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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

'Racist' Beijing Restaurant Sign BANS " the Japanese, the Philippines, the Vietnamese and dog(s)" !

"This shop does not receive the Japanese, the Philippines, the Vietnamese and dog(s)."
Beijing resto not for Filipinos et al. Photo by Mark Ralston, AFP
A sign at the Beijing Snacks restaurant near the Forbidden City, Beijing barring citizens of nations involved in maritime disputes with China -- along with dogs -- has triggered a wave of online outrage among Vietnamese and Filipinos. The door sign reads: "This shop does not receive the Japanese, the Philippines, the Vietnamese and dog(s)." Vietnam and the Philippines are locked in a longstanding territorial row with China over islands in the South China Sea. China and Japan have a separate angry and bitter dispute over islands in the East China Sea.
The photos were originally posted on Facebook which have gone viral in Vietnamese-language forums and featured heavily in Philippine newspapers and websites.

The irony is that the sign  itself recalls RACISM against CHINESE during China's colonial era, when British-owned establishments barred Chinese from entering. A sign supposedly reading "No Dogs and Chinese allowed" became part of Communist propaganda after it was said to have hung outside a park in Shanghai when Western powers controlled parts of China. It has become part of Chinese folklore and featured in the 1972 Bruce Lee film "Fists of Fury" -- but many historical experts say no such sign ever existed.

Fist of Fury Hong Kong poster

No dogs and Chinese allowed- 

The (in)famous scene from Bruce Lee's "Fist of Fury"  that was also called The Chinese Connection....

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

UPDATE: POPE Resignation QUESTIONS; ANSWERED...of Pope Emeritus and white cassocks...

Below are the latest updates on some lingering QUESTIONS on  Pope Benedict XVI's resignation- now officially answered by the Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, Rome, 2010

"How is the former pope to be addressed?"

Pope Benedict XVI  will be known as "pope emeritus" after he steps down this week. The retiring leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics  can still be referred to as "His Holiness Benedict XVI" and will have the additional title of "Roman pontiff emeritus", Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi, SJ said.

Asked whether Benedict will be the first former pontiff to be called "pope emeritus", Lombardi laughed and said: "We don't know what Celestine V (1294)  was called when he stepped down. We'll have to ask the historians." The 13th-century monk was the only other pope in the 2,000-year-old Church's long line of rulers to step down voluntarily -- saying he could not tolerate the intrigues of the Church hierarchy.

"What will the former pope wear considering that the white cassock is normally reserved only for pontiffs?"

Gammarelli’s family enterprise, located behind the Pantheon, has provided Popes with their garments ince 1792. 
Pope Benedict XVI's famous red shoes were made by Antonio Arellano

He will continue wearing the white cassock normally reserved for pontiffs after he resigns but without the doubled shoulder cape, Lombardi said. He said Benedict has chosen to swap his trademark red shoes for a brown pair given to him by artisans in Mexico during a trip last year.

“What will be done with the papal ring used to seal important documents, traditionally destroyed upon a pope’s death?”

He would also stop wearing the gold Annulus Piscatoris (Ring of the Fisherman) used to seal papal documents. Tradition dictates that the ring be destroyed and a new one cast for each pope, but whether that occurs will be up to Vatican number two Tarcisio Bertone, the camerlengo or chamberlain who will be "interim pope" until a successor to Benedict is found.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

POPE Resignation: Controversial QUESTIONS - ANSWERED!

Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world by announcing his resignation effective Feb. 28, 2013. He will be the first pope to step down since Gregory XII in 1415. His resignation raises several controversial questions; popular ones selectively picked from the web here and answered:

"Will he still be infallible after resignation?"

