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Si acum spuneti-mi ce cauta trandavia pe lista asta?

Sau manastirea Comana o fi ajuns cumva salas de cersetori budhisti?

It is up to us how we put traditional precepts into practice!

islamic law about marriage

And what is there to stop the father from accepting her choice except for his ego or self serving interests?

Click on the picture, watch the video and then tell me what ‘higher instance’ forced any of those people to do what they did, to make the choices they made..
All people featured in this video belong to the Afghan people and, presumably, to the Muslim faith. Yet their attitude to things cover the entire spectrum. Don’t tell me there is no such thing as free will and individual responsibility.

What forced the father to give away his daughter as a compensation for his son’s “sins”?
Peer pressure?!? (‘Relatives’ that may become belligerent if their demands are not met.)
But what are these ‘peers’ if not other people?

When are we going to understand that we can not quell yesterday’s conflict by inflicting fresh sufferance?
It just doesn’t work!

Pentru cei care nu isi aduc aminte de razboiul rece: MAD nu insemna doar nebunie ci si ‘Mutual Assured Destruction’.

Ideea era ca fiecare dintre cele doua parti avea suficiente bombe incat daca incepea razboiul ambele parti urmau sa fie, in cele din urma, distruse. In situatia asta nici una dintre ele n-ar mai fi avut vre-un interes sa inceapa ostilitatile. In perioada aceea rationamentul acesta s-a dovedit a fi fost valabil.
Sa nu uitam totusi ca aceasta valabilitate a avut loc in anumite conditii. Comanda era extrem de centralizata, ‘butonul’ nu era la indemana oricui, iar distrugerea ar fi fost efectiva. Absolut nimeni nu avea unde sa se ascunda pentru asi putea continua viata. Bine, daca nu cumva socoteai ca traiul, pentru cateva luni sau ani, in niste pesteri de beton si la cheremul unor masinarii ar putea fi considerat viata …

Mi-am adus aminte de nebunia asta gandindu-ma la ce se intampla de ceva vreme la noi in tara.

Presedintele este acuzat de ani buni ca ar fi fost ofiter sau informator al securitatii, ca ar fi vandut flota si ca si-ar fi dat singur o casa pe vremea cand era primar. Mai nou a iesit la iveala si ca una dintre fiicele sale ar fi cumparat niste teren agricol care ar fi fost retrocedat in mod ilegal.
Un fost prim ministru condamnat la puscarie in doua spete diferite.
Un alt prim-ministru, in functie, acuzat de plagiat.
Un vice prim ministru, tot in functie, cercetat pentru fraudarea unor alegeri.
Nici nu mai stiu cati ministrii la puscarie, unii eliberati deja. Nici nu conteaza daca au intrat pe merit sau nu, si intr-un caz si in celalalt ‘ceva e putred in Danemarca’. (Nu conteaza pentru analiza rece a situatiei, fiecare dintre acesti oameni trece in mod evident printr-o drama intensa, iarasi indiferent daca sunt sau nu vinovati de cele ce li se pun in carca).
Fratele presedintelui aflat in arest preventiv pentru trafic de influenta
Votanti alergati de procuratura si pusi sa jure cu mana pe biblie daca au fost sau nu la vot.

biblia electorala

 

Si acum ne pregatim de un nou demers electoral… Avand in vedere ce au patit ultima oara or mai iesi oamenii sa voteze?

Ca pentru a-i incuraja in ultimele doua saptamani lucrurile au luat-o si mai repede la vale.

O intreaga pleiada de figuri importante din intreg spectrul politic a fost acuzata de ‘relatii incestuase’ cu Microsoft, sau mai exact spus cu un distribuitor al acestuia pentru Romania.
Iar cand procuratura a cerut un aviz parlamentar pentru anchetarea unora dintre acestia dosarul care a ajuns la comisia de resort nu respecta niste norme ‘tehnice’ extrem de banale. Comisia a amanat luarea vreunei hotarari. Incompetenta crasa? O intamplare nefericita? Incercare disperata de a trage de timp?
Presedintele tarii il acuza pe primul ministru, care este si cel mai bine cotat candidat la presedentie, ca ar fi fost ofiter de informatii sub acoperire pe vremea cand lucra in procuratura – situatie de incalcare flagranta a legii.
Dosare de coruptie din ce in ce mai importante incep sa iasa la iveala pe banda rulanta, cel mai recent referindu-se la fratele vitreg al regelui, printul(?!?) Paul ‘de Romania’ (?!?) care ar fi primit vreo doi trei munti ‘moca’. In dosar fiind implicati si membri marcanti ai PSD-ului. Nici partea cealalta n-a fost uitata, personaje cel putin la fel de celebre refugiindu-se deja ‘prin tarile calde’…
Se pare ca si securizarea frontierelor de stat a fost un bun prilej pentru ca ‘unii’ – de ambele parti ale ‘frontierei’ – sa-si ‘rotunjeasca veniturile iar dosarul cu privire la chestia asta a fost reactivat tocmai acum.

