Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FAILED ATTEMPTS TO REPEAL THE BLASPHEMY LAWS

Leave us face it, having Blasphemy Laws (anywhere) is the definition of Insanity.
From last week's Real Time with Bill Maher TV show on HBO: 
David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, fired back at Maher giving him a history lesson on where the blasphemy laws originated and asked Maher if he had ever actually been to Pakistan.
“It’s one thing to take on a religion,” Miliband said. “The other thing is to take on the people who are abusing the religion.”
Let me use Hillary Clinton’s language: What difference, at this point, does it make where and how the blasphemy laws were originated? They do exist now.
The question is: Are they supported by the population of the country where those laws are applied? Let’s get some answers.
Here is an excerpt from the article entitled “EQUIVOCATED INTENTIONS: BLASPHEMY LAWS IN PAKISTAN” and written by Amina Kator-Mubarez:
FAILED ATTEMPTS TO REPEAL THE BLASPHEMY LAWS
Despite its severe flaws, the majority of Pakistanis ardently support the blasphemy laws and claim the laws deter religious persecution and debasement. 
The reality, however, is that fundamentalist religious groups have drowned out—or silenced—the voices of moderates and secularists in Pakistan who want the laws either amended or repealed. Several unsuccessful attempts have been made at both. In 2001, former President Pervez Musharraf sought to repeal the blasphemy laws entirely, but was forced to retract his decision after strong opposition from religious groups. In 2010, Sherry Rehman, a PPP member, introduced a bill that called for procedural changes to the laws. The bill required that blasphemy cases be heard in higher courts, rather than in lower courts. Although it reached Parliament, it was struck down once again after extremist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) rallied against the bill.
The reality is that those laws are still on the books.
Here is another source:
From 1851 to 1947, when the British ruled this region and the hatred between the Muslims and Hindus was at the pinnacle, there were only seven blasphemy-related incidents but during Zia’s rule along (1977-1988) alone, as many as 80 blasphemy cases were reported to the courts. As a whole, between 1987 and Aug. 2012 we have seen almost 247 blasphemy cases registered or raised, directly affecting lives of 435 persons approximately.
The absence of democratic rule or little regard for due process of law has been the major contributing factor to the rise of communal tensions in Pakistan. Coincidently or conspicuously the emergence of most of the dictatorships were always preceded by the communal and political unrest in the country.
General Zia-ul-Haq (July 1977-August 1988) is remembered by his opponents and supporters alike. His opponents accuse him of destroying whatever little liberalism and tolerance this country had while his supporters eulogize him for re-inventing the very ‘Islamic foundation’ of the country they believed, was lost after the death of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
The article doesn’t offer any numbers of opponents vs. supporters of those laws.
An article written by Akhilesh Pillalamarri and published on August 07, 2014 said this:
The problem lies in the fact that many Pakistanis, especially in rural areas, support an interpretation of Islam that allows blasphemers to be executed. Due to the perception among many that Ahmadis or Shias are blasphemers, many individual Pakistanis believe that they deserve death. This view is fueled by the influence of the conservative Deobandi interpretation of Islam and Saudi Arabia. It serves both the religious and political purposes of both groups, as well as many in the Pakistani government who fear non-Sunnis as a potential fifth column. According to a Pew Research Center study, 64 percent of Pakistanis support the death penalty for people who leave Islam. The Pakistani Penal Code declares that “whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by an imputation, innuendo, or insulation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.”
In such an atmosphere, it is unlikely that society will change its views on capital punishment for blasphemers soon or that blasphemy and apostasy laws will be removed from Pakistan’s criminal code. Even their modification is unlikely, after the assassination of several individuals calling for that.
The conclusion doesn’t sound very optimistic.
We may not know exactly how many people in Pakistan are for or against “the death penalty for people who leave Islam” or commit “blasphemy.”
But it doesn’t look that they constitute a tiny and insignificant minority of the Muslims.

From the Wall Street Journal: 
Mob Kills Three Ahmadis in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD—A mob in central Pakistan killed three members of the minority Ahmadiyya religious community after an Ahmadi man allegedly posted a blasphemous image on Facebookofficials said.

