Thu, 24 Oct 2002
if Eve ate a fruit in the Garden of Eden, it was an orange or a fig, not an apple

... or so says the latest book to be given the Vatican's seal of approval:

Based on their study of original sacred texts, Elisabetta Broli and Roberto Beretta's book carries a preface by Gianfranco Ravasi, a member of the Vatican's cultural committee, congratulating the writers "who, like hounds, have gone in search of these pseudo-biblical truffles, as malodorous as they are delicious".

So this is the second bunch of people of the Christian faith to come out speaking about the faith and the ... what's the word? "misstatements" that are made... though of course this is talking about much longer history, not just US right-wing fundamentalism.

ta anthony

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This Is Oil -- This Is a No-Brainer on Oil

A spin on the "war on drugs" ad campaign linking drugs to the various consequences of the drug tade:

The second ad, which opens on a man at a gas station, features a child's voice-over throughout: "This is George." Then we see a close-up of a gas pump. "This is the gas George buys for his car." Next we see a guy in a suit. "This is the oil company executive who makes money on the gas George buys." Close-up on Al Qaeda training film footage: "This is the terrorist organization supported by money from the country where the oil company does business." It's followed by footage of 9/11: "We all know what this is." And it closes on a wide shot of bumper-to-bumper traffic: "The biggest weapon of mass destruction is parked in your driveway."

(ta, eccles)

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Why U.N. inspectors left Iraq--then and now

Over at they've got a list of quotes from the media comparing the reporting about weapons inspectors in 1998 to 2002. In their words, "What a Difference Four Years Makes"...

The chief U.N. weapons inspector ordered his monitors to leave Baghdad today after saying that Iraq had once again reneged on its promise to cooperate--a report that renewed the threat of U.S. and British airstrikes.
--AP, 12/16/98
Information on Iraq's programs has been spotty since Saddam expelled U.N. weapons inspectors in 1998.
--AP, 9/7/02

(via robot)

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