Saturday, October 6th, 2007


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· $500,000 amount the Iraq war costs per minute, according to a joint analysis by a Nobel-prize winning economist and a Harvard scholar, who noted that the amount spent on the war each day could pay for health care for 423,529 children.

· $1.3 billion. Minimum net worth of the 400 richest Americans, listed by Forbes, up from $1 billion in 2005

· 2,246 Number of instances of violent, profane or sexual content in 180 hours of TV programming or one instance every 4.8 min. according to a new parents television council report. It looked at original content aired between 7pm and 9pm on six major stations.

· $8.98 price of a venti mocha at the new starbucks near Moscow –the mega chain’s first shop in Russia; one costs $4.71 in New York City

* Summarized of TIME, Oct. 2007

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If you really believe in the marketplace of ideas, you must expose the consumers to the bad as well as the good –and if not in universities, where else?

Perhaps the world is really seeing in the Columbia episode is that even matters of intellectual freedom are subject to the tools of the political consultants: framing, shaping, and spinning.

John Bolton, former American ambassador to the United Nations, declared that Ahmadinejad was the “big winner” in this Columbia appearance.

* Summarized of U.S. News, Oct. 2007

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The publication of Mother Teresa’s letters, concerning her personal crisis of faith, can be seen either as an act of considerable honesty or of extraordinary cynicism (or perhaps both of the above).

The letters, many of them preserved against her wishes (she had requested that they be destroyed but was overruled by her church), reveal that for the last nearly half-century of her life she felt no presence of God.

In more than 40 communications, many of which have never before been published, she bemoans the “dryness”, “darkness”, “loneliness” and “torture” she is undergoing

Tell me, Father, why is there so much pain and darkness in my soul?
(To the rev. Lawrence Picachy, August 1959)

* Summarized of TIME, September 3. 2007

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