Pakistan’s child soldiers
by Kalsoom Lakhani
On Sunday, the Washington Post covered the progress of a new boarding school established to rehabilitate and deradicalize former child militants in Swat Valley, Pakistan. The army-sponsored center currently houses 86 young boys who were either captured by the military or brought in by their families. According to the Post, “Some had been trained by insurgent groups as slaves or thieves, some as bombers.”
The rehabilitation and study of these boys could provide deeper insight into the indoctrination of child militants in Pakistan as well as the broader psychology of child soldiers as a whole. According to Amnesty International, “Approximately 250,000 children under the age of 18 are thought to be fighting in conflicts around the world.” Moreover, although many child soldiers are between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age, significant recruitment starting at the age of 10 and the use of even younger children has been recorded.
In Pakistan, a disturbing number of suicide bombers are between the ages of 12-18 years old, about 90%, noted Pakistani journalist Zahid Hussain, who is the senior editor at Newsline magazine and the author of Frontline Pakistan. However, in the PBS Frontline World documentary, Children of the Taliban, filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy interviewed Taliban commander Qari Abdullah who revealed he also recruits children as young as five, six and seven years old, emphasizing, “Children are tools to achieve God’s will. And whatever comes your way, you sacrifice it.”
In an interview with BBC News Hour, Chinoy noted that one of the most interesting things about meeting with the Taliban, particularly the younger militants, was that they “all look like they’re in a trance, they rock back and forth, it’s as if they’re reciting things that they have been programmed to recite.”
Pakistani authorities rescued 20 young boys who had been among hundreds recruited by the Taliban, reported media outlets in July 2009. Major Nasir Khan, a military spokesman in Swat, stated the child fighters had been heavily brainwashed by militants. When asked what they had been told by the Taliban, the boys reportedly said, “The Pakistan army is the ally of the Western capitalist world, they are the enemies of Islam. The fight against them is justified, they are apostates, the friends of the infidels.” – More here.
Bombs and beatings: Life among the Taliban
In Pakistan an account of life with the Taliban has emerged from a 13-year-old girl called Meena, who says her own family tried to turn her into a suicide bomber.
There is no independent confirmation of her account but police say they believe she is telling the truth, and her information could be valuable.
Meena told her story to our Pakistan correspondent Orla Guerin. – More here.
Child soldiers trained by the Taliban to kill British soldiers
by Nick Owens
CLUTCHING AK-47 rifles and marching to war… these chilling images [the video is below in original article source] show child soldiers on their way to fight British troops in Afghanistan.
The pictures come from a video filmed at an al-Qaeda training camp in Pakistan, where Taliban warlords are turning boys as young as FIVE into trained killers. Recorded only weeks ago, it captures a dozen nervous-looking boys in camouflage uniforms with headbands which say: There is no God but Allah. – More here.
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The Mentally Ill Imbecile Savant, Bill Maher, Fails
by Daniel Knight
Bill: Hey Dawkins, I hate fundies. Um, I love evolution though.
Hey, I have gray hair too. Hey Dawkins, I like your cologne.
I bought your books. Maybe you tell can me what’s in them later.
Hey, I have my own show. So, we’re friends now right?
On May 1, 2009, on the Real Time show, paid for by the anti-Christian HBO channel, the narcissist psychopath imbecile and Christian-hater, Bill Maher, whom they paid to host the show, said,
“Since viruses, like swine flu, get to be potentially deadly because they ‘evolved,'”
Bill: Let me know when you’ve seen a virus evolve. Or do you have magical eyes? I don’t believe in magical eyes Bill. Stop trying to convince everyone to be a conniving loony narcissist like yourself. And Bill, grammar check: “because they CAN evolve”: you can’t even think logically when making attacks against theists.
