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Thursday, 17 April 2008 15:33

Climate expert Stern 'underestimated problem'

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Latest climate science showed global emissions of planet-heating gases were rising faster and upsetting the climate more than previously thought, Nicholas Stern [Climate Change Expert] said in a Reuters interview today... "Emissions are growing much faster than we'd thought, the absorptive capacity of the planet is less than we'd thought, the risks of greenhouse gases are potentially bigger than more cautious estimates, and the speed of climate change seems to be faster," he told Reuters at a conference in London. (Source)
Thursday, 13 March 2008 08:33

Finding Yourself In A New Country

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For a couple of days I went around London using its public transport system. I missed out on this pleasure the first time I came here. Apparently it is the best way to get around the city if one intends to live and work there. I must say that it is. All you need is to map out your journey first. I used the tfl.gov.uk website to do this and it is fantastic. After you have mapped out your journey, you stick to your plan... just like in trading. After spending some time in non-english countries, this experience made me appreciate the fact that I was able to speak the language of the country. At a certain level the brain is able to absorb so much more environmental information unconsciously when you are able to communicate with people, read signs, maps and billboards. Tourists and other travellers must have thousands of very interesting and funny travel stories to tell. I really respect immigrants who manage to succeed in their newly-adopted country even if they begin with nothing, speak little of the language whilst being humble enough to adapt and challenge pre-existing religious beliefs and cultural practices so they can co-exist with everyone else in their new country.
Saturday, 16 February 2008 08:11

Scientists paint grim picture of human impact on oceans

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" ALMOST half of the world's oceans have been seriously affected by overfishing, pollution and climate change, according to an international study of humankind's impact on marine life. A team of 19 scientists has published the first comprehensive map showing the combined impact of human activity on seas and oceans. More than 40% of marine regions have been significantly altered, while just 4% remain in a pristine state."
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/grim-picture-of-human-impact-on-oceans/2008/02/15/1202760602710.html.
Saturday, 16 February 2008 07:43

Saudis 'threatened Blair with terror'

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"SAUDI Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted, according to court documents...The threats halted the fraud inquiry, but triggered allegations that Britain had broken international anti-bribery treaties." (Source: The Age). The word got out because of a few courageous individuals like Matthew Cowie, the case officer on the enquiry, stood up against what was happening. Now, anti-corruption campaigners began a legal action on Thursday to overturn the decision to halt the case. They want the original investigation restarted, arguing that the Government 'caved into blackmail.' Comment: The use of violence in our society remains. This is blackmail at the highest level.
Friday, 15 February 2008 15:54

Jihad On Trial In Australia

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In Australia a group of men are on trial for terrorism activities. According to a news article, the youngest member of an alleged terror group hand-wrote a will at the age of 19 and asked his "Muslim brothers" to fight jihad if the government tried to interfere with it, the Supreme Court was told yesterday. Prosecutor Richard Maidment took the jury through materials found in the terrorists' possessions. They are:
  1. Videos of beheadings by terrorists.
  2. Handbooks on how to make bombs.
  3. Strategies for setting up an active terror cell.
  4. Lists of the joys awaiting Islamic martyrs in paradise.
"Mr Maidment said some of the group's Islamic-library material argued that while suicide was not permitted in Islam, martyrdom was. It was promised that martyrs would have all their sins forgiven from the moment the first drop of their blood was spilled, would speed across the bridge over hell-fire to heaven and would be wed to 72 virgins in paradise." Seventy-two virgins!? I am currently reading Sam Harris's book The End Of Faith. In page 32, he wrote:
Most people in positions of leadership in our country will say that there is no direct link between the Muslim faith and "terrorism". It is clear, however, that Musims hate the West in the very terms of their faith and that the Koran mandates such hatred. It is widely claimed by 'moderate' Muslims that the Koran mandates nothing of the kind and that Islam is a 'religion of peace'. But one need only read the Koran itself to see that this is untrue:
Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate. (Koran 9:73) Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them. Know that God is with the righteous. (Koran 9:123)
Religious muslims cannot help but disdain a culture that, to the degree that it is secular, is a culture of infidels; to the degree that it is religious, our culture is the product of a partial revelation (that of Christians and Jews), inferior in every respect to the revelation of Islam. The reality that the West currently enjoys far more wealth and temporal power than any nation under Islam is viewed by devout Muslims as a diabolical perversity, and this situation will always stand as an open invitation for jihad...Insofar as a person believes that Islam constitutes the only viable path to God and that the Koran enunciates it perfectly -- he will feel contempt for any man or woman who doubts the truth of his beliefs. What is more, he will feel that the eternal happiness of his children is put in peril by the mere presence of such unbelievers in the world.
PERSONAL COMMENT I am a migrant. My parents brought us to Australia for a more hopeful future, away from poverty. I am grateful for Australia and its people to welcome us and allow us to become one of them. People migrate to wealthier countries mainly to improve the quality of their lives. Wealthier countries are where they are today because their culture and their beliefs have managed to shape the political and economic landscape of their country that is conducive to the lifestyle you seek. Before thinking ill of the beliefs and the people of your newly-adopted country, you must at least ask yourself this: If your existing set of beliefs were so good then why did your people fail to build a country where you would want to live in? Could it be that your beliefs might have a tendency to choke any progress being made in education, science, politics, medicine and economics? What if all these things you consider 'evil', actually lead to what makes a nation wealthy? Furthermore, what if they are not evil at all?

