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Friday, February 11, 2005

And in today's episode of Things I couldn't give less of a shit about:

Prince Charles to Wed Camilla Parker Bowles

LONDON, Feb. 10 -- Prince Charles announced Thursday he plans to marry Camilla Parker Bowles, his long-time lover and the woman who was part of a tangled royal triangle of scandal and passion that contributed to the breakup of his marriage to the late, legendary Princess Diana.

The heir to the British throne said his marriage to Parker Bowles will take place on April 8 at Windsor Castle. Because both Charles and Camilla are divorced persons whose affair helped lead to the end of their marriages, the wedding will be a private civil matter, not a Church of England ceremony. It will be followed by a service of prayer and dedication that will be presided over by Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.


On the other hand, I guess it WAS a slow news day, judging by these little items that weren't on the front page:

Social Security Problems Not a Crisis, Most Say

Most Americans are certain Social Security will go bankrupt but are not ready to embrace changes that would shore up the system's finances, according to two surveys by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University.

Seven in 10 Americans agree with President Bush that Social Security eventually will go bankrupt if Congress fails to act, though most predict that the system will not do so for at least two decades. Yet while Bush has warned of a crisis in Social Security, barely one in four Americans believes that a crisis exists.



Senate Nears Revision of Class Actions

President Bush and his business supporters won a large and long-sought victory yesterday with a series of Senate votes that virtually guarantee enactment of legislation restructuring rules for class-action lawsuits.

Consumer groups -- which warned that the new rules would result in far fewer class-action cases being heard by courts -- had pinned their hopes on amendments they said would soften the impact of the Class Action Fairness Act. But the amendments failed, in votes that highlighted the potency of the lobbying coalition behind the bill as well as the more conservative balance of power in Congress.


Rwanda's Tormentors Emerge From the Forest to Haunt Congo

KIWANJA, Congo -- Julienne Kyakimwa, 34, was picking beans in her family garden when a man emerged suddenly from the jungle with a gun in his hand, a machete on his belt and a menacing look in his eye. The wild-looking man spoke in Kinyarwanda -- the language of terror to many people here -- as he roughly demanded she turn over the beans.

According to Kyakimwa's husband, Alfajiri Kaposo, the attacker and an accomplice -- most likely ethnic Hutus, originally from neighboring Rwanda -- slashed her across the face and arms and left her for dead under a pile of branches before fleeing back into the dense equatorial forest.


Experts Urge Routine HIV Tests for All

Urging a major shift in U.S. policy, some health experts are recommending that virtually all Americans be tested routinely for the AIDS virus, much as they are for cancer and other diseases.

Since the early years of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, the government has recommended screening only in big cities, where AIDS rates are high, and among members of high-risk groups, such as gay men and drug addicts.



So, hey, clearly the marriage of an inbred wanker (And I'm quoting my brother-in-law, a former British citizen who was honorably discharged from the Royal Navy, there) is the most momentous thing out there.

Fan-fucking-tastic.

Now, some of you might be thinking, "But Drek, didn't you waste your time yesterday (and everyone else's too, judging by the comments) on some silly penguin game?"

Why yes- yes I did. You want to know what the difference is? The Washington Post is a major national newspaper through which many communities get their information about the world. I'm just a jackass blogger. If there are any communities who rely on me to get information about the world...

Well, I weep for the species.

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