Dalai Lama feels good about turning 74, but he says he is taking aim at 100
The Dalai Lama celebrated his 74th birthday Monday in a typically jocular mood, remarking lightheartedly that the prayers being said for him might help him live to at least 100. The Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate has now spent 50 birthdays in exile in India. Hundreds of Tibetan exiles chanted prayers and sang songs in New Delhi and Dharmsala, the northern town where he lives, to mark the birthday, setting aside nagging worries about their aging leader's successor. "I don't know about a thousand years but maybe at least a 100 years," he said in a speech to his followers.
Namibia, animal groups at odds over need to club 85,000 baby seals
Namibia's annual commercial seal hunt will go on despite objections by animal welfare groups, a government official said Monday. Frans Tsheehama of the Namibian fisheries and marine resources ministry said the season started on July 1 and will run until Nov. 15. Hunters are expected to club over 90,000 seals, including 85,000 pups. The hunt was to begin last week, but there was confusion over whether the killings had begun after media reports that a South African-based animal rights activist was in negotiations to halt them.
File-sharing test case defendant asks for $1.92M judgment to be down-sized
Jammie Thomas-Rasse, the central Minnesota woman ordered to pay $1.92 million for illegally sharing copyright-protected music, is asking a federal judge to reduce the damages she must pay or grant a new trial. This case was the only one of more than 30,000 similar lawsuits to make it to trial. While record industry lawyers say they are still willing to settle, they took measures to have Thomas-Rasse legally barred from ever downloading music again. The attorneys also want a judge to order that she destroy all copies of recordings that she has downloaded without authorization. Recording company attorneys say she distributed more than 1,700 songs through a file-sharing network.
The oldest surviving Bible is now available on the newest medium
The surviving pages of the world's oldest Christian Bible have been reunited — digitally. The early work known as the Codex Sinaiticus has been housed in four separate locations across the world for more than 150 years. But starting Monday, it became available for perusal on the Web at www.codexsinaiticus.org so scholars and other readers can get a closer look at what the British Library calls a "unique treasure." As it survives today, Codex Sinaiticus contains just over 400 large leaves of prepared animal skin, each of which measures 15 inches by 13.5 inches. It is written in Greek. "From Parchment to Pixel: The Virtual Reunification of the Codex Sinaiticus," an exhibit about the Bible's reunification process, opened at London's British Library on Monday and runs until Sept. 7.