Saleem Uddin, a spokesman for the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan, said the allegation of blasphemy was "completely false."
The dead included a 55-year-old woman and her two granddaughters, ages 7 and 8 months, officials said Monday.
http://online.wsj.com/articles/mob-kills-three-members-of-ahmadiyya-religious-community-in-pakistan-1406559233

Monday, October 20, 2014

Extraordinarily high ($100,000 per patient per year) prices charged for cancer drugs



Here’s what 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl had, none of it new: first she chronicled how two doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Peter Bach and Leonard Saltz, decided that the hospital would not pay for Sanofi’s Zaltrap, which cost $11,063 a month, for colon cancer, because it was more expensive than Roche’s Avastin but no better. Then she spoke to Hagop Kantarjian, of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, who co-authored an editorial in the hematology journal Blood, decrying the high prices of drugs like Gleevec, from Novartis and Sprycel from Bristol-Myers Squibb for rare blood cancers. A complete transcript of the segment, as well as the video itself, can be found here
http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2014/10/05/60-minutes-just-attacked-high-drug-prices-heres-what-you-should-know/

Denial of Epistemology Brainwashed Through Cultural Determinism; Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris Debate Afterlife with Jewish Rabbis





It's impossible for these religious talking heads to have a rational argument because thier fundamental premise is based on fantasy and categorically wrong in denial of epistemology (not being honest to themselves brainwashed through cultural determinism), moreover believing if they keep talking long enough that somehow thier positions will become valid.
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I don't see how Hitch and Harris sat through this discussion listening to the convoluted logic of these 2 pseudo intellectual religious talking heads, exhausting and hard to watch, Oy Vey... and this David Wolpe is nothing more than a sarcastic ego maniacal twit with a silly smirk on his face in the end.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

If Nazism would have been labeled as a religion & why Islam Apologists are Naive

Criticizing a religion is not racist, you people are naive to keep apologizing for Islam, and saying things like it's "OK" as long as they don't force me to follow it blah blah blah... Is it "OK" to put a Christian women to death in Pakistan because she said something negative about the prophet? Is it "OK" to put people to death because they want to leave the Muslim religion? Is it "OK" to stone people to death because they cheat on their spouse?  I Say it's time to grow up and face reality, this religion is evil, it's time people stop all this P/C nonsense wake up and smell the coffee, I ask you one question what would happen to you if you burned a Quran in public in an Islamic country?

If Nazism would have been labeled as a religion we would probably today have heard people calling criticism against this religion as phobic and racist. And Hitler would just have been an extreme of this religion that interpreted the whole thing wrong...
Most of the Germans in Nazi-Germany were not evil, still it were the extremists that set the agenda. The same goes for Muslims. The problem though is that most Muslims still hold texts sacred that contains parts that can be interpreted to justify the most horrific crimes. No other ideology not labeled religious would get away without criticism if they hold texts for sacred that for example say this about unbelievers: "seize them and slay them" Quran (4:89), "I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them." Quran (8:12) or "But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war);" Quran (9:5) just to name a few. And sure, these quotes are taken out of context, but they are still there, and as long as those texts are there it will always be some people that will used them to justify their ill behaviors.
As long as one hold text like this sacred one must expect that those texts will be criticized, so if one thinks it is a problem that those texts are criticized one should probably call for reformation of the texts, not call the people who criticize these texts as racists, because unlike belonging to a race these persons can call for change or even leave the religion, a person that belongs to a race can not change nor leave his race.
(and btw, I think the exact same arguments can be applied to christianity and the bible, or any other religion with dubious texts and doctrines)
The real disinformation here lies in what Reza Aslan is saying. Just one example: "In Indonesia, women are absolutely 100 percent equal to men". Eh? Well, men in Indonesia can have 4 wives as per Islamic laws, women can have 1 husband. Is that what he is calling 100% equal? That is real bigotry if you ask me.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

60 Minutes Report on Disability Fraud and Senator Tom Coburn

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/disability-usa/

Now I couldn't even work a full time job at age 60 with my back condition if I could find one, and then the SS admin would not even allow me to apply for disability. I didn't even think about applying until a year after my injury when I realized I was not going to heal. And I have paid into the system since my first job at age 14 and working full time since 1978, while 100's of thousands commit fraud getting disability through corrupt lawyers and doctors, and I have a legitimate case as my degenerative disc disease is on the list of qualified conditions approved for disability. See the 60 Minutes report on this fraud, very good report here is the full video link: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/disability-usa/

But because I didn't apply immediately (and worked in Bangkok for 2 years) and spent a year trying to heal, they wouldn't even allow me to apply, how big of an injustice is this? I've never been on food stamps or any kind of government assistance and this disability program is basically like just getting my SS early the way I understand it. But people think you're a lazy bum and a "taker" if you're on disability even though it's a legitimate program that we pay for through our taxes like unemployment insurance. And I've paid my share of taxes being self employed for so many years having to pay a double hit on FICA.

