Is Being Human a Sin?

Well, with the growing sense of religious belief all over, are we loosing basic human facts of life? I asked myself this question quite some time ago, when once I was on a street in London, Waiting for a friend. As usual I was listening to music with my headphones on.

I like listening to music with big headphones which have noise cancellation. Alright so I was waiting at Edgware road near marble arch and was quite close to a shop which was selling some Islamic books and Quran Cd’s and medicines.

A few minutes later a guy who was constantly staring at me walks up and asks me weather I am a Muslim, I said yeah, and he insisted me to stop playing the songs on my ipod and listen to quranic verses as listening to music is “haram” (forbidden) in the quran.

I was shocked, and was speechless, that is religion gonna decide what kind of shirt I am gonna wear next???. It is pointless to argue on religion, and I hate to argue on it. Well the only thing that fueled me up and still does is that , why do people become so narrow minded and do not apply logic when it comes to faith and belief, I know its unquestionable, when discussing something so sensitive & as its something really personal. But yet, some kind of sense is really appreciated rather than blind belief/faith…

Peace! 🙂

PEACE

PEACE

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Is swine flu a bioterrorist virus?

Michael Le Page, biology features editor
Already, the conspiracy theorists are claiming the swine flu virus spreading around the world was genetically engineered by bioterrorists. The truth is more prosaic: the virus is far more likely to be a product of our lust for bacon than of a hatred for humanity.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, the new virus is a mixture of four different viruses: North American swine flu, North American avian flu, human H1N1 flu and a swine flu strain found in Asia and Europe.

The claim of the conspiracy theorists is that this new combination could not have occurred naturally, but this is not true. Flu viruses consisting of a mixture of human, swine and bird strains have been found before. However, there is a sense in which the virus could be regarded as man-made.

Flu viruses contain 8 strands of RNA, which code for 10 proteins. If two flu viruses infect a cell at the same time, new viruses budding from that cell can contain a mixture of RNA strands from the two original viruses – a phenomenon called reassortment. Recombination – “cutting and pasting” – can also produce mixing within RNA strands.

It is unusual to be infected by two flu viruses at the same time, and even rarer for one of those viruses to come from another species. But it does happen, especially in pigs, which are susceptible to both human and bird flu viruses. Repeated reassortments can produce mixtures like that found in the swine flu virus now spreading worldwide.

There was reassortment between bird and human flu viruses in pigs in Italy during the 1980s, for instance, while in the 1990s a H1N2 swine flu circulating in pigs in the UK was found to be a mixture of swine, human and bird flu strains resulting from multiple reassortments.

It is not yet clear exactly when and how Mexican swine flu strain evolved, but it could certainly have happened without the help of genetic engineers. Despite this, the swine flu could still be regarded as man-made.

There are now over 6 billion people on the planet, and each year we raise more than a billion pigs and perhaps as many as 70 billion chickens. The result is a paradise for influenza viruses.

As New Scientist‘s flu correspondent Debora MacKenzie has reported over the years, the problem is not just the sheer number of potential hosts. The conditions in which animals are kept can favour the evolution of new and deadlier strains.

For instance, in the wild nasty flu strains that make animals too ill to walk or fly are unlikely to spread far. On crowded factory farms, they can spread like wildfire, helped by the global trade in animals and animal products.

The interaction of farm workers with animals, especially on small-holdings where pigs, ducks, chickens and children all happily intermingle, also provides plenty of opportunities for viruses to jump species.

Animal vaccines might seem like the answer, but vaccines that do not provide 100% protection can actually make things worse. When there is widespread vaccination, viruses can spread without any visible disease. Ineffective vaccines also create strong selective pressure driving the evolution of new strains that can dodge the immune attack provoked by the vaccine.

Already, attention is turning to the big pig farms in Mexico, and the role they may have played in creating this new strain of swine flu.

The fact is that we still know so little about flu, and what makes it capable of spreading from human to human, means that deliberately engineering a virus of this kind would be a huge challenge. Yes, it’s possible that this virus was created by a mistake at a research laboratory or a vaccine factory.

But by far the most plausible explanation is that this monster is the long-predicted product of our farming system.

Reference- http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/04/is-swine-flu-a-bioterrorist-vi.html

Last day with Mirza and Sara in london

Did not want to say goodbye to the best guy from Sweden, he was an amazing guy to be around with someone with whom you just felt to talk bullshit and have fun all the time. But today at our Legendary place Shakespeare’s head we sat last time (no it was not the last time as we decided to meet again soon) and had a great time. Roamed for a while at Picaddily circus, leicester sqaure and covent garden, after which we relaxed at shakespeare and headed off.

The last Hug was hilarious, It seemed Mirza was getting so emotional he would cry, even sara was looking quite sad, to leave london..hehe and her shopping (maybe) ..

Will miss mirza and his (T’s) and the various jokes we shared, it will always be remembered…

I can go writing a lot about it ,but just want to conclude by saying that , lse summer school session 1 would never have been completed by these wonderful people I met in my class, who made it so enjoyable to be with 🙂

Will Miss you guys….

COOL!

P.S- Sometimes Small Instances can bring people more closer , than being with someone for years which might not help.

Move on, don’t look back… ( does it work???)