At Vatican Council I, above, Pius IX defined papal infallibility as a dogma.
No—and in fact, he’s never been infallible. In accordance with the First Vatican Council of 1870, the pope is infallible only when he makes an ex cathedra statement—that is, a statement concerning “a doctrine concerning faith or morals to be held by the whole Church.” Most popes never make ex cathedra statements during their papacy; only one infallible statement (regarding the Assumption of Mary) has been made since the First Vatican Council of 1870. Pope John XXIII was quoted as saying, “I am only infallible if I speak infallibly but I shall never do that, so I am not infallible.” Pope Benedict XVI has never spoken ex cathedra, and he will lose the ability to do so once he resigns from the papacy.

“What will be done with the papal ring used to seal important documents, traditionally destroyed upon a pope’s death?”

The 2013 conclave opens against the context of the 1415 papal resignation, when Gregory XI shucked off his Annulus Piscatoris. Over the last 598 years, every pontiff died with his ring on.The Annulus Piscatoris (Ring of the Fisherman) depicts a bas-relief of Peter fishing from a boat.  Pope Clement IV first mentioned this signet in a 1265 letter and  popes used it to seal official documents until 1842.
“It will be ‘terminated,’” Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi, SJ. said. A pope’s ring is shattered on his death—or resignation. In the presence of other cardinals, the camerlengo or  temporary  administrator slips the ring from the deceased pontiff’s finger, then smashes it to bits.

"How is the former pope to be addressed?"

Should we still call him Benedict XVI, or go back to being Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger? 

He can’t be called Benedict or “Your Holiness.” He puts aside his white cassock and, since he is over 80, he cannot attend the conclave. We don’t know yet what name he’ll go by. Pope Gregory XII (born Angelo Correr) continued to be known as Gregory until his death in 1417. 

Benedict will definitely remain a bishop until his death, since becoming a bishop is a sacrament, and even bishops who are removed from office aren't stripped of that title.We also don’t know whether Benedict will become a cardinal again as we won’t automatically revert to being cardinal—he would have to be reappointed cardinal by his successor. There is some precedent for this to happen-  Pope Gregory XII  as appointed cardinal upon his abdication.

"Where will he lodge?"

The Mater Ecclesiae monastery is 4,300 square feet and lies just west of St. Peter’s Basilica.the place
where Pope Benedict XVI  will retire to a life of prayer. Credit: File Photo/ EWTN News.
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He’ll move to the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence. Castel Gandolfo is a resort town on Lake Albano near RomeAfterward, he’ll move to Mater Ecclesiae monastery -a monastery of nuns in the Vatican for which renovation work is on going.

Vatican sources said three concerns were factored into the decision that Benedict retire to a Vatican convent: (a) Vatican police will guarantee his privacy and security; (b) seclusion in a monastery—in Germany, for example—would spur visitors; and (c) a pope’s potential exposure to legal claims over sexual abuse scandals.
The 1929 Lateran Pacts between Italy and the Holy See established Vatican City as a sovereign state. It provides that Vatican City would be “invariably and in every event considered as neutral and inviolable territory.”

"What kind of retirement benefits does the pope have?" 

Since no pope has retired in almost 600 years, there is no formal retirement plan for popes. However, as a bishop (and possibly a cardinal), Benedict will continue to have access to the Vatican’s lavish healthcare plan with private doctors currently managing his medical treatment. The pope does not officially receive a salary, though his needs are seen to by the Holy See. Canon law requires each diocese to provide support and housing for its priests after they retire, though the details of priests’ and bishops’ pension plans vary from country to country.

"Will he have any say in choosing his successor?"

Officially, no. Pope Benedict XVI will not participate in the papal conclave to elect the next pope. (For one thing, as previously mentioned, he may not revert to being a cardinal. For another thing, he’s too old to take part in the papal enclave—only cardinals under the age of 80 may vote.) However, Pope Benedict appointed 67 of the 118 members of the College of Cardinals who are currently eligible to participate in the election of the next pope. This means that Benedict will have had at least an indirect influence over the election.

What about the rights of Cardinal Ratzinger to speak and write upon retirement?