For almost 6 months I could only carry a single bottle of water and a small amount of food while I am alone trying to taking care of my self after this back injury, in bed 80% of the day going to PT 3 times a week (now I still have to spend half the day resting in bed). I've spent almost half of my life savings in 3 years on medical and physical therapy bills, living expenses and loses from a few bad investments and I could really use this money but they won't even allow me to apply. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Can Liberalism Be Saved From Itself? : Sam Harris

Can Liberalism Be Saved From Itself? : Sam Harris

My response from this TYT video http://youtu.be/1wZAsS0X5xE?list=PLTpcK80irdQiXXjiarAMtS4-0u1X85d8S
Cenk have you lost your mind? Give us break with this ignorant nonsense you're spewing...
You need to watch some Sam Harris videos and learn something: 
http://youtu.be/AsUahG6GJrs
http://youtu.be/eeJrcVhtzYo Also you need to read these 2 articles: 
http://pjmedia.com/blog/ben-affleck-clueless-islam-apologist/
Overwhelming percentages of Muslims in many countries want Islamic law (sharia) to be the official law of the land, according to a worldwide survey by the Pew Research Center: http://www.pewforum.org/2013/04/30/the-worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-overview/

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Free Online Live TV Sites, almost like Free Cable

Free live CNN, MSNBC, HLN (switches to HBO Friday for Real Time, Comedy Central weekdays for Daily and Corbert and TCM on weekends): drop down menu for live video top right: livenewschat.eu
2 more good free live streaming TV sites: 
ustvnow.com (if you're an expat like me and live outside the US)
free recorded movies and TV shows (you need good ad blockers for these, but they work great):

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Golf Courses Near Pattaya Thailand

I can help you arrange transport and book directly to save money instead of using package golf tours that are expensive:
Golf Courses in the Pattaya Area, Chonburi Province
Other Eastern Seaboard Provinces   Maps of Pattaya Area

Asia Pattaya Hotel
Pratamnak Road Soi 4 (between South Pattaya and Jomtien Beach)
9-hole golf course

Bangpra International Golf Club
45 Moo 6, Bangpra, Sri Racha district (45 minutes north of Pattaya)
Tel. 038-341 149/ 50, 038-341 405. www.bangpragolf.co.th
18 holes, par 72, 7209 yards
Designed by Japan Golf Promotion Co. Ltd.
Green fee: 900-1,800 Baht (weekdays), 1,200-2,800 Baht (weekends)
Caddy fee 300 Baht/18 holes, 200 Baht/9 holes
Originally opened in 1958 and set amongst lush jungle covered hills, this golf course has been redesigned in 1987 and features natural hazards such as trees, ponds and lakes flanking many of the fast greens, and spectacular yet often difficult holes.

Burapha Golf Club
Sri Racha district, 30 km northeast of Pattaya.
Tel. 038-372 700. www.buraphagolfthailand.com
36 holes, par 144
Designed by David Graham and Gary Panks.
Green fee: 2,200 Baht (weekdays), 2,700 Baht (weekends, holidays). Caddy fee 350 Baht.
Exquisitely located in Sri Racha's rolling countryside and set in a skillfully landscaped tropical environment, Burapha golf club has been specially designed and created to evoke the elegance and traditions of the great American clubs. It features two 18-hole golf courses and world-class facilities.

Chonburi Century Country Club
Highway 331 Km 72, Ban Bung, Chonburi. Tel. 081-304-1545.
18 holes, par 72, 6991 yards
Designed by Robert Macfarland.
Green fee: 100 Baht (weekdays), 400 Baht (weekends). Caddy fee 200 Baht.
Developed on a hilly green country, this golf course is usually not very crowded and offers great value for money.

Crystal Bay Golf Club
502 Moo 10, Bangpra, Sri Racha district. Tel. 038-349 370/81
27 holes, par 108
Designed by Thai Taneeka.
Green fee (visitors): 2,000 Baht/weekdays, 2,500 Baht/weekends

Khao Kheow Country Club
220 Moo 12, Sri Racha (near Khai Kheow Open Zoo, about 45 minutes north of Pattaya).
Tel. 038-298 224/7
27 holes, par 72/36, 7077 yards
Designed by Pete Dye.
Green fee (visitors): 2,000 Baht (weekdays), 2,500 Baht (weekends)
This course with numerous large ponds, bunkers and hills surrounding the greens and fairways, catches a strong sea breeze and is a challenge both for amateur and professional players.

