Believe it or leave it. Here is a news report of Muslim women who impregnate themselves with their husbands’ sperm which has been smuggled out of Israeli jails where their husbands are incarcerated. How can one not admire these women?
December 2, 2013
November 30, 2013
I suppose this News Report puts everything into perspective.
LONDON: Humans are actually hybrids, who emerged as an offspring of a male pig and a female chimpanzee, according to one of the world’s leading geneticist.
Turning the theory of human ancestry on its head, Dr Eugene McCarthy — one of the world’s leading authorities on hybridization in animals from the University of Georgia has suggested that humans didn’t evolve from just apes but was a backcross hybrid of a chimpanzee and pigs.
His hypothesis is based on the fact that though humans have many features in common with chimps, there are a lot more that don’t correspond to any other primates. He then suggests that there is only one animal in the animal kingdom that has all of the traits which distinguish humans from our primate cousins.
“What is this other animal that has all these traits? The answer is Sus scrofa – the ordinary pig” he says.
He explains: “Genetically, we’re close to chimpanzees, and yet we have many physical traits that distinguish us from chimpanzees. One fact, however, suggests the need for an open mind: as it turns out, many features that distinguish humans from chimpanzees also distinguish them from all other primates. Features found in human beings, but not in other primates, cannot be accounted for by hybridization of a primate with some other primate. If hybridization is to explain such features, the cross will have to be between a chimpanzee and a non-primate – an unusual, distant cross to create an unusual creature.”
“We believe that humans are related to chimpanzees because humans share so many traits with chimpanzees. Is it not rational then also, if pigs have all the traits that distinguish humans from other primates, to suppose that humans are also related to pigs? Let us take it as our hypothesis, then, that humans are the product of ancient hybridization between pig and chimpanzee,” he said.
According to Dr McCarthy, if we compare humans with non-mammals or invertebrates like the crocodile, bullfrog, octopus, dragonfly and starfish, pigs and chimpanzees suddenly seem quite similar to humans.
Pigs and chimpanzees differ in chromosome counts. The opinion is often expressed that when two animals differ in this way, they cannot produce fertile hybrids. This rule is, however, only a generalization. While such differences do tend to have an adverse effect on the fertility of hybrid offspring, it is also true that many different types of crosses in which the parents differ in chromosome counts produce hybrids that capable themselves of producing offspring.
There is substantial evidence supporting the idea that very distantly related mammals can mate and produce a hybrid.
Another suggestive fact, Dr McCarthy says is the frequent use of pigs in the surgical treatment of human beings. Pig heart valves are used to replace those of human coronary patients. Pig skin is used in the treatment of human burn victims. “Serious efforts are now underway to transplant kidneys and other organs from pigs into human beings. Why are pigs suited for such purposes? Why not goats, dogs, or bears – animals that, in terms of taxonomic classification, are no more distantly related to human beings than pigs?,” he said.
“It might seem unlikely that a pig and a chimpanzee would choose to mate, but their behaviour patterns and reproductive anatomy does, in fact, make them compatible. It is, of course, a well-established fact that animals sometimes attempt to mate with individuals that are unlike themselves, even in a natural setting, and that many of these crosses successfully produce hybrid offspring,” he adds.
Dr Eugene McCarthy says that the fact that even modern-day humans are relatively infertile may be significant in this connection.
“If a hybrid population does not die out altogether, it will tend to improve in fertility with each passing generation under the pressure of natural selection. Fossils indicate that we have had at least 200,000 years to recover our fertility since the time that the first modern humans (Homo sapiens) appeared. The earliest creatures generally recognized as human ancestors (Ardipithecus, Orrorin) date to about six million years ago. So our fertility has had a very long time to improve. If we have been recovering for thousands of generations and still show obvious symptoms of sterility, then our earliest human ancestors, if they were hybrids, must have suffered from aninfertility that was quite severe. This line of reasoning, too, suggests that the chimpanzee might have produced Homo sapiens by crossing with a genetically incompatible mate, possibly even one outside the primate order,” he said.
END OF REPORT
So folks say hello to our ancestors:)
November 24, 2013
Geneva, 24 November 2013
Joint Plan of Action
The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful. Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek or develop any nuclear weapons. This comprehensive solution would build on these initial measures and result in a final step for a period to be agreed upon and the resolution of concerns. This comprehensive solution would enable Iran to fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the relevant articles of the NPT in conformity with its obligations therein. This comprehensive solution would involve a mutually defined enrichment programme with practical limits and transparency measures to ensure the peaceful nature of the programme. This comprehensive solution would constitute an integrated whole where nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. This comprehensive solution would involve a reciprocal, step-bystep process, and would produce the comprehensive lifting of all UN Security Council sanctions, as well as multilateral and national sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear programme.