Cardinal Ratzinger has a right to speak and write. In practice, anything he says or writes will be examined by media to see if it conflicts with anything the new pope says.
“It’s unheard of. It gives the impression that Benedict will be keeping an eye on his successor,” Robert Mickens, Vatican correspondent for The Tablet, said. “It puts a lot of pressure on the new Pope and people around him. It’s opened up a can of worms.”
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Simo Häyhä (White Death)- SNIPER with the most kills!

Mr. Chris Kyle (see previous posts: "Chris Kyle: Deadliest US Sniper career highlights of a   real American Hero"; and "Chris Kyle- Deadliest Sniper in US history shot dead.") does not hold the record for most kills. That belongs to Simo Häyhä, a Finnish sniper aka “The White Death”, who reportedly killed 542 Russian troops during the Soviet invasion of Finland in the Second World War.

Simo Häyhä was born in 1905 in the farming town of Rautajärvi a very short distance from the Russian border. He grew up working on the farm and exposed to the Finnish wilderness. In 1925, Häyhä served a mandatory one-year service in Finland’s army where he made a mark for himself as by the time he was honorably discharged, he had been promoted to the rank of corporal.

Later on he joined the Finnish Civil Guard, comparable to the United States National Guard. He received a great deal of training during this stint which included target shooting.His first rifle was a Russian-built Mosin-Nagant bolt action M91,

The Mosin–Nagant (Russian: Винтовка Мосина, ISO 9: Vintovka Mosina) is a bolt-action, internal magazine-fed, military rifle invented under the government commission by Russian and Belgian inventors, and used by the armed forces of the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and various other nations.
and later introduced was the better-performing M28/30 and the 9mm Suomi submachine gun. Due to his training and natural skill, Häyhä was eventually able to hit a target 16 times per minute at about 500 feet away, making him an excellent sniper.
Besides his sniper kills, Häyhä was also credited with over 200 kills with a Suomi KP/-31 submachine gun. 

In 1939, the Soviet Union attempted to invade Finland. As a member of the Civil Guard, Häyhä was called into service, serving under the 6th Company of JR 34 on the Kollaa River. Under Major General Uiluo Tuompo, the Finns faced both the 9th and 14th Soviet Armies against as many as 12 divisions— about 160,000 soldiers. At one point during the war in the same area, only 32 Finns fought against over 4,000 Soviets!

Despite being outnumbered, the Finns were still victorious at the end of the day. The invading Soviets weren't as organized as one would expect due mainly to communication problem (they spoke many different languages) and they weren't used to the particularly harsh Finnish winters of 1939-40 with temperatures ranging from -40 to -20 degrees Celsius. The Finns were also tactically smarter most notably their “Motti”-tactics: Since Soviets would invade by the roads, the Finns would hide out in the surrounding wilderness, let the invaders cross the border and attack them from behind!
Häyhä after being awarded the honorary rifle model 28.
Hayha’s involvement in the Winter War was very extraordinary. With his Mosin-Nagant bolt action M91 rfile,  he would dress in white winter camouflage and carry with him only a day’s worth of supplies and ammunition. While hiding out in the snow, he would then take out any Russian who entered his killing zone. Hayha preferred to use iron sights on his gun instead of scopes, as scopes had a tendency to glare in the sunlight and reveal his position. Over the course of 100 days during the winter he racked up over 500 kills, earning him the nickname “The White Death”.

Tired of getting their heads blown off all the time by Simo, the Soviets eventually dispatched a group of snipers and a series of artillery strikes to try to get rid of “Belaya Smert” (“White Death”) all of which failed miserably.   However, on March 6th, 1940, he was finally shot in the jaw with an exploding bullet by a counter sniper in a pitched battle against a large group of Russian soldiers. He survived even though, as they said, “half his head was missing”. He fell into an 11-day coma, awakening on the day that the war ended. Hayha was given numerous awards, and was also promoted from corporal to second lieutenant, a jump in the ranks that had never been seen in Finland’s history. Despite being slightly disfigured, he recovered from his injury, and went on to live until the age of 97.

