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  • Abortion is pro-life, not violence, says pastor

    06/28/2015 6:46:26 PM PDT · 10 of 36
    Jyotishi to Morgana

    “Because the fetus feels no pain . . .”

    Unborn babies can feel pain: Ohio Senate passes 20-week abortion ban

    Saturday, June 27, 2015

  • US same-sex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries

    06/27/2015 11:50:42 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    Jyotishi to Viennacon

    Hindu body ‘celebrates’ decision

    By Narayan Lakshman
    The Hindu
    June 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling affirming marriage equality this week has spurred further debate on how different religious communities view LGBT rights and social surveys on this subject underscore a wide variation in views across religions.

    Shortly after the ruling was announced the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) released a statement saying that it “celebrated” the decision, especially as the organisation had, over the past few years, joined numerous amicus briefs at the Supreme Court and lower court levels supporting marriage equality.

    “HAF’s work on this issue is consistent with our view that Hinduism provides no spiritual basis to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” noted Swaminathan Venkataraman, a member of the group’s Executive Council and an author of its policy paper on “Hinduism and Homosexuality.”

    However not all Hindus extend this sort of approach to marriage equality for the LGBT community.

    In April this year a poll released by the Public Religion Research Institute, which surveyed 40,000 people across the U.S. in 2014, came up with the finding that only 55 per cent of Hindus in the U.S. supported same-sex marriages, compared to 56 per cent for Orthodox Christians, 60 per cent for Catholics, 62 per cent for mainline Protestants, 77 per cent for Jewish Americans, and a whopping 82 per cent for Buddhists.

    Muslims and White Evangelical Christians, however, ranked lower than Hindus in their support, at 42 and 28 per cent respectively.

    Jindal slams court

    These results appeared to find voice in the reactions of some political leaders to the ruling, including of Indian-American Governor of Louisiana, Piyush “Bobby” Jindal.

    Mr. Jindal, who is a convert from Hinduism to Evangelical Christianity and this week announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race, wrote on his website, “Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that,” in the process also lashing out at the highest court in the land because it apparently “follows public opinion polls, and tramples on States’ rights that were once protected by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.”

    In India, Section 377 of the Penal Code criminalises acts of homosexual sex and the administration of Narendra Modi has not taken actions to take forward the debate on this colonial-era law.

    Only 55 per cent of Hindus in the U.S. support same-sex marriages, says poll

  • GWU cancels suspension of student who displayed Hindu swastika

    06/23/2015 12:57:59 PM PDT · 25 of 29

    The Auspicious Swastika

    The East’s right to this millennia-old global mark of good fortune suffers from decades of abuse as the symbol of the Nazi Party and racial supremacy

    By Jane Srivastava, South Carolina, USA
    Hinduism Today Magazine
    April/May/June 2005

    The swastika is as holy to the Hindus, Jains and Buddhists as it is evil to people from the West. When a symbol represents diametrically opposite concepts to different groups of people, a natural conflict arises. Asians who immigrate to the United States encounter obstacles when trying to incorporate the swastika into their religious ceremonies. Here in America, like in the rest of the Western world, the Hindus’ and Jains’ most cherished and holy symbol is viewed only as a legacy of the atrocities and murders committed under the Nazi black swastika. Many Americans do not know the history or the importance of the symbol to Hindus. The results of this ignorance are real. Hindu temples have been vandalized, religious ceremonies displaying swastikas interrupted and upright devotees accused of neo-Nazism. The swastika is such a ubiquitous symbol of goodness throughout the East that many less-educated Asians are themselves unaware that the swastika could signify any evil concept.

    My great-grandparents were murdered by the Nazis. As a Jewish person raised in Europe, for most of my life I have associated the swastika with the Nazis and Nazi heritage — extermination of millions of people, destruction of countries and superior racist ideology. The sight of a swastika alone rouses such strong feelings in me that I naturally want to look away after a second or two. The pain I feel when looking at the swastika is as strong as if I had lived through the war myself.

    When I first saw a swastika on an Indian greeting card, I was taken aback: “Why is this offensive Nazi symbol displayed on a wedding invitation?” I knew that the Nazis stole the symbol from the ancient cultures, particularly India. However, I had assumed that, after World War II, the evil associated with the symbol prevented the original cultures from using it.

    As I am learning more about the Indian culture and religion, I am becoming more curious about the symbolism of the swastika and the present-day conflict surrounding it.

