too disgusting for words

15 04 2010

I am just too disgusted to be able to say anything about these news items.

From Saudi woman:
”Why my heart hurts and my stomach is turned”

In Saudi Arabia a 65 year old man had tests done (tests before marriage are compulsory in KSA) and he turned out to be infected with Hepatitis B. A deadly, cancer inducing std. The victim of his marriage plan was an 11 year old girl!!!
The parents were anxious to get the paperwork done as soon as possible to get rid of their daughter into a marriage of sexual slavery, disease and death to an old pedophile.

And if you think crimes against the female half of humanity can’t get much worse, read this one on Save the Women!:
”Death by marriage”

In Yemen a twelve year old little girl was married off to a man at least twice her age. In Yemen at least 25% of girls are married off before they are 15 years old!!!!

The man took her to a clinic because he wanted her sedated, so she could no longer resist his attempts to rape her.
The clinic refused to sedate her but let the rapist take her home as the girl was his lawful wife property.
He tied her up, raped her, and took her to the clinic again because she was so damaged she could not walk anymore.
The clinic again, after ascertaining her serious internal injuries, send her home with the rapist, after which he raped her again, causing such horrendous trauma that she was dead the next day.

This is the result if cultures/religions/countries have no respect nor care or love for women, when it is normal to regard half of humanity as mindless property, rather than sentient beings.





Sad

10 02 2010

It was a shock for me today to read about my blogging friend’s husbands death by leukemia.

So this painting is for Carol, it’s called ”Waiting at dawn”





How to get to America

31 12 2009

Of course you have all heard about the Nigerian student to whom the American government gave a visa despite his family having alerted officials about his strange behaviour and who tried to mix an explosive aboard a plane from Amsterdam to America.

Instead of wondering about the apparent laxity of the American’s screening, full attention is now aimed to Schiphol Airport security. Maybe because they want to divert attention from the American failure to spot this man even though his own family send out warning signals???
The result is that flights to America are now subject to more stringent security measures. Although I find the current measures farcical, for instance the confiscation of a nail-clipper while once in the airplane the grannies are allowed to keep on knitting? Now I cannot really imagine a scenario where you can successfully kill somebody with a nail-clipper, but I can imagine about 10 where you can kill people with only one knitting needle.
No, my problem is that the Schiphol security have used this incident to finally bring out their super technological body scan machines and force them on the passengers.

Until now it was considered a breach of our privacy and bodily integrity to force people to undergo the scan, but now they have been given a good reason to scare people again they took advantage and now all passengers flying from Schiphol to America will be forced to allow themselves be scanned starting end of January.

The millimeter wave scan uses terahertz radiation to see through your clothes and identify foreign substances. The way terahertz waves are absorbed and emitted can also be used to determine the chemical composition of a material. It cannot see through flesh, and the waves don’t travel far inside the body.

Due to the terahertz photons not being energetic enough to break chemical bonds or ionise atoms or molecules, the chief reasons why higher energy photons such as x-rays and UV rays are so bad for us, the health risks are easily dismissed.
But these waves do infiltrate your body, and there maybe other mechanisms at work here. I do not believe that you can mess with our body in any way without changing, and usually damaging something.

The evidence that terahertz radiation damages biological systems is mixed. “Some studies reported significant genetic damage while others, although similar, showed none,” say Boian Alexandrov at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and a few buddies. Alexandrov and co have created a model to investigate how THz fields interact with double-stranded DNA and what they’ve found is remarkable. They say that although the forces generated are tiny, resonant effects allow THz waves to unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication. That’s a jaw dropping conclusion.

And it also explains why the evidence has been so hard to garner. Ordinary resonant effects are not powerful enough to do this kind of damage but nonlinear resonances can. These nonlinear instabilities are much less likely to form which explains why the character of THz genotoxic effects are probabilistic rather than deterministic, say the team.

I find this greatly disturbing. Of course, terahertz waves are a natural part of environment, just like visible and infrared light. But these new generation of cameras do not only record terahertz waves but also bombard us with them. And if our exposure is set to increase, the question that urgently needs answering is what level of terahertz exposure is safe.

