Important Doctrine Up For Change

by Hal Mooz 31. October 2012 13:27

Chinese think tank urges end to one-child policy

The state-backed think tank suggests phasing out the 30-year-old birth limits over the next three years.

A Chinese government think tank is urging the country's leaders to start phasing out its one-child policy immediately and allow two children for every family by 2015, a daring proposal to do away with the unpopular policy. "China has paid a huge political and social cost for the policy, as it has resulted in social conflict, high administrative costs and led indirectly to a long-term gender imbalance at birth," Xinhua said, citing the report. But it remains unclear whether Chinese leaders are ready to take up the recommendations. China's National Population and Family Planning Commission had no immediate comment on the report Wednesday. Known to many as the one-child policy, China's actual rules are more complicated. The government limits most urban couples to one child, and allows two children for rural families if their first-born is a girl. There are numerous other exceptions as well, including looser rules for minority families and a two-child limit for parents who are themselves both singletons. Though the government credits the policy with preventing hundreds of millions of births and helping lift countless families out of poverty, it is reviled by many ordinary people. The strict limits have led to forced abortions and sterilizations, even though such measures are illegal. Couples who flout the rules face hefty fines, seizure of their property and loss of their jobs. Many demographers argue that the policy has worsened the country's aging crisis by limiting the size of the young labor pool that must support the large baby boom generation as it retires. They say it has contributed to the imbalanced sex ratio by encouraging families to abort baby girls, preferring to try for a male heir.









Addiction Based Judgment vs. Doctrine Based Judgment

by Hal Mooz 30. October 2012 14:42

Montana OT arrested on drug charge

Montana offensive tackle Trevor Poole was arrested on a felony drug charge over the weekend.The university's student-athlete code of conduct calls for the sophomore from Spokane, Wash., to be suspended indefinitely and if convicted of a felony, to be dismissed from the team. Missoula County jail records show Poole was booked into jail early Sunday on suspicion of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. His bail is listed at $50,000 and he is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Justice Court on Monday afternoon. Montana athletic director Kent Haslam told the Missoulian that Poole was arrested at a large party several hours after Montana's 70-24 win over Idaho State.






Thoughtless Emotion Based Judgment

by Hal Mooz 29. October 2012 10:47

San Francisco Sweeps Up After Giants Sweep

San Francisco leaders were forced on Monday to begin cleaning up parts of the city after vandals wreaked havoc after the Giants swept the Tigers in the World Series on Sunday night. Crews from the city's department of Public Works worked overnight through the morning, cleaning the streets of garbage and debris. That's because some fans lit bonfires along Mission Street and around AT&T Park, and some revelers threw beer bottles at police just before midnight. Some fans hopped on top of Muni buses and cars along Market Street; at least one car had been tipped on its side. At least one fan was disappointed with that behavior."Why do they have to throw things at buildings?" asked Kristen Wells, a Giants fan who saw no point in destroying property when her favorite baseball team just won the World Series. Some said that the vandals weren't fans at all, just hoodlums taking advantage of the situation.






Doping - Perk Pressure Based Judgment?

by Hal Mooz 29. October 2012 09:15

Armstrong doping fallout continues

A Dallas promotions company that paid Lance Armstrong more than $7 million in bonuses for winning the Tour de France is demanding he return the money. The company paid Armstrong about $7 million for winning his sixth tour in 2004 and reportedly paid up to $12 million total. The company paid Armstrong about $7 million for winning his sixth tour in 2004 and reportedly paid up to $12 million total. The US Anti-Doping Agency recently reported extensive evidence that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his tour victories. The International Cycling Union, the sport's governing body, on Monday accepted sanctions that included banning Armstrong from the sport for life and stripping him of his tour wins. Armstrong's attorneys have said he has no intention of paying. They note that SCA entered a voluntary settlement to pay Armstrong, which included a no-appeal clause. Armstrong's attorneys say Texas law won't allow SCA to try to reopen a voluntary settlement.


Extreme Emotion Based Judgment

by Hal Mooz 28. October 2012 10:07

Friends say NYC nanny not herself before killings

Friends and relatives of Yoselyn Ortega, the New York City nanny accused of stabbing two young children to death, say she appeared to be struggling emotionally and financially recently. But few could offer any explanation for what might have caused her to attack the children. A relative told The New York Post, "She snapped." The sister, Celia Ortega, said the family doesn't know what happened. The 50-year-old nanny remained hospitalized Saturday from self-inflicted stab wounds. Police say the children were found dead by their mother when she returned to their Upper West Side apartment and the mother also found Ortega stabbing herself with a knife.