    Swastika is a Sanskrit word, su meaning “good,” asti meaning “to be” and ka, a suffix. It is translated as “good being,” “fortune,” literally “it is well” or “conducive to well-being.” For Hindus, the swastika is a symbol of auspiciousness, prosperity and good fortune. It also represents the sun and the cycle of life. In Loving Ganesha, Satguru Sivaya Subramaniyaswami, founder of Hinduism Today, explains the significance of the swastika to Hindus: “The swastika’s right-angled arms reflect the fact that the path toward our objectives is often not straight, but takes unexpected turns. They denote also the indirect way in which Divinity is reached — through intuition and not by intellect. Symbolically, the swastika’s cross is said to represent God and creation. The four bent arms stand for the four human aims, called purushartha: righteousness, dharma; wealth, artha; love, kama; and liberation, moksha. This is a potent emblem of Sanatana Dharma, the eternal truth. It also represents the world wheel, eternally changing around a fixed center, God. The swastika is regarded as a symbol of the muladhara chakra, the center of consciousness at the base of the spine, and in some yoga schools with the manipura chakra at the navel, the center of the microcosmic sun (Surya). Hindus use the swastika to mark the opening pages of account books, thresholds, doors and offerings. No ceremony or sacrifice is considered complete without it, for it is believed to have the power to ward off misfortune and negative forces.”

    For the Jains, the swastika represents four types of birth which an embodied soul might attain. The swastika has been adopted as part of a single symbol to represent the Jain community. In the Buddhist tradition, the swastika symbolizes the feet or footprints of the Buddha. It is often used to mark the beginning of texts. Modern Tibetan Buddhists use it as a clothing decoration. In China and Japan, the swastika has been used to represent abundance, prosperity and long life.

    Before the Nazis stole the swastika from the ancient world, various cultures throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas had been uniform in assigning some positive and favorable meaning to the symbol. For the most part, these peoples had used the swastika sign in their religious practices to symbolize life, the sun, good fortune and prosperity. In the decades before World War II, the swastika was used as a design motif and symbol of good fortune in the United States, appearing ubiquitously on such items as greeting cards, magazine covers, book jackets, posters, playing cards, poker chips, jewelry, fruit wrappers and business logos. Even the Boy Scouts issued a “Swastika Thanks Badge, “ to be given to anyone who had done a kindness to a scout. Before the Nazis, the swastika sign had never been used to represent an evil concept or racist ideology. After World War II, Western cultures no longer used the symbol as they had prior to the Third Reich. Most Europeans and Americans still perceive any swastika as a Nazi or neo-Nazi symbol, despite differences in its color and the direction in which it points.

    In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the swastika became a common symbol of German nationalism, meant to represent a long Germanic/Aryan history. As well it became a symbol of many anti-Semitic organizations. Adolf Hitler adopted the swastika when the German National Socialist Party (Nazi Party) was formed in 1919-1920.

    The Nazis regarded themselves a superior race. Based on information from Hitler’s pet archaeologist Gustaf Kossinna, Hitler believed and propagated the idea that Aryans (from arya, “superior being “ or “noble “) were a master race of Indo-Europeans living in Eurasia, Nordic in appearance and directly ancestral to the German people.

    The Jews are understandably sensitive to the swastika. Anti-Semitism was central to the Nazi movement. In Mein Kampf, Hitler described the symbolic meaning of the Nazi flag: “In red we see the social idea of the movement, in the white the nationalistic idea, in the swastika the mission of the struggle for the victory of the Aryan man and, by the same token, the victory of the idea of creative work, which as such always has been and always will be anti-Semitic.” As an ethnic group targeted for systematic elimination under the mark of the black slanted swastika, all Jewish people had been touched by the Holocaust. It is hard, therefore, for any Jew to see a sign of good fortune in a scrawled swastika on a door or wall.

    Thus, a conflict arises between the significance that Hindus assign to the swastika and the treatment of the sign by most Westerners as a symbol of hatred inherited from the Nazis, intensified as so many people from India and Asia arrive to work or live in Europe and America. Those immigrants include simple, uneducated people from rural areas who do not know of the prevalent stigma of the swastika in the West. Just as Westerners are unaware of the positive history of this ancient symbol, many less educated Asians do not know that it could be anything but auspicious. Because of the difference in the meaning of the symbol for the two cultures, people from India who display the sign may lose their job, be ostracized or threatened, even become victims of hate crimes.

