Jul 5
ACLU President Strossen on religion, drugs, guns and impeaching George Bush

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There are few organizations in the United States that elicit a stronger emotional response than the American Civil Liberties Union, whose stated goal is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States”. Those people include gays, Nazis, women seeking abortion, gun owners, SPAM mailers and drug users. People who are often not popular with various segments of the public. The ACLU’s philosophy is not that it agrees or disagrees with any of these people and the choices that they make, but that they have personal liberties that must not be trampled upon.

In Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s interview with the President of the ACLU, Nadine Strossen, he wanted to cover some basic ground on the ACLU’s beliefs. Perhaps the area where they are most misunderstood or have their beliefs most misrepresented is their feelings about religion in the public sphere. The ACLU categorically does not want to see religion disappear from schools or in the public forum; but they do not want to see government advocacy of any particular religion. Thus, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s placement of a ten ton monument to the Ten Commandments outside the courthouse is strenuously opposed; but “Lone Ranger of the Manger” Rita Warren’s placement of nativity scenes in public parks is vigorously defended. In the interview, Strossen talks about how certain politicians and televangelists purposefully misstate the law and the ACLU’s work in order to raise funds for their campaigns.

David Shankbone’s discussion with Strossen touches upon many of the ACLU’s hot button issues: religion, Second Amendment rights, drug liberalization, “partial-birth abortion” and whether or not George W. Bush should be impeached. It may surprise the reader that many ideas people have about the most visible of America’s civil libertarian organizations are not factually correct and that the ACLU often works closely with many of the organizations people think despise its existence.


  • 1 Strossen’s background
  • 2 Religion in schools
  • 3 Religious symbols
  • 4 How the ACLU is misrepresented by politicians and televangelists
  • 5 The abortion debate
  • 6 Judicial activism
  • 7 Capital punishment and criminal justice
  • 8 Decriminalization of drugs and suicide
  • 9 War and threats to humanity
  • 10 Should George Bush be impeached?
  • 11 Gun rights
  • 12 Strossen’s philosophy
  • 13 Sources
Jul 3
Canadian city announces first Studios of Brampton tour
Canadian city announces first Studios of Brampton tour

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Created by the Brampton Arts Council and the City of Brampton, the Studios of Brampton studio tour will allow residents a chance to view works by dozens of local artists at twelve locations.

The tour will run October 1 & 2 from 10 pm until 4 pm ET.

On the tour are the personal studios of watercolourist Jack Reid, sculpture Marion Bartlett, woodworker Rick Bino, ceramicist Eric Wong, calligrapher and fashion illustrator Rosemarie Gidvani, abstract painter Karen Darling, oil painter John Cutruzzola, stain-glass artist Darlene Robichaud, and watercolourist Gordon Stuart.

Also on the tour is the Art Gallery of Peel, which will be exhibiting Sydney Drum, a Canadian artist based in New York, and Kelly McNeil.

Visual Arts Brampton and Beaux-Arts Brampton will both have line-ups of local artist members. VAB has confirmed displays by William Band, Bridget Doughty, Betty Jean Evans, Marguerite Finlayson, Conrad Mieschke, Keith Moreau, Mary Noble, Olga Rudge, and Elizabeth Patrick.

Sample works representing each location on the tour will be shown at the Brampton City Hall’s Atrium Gallery.

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Jun 28
Germany legalises medical use of cannabis
Germany legalises medical use of cannabis

Friday, January 20, 2017

Yesterday, the German Bundestag passed a law to legalise cannabis drug for medicinal purposes. The law is to come under effect in March.

“Seriously ill people must be treated in the best ways possible” ((de))German language: ?Schwerkranke Menschen müssen bestmöglich versorgt werden., German health minister Hermann Gröhe tweeted. Doctors can prescribe marijuana — cannabis — for patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, or loss of appetite or nausea from cancer’s chemotherapy treatment.

Christian Democrats (CDU) lawmaker Rainer Hayek said this law would still prevent recreational use of cannabis. The cost of cannabis is to be covered under health insurance. Patients can buy dried buds or cannabis extracts from pharmacies with a prescription or get synthetic derivatives from other countries, though possession of the drug in large quantities is not allowed.

Cannabis cultivation is to be monitored by the government. Germany has joined other European countries such as Austria, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Netherlands in legalising the drug to some extent.

In October, a 53-year-old multiple sclerosis patient showed cannabis was the only solution to reduce his pain, and the court granted him permission to grow as many as 130 plants in one year for personal use. Purchasing, rather than growing, medical cannabis at the time cost about €15 (US$16.85) per gram.

