logo

Welcome Guest! To enable all features please Login or Register.

Notification

Icon
Error

7 Pages<1234>»
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Dartagnan
#30 Posted : Thursday, December 06, 2012 6:52:21 PM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)

God created man in his own image. 



Man is going to create robots in his own image.




Run for cover! Robots may become self-governing devices with built-in firearms in massive numbers worldwide. Yet, robots’ picking who to destroy on the battlefield is a recipe for disaster. Killer robots, flying robots… 




Autopilot is a built-in feature on many machines, but not with ones which are capable of firing off weapons. “Here’s an example of a killer robot, a flying robot. Go to GPS coordinates X and Y, if you detect a heat signature there, release your weapon. These are really stupid robots and that’s what’s scary about it because one thing is, they use artificial intelligence but there’s no way for them to discriminate against a military combatant or an insurgent and a civilian,” explained Noel Sharkey, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield. The trust of our nation would be in the hands of machines who only may know if A then do B type commands.


Nevertheless, if they are so primitive in their actions, why are militaries lured into learning how to build them with precision? One clear reason is to decrease the amount of troops they’d have to send into a combat zone, evidently decreasing the death rate.


“They’ve developed a plane called the Falcon HTV-2 that’s undergoing testing at the moment, it’s a totally unmanned combat plane and they tested it at 13 thousand miles per hour. So that’s not supersonic, that’s hypersonic. You can’t have a pilot in that plane at that speed. It would rip them to pieces with the g-forces. At that kind of speed, it would be very difficult for humans to be watching and seeing what’s going on and having any kind of say or control,” said Sharkey to the Voice of Russia, who’s also the chairman of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC).


The US Department of Defense (DoD) recently released a report titledAutonomy in Weapon Systems and touched on the important details of both autonomous and semi-autonomous weapons. And yet, the missteps which could incur are listed at the very end of the report. Failures include but are not limited to hacking into the system, jamming, decoys, and spoofing.


So even though the technology we have today could indefinitely lead to the autonomous armed robots of tomorrow, they come with their own set of unpredictable flaws. “Software today is extremely complicated and it behaves in ways people don’t expect. This is another aspect of the problem because even if we think we understand how a system behaves while it’s by itself, it then interacts with the other system. And we don’t know what the other system‘s going to do, therefore we don’t know what our system will do when it sees the other system behaving in a way that it didn’t expect,” told Mark Avrum Gubrud PhD, a physicist who’s been hired to research and write about this issue by Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security.


Bearing in mind what the implications of autonomous weaponry can do, it’s disturbing that the final decision is left in the hands of militaries and wealthy corporations. Fortunately, Human Rights Watch joined with the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic, and released a 50 page report called Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots.


Human Rights Watch and the International Human Rights Clinic are asking for an international treaty against the use, production, and development of fully autonomous weapons. In addition, they’d like for nations to put policies and laws in effect which would prevent uncontrollable, armed robots from becoming operable.


“We don’t think machines, however high tech they get, will be able to follow international law designed to protect civilians in war, we think they would undermine non-legal checks for example they don’t have compassion, which is a significant check on killing of civilians. And it’s also very difficult to hold fully autonomous weapons, killer robots, accountable for their actions—so it creates an accountability gap which can undermine deterrence,” stressed Bonnie Docherty Senior Researcher in the Arms Division for Human Rights Watch, to the Voice of Russia.


As a society, we have the technology available and a bunch of bright minds to do the work, in the field of autonomy. But researchers strongly urge engineering teams, to steer away from arming bots with ammo, and have them do more useful tasks, for human kind. “We ought to use robots to do all the boring and difficult laborious jobs and you put people to work taking care of other people, said Gubrud to the Voice of Russia and then went on, “Using robots for replacing people where people are expensive, well people are expensive but you know, that’s us, we should be in the business of taking care of ourselves and taking care of each other.” Gubrud pointed out that robots could be used in fields such as agriculture and Sharkey mentioned that we’re already using them for surgical procedures.


“And it’s also very difficult to hold fully autonomous weapons, killer robots accountable for their actions—so it creates an accountability gap which can undermine deterrence,” stated Docherty who said experts say that it could appear in 20 to 30 years and some say cruder versions could appear in the next few years.


Thus, the next step for us as Homo sapiens is to be proactive by creating a ban against the use of unrestrainable devices. We can drive toward a different path which can help society in fulfilling more important roles. As for the battlefield, some duties need that special hintof human touch—something robots can only mimic and not understand –at least in the here and now.


"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



Dartagnan
#27 Posted : Thursday, December 06, 2012 9:28:55 PM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)

In Mark 13:32, Jesus plainly stated:


. . . no one knows the day or hour when these things (end of life on earth) will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son Himself. Only the Father knows (NLT).

Global warming is not the only trouble caused by mankind activities. 

We should compare the earth to a body and mankind to bacteria killing the body. 


Sinkholes, Explosions, and Earthquakes -- What is happening?



By pumping gaz and oil in the soil, you create empty spaces underground which move the soil&might cause earthquakes in countries. Strong earthquakes destroy nuclear power plants easily. This is the real danger !!!!


