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Icke, Wogan and the Pattern

The two Icke/Wogan interviews resembles the classic story of the kid who gets bullied goes away and bulks up and then comes back to take on the bully. While Icke’s physical bulk doesn’t look so good his intellectual bulk blows Terry Wogan away. David Icke is often criticised for being ‘off the wall’ in some of his expositions about global conspiracies and many would say that this ‘craziness’ detracts from the useful information that he puts out. Personally I would rather have Icke around than not have him. Icke says that he ‘joins the dots’ and while we might not agree with his interpretation of the pattern that emerges he alerts us to the presence of an underlying pattern.

Note on Cancer

This is note rather than an argument. It’s also a note completed late at night.

I saw this documentary, Cancer the Forbidden Cures, some time ago. It was referenced in a comment about an article, in realpharmacy.com, claiming that chemotherapy boosts cancer growth:

The scientists found that healthy cells damaged by chemotherapy secreted more of a protein called WNT16B which boosts cancer cell survival. The protein was taken up by tumor cells neighboring the damaged cells.
 
“WNT16B, when secreted, would interact with nearby tumor cells and cause them to grow, invade, and importantly, resist subsequent therapy,” said Nelson.
 
In cancer treatment, tumors often respond well initially, followed by rapid regrowth and then resistance to further chemotherapy.

The comments on the article are interesting – they argue for and against chemo:

Caitlin Pryce-Davies Trigatti · Grace Lutheran College
This is all very well–but what the hell do you do when your child has an aggressive cancer and you don’t want them to die? I’m currently in this position and while I am open to alternatives I am going thru with chemo to save my daughters life—I’m so scared as it is and am constantly hearing that my choice to give treatment to my child could end up killing her anyway—I’m over it!!

This is the ‘argument from fear’ and it is understandable. We tend to trust the expertise of the medical profession. According to GP Online, a recent poll showed that doctors are the most trusted profession in the UK; It is rational to trust science and people whose expertise is based on science. Claims that there are cures for cancer that have been suppressed by the medical establishment appear to be the stuff of paranoia. The Mayo Clinic website argues that:

If you still believe a cure is being purposefully withheld, ask yourself why a doctor would choose to specialize in cancer research. Oftentimes doctors go into cancer research because they have a family member or friend affected by the disease. They’re just as interested in finding a cure as anyone else, for exactly the same reason — it affects them personally. They hate to see a loved one in pain and don’t wish to lose this person. They also want to spare others what they have gone through.

This is a good point. The documentary cites the success of Gerson Therapy and suggests this is a possible cure but there are several articles online that challenge the effectiveness of this therapy. Gerson Therapy, which emphasises a high intake of fruit, also seems to be contrary to other alternative therapies such as the alkaline diet.

There are clearly difficulties with mainstream medicine in general and with chemotherapy and radiotherapy in the case of cancer treatments but this does not mean that we have to give alternative approaches a ‘free pass’

Ritual Murder of a Black Child in 1944 America

http://vimeo.com/37391971

I saw this on Facebook:

“In a South Carolina prison on June 16, 1944, guards walked a 14-year-old Black boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. He used the bible as a booster seat. At 5′ 1″ and 95 pounds, the straps didn’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg. The switch was pulled, and the adult sized death mask fell from his face. Tears streamed from his wide-open, tearful eyes, and saliva dripped from his mouth. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they watched the execution of the youngest person in the United States in the past century.
 
George Stinney was accused of killing two White girls, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 8-year-old Mary Emma Thames. Because there were no Miranda rights in 1944, Stinney was questioned without a lawyer and his parents were not allowed into the room. The sheriff at the time said that Stinney admitted to the killings, but there is only his word — no written record of the confession has been found. Reports even said that the officers offered Stinney ice cream for confessing to the crimes.
 
Stinney’s father, who had helped look for the girls, was fired immediately, and ordered to leave his home and the sawmill where he worked. His family was told to leave town prior to the trial to avoid further retribution. An atmosphere of lynch mob hysteria hung over the courthouse. Without family visits, the 14 year old had to endure the trial and death alone.
 
The court appointed Stinney an attorney — a tax commissioner preparing for a Statehouse run. There was no court challenge to the testimony of the three police officers who claimed that Stinney had confessed, although that was the only evidence the prosecution presented. There were no written records of a confession. Three witnesses were called for the prosecution: the man who discovered the bodies of the two girls and the two doctors who performed the post mortem. No witnesses were called for the defense. The trial took place before a completely White jury and audience (Blacks were not allowed entrance), and lasted two and a half hours. The jury took ten minutes to deliberate before it returned with a guilty verdict.”
 
A few years ago, a family claimed that their deceased family member confessed to the murders of the two girls on his deathbed. The rumored culprit came from a well-known, prominent White family. Members of the man’s family served on the initial coroner’s inquest jury, which had recommended that Stinney be prosecuted.
 
The legal murder of George Stinney will forever haunt the American legacy. Although the world and this nation have undoubtedly changed for the better, race still often collides with justice and results in tragedy. Cases like George Stinney’s cannot be erased, should never be forgotten, and are an important chapter in the story of Blacks in America.

I saw this and thought that maybe there is a special need for black children to be seen as children. Maybe they are seen as black before they are seen as children, maybe they are seen as problems before they are seen as children. George Stinney then, Trayvon Martin now. Different situations but the same prejudice. Reminded me of this experiment:

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

Kafir Girl is the blog and nom de plume of a very funny writer who offers a detailed and devastating critique of the Quran highlighting its absurdities and unpleasantness. Kafir Girl stopped writing in 2009 and there is no trace of her on the web but the blog remains and is a very useful resource.

I remembered KG’s blog when I saw this video of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas leader:

Mosab condemns Islam as a religion/philosophy but does not condemn Muslims who he rightly says are on the whole good people. This is an important distinction. Most Muslims seem oblivious to the pernicious nature of the Quran. All religious scriptures have deeply offensive bits but they also have elevated and elevating passages. I have yet to find anything elevating in the Quran though I was impressed by the ‘anti-racist’ statement in Mohammed’s last sermon:

All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.

I think that this does not appear explicitly in the Quran but is a hadith. Nevertheless credit where it’s due.

Mosab’s passionate honesty about his former faith reminds me of Gilad Atzmon an Israeli Jew who talks about ‘Jewish indoctrination’ much as Mosab talks about Islamic indoctrination.

Mosab’s views reminded me to online conversations I’ve had with young people on the NYPO Forum and also of a debate at the Oxford Union which asked whether Islam is a religion of peace. Here are two videos of speakers from opposing sides of the motion:

First Anne-Marie Walters:

and then the reply from Medhi Hassan:

Medhi’s defense is stellar and on the surface persuasive but it is persuasive about the wrong question. Medhi misses the point or evades it. He is defending Muslims rather than Islam and it is not Muslims who are the issue. Neither Mosab nor Anne-Marie is saying that Muslims are bad or worse than any other group; they are saying that the majority are decent people not because of Islam but despite it.

There is a need for adherents of every religion or other ideological system to be critical of their own religion or ideology.

2007-10-05

I deeply respect people like Mosab and Atzmon who are prepared to challenge the orthodoxies that they are born into.

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