Angus Abranson (angusabranson) wrote,
Angus Abranson
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(News) Mars, The Worst Song Ever, Religion in Schools and Vanunu Released

Future human explorers on Mars may face five mile high, and highly electrically charged, dust storms and tornadoes, according to NASA scientists. Dust Storms May bedevil Mars Explorers (CNN On-Line;Wednesday 21st April 2004)

Continuing the space theme.... Satrships #1 1985 Single 'We Built This City' has been named THE WORST SONG EVER by Blender magazine. Now whilst I'm hardly a Starship fan (ok, yes, I did go and dance to it at the B-Movie 80's special) there are a hell of alot worse songs past and present. CNN is running a poll for you to choose which one of six tracks you think should be the worst song ever. Even then I think they're missing some dreadful ones. Anyway for the story check out What's The Worst Song of All-Time? (CNN On-Line; Wednesday 21st April 2004)

In England, the Chief Inspector of Schools has suggested dropping the legal obligation onschools to provide a daily act of collective worship. Apparently 76% of all secondary-schools are already not following these guidelines. Personally I do feel that religious School Assemblies are outdated these days. Britain is very much a multi-cultural country and the home of a wide avriety of different religious views. Having schools preach an overwhelmingly 'Christian' service is offensive to many who wither don't follow a religon or a non-Church of England one. We aren't a religous state (thank god!) and religion shouldn't play a part in non-denomination schools beyond the teaching of different belief systems. School 'daily worship' questioned. (BBC On-Line; Wednesday 21st April 2004)

One of the major news stories of the day is the release of Israeli Scientist Mordechai Vanunu after 18 years imprisonment for treason. Vanunu was the scientist responsible for alerting the world to the 'alledged' fact that Israel has nuclear arms and was pursuing a weapons of mass destruction program. Although he has been released Israeli authorities have slapped a lot of restrictions on him and have refused him a passport. 'Proud' Vanunu vows to fight on (BBC On-line; Wednesday 21st April 2004)

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