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Jun 23
Traveling To Corpus Christi, Texas: Useful Findings About Vacation Rentals And Lodgings

Submitted by: Alfonsoxi Koch

A popular directory of vacation rentals, hotels and bed and breakfasts shows the findings of a new survey conducted on 20,342 travelers who were looking for vacation rentals in Corpus Christi, Texas from July 2008 to January 2010.

This study information confirms last year s forecasts made by travel gurus on consumer s growing interests in comparison shopping.

Plus, the website shows practical details about traveler’s trip planning routines, and destination’s vacation themes for Corpus Christi, Texas, the birdiest city in USA. Without doubt, Corpus Christi has everything that an outdoor enthusiast can dream of.

Comparison Shopping Trends for Corpus Christi: 64 percent of the tourists that were looking for short term rentals were interested in comparison shopping among Corpus Christi vacation rentals, bed breakfasts, and hotels. It is interesting to observe that 63 percent were interested in staying in nearby cities such as Portland, North Padre Island, Ingleside, Odem, and Aransas Pass.

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Vacation Planning Trends for Corpus Christi: The analysis plainly shows that those classic last minute travelers who inquired within the last month prior to the arriving to their Corpus Christi lodging represented the 47 percent. Those mindful and careful vacationers who began their trip planning two or more months in advance from the travel date represented the 31 percent. The remaining 22 percent were travelers who inquired one to two months in advance.

Vacation Theme Trends for Corpus Christi: Corpus Christi s most popular vacation theme is family vacations and reunions with 50 percent of the traveler s inquiries requesting lodging for families with kids, 33 percent for groups of more than 4 adults, 28 percent for couples, and 4 percent for people traveling alone.

Of course, the best way to practice comparison shopping is to have the opportunity to compare different lodging options, for example:

Vacation Rental Property Option: Some have said that this is the perfect spot to come and experience Corpus Christi with all it offers. A fantastic Corpus Christi vacation holiday condominium with a gorgeous view from a private terrace. It’s on the third floor, a corner unit, with no one above you and no one to the left. Envision how pleasing it is to sit and watch the action on the shore or maybe a spectacular sunset together—so close that in just one minute you’re right on the actual beach strolling with the feel of the sand between your feet! This unique Corpus Christi holiday condo is situated on Corpus Christi Beach front and is situated in the Villa Del Sol Resort. For more details, photographs and/or to request about quotes and availability, you should log into ID#119345.

Corpus Christi bed and breakfasts alternative: This unique South Texas Guest Farm is located twenty minutes west of Corpus Christi, Texas, this is an upscale Guest Ranch/ Inn that caters to outdoor lovers who desire spoiling. It specializes in personal attention, premium meals, as well as ‘country luxury’. Sitting in the rich Nueces River valley, its facilities offers a great variety of alternatives. Whether it’s a big event, reunion, retreat, corporate and business hunt,or a restful,passionate get-away, this residence can certainly make it a memorable ocassion. For more information specifics, photographs and contact details, please sign into rentalo.com, property ID#4969.

Here’s some practical vacation preparation recommendations to make your vacation a lot more enjoyable in Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi is a wonderful city with many things to do and travel spots to go to. During the preparation to travel, there are numerous logistics you should set up beforehand. Take the time to plan your visit, exactly what spots you intend to visit, the people that you would like to meet, the place where you would like to stay in, best restaurants to eat, as well as go shopping. When you get to Corpus Christi, you also need to be ready if you’re traveling with children and teenagers in case there are some typical accidents or unusual situations. In case you are going with an adult person or children, in the event that they need to take certain specific medicine that requires to be under refrigeration, be sure to call the particular hotel or vacation rental to make sure you’ve got a fridge accessible.

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Jun 23
Scientists report chemotherapy cocktail may cause adult women to grow new egg cells
Scientists report chemotherapy cocktail may cause adult women to grow new egg cells

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Chemotherapy is usually associated with a collection of side effects ranging from digestive problems to hair loss, but a study published this week in Human Reproduction demonstrated that female cancer patients may find they have something in common with much younger women in one specific area — their ovaries.

Scientists from the University of Edinburgh examined donated ovarian tissue from fourteen female cancer patients, most of whom had Hodgkin lymphoma, and compared it to tissue from healthy women. They found the samples from women who had been treated with a specific chemotherapeutic regimen known as ABVD not only contained greater numbers of dormant ova — egg cells — than those from women treated with harsher regimens but also more than samples from healthy women. ABVD is named for combining several drugs known as adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine.