Book On Reason

The Tyranny Of God by Marquez Comelab - Book on Religion, Science, Reason, Faith, Atheism and Reasonism

The Tyranny Of God


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Is there a God? Where do the animals, plants and human beings come from? Are scriptures the words of gods? Does religion teach us to live moral lives? Why do so many people kill and are killed over it? How should we live our lives if God exists? How should we live it if God does NOT exist?

This book explores the truth behind our beliefs in God and the propensity of human beings to be religious. In an honest attempt to seek the answers to life's deepest questions, I probe into how life began. I then progress to investigate the true nature of religions and their impact on our lives and the rest of humanity.

The main purpose of this book is not to argue against religion. Rather, it tells our story and how we have come to oppress ourselves with the tyranny of our own beliefs. I wrote this book to include everything I discovered to be relevant in my search for the truth, not just the truth behind God and morality, but also behind us and our existence. Instead of reading this book with the expectation that it is trying to prove the tyranny of God, I would like to recommend you read it as a story book: as a book that tells the story of humanity from the Big Bang.

REVIEW

"While Comelab's writing is always moderate in tone, its message clearly undermines current distractions with accommodationist arguments towards presumed religious "moderates". It is written with the fresh confidence of a young man who has had early success in his adopted country and only recently come to realise the truth of atheism. For those like me whose only worry about Atheism has long been its faultering progress, Comelab reminds us that much of the energy must continue to come from those who have more recently learned the truth. He seems more than bright enough to soon progress to seeing atheism not as an end but as a starting point to the kind of understanding that should enable us to work towards a future incomparably better than any heaven the faithful can imagine."

- TONY SMITH (AUSTRALIA)

Its beyond my imagination that you can put it all together in a book. Two thumbs up! You can not imagine what happen when I first read the title of your book, and got excited about it and kept reading until dawn. I commend you in putting so much effort to collecting data and put it together to support your idea. 

How can I say this... your book is really ME in here, existing to tell, spread, and contradict  but in very small area only (very limited, considering my country religion majority). Most of it can only be talked between my family member and close friends. Your book provides BEAUTIFUL BITTER TRUTH : that is how I would sum it up.

I called it beautiful because it opens up the very shell of a religions and the implications it caused over the past hundred, even thousands of years. I cannot describe with my limited english skill the insight your book has shown. But I am AFRAID your book WILL NEVER SPREAD TO MY COUNTRY. It will cause a massive attacks and chaos from the religious majority. I feel happy but the same time sad, really sad...Well again I cannot say THANK YOU ENOUGH.

- J. A. (Indonesia)

This book has taught me so much about evolution, the history of religions and the effect is has on our modern day society! The author shares his personal journey as a believer and provides much needed "food for thought". I recommend this book to all those who want to form their own opinion about believing or not believing.

-FISHPOND REVIEW