Dear EarthTalk: What, if anything, fills the empty space underground created by the extraction of billions of gallons of oil? Could oil drilling be one of the causes of increasing amounts of land settling and sinkholes in oil rich areas? Can it cause earthquakes?



INTERESTING VIDEO: 



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIhpohCVnpg&feature=g-high-u



Nobody knows when his or her last day – or the last day of the entire world – will come, but if you live a righteous life, you will be always ready to pass into Eternity and meet with God.

The bad ones who love money more than people's life will meet the Devil. 


JAPAN - The Earthquake - 15 Minutes Live-Cam


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBdvvXyS-r4



                                
"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



Dartagnan
#22 Posted : Saturday, December 08, 2012 3:04:59 PM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)

France: Thousands demonstrate against gay marriage bill


Dec 8, 2012 21:47


France: Thousands demonstrate against gay marriage bill


Thousands of people demonstrated across France Saturday against a government bill to legalize gay marriage and adoption, French media reports said.


Around 7,000 people marched in protest against the so-called "marriage for all" bill in the western city of Bordeaux, according to police estimates.


The organizers estimated the turnout at around 20,000.


A counter-demonstration by supporters of gay marriage drew around 3,000 people, police estimated.


President Francois Hollande promised during campaigning to follow the lead of the Netherlands, Spain and several other European countries by legalizing gay marriage.


But the proposal has encountered stiff opposition, particularly in rural areas.


Polls show most French people supporting gay marriage but opposing gay adoption.


Saturday's demonstrations were billed as a warm-up for a monster rally in Paris on January 13, which is expected to dwarf a march by around 70,000 people last month.


Dangers of Gay Lifestyle


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OWpR0Hv4Q0


The Health Risks of Gay Sex


JOHN R. DIGGS, JR., M.D.


As a physician, it is my duty to assess behaviors for their impact on health and wellbeing. When something is beneficial, such as exercise, good nutrition, or adequate sleep, it is my duty to recommend it. Likewise, when something is harmful, such as smoking, overeating, alcohol or drug abuse, and homosexual sex, it is my duty to discourage it.


http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/homosexuality/ho0075.html


Approving same-sex relationships is detrimental to employers, employees and society in general.


 



"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



Dartagnan
#23 Posted : Saturday, December 08, 2012 3:16:07 PM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)

"A big mistake of Medvedev"


Lady Gaga thanks Medvedev for not supporting anti-gay law



American pop singer Lady Gaga has tweeted a thank you to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for not supporting legislation barring any “homosexual propaganda” in Russia.




“Thank You Prime Minister Medvedev for not standing by your party’s anti gay propaganda law & instead supporting my show+fans all over Russia,” she said via her Twitter account early on Saturday.


Earlier on Friday in an interview with leading TV channels Russian Prime Minister said he saw no grounds for legislative regulation of homosexuality in Russia.


“Not all moral issues, behavioral habits and inter-personal communication patterns have to become legislatures. Because not all relationships have to be legislatively regulated,” Medvedev said.


Medvedev’s comment comes just two weeks before the State Duma will consider a federal draft bill banning “homosexual propaganda.”


Today Lady Gaga is to give a performance in St. Petersburg.


Voice of Russia, Interfax



 


Dangers of Gay Lifestyle


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OWpR0Hv4Q0


The Health Risks of Gay Sex


JOHN R. DIGGS, JR., M.D.


As a physician, it is my duty to assess behaviors for their impact on health and wellbeing. When something is beneficial, such as exercise, good nutrition, or adequate sleep, it is my duty to recommend it. Likewise, when something is harmful, such as smoking, overeating, alcohol or drug abuse, and homosexual sex, it is my duty to discourage it.


http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/homosexuality/ho0075.html


Approving same-sex relationships is detrimental to employers, employees and society in general.


 

"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



CROUCHING TIGER
#31 Posted : Sunday, December 09, 2012 11:01:13 AM(UTC)
CROUCHING TIGER

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 6,239

Thanks: 1947 times
Was thanked: 2863 time(s) in 1719 post(s)
Karl Marx on Religion
Is Religion the Opiate of the Masses?

http://atheism.about.com/od/weeklyquotes/a/marx01.htm


WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD
CROUCHING TIGER
#32 Posted : Sunday, December 09, 2012 11:12:46 AM(UTC)
CROUCHING TIGER

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 6,239

Thanks: 1947 times
Was thanked: 2863 time(s) in 1719 post(s)
If you are gay is that normal or is it mentally sick?

