28 April, 2007

Odds and Ends

Minor observations that have caught my eye. Make of them what you will.

Students at Turner County High School (Ashburn, GA.) held an integrated prom for the first time in the school's history.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to add the Wiccan pentacle to the list of symbols it will inscribe on headstones in military cemeteries.

The Russians are bringing back the grandiose (and financially disasterous) plan to build a tunnel under the Bering Straight. Last time this was tried, Stalin used slave labor from the Gulag.

The International Theological Commission of the Roman Catholic Church has found that unbaptized babies may, after all, go to heaven. Limbo is in, shall we say, limbo.

The World Health Organization reports there are now between 300 million and 800 million malaria cases a year. Eighty percent of the victims are children, and "millions of whom could hae been saved over the years" if DDT hadn't been unfairly banned after Silent Spring. If there is a Limbo, perhaps Rachel Carson is there.


Jeremy said...

A Bering Strait Tunnel... A link from nowhere to nowhere...

I guess the Russians stand to benefit from global warming more than anyone else, really.

Jeremy said...

Oh, and please allow me to be the first to congratulate rural Georgia on its bold journey into the 1960's.