- A Cab Driver Stabbed in New York City for Being Muslim
- Why Are We Searching For Planets??? (Check this out)
- Funding Stem Cells Research Blocked by US Court
- Medal of Honour Taliban Assault
- Obama – Another Criminal in Pope’s Hands…
Posted: 26 Aug 2010 03:10 AM PDT
A man has been arrested on charges he repeatedly stabbed a New York City cab driver after asking the driver if he was Muslim and the driver said yes.
Police arrested Michael Enright Tuesday night on charges including attempted murder as a hate crime. He was expected to appear in court in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Police say he attacked the driver with a folding knife before jumping out a rear window.
An officer found Enright slumped on the sidewalk and arrested him. The driver was treated for multiple lacerations.
Both the taxi driver and the 21-year-old passenger were taken to a local hospital following the incident.
Earlier this month, the Kansas City Star reported on anti-Muslim sentiment that continues to bubble up 9 years after the September 11 attacks.
Posted: 25 Aug 2010 01:51 PM PDT
Have you seen the movie Avatar??? No?? well you don’t need to see it because I’m going to tell you what it is all about.
Avatar – The Movie
So, what are we searching for on the neighbouring planets??? is it life??? I don’t think so!!!
Now let me ask you a simple question! If you find life (suppose) in some remote planet, what would be your next move??? befriend that being??? have we even befriended the lions, tigers and crocodiles in last 1000 years??? Nope. Then how can we befriend them??? What is our expectation?
There are thousands of species living on this earth, and among all these, we can talk to only one (apparently). So, the percentage of beings that are communicable is 0.0001 or less. So, likewise, the probability of communicable foreign species is 0.0001 or less also (if a living organism is found outside the Earth which has not yet happened).
Ok then what else? Do you have another clue??? is it to conquer the Universe???
Ok then check this out. The recent star that is found to have planets in the milky-way (which is the galaxy we live in) is 127 light years away. Which means a man should travel with speed of light for 127 years to reach that star or some nearby planets. But our lives are mostly 50, 60, 70, 100 years??? so the conclusion is, we can’t benifit ourselves from reaching any of that star’s planets.
The last thing that comes in my mind is the precious stone… This is a treasure hunt. You must have read many many books about treasure hunt in your childhood. But now I’m introducing you the real treasure hunt. And this hunt is done by nasa… they’re not up for any living beings or befriending anyone. They’re going up to
This is all for profit.
I hope you get what I want to say.
Posted: 25 Aug 2010 01:14 PM PDT
What is Stem Cell?
Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In addition, in many tissues they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.
Stem cells are distinguished from other cell types by two important characteristics. First, they are unspecialized cells capable of renewing themselves through cell division, sometimes after long periods of inactivity. Second, under certain physiologic or experimental conditions, they can be induced to become tissue- or organ-specific cells with special functions. In some organs, such as the gut and bone marrow, stem cells regularly divide to repair and replace worn out or damaged tissues. In other organs, however, such as the pancreas and the heart, stem cells only divide under special conditions.
Until recently, scientists primarily worked with two kinds of stem cells from animals and humans: embryonic stem cells and non-embryonic “somatic” or “adult” stem cells. The functions and characteristics of these cells will be explained in this document. Scientists discovered ways to derive embryonic stem cells from early mouse embryos nearly 30 years ago, in 1981. The detailed study of the biology of mouse stem cells led to the discovery, in 1998, of a method to derive stem cells from human embryos and grow the cells in the laboratory. These cells are called human embryonic stem cells. The embryos used in these studies were created for reproductive purposes through in vitro fertilization procedures. When they were no longer needed for that purpose, they were donated for research with the informed consent of the donor. In 2006, researchers made another breakthrough by identifying conditions that would allow some specialized adult cells to be “reprogrammed” genetically to assume a stem cell-like state. This new type of stem cell, called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), will be discussed in a later section of this document.
Stem cells are important for living organisms for many reasons. In the 3- to 5-day-old embryo, called a blastocyst, the inner cells give rise to the entire body of the organism, including all of the many specialized cell types and organs such as the heart, lung, skin, sperm, eggs and other tissues. In some adult tissues, such as bone marrow, muscle, and brain, discrete populations of adult stem cells generate replacements for cells that are lost through normal wear and tear, injury, or disease.
