Sunday, April 17, 2016

Stories below the fold

BBC follow up story about the 1970's back to the land folks, told from the children's point of view.

Yes, they survived and thrived, but a lot of admit they had relatives send them stuff or neighbors who felt pity on them and helped them out...and often it was the moms who "had enough" after years of hard work.

The dirty little secret is that home appliances have done more to help women out of drudgery of housework...

Pope spends five minutes with Sanders, hilarity ensues.

"If anyone thinks that greeting someone is getting involved in politics, I recommend that he look for a psychiatrist," Pope Francis added.
and the political experts pretend to agree with the Pope: this is a dumb political move
Some political commentators have wondered why he would travel to Rome so close to Tuesday's crucial New York primary.
Or maybe not...I seem to recall that a lot of New Yorker Democrats are Catholics...


BBC summary of a Lancet article on housewife suicides in India.
The powerlessness is part of the problem, a westerner might guess...

but in reality, suicide is lowest in traditional areas:

 suicide rates among housewives are lowest in the most "traditional" states, where family sizes are big and extended families are common. Rates are higher in states where households are closer to nuclear families - Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. (Dowry-related deaths are treated as murders.)..
but there is more stress in marriage as family members break away from family and try to live a western nuclear family lifestyle.


what is it with the hair?

no, that's not The Donald. It is the mayor of London Boris Johnson who is pushing to get the UK out of the EU...

UKSpectator writer has a sardonic view of the pope wanting to ignore the majority opinion of the bishops, but when he fail, instead he presents a document that will sow more confusion in the church.

So what do you believe: 360 pages of "MEGO" but doctrinally correct twaddle that no one will read, or a single footnote that might or might not allow change, depending on how you interpret the punctuation?

The press is actually getting this wrong: they think it is about divorce.

No, it is the question of what is the Eucharist?

Do you think the Eucharist is just a cookie to make people feel they are part of a happy family gathering, or do you believe that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Jesus, to be approached and received with reverence by those in a state of grace.
For he that eatheth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the Body of the Lord. (1 Cor 11:27–29)

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