Monthly Archives: September 2011

Turkish Cartoonist In Trouble For Attacking Religion

One of the great things about Western, liberal democracies is the concept of free religion, and the idea that we can say and publish what we want. This is the cornerstone of any democracy.

Perhaps things are changing in Turkey and they are becoming sucked into more of an Islamic society by the recently elected, more pro-Islamic government. Perhaps it has always been this way — honestly, I am not sure, but whatever is happening is a blow against the Turkish people’s right to free expression:

The cartoon that caused the lawsuit. The hidden message is circled in red. Radikal photo. Drawn by Bahadır Baruter, published by Penguen.
A Turkish cartoonist will be put on trial for a caricature he drew in which he renounced god, daily Habertürk reported on its website Wednesday.

The Istanbul chief public prosecutor’s office charged cartoonist Bahadır Baruter with “insulting the religious values adopted by a part of the population” and requested his imprisonment for up to one year.

Baruter’s caricature depicted an imam and believers praying in a mosque. One of the characters is talking to God on his cellphone and asking to be pardoned from the last part of the prayer because he has errands to run.

Within the wall decorations of the mosque, Baruter hid the words, “There is no Allah, religion is a lie.” The cartoon was published in the weekly “Penguen” humor magazine.

Turkish Religous Affairs and Foundation Members’ Union and some citizens filed complaints against Baruter.

The public prosecutor’s office accepted the complaints and filed a lawsuit against the cartoonist.

Hurriyet Daily News

Contagion (the Film)

I have waited for a good film about diseases for a while… For whatever reason, I have loved every film about disease that I have watched… I find it fascinating when nature comes to be able to dominate humans. I also enjoy the aspect of a disease spreading and seeing how it can be transmitted through people.

They also tend to be great films with no stereotyped bad guys to ruin it; Hollywood usually makes their bad guys horribly stereotypical or just bizarre & bad.

Disease films also often show the irrationality of fear better than any other film, and they often show how things can devolve into chaos.

Unfortunately… There are very few of these films, unless you count Zombie movies, which are, for the most part, not similar, with the exceptions perhaps of 28 Days Later and I Am Legend. But as far as disease films go, there is And The Band Played On as well as Outbreak, both of which are terrific…

Contagion lives up to the standard set by them and I feel is an excellent watch from start to finish. I hope that it can somehow inspire more films of this genre that is grossly ignored. Several times over the last decade I had wondered why no one had written a film similar to that of Outbreak but now, finally, we have another one.

Go watch it as soon as you can.

Explaining The Dairy Addiction

A few days back some friends and I discussed physical addiction to certain, everyday things. It is not something that is often discussed but after some initial googling I came across:

In 1981, Eli Hazum et al discovered traces of a chemical in cow’s milk that was fairly similar to morphine.  After putting this chemical through several tests they discovered that in fact it was morphine.  Morphine is an addictive opiate, so what is it doing in cow’s milk?

Cow’s produce morphine in order to create a calming effect on their young.  This makes sure that their young bond with them and that their young continue to feed.

Stop Cravings

And also:

In 1981 Eli Hazum and colleagues discovered traces of a chemical in cow milk’s that was similar to morphine. They put it through several tests only to conclude that in fact it WAS morphine. Morphine is a highly addictive opiate, but what is it doing in cow’s milk?

Well cow’s produce morphine in their bodies. This is most likely to cause a calming effect on their young to make sure they continue to feed to get the nutrients they need but also to make sure they bond with their mother.

On top of milk containing morphine, it also contains casein which when broken down during digestion frees a whole host of opiates. Casein is in a much higher concentration than in just milk too. So as you can see cheese is highly addictive.

Squidoo

Frankly… I am not skeptical of this.

We merely have spent a lot of time learning and focusing on the obviously damaging things and how they are addictive to us, but we never think of regular, household items in their terms of addictiveness. In reality, many people are far greater addicts than they think themselves to be.

I question even whether or not all addictions are negative as obviously there are benefits for humans to be addicted to certain substances — previously, they proved to have great health benefits for them.

Perhaps we should remove some of the pejorative nature of the word ‘addiction’ out of it, and start viewing it in a slightly different connotation.

Lung Cancer Defeated By Cuba?

When I read this I was quite intrigued as to what this little, Communist (빨갱이 씹세들아!!!…) were up to.

Apparently, if this is true, we’ve really come a long way and we do owe a large pat on the back to the Reds of Cuba — of course, I am unsure if this is actually a true breakthrough, but we can hope so as Lung Cancer effects so many people:

HAVANA, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) — Cuban medical authorities have launched the sales of the world’s first therapeutic vaccine against lung cancer, local officials said on Tuesday.

The CimaVax-EGF vaccine, as a result of a 25-year research into diseases related to tobacco smoking, has been developed by researchers and scientists at the centre of Molecular Immunology (CIM) in Havana.

The active drug ingredient in the vaccine is based on “a protein we all have when cancer is uncontrolled.” “The epidermal growth factor is related to all cell proliferation,” said Gisela Gonzalez, head researcher of the project.

“The drug could turn the cancer into a manageable, chronic disease by generating antibodies against the proteins which triggered the uncontrolled cell proliferation,” she said.

The immunogenic vaccine is appropriate to patients with advanced lung cancer in stages of three and four, showing no positive response to other kinds of treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the expert said.

“It is not possible to prevent the disease but this vaccine improves significantly the status of the critically ill patients,” she added.

Xinhua

Congrats and let’s hope it is a functioning vaccine that is spread throughout the world to prevent unnecessary death.