• Bloggers and Libel:  You better be nice to people on your blog (or theirs!).  People are starting to sue bloggers for libel, and winning in court.
  • Disappearance of the Macho Man:  BBC news reports on how some Aussies are complaining about the loss of the manly man. "Australian mates and good blokes have been replaced by nervous wrecks, metrosexual knobs and toss-bags."  Knobs and toss-bags?  This quote, shows the macho side of the Aussie culture – it is very hyper-masculinized and abusive.  I met many Aussie girls in missions who loved us American guys because we were NOT like the macho men they grew up with.  As one man in the article says " It’s good to see the demise of those attitudes which said women are expendable, and that you’re no good unless you go down the pub every night and get smashed "

  • French Intellectuals Fight Islam:  As reported earlier, French philosopher Robert Decker is having his life threatened by angry Muslims after he criticized Mohammed, saying Mohammed was  "a merciless warlord, a looter, a mass murderer of Jews and a polygamist."  French intellectuals don’t think the govt is doing enough to protect him, and are rising in his defence.