Retinal Implants Giving Sight to the Blind

A team at Stanford University is closer to creating a functional implant that can restore sight to the blind. The rig recalls Geordi LaForge’s visor from Star Trek: The Next Generation, with a pair of glasses fitted with a video camera beaming near-infrared light onto a chip implanted in retina. This implant stimulates nerves in the back of [Read More...]

Mario Batali Tries to Live on Food Stamps

Doesn’t turn out so well. The famous chef and his family tried living on $1.48 per meal for a week to draw attention to the need for food stamps in a hard-hit economy. How did that go, Mario? “I’m (expletive deleted) starving,” said Batali, who’s on the board of the food relief agency Food Bank [Read More...]

USCCB General Counsel Requests Reconsideration of HHS Mandate

In response to the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) from the Department of Heath and Human Service, Anthony Picarello (USCCB associate general secretary and general counsel) and Michael Moses (associate general counsel) have submitted a new request for reconsideration of the odious contraception, abortifacient, and sterilization mandate. Here is the release from the USCCB press office [Read More...]

Franciscan U. Drops Insurance

The healthcare plan for students at Franciscan University at Steubenville is the first casualty of the Obamacare HHS mandate. “The Obama Administration has mandated that all health insurance plans must cover “women’s health services” including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing medications as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),” the university says in a [Read More...]

And Now for a REALLY Important Anniversary

The British Sandwich Association (I’ll let that sink in for a moment … they even have a website) has designated this week as the 250th anniversary of the sandwich.  This week, in 1762, is the earliest recorded mention of a sandwich, found in the journals of Edward Gibbon. John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, [Read More...]

Norway Abolishes State Church

State churches are a really bad idea, and they always have been. Now that Norway is almost a completely post-Christian culture (only 2% of the population attends services), there’s no reason for them to pretend any more. In an unprecedented move, the Norwegian Parliament has voted to abolish the state-sponsored Church of Norway with a [Read More...]

The Madness of HIV PrEP UPDATED

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, and it simply refers to medicating someone before they get sick. I’ve had to do this myself by taking antibiotics prior to dental work. It’s not uncommon. The search for a magic bullet to prevent HIV infection is driving people to try radical solutions that may, in fact, make matters worse. [Read More...]

Convicting the World: Today’s Reading From John

Today’s Gospel reading is John 16:5-11, which includes a remarkably enigmatic passage spoke by Christ during his long discourse at the last supper. Here is the full text of the reading: 5 But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have [Read More...]


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