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30 September 2005

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Volume IV, Number 117
DeLay Steps Aside as Majority Leader after Indictment -- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) announced Wednesday that he would temporarily step aside while fighting the conspiracy indictment against him that a Texas grand jury had handed down earlier in the day. Under Republican Caucus rules, he had to do so, although the House GOP was only shamed into reinstating this requirement after dropping it in November to protect Mr. DeLay. The single charge of conspiracy is, on the surface, a pretty weak accusation, but Al Capone only did time for tax evasion.

New Labour Throws out Old Member -- Jack Straw is one of Britain’s more human politicians. One must confess to actually liking the man. But as Her Majesty’s Foreign Secretary, it fell to him to defend the British role in the War of Aggression in Iraq during the Labour Party conference earlier this week -- and he deserved heckling. And when an 82-year old man, who joined Labour before Prime Minister Blair was born, shouted “nonsense” during Mr. Straw’s speech, he was manhandled out of the conference hall and prevented from returned with security personnel relying on the Prevention of Terrorism Act to stop him.

World Economic Forum Says Scandinavian Welfare States are Most Competitive -- If the average person on the street were stopped and asked, “What is the most competitive economy in the world?” almost none would answer “Finland.” However, according to the World Economic Forum (best known for organizing the Davos conference every year), not only does Finland beat out second-place America, but also, top ten includes the rest of Scandinavia. Then again, the same was true last year.

Study Suggests Religious Belief Undermines Positive Social Behavior -- The Journal of Religion and Society published an article by Gregory S. Paul this month, that suggests belief in God and creationism increases social dysfunction in developed countries. Or as the freelance paleontologist and writer put it, “Data correlations show that in almost all regards the highly secular democracies consistently enjoy low rates of societal dysfunction, while pro-religious and anti-evolution America performs poorly.” This calls into question faith-based everything.

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