Tuesday, September 28, 2004
"Several women dressed in black bathing suits removed their tops and jumped into the chilly English Channel waters as part of the protest. They were joined by members of 'Surfers 4 Hunting' riding surfboards. "No.. I'm sorry, the attached article has no photos of the event! Only dead animals!!
And you thought it was "Win Free!"
"According to comScore Networks, which tracks site traffic, visitation to oprah.com jumped 800 percent as over 600,000 people logged on after watching Oprah. Visitation to pontiac.com jumped 600 percent at the same time as over 140,000 people viewed the site, the company noted."Refer to: Oprah's big surprise: free car for everybody in the audience.
Saturday, September 25, 2004
"A Malawian man believed to be high on marijuana beheaded two women with an axe Friday, police in the southern African country said."Behading? What's the matter?
"Prayer calls are transmitted via loudspeakers of mosques five times a day.What do you think about this decision, and its causes and consequences?
Mosques often announce the prayers two or three minutes apart, causing much confusion.
'Everyday I receive complaints from people about the loudspeakers and when I ask them to make official complaints, they say they were afraid of being accused of being infidels or acting against religion,' Mr Zaqzouq said."
Friday, September 24, 2004
The Walmart brothers' combined wealth ($90 billion) is almost double that of the single world richest man (Bill Gates, $48 billion)
Let me make sure I can comprehend this.. 1 billion? Isn't that 1000 million?
With one billion I can buy...
a- A small army?
b- Four billion cans of Pepsi from the supermarket or 8 billion if it's on sale or 1.6 billion cans from the machine!
c- 666,000 laptops of different makes.
d- 400 million pairs of socks so I never need to wash any again!
I definitely need to upgrade my wish list!
And.. here is the Forbes full billionaire list for those interested ...
Thursday, September 23, 2004
"The car might decide that the driver is drunk and, for example, refuse to start the engine "
Or it can tell you to change your deodorant because it doesn't like it, but you can teach it not to tell that to your neighbor!
Can you think of any other applications of this "smeller" robot?
هل تستطيع أن تأتي بتطبيقات طريفة لذلك الجهاز "الشمّام"؟
"BERLIN (Reuters) - A German telecommunications company said on Tuesday it is developing the first mobile phone that will alert users when their breath is bad or if they are giving off offensive smells."
Will toothpaste companies sponsor the mobile phone?
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
"A chimpanzee has taken up smoking and spitting, according to China's Xinhua news agency."
"Feili became excited when she saw a visitor light up a cigarette, and grew impatient when they showed no sign of giving it to her."
Humans are good examples indeed!
UPDATE: Now chimps are also painting!
"Human rights groups say the occupying powers have failed in a duty to catalogue the deaths, giving the impression that ordinary Iraqis' lives are worth less than those of soldiers.Dialogue:
Unofficial estimates of the civilian toll vary wildly, from at least 10,000 to more than 37,000.
But the view famously expressed by US General Tommy Franks that 'we don't do body counts' still resonates in government circles."
"Prof Sloboda said: "No country could hold its head up high without looking back to investigate the deaths of thousands of its people.
'Imagine the United States not investigating exactly who died on September 11, it is unthinkable.'"
- What is heavier? A kilogram of hay or a kilogram of sand?
- Stupid question! The density is different!
- What is more worthy? the life of a young American soldier or the life of a retired Iraqi man?
- Oh. Stop it! There is no analogy here! Still, the 'density' is different!
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
"Thirty percent of all British males have cried in the last month. That is a very high figure,' said Peter Marsh, director of the Social Issues Research Center which took the emotional temperature of Britain."
Monday, September 20, 2004
News Views Cluster 1: Religious Freedom
News agencies and journalists like to use terms like 'religious freedom;' however, it seems that this term does not designate the same thing. Sometimes it means 'freedom to follow any religion', sometimes it means freedom to follow only 'official' religions, and sometimes it means 'freedom from religion.' A particular religious group defines the terms 'religious freedom' and 'religious rights' very differently depending on whether this group's religion is followed by the majority or the minority of the population.
Just look at this variety of news:
- Religious freedom for Chinese Muslims
- Religious freedom for non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia and Saudi's response
- Religious 'persecution' in Eritria
Also, different views of the visit of religious leaders to 'houses of worship':
- Recent history: Roman Pope in Syrian mosque
- Old history: Muslim Khalif in Jerusalem church
Sunday, September 19, 2004
يسلّط الضوء على تناقضات كثيرة يعيشها المجتمع اللبناني، بمختلف طبقاته وانتماءاته وطوائفه... والأهم كيف ان طلب الفيزا والعيش في أمريكا، صار حلماً، وكيفية التعاطي بين موظفي السفارة والمواطنين من منظار أحداث "11 أيلول"، بعد أن يبرز المخرج وجع المواطن في عدم المساواة وتكافؤ الفرص."
"RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Forty-six Brazilian policemen traveling to a sports competition were caught with their guard down this week when four Brazilian thieves robbed the bus carrying them to the event.
The suspects, who escaped, apparently did not know the bus was full of police when they stopped it, he said."
"Texas District Judge Keith Dean jailed Frank Dorsett for a year, and ordered that he must then drive a low-powered car and carry a photo of the wreck he helped to cause outside Dallas in June 2003.Comment:
He must also take daily medication that will make him sick if he drinks alcohol, and carry a bumper sticker asking other motorists to call the probation department if he drives recklessly.
Dorsett was racing another driver along a highway when the other man hit and killed a 16-year-old girl in a third car."
Judge Dean was not satisfied with a jury's decision that Dorsett should face only probation.
The parents of Rachel Blasingame, the victim, praised the unusual sentence.
"We feel the terms of his probation will make up for anything the jury had taken away from us," said her father, Guy Blasingame.
Jason T Scott, the other driver involved in the chase, is awaiting trial.
The judge was not satisfied by the Jury's decision to put Dorsett under probation (مراقبة) only; as a result, he added this humiliating ruling.
Do you think this ruling is 'fair'?
What would really make Dorsett regret his recklessness (تهوّر) and never repeat such an irresponsible act:
a- The fact that his deeds indirectly caused the death of a 16-year-old girl
b- The humiliation he will face because of the ruling
c- a & b
d- none of the above
e- none of the above and nothing else
What would your ruling be?
Saturday, September 18, 2004
"British doctors help nearly 20,000 people a year to die, according to one of the UK's leading authorities on euthanasia. The claim, the first public attempt by a credible expert to put a figure on 'assisted dying' rates, will reignite the emotive debate over the practice."
"Omar entered Jerusalem in humility. He walked in with not he, the Caliph, but his servant comfortably riding on a camel. They had been taking turns walking and riding.?
At one point in Jerusalem, the Christians asked him to pray in their church but he declined. He refused saying that he is afraid that in the future Muslims could use it as an excuse to take over the Church for building a Masjid.
The Christians gave the key of the Church of Resurrection to Muslims to be responsible for its safety. This key is still with the Muslims today as a sign and symbol of the mutual trust. "
"Muslim leaders preparing to receive the Pope have demanded that he remove his cross, saying the crucifix is an insult to Islam. They also want him to say sorry for the Crusades, following his dramatic apology in Athens on Friday for the 'sins' committed by the Roman Catholic Church against its Orthodox brethren.
'In a Muslim state, crucifixes should not be brandished in public, all the more so inside the holy place of Islam,' said Sheikh al-Hout, of the nearby Amara mosque. 'The Pope must respect these conditions like anyone else.'"
"The following day after breakfast, we heard from Dr. Borelli regarding the status of the Catholic-Muslim dialogue and relationship from both the national and international levels, and he mentioned the resolution passed in a conference in Cairo, as well as in the Vatican, at the opening of the first mosque in Rome. In the subsequent session, we developed plans for the future strategy and cooperation. We wanted to do simple things first, with education being the area of the most important emphasis. We decided to develop a joint booklet informing Muslims and Catholics about our concept of Jesus, Mary, Mohammed, Prophets of God and the Word of God."
Friday, September 17, 2004
"If you are Catholic, Muslim, or a member of the Orthodox and Evangelical churches in Eritrea then it seems you can breathe easy.
However, those who believe and practise minority faiths are routinely persecuted, according to human rights groups.
Two years ago the Eritrean government introduced a registration system for religions which forced groups to submit information about themselves in order to be allowed to worship."
Thursday, September 16, 2004
الخبر من ميدل إيست أونلاين
الا ان عضو لجنة الشؤون الاسلامية وحقوق الانسان في مجلس الشورى نايف بن هاشم الدعيس اكد ان "حرية الاعتقاد مضمونة في السعودية".
واضاف الدعيس ان "المملكة غير ملزمة بهذا النقد الاميركي لأن مواطني المملكة كلهم يدينون بالاسلام ويعيشون اجواء حرية دينية".
واضاف الدعيس "ان غير المسلمين الذين يعيشون في المملكة لا يوجد لهم مجمعات عبادية من نمط الكنائس لانهم ليسوا مواطنين، بامكانهم ممارسة ديانتهم في منزلهم بحرية*".
