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Thread: Pope Urges Prayers for Rain in Europe

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    CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy - Pope John Paul II urged people to pray for rain Sunday to ease Europe's seemingly relentless heat wave and expressed worry about the wildfires devouring much of the continent's woodlands. "Vast fires have developed in these days in several nations in Europe, with particular intensity in Portugal, sparking deaths and enormous danger to the environment," the pope told a crowd of pilgrims and tourists in the courtyard of his summer residence in the hills outside of Rome. "It is a worrisome emergency which, fed by persistent drought as well as human responsibility, puts at risk the environmental heritage, a precious good for entire humanity," the pope said. "I invite all to join in my prayers for the victims of this calamity, and I exhort all to raise to the Lord fervent entreaties so that he may grant the relief of rain to the thirsty earth," John Paul said.

    Some 40 deaths, including victims of the blazes, have been blamed on the combination of weeks of drought and temperatures hitting the low 100s Fahrenheit. Authorities have blamed arson and human carelessness for at least some of the blazes. In Italy, at least two suspects have been questioned in the last few days about suspicious fires. Besides Italy and Portugal, Spain, Croatia, France, Greece, the Netherlands and Croatia have been plagued by wildfires. Some weather experts have predicted that the heat wave will probably last until September. The pope is spending several weeks in the papal palace in Castel Gandolfo, a lakeside town in the Alban Hills south-east of Rome, an area generally cooler than the capital in summer.

    Parkinson's disease has made it difficult for the once robust pontiff to move around, and John Paul, 83, no longer takes the mountain hikes that used to be the highlight of his vacations.



    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...d=518&ncid=716

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    CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy - Pope John Paul II urged people to pray for rain Sunday to ease Europe's seemingly relentless heat wave and expressed worry about the wildfires devouring much of the continent's woodlands. "Vast fires have developed in these days in several nations in Europe, with particular intensity in Portugal, sparking deaths and enormous danger to the environment," the pope told a crowd of pilgrims and tourists in the courtyard of his summer residence in the hills outside of Rome. "It is a worrisome emergency which, fed by persistent drought as well as human responsibility, puts at risk the environmental heritage, a precious good for entire humanity," the pope said. "I invite all to join in my prayers for the victims of this calamity, and I exhort all to raise to the Lord fervent entreaties so that he may grant the relief of rain to the thirsty earth," John Paul said.

    Some 40 deaths, including victims of the blazes, have been blamed on the combination of weeks of drought and temperatures hitting the low 100s Fahrenheit. Authorities have blamed arson and human carelessness for at least some of the blazes. In Italy, at least two suspects have been questioned in the last few days about suspicious fires. Besides Italy and Portugal, Spain, Croatia, France, Greece, the Netherlands and Croatia have been plagued by wildfires. Some weather experts have predicted that the heat wave will probably last until September. The pope is spending several weeks in the papal palace in Castel Gandolfo, a lakeside town in the Alban Hills south-east of Rome, an area generally cooler than the capital in summer.

    Parkinson's disease has made it difficult for the once robust pontiff to move around, and John Paul, 83, no longer takes the mountain hikes that used to be the highlight of his vacations.



    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...d=518&ncid=716

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    Space cannibalism: A big galaxy eats a tiny one
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    THE ORBITING TELESCOPE captured the image of the gorging galaxy as part of a much larger picture of a long-tailed galaxy that has become known as the Tadpole. This photo was one of the first to be released last year after a new advanced camera was installed aboard Hubble. The Tadpole dominates the image, but the second-brightest object is a massive spiral galaxy seen in the lower left corner, with an apparent companion nearby that is seemingly linked to the bigger galaxy. U.S. and Australian astronomers were intrigued by this mismatched pair of cosmic objects, but the Hubble image alone was not enough to confirm that this was a case of a dominant galaxy feeding on a much smaller dwarf galaxy. To do this, they used the Keck Telescope in Hawaii, which was able to show plumes of stars streaming away from the dwarf galaxy's heart toward the big galaxy, the astronomers said in a statement. The galactic pair is located about 2 billion light-years from Earth. A light-year is about 6 trillion miles, the distance light travels in a year. Their findings were published Thursday in Science Express. The tiny galaxy is being ripped apart by the gravitational forces of the larger one, and the dwarf galaxy's stolen stars will wind up as part of a spherical halo surrounding the flattened disk of the larger spiral galaxy, the astronomers said.