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/If_you_are_gay_is_that_normal_or_is_it_mentally_sick


WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD
CROUCHING TIGER
#33 Posted : Sunday, December 09, 2012 11:18:13 AM(UTC)
CROUCHING TIGER

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 6,239

Thanks: 1947 times
Was thanked: 2863 time(s) in 1719 post(s)
Nationwide ‘gay propaganda’ ban up for consideration

http://rt.com/politics/parliament-consider-gay-propaganda-753/



WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD
1 user thanked CROUCHING TIGER for this useful post.
Dartagnan on 12/9/2012(UTC)
CROUCHING TIGER
#37 Posted : Sunday, December 09, 2012 11:45:49 AM(UTC)
CROUCHING TIGER

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 6,239

Thanks: 1947 times
Was thanked: 2863 time(s) in 1719 post(s)
DEDICATED TO ALL THE RAINBOWPEOPLE ...

http://youtu.be/xdCrZfTkG1c


WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD
paul_pipkin
#34 Posted : Sunday, December 09, 2012 12:01:25 PM(UTC)
paul_pipkin

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 7,624

Thanks: 1699 times
Was thanked: 1872 time(s) in 1242 post(s)

CROUCHING TIGER;320815 wrote:
Nationwide ‘gay propaganda’ ban up for consideration

http://rt.com/politics/parliament-consider-gay-propaganda-753/


This is not even a religious issue. The Great Russians, during the Yeltsin stagnation, fell into a crisis of population--dangerously declining birth-rate. Attempting recovery, they will naturally tend to discourage any sexual outlets that have no potential for reproduction. But, as possibly Medvedev realizes, suppression may be counter-productive.  Possible that liberty in any sexual activity serves to boost ALL sexual activity. 


 


For the record, I don't think Heaven gives a hot damn how the monkeys play with ourselves. 

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
2 users thanked paul_pipkin for this useful post.
Dartagnan on 12/9/2012(UTC), CROUCHING TIGER on 12/10/2012(UTC)
Dartagnan
#35 Posted : Sunday, December 09, 2012 8:32:42 PM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)


Homosexuality is a SIN God Hates Sin



Homosexuality is Condemned in the Bible!



The Bible's condemnation of homosexuality is as clear and plain as the Bible's condemnation of murder, adultery, premarital sex, kidnapping, lying and idolatry


 


RUSSIA NEEDS MORE CHILDREN THAN GAYS BECAUSE RUSSIA HAD A RECENT DECLINING BIRTH RATE. 



If Gay Marriage is approved birth rates would fall 





One of the most fundamental tasks of any society is to reproduce itself. That is why virtually every human society up until the present day has given a privileged social status to male-female sexual relationships—the only type capable of resulting in natural procreation. This privileged social status is what we call “marriage.”
Extending the benefits and status of “marriage” to couples who are intrinsically incapable of natural procreation (i.e., two men or two women) would dramatically change the social meaning of the institution. It would become impossible to argue that “marriage” is about encouraging the formation of life-long, potentially procreative (i.e., opposite-sex) relationships. The likely long-term result would be that fewer such relationships would be formed, fewer such couples would choose to procreate, and fewer babies would be born.
There is already evidence of at least a correlation between low birth rates and the legalization of same-sex “marriage.” At this writing, five U.S. states grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. As of 2007, the last year for which complete data are available, four of those five states ranked within the bottom eight out of all fifty states in both birth rate (measured in relation to the total population) and fertility rate (measured in relation to the population of women of childbearing age).63
Even granting marriage-related benefits to same-sex couples is associated with low birth and fertility rates. There are sixteen states which offer at least some recognition or benefits to same-sex relationships.64 Twelve of these sixteen states rank in the bottom twenty states in birth rate, while eleven of them rank in the bottom seventeen in fertility rate. Vermont, the first state in the U. S. to offer 100% of the rights and benefits of marriage to same-sex couples through passage of its “civil unions” law in 200065, ranks dead last in both birth rate and fertility rate.66
Similar data are available on the international level. Currently there are ten countries which permit same-sex “marriage.”67 Six of these ten fall well within the bottom quarter in both birth rates and fertility rates among 223 countries and territories. All ten fall below the total world fertility rate, while only South Africahas a birth rate that is higher (barely) than the world rate.68
It could be argued that the widespread availability and use of artificial birth control, together with other social trends, has already weakened the perceived link between marriage and procreation and led to a decline in birth rates. These changes may have helped clear a path for same-sex “marriage,” rather than the reverse.69 Nevertheless, legalization of same-sex “marriage” would reinforce a declining emphasis on procreation as a key purpose of marriage—resulting in lower birth rates than if it had not been legalized.
Of course, there are some who are still locked in the alarmism of the 1960’s over warnings of over-population.70 However, in recent years it has become clear, particularly in the developed world, that declining birth rates now pose a much greater threat. Declining birth rates lead to an aging population, and demographers have warned of the consequences, . . . from the potentially devastating effects on an unprepared welfare state to shortages of blood for transfusions. Pension provisions will be stretched to the limit. The traditional model of the working young paying for the retired old will not work if the latter group is twice the size of the former. . . . In addition, . . . healthcare costs will rise.71
The contribution of same-sex “marriage” to declining birth rates would clearly lead to significant harm for society.






"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



Dartagnan
#36 Posted : Sunday, December 09, 2012 9:06:18 PM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)

Homosexuality is condemned in the Bible. Below are some Bible verses that condemn homosexuality:



  • Leviticus 18:22 - You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.

  • Leviticus 20:13 - If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.

  • Romans 1:26-27 - For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

  • I Corinthians 6:9(NIV) - Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

  • I Timothy 1:8-11 (NASB) - "But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, according to the gloriousgospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted."