Despite gaining around 22,000 square miles of Finish soil, the Soviets lost the Winter War, with 1,000,000 of their original 1,500,000 troops killed by the defending Finns. A Russian general later remarked that the land they had conquered was “just enough to bury their dead”.

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Chris Kyle: Deadliest US Sniper career highlights of a real American Hero.

Below are some highlights on the career of  Chris Kyle claimed as the most lethal sniper in US history who was shot dead on a Texas gun range February 2, 2013. This is a tribute to a real American Hero:

His most famous shot came outside the Shia district of Sadr City in Baghdad in 2008. From over a mile away he spotted an insurgent pointing a rocket launcher at an approaching Army convoy. He fired at a distance of 2,100 yards. "God blew that bullet and hit him," he said.

Below is a Remington 700 XCR Tactical 338 Lapua. Chris Kyle uses a similar gun (not the gun below), built to his specifications that he used in Iraq to get a confirmed kill at 2,100 yards (1.2 miles).

The Remington 700 XCR Tactical Long Range is aptly named, with sub-MOA 
accuracy at 300 feet. Shown here with a Vortex Viper Scope and Harris bipod.

Chris Kyle, 37, a Navy SEAL sniper  has been named America's deadliest marksman after racking up 160 kills during the Iraq War.

Iraq War:  20 March 2003 – 15 December 2011
(8 years, 8 months, 3 weeks and 4 days)
Clockwise from top
: Delta Force of Task Force 20 alongside troops of 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment,
 at Uday Hussain and Qusay Hussein's hideout.; Iraqi insurgents with a flag; an Iraqi insurgent
firing a MANPADS; the toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Firdos Square.

To the Iraqi insurgents who hid from his deadly scope, he was known as 'Al-Shaitan Ramad', or the “The Devil of Ramadi.”  They reportedly offered a $20,000 (£12,800) reward to anyone who could kill or capture him. 

Fellow Navy Seals referred to him simply as "The Legend".

He blew away the previous US record of 109 kills, set by an Army rifleman during the Vietnam War.

His first kill from long range was a woman approaching a group of US Marines with a grenade in her hand. When ordered, he opened fire, killing the woman before she could attack his comrades.

As Marines and insurgents grappled in ferocious street fighting during the Second Battle of Fallujah, Mr Kyle reportedly killed 40 people - many while lying on an overturned crib in an abandoned apartment.

Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle watches over US Marines from his perch atop an upturned
baby crib in a bombed-out building in Fallujah, Iraq. Branded a “legend” by
his comrades and a “devil” by his enemies, Kyle racked up a record 160 kills.

In his New York Times best-selling book, "American Sniper:The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History," he claims to have taken out 255 people - nearly 100 more than could be
confirmed by the Pentagon.

After ten years on the front lines, Mr Kyle retired in 2009 in order to "save his marriage". 

Mr Kyle still does not hold the record for most kills. That belongs to Simo Häyhä, a Finnish sniper, who reportedly killed 542 Russian troops during the Soviet invasion of Finland in the Second World War. See my related blog article: "Simo Häyhä- “White Death”- SNIPER with the most kills!"
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Monday, February 18, 2013

Vatican Profits from Porn: Company 100% owned by the German Catholic Church!

In announcing his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI said: “In today’s world....in order to govern the ship of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.” 

With the revelations and exposes coming out, one political columnist mentioned that it would seem like more than old age, the enormous burdens of our "new age" may really have caused the Pontiff to resign.His era was one of the most challenged with a series of sexual abuse scandals and financial embarrassments including expose of a 100% Vatican owned company that was producing porn. Read on below from from vaticancrimes.us. You be the judge....

