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Posted by mark - August 31, 2014 at 8:43 am

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What Do the Bible and Quran Say About Space Shuttle Disaster?

There are many space disasters. Some of these disasters are avoidable and could be corrected. Other space disasters unfortunately are unavoidable.

Example of the unavoidable Space Shuttle Disaster:

The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred in the United States in 1986. As an outcome of this disaster, the United States President Ronald Reagan appointed a special commission to investigate the accident The Rogers Commission offered NASA nine recommendations that were to be seriously considered before shuttle flights resumed.

In 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred when the Shuttle disintegrated over Texas during its re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Space Shuttle Disaster in the Bible:

Nothing is mentioned about this topic in the Bible.

Space Shuttle Disaster in the Quran:

The Quran warns us about the unavoidable space disasters.

The Quran as we knew gives a conditioned prophecy for space travel saying that jinn and man would be able to pass through the regions of the heavens if they have power, authority and knowledge. Jinn and man have to thank Allah, their lord because He gave them countless favors.

Then the Quran tells us about the expected disasters waiting for Space shuttles.

In Space, any Space shuttle is expected to be hit by flames of fire and flash of Copper then the Astronauts in such Space shuttle will not be able to defend themselves.

Surah 55:33-35

SHAKIR: o assembly of the jinn and the men! if you are able to pass through the regions of the heavens and the earth, then pass through; you cannot pass through but with authority

PICKTHAL: o company of jinn and men, if ye have power to penetrate (all) regions of the heavens and the earth, then penetrate (them)! ye will never penetrate them save with (our) sanction.

YUSUFALI: o ye assembly of jinn and men! if it be ye can pass beyond the zones of the heavens and the earth, pass ye! not without authority shall ye be able to pass!

SHAKIR: which then of the bounties of your lord will you deny?

PICKTHAL: which is it, of the favors of your lord that ye deny?

YUSUFALI: then which of the favors of your lord will ye deny?

SHAKIR: the flames of fire and smoke (Copper) will be sent on you two, then you will not be able to defend yourselves

PICKTHAL: there will be sent, against you both, heat of fire and flash of brass, and ye will not escape.

YUSUFALI: on you will be sent (o ye evil ones twain!) a flame of fire (to burn) and a smoke (to choke): no defense will ye have:

In respect to Jinn, they are invisible creatures that are able to flight in space.

Jinn used to steal a hearing in the Space.

There is a missile of flaming fire for who steals a hearing.

This missile of flaming fire is piercing.

Surah 72:9

SHAKIR: and that we used to sit in some of the sitting-places thereof to steal a hearing (in space), but he who would (try to) listen now would find a flame lying in wait for him:

PICKTHAL: and we used to sit on places (high in space) therein to listen. but he who listeneth now findeth a flame in wait for him;

YUSUFALI: ‘we used, indeed, to sit there in (hidden) stations (in space), to (steal) a hearing; but any who listen now will find a flaming fire watching him in ambush.

Surah 15:18

SHAKIR: but he who steals a hearing, so there follows him a visible flame

PICKTHAL: save him who stealeth the hearing, and them doth a clear flame pursue.

YUSUFALI: but any that gains a hearing by stealth, is pursued by a flaming fire, bright (to see).

Surah 37:10

SHAKIR: except him who snatches off but once, then there follows him a brightly shining flame

PICKTHAL: save him who snatcheth a fragment, and there pursueth him a piercing flame.

YUSUFALI: except such as snatch away something by stealth, and they are pursued by a flaming fire, of piercing brightness.

NASA may need to put the Quranic warning about the unavoidable space disasters into consideration. Using Silver and Gold in manufacturing the Spaceship will certainly help as the Quran proposes.

Also, the choice of the name of the Space shuttle is very important.

I do not know why NASA named the shuttle “Challenger”

Challenging who?

Challenging Allah?

Challenging the Lord?

Challenging the nature?

Challenging the Space?

Challenging the universe?

Challenging what?

However, if the Western people are affectionate with challenging, it might be productive to remind them by the two Quranic challenges that Allah challenges the entire human with. One of these challenges is Linguistic and the other is Biological.