  • Jude 1:6-7 (NASB) - And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day, just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.


The judgment of Sodom by GodThe Bible tells us of the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah. Though homosexuality was not the only vice of these cities, the Bible makes it clear that this sin was one of the main reasons why God judged them. Genesis 19:1-11 speaks of the men of Sodom gathering at Lot's house and calling out to Lot, saying, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with" (Genesis 19:5). Lot's two visitors were actually angels who manifested themselves as men. Lot's carnal attempt to rescue his visitors was his offer to provide the men of Sodom with his two virgin daughters (Genesis 19:8). But, the men of Sodom rejected Lot's offer. Finally, the angels miraculously struck the immoral men with blindness (Genesis 19:11). Jude, commenting on the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, wrote, "Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire" (Jude 7).


"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



Dartagnan
#8 Posted : Monday, December 10, 2012 4:39:11 AM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)

The crimes commit by the Buddhist monks should be condamned by the international Justice. 


They push teenagers to burn themselves


You can solve your trouble only if you are alive. I mean you commit a crime by advicing teengers to kill themselves. 


                        


Xinhua: Tibetan, 16, burns herself to death in China


BEIJING: A 16-year-old Tibetan girl has died after setting herself on fire, Chinese state media said Monday, in an area that has become a flashpoint for protests against Beijing's rule.


The school pupil self-immolated in the village of Dageri in China's northwestern province of Qinghai, an area with a high population of ethnic Tibetans, just before 7pm (1100 GMT) on Sunday, Xinhua said.


Her body was cremated four hours later and returned to her family, the news agency said, adding that local government officials were investigating.


More than 90 Tibetans have set themselves ablaze since 2009 to protest China's rule of the Tibetan plateau, rights groups have said, with the frequency of incidents increasing sharply in November. Most have died.


According to a partial list drawn up by the London-based campaign group Free Tibet the teenager is among the youngest girls to have set themselves on fire.


Xinhua reported on Sunday that a monk and his nephew had been detained for inciting eight Tibetans to set themselves alight.


Many Tibetans in China accuse the government of religious repression and eroding their culture, as the country's majority Han ethnic group increasingly moves into historically minority areas.


Beijing rejects this, saying Tibetans enjoy religious freedom. The government points to huge on-going investment it says has brought modernisation and a better standard of living to Tibet. - AFP


http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/12/10/reutersworld/1212101537-xinhua-tibetan-16-burns-herself-to-deat&sec=reutersworld


BURNING MONK: Should be condamned by the international Justice. 


VIDEO: the most savage act in the 21 century


Two Tibetans self-immolate


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3yR8DuYe-4&feature=related



"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



Dartagnan
#9 Posted : Monday, December 24, 2012 5:43:51 PM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)

Metropolitan Illarion extends Christmas greetings


митрополит Волоколамский Иларион Алфеев 2012 март фото гр



Metropolitan Illarion, curator of external relations at the Moscow Patriarchate, has been on The Voice of Russia to congratulate the Roman Catholics, the Protestants and also the Orthodox who follow the Gregorian Calendar on the occasion of Christmas.




"I’m here to congratulate you on the New Year and Christmas.


The New Year is an occasion to sum up the events of the outgoing year, both socially and in a close family circle. Please don’t take all the good things brought by the outgoing year thoughtlessly and in your stride. Thank Almighty God for them! Thankfulness to God is a state of mind which must last and never end. The name of the main Christian church service, the Eucharist, translates as ‘thanksgiving’. The thanks in it are due to God, who supports and guides us throughout our lives and in every single moment of them.


Setting your goals and tasks in the incoming year, please never forget that you must rely on God’s help in pursuing and solving them. This means, among other things, that each and every step that you make must comply with the Ten Commandments and follow the Holy Gospel.


The occasion of Christmas reminds us of responsibility for our own lives and the lives of our relatives and neighbours. It also reminds us that we came into this world on a mission from God. Each living person must be aware of his or her mission. Only this can help us spend out lives in complete harmony with the will of God. Refrain from misdemeanor, renounce evil and pernicious habits and pursue moral and ethical self-improvement. God does not expect us to attain sainthood through action of our own. He will help us in this, supporting us each time we choose to do something good.


That, brothers and sisters, was my advice to you on the occasion of the coming feasts.


God bless you all!"




Russia’s major X-mas tree ready for celebrations



The property managers of the Moscow Kremlin have installed and decorated a 30-metre-tall spruce as the city’s major outdoor New Year and Christmas tree. The decorations include almost 4,000 tinsel items and 4,500 energy-saving light bulbs.


There is also an indoor Christmas tree, installed in a palace hall which is to host parties for children. The first party will be held Tuesday for kids from large families, orphanages and winners of various contests from all over Russia.




 

"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



Dartagnan
#10 Posted : Sunday, January 06, 2013 9:32:12 AM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)

Christmas comes for Orthodox Christians


рождество Санкт-Петербург рождество казанский собор рождество



Sunday is Christmas Eve according to the Julian calendar used by Orthodox Christians.