    Often when something is written in the Western media about the possibility of bringing back the ancient symbol of the swastika notwithstanding its Nazi significance, such words as redemption or rehabilitation are used. Even Hindus and Jains use similar words in their appeal to “rehabilitate “ their sacred symbol. Some authors discussing the return of the swastika opine that once the swastika is used for evil purposes, it cannot be redeemed. “Certain symbols might easily exist ambiguously or with multiple meanings, but ultimately not the swastika. For what once exemplified good fortune now manifests malevolence. What was once innocent is forever guilty & As long as it embodies even an iota of evil, it will never again be redeemed, “ declared graphic design guru Steven Heller in his book The Swastika: Symbol Beyond Redemption?

    To redeem something means to extricate from an undesirable state or make up for defects. To rehabilitate means to bring something back to its previous normal condition, to cure it. None of these words seems appropriate. There was nothing wrong with the swastika that we now need to make up for its defects or cure it. It got into the wrong hands which used it as a symbol for their hateful deeds and ideology in perhaps what was the world’s most effective, integrated propaganda campaign. Thus, more appropriate words to describe what needs to be done with the swastika’s image would be acceptance, education, reconciliation and harmonization. So how do we reconcile the importance of the swastika for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains with its negative legacy in the West? How can we reduce the conflict and promote acceptance?

    Education is the only thing that might promote a better understanding between the Hindus living in the Western world and their new countrymen. It is important that in the United States there be more written and said about the meaning of the symbol to Asian cultures and religions. Such an education should start in schools where Hindu, Christian and Jewish kids are taught world religions. When discussing Hinduism, the swastika and its important place in Hinduism must be taught to children. Learning more about Asian cultures and religions will result in tolerance and respect for other cultures’ ways of life and their religious practices.

    The swastika is not the only symbol whose original godly and favorable significance was used for evil purposes. Under the Christian cross, brutal crusades to convert masses to Christianity took place, during the Medieval Inquisition millions of heretics were burned in fires, and in the United States, black Americans were persecuted and murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. However, the cross has not become a forever detested and condemned symbol.

    Because of our differences in geography, culture and experience, people from different parts of the world will treat symbols differently. As an Eastern European immigrant, I don’t believe I can disassociate the swastika from the meaning I grew up with. But after learning about Hindu culture, I have become aware of the importance of the swastika to Hindus and now deeply respect the symbol’s significance and holiness. With knowledge and understanding, people from the Western world, while not forgetting their countries’ experiences, can embrace the swastika as an auspicious sign of the Asian world. As education and awareness replace prejudice, intolerance and narrow-mindedness, there is hope people will start to see the historical richness as well as the present-day significance of the swastika, and not just its Nazi past.

    Jane Srivastava holds a bachelor’s degree from Vilnius State University, Lithuania, and a degree from the Albany Law School, Albany, New York.

  • GWU cancels suspension of student who displayed Hindu swastika

    06/23/2015 10:35:27 AM PDT · 1 of 29
  • Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth told doctor he may have sexually abused hundreds of children

    06/22/2015 6:12:48 PM PDT · 1 of 17
    Complete title: Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth told doctor he may have sexually abused hundreds of children, inquiry hears
  • Greek Holy Synod: Yoga Incompatible with Christianity

    06/17/2015 3:27:18 PM PDT · 29 of 69
    Jyotishi to NRx


    By Padma Rao Sundarji
    The Pioneer
    Friday, June 12, 2015

    Yoga is a wonderful exercise for the body and the mind. It must not be linked to a particular religion or belief. Yoga teachers mustn’t insist on religious invocations as being part of the various asanas

    First, outdoor sports as a kid, then inline skating with my son. I have exercised all my life. When the weather didn’t permit it and as I grew older, I began to frequent gyms. Or, simply put on an exercise video in my living room. Then came Group X classes and the fun of training with like-minded people and to music: rock, raga, beat, bhangra. Even in my fifties, there is nothing to describe the joy of spin-cycling awake my slothful carcass at the crack of dawn every day.

    But somehow and all through these decades, I stayed away from yoga. I concede that it may have been youthful idiocy. For and in the 1970s and 1980s, anything that came out of the West was hipper than something as home-baked as yoga.

