May 28, 2002
Tuesday 28th May, 2002
Martin Roth posts:
Practising What You Preach
I’ve received – and no doubt many others
have as well – the following email from Dean Peters, who runs one of my
favourite blogs, healyourchurchwebsite:
Without warning, at about 1am, I received an e-mail message from the company
that hosted my website, which sent its customers the following message:
"It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart that I must let you know that
Avail has gone out of business. Because of the recent failure of our server,
the loss of data, and the lack of help from the datacenter's on-site staff,
we have been forced to end our services."
Of course, this comes on the heels of a week where the site was mentioned by
various newspapers, ezines and wire service stories, as well as a couple of
None-the-less, we are hard at work showing our faithful followers that it
pays to have backups and a contingency plan. Within the next 24 to 48 hours,
the domain name will be resolving to a real site. In the meantime, you can
look at the website as it was late on 25-May-02 at
Good thing I practiced what I preached about making my own backups and
downloading the data to my local PC.
and in 48hours
Dean’s blog – hints on how to run a
church website - is well-written, witty, warm and highly informative. It’s a
niche blog on its way to becoming a cult blog. Pray for Dean.
-posted 10:05pm, by
Bene Diction posts:
Healyourchurchwebsite has a post on spelling mistakes. Reading this blog
is like getting a free technical lesson every day. He’s right. Spelling
mistakes slip by the best of us, and the best of spell-checkers. However
(clear throat here), we must persevere. What are the top ten spelling
mistakes on Christian web sites and blogs?
Relapsed Catholic is producing posts at a prestigious pace today.
Thinking Out Loud shares some of his current reading and posts about an
important piece of doctrine he recently discovered, or rather,
Tolle, Blog says that Touchstone magazine has a
blog. He’s right! Thanks!
-posted 2:55pm, by Bene Diction
Martin Roth posts:
The Punting Priest
The Herald Sun
reveals that a leading children’s charity, operated by a Catholic
priest, raises its funds from poker machines. It has caused consternation
among the church-based anti-gambling forces.
Father Giacobbe - known as the "punting priest" - yesterday defended the
charity's right to raise funds from pokies gamblers.
"I wouldn't be allowed to do anything if it was against the rules of the
church," he told the Herald Sun. "Why would I be uncomfortable? The industry
is legal and regulated."
But revelations of the charity's link with poker machines has angered the
Interchurch Gambling Taskforce and embarrassed its members from the Catholic
Taskforce spokesman and Baptist minister the Reverend Tim Costello said
Doxa's dependence on pokies was morally unacceptable.
"It's quite inappropriate to be raising money, for what may well be good
purposes, from problem gamblers," Mr Costello said. "Father Giacobbe should
Muslims Vs Christians in Melbourne
Islamic Council of Victoria has lodged a complaint with the
Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission against
Catch the Fire Ministries, a Christian group which organised a Koran
study conference in March.
The Council claimed that participants at
ONCE a majority of a population becomes Muslim, they will kill all those who
refuse to convert to Islam.
MUSLIMS can be commanded by God to loot homes and rape women.
ISLAMIC leaders can order their followers to attack and fight other members
of the Muslim community.
MUSLIMS were lying when they said they want peace.
Catch the Fire, which includes an “Insight
into Islam” page at its website, says it will defend its right to
freedom of expression.
-posted 9:25am, by
Bene Diction posts:
Strategy Page says that nuclear war in South East Asia may be hard to
avoid. Both India and Pakistan need to cool war fever and find a way to back
off while saving face. Mixed messages are
Colombia has a new
President. Voters died casting ballots. What is it like to live in a
country where fighting has gone on for 38 years?
A two year
old child is
dead. An Israeli woman is dead. The bomber is dead. 49 people are
wounded. Several of those wounded are babies. The bomber exploded himself in
a shopping mall in Petach Tikvah. Fatah-Tanzim al Aska Brigades, a branch of
Arafat’s PLO, claim responsibility.
Here is the security incident map again.
