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Go to: Yeti crab grows its own food

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I take it this is their entire food supply. I can't think of any other animal that carries a constantly regrowing food supply around with it. I wonder if the claws have any function left. Perhaps this started from cleaning up bacteria growing on the claws after contamination during a meal.

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 22:30:41 UTC | #900048

Go to: Vatican stunned by Irish embassy closure

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Comment 44 by RJMoore :

Are you seriously suggesting that the UK should bar people of certain religions from being ambassadors??

No, just that ambassadors shouldn't be put in a position where they may be more loyal to the state they are sent to than to the one that they are meant to be representing.

The Vatican is the only state that claims it has authority over the citizens of other countries and that its authority is greater than that of their own state/electorate.

If an MP makes it clear that she will act as a proxy for the Vatican when she votes in Parliament, rather than representing the interests of her constituents (which you seem to think is a proper position to take), then how can a country rely on reports from a Catholic ambassador serving in the Vatican City? What would happen if a cardinal told the ambassador that the "Holy Father" wanted him to pass this or that on to his government, or to hide this or that from them? Who must the ambassador obey?

This, apparently, was the issue concerning the Foreign Office until I-can't-wait-to-become-a-Catholic-but-I-don't-want-the-voters-to-know-my-sympathies Blair changed the rules.

Of course, the issue is of far less importance today than it was during the centuries when the Catholic Church was behind armed interventions intended to overthrow the British sovereign but it still represents a potential conflict of interests which could easily be avoided.

It is obviously impossible for the UK to have a Catholic monarch who is the supreme head of the Church of England. You either ban Catholics from the job or you disestablish the CofE and throw all those "wise" old bishops out of the Lords. In those circumstances, I would be quite favourably inclined towards putting a Catholic on the throne.

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 06:53:08 UTC | #887791

Go to: Vatican stunned by Irish embassy closure

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Not only does the UK maintain an embassy to the Vatican, Tony Blair proudly cancelled the policy that only Protestant ambassadors should qualify to be ambassadors there and opened the post to fawning Catholic sycophants. This should be seen in the light of a leading Catholic MP's statement that if you are a Catholic and and MP then your duty in Parliament is to vote as directed by the Pope on any issue the Church involves itself in. I think that is a fair assessment of the Catholic position, given that the Vatican historically asserts its superiority over any head of state in Europe (hence the row with Henry VIII). Closing the embassy at the Vatican is a way of Ireland rejecting subservience to Rome and upholding its right to national self-determination. Well done Ireland. And if England must have an ambassador there, let's at least go back to having one that symbolises rejection of Papal supremacy, Better still, get rid of the post altogether.

Sat, 05 Nov 2011 21:57:09 UTC | #887691

Go to: Archbishop calls for NHS bill to cover spiritual health

Vogon42's Avatar Jump to comment 137 by Vogon42

Hmm, it seems that the bish is bigoted against the practitioners of other irrational beliefs.

I note that in a day or two, Muslims all over the planet will be ritually sacrificing hundreds of millions of sheep and goats for Eid Al Adha. Perhaps the entire NHS budget should be sent to Jakarta or Dhaka or Riyadh to save the traumatised children who participate in these cults.

Or maybe our species is just able to adapt to the horrific discovery of where lamb chops actually come from.

Sat, 05 Nov 2011 21:42:34 UTC | #887687

Go to: Serious claims belong in a serious scientific paper

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Comment 13 by Nunbeliever :

Another good example is Lord Monckton. Heck, I don't even know his real given name. Why on earth does it matter whether he is 'Lord' or not??? This is probably a cultural thing, but I find it all ridiculous!

His name is Christopher Monckton. I was with him at Cardiff where he took a diploma in journalism after achieving an undistinguished degree in "Greats" as he called it (Latin, Greek, etc) at Churchill College, Cambridge. He was an eccentric and entertaining character who was in his element in debates where his adversarial techniques, especially his skill at ridiculing opponents, worked well. It probably won't surprise you that he has no background in science.

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 22:53:11 UTC | #884401

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