Besides the invasion of my privacy and bodily integrity, which I by no means  want to surrender to a lazy cost-aware security system, I find it a flippant disregard of the health and safety of the passengers to bombard them on a regular basis with terahertz waves without their knowledge and consent. Believe me I have looked into this and there was only one person on several Dutch forums who wondered about the terahertz waves’ health implications instead of privacy matters. Apparently awareness of the possible implications of the use of terahertz waves on our health is virtually non-existent. Of course none of the information sites about the”body-scan-machines” even mentions terahertz waves.

It may be a very long time before I can travel to America again and be with the Q…
For the afore-mentioned reasons I do categorically refuse to be scanned by terahertz waves.

And the Nigerian who tried to blow up the plane was not stopped by the American government, who gave him a valid visa, he was not stopped by Schiphol security, he was stopped by a courageous Dutchman, Jeroen Schuringa, who jumped the man, brought him down, and doused the fire.

Maybe instead of subjecting us to more humiliation, invasion of our privacy, and exposure to terahertz waves, they could prepare the passengers with some martial arts lessons while we wait for boarding. A well-trained and prepared to attack, group of passengers seems to me of far more value than all the dodgy invasive and possibly dangerous technology they are so enamoured with now.





Baghdad burning

2 11 2009

I want to share this video’s with you. Heartrending story of a woman ”Riverbend” in Bagdad, and heartrending but beautiful artwork by Danijel Zezelj. It’s narrated in German, beautifully by Sherin Zayed, but with English subtitles.





Obama sells out democracy and freedom

23 10 2009

Well, friends it seems that Obama should not have been given the Nobel price for peace, but the Nobel prize for weaseliness selling out our hardwon rights for freedom and free speech.

To my utter amazement the Obama Administration supports the sick and anti-constitutional fascist religious insane Islamic/kolonialist ”Un-resolution to ban religious blasphemy”.

Check this video from the brilliant Pat Condell





Bride of death

16 10 2009
Pencildrawing by Laurie Lipton

Pencildrawing by Laurie Lipton

One of the results of the despicable and evil custom of marrying underage girls, as young as six years old, to perverted old goats, is that the victims tend to die an early death.

Sometimes by suicide, but also by childbirth.

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Last month a 12-year-old Yemeni girl, who was forced into marriage,  died during a difficult delivery in which her baby also died, a children’s rights organisation said on Sunday, demanding action to stop Yemeni men taking child brides.

“The child, Fawziya Abdullah Youssef, died on Friday September 11 in western Yemen at the age of 12 due to a complicated delivery,” the Yemeni Organisation for Childhood Protection (Seyaj) said.

This little girl suffered for three days before she died, the baby was stillborn.

“The case of Fawziya illustrates the tragedy of those whom we call ‘the brides of death’, who are little girls, less than 15 years old, forced into marriage, mostly due to financial reasons, The proportion of little girls and teenage females married before 15 is nearly 50 percent”.

The Parliament of Yemen has passed a law that would make the minimum age for girls to get wed 17.
But before the president could sign it, some of the  lawmakers requested it would be reevaluated by the parliament’s constitutional committee.
According to the lawmakers the measure is potentially Un-islamic.

They must be joking!

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childbride afganistan





Ten Ways to Spot Anti-Vitamin Biases in a Scientific Study

19 08 2009

worm bacteria

So, what’s up with the media and all those scientific studies which prove vitamins are a hoax? That they are actually bad for you? That only patented expensive drugs can cure you? Well, there’s an easy way to find out: follow these guidelines when reading a media piece on Swine flu, or any disease, and/or natural healing, vitamins etc.
Because you can’t rely on the truthfulness of financially dependant doctors, scientist and journalists. But what you can rely on is your own!
In other words:

Think For Yourself!

1. Where’s the beef?
How much of the original study is quoted in the media?  Are you just getting factoids, or are data provided?  Has the journalist writing about the subject actually read the original paper?

2. What exactly was studied, and how?
Was it an IN VITRO (test-tube) study or an IN VIVO (animal) study? Was there a CLINICAL STUDY on people, or is its application to real life a matter of conjecture?