Hoarding is Addiction Based Judgment

by Hal Mooz 25. October 2012 09:37

Illinois hoarder ordered to get rid of hundreds of birds, dead and alive

A judge late Wednesday afternoon ordered an Aurora, Ill., man to let a city-hired crew remove hundreds of birds from his home. He said he wanted to do the cleanup on his own because he couldn't afford the $13,000 the city would charge to capture the birds, but the judge overruled him. "I feel bad about causing such a circus for them. I mean, I wish I would have had a little bit more control," said Skeberdis. The homeowner estimated he has 80 birds, but Aurora police estimated there may be as many as 200 birds in the basement and approximately 100 birds between the first and second floors. Aurora Police Chief John Lehman said the air quality of the home was unsafe because of dead birds on the premises and bird droppings that have not been cleaned up. Testing on the home showed two to 15 times the normal mold reading, according to city officials. "I didn't realize how bad the bird doo was," Skeberdis said. "If you saw it, you'd probably think I was crazy." Skeberdis said he admits the hoarding got out of control but said he doesn't plan on seeking help for the obsession. "I have enough psychology classes that I took in college," he said.




Even Tweets Are Permanent

by Hal Mooz 24. October 2012 16:10

Radio host fired for Howard tweet

A Columbus sports talk-show host who was suspended after he tweeted he wished ESPN's Desmond Howard would get fired or die has been dismissed by his station. Torgerson was suspended last week.






Thoughtless Decision and Permanent Embarrassment

by Hal Mooz 22. October 2012 16:09

Private porn pics aren't private for long

Eighty-eight percent of homemade pornography, including videos and still images, finds its way onto porn sites, often without the owners' knowledge, a new study concluded. The study analyzed more than 12,000 sexually explicit images uploaded by young people and found that the great majority of images had been stolen and published to what Britain's Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which published the study, calls "parasite" websites. These parasites, exclusively devoted to hosting sexual images featuring young subjects, allegedly obtain their material from anywhere they can get it: lost or stolen cellphones, hacked private accounts on Photobucket, Flickr, or Facebook, or from chat sites and Tumblr, a blogging platform notorious for the amount of explicit self-published content by high school and college-age students. In 2011, the now-defunct published tens of thousands of stolen Facebook photos submitted by jaded ex-lovers or angry friends. "We need young people to realize that once an image or a video has gone online, they may never be able to remove it entirely," Susie Hargreaves, CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation, told the Guardian newspaper in London. "Once an image has been copied on to a parasite website, it will no longer suffice to simply remove the image from the online account." David Wright, director of the UK Safer Internet Center, agreed with the study and reiterated a warning to youngsters not to send sexually explicit messages via their phones, either. "Much of the advice for children and young people is, quite rightly, to not 'sext,' " he said. In its report, the IWF features quotes meant to serve as a warning to others to not even make explicit photos. "One explicit image I took when I was young ... is coming up on the first page of [unnamed search engine]," one quote read.








Big Time Permanent Errors

by Hal Mooz 22. October 2012 08:16

UCI agrees to strip Armstrong

Lance Armstrong's name is coming out of cycling's record books.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by cycling's governing body Monday following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams. In Paris, Tour director Christian Prudhomme said at a news conference he no longer considers Armstrong the seven-time champion of the race. Prudhomme called UCI's decision ''totally logical'' and said ''Lance Armstrong is no longer the winner of the Tour de France from 1999-2005.'' The USADA report said Armstrong and his teams used steroids, the blood booster EPO and blood transfusions. The report included statements from 11 former teammates who testified against Armstrong. ''I was sickened by what I read in the USADA report,'' McQuaid said, singling out the testimony of David Zabriskie. ''The story he told of how he was coerced and to some extent forced into doping is just mind boggling. ''Armstrong denies doping, saying he passed hundreds of drug tests. But he chose not to fight USADA in one of the agency's arbitration hearings, arguing the process was biased against him. Former Armstrong team director Johan Bruyneel is also facing doping charges, but he is challenging the USADA case in arbitration.











Doctrine Based Judgment

by Hal Mooz 19. October 2012 11:04

Judge rules for cheerleaders in Bible banner suit

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A judge ruled Thursday that cheerleaders at an East Texas high school can display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games, saying the school district's ban on the practice appears to violate the students' free speech rights. District Judge Steve Thomas granted an injunction requested by the Kountze High School cheerleaders allowing them to continue displaying religious-themed banners pending the outcome of a lawsuit, which is set to go to trial next June 24, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. Thomas previously granted a temporary restraining order allowing the practice to continue. School officials barred the cheerleaders from displaying banners with religious messages such as, "If God is for us, who can be against us," after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. The advocacy group says the messages violate the First Amendment clause barring the government - or a publicly funded school district, in this case - from establishing or endorsing a religion. "Today's ruling is a victory for all who cherish our inalienable right to freedom of speech and religious expression,"

Gov. Rick Perry, who appointed Thomas, a fellow Republican, to the district court to fill a vacancy, issued a statement welcoming the ruling. Perry said. "I am proud of the cheerleaders at Kountze ISD for standing firm in the knowledge of these endowed rights and their willingness to be an example in defending those rights, which a secular group has needlessly tried to take away."










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