It’s a day of strict fasting when nothing except “sochivo”, a special Christmas Eve dish prepared from wheat grains, rice, beans, peas or vegetables, is allowed, hence the name of the day – Sochelnik.


In his Christmas message, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill urged believes to be merciful and tolerant to surrounding people and remember of the love that God bestows on all his lambs.


The Patriarch will lead a Christmas Eve liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow tonight.


Celebrating Christmas on January 7th together with the Russian Church will be the Church of Jerusalem and the Serb and Georgian Churches.


Western Christians who use the Gregorian calendar celebrated Christmas on December 25.


Voice of Russia, Interfax



 

"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



Dartagnan
#11 Posted : Sunday, January 06, 2013 7:14:44 PM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)

Reasons for teen crime, or of murderous teenagers and torturing cops


ребенок оружие ребенок оружие сша оружие пистолет



Cases of violence and horrific acts carried out by youth who have been influenced by the internet and computer games continues to grow as the first generation of children “raised by the net” come of age and are able to turn their virtual playrooms into real and tangible mayhem. Are they to blame? Or is the society that raised them to blame?




In Russia there was an old saying that said we must protect and cherish our children because they are the future. This saying is just as topical today as it was hundreds of years ago but who is responsible for raising our children?


Of course the immediate family unit is the primary structure responsible for raising children, and this is more or less true until the age when the child is given to a state or other educational facility to begin their education. The family unit carries the responsibility of shaping the basis for the future adult. This includes moral values, ethical behavior, sexual orientation, respect for life and fellow humans, and a host of other areas that the person then bases their world view and future behavior on.


When economic, moral and other factors, in anyway, cause a disruption in, or the destruction of, the primary family unit this has a negative effect on the development of the child, and once that damage is done it is almost impossible to undo it.


When we look at societal models from around the world with regard to the support of the primary family unit there are many factors which have to be taken into account, these include economic, educational, religious, moral guidance, health care and other kinds of support which most often have to take place at the local level and be easily accessible to the family unit.


The role of the state and the church in many regards has a huge effect on the preservation and support of the family unit. If overall society does not support the family unit or does not provide adequate conditions for it to thrive then there is a qualitative deterioration in the quality of the guidance provided to the child who is helpless and totally dependent on those around him or her.


If we look at the US capitalist model and that of states which seek to emulate the societal norms and conditions prevalent in that country we see many complete and utter failings and a dysfunctional state and societal structure unable to properly carry out the task of properly raising children who enter its citizenry.


One of the most basic needs of all humans, if not arguably the most basic need, in particular in a capitalist system, is the need for employment that is able to allow the individual to support him or herself and support the family unit.


Employment is of utmost importance in other regards as well in allowing the individual to realize and fulfill their potential and be a productive and contributing member of the society where he or she finds themselves and those factors are no less important, but we are focusing on family.


The failing capitalist system in the US is an example we will look at since its eventual collapse will have severe consequences around the world.


Almost any American will agree the “American Dream” is dead, buried and almost forgotten. That dream of having a home, a family and rewarding education and employment has long ago become out of reach for the larger part of society.


The American economy is devastated and will never recover, it was hi-jacked and gutted by a few who continue to profiteer from an endless illegal war not even allowing the populace the industrial and manufacturing boon that may be found in a “war economy” as most of the jobs have been outsourced to third countries and manufacturing profits stay in the hands of an elite few.


The resulting “natural escalation of capitalism” and move into fascism, where corporations run the state, has meant that the American populace and in particular the family unit has been devastated.


The primary necessities of the family unit have become almost unattainable, these include health care, education, housing, transportation and even basic sustenance. Under such conditions the first and foremost societal structure, the family unit, has become unsustainable, leading to irreparable damage to the children dependent on the family. Factors which have destroyed the family unit include both parents working, inadequate health and dental care, poor living conditions, poor life conditions and overall poverty.


A state run by corporations where even basic healthcare is the object of corporate profiteering can not be expected to solve any of these problems, although it is in the power of the state to do so and one might argue their most important responsibility. We could thus conclude that a healthy state and societal model can be determined by simply analyzing the health of the family unit, for as the old Russian saying goes: children are out future.


In the US the breakdown of the family unit has been coupled with a police state that has cracked down on all marginalized segments of society including parents, teens and children. In order to compensate for the societal breakdown caused by its own destructive self-serving policies the US state is dealing with the problems through the use of force and attempting to control the populace with an iron-fist.


One of the results of the breakdown of the family unit and the move to an information based society is the fact that children and teens who once spent free time doing homework, playing, reading or even watching endless hours of mind-numbing television are now spending their time on the internet.


With both parents working, less societal support for youth and advances in technology this dependence on the internet is a logical transition that has been promoted and allowed to grow despite warning by educators, psychologists and analysts as to the harm that could be caused to children.


We are beginning to see the results of such developments. Since the advent of the internet there has been a qualitative change in the youth of the world and in their lives. In most cases this has been a change for the worst.


The fault is not that of the internet but lies in the destruction of the family unit and the lowering levels of education, lack of supervision and absence of positive constructive activities for youth. These factors apply to the US societal model.