And Bill: you put put “evolved” in quotes, because? Was that an accidental drop of the propaganda ball, in which you forgot to casually imply that every scientist believes in MACRO evolution, and that the “fundies” and “creationists” don’t count as scientists? Or was that to indicate that “evolved” wasn’t really what you meant, and so then the comments about evolution afterwards was deception? Or was it because you don’t want anyone to mistakenly think that you are the one who is the source for what the world might one day realize is a lie? Or was it your lazy version of a reference? Maybe you stop reading Wikipedia so much and and gullibly believing that whatever Jimmy Wales and his anti-social trolls say is a reference, is “truthfully” a reference. Do you know what “truth” means? Hint: It’s not defined by your feelings.
And do you know what “evolved” means? Hint: it’s not what you see when facing a mirror.
“if you don’t believe in evolution and you get it, you have to pray it away.”
And your evidence that those who don’t believe in evolution pray for any injuries they have to go away is? Are you living with Osama Bin Laden? It’s not good to be friends with terrorist idiots who are as wise as the sand they are always staring at. Truly you are a moron to think that unless you believe in evolution that you can’t use medical technology. How can you attack Christians without realizing that among them were doctors? Hint hint: Luke ring a feeble neuron? Hint hint: the father of microbiology was a, hint hint: Calvinist. Hint hint: the father of modern evolutionary theory was, hint hint: NOT the credit thief Darwin.
“You can’t crap all over Darwin and stem cell research”
So everyone who doesn’t believe in evolution is against stem cell research? And your evidence of this is? Do you know what “delusional” and “slander” is? And everyone who is against evolution “craps” on Darwin? Bill, do you know what “childish” means? Do you know how narcissists talk and behave? Hint: like you.
“and global warming and then come crawling back to science”
And your evidence that if someone is against evolution and global warming, they must be against science is? And Bill: the swine flu epidemic warnings as did global warming, clearly, clearly came to nothing, and are known by millions now, Christians and atheists, to have been elitist scams, perpetrated by elitists like you. Do you know what the words, “gullible”, “naive”, “ignoramus”,”simpleton” and “illogical” mean? Hint hint: look in the mirror. So much for your science, Bill. Hint hint: the word science, it don’t mean or “cuz Bill Maher said so” or “cuz Bill Maher’s idols said so” or “mere smug insults and ranting”. Next time, don’t insult or boast about what you are severely ignorant about, and while you are mentally ill.
“when you want Tamiflu”
What person who didn’t believe in your anti-scientific propaganda came crawling back to science for Tamiflu? Just the imaginary people in your head.
And can you show me where “science” is handing out Tamiflu? So science is embodied by anyone or anything which dispenses Tamiflu? Who said atheists had no religion Mr. I Worship Any Vaccine Promoted by the C.D.C., Cuz They Have Nice Suits and Riches. Stop worshiping Mammon, Bill, money isn’t God or anything close to it. If you hadn’t noticed, it’s because of greedy mockers like yourself that the world is filled with poverty and fighting, which you, with nonsensical hypocritcal rants like these, pretend to be against.
And can you show me what scientific research shows that Tamiflu protects against the swine flu, let alone well, and doesn’t harm anyone beyond the needle being stuck into them to deliver it, which opens up a hole in their skin so that it’s open for attack by viruses, Mr. Advanced Safe Scientist Maher?
Have fun injecting yourself with Tamiflu and all your other “safe” vaccines that have ruined the health of and killed millions, while you ignored what was going on in the news you were entrusted with by God to honestly seek out and truthfully tell.
“That’s for us sinners.”
I thought you believed in science?
“A recent Zogby phone poll found that 78% of Americans favor teching evidence for and against Darwin’s theory; 43% also believe the pollster asking the question was in fact a tiny man living insane the phone.”
The only people who would laugh at that joke are people who believe in fact that there is a tiny man in their phone. And is it scientific to insult people because they don’t believe in censoring truth and thinking anything other than smug and mocking thoughts at anyone who disagrees with their feelings and doesn’t laugh at their baseless, childish, funny-to-morons-only jokes?
Oh that’s really cute, clever and original, saying, “folks”. I really believe whatever you say now being so friendly and charming beacause you said, “folks”. Who taught to you be so creative, original, loving and funny, and not cliche?
