"I am the Immaculate Conception."

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 12/08/2005 - 01:20
So said the Blessed Virgin Mary, to St. Bernadet at Lourdes, in response to St. Bernadet's question, "Would you be so kind as to tell me who you are?" "I am the Immaculate Conception!" It may have been St. Maximillian Marie Kolbe who first recognized the significance of how she said this. Her declaration more than ratified the declaration of (Blessed) Pope Pius IX in his Apostolic Constitution, Ineffabilis Deus,

Holding out for a better deal, are we?

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 12/08/2005 - 00:22
The SciAm blog reports on the recent decision of the Indonesian government to shut down a medical laboratory, known as NAMRU-2, which is best equipped to detect and deal with an early outbreak of avian flu. Entitled, "Indonesia Plays a Dangerous Game with Avian Flu," the article connects the issue with an offer by the U.S. to add $10 million to fund the lab, which operated under a memorandum of understanding between the U.S.

It's the extras, stupid.

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 12/07/2005 - 20:33
Everyone is aware of the fact that automobile and other sales people, as often as not, make a killing by selling extras. One of the gimmicks at stores these days is selling add-on warrantees. Such gimmicks can greatly increase company profit margins. An article by Brad King, in Technology Review, discusses the application of this to Microsoft's latest XBox.