Skye Thomas

Skye Thomas
Writer, Rebel, and Soapbox Ranter

Monday, May 02, 2005

Demons, Brats, Politicians, and Other Unsavory Types

I don't know what it was about this week's articles but everything seemed to point towards the selfish jerks, evil doers, and the monsters of society. Now of course the 25 Most Fascinating People are not all going to fit into that list, but there were plenty of fascinating tyrants and such too.

Fighting the Devil in Rome
The first college course on exorcism is being offered at a Catholic university in Italy. Already, priests from around the world are flocking to Rome to participate and study psychology, law and a history of satanism.,1564,1568348,00.html

No excuses, please; sometimes a brat is a brat
PUT THE HANDCUFFS aside. We'll get back to them in a minute. Frankly, there's something else on that video that troubles me almost as much. And if you're saying to yourself, "What video?" well ... welcome home. How are things in the rainforest? Here in the States, everybody's talking about a much-televised video - shot in March but made public just recently - of a 5-year-old in St. Petersburg, Fla., being taken into custody by police officers after throwing a tantrum at school. Ja'eisha Scott cries out as her arms are pinioned behind her.

Top 25: Fascinating people
The world of politics is home to some of the most fascinating people of the last quarter-century, according to a Top 25 list compiled by CNN and editors at Time magazine.

King George, Prince Abdullah, Global Warming, and the Torture of Thomas Jefferson
“The period of history which is commonly called ‘modern,’” wrote Bertrand Russell in 1945, “has a mental outlook which differs from that of the medieval period in many ways. Of these, two are most important: the diminishing authority of the Church, and the increasing authority of science.” “The culture of modern times,” Russell added, “is more lay than clerical,” so that “states increasingly replace[d] the Church as the …authority that controls culture.” These “modern” states, partly under the influence of science, tended, Russell felt, toward democracy, which first became “an important force” in “the modern sense” with the American and French Revolutions (1).

With tragic results, parents often ignore a partner's violence
When Samuel Moore died this past week, the description of injuries to his battered body sounded as if he had been in a car wreck. His life was ended by blunt force to the head, a blow police say occurred when he was pushed off a bed by his mother's boyfriend.

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