Tuesday, November 16, 2010

No need for killing foetuses at all- with new Stem cell treatment

Note by Marc Aupiais

In the past it has been claimed there is a need to harvest stem cells from abortions to compare with adult stem cells moved back. Embryonic stem cells often cause cancer, adult stem cells (not from aborted human beings) were seen as the safest. If it is confirmed, a new method which involves straight transfer from stem cells to needed cells may do away with that so-called not really need altogether:

"Canadian scientists have turned human skin cells directly into blood cells, the first time one kind of mature human cell has been converted into another, according to a study published last week in the journal Nature.

The transformation was completed without first rewinding the skin cells into the flexible pluripotent stem cells that have most frequently been used to grow tissues. By skipping the pluripotent step, the researchers believe they have skirted the risk that the replacement cells might form dangerous tumours.

The team created blood progenitor cells - mother cells that multiply to produce other blood cells - as well as mature blood cells, according to the report. Both types of cells could be useful in medical treatments, said study leader Mick Bhatia, a stem cell scientist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario."

in reference to: IOL Technology - A world first for stem cell research (view on Google Sidewiki)

Unprecedented

"Unprecedented
November 16, 2010 -
With an election without precedent Timothy Dolan has become the new president of the Bishops' Conference of the United States.

For the first time was not elected vice president, in this case Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson in Arizona, but his main "opponent", Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York."

(automatic translation from Italian.

in reference to:

"Unprecedented November 16, 2010 - With an election without precedent Timothy Dolan has become the new president of the Bishops' Conference of the United States. For the first time was not elected vice president, in this case Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson in Arizona, but his main "opponent", Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York."
- Palazzo Apostolico - Diario Vaticano Paul Rodari »Blog Archive» Unprecedented (view on Google Sidewiki)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Massive Overhaul of Vatican site online: to include many more documents: team of about 20, who bring pope's message to the "extreme ends of the earth"



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Article by Marc Aupiais

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SACNS Quotes Analysis: Massive Overhaul of Vatican site online: to include many more documents: team of about 20, who bring pope's message to the "extreme ends of the earth" 12 / 08 | August / 2010

Argentine by birth (born in Santa Fe), South American priest, Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz, recently gave an interesting, enlightening and exciting interview to editorially independent Vatican based Italian language paper: L'Osservatore Romano. The Vatican's half million pages are in for a surprise, as the site is redesigned and revamped. The different Congregations of the Roman Curia: that is the Vatican's ministries/operational departments, should each get their own websites soon, more Chinese pages are planned, all major pre-1900 popes are soon to have a voice on the website, in the furthering of Petrine papal teaching, and Vatican diplomatic information is soon to have more space and prominence on the now famous site.

In an interview with L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's webmaster notes much, he does not only set out the working structure of the team of about 20 which maintains and updates the Vatican website: part design, part technical, and notes top searches, and when what information is most sought, as well as the Vatican's view that media distorts its views. The former computer sciences teacher, additionally notes exiting additions to the site: such as an updating of diplomatic information, and soon to be available information from the popes prior the 20th century - given that the Vatican had previously only uploaded such documents that were not pre-1900.

The webmaster's team works with Interpol and Italian intelligence in its efforts to protect the official voice of the Holy See online, which has often been targeted by unscrupulous hackers. He also notes that the Vatican first went online in Christmas 1995 with a message from the then Pope John Paul II. Easter 1997, marked the site becoming a more structures orientated website.




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Friday, July 30, 2010

@caelumetterram linked to this, brilliant

Another article, unlike the one I linked to on SACNS, this one isn't conservative, but a liberal: questioning the political words being used. As I agree for a long time, politics of conservative and progressive, conservative progressives and liberals of all striped, really evades the issues. Maybe in America they mean something, given the mass brainwashing Americans incur from youth (about freedom, liberty and white teeth I have been told). For the rest of us, we are waking to the fact, that these are redundant terms, which were redundant in the 21st century where they belongs, or rather, didn't. A smart electorate in any case follows the blogs of like minded people, and votes on more specific issues than issue evasion.

