...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



Google News Top Stories 22:44 GMT (EST+5) Jul 26, 2006 Auto-generated 26 minutes ago:

Iraqi PM's Congress address stirs opposition
CNN - 9 hours ago
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Iraq's prime minister was set to address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday, but some Democrats said Nuri al-Maliki should cancel his speech unless he apologizes for denouncing what he calls "Israeli aggression" in Lebanon...
UN observers begged Israelis to stop shelling their position
Times Online - 56 minutes ago
By Steve Farrell and Nicholas Blanford. PEACEKEEPERS spent six hours begging Israeli commanders to halt multiple air bombings near a United Nations observation post before a missile killed four unarmed observers there, it emerged last night...
Senate OKs abortion transport bill, but Democrats block progress
BP News - 1 hour ago
By Tom Strode. WASHINGTON (BP)--The Senate approved legislation July 25 to block the transportation of underage girls across state lines to obtain abortions in avoidance of parental involvement laws in the girls' home states. ...
Senate upholds parent's right to know with bill
In health freedom fight, Abraham Cherrix to refuse court-ordered... - Jul 25, 2006
(NewsTarget) Abraham Cherrix -- the Virginia teen who has been court-ordered to undergo chemotherapy for his Hodgkin's Disease after opting to treat his condition with an herbal diet -- says he will defy the court's order and refuse chemotherapy...
Washington state Supreme Court upholds gay marriage ban
Biloxi Sun Herald - 4 hours ago
By Lornet Turnbull and Jonathan Martin. SEATTLE - The Washington Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the state's 1998 ban on same-sex marriage - a ruling decried by gay activists but heralded by supporters of traditional marriage...
Lance Bass: I'm Gay
People Magazine - 10 hours ago
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes. Lance Bass, the former 'N Sync heartthrob, reveals that he is gay, in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE...
Chicago demands 'big boxes' pay higher wages
MarketWatch - 58 minutes ago
CHICAGO (MarketWatch) - The Chicago City Council voted Wednesday to require big-box retailers - including such national chain stores as Wal-Mart, Target and Home Depot - to pay their workers wages that substantially exceed the state's mandated minimum...
China urges resumption of WTO trade talks
07.26.2006, 12:45 AM
- BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) - China has pledged to work with its trading partners to restart stalled global trade liberalization talks, calling the indefinite suspension of the Doha Round negotiations a setback to all.
'We will start work with other sides and try to resume negotiations as soon as possible,' Ministry of Commerce spokesman Chong Quan said in a statement.
'The Doha Round of negotiations are key to the balanced and orderly development of the world economy.

'The suspension of the Doha Round is a setback to all.'
Yates not guilty by reason of insanity
CNN - 1 hour ago
Andrea Yates reacts Wednesday at hearing the verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity. (CNN) -- A jury on Wednesday found Andrea...
Waxing of Shiloh - 22 minutes ago
SHILOH Nouvel Jolie-Pitt is officially the first child immortalised in wax by Madame Tussauds. The likeness of the two-month-old - already dubbed "the world's most famous baby" - was unveiled at the New York branch of the world famous museums today...
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