There would be additional steps in between the initial measures and the final step, including, among other things, addressing the UN Security Council resolutions, with a view toward bringing to a satisfactory conclusion the UN Security Council’s consideration of this matter. The E3+3 and Iran will be responsible for conclusion and implementation of mutual near-term measures and the comprehensive solution in good faith. A Joint Commission of E3/EU+3 and Iran will be established to monitor the implementation of the near-term measures and address issues that may arise, with the IAEA responsible for verification of nuclear-related measures. The Joint Commission will work with the IAEA to facilitate resolution of past and present issues of concern.
Elements of a first step
The first step would be time-bound, with a duration of 6 months, and renewable by mutual consent, during which all parties will work to maintain a constructive atmosphere for negotiations in good faith.
Iran would undertake the following voluntary measures:
- · From the existing uranium enriched to 20%, retain half as working stock of 20% oxide for fabrication of fuel for the TRR. Dilute the remaining 20% UF6 to no more than 5%. No reconversion line.
- · Iran announces that it will not enrich uranium over 5% for the duration of the 6 months.
- · Iran announces that it will not make any further advances of its activities at the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant1, Fordow2, or the Arak reactor3, designated by the IAEA as IR-40.
- · Beginning when the line for conversion of UF6 enriched up to 5% to UO2 is ready, Iran has decided to convert to oxide UF6 newly enriched up to 5% during the 6 month period, as provided in the operational schedule of the conversion plant declared to the IAEA.
- · No new locations for the enrichment.
- · Iran will continue its safeguarded R&D practices, including its current enrichment R&D practices, which are not designed for accumulation of the enriched uranium.
- · No reprocessing or construction of a facility capable of reprocessing.
- · Enhanced monitoring:
o Provision of specified information to the IAEA, including information on Iran’s plans for nuclear facilities, a description of each building on each nuclear site, a description of the scale of operations for each location engaged in specified nuclear activities, information on uranium mines and mills, and information on source material. This information would be provided within three months of the adoption of these measures.
o Submission of an updated DIQ for the reactor at Arak, designated by the IAEA as the IR-40, to the IAEA.
o Steps to agree with the IAEA on conclusion of the Safeguards Approach for the reactor at Arak, designated by the IAEA as the IR-40.
o Daily IAEA inspector access when inspectors are not present for the purpose of
Design Information Verification, Interim Inventory Verification, Physical Inventory Verification, and unannounced inspections, for the purpose of access to offline surveillance records, at Fordow and Natanz.
o IAEA inspector managed access to:
_ centrifuge assembly workshops4;
_ centrifuge rotor production workshops and storage facilities; and,
_ uranium mines and mills.
1 Namely, during the 6 months, Iran will not feed UF6 into the centrifuges installed but not enriching uranium. Not install additional centrifuges. Iran announces that during the first 6 months, it will replace existing centrifuges with centrifuges of the same type.
At Fordow, no further enrichment over 5% at 4 cascades now enriching uranium, and not increase enrichment capacity. Not feed UF6 into the other 12 cascades, which would remain in a non-operative state. No interconnections between cascades. Iran announces that during the first 6 months, it will replace existing centrifuges with centrifuges of the same type.
3 Iran announces on concerns related to the construction of the reactor at Arak that for 6 months it will not commission the reactor or transfer fuel or heavy water to the reactor site and will not test additional fuel or produce more fuel for the reactor or install remaining components.
4 Consistent with its plans, Iran’s centrifuge production during the 6 months will be dedicated to replace damaged machines.
In return, the E3/EU+3 would undertake the following voluntary measures:
- · Pause efforts to further reduce Iran’s crude oil sales, enabling Iran’s current customers to purchase their current average amounts of crude oil. Enable the repatriation of an agreed amount of revenue held abroad. For such oil sales, suspend the EU and U.S. sanctions on associated insurance and transportation services.
- · Suspend U.S. and EU sanctions on:
o Iran’s petrochemical exports, as well as sanctions on associated services.5
o Gold and precious metals, as well as sanctions on associated services.