    Of course, we gradually realised that most of the ‘Western’ work-out routines like aerobics, incorporated yoga in one way or another, while giving the asanas different names. So there was the downward dog, the butterfly, the cat or the cow pose. (If India is the home of yoga, America is the mother of marketing). There’s sweat yoga, power yoga, sufi yoga. There’s even doga: for dogs.

    But ironically — and hypocritically on our part — America brought yoga back to India. By the nineties, other Lulu Lemon-clad urban elite and I began to take a fresh look at the ancient form of exercise. And gradually added an hour of studio yoga to our spinning, kickboxing and step-aerobic routines.

    My newfound enthusiasm soon put me on a search for the ‘real thing’. I enrolled for a beginner’s course at a well-known traditional yoga centre and soon graduated to its daily ‘open sessions’.

    But in about a month, I had stopped and returned to Pilates in the old fitness studio. The ongoing yoga campaign by the Government of India made me realise why I quit.

    Yoga is, without doubt, a great mind and body workout. BUT it is the WAY yoga is traditionally taught in India, all contortions through the prism of religion, that had turned me off the centre I frequented.

    The open sessions were attended by all kinds of people: travellers from other countries, Sikhs, Muslims, Christian Indians, some Jewish Israelis, possibly even rationalists and atheists. But unmindful of this widespread representation of all kinds of faiths, the sessions always began and ended with prayers; in Sanskrit and addressed exclusively to our Hindu pantheon.

    The Ganapathi Vandana is powerful and philosophical, as is the immense Gayatri Mantra.

    But some things niggled. I am a Hindu from a traditional, not conservative, family of the freedom-fighting generation and spirit. In my grandparents’ home, my granny would commune with and grumble about the family to the entire pantheon every morning, polishing a diya here, wiping a statuette there, leafing through well-thumbed books of bhajans and muttering invocations in a reverent drone to the silent but smiling portraits on the flower-strewn pedestal. Nobody forced me to participate.

    Only on the odd occasion of a festival, would we be all invited to participate and take the arti. Meekly, I would say I knew only the words of the prayers we had learned at school. “Never mind! Any prayer will do! Just sing!” my grandmother would snort. So I would find myself telling Krishna that I wished his name were hallowed and his kingdom came, his will be done. Heads around me stayed bowed in prayer, nobody sniggered (except my tiresome siblings).

    It was a magnificent generation of Indians, the last of the true ‘seculars’. Nobody accused the missionary schools we attended of trying to ‘convert’ us. In truth, the latter never did. Catechism classes were not for Hindu kids, nuns and brothers hoisted the flag and sang our Sanskrit anthem lustily and proudly on all national holidays. We were not forced to sing Abide With Me, just to set aside time for a bit of spirituality, before tackling the first dreaded algebra class of the day.

    But in the open yoga class, I had watched non-Hindus and many foreigners twitch, mumble and twist their tongues around those Sanskrit words. If the yoga teachers thought they were getting a solid soul-cleansing before the asanas, they was badly mistaken.

    It began to annoy me intensely. Why were we all here? Primarily to exercise. So what place did prayer — be it of any religion — have, in what ought to be an hour of stretching? How could breathing have a faith? And even if one were to go by the semi-scientific theory of the benefits of the ‘Om’ mantra on the respiratory system, why could not everyone simply choose their favourite meme, or sound, or indeed prayer of their own religion if thus inclined, or none at all?

    Why couldn’t a Sikh yogi mutter Wahe Guru, a Christian Praise the Lord, a Muslim theazaan, while slithering into a surya namaskar or wobbling in a tree pose?

    On the other hand, why are Muslims today getting prickly about the ‘names’ of the asanas? Since when did Sanskrit mean Hindu? Since when did promoting an indigenous exercise form become a sneaky attempt to convert to Hinduism? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living has the following on its website:

    “The regular practice of Surya Namaskar improves circulation, maintains health and helps one remain disease-free.” But does the cardio-vascular system respond to Hindu prayer alone?

    Does yoga ‘belong’ only to India’s religious majority? Or to anyone at all? Was it not, much like the deep philosophy and astoundingly advanced world-view that comprises our great ancient texts, ultimately intended for the benefit of all mankind?

