February 23, 2017

Earth to NY Times and Others in the Press: Less Than Two Months in, Philly’s ‘Soda Tax’ Is a Disaster

In June, the City of Philadelphia, in what was hailed as a “historic moment for public health,” passed a deliberately misnamed 1.5-cent per ounce “soda tax.” What anyone with a lick of sense could have predicted would happen is happening, and the national press is mostly ignoring the tragic results.

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Light Media Coverage As DAPL ‘Protesters’ Torch Their Encampment

Thursday afternoon, Morton County, North Dakota officials announced, roughly 24 hours after yesterday’s 2. p.m. Central Time deadline, that “the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp is now officially closed.” Press coverage of the camp’s imminent and now final closure has been and I suspect will continue to be light, as the holdouts’ conduct has been injurious and disgraceful. In the final days, “protesters” who claim to be environmentalists exposed themselves as nothing more than pretentious, ruthless arsonists.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022317)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: World’s oldest Dominican Sister dies at age 110

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Paris:

Feb 21, 2017 / 02:36 pm

A French diocese announced that Dominican Sister Marie Bernardette, the oldest sister in her order, passed away last week at 110 years of age.

The religious sister died Feb. 13, according to the Diocese of Aire-et-Dax, France.

Funeral rites for the beloved sister were held in the monastery chapel in the town of Dax where she lived. Sister Marie Bernardette had turned 110 on January 5. She would have been a religious sister for 90 years on April 18.

The religious sister had spent 44 years at the Dax convent, near Bayonne. She lived through two world wars and was able to see 10 popes.

Sister Marie Bernardette was born Jan. 5, 1907 in Orsanco, a small village in French Basque Country. Her parents named her “Gracious,” and she was one of 12 children. Three of her sisters would also go on to become religious sisters.

Last year, the French Catholic newspaper La Croix featured the sister in an article. In that piece, Prioress Sister Véronique explained that age has changed Sister Marie-Bernadette’s tasks: “When she could no longer do house work, she made rosaries. And since she can’t make them anymore, she prays (the rosary) all day” in French, Latin and Basque.

“She prays a lot for the pope, for vocations and for our order,” the prioress said.

Go here for the rest of the story.