One of Germany's largest publishing companies, Weltbild, has more than 2,500 erotic novels in its online catalogue - interestingly enough, it owned by no one other than the German Catholic Church. Yes, the Vatican owns 100% of Weltbild, which generates profits similar to Amazon.com

German newspaper Die Welt, has published that the Catholic Church for over 30 years. Some Catholics complained of this and the climax of this opposition resulted in 2008, when a 70-page report on the book sales was sent to the catholic bishops.
Die Welt reports that the situation came to light after a report this month mentioned the erotica distributed by Weltbild, which generates overf €1.7 billion ($2.4 billion) annually and has a 20 percent market share when it comes to selling books. That makes it the second largest online retailer of books behind Amazon.com.
But the Vatican's profits from pornography does not end there. The global corporation known as the "Catholic church" also owns a 50 percent stake in publishing company Droemer Knaur, which also produces pornographic books.
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Russian "Meteor" 16 February 2013: Frequently Asked Questions- Answered!

Below are FAQs on the Russian "Meteor" that hit  about 930 miles east of Moscow in remote Chelyabinsk,16 February 2013- ANSWERED by Dr Stuart Clark in his Across the Universe blog. I took the liberty of editing the answers for brevity.

What hit Russia on Friday morning?
space rock weighing about 10 tons seen as a bright trail streaking through the sky as it burned when it entered the Earth's atmosphere with a speed of at least 54,000km/h (33,000mph). The sharp compression of the air created a shock wave heard as a sonic boom.

Was it one meteor or a shower?
It was a single object which shattered 18-32 miles (30-50km) above ground showing  a sudden brightening as the body fragmented during its passage through the atmosphere.

How rare is this sort of event?
Around 40,000 tons of space rocks fall to Earth every year mostly in the form of dust and relatively small meteorites. The last major one struck the Earth in 1908 when an asteroid about 50 meters exploded in the air above Tunguska of Siberia where it flattened forests over an area of hundreds of square miles
Trees knocked over by the Tunguska blast. Photograph from the
Soviet Academy of Science 1927 expedition led by Leonid Kulik

This happens every decade but usually takes place over unpopulated areas.

Has anyone ever been killed by a meteorite?
No one has been  recorded to have been killed by a meteorite falling from the sky. Most of the Earth's surface is uninhabited by humans, so meteorites usually fall over desolate areas or the oceans.

What's the difference between an asteroid, a meteor, a meteorite and a meteoroid?
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A meteoroid is anything in orbit around the sun smaller than 10 meters. An asteroid is above 10 meters up to about 1,000 kilometers  A meteor is a speck of dust that burns up in the atmosphere creating a shooting star. A meteorite is a larger fragment, from pebble to boulder-sized, that survives to strike the surface of the Earth.
Is it connected with the asteroid space rock 2012 DA14 also on Friday night?
This could be the last close pass of Earth by asteroid 2012 DA14. Photograph: Nasa/JPL-Caltech/EPA
No. The approach of Friday morning's strike is unrelated to the approach of space rock 2012 DA14 according to the Royal Astronomical Society in London and the European Space Agency in Darmstadt, Germany

What do we do if we spot something big heading for Earth?
The United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (the space mission planning advisory group of scientists from NASA,  European Space Agency and the world's other space agencies) would be called into session to advise on the best strategy for dealing with the asteroid, on who would build the necessary spacecraft, the funding source and would pass the decision making to politicians. 

Are any regions of Earth more at risk than others?
No. Incoming asteroids and meteoroids can come from any direction. Additionally, the Earth rotates once a day, presenting every hemisphere to the different directions of space.

Will the Russian "Meteor"  impact have any after-effect?
This impact was not enough to knock the Earth off its axis nor imperil telecommunications networks. The shock wave was NOT an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) similar to what is created by nuclear weapons and solar flares. There is no real risk of alien death viruses although there are theories that microbes could hitch rides on space rocks, there is no incontrovertible evidence that this is a widespread phenomenon.

See Related post:

Russian "meteor" Explodes into Cyberspace Social Media: Jokes, Memes, Twitter posts!

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