The first challenge is a Linguistic Challenge:

This Linguistic Challenge is addressed to all the jinn and man. This Linguistic Challenge dated more than 1400 years and jinn and mankind have nothing yet to do with it.

Surah 17:88

SHAKIR: say: if men and jinn should combine together to bring the like of this quran, they could not bring the like of it, though some of them were aiders of others

PICKTHAL: say: verily, though mankind and the jinn should assemble to produce the like of this qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof though they were helpers one of another.

YUSUFALI: say: “if the whole of mankind and jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this qur’an, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support.

The Biological Challenge:

This challenge is addressed to the entire human.

Can mankind create a fly?

Surah 22:73-74

SHAKIR: o people! a parable is set forth, therefore listen to it: surely those whom you call upon besides Allah cannot create fly, though they should all gather for it, and should the fly snatch away anything from them, they could not take it back from i weak are the invoker and the invoked

PICKTHAL: o mankind! a similitude is coined, so pay ye heed to it: lo! those on whom ye call beside Allah will never create a fly though they combine together for the purpose. and if the fly took something from them, they could not rescue it from it. so weak are (both) the seeker and the sought!

YUSUFALI: o men! here is a parable set forth! Listen to it! those on whom, besides Allah, ye call, cannot create (even) a fly, if they all met together for the purpose! and if the fly should snatch away anything from them, they would have no power to release it from the fly. Feeble are those who petition and those whom they petition!

SHAKIR: they have not estimated Allah with the estimation that is due to him; most surely Allah is strong, mighty

PICKTHAL: they measure not Allah his rightful measure. lo! Allah is strong, almighty.

YUSUFALI: no just estimate have they made of Allah: for Allah is he who is strong and able to carry out his will.

Back to the main topic of my series of articles (1- 49); this is my question to you smart readers: “Is the Quran quoted from the Bible “? And which book preceded the modern Sciences?

Prof.dr. Ibrahim Khalil

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Posted by mark - August 30, 2014 at 8:28 am

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Where Entertainment and Ideals Come Together: Interview with Gary Good

Enlightening Entertainment – Episode 602,
Where Entertainment and Ideals Come Together: Interview with Gary Good,
Air date: May 08, 2008 (EE – 20080508)

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Posted by mark - August 29, 2014 at 7:38 am

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Love your Country When It’s Right, Right It When It’s Wrong

It’s been said that getting Democrats to agree on something is like herding cats. Say, that’s hard work. But it’s worth it!

Imagine a political party with so many ideas that some of them may actually be good ideas. I know you’re saying, “But, Randi, a real foreign policy won’t fit on a bumper sticker the way ‘Bring ’em on’ does.” But remember, with Bush, all you get is the bumper sticker. We Democrats get to fight ourselves and Osama bin Laden! But wait there’s more . . . you also get health care, world class education, renewable fuels, and your civil rights back! You may even get to vote! “Democrats can COUNT” makes a nice bumper sticker.

Coming up with real solutions for America requires knowing the actual damage we’ve suffered. We don’t have that assessment yet because the most secretive administration in American history hasn’t come clean about the really sad state of our union. We don’t know what damage has really been done to our military, our treasury, our civil liberties, or our economy. Al Gore had to make a movie about global warming after the Bush administration changed NASA’s findings on global warming to exclude GLOBAL WARMING! And that’s just the tip of the melting iceberg!

Democrats have no subpoena power currently, so there is no way to know what Bush and company have done to us. Democrats can’t agree on solutions to problems we don’t yet know we have. We do know that once we uncover the actual damage that has been done to our military, our treasury, our environment, our free press, our civil liberties, and the Gulf Coast, there will be a reckoning, and someone will have to break the bad news to us. That job will fall to a Democrat. It will require openness and candor, and some Americans will attack him or her, but it will also mark a brand-new era of openness and prosperity for all Americans.

