Well, it had to happen didn’t it? The Oklahoma state legislature is investigating the University of Oklahoma for hosting a speech by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins – and it was Dawkins preaching of “an unproven and unpopular theory” that’s sparked the controversy!

See HERE.

So this Dawkins may not believe in God, but does God believe in Dawkins…?

Many US States have laws against blasphemy so he best watch out.
See HERE.

“Rabbis affiliated with the Israeli army urged troops heading into Gaza to reclaim what they said was God-given land and “get rid of the gentiles” — effectively turning the 22-day Israeli intervention into a religious war, according to the testimony of a soldier who fought in Gaza.”

“Literature passed out to soldiers by the army’s rabbinate “had a clear message — we are the people of Israel, we came by a miracle to the land of Israel, God returned us to the land, now we need to struggle to get rid of the gentiles that are interfering with our conquest of the land”

See HERE.

“A United Nations human rights investigator says the Israeli military action on densely populated Gaza Strip constitutes grave war crime.”

See HERE.

They amputated
Your thighs off my hips,
As far as I am concerned
They are all surgeons. All of them.

They dismantle us
Each from the other.
As far as I am concerned
They are all engineers. All of them

A pity. We were such a good
and loving invention.
An airplane, made from a man and a wife.
Wings and everything,
We hovered a little above the earth.

We even flew a little.

Yehuda Amichai

First lines

March 21, 2009

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

J D Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye

Credit crunch getting to you? Forget it! Get all your money together and invest in water – it’s going to be rarer than a feathered monkey!

At least 1.1 billion people, or about a fifth of the world’s population, do not have access to safe drinking water. Most of them live in Asia or sub-Saharan Africa.

The total volume of water on earth is estimated at about 340 million cubic miles of which only 2.5 percent is fresh water.

Agriculture accounts for some 90 percent of the world’s water consumption. Industry and the domestic sector use about 5 percent each.

The United Nations says that even though the world has plenty of fresh water, the problem of access to the resource is caused by mismanagement and corruption. In many parts of the developing world, about 40 percent of the water is unaccounted for because of leaks in canals and pipes and illegal connections.

One of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to drinking water and sanitation, but the United Nations says this may not be achieved.

Some scientists say that the risk of violent conflict over water is rising because of explosive global population growth and widespread complacency. The water-scarce Middle East is regarded as the most likely flashpoint.

The United Nations estimates that it would cost $6.7 billion a year to meet MDG targets on water and sanitation – compared to the $17 billion spent by Europe and the United States annually on pet food.

At least 2 million people, most of them children, die every year from water-related diseases caused by lack of access to water and sanitation.

Sources: Reuters, U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (www.unesco.org), U.N. Environment Programme (www.unep.org)