If we look at the Japanese model for example, where there is a concerted societal attempt to keep youth busy in positive productive and socially acceptable activities we might cite the old adage: idle hands are a devil’s plaything.


Although I have said the family unit is the most important factor in raising children, the second most important factor, the societal unit, can not be ignored. Parents have their role in the early formation and development of the child but once school starts they are then exposed to the societal component and this continues for the rest of their lives.


Hence we as members of society teach the children and youth in society what is acceptable and normal. Any society that does not take that responsibility seriously does so at its own imminent peril.


In the US this societal factor is largely to blame for the acute rise in youth crime. This is largely due to the amoral nature of the signals that yuth receive on a daily basis namely with regard to the continued glorification of violence, crime, force and sex in the media and in the things that are marketed for their consumption.


The victims of society are then demonized as the victimizers when they succumb to hopelessness and an endless diet of violence and go out and emulate what they see on a daily basis.


Some examples include the autistic youth in Connecticut who recently gunned down over 20 people was an isolated child who spent most of his time playing violent computer games.


Recently two teenage girls drugged the parents of one of them so they could get on the internet after ten pm, tyhey were hence turned into the police by the very parents who were supposed to protect and care for them.


Another case has five teens being arrested for attempting to steal the shoes of a 13-year-old Chicago boy. Five teens attempting to steal shoes seems like a pretty grim statement on society to me.


Then we have the case of the 18 year-old from Astoria Oregon who was so influenced by Facebook that he posted the fact that he was drunk driving as a status update and was arrested. Apparently he thought he was being cool.


Another poor young man whose life was destroyed by the glorification and perceived acceptability of guns was an 18 year old who was evicted by his girlfriend and her new boyfriend and decided to threaten them with a gun, he is now a felon and will enter the US for profit prison system before even starting out in life. There are many reasons for teen crime in America, another is the endless sex and pornography available to youth, a factor no doubt leading to cases such as a recent home invasion and rape by a 17-year-old boy near Seattle and another in Tulsa. The response by the authorities only serves to escalate the violence and rather than attempting to consul and rehabilitate these youth they are turned into criminals and subjected to more brutality by a merciless system. By cops who torture, arrest parents for letting kids play outside, attempt to make an example of an honor student working two jobs, and the list goes on.


Sure some youth may do horrible things, but it is the responsibility of societal structures that helped to steer them to these deeds that must also be looked at and reformed and restructured so that such events are not allowed to happen again. It is also the responsibility of society to stop allowing the glorification of violence and to demand from those who can affect change to do so, in a positive direction.


Without our children, we have no future.



The views and opinions expressed here are my own, I can be reached at robles@ruvr.ru.


 


 

"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



Dartagnan
#12 Posted : Sunday, January 06, 2013 7:19:24 PM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)

Patriarch Kirill`s Christmas Message


патриарх кирилл визит россия город посещение религия рпц



Orthodox Christians are preparing to celebrate Christmas on January 7.The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill addressed the believers on the occasion.




The Russian church’s leader reminded the nation what the most important thing about Christmas is…


"Every year when Christmas arrives and we try to understand the meaning of this holiday we can feel that we are approaching a mystery. The mystery of God`s birth and Him becoming man. St. John Chrysostom wrote: “God became man. Yet not departing from the Godhead that is His. Wherefore He became flesh, so that He Whom heaven did not contain, a manger would this day receive.” Indeed, the Creator becomes equal to us, becomes flesh and blood of human history."


Like 2,000 years ago there are still people who do not accept Christ. This is because many of them are not ready to change their lives by giving up harmful habits, excessive wealth and power, the Patriarch says…


"Believing in Christ is not just about accepting the mere fact that He became man but about changing one`s lifestyle. Many people are not ready for such changes. Those who do not accept Christ are not the church’s enemies. They are too brothers and sisters, and for their sake Christ was born. The task of the church is to help nonbelievers accept Christ."


Christmas is a reminder to all Christians to do kind deeds both on holidays and weekdays, helping the needy, the sick, the homeless, the imprisoned, and of course, the orphans, the latter being a most significant priority for the Church, the Patriarch said.


"We have lots of children who have no parents even if their parents are alive. It is important that our people take orphans into their families with joy and with special gratitude to God, giving them roof and education, but most of all – their love. “Don’t stop children from coming to me,” God said. His words should make us all aware of how meaningful children are in God’s eyes. On the holy feast of Christmas, here is my request to all who are capable of taking an important step in life, a step aimed at adopting children or helping orphans - do it, take this step! There should be no orphans in our country. Those who have no parents should find them among kind, honest and responsive people."


"May God’s blessing surround all of you, strengthening every one of you on your Christian life path. And to those who are only just coming closer to understanding the mystery of the Nativity, I wish success in this difficult but soul-saving journey toward the true essence of life revealed to us in Born Christ the Savior,” said Patriarch Kirill.