    I quit practising yoga because I got no answers. The one-year-old Modi Government has performed admirably well on all counts. It continues to go from achievement to achievement. But it should well and truly admonish Hindu Right-wing motormouths within its larger fold when they start ‘possessing’ yoga. The ‘sickulars’ who outrightly reject yoga as a ‘Hindu’ concept should hold their idiocy too.

    And by the way: Kids need the outdoors, they must kick a ball, play cricket, get out in the open air. Let’s stop this obsession with bans and now — impositions that all kids must practise yoga in school every day.

    Dear Mr Modi, yoga is an amazing, solidly scientific and magnificent form of exercise. But nobody is asking you to compulsorily practise Krav Maga every day, are they?

    If we want to call ourselves the world’s largest democracy, it’s time we started behaving like one.

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  • Man dies after officer-involved shooting on Maui

    06/15/2015 10:37:44 AM PDT · 1 of 17
  • Many Americans have no friends of another race: poll

    08/10/2013 11:08:51 PM PDT · 38 of 108
    Jyotishi to AlexW

    Yes that’s the one!

  • Many Americans have no friends of another race: poll

    08/10/2013 11:01:01 PM PDT · 35 of 108
    Jyotishi to AlexW

    There’s another race: Zeroid.

  • Russian foreign minister tells US to behave 'like grown-ups'

    08/10/2013 10:49:36 PM PDT · 88 of 89
    Jyotishi to cradle of freedom

    > They cannot see their own childishness.

    “Body by Fisher, brain by Mattel” used to be a popular saying.

  • Russian foreign minister tells US to behave 'like grown-ups'

    08/10/2013 12:30:35 AM PDT · 4 of 89
    Jyotishi to kelly4c

    Hussein is turning the U.S. into a laughing stock of the world.

  • Obituary?

    08/09/2013 3:37:27 PM PDT · 1 of 11
  • Richard Dawkins Branded "Racist" Over Anti-Muslim Remarks

    08/09/2013 2:20:32 PM PDT · 49 of 69
    Jyotishi to BwanaNdege

    Thanks for the data.

  • Richard Dawkins Branded "Racist" Over Anti-Muslim Remarks

    08/09/2013 1:39:35 PM PDT · 47 of 69
    Jyotishi to BwanaNdege

    Obama may have Indian blood. There are lots of people of Indian background in Kenya.

  • Richard Dawkins Branded "Racist" Over Anti-Muslim Remarks

    08/09/2013 1:09:24 PM PDT · 45 of 69
    Jyotishi to BwanaNdege


    India’s heritage of solving problems is often overshadowed by centuries of colonialism and conquest. Outside Delhi I visited one of the oldest monuments to that history . . . pillar of iron alloy, smelted by Indian metallurgists with such skill that it has remained rustless for 1,500 years. (Photograph on page 533.)

    These superb technicians were brethren of Indian thinkers who originated the concepts of zero and infinity and devised the inaccurately named Arabic numeral system, giving the science of mathematics to a world drenched in superstitious ignorance.

    - Bryan Hodgson, National Geographic Magazine, Volume 167, Number 4, April 1985, page 527.

  • Richard Dawkins Branded "Racist" Over Anti-Muslim Remarks

    08/09/2013 1:05:29 PM PDT · 43 of 69
    Jyotishi to Eleutheria5

    > “Dawkins is really trying to say… that Muslims as a unit throughout history have
    > done nothing since the Middle Ages,” she concluded.

    Muslims accomplished nothing even then, or before, that is of benefit to the civilized world.

  • Rape case: Delhi court frees man, cites Muslim law

    08/08/2013 3:11:31 AM PDT · 10 of 15
    Jyotishi to Netz

    I agree. And yes he goes by many names, all as endearing and respectful as he deserves.

  • Rape case: Delhi court frees man, cites Muslim law

    08/08/2013 2:52:38 AM PDT · 8 of 15
    Jyotishi to Netz

    As I understand it “Dear Leader” on FR refers to the commie-muzzie now residing in the white hut.

  • How to Read Your Cat's Body Language [video]

    08/08/2013 2:19:08 AM PDT · 7 of 31
    Jyotishi to Slings and Arrows

    My cat said, “This is false propaganda. I will prove it wrong.”

  • Rape case: Delhi court frees man, cites Muslim law

    08/08/2013 2:04:45 AM PDT · 6 of 15
    Jyotishi to DoughtyOne

    LOL. That’s how Muslims populate the planet quickly.

