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Monthly Archives: April 2010

The age of 11 is too young for sexual activity

Yemeni Bride, 11, Hospitalized with Genital Injuries – ABC News

A few weeks ago a 13 year old girl died as a result of injuries to her genital area. It seems that she was raped by her adult husband. The man is now in custody, but I will bet that he is allowed to go free. This is because of the attitude of the Yemeni mullahs who actually condone child brides…. after all Mohammed came from Yemen and he married Aisha when she was 6 years old, and he had sex with her when she was 9 years old. That poor child.

Now I learn about yet another child bride who has been raped by her husband. She has been hospitalized with genital injuries. When will this end? These girls are way too young for this kind of sexual contact. If these men want to prove themselves then they really should be having brides over the age of 18. However, we are talking about the very backward country of Yemen, a country that is backward because it is controlled by a theocracy.

Some of the women of Yemen are beginning to fight back. They want to see an end to the practice of child brides. What is the use of parents agreeing to such an arrangement on the promise that the child will not be touched until she is more “mature”, only to find their daughters fighting for their lives within days of their marriage?

The infant and maternal mortality rate in Yemen is also quite high, again because these children are being forced to have sex and then end up pregnant. Their young bodies can hardly sustain a pregnancy, let alone going through labour. Yemen is not the kind of country where women have the best of conditions in order to have a baby, and I doubt that there are many if any Caesarian sections being performed. Their small and immature vaginas are simply not big enough for the process of birthing.

We women of the west need to take up this fight to stop the marriage of these children. We need to stand by the women in the Saana movement and protest the fact that child bride marriages are encouraged. These women need to face mullahs who are themselves misogynists. Let us stand beside them and say “no more child brides” !!!!  No more sacrificing of these children who are too young to be married and too young to be giving birth.

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Was it suicide? Request for probe into Dr. David Kelly’s death

Shadow Justice Secretary backs call for inquiry into death of weapons inspector Dr David Kelly | Mail Online

Dr. David Kelly, the weapons inspector who first queried the continued existence of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was found slumped in his car. His death looked like it was suicide, and the coroner ruled the case as a suicide, however, there is a group of doctors who have been gathering evidence to show that this is not possible… that the artery that was slashed was too small for Kelly to have bled to death.

I think it is possible to conclude that Iraq had WMDs. In fact Saddam Hussein used those weapons against his own people. He was ordered to destroy the weapons, and the weapons inspectors were supposed to go in and check to make sure that they had been destroyed. What seems to have taken place is that Saddam Hussein either got rid of the WMDs by sending them across the border into Syria, or he had destroyed them and then pretended that they still existed.

When Saddam Hussein was captured he did admit that he had pretended to continue to have the weapons, as a protection against Iran… I can understand why he would have wanted to pretend to Iran that he had the weapons… as such I think that Saddam Hussein did in fact dupe the world about the existence of the weapons. He would not let the weapons inspectors into Iraq to check and make sure that the weapons had been destroyed.

If Dr. Kelly’s death was not a suicide after all, then what in fact happened? Was this a government hit?

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Animal tales of the moment

Micro-pig: The dog, the cat, and the six micro-pigs who share a home together | Mail Online

Having had the experience of a dog and cat that “slept together” and “ate together” well, what really happened is that the dog thought that she was mother to the kitten, I do like to read these animals stories. This one is no different because the dog, cat and micro pigs living together in harmony makes a great story.

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Hare Krishnas banned from collecting money at LAX airport – Telegraph

Hare Krishnas banned from collecting money at LAX airport – Telegraph

It was in the early to mid-1970s when the Hare Krishnas were all over the streets in Melbourne. At the time I was a student at Melbourne University, and after classes I would often walk from the university to Flinders Street station (sometimes I used to catch the tram). On one particular occasion as I was making my way towards the station, after being in some shops, I was approached by some Hare Krishnas. They started by handing out a hard bound book and at the end of the conversation they wanted a donation. In those days I did not earn much in the way of money, only getting some from babysitting jobs. I would have no more than about $5 for the week upon my person. Anyway, my donation was a very small sum,something like 20 cents because I really did not have any money. The next part of the conversation went along the lines of “is that all you have? I was expecting about $5”.  Then he wanted to take back the book, which was fine by me, leaving me with a tract.

During that time the Hare Krishna used to come out into the streets, singing and dancing and making a lot of noise. Their target in the centre of Melbourne was Flinders Street Railways station but they used to harass shoppers outside of the Myer store as well.

This particular story about the Hare Krishna losing their case to seek donations at LAX reminded me of that episode in my life. The Supreme Court in LA made the correct decision to keep the Hare Krishna from seeking donations at LAX, especially in the present climate of tighter security. 

Now, using LAX is a very interesting experience indeed. Last year when we flew to the USA for a month long visit in USA and Canada, we arrived early at LAX. After arrival we had to go through security, then wait to pick up our luggage before finishing the security checks and then head out of the airport to Marina del Rey where we stayed for the remainder of the day and overnight and then headed back to the airport to catch the flight to NYC.  We found that we could not leave our luggage to go to the toilet or even wait for each other without being told to move on by a guard!!

The next morning we arrived very early in readiness for our continuing flight to NYC. At that time of the morning it was not all that busy. However, it did not take long for the crowds to pick up. It would have been very inconvenient to be hassled by the likes of Hare Krishna!! 

Then on our way home, our flight left after midnight, and we had to sit around in the airport for hours waiting for the flight to arrive and then depart an hour behind time. What is so annoying is that with all of the safety procedures getting to the flight lounge itself is a real hassle. Again, if we are called for boarding the aircraft, the last thing that we would want is to be hassled by the likes of Hare Krishna with their demands for donations.

From my point of view, it is a good decision, and I say good riddance.

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