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  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Buddhist monks, who are bound by
    faith to nonviolence, are grappling with how to rid a temple of a
    severe ant infestation without killing the insects.
    Stinging red ants have plagued the Hong Hock See Temple in
    northern Penang state for a year, causing one worshipper to be
    bitten so badly last month that he had to receive hospital
    treatment, said Elma Lin, a temple volunteer worker.
    A temple disciple tried using a vacuum cleaner to gather up the
    ants before freeing them in a nearby forest, but the method failed
    to purge the insects, Lin said.
    "We haven't found a solution so far," Lin said. "Nothing has
    worked."
    The temple's chief monk, Boon Keng, was quoted by The Star
    newspaper as saying that the monks had to "respect other living
    things" in the temple.
    "When an ant drops on you, you must not flick it away or blow
    on it," he told the newspaper. "If you do, it will bite to hold
    on. You just have to shake it off."
    The newspaper published a photograph of Boon Keng standing
    beside a sign at the temple that read: "Beware poisonous ants. Do
    not sit under the tree."
    The decades-old temple has more than 10 monks living there and
    hundreds of devotees, Lin said.
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    • What say you?

      Scholar Claims Key Error In Jesus Documentary
      Filmmakers Stand Behind Original Conclusions

      POSTED: 3:55 pm EDT March 13, 2007
      UPDATED: 6:42 pm EDT March 13, 2007

      JERUSALEM -- A scholar looking into the factual basis of a popular but widely criticized documentary that claims to have located the tomb of Jesus said Tuesday that a crucial piece of evidence filmmakers used to support their claim is a mistake.

      Stephen Pfann, a textual scholar and paleographer at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, said he has released a paper claiming the makers of "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" were mistaken when they identified an ancient ossuary from the cave as belonging to the New Testament's Mary Magdalene.

      The film's director, Simcha Jacobovici, responded that other researchers agreed with the documentary's conclusions.

      Produced by Oscar-winning director James Cameron, the documentary has drawn intense media coverage for its claims challenging accepted Christian dogma.

      Despite widespread ridicule from scholars, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" drew more than 4 million viewers when it aired on the Discovery Channel on March 4. A companion book, "The Jesus Family Tomb," has rocketed to sixth place on The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list.

      The film and book suggest that a first-century ossuary found in a south Jerusalem cave in 1980 contained the remains of Jesus, contradicting the Christian belief that he was resurrected and ascended to heaven. Ossuaries are stone boxes used at the time to store the bones of the dead.

      The filmmakers also suggest that Mary Magdalene was buried in the tomb, that she and Jesus were married, and that an ossuary labeled "Judah son of Jesus" belonged to their son.

      The scholars who analyzed the Greek inscription on one of the ossuaries after its discovery read it as "Mariamene e Mara," meaning "Mary the teacher" or "Mary the master."

      Before the movie was screened, Jacobovici said that particular inscription provided crucial support for his claim. The name Mariamene is rare, and in some early Christian texts it is believed to refer to Mary Magdalene.

      But having analyzed the inscription, Pfann published a detailed article on his university's Web site asserting that it doesn't read "Mariamene" at all.

      The inscription, Pfann said, is made up of two names inscribed by two different hands: the first, "Mariame," was inscribed in a formal Greek script, and later, when the bones of another woman were added to the box, another scribe using a different cursive script added the words "kai Mara," meaning "and Mara." Mara is a different form of the name Martha.

      According to Pfann's reading, the ossuary did not house the bones of "Mary the teacher," but rather of two women, "Mary and Martha."

      "In view of the above, there is no longer any reason to be tempted to link this ossuary ... to Mary Magdalene or any other person in biblical, non-biblical or church tradition," Pfann wrote.

      In the interest of telling a good story, Pfann said, the documentary engaged in some "fudging" of the facts.

      "James Cameron is a great guru of science fiction, and he's taking it to a new level with Simcha Jacobovici. You take a little bit of science, spin a good yarn out of it and you get another 'Terminator' or 'Life of Brian,"' said Pfann, who briefly appeared as an ossuary expert in the documentary.

      In Israel on Tuesday for a screening of the film, the Toronto-based Jacobovici welcomed Pfann's criticism, saying "every inscription should be re-examined."

      But Jacobovici said scholars who researched the ossuary in the past agreed with the film's reading. "Anyone who looks at it can see that the script was written by the same hand," he added.

      Jacobovici has faced criticism much tougher than Pfann's academic critique. The film has been termed "archaeo-porn," and Jacobovici has been accused of "pimping the Bible."

      Jacobovici attributes most of the criticism to scholars' discomfort with journalists "casting light into their ossuary monopoly."

      "What we're doing is democratizing this knowledge, and this is driving some people crazy," he said.

      Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.
      If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

      "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

      "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

      Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

      impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

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      • At this point in time everything we thought we knew or were taught in school is vulnerable to being re-written and re-thought. My problem is why it is being done and how.

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        • Originally posted by lvwrench View Post
          At this point in time everything we thought we knew or were taught in school is vulnerable to being re-written and re-thought. My problem is why it is being done and how.
          Just ask the Russians or the Iraqis about that.
          If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

          "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

          "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

          Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

          impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

          IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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          • Mom's solution to cramped living
            MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian woman paid a former convict to
            kill her 17-year-old son because she was fed up with sharing
            her small one-room apartment with him, the newspaper Izvestia
            reported on Wednesday.
            The 42-year-old crane operator paid the man a 2,100 rouble
            ($80) deposit to kill her son, Izvestia said. But the would-be
            hitman told the police who set up a sting operation and
            arrested her when she handed over the 900 rouble 'completion'
            payment.
            The woman and her son shared the tiny apartment in the
            Moscow region with their respective partners and there were
            frequent rows, which became worse when the son's girlfriend
            became pregnant.
            "The woman decided that by snuffing out her son she could
            solve her housing problems," the paper said.
            Prosecutors confirmed the report and said the suspect would
            be charged soon.
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            • Serial lingerie thief arrested

              TOKYO (Reuters) - Police found more than 4,000 pieces of
              lingerie in the home of a Japanese construction worker who used
              climbing skills developed on his job to steal women's
              underwear.
              Police believe that Shigeo Kodama, 54, amassed the 3,977
              panties, 355 bras and 10 pairs of stockings over a six-year
              period. He was arrested in February after he stole underwear
              from two houses, and police later raided his home.
              "Since he was a construction worker, as long as he had a
              place to put his feet he was able to climb, so he had no
              trouble getting up to the second floor of apartment buildings,"
              a police spokesman in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima
              said.
              "He didn't steal any other kinds of clothing. But as long
              as it was underwear, apparently anything would do," the
              spokesman added.
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              • Ouch!!!

                Woman's brush with death..
                HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong woman somehow swallowed
                her toothbrush but still managed to dial 999 and call for an
                ambulance, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.
                The 42-year-old woman's brush with disaster happened on
                Tuesday morning when she slipped, jamming the offending 15-cm
                implement down her throat, the South China Morning Post said.
                The woman was still able to call 999 without choking and
                request an ambulance, the paper reported.
                "Paramedics obtained another 15cm-long toothbrush at her
                home, which she said was similar to the one she swallowed, and
                took it with them to the hospital," the newspaper said.
                The instrument was eventually extracted with endoscopic
                surgery.
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                • The proverbial...sticky situation!

                  Police rescue 91-year-old man glued to roof
                  BERLIN (Reuters) - A 91-year-old German sparked a rescue
                  operation when he slipped mending his roof and got stuck fast
                  in tar "like a beetle on its back," police said on Tuesday.
                  Passers-by were so shocked to see the elderly handyman
                  working on the roof they first thought he was planning to
                  commit suicide, according to police in the eastern city of
                  Magdeburg.
                  "In fact he was just re-coating the roofing with bitumen.
                  But then he slipped," said a spokesman for police.
                  "When we got there, he was like a beetle on its back, with
                  his arms and legs sprawled out and completely glued to the
                  roof," he added. "Due to his age, he couldn't free himself from
                  his unfortunate situation."
                  Local firemen carefully detached the man using ropes and
                  ladders. He was unharmed, but had sticky clothes, police said.
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                  • Odd little critter sheds light on mammal evolution
                    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have unearthed a fossil
                    of a mammal the size of a chipmunk that skittered around with
                    the dinosaurs, with a key feature in the evolution of mammals
                    -- the middle ear bones -- fabulously preserved. Writing in the
                    journal Nature on Wednesday, the scientists said the unusual
                    critter retrieved from a fossil-rich rock formation in northern
                    China provides rare insight into a crucial element of mammalian
                    evolution: ear structure that enabled highly sensitive hearing.
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                    • Here Kitty!

