Labels: G.L.B.T., George Pell, marriage, morality
2. "S. THOMAE DE AQUINO OPERA OMNIA" (Latin)
Labels: morality, philosophy, St. Thomas Aquinas, theology
3. Mr. Kent on Ms Keneally's behaviour at press conferences
Interesting mainly for its observations on how 'sound bite' culture degrades press conferences:
Over the next 30 minutes, explaining the legal advice in her hand, Keneally repeats the phrase "independent and non-political advice" eight times.
[...] She says it often enough that it begins echoing in the subconscious, the intention all along. She says it even when the question didn't ask for it. Or even require it.
Indeed, she says what she wants, over and over again, because Kristina Keneally realises one of the great truths of the political press conference.
Repeat only your message - ignoring all legitimate answers to all valid and reasonable questions - and reporters are unable to quote anything else.
The wisdom of this is revealed later, when reporters must cut their 90-second news report - and what else can be reported other than her stage-managed message? Her refusal to answer all legitimate questions is lost in the need to report what she did actually say.
4. The latest figures on Australians' support for euthanasia
Labels: euthanasia, morality
5. On Muphry's (sic) Law
From the last item in today's edition of the Herald's "Column 8":
Margaret Ruwoldt, of Leopold, Victoria, adds to the Laws Of Inevitable Error discussion of recent days: '' I'm fairly certain that snortee Alan Lloyd on Thursday meant to refer to Muphry's Law, defined in 1992 by John Bangsund of the Society of Editors (Victoria). Under Muphry's Law, if you write anything criticising editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written.'' ...
6. Mr. Donnelly on Sir Elton John's procurement of his (Sir Elton's) pseudo-son
Of particular interest to me were these sections:
One Australian who has given the issue of artificial reproductive technology careful thought is Margaret Somerville. Somerville teaches at McGill University in Canada. Earlier this year she presented a paper, "Children's Human Rights to Natural Biological Origins and Family Structure", at a symposium in Slovakia. ...
[...] One Australian who has given the issue of artificial reproductive technology careful thought is Margaret Somerville. Somerville teaches at McGill University in Canada. Earlier this year she presented a paper, "Children's Human Rights to Natural Biological Origins and Family Structure", at a symposium in Slovakia.
7. On Japanese immigration policy
Could someone please tell me whether it is true that
Japan forbids permanent immigration in order to preserve its homogeneous culture.
Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord, A.D. 2011