REAL SCIENTIST and making a total goose of himself, on the matter of the amount of ice in the world, for example, and what is happening in Antarctica… See also Real Climate on Skeptics. Seems to believe in the so-called Global Warming Petition Project with its much touted “31,072 American scientists have signed this petition.” He quotes this as if it had some real weight. However, see Oregon Institute of Science and Malarkey on the background and the shonkiness of this, and also see Sourcewatch. Andrew Bolt on this one may as well admit to believing in fairies…

For God’s sake!!!

Fortunately there is a very sensible representative of business on the show. Let’s stop debating, she says, and grasp the opportunities this gives us. So true…

On the other hand, I really do think we should have a more sensible attitude to nuclear power, especially given the changes that have happened there in the past ten to twenty years. I do see though some merit in our relying on the resources and infrastructures we already have, suitably modified in the light of climate change… Yes, there is an issue there.

But climate change scepticism? You have to be joking… Flat earthism, that’s all it is now. See also the sidebar on the front page.

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Posted by on July 31, 2008 in climate change, environment, TV


Channel 4 – Faith and belief – Opus Dei and the Da Vinci Code

I watched this documentary on DVD last night, courtesy of Surry Hills Library and our dead TV antenna: Opus Dei and the Da Vinci Code. There is little evidence of this doco on YouTube; the item I have posted in the VodPod today is from a “friendly source.”

I borrowed the doco with World Youth Week in mind; it is most enlightening. Perhaps the best aspect of the DVD is the two hours of uncut interviews packaged with it, which cover a range of viewpoints for and against this controversial organisation. Undoubtedly backward-looking in theology, Opus Dei is on the other hand travestied in The Da Vinci Code, most of which is nonsense on the subject. For example, there are no monks, albino or otherwise, in Opus Dei. However, I do suspect there are some Australian journalists in its orbit, if not in its ranks. It is at one level a holiness movement, and a lay movement, not totally unlike some of the holiness or revival movements in Protestant churches in the past, Methodism in its early days being an example.

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Posted by on July 31, 2008 in Christianity, dvd, faith, faith and philosophy, fundamentalism and extremism, religion, TV