Prin ce se deosebeste situatia de la noi de cea din timpul razboiului rece?
Dupa cum devine din ce in ce mai evident taberele se pregatisera din timp cu tot felul de dosare numai ca nu prea stiau unii de altii. Nu ca n-ar fi stiut ce au facut ceilalti… pur si simplu nu credeau ca ceilalti sunt la fel de hotariti.

Cand a cazut prima lovitura replica a venit cat se poate de promt. Iar acum situatia a inceput sa semene cu o partida de ping pong… Nu ca ce se intampla ar fi ceva rau, mai ies scheletele de prin dulapuri…Mai cred si ca fenomenul a fost amplificat de faptul ca celor din Ministerul Public li s-a cam facut lehamite de tot circul asta… plus ca in ultima vreme chiar au posibilitati reale de a cerceta pe bune… iar cand doi se cearta chiar ar fi cazul ca cel de al treilea sa nu se mai lase calcat pe cap de niciunul dintre cei doi.

Cum de s-a ajuns in situatia asta?
Pentru ca au dat de fundul sacului. Nu ca n-ar mai fi… problema e ca nu le mai ajunge!
Si mai ales pentru ca isi inchipuie ca au unde sa se ascunda. Mai un paradis fiscal, mai un pic de uitare din partea populatiei, mai o prescriptie…

Si inca ar mai fi cum ar mai fi daca tot ce se intampla i-ar afecta doar pe ei!
Partea proasta este ca ei se cearta iar oalele sparte ne cad noua in cap!
La o adica ei pot merge si cu elicopterul, in schimb noi trebuie sa ne multumim cu gaurile din autostrazile care ba sunt drumuri rapide, ba nu se mai fac deloc… iar cand se fac nu au ‘parapeti de siguranta’…

Oare cand vom intelege o data ca nici unul dintre smecherii astia nu poate face nimic de unul singur?

Acum vreo cativa ani l-am auzit cu urechile mele pe Basescu la televizor – era la o intalnire cu Camera de Comert Romano-Americana in decembrie 2011 – spunandu-le ‘oaspetilor straini’ ca nu se poate ‘coruptie fara corupatori’ si ‘partii romane’ ca ‘nici un ministru n-ar putea sa-si faca de cap daca unii dintre cei din jurul lor nu i-ar ajuta iar ceilalti n-ar intoarce capul’.

Cred ca ar trebui sa aplicam si de data asta intelepciunea populara: ‘fa ce spune popa, nu ce face popa’.
Pana la urma MAD inseamna si Make A Difference.
Fiecare ce alge.
Trebuie totusi sa alegem cu foarte mare grija pentru ca alegerile noastre influenteaza si vietile celor de langa si de dupa noi. Si nu stiu daca vom avea toti pe unde sa ne ascundem de consecintele colective ale alegerilor noastre.

idiot cu o agenda

Un exemplu perfect despre cum un idiot cu o agenda – cel care a trimis drona pe teren, indiferent de cine ar fi fost el – poate trage inapoi doua natiuni care incearca sa normalizeze relatiile dintre ele.
Intr-adevar cei mai multi dintre sarbi au dat dovada de multa retinere, lucrurile ar fi putut degenera mult mai urat.
Iar puținii care s-au manifestat violent au ratat un excelent prilej de a demonstra o adevarata intelepciune:

De cate ori te lasi provocat de atatea ori ii faci jocul provocatorului!

 

Mi-a trimis cineva bancul asta pe mail.

“un tip de la o multinationala munceste zilnic 14 ore. de ziua lui hotaraste sa-si ia o zi de concediu si sa inchirieze o escorta. da telefon la o firma:
-vreau ce aveti mai bun!
-ok dar va costa 1000e seara si daca doriti si sex inca 1000e fetei.
-nu-i pb ok! maine la ora 18.30 la restaurant la hilton!
ajunge tipul ajunge si fata o tipa super, vorbesc ei cate in luna si stele, tipul entuziasmat
-acum hai sa mergem si la tine
ii da fetei 1000e si ajung la ea acasa…aici vede o multime de carti in engleza, germana…
-tu citesti aceste carti sau sunt pt decor sa dea bine?
-evident ca le citesc eu! am absolvit filologia, vb curent engleza, germana, italiana, spaniola, franceza…
cat timp se pregateste fata, tipul vede un raft cu kant, schopenhauer…
-cu filozofii astia ce faci?
-pai am un master si in filozofie…
– bine draga dar curva cum ai ajuns?

-printr-un mare NOROC!
Evident ca m-au apucat toti dracii:
“Da idiotul ala pentru ce lucra 14 ore pe zi?

Ca sa aiba bani pentru curve cu doctorat in filozofie si sa-i imbogateasca pe cei cu firma care inchiriaza ‘escorte’?

N-ar fi fost mai firesc sa munceasca 10 ore pe zi si sa aibe timp de prieteni, de familie, de o viata normala?”

 

A FB friend of mine shared this post:

melted heart

(You know the drill, click on the picture if you want to watch)

The video is accompanied by this rather touchy caption:

Because they bring us joy.
Because they are at our mercy.
Because they teach us kindness.
And compassion.
And understanding.
Because they are voiceless.
Because they wish us no harm.
Because they are our companions.
And because we are all animals.
We will never stop being a voice, for them.

