The Ministry of Education has banned smoking in kindergartens, elementary and middle schools, and vocational schools. Yes, apparently, smoking was permitted in kindergartens.
Gary Bolton, who was sentenced to seven years in jail for selling fake bomb detectors, paid the UK government to enlist serving soldiers and a British ambassador in the sale of the dangerous devices overseas.
The axolotl, a very cute salamander-like cutie much studied by scientists for its ability to regenerate limbs, eyes, and even parts of the brain, might be extinct in the wild. I suddenly feel very guilty about going on party boats throughout my college years in the lake I now know it’s their only known habitat.
CANADA (from lashingtail)
Will the Quebec Secular Charter help or hurt Quebec? CBC held a panel on this subject and you can listen to it in the link. To know more about the proposed secular charter, check out Dan’s post from a few months ago: Quebec Helpfully Shows How NOT to do Secularism.
Spanish government questioned over claims of divine help in economic crisis. Seeing how the country’s economy is still in the toilet, I’d like to ask those ministers to pray the saints stop “helping”.
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Interesting article on the treatment of female asylum seekers in the UK.
Scary headline: Homoeopathy healing 80 % leprosy patients, claims Ayush. Scary but not holy-shit-they’re-treating-leprosy-patients-with-sugar-pills-scary article content: homeopathy has proven successful in restoring sensation to the affected parts of body of leprosy patients, claims the Directorate of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.
CHILE (from Deemonita)
The congresswoman who proposed a bill to ban the use of thimerosal in vaccines copied the part of the text on mercury from Yahoo Answers. Fortunately, the president has vetoed the bill.
Featured image: an axolotl