“there is a lot that isn’t known yet about this swine flu, but there is one thing that we do know: the process that brough us the new flu is called evolution. It’s not rocket science”
Narcissist psychopath: Mind not speaking for the 78% percent you slandered who disagree with you, and mind not speaking for the 60+ million creationists and Christians and everyone else with common sense who doesn’t agree with you, whom you repeatedly slander with mere insults? And no Bill: MICRO evolution isn’t the only process in the universe Mr. Evolution Is Whatever I Say It Is Maher. And Bill, vaccine-makers and their paid partners have brought us more swine flu then swine have, millions more doses. It’s not rocket science: it’s been in the news for a while now. You know what “news” is right Mr. Evolution and Darwin are God, Evolution This, Darwin That, Constantly Associatie Evolution and Darwin With Everything To Push God Out of My Mind and To Bully Christians Into No Longer Glorifying God but Me In His Place for My Original Ranting and Clever Use of the Cliche, “It’s not rocket science”.
According to your dumb, mere insults Bill, neither scientists or respected polling companies should be regarded as either if so long as they don’t agree with whatever you say. That’s not science or rocket science Bill; it’s the bullying of a hypocrite trying to force his anti-truth religion on you.
And from TV Guide’s August, 2009 interview of Bill Maher, published here on Auguest 28, 2009:
TV Guide: “Do you have an election-day ritual? Do you start drinking early?”
Maher: “[Laughs] Depends on who’s winning!”
Bill, calm down, you don’t want to show too much emotion lest you be labeled bi-polar. Bill, I thought religion is for the neurologically impaired? Contradict yourself much? Which is it: all ritual is bad or not?
TV Guide: “Your new documentary Religulous sounds like something all faiths can hate.”
Maher: “They should. I have no problem with spirituality,”
And you think spirituality is? Rocks? Tamiflu? Science? What is it Bill who pretends to know all about religion?
Maher: “even though I don’t know what it means exactly.”
Honestly I didn’t read that after having typed what I did before typing what I did to the previous quote, but thanks for confirming my point with that evidence you’ve produced against youself.
Maher: “I think for some people, it means they read about Kabbalah in US Weekly.”
That’s funny, because? And are you able to do anything other than joke? Are you mentally ill that you can’t be serious for more than about minute? How, if you are never serious about anything, can you anything? You’re not just a narcissist or psychopath, you’re a mocker, a person who is addicted to joking about everything.
Maher: “I have a problem with organized religion,”
Of course a Big Imaginary Random Exploding Magic-Organization+Randomness-Making Bomb from 15 billions of years ago-believing (or is that not the lastest magic number now?), random spontaneous generation of life-believing, random macro-evolution believing, consistent Darwin-worshiping, hates organization. Running wild and walking into trees while ranting in the rain is superior don’t ya know? Not.
All your faith is “Rndom this random that, maybe this maybe that, still learning this still learning that, how dare you claim to know the truth how dare you claim to know that you crazy theist who refuses to believe in my random magic order+randomness-creating gods of the gaps! You who dare to be organized and not disorganized sloppy random morons like my fanatics!”
Bill, if you hate organized religion so much, then why don’t you go back to being a Catholic, or how about becoming a Unitarian? What’s so organized about those religions other than their rituals and organized attacks on truth? You do know what rituals and organized propaganda is don’t you Mr. Evolved, “Crawl to Get Your Tamiflu and Run From Carbon Dioxide: It’s Poison You Stupid Flat Earth-Believing Theists! Now Worship My Al Gore and Say, ‘Evolution’ and ‘Darwin’ Every Other Word!”? Ok Bill, here, I’ll pander to you just a little: Evolution (peace be upon mim), Darwin (peace be upon mim), is cool, Evolution (peace be upon it), and Darwin (peace be upon him) is reponsible for everything (peace be upon them). Wow: no wonder you and other question-hankerers can’t think straight.
Maher: “which is really organized superstition.”
