VTech Nightmare 3: some necessary number crunching

In no sense can we or should we downplay the horror of what happened at Virginia Tech. But this fortnight's Private Eye had some chilling statistics that put things into perspective somewhat. As i say, in no sense does this…

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scary waste stats

Came across these pictures this week. You won't have a clue what the one on the left is, and you will think you know what the one on the right is. At best, it resembles a rather poor reproduction of…

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feeling a bit bad about it

i must confess that since posting the previous item this morning (on giving Bush the doubt of the benefit), i've been feeling a little bad. I completely reject the shallow and ignorant prevailing wind of anti-Americanism that is sweeping through…

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abolition of slave trade bill – 25th march 1807

Sunday 25th March was a remarkable day at All Souls. In the morning, CHRIS WRIGHT (my Langham Partnership boss) preached a gripping and profound sermon on the crucifixion narrative in Luke 23:26-43 in which he was able to bring out…

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the changing status quo – political shifts in the abortion debate

Abortion protests in Washington DC

There was a fascinating short article in the latest BBC History Magazine (as well as a really helpful pull out section on the anniversary of slavery’s abolition) about some recent research into the history of the abortion debate. It is worth quoting in full:

“Going to War Over Abortion”

The current debate over abortion in the USA is polarized, with pro-choice opinion coalescing around the political Left and pro-lifers being associated with the Right. yet, as Richard Hughes of Illinois State University reveals in Burning Birth Certificates and Atomic Tupperware Parties: Creating the Antiabortion Movement in the Shadow of the Vietnam War (The Historian, vol 68, no 3), when the anti-abortion movement took off int he 1970s it had much more in common with the radical anti-war movement.

As the Vietnam War drew to a close in the early 1970s, former activists became instrumental in the pro-life movement, (more…)

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Amillia the miracle baby – here is a LIFE!

You will no doubt have heard about the so-called miracle baby - Amillia Sonja Taylor - who was born at only 22 weeks in Miami last November. What doctors have been able to do has been amazing and inspiring. The…

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