Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Good news stories below the fold

South Sudan is a mess, but there is an unreported story in this: when roads turn to mud and there is nothing to plant, the UN and NGO's are actually helping via an airlift.

 Relief agencies are now supplying farmers with seeds and the agencies are having to ship the seeds by air. The seeds are usually distributed in “crop kits” which contain several different plant seeds. One common crop kit contains maize, sorghum and cowpea.

How Pakistan's fight against terror benefits from "realistic" training.

Most of the long report on that area is bad, but it notes  the various reasons  behind why Pakistan aren't sending troops into Yemen...(they are busy fighting their own war on terror, and bedsides the Gulf money is funding the mosques and schools that are recruiting many terrorists that attack their Shiite minority is mentioned, as is their ties with Iran.)
then there is this:

Eight months after Pakistani police arrested ten men involved in the attack on Malala Yousufzai in 2012 a court convicted all ten and sentenced them to life in prison
and Pakistan is going out of it's way to protect Chinese in that country with military help (one of the back stories on the 2005 Red Mosque attack was that the mosque had attacked some female Chinese prostitutes health workers, and China pressured them to retaliate).

Most of these Chinese will be involved with the $28 billion worth of infrastructure (roads, railroads and power stations) China is building. Thus Pakistan is organizing a special protection force of 12,000 men

The Iraqi president visited Iran, and this included talks about the two countries cooperation in ecological preservation.
We have provided technical and training assistance on environmental issues to Iraqi brothers before and we decided to continue. While it is well understood that peace and security are the prerequisite for any improvement of environmental conditions, both Presidents stressed that  Iran will continue to play an instrumental role in confronting terror and insecurity in Iraq along with the Iraqi people. 

Dr. E has photos. She is wearing a green scarf with her chador...a symbol she supported the reform president there.

she gets around...even the Freepers were happy with her when she shut down the feral dog killing program (to root out rabies) that was being done with excessive cruely and caught on video...

and TehranLive reports that the propaganda billboard were replaced (temporarily) with classic art work (for 10 days) in Tehran.
In a project which the city’s mayor hopes will encourage people to visit museums, the billboard ads have been replaced with artworks by renowned local and foreign artists. For 10 days, images by the likes of Pablo Picasso, RenĂ© Magritte and Henri Matisse are turning the capital into a giant urban art gallery. 

heh. Picasso anyone?


HollyOrdway has an essay on writers such as William Morris who influenced Tolkien.

For later reading.


Scientists now know why men exist: to improve the gene pool through competition.

A system where all offspring are produced without sex -- as in all-female asexual populations -- would be far more efficient at reproducing greater numbers of offspring, the scientists said. But in research published in the journal Nature on Monday, they found that sexual selection, in which males compete to be chose by females for reproduction, improves the gene pool and boosts population health, helping explain why males are important. 
heh. Men and females are different because of evolutionary advantages. And that doesn't even get into anthropology on how extended families improve survival because they provide the social support in times of trouble.

Tell that to Justice Ginsburg:
“Marriage was a relationship of a dominant male to a subordinate female,” she explained. “That ended as a result of this court’s decision in 1982 when Louisiana’s Head and Master Rule was struck down … Would that be a choice that state should [still] be allowed to have? To cling to marriage the way it once was?”
 ...this is, of course, the marxist/feminist interpretation of traditional marriage bonds as taught by the best scholars in academic feminism.

TheOtherMcCain has a running commentary on how this type of feminism that is being taught in universities today...he is controversial and anti woman because he dares to quote them. (to paraphrase his arguements: Rommel Feminists, I read your book)

I posted this on my facebook page because the haters there love to bash "uncharitable christians". working in the trenches. I recognize these things, but never mind. It's easier to see a noblesse oblige attitude toward the poor than to actually help them in a one to one situation.

AlJazerah reports on a protest in China...the article notes that despite the recent prosperity due to capitalistic reforms of the economy in China, there were 20 thousand protests last year in that country, mostly about corruption and favoritism or about pollution..

and yes, that fire that killed factory workers in Manila was also due to corruption: Grease the right palms and they will look the other way.

Someone tell Pope Francis that corruption, not capitalism, is the problem. And corruption is stealing, and there are lots of condemnations of it in the Bible (including Jesus throwing out the corrupt money lenders in the Temple, who were probably greasing palms themselves). Liberation theology just lets the socialists steal in the name of the people.

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