Thanks Caelumetterram. Awesome link. Adds to conversation!

in reference to: Hello, my name is ‘Progressive’ - The Globe and Mail (view on Google Sidewiki)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Selena Gomez : Sorry

"Hey guys, by now I'm sure most of you know that my voice is gone and that I had to cancel some of my upcoming shows. After my 2 week promo tour with Joey I started to feel pain in my throat from talking too much. As soon as I came home I went to see my doctor and he said that I had damaged my vocal chords and that I had acid reflex (probably from pickles). He put me on medication and wanted to see me in a few days. When I went back my voice had gotten much worse. He then told me that I had to cancel my shows and be on vocal rest for a week. I felt so horrible that I couldn't perform. I begged the doctor to give me more medication to last me through these shows, he said if I went I could lose my voice completely and have permanent damage. I had to give up and agree to not go but I WILL make it up. We are doing the best we can to reschedule all of the shows and I will do a 2 hour meet and greet in each city that I missed when I come back into town. We are also trying to see who was planning on coming to the shows so we can give you all tickets to the rescheduled shows. I am SO sorry about all of this and really hope I can see you all when I'm better.

The show in Columbus, OH has already been rescheduled for November 6th.

The shows that have been cancelled are:

Delaware State Fair 7/28/10
Lilith Fair Tour in Holmdel, NJ 7/31 and Hartford, CT 8/01

I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. :(
I love you all so much and can't wait to see you. Thank you for understanding. It means so much.

Sel"

in reference to:

"Selena Gomez : Sorry"
- Selena Gomez : Sorry | Facebook (view on Google Sidewiki)

Monday, July 26, 2010

1) Not another "Christian" movie! "Letters to God" - don't watch 2) Notes on Romano and Beezus- a must watch

Media Study Opinion Article by Marc Aupiais

"Though its underlying theology is evangelical, Catholic viewers -- and Christian believers of every stripe -- will welcome the inspirational and touching drama [will we now: being preached Evangelical theology, please don't tell me the world is 6 000 years old next] "Letters to God" (Vivendi). That's because director David Nixon's family-friendly tale of courage and conversion celebrates the power of Gospel values to transform lives in a way that transcends denominational divides [Okay then? Because it doesn't have to, we can support Catholic films instead, send a message to Hollywood on that?]."
USCCB Film Office
Review



"Seriously, it looks nice and all and I like the story concept. I do fear it is a hit you over the head Christian movie of which I am not a fan. Since it comes from the same folks as Fireproof and Facing the Giants it would seem to be."
Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report (Catholic; Independent; American; Conservative)
06D / 03M | March / 2010Y

I often like to see what Patrick Archbold has to say of a matter, his blog notes the word pithy as an important word to note in writing, and he often is pithy.

You see, when I left church on Sunday morning, I was bombarded with a pamphlet to a movie, from people I had never seen before. It was a joint effort by NuMetro, and CUM books. Personally I know of CUM books for such classics as The Whore of Babylon, and besides the spelling of the book store's name, and the books they sell, it isn't pornography (although I'm going to have to disable comments on this post for using that word). Cum, despite the sms language meaning something else is pronounced coo-m according to someone I used to know who got a job there. The Whore of Babylon is the Holy Roman Catholic Church, according to the Chick Publishers' book sold there, one of many odd books the former Dutch Reformed Church store sells. Of course, the Vatican isn't built on 7 hills, Rome is, and the Bible referred to 7 hills or mountains, at a time when it was seen as Rome or Jerusalem, and the Vatican is Landlocked, and running a deficit etc, none of which is noted by CUM books customers, when they get to read why the Catholic Church is the organ of Satan. The Dutch Reformed Church p.s. created apartheid.

So anything which is banked into by CUM books, I am instantly suspicious of, even if the lemmings press is lauding this as a wonderful thing, yet another "Christian" movie, like Sedevacantist Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, which despite his anti-Semitism, and denial of papal authority was picked up and mass marketed in the Catholic and Christian worlds.

In any case, on the American side, they are very pleased that the American Cancer Association (aren't they funders of abortion firm Planned Parenthood?) is on board, and yes they want to convert you... to something:

"Nixon has worked hard to reach an audience he says might not enter a church but, “…maybe we can first reach their hearts and minds inside a theater and realize that God is real.”

Divine Appointments

While making the movie, Nixon said the cast and crew experienced many coincidences, “I call them ‘Divine Appointments.’ Each day we started with 10 minutes of prayer and had special prayer warriors on the set. We were bathed in prayer during the making of this movie.”

[Ok, just a little freaky, no? Prayer warriors, hmm]


For some, like Jeffrey S.S. Johnson who plays Brady McDaniels, the conflicted mailman, Nixon says this seemed very odd and out of place. “But gradually after the second week Jeffrey felt tremendously changed spiritually. He will tell you he never, ever experienced that before while making a movie.”

[Will he now? I hope no one was fired for not being prayed over!]

By the ending of the filming Nixon says the entire cast and crew were asking the prayer warriors for specific requests and everyone was onboard with the “Christian” part of their work environment. “That was a miracle in and of itself,” added Nixon.