  4. #4
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    how about a rain dance too?

  5. #5
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    Well, that would not be endorsed by Pope, Jos

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    Internet Addiction: Ruining Lives?
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    Spouses, Friends See It First, Suffer Most
    By Jeanie Lerche Davis
    Reviewed By Michael Smith, MD
    on Thursday, August 07, 2003
    WebMD Medical News



    Aug. 7, 2003 -- It's got people worried: Glassy-eyed millions are downloading, instant messaging, emailing -- and they're doing it 24/7. Hours and hours after logging on, they can't walk away. When does harmless Internet surfing cross into overuse, or -- as some say -- Internet addiction?

    Nathan A. Shapira, MD, PhD, a psychiatrist in the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida in Gainesville, has been studying this social problem since 1997. His latest paper, published in the current issue of Depression and Anxiety, outlines theories about this phenomenon. When the computer age burgeoned two decades ago, researchers looked into computer and technology dependence. But they didn't find the same damage -- especially to relationships -- that Internet overuse seems to cause. In fact, psychiatrists are still trying to figure out what's going on -- and how best to treat the problem, he says. "It's disheartening," Shapira tells WebMD. "We have this wonderful, very prevalent technology, but no one really knows the effect it's having on us."

    It's no secret: Many people use the computer to satisfy, stir up excitement, release tension, or provide relief -- whether it involves *** or not, he writes. Surfing, chatting, playing interactive games -- that's where those long hours go. Make no mistake: Surfing has its upside, much like exercise or meditation, Shapira writes. "It's just that when Internet use becomes excessive, it can -- like other impulse disorders -- be distressing and disabling," he tells WebMD. There likely is a psychological dependence -- as happens with TV, exercise, ***, or gambling -- rather than a physiological dependence as with smoking and alcohol abuse, Shapira writes.

    In fact, Internet abuse often dovetails with another psychiatric problem. People with obsessive-compulsive disorder -- the same ones who compulsively gamble or shop -- may find the Internet an outlet, he adds. Depression seems to lead others to overuse, creating a viscous cycle fed by isolation. The problem is not likely to ebb, not any time soon, he says. "People get a rush from being on three computers at once, keeping different things going on each one. And as speed gets better, the problem will likely get worse. Speed is part of the enticement."

    If you've said it too many times, "Come to bed, it's 2 a.m.," you may be living with an Internet junkie. Here are symptoms of a serious problem:

    - They have a preoccupation in which the Internet becomes "irresistible."
    - Using the Internet for longer periods than planned. "They say they'll be off in an hour, but three hours later they're still at it," says Shapira.
    - Preoccupation causes significant problems in relationships, work, or other important areas of functioning.
    - They try to cut back but can't.
    - They have excessive thoughts about it.
    - They get a sense of tension or arousal before doing it, and get pleasure afterward -- much as kleptomaniacs feel after lifting something.
    - Their other responsibilities, such as paying the bills, get neglected.

    All this rings true for drug and alcohol addiction, too, says Kristin Kassaw, MD, associate director of the Baylor Psychiatric Clinic in Houston. "It would take something like a 12-step program to change the behavior," she tells WebMD. In fact, therapy does work to curb the problem, Shapira says. Cognitive behavioral therapy -- which involves learning how to deal with feelings that lead to excessive Internet use -- helps people control their urges and manage their time better, he says. Medications can help, too. "If depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder is involved, when the mood gets stabilized, it will have an affect on impulse control," he says. Loved ones are always the first to identify this problem -- those glued to the screen rarely recognize it in themselves, Shapira tells WebMD. "Interpersonal relationships are the first to suffer." If you're concerned about a family member or friend, talk to them about it and express concern about Internet addiction. Then help them find a psychologist, he advises.



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  7. #7
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    *** = s e x

  8. #8
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    You are suggesting Lambada that hardworker and Lena who posted unrelated stuff to immigration might suffer from Internet addiction, you know, coming here and posting for the h e l l of it?!

  9. #9
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    yea keep fantasizing Circuit

  10. #10
    May God Save Pope From This Heat! LOL

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