- · Suspend U.S. sanctions on Iran’s auto industry, as well as sanctions on associated services.
- · License the supply and installation in Iran of spare parts for safety of flight for Iranian civil aviation and associated services. License safety related inspections and repairs in Iran as well as associated services.6
- · No new nuclear-related UN Security Council sanctions.
- · No new EU nuclear-related sanctions.
- · The U.S. Administration, acting consistent with the respective roles of the President and the
Congress, will refrain from imposing new nuclear-related sanctions.
- · Establish a financial channel to facilitate humanitarian trade for Iran’s domestic needs using Iranian oil revenues held abroad. Humanitarian trade would be defined as transactions involving food and agricultural products, medicine, medical devices, and medical expenses incurred abroad. This channel would involve specified foreign banks and non-designated
Iranian banks to be defined when establishing the channel.
o This channel could also enable:
_ transactions required to pay Iran’s UN obligations; and,
_ direct tuition payments to universities and colleges for Iranian students studying abroad, up to an agreed amount for the six month period.
- · Increase the EU authorisation thresholds for transactions for non-sanctioned trade to an agreed
5 “Sanctions on associated services” means any service, such as insurance, transportation, or financial, subject to the underlying U.S. or EU sanctions applicable, insofar as each service is related to the underlying sanction and required to facilitate the desired transactions. These services could involve any non-designated Iranian entities.
6 Sanctions relief could involve any non-designated Iranian airlines as well as Iran Air.
Elements of the final step of a comprehensive solution*
The final step of a comprehensive solution, which the parties aim to conclude negotiating and commence implementing no more than one year after the adoption of this document, would:
- · Have a specified long-term duration to be agreed upon.
- · Reflect the rights and obligations of parties to the NPT and IAEA Safeguards
- · Comprehensively lift UN Security Council, multilateral and national nuclear-related sanctions, including steps on access in areas of trade, technology, finance, and energy, on a schedule to be agreed upon.
- · Involve a mutually defined enrichment programme with mutually agreed parameters consistent with practical needs, with agreed limits on scope and level of enrichment activities, capacity, where it is carried out, and stocks of enriched uranium, for a period to be agreed upon.
- · Fully resolve concerns related to the reactor at Arak, designated by the IAEA as the IR-40. No reprocessing or construction of a facility capable of reprocessing.
- · Fully implement the agreed transparency measures and enhanced monitoring. Ratify and implement the Additional Protocol, consistent with the respective roles of the President and the Majlis (Iranian parliament).
- · Include international civil nuclear cooperation, including among others, on acquiring modern light water power and research reactors and associated equipment, and the supply of modern nuclear fuel as well as agreed R&D practices.
Following successful implementation of the final step of the comprehensive solution for its full duration, the Iranian nuclear programme will be treated in the same manner as that of any non-nuclear weapon state party to the NPT.
* With respect to the final step and any steps in between, the standard principle that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” applies.
Will 2014 become the year when the age old battle between the Shias and Sunnis erupt between Iran and Saudi Arabia into a full blown war with Israel on the side of the Saudis?
Maybe President Obama is smarter than we think. In reality he has lit the fuse of a full blown war without the USA, for a change.
October 18, 2013
“Heya mate, good to see you”, says Derrick as he walks in with a bottle of absinthe.
I grab the booty and then shake his hand.
“Thanks, how did you know?”
“Stella wrote to me. She said you were bit off when you visited her some weeks ago, so I thought I’d bring something to cheer you up.”
‘Thanks…thanks…” I reply and hurriedly pour two glasses, hand one to Derrick and raise my glass…
“For the good times…”
“Yes…for the good times”, he replied and took a sip.
“Let’s sit out on the verandah…”
The air is cool and crisp…with a hint of magnolia.
Silence descends as we recline in our planter’s chairs smoking cigars and sipping on absinthe.
“What’s wrong?” asks Derrick hesitantly.
“Actually I have immersed myself in my work to such an extent that reality for me has become synonymous with the feeling of disconnection from the breath of life. I wake at night with questions in my head about the virtues of existence and the futility of violence. I have begun to live outside myself…a watcher seeking the truth…truth about every living thing.”
“You need to drop all this work and take a holiday”
“Nah…can’t do that…maybe in December…let’s see…”
“Listen…I have to get back to the hotel, I promised Cynthia I’d take her out to that Greek restaurant whose hostess lathers you with her wet kisses…why don’t you join us…seriously…come on…”
“Ok, you move I’ll see you there at 8.30”
Just as Derrick leaves Rainy strolls in.