  • Rape case: Delhi court frees man, cites Muslim law

    08/08/2013 2:01:34 AM PDT · 5 of 15
    Jyotishi to Netz

    How dare you speak against Dear Leader Hussein’s religion!

  • Rape case: Delhi court frees man, cites Muslim law

    08/08/2013 1:44:42 AM PDT · 1 of 15
  • Al Qaeda isn’t going away soon [Op-Ed]

    08/07/2013 11:33:45 PM PDT · 1 of 6
  • Kashmir: Five Indian soldiers killed in shooting

    08/06/2013 10:23:32 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    Jyotishi to Pan_Yan

    Thanks for the ping. India would probably consider retaliating against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan the equivalent of fighting against the U.S., thanks to Barack Hussein Obama.

  • US has 'eliminated most of the threat' in Pakistan, SecState Kerry claims

    08/04/2013 6:27:01 PM PDT · 10 of 61
    Jyotishi to Ernest_at_the_Beach

    The why does Pakistan’s ISI and numerous terrorist groups supported by it still exist?

  • FNC James Rosen with latest on terrorist threat(Susan Rice driving force behind embassy closures)

    08/04/2013 1:24:03 PM PDT · 13 of 56
    Jyotishi to smoothsailing

    This is probably al Qaeda’s Washington cell’s advisory to all other cells to better secure their communications.

  • Blast near Indian Consulate in Afghanistan kills 8 children

    08/03/2013 8:22:02 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    Jyotishi to familyop

    “And India hasn’t nuked Pakistan for that, yet?”

    Nuking Pakistan would be akin to nuking one of Obama’s 57 U.S. states. So, no.

  • Video: Birther Confronts Congresswoman Roby; Obama Is A Foreign-Born Communist Despot

    08/03/2013 6:02:55 PM PDT · 81 of 142
    Jyotishi to Seizethecarp

    Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie can’t find Obama’s birth certificate (title shortened)

  • Blast near Indian Consulate in Afghanistan kills 8 children

    08/03/2013 3:46:13 PM PDT · 1 of 6
  • Goodbye to my American dream: As a black, I'm tired of loving a country that can't love me back

    08/02/2013 9:38:00 PM PDT · 50 of 244
    Jyotishi to 2ndDivisionVet

    “I never accepted the misogynistic, drug-infested, stripper-glamorizing, hip-hop culture that is force-fed to black youths through square tubes.”

    “stripper-glamorizing”, Tiffanie? Really? Only last year you posted:

    My Carnival: Blue Body Paint, Blood Poisoning & Beenie Man

    Tiffanie Drayton
    March 5, 2012

    and posted that picture of a dancer.

  • As US pulls out of Afghanistan, its weapons head for Pakistan

    08/02/2013 5:16:01 PM PDT · 1 of 43
  • Freep a Poll! (Wash. DC CBS station. Agree with Zimmerman verdict?)

    08/02/2013 4:16:54 PM PDT · 14 of 42
    Jyotishi to dynachrome

    Yes - 82.68%

  • California priest sentenced to eight years in jail for molesting 13-year-old girl

    08/02/2013 3:03:55 PM PDT · 1 of 33
  • Hawaii helps the homeless disappear one plane ticket at a time

    08/02/2013 1:00:40 PM PDT · 21 of 26
    Jyotishi to Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

    The price of a return ticket would be very small compared to that of a hotel room for weeks, months or years. You could apply for food stamps, free healthcare, shelter and who knows what else.

  • Hawaii helps the homeless disappear one plane ticket at a time

    08/02/2013 12:31:05 PM PDT · 5 of 26
    Jyotishi to South40

    Most homeless in Hawaii have family in Hawaii and choose that lifestyle. And the homeless who are from somewhere else have probably learned to like living in the state.

  • Hawaii sets aside $100,000 to offer its 17,000 homeless people one-way airfare

    08/01/2013 10:08:32 PM PDT · 67 of 68
    Jyotishi to SunkenCiv; Makana

    Most of the homeless in Hawaii have family in Hawaii and choose to be “houseless” for various reasons. And the homeless who are from somewhere else have probably learned to like living in so-called paradise.

    Mahalo for the ping, SunkenCiv.

  • Malaysia: Vigilantes 'monitoring cyberspace'

    07/30/2013 8:44:33 PM PDT · 5 of 24
    Jyotishi to TexGrill

    “Malaysia’s population observes a range of faiths but the government is keen to insulate the Muslim majority from perceived harmful influences.”

