“Argentina convicts 2 dictators of stealing babies,” and other stories: News roundup – 07/24/12

Argentina convicts 2 dictators of stealing babies
Egyptians pelt Clinton motorcade with tomatoes
Egyptian kidnapper threatens to kill two American hostages
Idaho man charged with soliciting wife’s rape using Craigslist
Maryland Dream Act supporters launch campaign to uphold law
Biology Leaves Gay Men Highly Vulnerable to HIV: Study
Missing Iowa cousins: One set of parents hires an attorney


Argentina convicts 2 dictators of stealing babies

A much more balanced account of the whole situation in South America at the time, than we usually get in the American press.


Egyptians pelt Clinton motorcade with tomatoes

Exactly who these people were, and their motives, is unclear.  Some Egyptians blame the U.S. for the political ascendancy of the Muslim Brotherhood — of all things.


Egyptian kidnapper threatens to kill two American hostages

“Jirmy Abu-Masuh, 32, of the Tarbeen tribe, said in an interview that the Americans … won’t be released until his uncle, who is in an Egyptian prison, is released as well. His uncle was taken into custody for refusing to pay 100 dollars in a bribe to police officers at a checkpoint.”

This is the same scenario as in the events that first spurred the “Arab spring:” police extortion.  See this portion of the Wikipedia article, “Mohamed Bouazizi:”  (link)


Idaho man charged with soliciting wife’s rape using Craigslist

Score one for handguns.


Maryland Dream Act supporters launch campaign to uphold law

This is one of several issues on which I disagree with Governor O’Malley.

I have nothing against immigrants.

There’s just that one little word that I can’t get around, and I can’t grasp how people  ignore it:  “illegal.”

That controls my stand.


Biology Leaves Gay Men Highly Vulnerable to HIV: Study

The headline is misleading.  It had me looking for, for example, some genetic difference between gays and straights such that on exposure to the virus, one group was more susceptible to infection than the other.  The key factor proves to be behavior, not biology.

And the two key behavioral features are:
(1) Protection;
(2) Monogamy.

I got ticked also at the author’s use of certain prepositions.  He or she speaks as if sex were something one person does to another, rather than something two people do together.


Missing Iowa cousins: One set of parents hires an attorney

All too many of these cases prove to involve a troubled family.

I can’t think of any event that got more media attention in recent years, than the disappearance of Phylicia Barnes. Now the individual facing trial in her murder proves to be her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and it’s known that the sister’s household, from which Phylicia disappeared, was an unstable or insecure place.

In the Iowa cousins matter there is also the issue of names.

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