Given their unique regenerative abilities, stem cells offer new potentials for treating diseases such as diabetes, and heart disease. However, much work remains to be done in the laboratory and the clinic to understand how to use these cells for cell-based therapies to treat disease, which is also referred to as regenerative or reparative medicine.
Laboratory studies of stem cells enable scientists to learn about the cells' essential properties and what makes them different from specialized cell types. Scientists are already using stem cells in the laboratory to screen new drugs and to develop model systems to study normal growth and identify the causes of birth defects.
Research on stem cells continues to advance knowledge about how an organism develops from a single cell and how healthy cells replace damaged cells in adult organisms. Stem cell research is one of the most fascinating areas of contemporary biology, but, as with many expanding fields of scientific inquiry, research on stem cells raises scientific questions as rapidly as it generates new discoveries.
What is Stem Cell Research?
Stem cell research is a relatively new technology that takes primitive human cells and develops them into most any of the 220 varieties of cells in the human body, including blood cells and brain cells. Some scientists and researchers have great hope for stem cell research and its ability to uncover treatments and possibly even cures for some of the worst diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Along with these hopeful possibilities, stem cell research engenders fears of human cloning and serious concerns over the ethics of conducting scientific research on, which includes the destruction of, human embryos.
Human stem cells primarily come from embryos or adult tissue. Embryonic stem cells can be created solely for the purpose of stem cell research or they can be the leftover embryos from other processes, most likely from in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Fertility treatments usually result in the creation of multiple embryos. Since only the most viable embryos are selected for implantation, some embryos are leftover. The leftover embryos can be discarded, donated to others seeking fertility assistance, preserved, or donated to research. Most commonly, leftover embryos are discarded.
Adult stem cells can be harvested from adult tissue with minor, if any, harm to the adult. Embryonic stem cells, however, are said to be generally easier to extract than the adult stem cells, and embryonic stem cells are said to have more uses than their adult counterparts. Because of their potential uses, and because of questions about when life begins, embryonic stem cells are the primary subject of the stem cell research debate.
The overall debate over the ethics of stem cell research involve two major ethical concerns: (1) the potential for human cloning, and (2) whether these embryos, or pre-embryos as some refer to them, are human life. Perhaps the initial controversy over stem cell research related to the possibility of human cloning. Especially when stem cell research first gained popularity, researchers were concerned with the potential for using stem cells to clone humans. Proponents make many arguments in support of human cloning including the possibility of creating another "you" should body parts or tissues be needed later in life as one may develop illnesses and diseases. Opponents primarily argue that it is not within man's purview to manufacture, manipulate, or destroy human life.
The other major ethical issue related to stem cell research involves the ongoing debate over when life begins. Some say that life begins at conception and that the use of humans, even immature ones, for research purposes is unethical. Others claim that the embryos are only tiny amounts of undifferentiated tissue and since they are already scheduled for destruction, and have great potential benefit, they should be used to potentially help others.
It is legal to conduct stem cell research in the United States (US), even for the purposes of human cloning. Privately funded laboratories may engage in adult stem cell research or embryonic stem cell research whether the embryos were left over embryos from other processes or were harvested specifically for research. Recent debate centers on whether federal funds should be granted to stem cell research and if so what kind stem cells should be supported by this funding. In 2001, President Bush authorized the issuing of federal funds for stem cell research of over 60 existing stem cells lines. The funding was restricted to these cell lines because the issue of life and death was already decided; that is, the stem cell lines at that point were capable of independent and infinite regeneration.
Many of those that argue for federal funding of stem cell research, including embryonic stem cell research beyond the more than 60 identified stem cell lines, argue that the failure to fund stem cell research has greater ramifications than just limiting that type of research. Federal funds are not given to labs that conduct stem cell research even if the federal dollars are for non-stem cell research. The concern is that federal funds will be used in some way, or to some degree, for stem cell research. As a result, some major US labs have created, at great expense, duplicate laboratories, one dedicated to stem cell research, and another dedicated to non-stem cell research, so federal funds can continue to be received by the non-stem cell research lab.