Laem Chabang International Golf Club
106/8 Moo 4, Laem Chabang (Sri Racha district), about 30 minutes north of Pattaya
Tel. 038-372 273. www.laemchabanggolf.com
27 holes, par 108
Designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Green fee (visitors): 3,000 Baht (weekdays), 3,500 Baht (weekends). Caddy fee 350 Baht.
Regularly rated as one of Thailand's top golf courses, this world-standard championship course has hosted many professional tournaments. With its numerous bunkers and sand banks, water hazards and natural hazards, in the shape of exposed rock formations, lakes, ponds or creeks, this beautiful course seriously challenges anybody's playing skills.

Mountain Shadow Golf Club (Natural Park Hill)
159/1 Moo 2, Saensuk Road, Chonburi City district. Tel. 038-349 371/4
18 holes, par 72
Designed by Ronald Fream.
Green fee (visitors): 2,000 Baht (weekdays), 2,500 Baht (weekends). Caddy fee 220 Baht.
Excellently maintained and effectively landscaped golf course with water hazards, dog-legs and island greens.

Noble Place Golf Club (Greenwood Golf & Resort)
88/8 Moo 6, Highway 331, Ban Bueng, Chonburi. Tel. 081-484-9069
27 holes, par 108
Designed by Peter W. Thompson.
Green fee (visitor): 750 Baht (weekdays), 1,500 Baht (weekends)
Caddy fee 200 Baht (18 holes), 100 Baht (9 holes)
Rated as one of the best courses in the Pattaya area.

Pattana Golf & Sport Club
99/89 Moo 9, Khaokhunsong, Sri Racha district.
Tel. 038-318 999. www.pattana.co.th
27 holes, par 72, 73
Green fee (visitors): 1,200 Baht (weekdays), 1,800 Baht (weekends). Caddy fee 250 Baht.
Opened only in 2004 and set in an impressive natural environment, the Pattana Golf And Sports Club is a grand resting place for golf and nature lovers, and features an abundance of sports and spa facilities, several restaurants and luxurious accommodation.

Pattaya Country Club & Resort
Highway 331 Km 30 (15 kilometres east of Pattaya)
Tel. 038-263 445/7. www.pattayacountryclub.net
18 holes, par 72
Green fee (visitors): 1,100 Baht (weekdays), 1,800 Baht (weekends). Caddy fee 300 Baht.

Phoenix Golf & Country Club
Huay Yai, about 15 km southeast of Pattaya (follow Sukhumvit highway and watch out for the signboards). Tel. 038-239 391/6, 038-239 400
27 holes, par 108
Designed by Denis Griffiths.
Green fee (visitors): 2,000 Baht (weekdays), 2,500 Baht (weekends). Caddy fee 250 Baht.
Beautifully landscaped with eucalyptus, bamboo and bushes and set on a wooden hilly terrain, this golf course provides some serious challenges even for experienced golfers (hole 17) and is generally rated as one of the best courses in the region.

Plutaluang Royal Thai Navy Golf Course
Plutaluang, Sattahip district, about 30 km southeast of Pattaya (follow Sukhumvit highway and take the shortcut to Rayong in "Che")
36 holes, par 72, 10169 yards
Green fee (visitors): 450 Baht (weekdays), 750 Baht (weekends). Caddy fee 200 Baht.
Set amongst the green hills of Sattahip's lush countryside, this character course was designed by the Thai navy in 1969 and demands physical and mental skills as well as accurate play. Due to its reasonable prices, this is one of the region's most popular courses both with locals Thais and expats.

Siam Country Club
Soi Siam Country Club (off Sukhumvit Road, 15-minutes drive from Pattaya Klang)
Tel. 038-249 381/6. www.siamcountryclub.com
18 holes, par 72, 7162 yards
Designed by I. Izumi, renovated by Lee Schmidt.
Green fee (visitors): 3,300 Baht (weekdays), 3,900 Baht (weekends). Caddy fee 400 Baht.
Originally designed by I. Izumi and opened in 1971, this course has been completely renovated to international championship standards and was re-opened only in May 2007. This wonderfully landscaped golf course has hosted several international tournaments and is rated as one of the finest and toughest to play courses in the region.

Sri Racha International Golf Club
284-285 Moo 6, Sri Racha (north of Pattaya). Tel. 038-338 375/8
18 holes, par 72, 7019 yards
Designed by Gary Player.
Green fee (visitors): 1,500 Baht (weekdays), 1,800 Baht (weekends). Caddy fee 200 Baht.
Located amidst the rolling green hills of Sri Racha's countryside, this Gary Player-designed course is relatively short with many par-fours and beautifully maintained greens and bunkers.