[Pay-check... religious freedom... pay-check]

Out of the Mouths of Children

The movie is a story of hope and prayer through the eyes of eight-year old Tyler Doherty, played by Tanner Maguire. Even when the adults around him seem to lose their faith, or not practice it, their rock of faith is Tyler. In spite of the fact that Tyler is slowing dying from a rare brain cancer; his death eventually lifts their spirits and brings them closer to God.
Nixon hopes the movie will serve as a catalyst for families with young children especially going through the agony of cancer. “We’ve got the American Cancer Society on board and we will have resources both medically and spiritually that we will be able to share through the movie website” ([let's exclude said website, just in case someone wants to use those resources]).

Letters to God is a sad but wonderful story of faith [in?] and hope [gotta be hope when people are happy some kid died.]. It is by the public support of movies like this that the message seems to be getting through to Hollywood that these kinds of movies have a strong and growing audience worth paying attention to [called preaching to the choir: and they usually have really bad pathetic plots if you ask me.]."
Catholic Exchange (Catholic; Independent; American)
07 / 04 | April / 2010

Now, I have no objection to actors praying before they work, my favourite Disney actress (a Catholic) is often noted as praying, and getting others to before work, but I do think that this institutionalised praying is a bit odd, I personally would be insulted if made to pray by my boss.

So, if you want to watch a really boring film by a "Christian" director:

"Synopsis:
Tyler Doherty is an extraordinary eight-year-old boy armed with strong faith and courage as he faces his daily battle against cancer. Surrounded by a loving family and community, Tyler’s prayers take the form of letters he sends to his ultimate pen pal, God, on a daily basis. These letters find their way into the hands of Tyler’s postman, Brady, who is at a crossroads in his life searching for meaning. Brady at first is confused over what to do, but his decision ultimately is a testament to the power of Tyler’s shining spirit, bravery and grace. Inspired by a true story, Letters to God delivers a message of hope, faith and courage that others can apply to their own personal struggles regardless of what they may face in their everyday lives.


Featuring moving performances from Robyn Lively (“Saving Grace,” “30 Rock”), Jeffrey S.S. Johnson (“Criminal Minds,” “Burn Notice”), Tanner Maguire (“Lost,” “Brothers & Sisters”), Bailee Madison (An Invisible Sign of My Own, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), Michael Bolten (Flipped) and Ralph Waite (“Days of Our Lives”), the film is a stirring “tribute to faith, hope, and love through the eyes of a child” (TBN) [When they quote them Evangelicals at Trinity Broadcasting Network, you know to turn and walk away].

From one of the producers of Fireproof [yawn] and Facing the Giants [double yawn], and inspired by a true story [inspired, or true?], Letters to God received the highest Dove Approval Rating and an endorsement from the Parent Television Council. [Glad we all know who they are] "
Catholic.net (Catholic; Independent; American)
Unspecified Date

It is likely to feature all the ups and downs of a made for television (tv) movie, with a bit of pushy shallow American "Christianity", and remember, everyone's happy when the kid dies, its uplifting? But its your money to waste. If I'm going to watch a boring movie like that, it would have to have a really hot girl, and not be preaching some Hollywood Christianity, about Some God.

But its your money to waste! Really! It is! I mean, its not like there are children starving, and if you want to torture yourself we do have Opus Dei, and that has a purpose, much better than this! But as i said! Your money, really, it is yours! But if you convert to Evangelical, bible bashing, evolution trashing whatever it is, don't blame me, blame Mel Gibson for starting the trend of commercializing Hollywood style Some God.

Instead of wasting my time with a movie without a pretty girl, where I may be in danger of not converting, I instead am watching what truly is a movie to span across denominations and cultural divides, especially after Decent Films gave it thumbs up:

"Traditional values and close-knit family relationships reign in director Elizabeth Allen's squeaky-clean adaptation of Beverly Cleary's best-selling series of children's books, the first of them published -- viewers will hardly be surprised to learn -- more than 50 years ago.

So when irrepressible 9-year-old Ramona Quimby (Joey King), on whom the slightly static story centers, warns her parents, Robert (John Corbett) and Dorothy (Bridget Moynahan), at the dinner table that she has to say a terrible swearword to vent her numerous frustrations with life, the term she eventually produces is so mild, it makes Wally and the Beaver's oft-repeated "Gee whiz!" sound blue.

While good-hearted and imaginative, Ramona is also accident-prone and her minor misadventures, which leave her feeling misunderstood, tend to antagonize her straight-teeth-and-straight-A's teen sister, Beezus (Selena Gomez). Indeed, much to her annoyance, senior sis has been burdened with that ungainly moniker as the result of Ramona's childhood inability to pronounce her real name, Beatrice.

