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Legal Ruling Saves Documentary

February 15th, 2011

Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed” was allowed to be distributed in theaters, despite a lawsuit by Yoko Ono, attempting to prevent its release. The subject of the film documentary? The suppression of freedom of speech, regarding opinions about Intelligent Design.

Yoko Ono, the widow of deceased Beatle John Lennon, has lost her battle against the producers of the film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

Ono brought suit against the film’s producers for including John Lennon’s song Imagine in their documentary. Last month [mid-2008], a federal court in Manhattan denied Ono’s request for an injunction against the film that would have forced it out of theaters nationwide.

An overview of Ben Stein’s documentary Expelled

Since the Los Angeles Times review of Expelled uses the word “deceive,” let’s look deeper: the facts about this film. All who have seen this controversial documentary can agree on one thing: Ben Stein attempts to make the point that there is academic censuring and discipline against those who believe in (or just consider openly) Intelligent Design (I.D.) as a possible alternative to Darwinist points of view. This is a fact, regardless of opinions about whether or not Stein has succeeded in making a convincing point (and regardless of the value of I.D.)

(Jonathan Whitcomb’s review of a review by the Los Angeles Times)

Strange to tell, but one aspect of the American freedom of speech relates to limited use of copyrighted materials: A limited reference to something copyrighted is legal, for example, when using it to illustrate a point in a documentary. Ben Stein’s documentary was produced to promote awareness of the importance of protecting freedom of speech, and Ono brought a lawsuit, losing the legal battle because of freedom of speech.

Protected Animals Cause Problems in Estonia

January 28th, 2011

From the small European nation of Estonia, comes news about protected animals that vex farmers and fishermen. (The Republic of Estonia, in the Baltic Region of Northern Europe, is bordered on the north by the Gulf of Finland.)

“According to fresh calculations, protected bird species and wolves, lynx, bears and seals caused Estonian farmers and fishermen damages last year that the state has to compensate for nearly 197,000 euros, reports Eesti Paevaleht.” (The Baltic Times)

In one case, wolves killed 67 sheep in one herd, causing damages estimated at 5,541 euros.

“According to the law, farmers are paid up to 3,195 euros per year, but not more than 7,500 euros over three years to compensate for damage done by animals and birds.”

Americans Not the Most Obese?

November 27th, 2010

(KSN) One could assume that the United States would top the world-wide list for obesity, but no: The tiny island nation of Nauru has 95% of its population obese. The U. S. comes in at # 8 with 79%. . . . the new global food chain provides an abundance of soda and potato chips, meat and butter compared to traditional diets, which were based on less calorie- and fat-dense foods. To make matters worse, junk food is often cheaper than fruits and vegetables.

South Korea Alzheimer’s Campaign

November 25th, 2010

According to a recent article in the New York Times:

As one of the world’s fastest-aging countries, with nearly 9 percent of its population over 65 already afflicted, South Korea has opened a “War on Dementia,” spending money and shining floodlights on a disease that is, here as in many places, riddled with shame and fear. . . . South Korea is training thousands of people, including children, as “dementia supporters,” to recognize symptoms and care for patients. The 11- to 13-year-olds, for instance, were in the government’s “Aging-Friendly Comprehensive Experience Hall” outside Seoul. . . . they viewed a PowerPoint presentation defining dementia and were trained . . . to perform hand massage in nursing homes.

Volcano Erupts in Indonesia

November 4th, 2010

This part of the world seems prone to tsunami, earthquake, and volcanic eruption dangers.

The combined death toll from a tsunami and volcanic eruptions in Indonesia climbed to 449, as aid workers shifted their focus to prevent outbreaks of disease . . .  there were still some areas where aid wasn’t getting through because of shortages of boats or inadequate or damaged infrastructure, raising fears of possible outbreaks of malaria . . .

Giants Take Game One of World Series, 11-7

October 28th, 2010

It was supposed to be an impressive pitching duel, but it turned into a hitter’s day, as the San Francisco Giants (who have not yet won a World Series contest) beat the Texas Rangers 11-7.

“This pitchers’ duel fizzled as Lee was knocked out in the fifth inning after giving up seven runs.” (New York Times) “The San Francisco Giants did the unimaginable Wednesday against the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the World Series. They knocked the mystique and aura right out of burgeoning postseason legend Cliff Lee.” (USA Today)

Soccer in England

October 27th, 2010

Arsenal qualified for the quarter-finals of the League Cup by routing Newcastle 4-0 at Saint James Park.

(AFP) Walcott’s brace, an own goal from Newcastle reserve keeper Tim Krul and a Nicklas Bendtner strike settled the tie for Arsene Wenger’s men, riding high after last weekend’s victory over Manchester City.

“Walcott is more composed in front of goal this season. His first touch is better. He is an intelligent boy and because of that he will always improve,” Wenger told Sky Sports 2.


The boy who flew with the wind

October 12th, 2009

William read whatever he could find. As a fourteen-year-old in a poor African village, he appeared least likely to become a miracle worker, regardless of his drive to learn. Tied to the chores of the family farm–school was too expensive–his appetite for education appeared to be mocked by literal and figurative starvation. What could anyone expect of him?

But the boy found Using Energy, a book about generating electricity from windmills. He became filled with a passion to supply electric light and water pumping to his village. Using scraps of wood and tree branches, he built a tower; using junk, he built a windmill. To the amazement of villagers, it worked.

And William has recently become the co-author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, a bestselling book on His accomplishment now amazes the world.


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