Because you said so, and whatever the Mad Hatter says is true is true because he said so (sound familiar?) And Bill: didn’t you effectively say, “certainty in one’s religious belief is absurd“? So why are you so certain about your organized Anti-truth-can-be-known Pro-disorganization, (Macro-)evolution, Randomness, Darwin-worship, Theist-mocking, Tree-hugger Religion then?
And remember saying this, Bill?:
“You (Scientologists), like all religious people, have a neurological disorder. And the only reason why people think it’s sane is because so many other people believe the same thing. It’s sanity by consensus.”
Once again blind hypocrite: Big words don’t make you right. And Bill, did you mean “mental disorder”? Why do you not want to use the appropriate terms for the things you’re talking about and instead choose to obsess on and throw out high catch phrases and by doing so dumb your audience down to your mentally low level? Here is an explanation about what a “neurological disorder” is. Why do you hate intelligence and truth so much? Why do you want everyone to be as dumb as you? Is it so that they won’t see your piles and flood of shameful lies? It’s YOU who assume, you who truth, you who are lazy-minded, you who dumb down the world with your flood of stupid bullying and insults.
Bill equates preaching against hohomosexual behavior (which is done
to save the lives of those who might or do commit homosexual acts)
to making a death threat to all Jews
Tall, charming Bill thinks that Iran having some token Jews in their government makes them of no concern. That’s like saying that if a male says sexist things about females to gain their acceptance, but has some female friends, or a wife or daughter, and allows them to live or work with him, that that shows he’s not really sexist. It’s thinking like that that perpetuates not just wife-battering and child-abuse, but is the same kind of rhetoric that abuse people use to justify their abuse. They say things like, “But I do a lot of good, I’ve helped a lot of people.” Or, “Well I’ve never murdered” or, “I haven’t committed any big sins.” Bill is naive, just like a child, and a danger to life, since unlike a child, millions heed his corrupt preaching.
Jesus, whom despite what you think, was and is much wiser than you, said, “You hypocrite!: Get the log out of your eye before trying to help your brother get the splinter out of his.”
Arianna Huffington, proudly shows her face on Bill Maher’s propaganda page,
hosted on her news journal, promoting child abuse while claiming to be against it.
To Hell with your random gods of the gaps.
الأحمق لا يجد متعة في الفهم ،
ولكن فقط في فضح قلبه.
שוטה מוצא שום הנאה בהבנה,
אבל רק בחשיפת לבו.
바보 이해에서 기쁨을 발견 안돼
오직 자신의 마음을 노출했다.
एक मूर्ख समझने में कोई सुख पाता है,
लेकिन उसके दिल को उजागर करने में.
ابله میبیند هیچ لذت در فهم ،
اما تنها در افشای قلب او بود.
Un tonto no encuentra placer en la comprensión, la
pero sólo en la exposición de su corazón.
Un imbécile ne trouve aucun plaisir dans la compréhension,
mais seulement à exposer son cœur.
Uno sciocco non trova piacere nella comprensione,
ma solo per esporre il suo cuore.
Дурак не находит удовольствие в понимании,
но только в разоблачении его сердце.
Дурень не знаходить задоволення в розумінні,
але тільки у викритті його серце.
Ένας ανόητος δεν βρίσκει ευχαρίστηση στην κατανόηση,
αλλά μόνο στην αποκάλυψη καρδιά του.
A r finner hakuna raha katika ufahamu,
lakini kuwasababishia tu katika moyo wake.
Die dwaas vind geen behae in verstandigheid nie,
maar net in die blootstelling van sy hart.
A-aksaya ng panahon hahanap walang kasiyahan sa pag-unawa,
ngunit lamang sa paliwanag ng kanyang puso.
Loll leiab mingit rõõmu mõistmist,
vaid paljastamine tema süda.
A bolond nem tapasztalja, öröm, hogy megértsék,
de csak kiteszik a szíve.
Een dwaas vindt geen plezier in het begrijpen,
maar alleen in zijn hart bloot.
En dåre finner inget nöje i att förstå,
men bara i att exponera sitt hjärta.