3. Follow the Money.
Who paid for the study? Cash from food processors, pharmaceutical giants, and other deep pockets decides what gets studied, and how.  It is very difficult, if not impossible, for researchers to present findings that embarrass their financial backers. Published research will often indicate sources of funding, possibly at the end of the paper in an acknowledgements paragraph. If not, correspondence addresses of principle authors are invariably provided. Write and ask.

4. Check the dosages.
Any vitamin C study using less than 2,000 mg a day is a waste of time. Any vitamin E study employing less than 400 International Units (I.U.) is a waste of time. Any study using less than 1,000 mg niacin a day is a waste of time. All low-dose studies are set up to fail. Low doses of vitamins do not cure major diseases.  Large doses cure diseases.

5. Check the form of supplement used.
Was the vitamin used in the study natural or synthetic? Any carotene study using the synthetic form of beta-carotene only is a waste of time. Any vitamin E study using the synthetic DL-alpha form (instead of far more effective natural mixed tocopherols) is a waste of time.

6. Use the Pauling Principle: read the entire study and interpret the data for yourself. Do not rely on the summary and/or conclusions of the study authors.  As Linus Pauling pointed out repeatedly, many researchers miss, or dismiss, the statistical significance of their own work.  Such behavior may be human error, or it may be politically motivated. Beware of editorializing.

7. Beware of Pauling-bashers.
If a media article is critical about twice Nobel prize-winning Linus Pauling, you can be confident it has been spin-doctored.

8. Watch for these throw-away slams against supplements:

“You get all the vitamins you need form your daily diet.”
”Vitamins are dangerous if you take too many of them.”
”Excess vitamins are just wasted by your body.”
”More research is needed before supplements can be recommended.”
”There is no scientific support for large vitamin doses.”

9. Watch for pontifical public recommendations at the end of the article

such as:
“Vitamins can do some good things, but can do some bad things as well.”
”You are better off not popping vitamin pills.”
”Just eat a balanced diet.”
”If you take vitamins, take no more than the US RDA.”

10. Use the media backwards.
The more headlines about a particular study, the more politically charged the subject and the less likely that the reporting, or the original study, is positive towards vitamins. Negative news sells newspapers, and magazines, and gets lots of viewers. Positive drug studies do get headlines, of course.  Positive vitamin studies do not. Is this a conspiracy? You mean with shady people all sitting around a shaded table in a darkened back room? Of course not. It is nevertheless an enormous public health problem with enormous consequences. Consider what might be called Saul’s Law of the Media: “Press and television coverage of a vitamin study is inversely proportionate to the study’s clinical usefulness.” In other words, the more media hoopla, the worse the research. Truly valuable research does not scare people; it helps people get well. There are over 3,000 scientific references at Doctor Yourself.com for people who share in this goal.

Copyright 2007 and prior years by Andrew Saul. Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews at http://www.doctoryourself.com/review.html ) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works. (reviewed at http://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html )

Doctor yourself is a very interesting read and I can really recommend it to everybody, especially if you have kids I think you should read this. I am following the advices given and making serious changes to my eating habits myself.
Check out the website, mostly everything is there including thousands of medical studies proving the efficacy of large doses of vitamins which are completely ignored by the established, pharma-run medical establishment.





Faulty programming

29 06 2009

لخبطة البرامج

bakheet robots

The Saudi muttawa have suffered another harddrive crash, causing them to return to their default programming, which is: arresting all and sundry. Because, let’s be real, there is no human behaviour which cannot, in some way, be classified as haraaam!
If only you do enough intellectual acrobatics.
It is of course very easy to denounce charity as an haram offense, as it usually involves two people.
Where there are two or more human beings, there is sure to be zina!

So what’s the latest? Here’s this really nice Saudi man, taking care of three orphans who were actually living on the street (!) he took them into his house, to live with his family, and  he is now facing a khalwa charge from the Commission for the Prevention of Virtue and the Promotion of Vice, because two of them are girls!!!!  (14 and 13 !!!!!)
(Khalwa is the illicit, and in Saudi Arabia criminal, seclusion of people of different sex who are not very closely related)

It went like this:

The former neighbor of two homeless girls and their brother who he took into his home while attempting to find them suitable care through official channels has described his dismay at facing a month in prison after the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Hai’a) charged him with khilwa, or illegal seclusion with non-related members of the opposite sex.
“It is ironic that I now face a month in prison after the Hai’a arrested me for being in illicit seclusion with the girls,” said the former neighbor of the 13 and 14-year-old girls and their nine-year-old brother. “The case is still being looked into by a court in Makkah.”
The children had been living on the street after being abandoned by the uncle in whose custody they had been placed following their father’s imprisonment and their mother’s remarriage, until their former neighbor saw their plight and took them into his home with his own family while the Ministry of Social Affairs resolved the issue.
He has now spent nearly a year trying to resolve the situation through the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Committee for the Care of Prisoners, and Makkah’s Social Protection Home.
An official from Makkah Social Affairs, which has taken up the case, said the children had been subjected to violence by their uncle, and that an application for urgent shelter had been submitted to the Ministry of Social Affairs.

I do so hope that this charitable man will get out of this mess unscathed. I suppose it’s too much to hope for a reward for such generous actions…





Back to sordid reality

28 12 2008

holy-family

Christmas is over.

It is unacceptable for any government under any pretext to target civillians. Hamas is wrong by arbitrarily sending rockets into Israelian territory, and Israel is wrong with their ridiculously draconian ”countermeasures”.

But let’s make one thing clear, while the media keep going on about the ”rocket-attacks” and Palestinian ”rockets” I do feel the need to point out a small but important difference between Palestinian, and Israeli/American ”Rockets”.

While a Palestinian ”rocket” would indeed kill you if it landed precisely on your head, and has recently killed two palestinian girls by being faulty, and it càn make a hole in a roof, or in the pavement,

f_14_rocket_in_street

I do wonder about semantics when they are awarded exactely the same denomination as the American ”rockets” the Israelis used yesterday to ”retaliate”.
Because what an Israeli ”rocket” does, is this:

f-14_israeli-attack

So to recap, This:

f-14_palestinian-rocket1

Is a whole different world from this:

f-14_full_load

And while I am sincerely sorry for the 57 civilians who had to be treated for shock by the well-equipped and abundant Israeli-medical staff, with reportedly 200 ambulances standing by. I am even more sorry for the (count up till now) 275 people killed and the over 600 wounded who will not be able to get adequate medical care at the Gaza-hospitals who are severely understaffed. And, due to the continuing Israeli-blokkade have neither modern medical equipment, nor sufficient medicines.

Israel, having more capability for ”precision-targetting” deemed it nessecary to target not only supposed weapons-dumps, security compounds and the Hamas-headquarters, but also a mosque, the Hamas television station and Police-stations.
I am sorry for the graphic nature of the next photo, showing dead police-men. But I think this needs to be known. If people don’t realise the ugliness of conflict, the reality of death, then we won’t be stimulated to put an end to it.

And oh, how I pray this evil will stop!

f-14_israeli-attack-4

update: For those who do not actually open the post and read the comments, I don’t want anybody to miss Chiara’s comment:

If you would like to read more about the impact on the people of the embargo. occupation, and most recent assault, as well as efforts to provide help, support and education read about the “Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) A non-profit Palestinian non-governmental organization providing mental health support to communities in the Gaza Strip. http://www.gcmhp.net” Their work is admirable but the need for it is dismaying.

The founder Dr Eyad Sarraj, a Palestinian psychiatrist, has been arrested and “interrogated” by both sides and describes well the psychological brutalization of the occupation on both occupier and occupied.

A favorite site of mine  “Palestine Remembered:  The Home of Ethnically Cleansed & Occupied Palestinians” http://www.palestineremembered.com/ –an impressive and reliable combination of history, maps, photos, oral history, documentation, statistics, and advocacy showing the systematic destruction of Palestine.

While in my opinion these sites go off towards the other end of the scale, I’m a bit wary of all this zionist stuff, I think is still good to read the other side of the story, if only to keep a balance. Today I got a bit miffed again because the German news did interview an Israely paramedic, (4 people had been killed) and no Palestinians. They did show the devastation of the Gaza-strip however, and the weird difference from a point at the border; devestation to the right, and a neat Israeli village to the left.
Anybody with a bit of independent thinking can make up his own mind from these images.

I again plug my post on America and Israel, and the weird fact that a long list of key officials in the American government hold dual Israeli-American citizenship. Click here.





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10 12 2008

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