Yes, Real-Life Vampires, Werewolves And Zombies DO Exist!

Yes, Real-Life Vampires, Werewolves And Zombies DO Exist!A psychiatrist’s face-to-face encounter with the ‘undead’

Vampires, werewolves, and zombies are known to be mythical characters and most people get to see them only on two occasions: in the movies or in costume parties on Halloween.

Psychiatrists like me however get the real deal—a face-to-face encounter with these “creatures” in the clinic.

Yes, true-to-life vampires, werewolves, and zombies do exist and they actually consult psychiatrists! [Read more...]

Dogs Worst Enemy?

America’s sick fascination over the Special Forces gunning down Osama bin Laden included man’s best friend, man’s best friend, that is, according to the mainstream media. But man using canines in times of war actually dates back to 4000 BCE. According to Egyptian wall art, dogs were used in battles. Other ancient civilizations used dogs for war too, mainly to engage the enemy while fighting beside their masters. Dogs were often used to carry messages and human belongings or to serve as sentries. The Corinthians even built a monument in honor of a dog which warned them of an approaching enemy.

Sadly, mankind’s use (abuse?) of dogs did not change during the Age of Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution. In fact, some thinkers viewed dogs much like machines. Many dogs were killed as they were trained to run along the front lines so as to draw enemy fire and to reveal the gun positions of opposing forces. Wars in the 20th century witnessed military dog training centers and specialized breeding to produce the ultimate canine warrior. They were gassed, used to blow up tanks (known as suicide dogs) and to detect land mines or booby traps. Dogs also flushed-out enemy snipers and uncovered terrorist bomb materials. [Read more...]

Trapped In Tora Bora In 2001, Osama Had Written His Will

osama bin laden_World’s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden had written his will as US troops closed in on his hideout in Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan in December 2001, but walked out “unmolested” after American military leaders decided not to send reinforcements to pursue him.

The US military “could have captured or killed Osama bin Laden in 2001 if it had launched a concerted attack on his hideout in Afghanistan,” according to a damning Congressional report that comes on the eve of unveiling of a new Af-Pak policy by the Barack Obama Administration.

The 49-page report “Tora Bora Revisited: How we failed to get Bin Laden and Why it Matters Today”, prepared by the staff of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and released today, points finger at then Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his top military commander Tommy Franks for turning down requests for reinforcements to pursue Laden.

Laden, trapped in the rugged mountainous area in eastern Afghanistan, expected to die and had even written a will, said the report, commissioned by Committee Chairman John Kerry.

“On or around December 16, two days after writing his will, bin Laden and an entourage of bodyguards walked unmolested out of Tora Bora and disappeared into Pakistan’s unregulated tribal area. Most analysts say he is still there today,” the report said.

“Fewer than 100 American commandos were on the scene with their Afghan allies and calls for reinforcements to launch an assault were rejected. Requests were also turned down for US troops to block the mountain paths leading to sanctuary a few miles away in Pakistan,” it said. The Times Of India

Marriages Among Cousins Increasing In UAE

marriages among cousins_Marriages between cousins has become more common in the UAE, despite a decrease in frequency elsewhere in the Arab world, a conference heard on Wednesday.

A survey found that 50.5 per cent of UAE marriages were between cousins, and 26 per cent of those were
first cousins.

However, that figure represents a rise from previous studies, said Dr Ahmad Teebi, a professor of paediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

“While this trend has been declining elsewhere, we are seeing an increase in the UAE,” he told Khaleej Times in a phone interview. “However, the increase is still relatively small.”

Teebi said that the practice of cousin marriages had decreased in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania and the Palestinian population in Israel.

At a conference in Doha on Wednesday, Teebi spoke of potential problems of first cousin marriages.

“In the case of first-cousin marriage, a couple’s chance of having a baby with a birth defect rises from three per cent, which is the non-cousin marriage rate, to between 4.5 and six per cent,”
said Teebi.

“In the case of second-cousin marriages, the risk increases only slightly above that of the general population.

“The frequency of a normally-rare disease can increase among populations that marry within the family,”
he added.

“This is known as founder effect and can be observed in geographically isolated areas and among populations that practice intermarriage based on circumstances, customs, beliefs or economics. We also see an increase in the number of miscarriages as a result of this practice.”

It is estimated that up to 20 per cent of marriages worldwide today are between first cousins, said Teebi. Reasons for the practice include geographical isolation, social or psychological support, convenience and tradition,
he added.

“Avoiding cousin marriage will result in a real reduction of the frequency of birth defects and genetic diseases in general,” Dr. Teebi said. “But if marriage between a close relative is unavoidable, I encourage premarital genetic counselling. This may include carrier testing and would help the couple and their doctor create a plan for prevention.” Khaleej Times

pottery information

potteryPottery is a large part of the archaeological record and of our rich history. This is one of the oldest human technology and art-forms way back the ancient times that still flourish nowadays. Pottery is objects that are first shaped of wet clay, and then hardened by baking. It’s primary purpose includes both decorative and practical items such as bowls, vases, dishes, and lamps and other simple household items. Potters have three major types to choose from that includes earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain.

After shaping and baking, the result would be very bland and the clay is too fragile to be used. Basically, all pottery artists glaze the objects after it was baked. Glazing is the process that enables pottery artist to add color, decorate, strengthen or waterproof the objects.

