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May 30, 2006

The Shame of it

Dateline Tuesday May 16 2006 news from the bastion of world news, CNN, Bears eat monkey, visitors shocked. Apparently the grisly incident occurred in Amsterdam where Dutch zoo-goers were appalled by...I don't know what they were appalled by. Most of the lot were perhaps stoned-out and were quick to grab a bite of their own to satiate their own munchies. Those who were in shock "as several bears chased the monkey, a macaque,grabbed the monkey, mauling it to death and bringing it to the concrete den, where three bears ate it" what can I say; they're Dutch. A simple peoples, peace-loving, cultivators of dairy, and fruits products, and cannabis, with a historical disposition for marvelous architectural skills. Why would such peoples be shocked of wild bears eating a monkey? More importantly, why does CNN consider this World news? Is it retribution for the damage to Scandinavian compassion & humanity caused by the Mohammed cartoons? Bears eating monkeys can you believe it!

May 11, 2006

Nature of wo(Man) - Revisited

By far not the last time I will come back to this issue, but it seems that of all the entries in this nascent blog that titled Nature of (wo)Man has sparked the most interest. One reader did not understand the implications of the montage of magnetic resonance images of different human brains. Another criticized the quote by Confucius.
In the field of Neuroscience, experience dependent neural plasticity refers to the capacity of the central nervous system for reorganization in response to repeated input. By definition learning through practice amounts to learning through repeated experience; thus practice constitutes a major driving force behind the reorganization of the nervous system. In my interpretation of the sayingby nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart by Confucius I am just highlighting the effect of practice on human individuals with equal application to both sexes.

This interpretation I believe is in harmony with claims about the effects of habit on the central nervous system posed by the great American psychologist William James (1842-1910). Moreover, modern medical technology offers empirical evidence for the capacity of the human central nervous system to reorganize in response to practice. It is the implications of Confucius' observation that intrigue, observations that greatly preceded the advent of MRI.
I believe that even in midst of patriarchy Confucius states that humanity is one and the same, nearly. Man and woman are by no means equal in biochemistry, which translates into differing dispositions in attitudes and perspectives. Importantly, different biochemistry does not mean that man and woman are unequal in aptitude. For humanity the practice of creation i.e. an offspring demands a certain harmony or equality between the sexes. The required equilibrium is maintained by biological evolution. Diversity is a fundamental condition for biological evolution, as a consequence man and woman are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart. Wide apart along the lines of civilizations, races, communities, families, individuals, all garden paths open to your choice of discourse.

"If thou wilt be observant and vigilant, thou wilt see at every moment the response to thy action. Be observant if thou wouldst have a pure heart, for something is born to thee in consequence of every action."
--Rumi

May 09, 2006

From Iran with Love

Perhaps a new addition to the chronology of drama between Iran and the USA; yesterday Mr. Ahmadinejad sent a tome of a letter to Mr. Bush. In this letter Ahmadinejad urges his "Excellency (Bush)" whom he has been made aware follows the teachings of Jesus and believes in the divine promise of the rule of the righteous on Earth; to join the globally increasing masses flocking toward a main focal point -- that is the Almighty God!

These two Neanderthals who have both managed by different criminal means to obtain the post of presidency in their respective nations have taken bullshit to a whole new playing field. In his magnum opus love letter Ahmadinejad claims to have addressed the will, thoughts, and desires of the Iranian people. I feel sorry for any thick Iranian who believes that an ounce of truth may be attributed to this fanatic. At the end of the day Ahmadinejad and George Bush Jr. are one and the same overenthusiastic mind occupying different men. They are both fanatics.

If George Jr. and Mahmmud did not share the same self-doubt and delusions of grandiosity, the latter would have never mustered the courage to write a letter to his American counter part. This behavior is tactless diplomacy by grown men who claim to work for greater humanity. Aside from the political farce it serves, writing such a lofty letter with no solid or immediate point is merely analogous to sixteen years old boy confessing his love to the girl of his dream and stopping short of asking her out on a date! It is down right childish! In that case Mahmmud would be better off masturbating to Georges ravings about his Super-Powered manhood.
The fact of the matter is that with time two cultures are being destroyed. America is rotten from the inside and under pressure from dwindling resources in nearly every necessity for self sustenance. Iran is uprooting a culture of ages through the misdeeds of a ruthless, motherless theocracy. This letter and these men only submit the peoples they claim to represent to abject.
Frankly, the sooner Mahmmud ignites his A-bomb and joins the Shiite demigod Mehdi and George finds Jesus in the bottom of a bottle of Southern Comfort the sooner we all might see an end to fanatical Islamo-Christian shenanigans. But then off course a lot of 'Very-Important-People' would be homeless and unemployed.

A timeline of relations between Iran, U.S.

Provided by the Associated Press and posted on the Seattle Post Intelligencer

- April 1951: Mohammed Mossadegh is elected prime minister and nationalizes oil interests. In June 1953, the Eisenhower administration approves a British proposal for a joint Anglo-American operation, code-named Operation Ajax, to overthrow Mossadegh. His toppling becomes a long-standing source of resentment among Iranians toward the U.S.

- 1970: Iran signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

- February 1979: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini leads a revolution that ousts the shah and creates the Islamic Republic of Iran. In October, President Jimmy Carter allows the exiled shah into the U.S. for medical treatment.

- Nov. 4, 1979: Iranian students occupy the U.S. embassy. Fifty-two American hostages are held for 444 days in response to Carter's refusal to send the shah back to Iran for trial...

- April 24, 1980: An attempt by U.S. commandos to free hostages ends in failure when helicopter crashes into C-130 transport plane in Iranian desert, killing eight American servicemen.

- July 27, 1980: The shah dies of cancer in Egypt.

- January 1981: Iran releases the American hostages.

- 1986: United States sells arms to Iran in secret deal aimed at helping win release of American hostages held by Shiite militias in Lebanon.

- July 3, 1988: The USS Vincennes in the Gulf mistakenly shoots down an Iranian commercial jet, killing 290 passengers and crew.

- June 3, 1989: Ayatollah Khomeini dies four months after issuing a fatwa, or religious ruling, ordering Muslims to kill British author Salman Rushdie because of his book The Satanic Verses, judged blasphemous to Islam.

- 1995: U.S. imposes oil and trade sanctions on Iran, saying it sponsors terrorism, is seeking to acquire nuclear weapons and is hostile to the Mideast peace process.

- May 1997: Pro-reform cleric Mohammad Khatami wins presidential elections on platform of easing social restrictions and improving ties with West, including United States. Khatami is re-elected in June 2001 but faces mounting pressure from conservatives.

- January 2002: In his State of the Union address, President Bush describes Iran, Iraq and North Korea as "the axis of evil."

- September 2004: Secretary of State Colin Powell says Iran's nuclear program is a growing threat and calls for international sanctions.

- June 2005: Hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is elected president, sealing downfall of reform movement, vows to continue nuclear program, insisting it is peaceful.

- April 2006: Iran announces it has successfully enriched uranium on small scale.

- May 2006: Britain and France, backed by United States, propose Security Council resolution demanding Iran abandon uranium enrichment or face the threat of unspecified further measures, a possible reference to sanctions.