April 16th 2011

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EDITORIAL: Greens fracture over anti-Israel policy

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Nation braces itself for tough Budget

RURAL AFFAIRS: Farmers hit by supermarket price war

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Why a carbon tax is self-defeating

SRI LANKA: Kevin Rudd silent on the plight of the Tamils

AUSTRALIA'S COLD WAR: Evatt, not Spry, responsible for security predicament

MIDDLE EAST: Libyan impasse the result of multiple policy failures

HEALTH CARE: ObamaCare's assault on the family

UNITED NATIONS: New attack on free speech and religious freedom

EUTHANASIA: "Unproductive burdens" still have a right to live

CULTURE: Tolerance enforcers try to ban the word "Easter"

EDUCATION: Schools need to devolve to evolve

OPINION: Labor's carbon tax will destroy our advantage

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Killing the unborn is wrong, say 78 Argentinean obstetricians

BOOK REVIEW: The geopolitics of energy

BOOK REVIEW: Butcher laureate of the 20th century

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Killing the unborn is wrong, say 78 Argentinean obstetricians

News Weekly, April 16, 2011

A group of 78 Argentinean obstetricians and gynaecologists have signed a public declaration in favour of the right to life and against proposed legislation to legalise the killing of the unborn in their country, basing their position on the science of human development.

The declaration, called the Manifesto for Life, affirms: “Science teaches that life begins with conception. To deny this certainty of biology is not an expression of lack of faith, but rather a lack of fundamental knowledge of human genetics.” It adds: “If this truth is also affirmed by religions, it does not for that reason cease to be a strictly scientific truth.”

“From the moment that the ovum is fertilised, a new life begins that is not the life of the father nor the mother, but rather a new human being that develops autonomously,” the doctors continue. “The embryo is not part of the body of the mother, nor is the foetus an organ of her body: the DNA of the embryo is distinct from its progenitors.”

The physicians counsel that the “most effective strategy” to prevent abortion is “moral and ethical education”. They say that “it is not sufficient to give information on biological, physiological, and anatomical facts about the human body”, arguing that education should “impart teaching on values, in such a way that new generations adopt a responsible, ordered, and dignified attitude towards sexuality”.

Extract from Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, “Killing an unborn child is never the solution, say 78 Argentinean obstetricians”, LifeSiteNews.com, March 29, 2011.
URL: www.lifesitenews.com/news/killing-an-unborn-child-is-never-the-solution-say-78-argentinean-obstetrici/


Political statistics

When someone gives you a cheque and the bank informs you that there are insufficient funds, who do you get mad at? In your own life, you get mad at the guy who gave you a check that bounced, not at the bank. But, in politics, you get mad at whoever tells you that there is no money.

One of the secrets of the growth of the welfare state is that politicians get a lot of mileage out of making promises, without setting aside enough money to fulfil those promises.

When Congress votes for all sorts of benefits, without voting for enough taxes to pay for them, they get the support of those who have been promised the benefits, without getting grief from the taxpayers. It’s strictly win-win as far as the welfare-state politicians are concerned. But it is strictly lose-lose, big-time, for the country, as deficits skyrocket.

Anyone who says that we don’t have the money to pay what was promised is accused of trying to destroy Social Security, Medicare or ObamaCare — or whatever other unfunded promises have been made. It is like blaming the bank for saying that the cheque bounced.

It is the same story at the state level as in Washington. The lavish pensions promised to members of public sector unions cannot continue to be paid because the money is just not there. But who are the unions mad at? Those who say that the money is not there.

Extract from Thomas Sowell, “Political statistics”, Townhall.com (US), April 5, 2011.
URL: http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2011/04/05/political_statistics/page/full/


Anti-nuclear activist changes his mind

Over the last fortnight I’ve made a deeply troubling discovery.

The anti-nuclear movement to which I once belonged has misled the world about the impacts of radiation on human health.

The claims we have made are ungrounded in science, unsupportable when challenged, and wildly wrong. We have done other people, and ourselves, a terrible disservice. …

For the last 25 years anti-nuclear campaigners have been racking up the figures for deaths and diseases caused by the Chernobyl disaster, and parading deformed babies like a medieval circus.

They now claim 985,000 people have been killed by Chernobyl, and that it will continue to slaughter people for generations to come. These claims are false.

Extract from George Monbiot, “The unpalatable truth is that the anti-nuclear lobby has misled us, The Guardian (UK), April 5, 2011.
: www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/05/anti-nuclear-lobby-misled-world

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