Liberals have been smeared as America haters. We don’t hate America. We hate the lunatics who have taken it over. “Liberal” has been made a dirty word by conservatives precisely because liberal ideas work for ALL Americans. Liberalism unifies the country and creates peace and prosperity. And exactly for these reasons, conservatives have worked hard to make the word liberal an insult. Conservatives are not interested in creating a peace dividend. They are interested in war profiteering.

Conservatives fear open government, equality, a free press. Most especially, they fear and loathe participation in government by the country’s own citizens. They like to steal and cheat in private without all the questions. Citizens should be seen and not heard! Secrecy is how they get away with enriching themselves at everyone else’s expense. Who profits from war, tax cuts in a time of war, and a divided America? Not you. It’s always easier to steal when no one is looking! Ask Halliburton, Bechtel, big oil and gas, OPEC, United Defense, Raytheon, Custer Battles, or whoever got the missing $9 billion in Iraq. Ask Dick Cheney. He’ll tell you to go f**k yourself. Ask Rummy. You won’t get an answer but your phone might get tapped, and I guarantee you will be smeared by Fox News. I have been called a traitor, an America hater, Osama bin Randi, Randi Hussein, and my personal favorite, Tokyo Rhodes, all because I had the nerve to ask questions and propose solutions that didn’t involve defense contractors.

To help avoid questions that might, goodness gracious, lead to answers, conservatives create diversions. Like questioning Americans’ patriotism by pointing to a burning flag or screaming when the flag is photographed draped over a real patriot’s coffin. Remember, you are never to ask who is in the coffin or why.

And, of course, there are the gays. Gay Americans are the new black Americans. They are deviant and unnatural (as if being born gay or black is not part of nature). But don’t forget that just because conservatives are currently concentrating on gayness, black folks are still to be feared! Black folks are better off living in a baseball stadium than they are in their own homes. They are simply animals in a corral, and this is a good result. Just ask the president’s mother. Brown people should be assigned to corporations in order to remain in America. They are to work for less than the minimum wage, enrich the corporation, and get in the back of the line.

Everyone is diminished by this administration. And that’s the intended goal! In fact, this administration has an entire catalog of tactics to make you feel weak and helpless. Their favorites are questioning your patriotism, homophobia, racism, and of course the best tactic of all . . . selling the TERROR. The only thing they have to sell is FEAR itself.

There has never been a discussion in America about what to do if we are attacked again, just as there was no plan on 9/11, when we were attacked. Nothing has changed. There is no plan for you or your city — ask New Orleans or Gulfport, Mississippi — there are just warnings and color codes.

Issuing color-coded terror alerts is not what I call leadership. Unless your intention is to lead America into a state of perpetual fear!

This administration has learned that in America, apparently color has an impact on the state of people’s mind. They like yellow and orange and, of course, RED. Ask yourself if you believe that America will ever be blue or green? Green and blue are bad colors. Yes, color is a big thing in Bush World. Black, brown, blue, and green: bad. White, yellow, orange, and red: good.

There are no black or brown Republicans in the Senate or House of “Representatives.” States must remain RED, and you must remain yellow.

So now that conservatives have you convinced that your children live in a dangerously yellow or orange world and you are not safe at night, at work, or living next to black, brown, or other people of the rainbow and that living near the beach is certain death, you must be ready to accept that the only thing that can save you is God himself.

Religion is the twenty-first-century Bush Preparedness Plan for the Homeland. Some Americans are living their lives waiting and hoping to die in the Rapture. Some Americans think death is better than life. Thanks to conservative Republicans, we have become a culture of death! We cause it and pray for our own. We used to think people like that were members of Hale Bopp or Jim Jones’ Kool-Aid drinkers. But now a good slice of America is ready to die!

If you think death is better than life, George W. Bush is your president. If you think that you can live a life of greed, gluttony, and violence but as long as you “accept” the Lord, you will go to Heaven, he is your president. If you are ready for the Rapture, he is your president. Of course, if this is what you want, you could join al Qaeda instead. They want the same thing you do. However, this is wholly un-American. And that’s why you CAN’T be a patriot and support this president. Instead you must realize that Americans who think Bush is going to bring the Rapture and are ready to go are loyalists!