Et fjols finder ingen glæde ved at forstå,
men kun i at afsløre hans hjerte.
Heimskingi kemst ekki ánægja með að skilja,
en aðeins í útlistun hjarta sínu.
Kvailas mano jokio malonumo suprasti,
bet tik atskleisti savo širdyje. Patarlių 18:2
Głupiec nie znajduje przyjemność w zrozumieniu,
ale tylko w odsłaniając jego serca. Przysłów 18:2
A twyllo yn canfod dim pleser yn deall,
ond dim ond yn datgelu ei galon. Diarhebion 18:2
Blázen nenachází zalíbení v porozumění,
ale jen v odhalení jeho srdce.
Një budalla nuk gjen kënaqësi në mirëkuptim,
por vetëm në vënien në dukje zemrën e tij.
Fjalët e urta 18:2
O insensato non ten pracer no entendemento,
pero só en expoñer o seu corazón.
Fhaigheann amadán Tá áthas ar bith a thuiscint,
ach amháin i nochtadh a chroí.
Muļķot nekonstatēja prieks sapratni,
bet tikai pakļauj savā sirdī.
Yon fou jwenn plezi pa konprann nan,
men sèlman nan kè denonce li.
A fool finds no pleasure in understanding,
but only in exposing his heart.
ATHEISM LEADS TO INSANITY: Atheists arrest 50 villagers suffering from lead poisoning for seeking medical treatment
Photo by Andy Wong of the A.P.
China defends detention of lead poisoning victims who sought medical help
by Jonathan Watts
Chinese authorities have defended the six-month detention of lead poisoning victims who were seeking medical care, saying the punishment was necessary for “public education”.
Police in Jiahe, Hunan province, blocked a bus carrying 53 villagers who were on their way to get health checks last September, according to Chinese media.
Mistakenly believing the villagers were planning to protest, the police have detained two of them for the six months since on the charge of “disrupting traffic”. Though it has since been proved that they and their children were contaminated by illegal emissions of heavy metals from a smelting factory, the local government was unapologetic.
“We may have blocked the wrong visit, but they should not have been on that road,” Li Ying, deputy secretary of Jiahe county political and legislative committee told the Beijing News, which today published an investigation into the incident.
Ou Shudong, the chairman of the local People’s Congress, told the newspaper the police roadblock and detentions were justified. “The villagers’ intentions were unclear. Even if they were going for a medical examination, they should have informed the government.”
The story highlights the feudal control that local officials exercise in much of rural China. It also exemplifies the widespread strategy of stifling dissent by making an example of suspected ringleaders, a tactic known as “killing a chicken to scare the monkeys”.
A Jiahe county report cited by the newspaper says the punishment of a few people “served the purpose of public education for the majority”. – More here.
China Lead Poisoning Caused By Substandard Waste System
Substandard pollution control at a smelter in northwest China has been identified as the cause of a widening lead poisoning scandal that could affect up to 2,000 people, state media said Sunday. Environmental experts found that the waste disposal system at the Huixian County Non-Ferrous Metal Smelting Plant in poverty-stricken Gansu province did not meet national standards, Xinhua news agency reported.
Pollution from the plant was the source of lead pollution that had already poisoned 368 villagers, including 149 children, and led to hundreds of others in the area seeking medical examinations, the report said.
State Environmental Protection Agency officials also condemned the plant for failing to carry out an environmental assessment after upgrading equipment in 2004, it said.
The plant was ordered to shut down last month and has been dismantled over the last several days.
Locals said the plant had been polluting the region since it was built in 1995. – More here
Lead Poisoning of Children in China Leads to Disturbance
BEIJING (AP) — The police clashed with residents of two villages near a smelting plant in northern China that is blamed for the lead poisoning of nearly all the children in the villages, reports said Monday. It was another sign of growing anger over China’s rampant industrial pollution.
Several hundred villagers tore down fences and blocked traffic outside the Dongling Lead and Zinc Smelting Company in Shaanxi Province after news of the poisoning emerged last week, state news media and villagers said. Fighting between angry parents and scores of police officers broke out Sunday, and trucks delivering coal to the plant were stoned.