"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



CROUCHING TIGER
#38 Posted : Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:08:31 AM(UTC)
CROUCHING TIGER

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 6,239

Thanks: 1947 times
Was thanked: 2863 time(s) in 1719 post(s)
Zero Dark Thirty Protested By Religious Group For Depictions Of Torture

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/14/zero-dark-thirty-torture-protested-religious_n_2474867.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

Director Kathryn BIGELOW shows THE FACTS as she did in that great "The Hurt Locker". She made this

movie from a well documented script by journalist Mark BOAL without choosing sides. This movie is more

a documentary drama then your average thriller...


WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD
1 user thanked CROUCHING TIGER for this useful post.
Dartagnan on 1/15/2013(UTC)
Dartagnan
#39 Posted : Tuesday, January 29, 2013 5:45:44 PM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)

                     


Noah’s Ark: Either Noah belonged to the 19-foot-tall race of ‘titans’ or the Ark was not of his making



Ten years ago the Russian journalist and renowned explorer Andrey Polyakov undertook his first expedition to Mount Ararat in Turkey to search for Noah’s Ark. After spending several months on the mountain, Polyakov’s efforts paid off; he found the remains of a 153 meter long vessel. The artefact has since become the corner stone of animated debates between the most prominent scientists and theologians. It is now being reported that while Polyakov’s "Ark" may indeed originated from the time of the biblical Great Flood described in the Old Testament, it was not constructed by Noah.




Such claims not only undermine the bible’s teachings, but also make other commentators wonder if Polyakov’s Ark may have belonged to some pre-historical civilisation that could have existed on Earth 7000 years ago.



The search for Noah's Ark has continued for at least two and a half thousand years. The first to suggest a location for the Ark was the Babylonian historian, Berossus in 275 BC. In his writings Berossus described a great ship that sailed to Armenia during the Great Flood and proposed that the search for the artefact should begin on Mount Ararat. Several hundred years later, a Jewish historian, Josephus Flavius, made a similar claim: “The ship can be found even today in Armenia. Where people gather resin to make amulets”. After that, hundreds of searchers stormed Ararat and many, according to them, not only saw the ark, but were also able to get inside it. Nonetheless, documentary evidence supporting such claims was rather lacking.


The stories were enough though to prompt Andrey Polyakov to embark upon his expedition to Ararat back in 2003. After several months of extreme weather conditions and constant conflicts with the local Kurds, Polyakov’s team found what appeared to be a giant lignum fossil hull sticking out of the ground. At 153 meter long, 25 wide, and 15 meters high, the structure was alleged to be big enough to fit a football field between its sides. The Ark, along with its anchor stones, huge flat slabs with a hole in the middle, were found 30 kilometers from Mount Ararat, on the Aquila hillside, which made Polyakov wonder whether he had indeed found Noah’s Old Testament Ark. However, Polyakov’s hopes were to be dashed, on returning to Russia, he submitted video recordings and fossil probes to the country's leading laboratories and research institutes. After detailed studies, the scientists claim, with near one hundred percent certainty, that Polyakov’s Ark could not have been constructed by Noah. Though this was disappointing news for Polyakov and his team, some shocking alternative conclusions were reached by the scientists after reviewing Polyakov’s materials. The new findings offered unexpected compensation.


According to Professor Yuri Babikov, one of the experts who studied video and photographic evidence from Aquila, the Ark is so big that it is hard to imagine that it could have been constructed by people of ‘normal’ height. Professor Babikov believes that because technology was very poorly developed 7000 years ago, Noah would have had to be at least six meters tall to be able to construct a ship of this size. Interestingly, Professor Babikov is not at all surprised by his own seemingly unrealistic findings. He recalls the 1950s discovery by the British scientist, Walter Emery, in the holy city of Abydos, Egypt. The Englishman was studying unearthed tombs of the first dynasty of pharaohs who ruled just before the Great Flood in about 5000 BC, when he discovered mummies that were 3.5 meters tall and with slightly elongated skulls. In Professor Babikov’s opinion, Mr Emery’s mummies are representatives of some unknown pre-historical civilization from 7000 years ago who might well have constructed Polyakov’s Ark. In this sense, Professor Babikov contends that either Noah belonged to the mysterious race of ‘titans’ or the Ark was not of his making. Other experts also arrived at similar conclusions.


Polyakov himself now believes that the vessel he found was indeed made by titans. According to the Old Testament, Noah’s Ark should be a huge closed box, essentially, a rectangular submarine. Any other design would be impractical under flood conditions as it could simply turn over. Nonetheless, Polyakov’s artefact resembles neither a box nor a submarine. Photographs indicate that the object Aquila, is more reminiscent of an ocean yacht or a triangular plate open at the top. When Polyakov showed pictures of the ship to renowned expert on modern and ancient languages, Willy Melnikov, the academic remembered an anonymous text he once found, in a Prague library, that dated from around the third century BC. A narrator told of how, during the Great Flood, Noah was drifting on the water one day and saw a huge ship, hoping that others had also managed to escape, Noah went aboard but found no one was there. According to Dr Melnikov, the size and shape of the ship described by the unknown author coincides with Polyakov’s Ark. If Noah did encounter another boat, as he sheltered from the flood in his Ark, whoever might have built it remains a mystery.


