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  • Eric Krieg
    some good stuff here ... Subject: [BOBPARKS-WHATSNEW] What s New Friday June 9, 2006 Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2006 16:21:36 -0400 From: What s New
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      some good stuff here

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      Subject:[BOBPARKS-WHATSNEW] What's New Friday June 9, 2006
      Date:Fri, 09 Jun 2006 16:21:36 -0400
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      WHAT'S NEW   Robert L. Park   Friday, 9 Jun 06   Washington, DC
      
      1. HEALTH: HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS VACCINE APPROVED   NOT REQUIRED.
      Seldom in this troubled world do we get to report a story so full
      of promise for humankind.  The FDA yesterday announced approval
      of a vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer, the
      result of a 15-year effort that began at the National Cancer
      Institute http://bobpark.physics.umd.edu/WN06/wn010606.html . 
      Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted
      disease, and the second-leading cause of death among women,
      killing some 233,000 women each year.  Death rates are highest in
      countries where the Pap smear is not widely used.  The vaccine
      should be given before girls become sexually active, however,
      some conservative Christian groups object, pointing out that the
      vaccine is no more effective than abstinence.  No doubt true.
      
      2. CRIME: THANK GOD FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. 
      A federal judge in Iowa ruled last Friday that a state-financed
      evangelical Christian program to help inmates re-enter society
      was "pervasively sectarian" and violated separation of church and
      state.  Prison Fellowship Ministeries, founded by Chuck Colson,
      was using taxpayer dollars to proselytize inmates.  Colson, of
      Watergate fame, has done a little hard time himself.  This sets
      the stage for a test of a Justice Department plan to set aside
      cell blocks at federal prisons for a private group to "counsel"
      prisoners in a single faith to prepare them for release.  Justice
      insists the program is constitutional because it's voluntary and
      participants will receive no special favors.  But the issue is
      whether they think they will receive special treatment.  Recent
      appointments to the Supreme Court take on a new significance.
      
      3. IRAQ: HOW U.S. FORCES FOUND THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN IRAQ.  
      This should have been the big story in today's news: To get the
      number-one enemy of freedom, we first had to find the crazy
      terrorist he was giving spiritual advice to.  Crazy terrorists in
      Iraq are a dime-a-dozen these days, but there is only one, Abu
      Musab al-Zarqawi who gets his spiritual advice from Sheikh Abdel
      Rahman.  The plan was boldly simple: find al-Zarqawi and track
      him until he leads us to Rahman.  Then, call in an F-16 strike. 
      The problem in Iraq isn't terrorists, it's the clerics, who are
      constantly inflating the number of virgins per martyr. 
      
      4. LIONS: WHY CERTAIN RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS GAIN FEW FOLLOWERS. 
      According to a Reuters story out of Kiev, on Sunday evening when
      the zoo was crowded with visitors, a man lowered himself by rope
      into the lion enclosure and walked up to the lions shouting,"God
      will save me if he exists," thus proving himself to be a man of
      faith.  Without hesitation, a lioness severed his carotid artery.
      
      5. BIBLES: "THE GOSPEL OF THE FLYING SPAGETTI MONSTER" IS OUT. 
      The fastest growing carbohydrate-based religion now has its own
      sacred book to combat the "intelligent design" dark side.
      
      THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND.
      Opinions are the author's and not necessarily shared by the
      University of Maryland, but they should be.
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