No immediate word on injuries or arrests was available. Local officials, the police and people at the company refused to confirm the reports.
China’s breakneck economic development has left much of its soil, air and waterways dangerously polluted, and environmental showdowns with outraged residents are growing more frequent. Authorities routinely pledge to close down polluting industrial operations but often back down because of their importance to the local economy.
At least 615 out of 731 children in the two villages have tested positive for lead poisoning[...] – More here.
Lead Sickens 1,300 Children in China
by Michael Wines
BEIJING — Lead pollution from a newly opened and unlicensed manganese smelter has poisoned more than 1,300 children in southeastern China’s Hunan Province, state-run media said on Thursday, the second case of mass lead poisoning in the past month.
Officials in Wenping, 970 miles south of Beijing, shut down the [...] Wugang Fine-Processed Manganese Smelting Factory, last week and detained two of its owners after about 1,000 local residents protested the poisoning, the English-language state newspaper China Daily reported.
The plant’s general manager remained at large.
Tests subsequently found elevated levels of lead in the blood of 1,354 children, or about 7 in 10 children who were examined, the official news agency, Xinhua, reported. The severity of the poisoning cannot be measured without further testing; 17 of the 83 children who received the advanced tests were hospitalized. – More here.
China probes child lead poisoning
9/27/2009/12:24 GMT/13:24 UK
Chinese state media say a battery plant has been closed after more than 120 children living nearby were found to have lead poisoning.
Officials in the city of Longyan in the south-east province of Fujian have launched an inquiry into the poisoning, Xinhua news agency says.
Authorities say they will pay medical costs and test all children aged under 14 who live near the plant.
China has reported a series of cases of children with lead poisoning this year.
Last month, hundreds of children living near smelting plants in Shaanxi and Hunan were found to have excessive amounts of lead in their blood.
The Xinhua report said two medical institutions had tested 287 children under 14 in Longyan.
After 121 were found to have high lead levels in their blood, the government closed the suspected source of the pollution, the Huaqiang battery plant. – More here.
Lead poisoning sickens nearly 1,000 kids in China
BEIJING (AP) — Nearly 1,000 children in a central Chinese province have tested positive for excessive lead in their blood, state media reported Tuesday, the latest of several lead poisoning cases involving thousands of children across the country.
After reports of large-scale lead poisoning in neighboring Shaanxi province, the health bureau in Jiyuan City, Henan province, conducted blood tests on 2,743 children under the age of 14, the official Xinhua News Agency quoted the bureau’s director, Wei Zongchang, as saying.
Signs of lead poisoning were found in 968 of the children who live near three major lead smelters, Xinhua said.
China’s rapid economic development has often come at the cost of heavy environmental pollution. Lead poisoning can damage the nervous and reproductive systems and cause high blood pressure and memory loss.
Similar reports of lead poisoning have emerged in Yunnan, Fujian and Shaanxi provinces in recent months, and the number of affected children is now past 3,000.
Anger in China is growing over public safety scandals in which children have been the main victims — a concern for the ruling Communist Party, which is concerned about social stability and any challenges to its authority.
Last month, residents of the village of Shibin in Jiyuan City demonstrated in front of the factories to protest the pollution, Xinhua said.
Jiyuan Mayor Zhao Suping told Xinhua the city’s lead poisoning is the result of long-term pollution. The city has been producing lead for 52 years, he said.
Yang Anguo, the head of China’s largest lead producer, Yuguang Gold and Lead Group, told Xinhua: “We do bear responsibility for the pollution. Some pollution has accumulated over the past 20 years or more[...] – More here.
China faces reckoning over lead
by Barbara Demic
kJIYUAN, CHINA — People in their 30s and 40s here complain of unpredictable senior moments: They go to the store and can’t remember what they wanted to buy, or they forget the names of old friends.
The children lose so much weight that they look like they’re shrinking instead of growing.
The leaves drop from the trees throughout the year — not just autumn — and the corn crop is stunted. Piglets are stillborn.
