Archive for June 30th, 2008

Presbyterian Assembly Votes to Drop Homosexual Clergy Ban

Monday, June 30th, 2008

This is not set in stone yet. It still has to be voted on by the churches before it becomes permanent. In the past, when this has been put before the churches, they have voted not to adopt it.

WASHINGTON – The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), bitterly divided over sexuality and the Bible, set up another confrontation Friday over its ban on ordaining non-celibate gays and lesbians.

The denomination’s General Assembly, meeting in San Jose, Calif., voted 54 percent to 46 percent Friday to drop the requirement that would-be ministers, deacons and elders live in “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between and a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.”

More conservative Presbyterians can take comfort in the fact that twice before – in 1997 and 2001 – the nation’s presbyteries overwhelmingly rejected efforts to rescind the gay ordination ban.

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Muslim Charged with Murdering Sister for Removing Headscarf

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Another Muslim “honor killing”. This time over a teen girl’s refusal to wear a headscarf. How tragic.

Aqsa Panvez

TORONTO — The brother of a Canadian teenager who was slain in what friends described as a family dispute over a Muslim head scarf was charged with murder, becoming the second family member accused in her death, police said Friday.

Aqsa Parvez, 16, of Pakistani origin, was strangled in December at her Mississauga, Ontario, home.

Waqas Parvez, 27, who had faced obstruction allegations in his sister’s death, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder.

Their father Muhammad Parvez, 57, was charged with first-degree murder earlier this month. He had been a suspect since shortly after her death.

friends said her death came during a family feud over her refusal to wear the traditional Muslim veil. And the killing sparked debate in Canada about the conflict within immigrant families over traditional values and desires to fit into a new culture.

Parvez’s friends from her high school said the ever-cheerful girl faced an increasingly difficult home life. They said that Parvez would come to school wearing track pants and the scarf, but would change into close-fitting jeans and remove the scarf at school. They said her parents caught on and began following her to school to make sure she was abiding by their rules.

Classmate Joel Brown, 17, has said that the girl grew afraid of her parents and began showing up to school with bruises.

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The Vacuum Tube, A Look Back

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Update at Bottom.

I know this is off topic for our blog, but one of my hobbies is messing with old radios. These are vacuum tube sets from the 1920’s and 30’s.
I’ve written several posts about one of my “unidentified” radios over the years (see here and here). Recently, Andrew was able to shed some light on the original tubes this radio would have used, the UV-201 Triode.
After I read his emails, I remembered that I had one of these tubes. I liked it so much that I mounted it for display.
I know, I know…you all are saying “how cheesy is that”! Well, can’t say I blame you, but hey, we all have our quirks.
Here’s my tube:



Here is the data sheet for the UV-201 vacuum tube from one of my books. This particular book is copyright 1920. I included some data sheets that I found on the internet too.
UV-201 Data Sheet

Update 5/52009:

Here is an excellent article on the history of the UV-201 tubes.