In America our government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. Meaning? They have to ASK US what they can do — not the other way around! Patriotism means pushing back against a criminal government that uses a climate of fear to spread a culture of death and torture around the globe.

In the twisted right-wing interpretation of our constitutional republic, citizens, constituencies, organized labor, and religions that are more hopeful than charismatic Christianity are mythical “little guys” to be attacked, diminished, and kept living in fear. They are not you or your neighbors. They are disloyal, godless elitists who must be marginalized.

The same exact things were said about the Loyalists v. Patriots in the Revolutionary War. Had we lost, we would have been hanged as traitors to the king. But we didn’t lose. We WON, damn it! We are a free people who won the right to love our country when it is right and to right our country when it is wrong. We are free to believe in one God or ten, to own property, to think, and to remove a president and an administration that does not follow the law.

During the fascist regimes of Hitler and Mussolini, good people were made to believe that fascism was superior to democracy. They were loyalists and did nothing when their democracies were taken away one freedom at a time. We like to say it can’t happen here, but it certainly can. Think of our democracy as a teenager. Young enough to screw up, but old enough to be responsible for it. The State needs PARENTING.

Just as being a parent is a difficult job, so is being a liberal. So call me a liberal. I wear the label as a badge of honor. I am governed the way I choose to be governed. I am the parent. The government is the teenager!

What we have now is a party that acts as if it’s the only adult in the room, and it is asking Americans for something they should never give: Blind obedience (along with a crisp salute). That’s exactly backward. But I do think that is why some people find it a “welcoming party.” Join them and there’s nothing more to do but send in your money! They’ll do the rest. Lazy people are often conservative people. They like being led. They themselves do not lead.

Following along with an authoritarian government is a guaranteed way to lose our democracy. In a democracy, every citizen needs to be ready to put up a fight, just like the Patriots of the American Revolution. You have to want it BAD! You have to be informed and ready to volunteer for your country. Showing up for your country means staying informed. Just like showing up for your kids! You have to know their secrets and what they’re up to every minute or you’re being a lousy parent.

Patriotism also means participating in the life of the country. You can always find a place that needs you. Think about working for a candidate, canvassing neighborhoods, working a phone bank to get out the vote, being a poll watcher or worker during election seasons. In nonelection seasons, identify problems, organize around them, write letters to representatives and senators, and if they don’t respond, identify new representation. Become that representative! There is nothing more patriotic than running for office. Run for school board, city council, state or federal legislature. Volunteer for something. Anything that appeals to you. Start a young Democrats club, be a mentor, be a Big Sister or Big Brother, be a voice for something that you care about: clean water, legal aid, literacy, health care for all. Start a peace club and police recruiters at your mall or in your schools. Give money or time to Habitat for Humanity and help rebuild the Gulf Coast. Choose something and do something even if it’s just registering to vote and showing up informed on Election Day. Informed people vote Democratic. Ill-informed people vote against their own best interests over and over again because they don’t know any better.

Conservative followers force themselves to believe that all of their leaders do the right thing when no one is looking. Liberals don’t. Liberals believe in oversight, questioning, using any legal means to get to the facts: subpoenas, hearings, courts if necessary. Every man who knows the truth should be compelled to tell it. Every man who covers up the truth should be willing to trade his liberty for jail. These are the choices in a democracy. It’s pretty black and white, but it’s as hard as herding cats!

Reprinted from: Air America: The Playbook — What a Bunch of Left-Wing Media Types Have to Say about a World Gone Right by David Bender, Chuck D, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, Thom Hartmann, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rachel Maddow, Mike Malloy, Mike Papantonio, Randi Rhodes, Mark Riley, Sam Seder, Introduction by Al Franken © 2006 Air America Radio. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold or directly from the publisher by calling at (800) 848-4735.