Freedom of the
The IDF have a 22 year-old
Reuters’ journalist in custody after arresting him in the Gaza Strip. He was
driving a Reuters vehicle and was in possession of a
editor-in-chief, Geert Linnebank, has demanded that Israel release Salem or
publish the reasons for his detention. Linnebank said it was "unacceptable"
for a journalist "doing their duty" to be held without being charged and
without being given access to a lawyer.
Since when is
it ‘acceptable’ for a journalist to be carrying a weapon of war? A Reuters
photographer was arrested in the West Bank in April and detained.
The International Press Institute (IPI), a
media watchdog organization, has also strenuously protested Salem's
detention. In a letter sent last Friday to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, IPI
director Johann Pritz writes that the organization "strongly condemns the
detention without charges" of the Reuters photographer.
‘journalists’ are also being detained.
IPI charges that the detentions are "yet
another attempt by [Sharon's] government to restrict the free flow of
information through the intimidation and suppression of the media. No less
than 75 percent of all 220 press freedom violations recorded by IPI during
the first 19 months of the Palestinian uprising were perpetrated by Israeli
authorities," the letter states.
I’m going on
a rant. Skip these paragraphs if you don’t like rants.
Israel is a
democracy and charges need to be laid. But to say that Sharon’s government
is ‘restricting the free flow of information through the indimidation and
suppession of the media’, is foolish hyperbole. Reuters needs to clean
house. They are hiring terrorist sympathizers or even terrorists. This
article isn’t clear if this recent detainee is really one of their
employees. How do we know the charges haven’t been filed? At the best of
times this organizations credibility on mid east coverage is questionable.
And, the legitimate complaint is tainted by the political agenda in the IPI
the press in a war zone does not give news organizations the right to romp
freely through a fire fight. It certainly does not give them the right to
tranport weapons. The statement, ‘75% of the 220 press freedom violations’,
is something to be taken with great sceptisim. How many media lives are
saved because the Iraeli army wouldn’t let some news crew go where it wanted
police have ‘threatened’ me when I’ve been at the scene of an ‘incident’ be
it a crime, accident or whatever. Some things are understood. Yes, officers
can be boorish and obnoxious while running on adreneline, dopamine and
testosterone, but when the dust settles the commands and most of the threats
have been about keeping themselves, me, and others safe. It is my
responsibility to keep myself under control and get my job done. There are
all kinds of ways around an information barrier or even a police barrier if
necessary. The police know it, and responsible journalists know it. If I was
arrested, I’d be charged at the scene with more charges pending. It’s not a
legal comparison, but it is a human one.
Will IPI and
Reuters report the charges once Israel lays them against these detainees?
Ok. Rant is
over. Move on.
the Press (part deux)
correspondent David Gregory was
mocked by President Bush in a joint news conference with French Prime
Minister Jacque Chirac. Journalists are free to ask stupid questions.
Washington Times article doesn’t cut Gregory a lot of slack. Decide for
gives us a lesson in how Palestine
maps out the Middle East in this Boston Globe editorial. Thanks to
Banana Counting Monkey for the link.
Suicide Nancy Crick
a USA blog by an MD. He
posts an informative piece on abdominal obstructions, and offers
observations on Nancy Crick. Tim Blair diagnosed Medpundits email problems
when he tried to get a second opinion. Medpundit is working on the email
Blair did manage to receive an email reply from the good doctor to his
blog query and posts Medpundits emailed response.
yesterday looked at anti-Semitism in this televised music contest that was
seen in 120 countries.
Little Green Footballs has a breakdown of what the heck happened here.
And the truly ironic part of it:
Daniel M. Lewin,
whose company’s technology enabled this event to reach the Arab world as
never before, and who was raised in Jerusalem and served in the IDF as an
officer in an elite anti-terrorism unit, was on one of the planes that
crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11.
whole piece on the politics that brought this issue to the forefront.
England – Whoops
The Bank of
England has suspended distribution of its new five pound note that has been
in circulation less than a week. Apparently the serial numbers
The spokesman said: "This is just
the serial number which gives you a unique number
for the note and tells us when
and where it was printed. "It is not one of the key security features on the
That is a disingenuous statement, isn’t it? It may not be one of the key
security features, but isn’t it key enough?
8:55am, by Bene Diction