” we gotta accept some hard facts of life, and live with it, never look back, just move on! 🙂 “

– Anonymous

Well yeah the above quote is true in many ways. In Life we pass through many phases, phases that we attract into our lives , we never seem to expect them come close towards us , and never think of them being even remoteley connected to our souls, but that part, it becomes , one, one with our soul, so connected that one feels it hard to believe when it suddenly vanishes.

It feels as if the whole sea starts tasting sour or sweet. Something goes wrong suddenly, a space is created in one’s life which he feels it difficult to express, those variabilities just burn away and become apart of a completely new equation, leaving you unbalanced, just for a while (maybe).

In life, we all do go through this, its nothing new, but really a very basic human emotional feeling which leaves many hard to express how it feels, deep within.I truly do not have words to say how I am feeling right now, or what is provoking me to write this , but all I have is a feeling, making my heart beat abnormally, my mind uncontrolled of various fantasies, eyes stuck to this piece of laptop and my mouth shut with nothing to say.I am left speechless.

I do not know why today I was missing my friends so much from session 1, I missed my life back at home, missed my friends and family, and also a dream which I always dream to achieve success, well that is not for me to miss, because that is what is yet to be achieved.

The thing that hurts the most but is true is that Time is constant in relation with change ( which is constant too) everything changes , people change, life changes , but not human emotions. That’s a hard fact , tough to swallow. I really am falling short of words now. So I will conclude.

I will soon be normal, by tomorrow morning, but I am sure that this wierd emotional chemical unbalanced state of mind and body will continue forever.

LIFE

LIFE

Brighton Trip

Today I went to brighton with a few friends, it is an amazing place , breezy and the beach is a nice place to relax and be with friends or family, brighton is a stony beach, so you cannot play most of the normal sand games which usually people do. I do not understand the reason why it has got an award for?

But overall it is a nice place for a weekend as there are a lot of sea surfing activities to do , if love doing it and also a few attraction around brighton which may interest you.

We all had a great time there and I hope to see brighton once again.

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

4 months 3 weeks and 2 days

The film follows the story of Otilia Mihartescu (Anamaria Marinca) and Gabriela ‘Găbiţa’ Dragut (Laura Vasiliu), two university friends in an unnamed Romanian town. The film is set in 1987,[3] one of the last years of the Ceauşescu regime. When Găbiţa becomes pregnant, the two girls arrange a meeting with Mr. Bebe (Vlad Ivanov) in a hotel, where he is to perform an illegal abortion (Communist Romania had a natalist policy against abortion).

At a college dorm Gabriela and Otilia go over the items they need for the following day, and as Gabriela nervously sits and waits in the room, Otilia barters and buys soap, cigarettes, etc. from school friends. Afterwards, Otilia takes a bus to visit her boyfriend Adi, from whom she borrows money. Adi asks Otilia to visit his family that night, as it is his mother’s birthday, and to buy flowers on the way, to which Otilia initially declines, but she relents after Adi becomes visibly upset.

Otilia heads to a hotel where Gabriela has booked a room, only to be informed by an unfriendly receptionist that there is no reservation under Gabriela’s last name. Otilia goes to another hotel, and after much begging and haggling is able to book a room at an expensive rate. Afterwards Otilia goes to a rendezvous point to meet with Mr. Bebe, although he had been told by Gabriela that Otilia was her sister, and Mr. Bebe grows angry upon hearing that Gabriela is not at the planned hotel, and that he has to leave his ID at the front desk, fearing that the arrangement might be a police trap.

Mr. Bebe discovers that Gabriela’s claim that her pregnancy was in its third month is a lie; in fact, it has been at least four months. Mr. Bebe ask for more money since a late term abortion is a much greater offense punishable with 10 years in jail. In order to help her friend, Otilia reluctantly has sex (and eventually Gabriela does as well) with Mr. Bebe so that he will not walk out on them. Mr. Bebe then performs the abortion by injecting a probe and some fluids into Gabriela, and leaves Otilia instructions on how to dispose of the fetus when it comes out. Otilia is visibly exasperated by Gabriela’s lies, yet continues to help her and care for her.

Otilia leaves Gabriela at the hotel to go to Adi’s mother’s birthday. She’s still visibly disturbed but stays and has dinner with Adi’s mother’s friends, who are mostly doctors. They all talk about trivial things while Otilia and Adi remain silent. The phone rings in the background, but no one answers it. One of the guests then starts talking about lost values and respect to elders when Otilia accepts a cigarette offered to her in front of Adi’s parents, which prompts Adi to bring the champagne in order to get the party over with. Adi and Otilia then go to his room where Otilia tells him about Gabriela’s abortion, and they start talking about what would happen if it was Otilia that was pregnant since Adi seems to be against abortions. After fighting with Adi, Otilia calls Gabriela from Adi’s house. Gabriela does not answer, so Otilia decides to go back to the hotel.

When Otilia enters the room Gabriela is lying on the bed, and she tells Otilia that the fetus has come out and is in the bathroom. Otilia then wraps the fetus with some towels and puts everything in a bag, while Gabriela asks her to bury the fetus. Otilia then goes outside and walks around for a while, finally climbing to the top of a random building, as Mr. Bebe had suggested, and dropping the bag in a trash chute.

Otilia then goes back to the hotel and finds Gabriela eating at the restaurant. She sits and tells Gabriela that they are never going to talk about the whole thing ever again.