Jeffery Anderson

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Posted by mark - August 28, 2014 at 7:13 am

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Dole Institute of Politics – Darryl G. Hart

Presented November 16, 2006 – Darryl G. Hart lecture: The Last Dance: Why the Romance Between the Religious Right and American Conservatism May Be Over

Mr. Hart is Director for Partnered Projects at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). Previously he was dean of academic affairs and professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary in California where he remains an adjunct member of the faculty. Earlier still he directed the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals and taught American history at Wheaton College. Dr. Hart is the author of many books, such as A Secular Faith: Why Christianity Supports the Separation of Church and State; Deconstructing Evangelicalism:Conservative
Protestantism in the Era of Billy Graham;The Lost Soul of American Protestantism; That Old-Time Religion in Modern America: Evangelical Protestantism in the Twentieth Century; The University Gets Religion: Religious Studies and American Higher Education; and Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America.

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Posted by mark - August 27, 2014 at 6:48 am

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International Freight – is Russia the Next Hotspot?

The world is changing at an unprecedented pace and that means freight transport companies need to constantly update their knowledge and networks. At present, Russia is undergoing significant change, which will impact on freight services in the future.

Of course, Russia is not immune to the global financial crisis. Since peaking in May 2008, Russia’s stocks have lost 60 per cent of their value. But the current global economic crisis does not change the overall outlook for Russia and Eastern Europe, where the freight forwarding industry is set to experience high growth over the next five years.

A 2008 report by Datamonitor estimates that the spend on logistics and storage in Central and Eastern Europe will grow from 272 billion US dollars today to 369 billion US dollars by 2012. This will partly be down to increasing exports, as well as fast growing domestic markets.
The freight transport network across Eastern Europe and Russia is relatively undeveloped but is now seeing investment by government and large private sector players, as well as attracting foreign investment.

Maritime freight transport plays a big role in the transportation of bulk and dry cargo, but is not a preferred transport option in the region.Maritime and rail have lost a significant market share of 10 per cent to road freight over the last ten years. However, Poland, Latvia and Bulgaria have seen an increase in rail freight volumes over the same period and it is expected that rail freight will continue to grow in importance in Russia.

In Russia, the private rail freight company Globaltrans raised 449 million US dollars of investment when it offered shares earlier this year. The success of the IPO showed that investors recognise the potential of the Russian rail freight industry. There have been calls for the privatisation of the Russian railways, as a way of bringing about urgently needed rail reform and making the most of this important means of freight forwarding. Meanwhile, there needs to be significant infrastructure investment in port terminals and interior transport networks, if it is to going to fully exploit the potential of the container shipping sector.

At present, only 1 per cent of freight in Russia is containerised. Shipping companies say the industry could double in the next five years, if the transport infrastructure expands to cope with increasing volumes. Currently, two companies control the two container terminals that deal with the majority of Russian sea freight transport. These are the First Container Terminal at St Petersburg and the Vostochny International Container Terminal in the East. The lack of competition may partly account for the high costs and poor service which are current features of internal freight in Russia.

Storage costs in St Petersburg can be a staggering twelve times higher than in Western Europe. What’s more, containers can sit in port for 10 days, whereas in Rotterdam, it would be less than an hour. Another problem is the congestion of the logistics networks and warehousing around the major trading centres of Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia, Poznan, Kiev, Moscow and St Petersburg. Other cities in Russia and Eastern Europe need to develop as distribution and freight forwarding hubs in the next five years. This will create new transport networks for international freight, for which there is particular demand from the automotive, electronics and machinery sectors. The Russian Government has now implemented a programme of modernizing the transport infrastructure, as well as simplifying customs controls. This will have a big impact on freight services and allow the export markets to continue to grow.

The freight forwarding industry in Russia is still very fragmented and undeveloped. However, with the rapidly growing economy, an ever expanding manufacturing industry, increased international trade and foreign investment in infrastructure, the freight forwarding sector will see transformation in the coming years. Already, the small number of large shipping companies is steadily increasing, especially in Russia, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The EU accession of the region is a further boost to the growth of export and freight forwarding in the region. Until recently, the region has been hampered by lack of economic stability and the poor transport infrastructure.

However, with many Eastern European countries now members of the EU and others in the pipeline, improved fiscal management and increased investment is now going some way to tackle these challenges.Russia and Eastern Europe are poised to become one of the next hotspots in international freight.

Stephen Willis

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Posted by mark - August 26, 2014 at 6:20 am

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