Besides their tiffs, the only source of worry or conflict on the girls' native Klickitat Street -- a real-life address that Cleary's tales have made iconic -- arises from Dad's loss of his accounting job. (Add to that the aggravating factor that the family has just embarked on an expansion of their home, a project they might not have the funds to finish, and this aspect of Laurie Craig and Nick Pustay's script begins to feel very much of the moment.)

Unemployment leads to mild marital tensions, and Dad finds himself spending a night on the couch. But, like the prospect of the bank "taking the house" -- an expression Ramona overhears and interprets with a comic extreme of literalism -- the specter of divorce seems quite distant along this boulevard of unbroken dreams.

Lightening the mood is the swiftly rekindling romance between Ramona's favorite aunt -- and Beezus' namesake -- Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin) and her high school true love Hobart (Josh Duhamel). Ever the ramblin' man, Hobart is off to Alaska and floats the idea of Bea coming with him. But anyone who fears she might do so before exchanging marriage vows has clearly not been paying attention.

Beezus, too, has an affair of the heart under way, having fallen for childhood friend Henry Huggins (Hutch Dano, not Rex Harrison). In keeping with the delightfully innocent atmosphere of la rue Klickitat, it takes this bashful young pair the better part of 90 minutes to work their way up to a first kiss.

Though some fussy adults with short attention spans may object that nothing very momentous happens as "Ramona and Beezus" unspools, as should be obvious by now, what does take place transpires in the nicest possible way.

So just you wait, Henry Huggins, just you wait."
USCCB Film Office
Ramona and Beezus

And guess what, Joey King and Selena Gomez (a Catholic actress) prayed daily, I hear... except their bosses didn't force them to!

Here's the trailer: really cute:



[Romano and Beezus trailer]





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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Watching Selena Gomez, a Catholic actress- Celebrity Spotlight


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Showing more than a little cleavage with a light blue bikini, Selena Marie Gomez goes to the beach in France on Friday. Certainly showing off more big assets than her smile, though just covering certain parts of her bosom. While quite revealing, the costume isn't risqué, in fact it looks like it is a bit small for her, and is uncomfortable, hence her putting on a shirt afterwards perhaps.





She recently tweeted that she could live in Paris, as it was so gorgeous, and is in France to shoot teen audience movie Monte Carlo. From appearing as a French maid in a music video, to her trademark short skirts, and the slightly racy pics on her website www.selenagomez.com , Selena has always been on the edge on over the line, on what is too much for chastity. She informed left leaning Vanity Fair that she worships the magazine, and she is fascinated with fashion: especially of past eras. When asked if she would like to do a younger version of something like Sex and The City, she said that was not the direction she wants her acting to go in.


Wikipedia: so the picture may change!
Wikipedia: so the picture may change!
Wikipedia: so the picture may change!


When asked to play a role in High School Musical 3, she once again emphasized she wants to be a serious actor in turning down the role. In her Japanese album she looks Japanese, in the American, she is slightly more racy and edgy, in her European/South African album, she looks cute, and cuddly.



Selena is happy to tell her fans she made the cover of Sugar Magazine in Great Britain: saying: "Boys haven't always been nice to me", appearing among their other main articles: about a dad with breast implants and a so-called "sex change", whether to kiss a boy, and about a person has been seen naked by everyone they know. None the less, she seems proud of the publicity, or her website's web master is in any case!

Selena also took to twitter/facebook to thank fans for getting Unicef a contract with another organization, both of which allegedly use funding to promote abortion. Kiwanis, the group Unicef had won a contract with had a choice between several projects and had put it to an online poll: which Selena got her fans to use to insure Unicef got the business, she said that her fans could make a difference in a world, as proven by the contract gotten by Unicef. The project aims, with donations to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).. Selena is Roman Catholic, she said in an interview with Scholastic kids news, when just newly famous. The Catholic church considers abortion always intrinsically evil. Selena's own position on abortion and other social issues, is an arcanum known by herself and few others if at all, especially after she stayed out of the recent USA election, saying she didn't know enough about politics, but involving herself in a voter education programme, to get young people to vote in a fake election, and educate them about issues. She did post a link to Dear Mr President: a song by Pink which attacked George W. Bush on his opposition to abortion, and legally recognised homosexual unions a.k.a. De Jure "Gay Marriage", as well as attacking him on poverty. Interestingly, the link was made during the Obama presidency, when Obama had yet to, and still is yet to fulfil his hefty campaign promises.