                      New great cat species identified in Borneo: WWF
                      GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists have identified a leopard
                      found on the South-East Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra as
                      a new species of great cat, the global nature protection body
                      WWF reported on Thursday. Genetic and skin tests on the
                      creature, now dubbed the Bornean clouded leopard, or Neofelis
                      diardi, have shown that it is almost as different from clouded
                      leopards found on the Asian mainland as lions are from tigers,
                      the Swiss-based WWF said.
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                      • Grave condition

                        YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - Six graves were disturbed by vandals who
                        toppled headstones and placed candles, an animal heart, a gourd and
                        a picture of a man among them, police said.
                        The vandalism at St. John's Cemetery was discovered Tuesday
                        night by a caretaker who was out walking with his girlfriend and
                        her dog. Two men and a woman later were seen running from the area.
                        The heavy gravestones were turned face down, so police couldn't
                        immediately see the names of the dead. The names might help
                        investigators determine a pattern, police Commissioner Edmund
                        Hartnett said Wednesday.
                        "Right now we are exploring all possibilities in this
                        admittedly strange matter," he said.
                        The items left among the headstones included more than a dozen
                        unlit black candles, black handkerchiefs and a photograph of an
                        unidentified man wearing a suit and smiling. The animal heart had
                        pins in it.
                        Nearby, police found a partially buried statue of a rooster,
                        wrapped in a bandanna with a pair of underwear around its neck.
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                        • OOOOPS...wrong switch!

                          MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A cable news program was temporarily replaced
                          with hard-core pornography, shocking viewers who had been watching
                          a health show featuring former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw.
                          The incident Monday night on KPPX-TV was "an act of human
                          sabotage" at the Phoenix-area station, said ION Television, which
                          operates the station.
                          "We have launched a rigorous investigation, and any implicated
                          employees will face strict disciplinary action and termination,"
                          ION Media Networks spokeswoman Leslie Monreal said in a statement.
                          Brenda Schodt, of Chandler, said she was shocked to look up and
                          see graphic sex acts on her television screen.
                          "Maybe five or 10 minutes into the show there was no volume,"
                          Schodt said. "I thought it was the TV, but when I looked up, there
                          were these images."
                          ION Television, based in West Palm Beach, Fla., declined to say
                          whether the pornography aired beyond the Phoenix market.
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                          • BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - It turns out there are no such things as
                            unicorns - and even if there were, they wouldn't drive trucks.
                            On Tuesday, a Billings prosecutor had told a district judge that
                            Phillip C. Holliday Jr., 42, claimed a unicorn was driving when his
                            truck crashed into a light pole earlier this month.
                            But on Wednesday, the chief prosecutor said it was all a
                            misunderstanding. Apparently, Holliday told police an unnamed woman
                            was driving when his truck hit the pole - not a unicorn.
                            "Mr. Holliday has other serious problems, but this is not one
                            of them," County Attorney Dennis Paxinos said of the unicorn
                            alibi.
                            The mixup occurred when a deputy prosecutor misunderstood an
                            e-mail from a colleague who used the phrase "unicorn defense,"
                            thinking it was an actual statement from Holliday, Paxinos said.
                            "Unicorn defense" is a slang term used by prosecutors when a
                            defendant blames some mythical person for a crime, he said.
                            "It's kind of a code (between prosecutors) and the code was
                            misinterpreted," Paxinos said.
                            Paxinos apologized "to the public, the court and to Mr.
                            Holliday" for the confusion and said he has chastised the
                            prosecutors involved.
                            Holliday has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of criminal
                            endangerment and drunken driving. He is being represented by a
                            public defender. Kristina Copenhaver-Landon, director of the public
                            defender's office in Billings, did not immediately return a phone
                            call seeking comment.
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                            • It hasn't "hit the news" yet, but I am sure it will. First of all today is the "Annual Special Broadcast Message: An Inconvenient Truth About Atlantic Canada Seal Hunt (Alternate Language version to follow) - 3/15/2007
                              A world-wide protest against the Canadian seal hunt is scheduled to take place today, March 15th. This message is intended to raise the Embassy colleagues' awareness of the controversy surrounding the seal hunt and the consequent boycott on Canada." In which there are currently two young ladies standing outside as I write this, wearing not much but a very large banner with a Canadian flag imprinted upon it. Then of course there are the 100's of police and secret service geeks standing around because the President "chose" today as a day to go up to the Capital Building. Of course its my opinion that he just wanted a look at the blonde and brunette.....

                              Going to be a lovely day to try and go home. I was late coming in this morning, and had the option to stay home. Shulda taken the "Option".
                              If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                              "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                              "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                              Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                              impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                              IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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                              • USPS To Roll Out R2-D2 Mailboxes
                                Covered Mailboxes Helping Promote Film's 30th Anniversary

                                POSTED: 3:06 pm EDT March 15, 2007

                                WASHINGTON -- Thirty years after delivering thrills to Star Wars fans, R2-D2 is delivering mail.

                                The brave little droid will be promoting the movie's 30th anniversary for Lucasfilm and a stamp that's being produced in its honor by the Postal Service.

                                The new stamp will be released March 28.

                                About 400 mailboxes will be covered to look like R2-D2, which is about the same shape.

                                Postal officials are warning people looking for souvenirs that it's a crime to tamper with mailboxes, even those in costume.

                                Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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                                If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

                                "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

                                "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

                                Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

                                impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

                                IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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