These reproductive cells were not merely more plentiful in ABVD patients. They also appeared immature, “new” in the words of lead researcher Evelyn Telfer. This challenges the conventional belief that girls are born with all the ova they will ever have and the numbers can only go down as the cells are either used up by the reproductive cycle or succumb to damage or natural aging. However, further research is needed to confirm this. The study covered relatively few patients by scientific standards, and David Albertini of the Center for Human Reproduction in New York has suggested the cells may not actually be freshly grown. Instead, they may have always been there and were merely rendered more detectable by ABVD treatment.

The ability to grow new egg cells may have significant implications for women in Western societies, many of whom postpone childbearing to establish careers, sometimes into their late thirties or forties. However, Telfer warns against making use of these findings too soon: “There’s so much we don’t know about the ovary. We have to be very cautious about jumping to clinical applications.”

The experiments had been discussed earlier this year at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

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Jun 21
Creekstone Farms sues USDA for refusing to allow mad cow testing
Creekstone Farms sues USDA for refusing to allow mad cow testing

Monday, March 27, 2006

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, an organic meatpacking company based in Arkansas City, Kansas, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for what the company claims is threats by the USDA that it would face prosecution if it proceeds with plans to test nearly 100% of its beef for Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease or BSE.

The USDA position is that allowing any meatpacking company to test every cow would undermine the agency’s official position, a position that holds to random testing as a scientifically adequate measure to assure safety. It also claims that 100% testing does not ensure food safety because the disease is difficult to detect in younger animals.

The USDA currently tests about 1% of cattle slaughtered in the U.S. The USDA’s objection is believed to be the result of pressure from larger meatpacking operations. In 2004, the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association told the Washington Post that “If testing is allowed at Creekstone, we think it would become the international standard and the domestic standard, too.” Creekstone Farms says tests cost about $20 per animal, increasing the cost of beef by about 10 cents per pound.

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Jun 20
Cisco sues Apple for iPhone trademark
Cisco sues Apple for iPhone trademark

Friday, January 12, 2007

The iPhone only made its appearance as a prototype and there have been controversies aroused.

The dispute has come up between the manufacturer of the iPhone (which was resented on Wednesday for the first time) – Apple Inc. – and a leader in network and communication systems, based in San JoseCisco. The company claims to possess the trademark for iPhone, and moreover, that it sells devices under the same brand through one of its divisions.

This became the reason for Cisco to file a lawsuit against Apple Inc. so that the latter would stop selling the device.

Cisco states that it has received the trademark in 2000, when the company overtook Infogear Technology Corp., which took place in 1996.

The Vice President and general counsel of the company, Mark Chandler, explained that there was no doubt about the excitement of the new device from Apple, but they should not use a trademark, which belongs to Cisco.

The iPhone developed by Cisco is a device which allows users to make phone calls over the voice over Internet protocol (VoIP).

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Jun 12
Tanker crash kills driver, spills diesel fuel in Vermont, US
Tanker crash kills driver, spills diesel fuel in Vermont, US

Thursday, May 31, 2007

A tanker truck travelling Northbound on Route 30 with 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel hit a guardrail, veered off the road and overturned into the West River near Newfane, Vermont. The West River is a tributary of the Connecticut River. The driver was ejected and killed, while the truck’s tank ruptured.

The truck came to rest partially submerged in the river on its right side and immediately began leaking its payload. The driver has been identified as 30-year-old Eduard Lashway of Guilford. The vehicle was owned by local company Barrows & Fisher Oil Co. of Brattleboro.

HazMat crews and Brattleboro Fire Department divers worked with booms to try to contain the oil leaking into the river. Route 30 was also closed in both directions, and the river closed to water traffic. A total of 100 gallons of fuel leaked into the river but was ultimately contained by HazMat teams.

WMUR reached an unidentified person at Barrows & Fisher, who refused to identify the then-unknown driver and said he had no comment on the accident.

The accident is under investigation.

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Jun 10
Piles Home Remedies For Piles

Submitted by: Candy Williams

Piles is a very common ailment. Women have higher incidence than men. The reason behind it is not clearly known. It is more commonly seen in adolescent age group and aged persons who all seem to be more tensed.

In medical terminology, piles is known as hemorrhoids. Piles refers to a condition in which the veins around the anus or lower rectum are swollen and inflamed. It is the dilatation (varicosity) of the veins of anus. It appears as bluish coloured swellings due to stagnated blood. Piles arise due to the increased pressure of internal or external veins around the anal canal.

Piles can be both internal and external. Internal hemorrhoids, unless they are severe, cannot be seen or felt. There is however, a discharge of dark blood. External hemorrhoids can be seen around the outside of the anus, and there is a lot of pain but not much bleeding. In some cases, the veins burst and this results in what is known as bleeding piles.