Now thousands of Chinese are trying to flee a landscape poisoned by decades of lead manufacturing. Within the next year, about 15,000 people will be evacuated from villages around a cluster of lead production facilities in the city of Jiyuan, in Henan province.
“What choice do we have?” said Han Haibo, a 51-year-old resident of Qingduo, a village of 1,000 that probably will cease to exist within months. “People don’t want to leave, especially the old people who have spent their whole lives here, but the pollution is just too heavy.”
Perhaps it is a sign of China’s coming of age that people are waking up to the dangers of lead.
China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of lead, but until recently its toxicity rarely entered the Chinese consciousness; in 2007, when millions of Chinese toys were recalled over lead in the paint, many people here grumbled that Americans were too fussy.
Now the Chinese are getting themselves and their children tested. And after finding shockingly high levels of lead in their blood, they are demanding action, in some cases rioting to get attention.
Since late summer, there has been a spate of lead poisoning cases in Hunan, Henan, Yunnan and Shanxi provinces. More than 3,200 cases have been confirmed, most of them in children.
The lead poisoning is so bad that at least 10 villages are being evacuated around Jiyuan, headquarters of the Henan Yuguang Gold and Lead Co. [...] – More here.
Massacre of miners in Shaanxi, Henan, Shanxi
Beijing — The deaths – 21 and 32 workers trapped underground – caused yet again by underground explosions. The mine in Henan was private and illegal and was supposed to have been closed last May. No hope for 153 miners trapped in flooded tunnel in Xiangning (Shanxi). The mine was state owned.
Nine miners were killed and one wounded in an explosion in an underground coal mine in Shaanxi. The fatal accident occurred yesterday evening towards 7 pm, in Quanzigou mine, Hancheng (Longmen). Of the 27 miners who working in the tunnel, only 17 were rescued.
Two days ago, on March 31 12 miners were killed and 32 were trapped underground in a coal mine in Henan by another gas explosion. The accident occurred in the evening around 7:20 pm in Yichuan County (Luoyang). The mine belongs to private company, Guoming, and was operating illegally, digging a tunnel where about 90 miners were at work. Only 51 of them reached safety. It is difficult to determine the exact number of people trapped underground because the blast destroyed the list of miners at work. The provincial government ordered the closure of the mine last May, after another incident.
Meanwhile, three days have passed since yet another mining disaster in a state-owned coal mine in Xiangning, Wangjialing (Shanxi), where 153 miners were buried in a tunnel flooded and where now hopes of bringing them to safety are almost nil.
For years, China has held the record of the world’s highest number of fatal accidents in mines, a consequence of the nation’s hunger for energy that results in mines being kept open. Facilities managers, both governmental and public, push for intensive exploitation, reducing security measures to increase profits.
Unofficial sources say the victims from mining accidents in China are at least 20 thousand a year.
Over the past three years the government has approved regulations on mine safety, but their application is very vague. Thanks to [atheists], local government and mine owners can avoid closure, often hiding accidents and fatalities. – Source.
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Once again Biblical prophecy is fulfilled about the rashness, greed, brutality and self-centeredness that would come in the last days.
Multi-Drug-Resistant-Tuberculosis-Stricken South African Teen Commits Suicide After Repeat Abuse from Nurse
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Teen Hangs Herself After Argument With Nurse At TB Clinic
Article by Sipokazi Maposa
Provincial health authorities say they are investigating allegations that a nursing sister in Mbekweni, Paarl, refused treatment to a teenager with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis because she had missed her clinic appointment by three days.
The family of 15-year-old Joy Skrish allege that the teenager committed suicide last week following a confrontation with the Polar Park Clinic nurse.
Joy was a Grade 9 pupil at Hlumelo Junior Secondary School.
According to the family, when the teenager arrived at the clinic on Monday last week, the nurse got so angry with her that she threw her sputum into the rubbish bin, then threatened to disclose the girl’s MDR-TB status to her school.
Joy had been supposed to deliver the sputum the previous Friday.