Ultimately, this means that, not only could there have been two Arks adrift on the ocean after the Great Flood but also that the Old Testament may not in fact tell the whole story and whether or not Polyakov and his team have actually found Noah’s biblical Ark, they have at least discovered an artefact with the potential to challenge several fundamental doctrines both theological and scientific.


 


 


 

"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



Dartagnan
#40 Posted : Tuesday, February 05, 2013 6:59:58 PM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)

Russia won’t allow adoptions by French gay couples


Feb 5, 2013


Павел Астахов пресс-конференция



Russia’s chief children’s rights ombudsman, Pavel Astakhov, has called the mere possibility of French gay couples adopting Russian children unconstitutional.




He cited Russia’s Family Code and the Constitution that say the marriage is a union of a man and a woman. “We do not have anything else. Period,” he said in an interview to a Russian newspaper.


The announcement came as France's marriage equality bill cleared its first hurdle on Saturday, making one step closer to getting legalizated.


The Russian children’s rights advocate also stressed the UN Convention on children’s rights stipulated that any child had the right to a mother and father, a model which should never be changed.


 




"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



Dartagnan
#41 Posted : Wednesday, February 06, 2013 6:19:16 PM(UTC)
Dartagnan

Rank: Advanced Member

Groups: everyone, registered users, Registered
Joined: 1/10/2011(UTC)
Posts: 4,879

Thanks: 1382 times
Was thanked: 1466 time(s) in 919 post(s)

Could Grom Social be the next Facebook for kids?


Лицей-пансион Надежда Занятия компьютер дети ребенок монитор


Feb 6, 2013



Kids, tweens, and teens alike should all forget about Facebook, there's a new kid on the block, the new virtual meeting hotspot is GromSocial.com. Although Facebook has well over a billion active users every month, they have not been able to cater to the 13 and under crowd. Not to worry though, since Grom Social launched, close to 7 thousand users have connected, 200 of them from Russia and Ukraine. Twelve year old creator Zachary Marks spoke to the Voice of Russia about how Grom Social began as a dream and became an international reality on the web.




Rules were meant to be broken, or so Marks thought, in 2011, he learned a lot, perhaps too much, about the wild world of Facebook. He told the Voice of Russia that he had convinced his dad to let him have a Facebook account but he ignored the boundaries his father had set and had a conversation with an adult who swore at him and Marks replied in kind. On top of that, he made friends with people he was not supposed to and before he knew it, his friend count had climbed to 638.


Once his dad found out about the friending-spree, he deleted his son’s account, only to learn 48 hours later, that young Zachary had already opened a second by lying about his age “My dad and I got into a big argument ... I told my dad there was no fun and safe social network for kids. My dad said “I’m sorry, but no more Facebook” I then said “What if I created my own Facebook for kids?” My dad said, 'Go for it!' said Zachery Marks to the Voice of Russia.


Marks had a good point, Facebook offers little protection to underage users who want to use social networking without being bothered by potentially shady, or even worse, characters. According to Minor Monitor.com, 38 percent of all children on Facebook are under 13 even though, officially, Facebook bans users who are not 14 or older, there are even some 6 year olds who are said to have accounts. So where are the parents? While half of parents monitor their child’s Facebook frolics, there is a good chunk, 17 percent, who don’t. Grom Social though, has a different kind of approach, where social networking and parental control go hand-in-hand.


“Parents have complete control of their kid, everything from friend requests to posting. We have a bad word filter so kids cannot curse. We also have strong anti-bully, anti-smoking and anti-drug messages every day,” explained Marks, a home-schooled 6th grader attending Florida Virtual School. What’s more, only kids who are 16 and under can join. Adults can be a part of the site, but have limited access and need to be personally invited by a member.


Besides the safety features on Grom Social, the graphics are age-orientated, with cartoon avatars. Games, book reviews, health tips, and Grom jokes, are splashed on the front page in bright neon colours. To create all this, Marks junior did have some much needed help.


“I did come up with the entire site concept, layout and created the name and logos on my own. My brothers and sisters helped me design the characters. My dad’s good friend helped me input all the graphics and helped me with the design of the site,” said Marks. Just as Facebook has evolved, Grom Social is already adding features. This year, there will be a Grom 'Hero of the month' section and virtual planetary travel to the Groms’ home planets.


However, Grom Social has plenty of competition to look forward to. Sites like Everloop and Scuttle Pad also target younger users, promoting the concept of a kids only paradise. They too incorporate games and risk-free interaction within their networks. We must not forget though, just how simple as it was for Marks to create a Facebook account by fibbing about his age, the same could happen in reverse on kiddie social networks too.


Right now, kids may be looking for a place to meet up and chat, just like adults on the Internet, and Grom Social might just be the virtual hangout they’ve been looking for. As Facebook’s popularity is reaching a plateau, it makes sense for youngsters to shift their focus to a network more more focussed on their needs. Safety is the main selling point for parents but having fun also entices the children to join. Only time will tell if Grom Social will be able to climb its way to the top, just like its Internet big brother, Facebook, did, one account at a time.



 

"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



Users browsing this topic
Guest
7 Pages<1234>»
Forum Jump  
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.