Treasure Hill Golf Club
222 Moo 7, Sri Racha district (north of Pattaya). Tel. 038-420 766
18 holes, par 72
Designed by Yoshikazu Kato.
Green fee (visitors): 900 Baht (weekdays), 1,200 Baht (weekends). Caddy fee 200 Baht.
Developed on a green hillside in a beautiful tropical scenery, this fast and difficult to play golf course offers challenging golf on rolling fairways and provides great value for money.

Young Navy Golf
Bang Saray, Sukhumvit Road (south of Pattaya)
9-hole golf course

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What Are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis of the Spine? Nabumetone Really Helps!

What Are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis of the Spine?

Osteoarthritis of the spine may cause stiffness or pain in the neck or back. It may also cause weakness or numbness in the legs or arms if it is severe enough to affect spinal nerves or the spinal cord itself. Usually, the back discomfort is relieved when the person is lying down (I have to lay down several hours every afternoon to relieve the pain).

Some people experience little interference with the activities of their lives. Others become more severely disabled.
In addition to the physical effects, a person with osteoarthritis might also experience social and emotional problems. For instance, a person with osteoarthritis that hinders daily activities and job performance might feel depressed or helpless.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sad Story of Diana Sands; Great Actress Who Died Too Soon

I became interested in the young lady that played the younger sister in the Sidney Poitier movie "Raisin in the Sun" (see the full movie here) Diana Sands and read all about her. She seemed so talented and wondered why I never heard of her. She was one of the first black actresses to break into big time Broadway theater and did a play with Alan Alda "The Owl & the Pussycat", and then did a movie with Bow Bridges called The Landlord and a several other films. Then she was going to do a film especially written for her as Hollywood begin to recognize her talent and got a rare form of cancer and died within a couple of months at age 39. Sands fell ill with leiomyosarcoma, a rare, malignant cancer of the soft muscles, at a time when her life seemed at its most vibrant. She was engaged to director Kurt Baker at the time and, because of her illness, she’d begun rehearsals for what would’ve been sure to be her breakout film performance, the lead role in Claudine, she worked on the film 1 day and could not continue. She was really beautiful and a great actress that died before her time, really sad story: The Death of Diana Sands: http://goo.gl/0uQCi9

see this site and scroll down for links to "Landlord"on youtube: http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php?t=594862

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ted Cruz a modern day Joseph McCarthy who wants to turn America into a Christian Theocracy

Cruz calls on conservatives to defend religious freedom — at home and abroad, see link to yahoo news story:   http://goo.gl/f5pzhu

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Whats really scary is this guy Cruz might become president in 2016... I am so happy to be living in Thailand for 7 years where there is only 1.2% Christian population, the rest of the population is predominantly Buddhist (and no one comes knocking on my door telling me I need to get saved or I will burn in hell)...
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  • Islam Delenda Est 18 hours ago
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    Yeah, because answering a knock on your door is infinitely worse than the possibility of getting killed in a coup. We're glad you're there too,
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  • Isez 18 hours ago
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    Rainmon----Sen. Cruz is a professor of Law at the University of Texas Law School,
    supreme court litigation--even though you may not like the rights the constititution protects, there are many of us that appreciate that he is a man that will finally stand up for those rights.
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  • Isez 17 hours ago
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    delta--really?
    graduate of Princeton, Harvard Law School, Houston, Ted spent five years as a partner at one of the nation’s largest law firms, where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national Appellate Litigation practice, as I stated, Law Professor, and Solicitor General of Texas.
    Harvard Law Professor called him off the charts brilliant and this was written about him:
    The National Law Journal has called Ted “a key voice” to whom “the [U.S. Supreme Court] Justices listen.” Ted has been named by American Lawyer magazine as one of the 50 Best Litigators under 45 in America, by the National Law Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America, and by Texas Lawyer as one of the 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century.
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  • DELTAhouse 17 hours ago
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    really !! ...anyone who wastes time ..reading green eggs and ham to a empty senate chamber during his phony filibuster , and then shuts our government down for 18 days in yet another stunt ..could have all the degrees in the world but he's still as phony as a three dollar bill ....and a demagogue ...
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  • Rainmon
    and whats even more scary is there are so many ignorant fools who believe his bs and support his ridiculous fanatical ideas who want to turn our democracy into a theocracy, Cruz is nothing more than a modern day Joseph McCarthy, pull your heads out of your arses you people have no clue, sad, pathetic and dangerous.
  • Rainmon
    End time (also called end times, end of time, end of days, last days, final days, or eschaton) ... And men become more deceitful and more given to vile practices. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive... and in the last days evil will be called good.