Help us create a kinder world for animals: www.bit.ly/vo2Aco

Video via TheHumpyObserver
Music: The Time To Run (Finale) by Dexter Britain“

Really?!?

“Help us create a kinder world for animals”? Wow…
Now why on Earth should we ‘create’ a ‘kinder’ world for them?!?
How about not destroying the one they already have and which has served them a lot better than whatever we might come up with?

“Although hospitals are prohibited from denying treatment to patients seeking emergency care, it should be expected that they will charge for services provided. Emergency charges are usually covered in full by most insurance programs. Uninsured patients will be responsible for costs following treatment.”

And that is because in the US health care is seen more as an industry providing services for individuals than anything else.

In a sense this situation is perfectly understandable. Yersinia Pestis is endemic in the Western US but America has never seen a major outbreak of plague. Why? Simple. American cities are far apart and were built way after humankind learned that washing yourself is good for you. This is why America, as a nation, has never experienced a major pandemic except for the Spanish flu in 1918 when 20 to 40% of worldwide population fell ill and 670 000 Americans died.
Only this was children’s play compared to the European experience. While for most of the Americans ‘plague’ is some biblical punishment that zealots keep threatening us with for Europeans the word brings back memories of the Great Death that has visited  the continent from 1347 up to 1600. OK, most of us weren’t present at that time but an epidemic that kills one third of the population – as it happened in 1347-1398 – leaves more than a scar on the collective memory of the population. It alters the way society works.
I won’t enter into details now but experiences like that prompted ‘political’ rulers to ponder upon the need to take care of the ailing/sick portion of the population. Both to prevent such diseases from spreading so violently and to mitigate their effects once they had befallen on their subjects. And no, they weren’t soft-hearted lefties but hard core pragmatists: every major epidemic left behind not only a deficit of workforce but also it drastically reduced the number of ‘conscriptable’ males, something very dangerous for a kingdom in an era of constant ‘international’ aggression.

Here is what britannica.com has to say about this: “Stirred by the Black Death, public officials created a system of sanitary control to combat contagious diseases, using observation stations, isolation hospitals, and disinfection procedures. Major efforts to improve sanitation included the development of pure water supplies, garbage and sewage disposal, and food inspection. These efforts were especially important in the cities, where people lived in crowded conditions in a rural manner with many animals around their homes.”

In fact this is how the European style Public Health System came into being. If you’d compare a community with an organism it would be the social equivalent to the immune system, a section of the whole thing that (automatically) fights infection without individual cells having to bother with anything.

“But we are not MINDLESS CELLS, we are FREE human beings!” I hear some some of my conservative friends shouting at me.
“If they want protection they should get insurance!”

Fair enough, only:

We humans are not at all independent but, at most, autonomous. Try living by yourself, isolated somewhere if you don’t believe me.

I’m not talking about individuals here but about whole communities. The Black Death didn’t bring any benefits to any of the peoples of Europe, it didn’t just cull the misfits leaving more breathing space for the powerful to develop their potential. The disappearance of one third of the population teared apart the entire social fabric and I don’t think there where many, if any, people glad of what had happened in those times.

Insurers and service providers work for profit, not as a public service. As such any insurance is limited, one way or another, and each service provided bears an individual cost that is accrued to the total bill. Even Lloyds, the only place in the world where somebody could buy unlimited liability insurance has drastically curtailed the practice.
So, in the present conditions, who is going to pick up the tab if a real pandemic will happen in the US?

Not to mention the ‘technical’ and regulatory hurdles that appear due to the in-existence of a ‘national health care system':
“U.S. hospitals may be unprepared to safely dispose of the infectious waste generated by any Ebola virus disease patient to arrive unannounced in the country, potentially putting the wider community at risk, biosafety experts said.
Waste management companies are refusing to haul away the soiled sheets and virus-spattered protective gear associated with treating the disease, citing federal guidelines that require Ebola-related waste to be handled in special packaging by people with hazardous materials training, infectious disease and biosafety experts told Reuters.”
“CDC advises hospitals to place Ebola-infected items in leak-proof containers and discard them as they would other biohazards that fall into the category of “regulated medical waste.” According to DOT guidelines, items in this category can’t be in a form that can cause human harm. The DOT classifies Ebola as a Category A agent, or one that is potentially life-threatening.
DOT regulations say transporting Category A items requires special packaging and hazmat training.
CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said the agency isn’t aware of any packaging that is approved for handling Ebola waste.
As a result, conventional waste management contractors believe they can’t legally haul Ebola waste, said Thomas Metzger, communication director for the National Waste & Recycling Association trade group.”

As of now individual solutions have been worked out. Americans are inventive and resourceful people but so far they had to deal only with isolated incidents. I hope things will peter out before anything more intense will take place but I also hope that those with vision will use this opportunity to educate the wider public about the necessity of a nation wide system capable to deal with medical problems of this magnitude.

 

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