Symptoms of piles vary, and depend on the type and place of origin. Piles in its initial stage is most commonly found to be without any symptoms.

However, the most common symptoms include –

Intense pain at the time of passing stool.

A pain around the anus and lower rectum, which can be quite severe.

Frequent ineffectual urge for stool without passing stool or without satisfaction of complete evacuation.

Itching in the rectal area.

There may be bleeding. This will be bright red blood, not usually mixed in with the motion.

There is often a feeling of something bulging, or hanging down from the anus.

If a haemorrhoid at the outside of the anus gets a blood clot, it leads to tender lump.

Anemia due to profuse bleeding.

Wind formation in the stomach.

Sitting becomes difficult due to pain.

If left untreated, piles can lead to complications including, infection, prolapse, necrosis and gangrene. Painful bleeding usually indicates startup of complications.

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Causes –

Haemorrhoids are very common. It is more common in people, who regularly follow a low fibre, and high processed diet, such as processed flour, polished rice, bread etc. The main contributory cause is anything that raises the pressure in the abdomen, which leads the blood vessels to swell and become engorged.

Thus, the main cause of piles include –

-People chronically suffering from constipation.

-Even diarrhoea can cause piles. The strain for passing the stool is the main reason for the development of piles.

-After or during pregnancy, as the baby may press on the main blood vessel that returns blood to the heart.

-Overweight people.

-Physical strain even coughing for long periods can cause the anal veins to strain.

-General weakness of the tissues of the body.

-Low fiber diet



-Anal intercourse

-Prolonged periods of sitting or standing.

-Strenuous work

-Mental tension

Piles Treatment

It is usually best to treat piles with the least treatment possible, as even after the most extensive treatments, there is a possibility that they may still return.

Usually, piles becomes better with increased water intake, a high fibre dietary regimen and other measures to correct the constipation. Care for blood loss should be taken to avoid anaemia.

Many times, they settle on their own over a matter of days without any treatment.

Haemorrhoidectomy refers to the removal of the pile by surgery. In this advanced laser treatment, the surgery reduces the pain and blood loss. However, in course of time, there is a possibility of the recurrence of piles even after surgery.

Over the counter drugs, include cream or suppositories. These soothe itching and pain, and cause the swelling and bleeding to diminish.

If the pain is very severe, cold compresses with ice can be helpful.

Homeopathic treatment, under an expert is also an effective way of dealing with this problem.


Haemorrhoids are very common, and may occur even after surgical removal. However, one may follow certain preventive steps to avoid recurrence

-Avoid becoming overweight, and lose weight if you are.

-Eat a high fibre diet.

-Exercise regularly.

-Take rest and avoid long walks if you are suffering form piles.

-Drink plenty of water and follow regular bowel habits to avoid constipation.

-Use Indian style toilets since the squatting position is better for natural defecation

-If required, pass stool twice a day to avoid constipation.

-Don t strain to evacuate hard faecal matter.

-Take easily digestible, simple homemade food. Avoid spices, chilli, very hot or cold food, and alcohol.

-Take foods such as green vegetables, ginger, onion, garlic, beetroot, bitter gourd, which helps in healing piles.

-Avoid eating potato, and the yellow variety of pumpkin.

-Take plenty of high fibre fruits especially papaya, mango, lime, jamun, figs, etc.

-Avoid sedentary habits, alcohol, smoking and unnecessary drugs like painkillers.

Some useful home remedies for piles

-Take 1 table spoon of roasted black cumin seeds and mix with 1 tablespoon of unroasted black cumin seeds and powder both together. Take 1/2 a teaspoon of this mixture with a glass of water once a day.

-Drink a glass of buttermilk with 1/4 tsp carom seed powder (ajwain) and a pinch of rock salt.

-The jamun fruit should be taken with salt every morning for two or three months during its season.

-Soak 2-3 dried figs in a glass of cold water overnight. Have it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Have them for 2-3 weeks for good results. It is effective in the treatment for ordinary as well as bleeding piles.

-Mix 1 teaspoon fresh mint leaves juice with 1 teaspoon lemon juice & 1 tablespoon honey. Take 3 times a day for relief from piles.

-Take cup radish juice in the morning and night for a period of 1 month.

-Boil 1 ripe banana in 1 cup of milk, mash well. Take 3-4 times a day.

-Extract 3 teaspoon of bitter gourd juice, and mix in 1 glass of buttermilk, and drink on an empty stomach every morning, for a month.

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