Selena's favourite band is Paramore (perhaps a pun on paramour: an illicit lover), and her favourite snack is pickles. She loves children and often puts them in her tweets or online videos, she claims she loves her job because she can make children laugh. She also says she doesn't want to take adult roles too quickly, going from Children's roles, to Teen roles, and then to roles for a more general audience. This is in stark contrast to Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Agulara, and her contemporaries, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgesons and infamous Miley Cyrus, who have all been churned into what they are after working for Disney.



Selena is world famous, and has over 2 million followers on twitter, and over 5 million on Facebook. She is best known for her roles in Hannah Montana as Makaila, Wizards of Waverly Place and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie as Alex Russo, up-coming Monte Carlo, Disney strait-to-DVD: Another Cinderella Story, Barney, The Suite Life of Zac and Cody, where she had her first kiss playing a girl in love with Zac, and Princess Protection Program. Monte Carlo, where her character is mistaken for an heiress, and a million dollar necklace goes missing, is her first major step out of the Disney Family, as a Fox 2000 film.




Selena's new album's first single: Round and Round, has just been released, and Selena has told her fans of it on twitter and facebook, in it she is a spy, it ends with one of the spy hunters falling to their doom.




Selena has enjoyed much success in music and in acting, and her fashion line, Dream Out Loud is expected to do well.



Rumours about her attachment to any one man have never been conclusively proven, and she refuses to talk of her love life, she has previously said that she plans to wait until marriage to have sex, but does not want to obligate her fans to keep their virginity, or make a pledge via a chastity ring. She has said that she is half Mexican and half Italian genetically during an interview on being Latino, and that she was born in Grand Prairie, just outside Houston Texas in an interview when about 7 years of age, although her official sites say she was born in Houston, Texas.




She reportedly prays before every performance, and posted a video of herself and others praying before Wizards of Waverly Place, saying she does it before every show: she says they and their producers always pray, in the 2008 video. She is very active in charity, and is definitely a Texan born American actress, but says she is also influenced from growing up later in California. Her next album is expected to hold a old style Britney Spears vibe, says Selena, who was named after her namesake.








A wholesome image, at least as far as American standards are concerns has helped Selena greatly, and may be why she remains in the business, she has done advertising for Sears/K-Mart (Which previously was on a list of abortion provider Planned Parenthood sponsors), as well as for Bordon Milk. Her parents are divorced, and her mother is remarried, but she credits her strong friends and family with her ability to be as grounded as she is, and says that one need only have a few good friends. Her show, Wizards of Waverly Place, besides winning an Emmy is watched by persons of all ages: including adults and university students. Selena Gomez is one of my favourite actresses.




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Monday, April 12, 2010

Vatican sets to blogging press releases


Headline: Vatican sets to blogging press releases

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With the success of the Vatican’s Twitter, and YouTube sites, it has now turned to another new forum, that of the blog. VIS, also known as Vatican Information Service, an arm of the Holy See Press office, has now decided to also externally place their articles in blog form, this at official VIS blog: www.visnews.org, which redirects to its blogger hosted site: http://www.visnews-en.blogspot.com/. The move means that VIS headlines will finally be more accessible, and more easily accessed by the average person. The move was announced at the Vatican’s recently inaugurated Twitter accounts, and also in VIS’s own news dispatch.













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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

No exclusive Porn only Channel for Multi-choice DSTV


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After much public anger was raised, when Multi-choice decided to do a survey on whether or not the public would want an exclusive pornography adult channel on DSTV, DSTV has decided at present not to launch an adult channel. They said that some viewers wanted an exclusive porn channel and others were against the idea, and that the survey was a routine survey, and in response to the possibility that their recently legalized competition may decide to launch a porn channel.

This does not mean that DSTV viewers cannot access adult content, via their DSTV system. Terrestrial broadcaster ETV has quite publicly screened content that certainly is adult content, and which has been called porn, both by viewers of the content and by others. ETV is available on DSTV to South African viewers. Multi-choice DSTV itself screens what is seen by viewers and others as adult content, on Action X, and certainly plays its fair share of explicit movies.

What has also not made the headlines, is a possible problem with DSTV's age restriction system. DSTV has a parental locking system, which allows parents to prevent children from watching anything beyond a certain age restriction without a code. Euronews, which shows partial, veiled, and full nudity, is restricted All Ages on DSTV. Discovery HD Showcase, and likely Discovery itself, also seems to possibly have a similar problem, with sexually explicit language (the Test Drive host talks about performing acts with motor-vehicles, in at least one show viewed.) At least an Age restriction 13 may be more appropriate in these cases.

Only recently has a competitor to DSTV been allowed to operate, it is unclear to myself whether or not this competitor's system has launched their own satellite product as yet.

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