More than the Koran's sanction of wife-beating, the legal grounds on which the Koran sanctions it reveals an impassable gulf between Islamic and Western law. The sovereign grants inalienable rights to every individual in Western society, of which protection from violence is foremost. Every individual stands in direct relation to the state, which wields a monopoly of violence. Islam's legal system is radically different: the father is a "governor" or "administrator" of the family, that is, a little sovereign within his domestic realm, with the right to employ violence to control his wife and... Read More
Back in the 1960s when I was a kid, Halloween was all about free candy and some light vandalism. We threw eggs, sprayed shaving cream and smashed a few pumpkins here and there. Back then, it was considered serious hooliganism but the stuff they do today made us look like a couple of do-gooders.
Now, Halloween consists of drunks acting stupid, fighting, destroying property, and even murder. The Halloween parade that used to take place here in the Castro in San Francisco every year was canceled a while back because every year more than a few people were either shot, beaten or in one case,... Read More
Apple has had plans to redesign the television since 2007 and more than likely has set its sight' on taking-over as many appliances in your home, as possible. The new Apple Television Set is designed to replace the antiquated remote control with Siri voice commands, reported the New York Times on Thursday.
A quote from Jobs’s biography that “I finally cracked it” has begun to travel the web and be discussed in tech-circles, since the book's release. It appears to confirm the rumors that Apple has plans to enter the TV market. The rumors that started earlier this summer were... Read More
The sight of a needle about to pierce the skin sends shivers down many backs, enough to prevent them from going for a medical treatment, enough to block their minds from considering blood donation. According to Red Cross statistics, a mere 3% of US citizens have ever donated blood, a much lower rate than in most of Europe, and a real problem for the blood bank here in the US.
Donating blood was a regular part of my life. Since I was a teenager, I would donate blood twice a year. I the many countries I lived in, the process was nearly identical: step into a station nearby, fill in... Read More
We are alive until we can breathe. This very complex system we human beings have been endowed with and which we use throughout our life to accomplish innumerable things; the various senses, emotions, feelings and impressions we experience; the innumerable ideas, plans and passions we come up using our intellect-all these are sustainable only as long as we can sustain one fundamental vital force within this body-the breath.
The value of the human lasts only as long as the breath in the body. When the breath is taken away, the body crumbles into dust
Do we all realize how... Read More
There was a time when people could actually have a civil political discussion with those who held different views. For example, at one time conservatives such as William F. Buckley would intelligently debate those who held liberal beliefs. He did not stoop to applying cowardly erroneous labels to them or to trying to discredit their entire existence; he stated his beliefs and he listened to theirs.
Believe it or not, liberals and conservatives are really not all that far apart. They do, as a rule want what is best for their country. They may go about it in different ways and have different... Read More
In my efforts to understand and help more and more people incorporate personal wellness and fitness into their lives, I reflected on my past experiences to help me remember how things used to be in terms of the lifestyle I lived in my younger days. Things weren't as complicated back then.
In our teenage and young adult years, many of us played some type of a sport with a passion. We were fit, regularly active, and our bodies’ metabolisms were at their prime. I remember the days when I could easily eat 2 super sized Double Quarter Pounders with cheese meals after soccer or basketball... Read More
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The only problem is that one in three homes have a diamond engagement/wedding rings...so really how special or unique are they? Just a thought...
therin lies the problem...cost few can afford.