December 1, 2009

Lickety-Split Links (120109, Noontime)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 12:55 pm

Question that must be answered — Did the BBC’s Paul Hudson write this October 9 item wondering about global warming’s decade-long disappearing act before or after he received “some of the leaked emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia more than a month ago – but did nothing about them.” That is, when exactly was “more than a month ago”? (HT Sweetness & Light)

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Tim Cavanaugh at Reason on Larry Summers and his role in Harvard’s endowment investments losing millions — “Under ordinary circumstances anybody who contributed to the destruction of Harvard would be hailed as a national hero, but Summers has gone on to make the whole country poorer.” Indeed.

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From the “He’s hoping they’re too busy playing video games and texting to notice” Dept. — “Barack abandons the young: The President’s policies hurt the generation that put him in office.”

“Hurt” is putting it mildly.

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Missing a point at the WashTimes:

Mr. Obama’s meeting Monday with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was closed to the press, even photographers, the White House said.

“It’s surprising and quite unusual that President Obama meets with an allied leader like the prime minister of Australia and there’s no photo op at the beginning or end of the session,” said Mark Knoller, a longtime White House reporter for CBS Radio.

The Times’s Joseph Curl thinks it’s a generalized, PR strategy-based pullback. I don’t think so. I think Obama and Rudd were scrambling to figure how to salvage their global climate change agenda and didn’t want to risk being asked about the criminal conspiracy known as Climategate.

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Lachian Markay, at NewsBusters:

On World AIDS Day, Media Won’t Acknowledge Bush Successes

MSNBC noted on its website a recent U.N. report that found that new cases of the syndrome are “stabilizing.” “There are now 4 million people on lifesaving AIDS drugs worldwide, a 10-fold increase in five years,” the article noted, adding that those drugs have saved roughly 3 million lives, according to the report (h/t NB reader Tom M.).

Yet MSNBC makes no mention of President Bush or his tremendous efforts to combat the global AIDS epidemic. It’s not as if his contribution to the fight is ambiguous. U.S. News reports that the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is credited for saving roughly 2 million lives.

I wrote a column about PEPFAR’s success in April 2008.

This is another one of those credit-assigning items concerning which the historians are going to have to do the cleanup work. That’s because much of PEPFAR’s success had to do with abstinence education. The worldwide establishment media would literally prefer that people die in the name of condoms uber alles than acknowledge that fact.

Mike Huckabee …..

Filed under: News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:50 am

….. did what?

Side note: Ed Morrissey’s headline at the Hot Air link (“Will Washington shooting damage Huckabee bid?”) is one I would rip into any establishment media outlet for using.

It wasn’t a “shooting.” Four cops were murdered. Huckabee pardoned the guy who did it.

That headline is pathetic, Ed.

Positivity: African bishops send World AIDS Day message — ‘the Church is second to none in facing HIV in Africa’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:14 am

From Accra, Ghana:

Dec 1, 2009 / 04:32 am

In light of World AIDS Day, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) released a statement in which the bishops noted the struggles Africa faces while highlighting the work the Church is doing “facing HIV in Africa and caring for people infected and affected.”

World AIDS Day is celebrated each year on December 1. This year’s theme, “Universal Access and Human Rights,” seeks to challenge discriminatory laws, practices and policies that stand between people with HIV/AIDS and prevention, treatment, care, and support.

The letter, signed by Cardinal Polycarp Pengo of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on behalf of SECAM began by stating that the “Church is second to none in facing HIV in Africa and caring for people infected and affected. Earlier this year, responding to a journalist en route to the continent, Pope Benedict XVI said: ‘The most efficient, most truly present player in the fight against AIDS is the Catholic Church herself.’ And we African Bishops know he is right.”

The statement then noted that the bishops are “constantly present among millions of Africans who are badly affected by the pandemic.” Because of this, they “see how AIDS continues to ravage our populations, even if it is slipping down the agenda of governments, civil society and international organizations.”

“The global recession and economic downturn have a detrimental impact on our brothers and sisters infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Climbing prices of food and other basic necessities are hampering progress of treatment, because people cannot afford the food essential to support their medication.”

“At a time when official concerns about the pandemic are receding, we re-affirm theologically that the Body of Christ has AIDS, and express our pastoral determination as Family of God to provide fitting responses. For our continent is still the worst afflicted,” the statement continued. ….

…. “HIV/AIDS is not just a medical problem and investing in pharmaceutics alone will not work.” They noted that AIDS cannot be overcome “by relying exclusively or primarily on the distribution of prophylactics. Only a strategy based on education to individual responsibility in the framework of a moral view of human sexuality, especially through conjugal fidelity, can have a real impact on the prevention of this disease.”

“The Church’s understanding of marriage as the total, reciprocal and exclusive communion of love between a man and a woman prompts the most effective behaviors for preventing the sexual transmission of disease: namely, abstinence before marriage and fidelity within marriage.”

The bishops also expressed great confidence in the youth of their continent, exhorting them, “ Let no one deceive you into thinking that you cannot control yourself… Formation of the human person is the true recipe, the key to it all, and we are intent on preparing you to be tomorrow’s salt of the earth and light of the world, active, generous and responsible members of society and Church.” ….

Go here for the full story.