The family said the nurse also refused to give the girl her daily tablets.
Jo-Anne Otto, spokeswoman for the Department of Health in the Winelands region, denied that Skrish was refused treatment. She confirmed that the 15-year-old was an MDR patient.
She said the nurse was still working at the clinic and had not been suspended.
“The department and its personnel would not refuse to provide health care, treatment or medication to any member of the public requiring it.
“The allegations against the nurse are seen in a very serious light, however. She has not been suspended, but the matter is being investigated,” Otto said, offering the department’s condolences to the family.
Mbekweni police spokesman Captain Flip Linnert said police were investigating a case of suicide.
Meanwhile, the alleged incident has drawn heavy criticism from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).
TAC Western Cape co-ordinator Fredaline Booysen described the incident as “unfortunate”, especially given the fact that it was happening during TB Month, designed to highlight the plight of patients battling the disease.
“The healthworkers are suppose to work together with TB patients and be there for them. Yet you’ve got healthworkers who have such a bad attitude that they drive their patients into situations where they end up killing themselves. That is so sad and unacceptable,” she said.
Lulama Skrish, Joy’s mother, said her daughter was so upset with the treatment she received from the nurse that she returned home in tears, and vowed never to return to the clinic.
Then, three days later, Skrish said she got a call from the nurse asking where her daughter was, and why she was no longer collecting her treatment.
“I then asked her why she threw Joy’s sputum in the bin and refused her treatment? She told me she did so because she felt like it, and that it was because Joy had brought her sputum very late.
“She then told me that she would go to Joy’s school and blacklist her from going to the school again by disclosing to everyone that she was an MDR patient, and she must not be allowed to be with other pupils as she would give them TB. She also told me that she would book Joy in a TB hospital very far away from us where we couldn’t have access to her,” she said.
Skrish then convinced her daughter to return to the clinic with a new sputum sample. But, again the girl returned home in tears.
“The only thing she told me this time was that she would rather not go back to school ever again than be treated badly by that nurse.
“She then went into one of the bedrooms and slammed the door behind her.”
Her mother went to check on her later, only to find Joy dead. She had hanged herself with a rope in the bathroom. – Source.
This tragedy did not happen in a small bubble of evil, but in the context of South Africa’s extreme moral degradation due to the great growth of the atheist population there and large continual presense of Catholicism. Rapes of both males and females are wide-spread in South Africa, and women are gang-raped by some males to form a closer friendship between themselves.
New Zealand atheist caught lying about Christians by a South African atheist (read the comments below the linked article)
South Africa is at the gates of Hell.
“mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful,
proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal,
not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure
rather than lovers of God”
2 Timothy 3:1-5
1) how to avoid assuming things
2) michael shermer (via a previous post)
3) richard. c hoagloand
4) evidence against the big bang
5) errors of various ancient buddhist beliefs
6) supposed death of dinosaurs supposedly from an asteroid
NEW YORK — Milwaukee’s Roman Catholic archbishop warned a top Vatican office led by future Pope Benedict XVI about a priest who may have molested as many as 200 deaf boys, according to documents obtained by The New York Times, but the priest never was defrocked.
The documents were provided by two lawyers who have filed lawsuits alleging the Archdiocese of Milwaukee didn’t take sufficient action against the Rev. Lawrence Murphy. The priest, who died in 1998, worked at the former St. John’s School for the Deaf in St. Francis from 1950 to 1975.
In 1996, then-Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland sent letters about Murphy to the Vatican office called the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was led from 1981 to 2005 by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope. Weakland received no response from Ratzinger, the Times reported.
Eight months later, the second in command at the doctrinal office, Cardinal Tarciscio Bertone — now the Vatican’s secretary of state — told the Wisconsin bishops to begin secret disciplinary proceedings, according to the documents. But Bertone halted that process after Murphy wrote to Ratzinger saying he already had repented, was ailing and that the case’s statute of limitations had run out, the Times reported.
The documents contain no response from Cardinal Ratzinger. – More here.