“I am hungry” he says sullenly.
I fix him his dinner, refill my glass and return to the verandah.
After he eats his food, Rainy comes to me, licks my hand and lays his head on my feet.
A short while later, I bend down, pat his head, and ask him how his day has been,
“Ummm…so so…I was up on the hill with my buddies when I bumped into Lora…you haven’t met her…she is a half Lab and half something else. Beautiful but sick…I think she is dying…so young…so young”
“Bring her here and I’ll take her to the vet”.
“Nah…no use she has got stomach cancer…a bit late”
“Sorry to hear that”
“Actually”, replies Rainy as he gets up and puts his head on my lap, “I think I will bring her here right now…she can talk…”
Before I could reply Rainy jumps over the wall and disappears into the night.
A short while later I hear barks and soon, there before me is Rainy and a black Labish looking dog.
“Mate…this is Lora”
“Hi Lora,” I stretch out my hand. She approaches me and gently licks my hand.
“Rainy is very pushy…I hope I am not intruding”, she says in a soft voice.
“No…No..of course not. How are you feeling?”
“Tired. May I stay the night?”
‘Sure…would you like to eat something?”
“No, not now. Rainy says you have been living in a kind of purgatory of late?”
“uhhh…yes and no…actually I don’t know. Maybe it’s simply disconnection”
Lora looks at me and moves closer. Rainy jumps onto the wall and lies down.
“I have been thinking of my life as a dog. You know I am just over one and a half years old. I wanted to have puppies but no luck and now this. The pain penetrates every sinew of my body. Even through all this the scent of a flower reminds me of the beauty of life. How wonderful, enchanting and exciting it is.
And how fragile life is… because Nature in all her wisdom has thought it fit to put a timer on all things bright and beautiful. So as time passes so does life. It fades into the endless stream of collective consciousness. The self is washed away with the debris of human excess…and all that remains is the memory of one in the thoughts of those that remain behind to grieve. It has been so long since I have had a good sleep. I am tired,” says Lora to me in a subdued voice. Then she climbs up onto my lap, lays her head on the arm of the chair and dozes off.
I can’t move for I am afraid to wake Lora from her slumber. Derrick will understand, I hope…
Hours later when dawn breaks I am awakened by Rainy’s whining.
“Lora has left us”
Suddenly I feel the dead weight of her body, warm but still.
For some time, Rainy and I didn’t move. And then we went to the garden and buried her. Rainy brought some fallen magnolia and put it on her grave. Then he sat down next to it and looked at me.
“It never ends. At least that’s what they say. Time is the illusion. The giant wheel spins on its axis of delusion while passengers enjoy the ride…with questions…the answers are mere impressions of what is seen, heard and felt. Truth escapes like a thief in the night with our dreams and hope hangs around to lure us on into the cauldron of experience…an endless sautéing of the soul. And when it’s over…when the last gasp of breath escapes into eternity we shall be buried just like Lora. But how lucky we are to have known her…she came to comfort you even in her pain. I suppose she didn’t want to die alone on some deserted street. That’s why she spent the night in your arms to feel loved and wanted and to make you feel the same. Do you understand what this means and how blessed you are to have known this soul?” says Rainy.
“Yes” I reply in a choked voice and walk away for fear of confronting life.
September 21, 2013
It is in the grammar. No one is a criminal except that thousands of esteemed Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assemblies have criminal cases against them.
(The Times of India LINK) – About 30% of Lok Sabha members and 17% of Rajya Sabha members have criminal cases pending against them, said a report which noted that the probability of winning an election by a candidate with criminal record is higher than that of one with a clean background.
The Association For Democratic Reforms and New Election Watch have for the last ten years compiled Comprehensive Reports on Elections, Crime and Money.
Here are some sobering statistics….
Summary and Highlights:
- Total Number of Candidates Analyzed: A total of 62847 Candidates who have contested either Parliamentary or State Assembly Elections since 2004have been analyzed by ADR and NEW.
- Total Number of MPs/MLAs Analyzed: A total of 8790 MPs/MLAs who have either held seats since 2004 either in the Parliament or in State Assemblies have been analyzed by ADR and NEW.
- Candidates with Criminal Cases: A total of 11063 out of these 62847 (18%) Candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.
- Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 5253 (8%) out of the 11063 Candidates analyzed have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
- Sitting Lok Sabha MPs with Criminal Cases: 162 (30%) out of the 543 Lok Sabha MPs have declared criminal cases against themselves. 76 or 14% of the current Lok Sabha MPs have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
- Sitting Rajya Sabha MPs with Criminal Cases: 40 out of 232 (17%) sitting MPs from Rajya Sabha have declared criminal cases against themselves. 16 (7%) of the current Rajya Sabha MPs have declared serious criminal cases.
- Sitting MLAs who have declared Criminal Cases: 1258 (31%) out of the 4032 sitting MLAs from all state assemblies have declared criminal cases against themselves. 15% of the current MLAs from all state assemblies have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
- MPs/MLAs with Criminal Cases: Out of the 8790 MPs/MLAs analyzed since 2004, 2575 or 29% have declared criminal cases against themselves and 1187 or 14% have serious criminal charges. INC has 8% and BJP has 13% MPs/MLAs with serious criminal charges.
- Candidates with Criminal Cases get party tickets for the second time: : Analysis of the criminal records of 4181 repeat candidates shows that 1072 of them had a criminal case the first time they contested an election and 788 had cases the second time also. This means political parties gave tickets to 74% of candidates with criminal records the second time also despite having information on their criminal background from previous elections. However the total number of candidates with criminal cases still increased the second time as there were 507 other candidates (out of 4181) who showed no criminal cases in the first election but declared cases in the second round of elections. Therefore the total percent of candidates with criminal records given tickets by political parties rose from 26% to 31%.
- Candidates with Serious Criminal cases get party tickets for the second time: If we look at serious criminal cases a similar picture emerges. Of 540 candidates with serious charges, 353 or 65% were given tickets for the second time also. In addition to them there were 289 other candidates with no criminal cases in the first election, but who had declared cases in the second round of elections. This also shows that the total percent of candidates with serious criminal records given tickets by political parties rose from 12% to 15%.
- Pendency of Criminal Cases against Re contesting Candidates: Cases against 788 contesting candidates have been pending since their declarations in the previous election. This means that these candidates with pending criminal cases continue to contest elections, while charges against them remaining pending in Courts without any resolution and some of them even continue to sit as people’ representatives.
I wonder what Mahatma Gandhji would think of this?
One dreads to think what candidates the political parties are going to field in the coming Indian General Elections in 2014.
September 20, 2013
“I have no regrets. I’ll do it again if I have to,” said Billu, the remorseless father of Nidhi Barak, 20, who was beaten to death.
The parents of Dharmender Barak, 23, will not file a case against those who murdered their son – they say the pair got what they deserved.
Nidhi and Dharmender eloped on Tuesday, knowing their families would never consent to their relationship as they belonged to the same village.
Using farming tools, they allegedly broke his arms and legs, stabbed him repeatedly and beheaded him. Dharmender’s headless body was dumped outside his home in the same village. Inside, his family had refused to come out and help him.
Seven members of Nidhi’s family are believed to be involved in this shocking example of medieval-style killings in the name of ‘family honour’ in Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s hometown.
Nidhi’s family runs a thriving dog-breeding business and is said to be influential in those parts. Dharmendra came from a family of poor farmers. They met three years ago as college students in Rohtak, where Nidhi was studying fine arts and Dharmender was pursuing a technical course.
Several such young couples have been murdered in villages of Haryana bound by the diktats of lawless, but politically influential ‘Khap panchayats’ who forbid marriages within the same village.
In 2011, the Supreme Court had said those behind such killings should face the death penalty. LINK
September 19, 2013
On 27 August Amira was arrested by the Public Order Police. The 35-year-old civil engineer and women’s rights activist was working in the outskirts of Khartoum when 10 policemen approached her and threatened to take her to the police station for her ‘crime’. She was then charged under Article 152 of Sudan’s 1991 Criminal Code with ‘indecent or immoral dress’ and faces the possibility of receiving up to 40 lashes if convicted.
The trial of Amira Osman Hamed starts tonight and if convicted she could be sentenced to flogging in Sudan for refusing to cover her hair with a headscarf.
Appeal to the Sudanese Minister of Justice, Mohamed Bushara Dousa, to drop all charges against Amira Osman Hamed.
Please sign the petition. LINK
I was just wondering – will Sharia law be imposed on Muslims in the UK and will flogging then become the preferred punishment for erring women?