Other countries permit stem cell research to varying degrees. Countries such as Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have made stem cell research even for purposes of human cloning legal. Countries including Australia, Canada, and France allow adult and leftover embryonic stem cell research but not human cloning. Austria, Ireland, and Poland have some of the most restrictive laws on stem cell research.
The Court’s Decision
A U.S. district court today halted the federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, saying it involves the destruction of human embryos, potentially re-igniting a longtime cultural hot button issue just in time for the fall elections.
The Washington-based court was ruling in favor of a June lawsuit filed by a researcher objecting to President Obama’s policy allowing federal funding. Obama overturned former President George W. Bush’s policy by implementing new National Institutes of Health guidelines shortly after taking office. Obama’s March 2009 decision reversed Bush’s August 2001 actions. Congress twice tried to circumvent Bush, passing a bill allowing for federal funding, but Bush vetoed the measure each time.
When signing the executive order, Obama talked about the “difficult and delicate balance” of such research, which could lead to “medical miracles” but also upsets many people who believe the process ends a life. The president said that research has great potential and “with proper guidelines and strict oversight, the perils can be avoided.”
U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth — who initially threw the suit out, but found it in his court again when an appeals court ruled the plaintiffs did have grounds to sue — today ordered that the NIH and Department of Health and Human Services are “enjoined from implementing, applying, or taking any action whatsoever” as it relates to the guidelines, “or otherwise funding research involving human embryonic stem cells as contemplated in the guidelines.”
Key to Lamberth’s ruling is Congress’ Dickey-Wicker amendment, which made federal funding illegal to begin with. Here’s how the New York Times described it last spring:
The ruling was such a surprise that several organizations who are considered experts on stem cell research hadn’t even heard about it when contacted by TPM for reaction. But once they studied up on the ruling, they said long legal battles are expected to go on.
A representative for one of those groups who declined to be named said most stem cell research advocates have long believed the issue is far from settled. “Until there is some final determination on this, this is going to keep going through the courts,” the source said.
Bloomberg reported last fall that the pro-life groups who brought the lawsuit, including an embryo-adoption agency and the Christian Medical Association, were told by the same judge their case didn’t have standing.
“Embryos lack standing because they are not persons under the law” and the unborn have no right to life protected under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, Lamberth ruled, Bloomberg reported.
The White House and HHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Justice Department is reviewing the ruling, DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said.
Read Lamberth’s ruling here: U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth Temporarily Halts Federally Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Research
What do I think about Courts decision about Stem Cell Research?
I think the court is very just in stopping the stem cell research. There are a number of reasons but to quote a single, in this research (as specified above) embryos are destroyed which means an innocent child is killed to get the stem cells. Because embryos are newborn babies who are maturing in a mother’s womb for this world. I definitely don’t like the idea of killing an innocent life for some so called research. I am with the court in this decision.
Posted: 23 Aug 2010 06:08 AM PDT
Electronic Arts (EA Sports) is releasing a new Multiplayer/Role based game namely “Medal of Honor Taliban Assault”
Mr. Fox (British secretary of defence Liam Fox) is quite terrified from it’s release and has banned it’s marketing in the UK.
I like it both ways by the way. If it releases, then Taliban are in it. If it doesn’t I’m happy that Taliban are not symbolically killed in the single player game of MoHTA
Ok you want to ask me if I’m with taliban or not? Ok here’s the answer, I’m not with taliban, but I’m definitely not with the US and the governments (be it Pakistan or whatever) that are involved in mass mudering the Taliban families since 2000
Posted: 19 Aug 2010 12:42 PM PDT
There has been a controversy going on on whether Obama is a Christian or a Muslim… But this controversy is quite very very funny for me!!!
Check this out. In the past, not more than a few hundred years ago, christians were tortured (even killed) by the popes/pastors etc. (christian priests) if they were found taking a bath frequently. Because this was what Muslims used to do and still use to do. But today, even christians take a bath daily…
But now in the modern days, as priests have failed to stop people from taking a bath daily, it is Obama’s turn to be tortured for being extremely peaceful like Muslims.
But this is a fact, Muslims are the most peace loving people on earth. It’s another thing that they don’t have it here!!!
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