Friday, July 4 in the news.....
- The most senior judge in England yesterday gave his blessing to the use of Sharia Law to resolve disputes among Muslims. He declared: 'Those entering into a contractual agreement can agree that the agreement shall be governed by a law other than English law.' The judge then declared England legally had no balls anymore.
- More than 100 Chinese tourists arrived in Taiwan on Friday on the first regularly scheduled direct flight from the mainland in nearly six decades in a sign of warmer ties. Only 98 of the tourists were spies.
- A ferry sank in a river in Myanmar's cyclone-battered Irrawaddy delta, killing nearly 40 people, state-media reported Friday. It was later discovered that 20 died before it sank as soldiers on the banks shot at the ferry.
- The Australian Government would commit every cent raised from an emissions trading scheme to help families and businesses adjust to paying a price for carbon, Climate Change Minister Penny Wong says. The minister said that most Australians have never heard of the term 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' anyhow, and that such an analogy was incorrect, because the Labor Government was not robbing Peter to pay Paul, it was taxing Peter to pay Peter back, which made complete sense to regular Australians and no sense to anyone who actually pays attention.
- California firefighters made a desperate stand as darkness fell on Thursday to save more than 4,000 homes and other structures from a pair of out-of-control wildfires burning about 170 miles apart along the California coast. The wildfires were attributed to over-speculation in the housing market.