Dystopia has arrived! One Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate edits audio of another Republican candidate's words to make him say something he didn't say. Admittedly there's not that much daylight between what Mr. Foley said and what Mr. McKinney said he said, but a candidate capable of editing tape like that is capable of any evil, and the next one might, for example, excise the word "not" from a sentence uttered by his opponent. I'll feel a little better about this if Mr. Foley pounds Mr. McKinney in the primary.
Pro-life nurse sues family planning clinic after clinic doesn't hire her to do work her religious beliefs apparently prevent her from doing anyway. Obviously I'm no fan of allowing someone's alleged religious beliefs to rewrite job descriptions, but she might win this case because her prospective employer asked her directly about her affiliation with a pro-life group; said employer should have asked her whether she could prescribe birth control without noting her affiliation. He might even have been better off just calling her bluff and hiring her.
Study by Harvard and Yale researchers suggests that food aid actually prolongs civil wars. Which you wouldn't think, right? Except that oftentimes food aid gets stolen by warring governments, then kept from starving citizens and redirected to soldiers -- many of whom might also be starving anyway. Food aid also tends to depend on the largesse of the giving nation, rather than the needs of the receiving one, which you might more likely expect. Giving cash may be a better bet, at least in a more stable economy, but generally we ought to be tailoring our gifts to needs, rather than assuming our generosity will automatically make things better.
John McCain claims we might not have gone to war with Iraq if he'd been elected President in 2000. Given what an Iraq hawk he's been over the years, it certainly sounds strange, and obliquely blaming Colin Powell is pretty lame, but I don't reject the notion that a former POW would have been "more reluctant to commit American troops," nor do I suppose a McCain Administration would have automatically hired all those Project for a New American Century morons. Of course, we'll never know.
Ho hum, Turkish Prime Minister says Israelis have "surpassed Hitler in barbarism." Israel's ongoing occupation of Palestine is a heart-rending tragedy, but hello! The guy who teargassed, detained, and imprisoned his own nation's citizens for protesting in their own public squares doesn't get to criticize anyone for being a bully, let alone drop the H-word.
Finally, two HIV-positive Australians have seen their HIV virtually vanish following bone marrow transplants. The two men are still on anti-retroviral regimens, and scientists have found that the "latent reservoir" in which HIV can hibernate is much, much larger than they previously suspected. But still, this must be progress.