    Approximately 61.3% of the population practice Islam, 19.8% practice Buddhism, 9.2% Christianity, 6.3% Hinduism and 1.3% practice Confucianism, Taoism and other traditional Chinese religions. 0.7% declared no religion and the remaining 1.4% practised other religions or did not provide any information.[7]

  • Can Islam Be Reformed? (Daniel Pipes)

    07/29/2013 3:36:56 PM PDT · 10 of 46
    Jyotishi to neverdem
    "Can Islam Be Reformed?"

  • Vatican's shift on gay priests may influence civil law in US

    07/29/2013 10:25:42 AM PDT · 1 of 60
  • Splitsville Contest: Predict the Date When Huma Splits From Carlos Danger

    07/28/2013 6:06:30 PM PDT · 12 of 46
    Jyotishi to PJ-Comix

    Not in the foreseeable future.

  • BJP cautions US against peace talks with Taliban

    07/28/2013 5:03:37 PM PDT · 3 of 3
    Jyotishi to sagar

    You’ve seen the following, no doubt?

    Obama Signs Executive Order, Sends $500 million to Terrorists

  • Emergency officials urge residents to monitor TS [Tropical Storm] Flossie

    07/28/2013 2:15:41 PM PDT · 4 of 4

    Flossie Weakens Slightly, Tropical Storm Warning for Oahu

    By Rich Meiers, Ben Gutierrez, Dan Cooke
    Sunday, July 28, 2013

    NOAA image of Flossie taken Sunday morning


    Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tropical Storm Flossie has weakened slightly as it moves ever closer to the islands. As of 11:00 a.m. HST Sunday, maximum sustained winds were 60 miles per hour, according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.

    Forecasters said at 11:00 a.m., the storm was located about 430 miles east of Hilo, or 615 miles east of Honolulu. It was moving toward the west at 20 miles per hour. Forward movement is expected to slow ever so slightly as the storm nears the Big Island.

    Complete story here:

  • Pakistan May Seek Deal to Swap Doctor Who Helped Find bin Laden for Terrorist

    07/28/2013 11:43:21 AM PDT · 12 of 16
    Jyotishi to Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; livius

    Let Obama kiss her. That should do it.

  • Crash Bean

    07/27/2013 3:43:30 PM PDT · 4 of 24
    Jyotishi to Mercat

    Uh-huh, product placements/acknowledgments too... hope the checks are rolling in.

  • Obama praises Muslim immigrants for helping build America

    07/27/2013 3:18:05 PM PDT · 113 of 120
    Jyotishi to cardinal4

    No Arabs didn’t but Hindus in India did:

    India’s heritage of solving problems is often overshadowed by centuries of colonialism and conquest [Outside Delhi I visited one of the oldest monuments to that history. . . pillar of iron alloy, smelted by Indian metallurgists with such skill that it has remained rustless for 1,500 years. (Photograph on page 533.)

    These superb technicians were brethren of Indian thinkers who originated the concepts of zero and infinity and devised the inaccurately named Arabic numeral system, giving the science of mathematics to a world drenched in superstitious ignorance.

    - Bryan Hodgson in National Geographic Magazine, Volume 167, Number 4, April 1985, page 527.

  • How to Use a Rotary Phone

    07/27/2013 1:26:11 PM PDT · 13 of 71
    Jyotishi to Dallas59
  • Emergency officials urge residents to monitor TS [Tropical Storm] Flossie

    07/26/2013 8:19:10 PM PDT · 1 of 4
  • Sarah Palin On Fox News: 'I Was Forbidden From Telling The Truth About Obama In 2008.'

    07/26/2013 7:23:06 PM PDT · 27 of 157
    Jyotishi to Cold Case Posse Supporter

    She must be getting ready to start a new party.

  • Hacker found dead days before he was to demonstrate how to hack a pacemaker

    07/26/2013 10:44:26 AM PDT · 28 of 104
    Jyotishi to Spitzensparkin1

    Maybe the death was staged and he works for the government now.

  • Bette Midler: GOP Tried to Prevent U.S. from Winning WWII

    07/26/2013 9:56:52 AM PDT · 81 of 103
    Jyotishi to Venturer

    “Bette has never been known as an intellectual. Does anyone now know why?”

    She was raised in the slums of Kalihi in Honolulu.