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US, Britain & France Demand Iran Open A Covert Nuclear Facility To International Inspection

us, britain & france demand iran open a covert nuclear facility to international inspection_Backed by other world powers, President Barack Obama declared Friday that Iran is speeding down a path to confrontation and demanded that Tehran quickly “come clean” on all nuclear efforts and open a newly revealed secret site for close international inspection. He said he would not rule out military action if the Iranians refuse.

Obama joined the leaders of Britain and France in accusing the Islamic republic of clandestinely building an underground plant to make nuclear fuel that could be used to build an atomic bomb. Iranian officials acknowledged the facility but insisted it had been reported to nuclear authorities as required.

“Iran’s action raised grave doubts” about its promise to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes only, Obama told a news conference at the conclusion of a G-20 summit whose focus on world economic recovery was overshadowed by disclosure of the Iranian plant.

Obama said a telling moment could come next week when Iran meets with U.S. and other major nations to discuss the nuclear issue.

“Iran is on notice that when we meet with them on Oct. 1 they are going to have to come clean and they are going to have to make a choice” between international isolation and giving up any aspirations to becoming a nuclear power, he said. If they refuse to give ground, they will stay on “a path that is going to lead to confrontation.”

In a dramatic, early morning announcement about the secret Iranian facility, Obama said, “Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow. The size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program.”

Unbowed, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country had done nothing wrong and Obama would regret his accusations.

At a news conference in New York, Ahmadinejad said the plant wouldn’t be operational for 18 months but sidestepped a question about whether Iran had sufficient enriched uranium to manufacture a nuclear weapon. Still, he said such armaments “are against humanity, they are inhumane,” and he said anyone who pursues them “is retarded politically.”

Later Friday on CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Ahmadinejad said Iran did inform international authorities about its program and questioned what exactly Obama found fault with.

“We exceeded our commitment to the agency based on the regulations, and so is Mr. Obama really questioning why we informed the agency,” Ahmadinejad said, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The head of Iran’s nuclear program suggested U.N. inspectors would be allowed to visit the site. Ali Akbar Salehi called the facility “a semi-industrial plant for enriching nuclear fuel” that is not yet complete, but he gave no other details, according to the state news agency IRNA.

The plant, near the holy city of Qom southwest of Tehran, would be about the right size to enrich enough uranium to produce one or two bombs a year, but inspectors must get inside to know what is actually going on, one U.S. official said.

At his Pittsburgh news conference, Obama appeared to hold out limited hope for the Oct. 1 meeting, which will be the first of its kind in more than a year. Iran has said its nuclear program should not be on the agenda.

“When we find that diplomacy does not work, we will be in a much stronger position to, for example, apply sanctions that have bite,” Obama said. “That’s not the preferred course of action. I would love nothing more than to see Iran choose the responsible path.”

He said he was confident in the reliability of the intelligence information about Iran’s secret nuclear facilities.

“This was the work product of three intelligence agencies, not just one,” Obama said. “They checked over this work in a painstaking fashion.”

Obama said he was especially pleased that Russia and China agreed with him that Iran must live up to its obligations under international rules on nuclear activities. The leaders of Britain and France joined Obama at his morning announcement.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, at his own news conference in Pittsburgh, urged Iran to cooperate and “demonstrate its good intentions” at the Oct. 1 meeting and in allowing inspections. “We call on Iran to show maximum cooperation with the IAEA on this issue,” he said.

Beyond tougher economic sanctions, options for acting against Iran are limited and perilous.

Military action by the United States or an ally such as Israel could set off a dangerous chain of events in the Islamic world. In addition, Iran’s facilities are spread around the country and well hidden, making an effective military response difficult.

Asked about the prospect of using military force to stop Iran from getting the bomb, Obama said, “With respect to the military, I’ve always said that we do not rule out any options when it comes to U.S. security interests, but I will also re-emphasize that my preferred course of action is to resolve this in a diplomatic fashion. It’s up to the Iranians to respond.”

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, speaking Friday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” said it would be a mistake to rule out military action, but he also said there was still room to pursue diplomacy.

“The reality is, there is no military option that does anything more than buy time,” Gates said, adding that the U.S. believes Iran could have a nuclear weapons within one to three years. “And the only way you end up not having a nuclear-capable Iran is for the Iranian government to decide that their security is diminished by having those weapons, as opposed to strengthened.”

Obama’s European partners talked tough, too.

“We will not let this matter rest,” said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who accused Iran of “serial deception.”

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Iran has until December to comply with demands for a fuller accounting of its program or face tough new sanctions.

On Capitol Hill, three senators — Democrat Evan Bayh of Indiana, Republican Jon Kyl of Arizona and Independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut — issued a joint statement condemning Iran.

“Given Iran’s consistent pattern of deceit, concealment and bad faith, the only way to force Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions is to make absolutely clear to the regime in Tehran that its current course will carry catastrophic consequences,” the senators said. “We must leave no doubt that we are prepared to do whatever it takes to stop Iran’s nuclear breakout.”

Iran had previously acknowledged having only the one uranium enrichment plant, under international monitoring, and had denied allegations of undeclared nuclear activities.

James Acton, a nuclear expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said a consensus has developed that if Iran were to decide to manufacture nuclear weapons the key material probably would be produced in a clandestine facility. “This should persuade any doubters that Iran’s program is not for peaceful purposes,” Acton said. By Charles Babington and Robert Burns, Star Tribune.