Month: November 2013

Families struggling as costs climb

Otago Daily Times 29 November 2013 Families are struggling to keep up with bill payments as everyday expenses continue to rise, a budgeting service says. A Statistics New Zealand survey shows average weekly household spending has increased by more than $90…

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Cannabis ‘hikes schizophrenia risk’

Stuff.co.nz 28 November 2013 Some heavy cannabis users are up to 11 times more likely to develop schizophrenia, a drug symposium in Auckland has been told. People with a certain gene combination that exists in 25 percent of the population  had that heightened…

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Belgium: Senate Panel Approves Measure Allowing Doctors to Euthanize Children

LifeNews 27 November 2013 A Belgian Senate committee voted today to extend euthanasia to children with disabilities, in a move pro-life advocates worldwide had been fearing would come and expand an already much-abused euthanasia law even further. The Belgian Senate…

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RU-486 Now Safe? Feminist researcher still doesn’t think so

National Right to Life 21 November 2013 It caused a bit of a stir in 1991 when three “pro-choice” feminists came out with a book warning of the dangers of the chemical abortifacient RU-486. “RU486: Misconception, Myths and Morals,” written…

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Young Parents have a message for others: “Don’t get pregnant young.”

Young mums’ fresh chances  NZ Herald 25 November 2013 While they love their children dearly, the teenage mums at Rotorua’s School for Young Parents have a message for others: “Don’t get pregnant young.” The school, one of 22 teen parent…

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Sex education may add to 5-year-olds’ confusion

Stuff.co.nz 25 November 2013 Five North Island schools are now bravely rolling out a sex education policy apparently tailor-made to be absorbed by ankle-biters as young as 5 years old. In a TV news item, teacher and sexuality educator Kathryn…

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Weak Approach on Marijuana ‘Dopey’ and Dangerous

Media Release 26 Nov 2013 “A weak-kneed approach to marijuana use will simply send all the wrong messages that small amounts of drug use or dealing or growing aren’t that big a deal – the completely wrong message, especially for…

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Five things that Brave New World got terrifyingly right

The Telegraph 25 November 2013 1) The tyranny of “happiness” 2) Drugging the populace The people of Brave New World are kept chilled with a drug called soma. Described as having “all of the advantages of Christianity and alcohol [and]…

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France introduces fines for buying sex

The Independent 25 November 2013 Catherine Deneuve, who played a prostitue on film, is against. Sylviane Agacinski, one of France’s most respected philosophers, is for. Elisabeth Badinter, another feminist philosopher, is against. Should people who pay for sex be arrested,…

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