ولكن المحلل الليبرالي السعودي منصور النقيدان قال ان هناك تمييزا واضحا يطال غير المسلمين في المملكة موضحا "هناك حوالي سبعة ملايين غير مسلم في السعودية لا يسمح لهم بان يمارسوا طقوسهم في العلن".
واضاف "ان "السعودية تنظر لنفسها باعتبارها حامية للشرع. لذلك يعتقد انه لا بد من ان تكون خالية من الاديان الأخرى*"
*تضخيم الأحرف ليس في الخبر الأصليّ
السؤال: كيف يُمكِن منعهم من ممارسة الديانة في منازلهم؟
My question is: how can anybody prevent them from worshipping at home?
"NEW YORK (UPI) Nearly 17,000 service members medically evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan are absent from public Pentagon casualty reports commonly cited by newspapers, according to military data reviewed by United Press International. Most don't fit the definition of casualties, according to the Pentagon, but a veterans' advocate said they should all be counted."
This is the first time I deal with this site, and I have no idea about it's credibility. Can any body find out?
لم أسمع عن هذا الموقع من قبل، وبالتالي لا أستطيع التحقق من مصداقيّته. هل مِن اقتراحات بشأن هذا التساؤل؟
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
"According to its annual report, freedom of religion in Saudi Arabia does not exist either in practice or in law."(*The emphasis in boldface characters is mine)
"The US report said that "freedom of religion does not exist" in Saudi Arabia, where an austere form of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism is the official religion.
Christianity and all its symbols - including crosses and Christmas trees - are strictly banned, as are all places of worship except mosques.*
The report said those groups who did not adhere to the officially sanctioned strain of Islam were facing "severe repercussions" at the hands of the religious police in the desert kingdom."
"Religious freedom is laid down in the Chinese constitution, but Hong Yang admits there are limits.
"It depends on how you interpret the word freedom. Our religious freedom cannot compare with other countries. We're only free to practice within the boundaries set by Chinese law and policy," he said.
"But we don't want to overstep those limits, as that might create conflict and instability for the whole society."
Spreading the faith is a duty for Muslims, but for the 20 million Muslims in China, it is only allowed within the confines of a mosque.*"
(*The emphasis in boldface characters is mine)
"The program is designed to protect habitat between Lake Mead and the U.S.-Mexico border while ensuring enough water is available and power operations using Colorado River water can continue. The river supplies water and power to 20 million people in Arizona, Nevada and California.What would allow people, plants and animals to coexist??
'It allows both plants, animals and people to all better coexist,' Norton said."
بقلم حميدي علي - خنيفرة!
من هنا فالقول بان الامازيغية اسطورة اي غير موجودة في ارض الواقع ـ هو اقصى درجات نفي واقصاء الامازيغ من الكينونة. ومن الذي سبب لك كل صداع الراس هذا ان لم تكن موجودة. انها العنصرية بامتياز، لانه هو بنفسه حين توضيحه للواضحات لم يتردد في العودة الى الخصائص البيولوجية.
مقطع من المقال
هل يعرف أحد ما هي الأمازيغيّة؟ على من يعرف موافاتنا فوراً بالجديد!!
"A poll conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 72% agreed with the statement 'The president should have strong religious beliefs.'"
Let's face it, Christ would have had a ball with the people Bush doesn't support
First Congregational Church
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
"US television host Oprah Winfrey has kicked off the new season of her celebrated chat show by giving a new car to each member of her audience.How can I comment on this?? Can you?
A total of 276 Pontiac G6 sports sedans were given away to the all-female audience - worth $7m in all."
أعجز عن التعليق على هذا الخبر. أتستطيع أنت؟
Sunday, September 12, 2004
قصص من واقع حياة فتيات مصريات، ولكن هذه المرة بطريقتهن الخاصة. نتعرف في هذه القصص على اوضاعهن الحالية، واحلامهن للمستقبل من خلال صور التقطنها بأنفسهن، وحكايات مسجلة بأصواتهن
Friday, September 10, 2004
Nearly a million people take their own lives every year, more than those murdered or killed in war.
World Health Organisation figures show a suicide takes place somewhere in the world every 40 seconds.
The numbers are highest in Europe's Baltic states, where around 40 people per 100,000 commit suicide each year.
With World Suicide Prevention Day approaching on Friday, the WHO says the toll could be reduced with greater public awareness and political will.
"Suicide is a major public health problem and accounts for 1.5% of the total cost of disease to world society," said Jose Bertolote, mental health specialist at the WHO.