Friday, August 24, 2018

The Bible is Almost Worse Than Anything in the Koran

Experiment Exposes Koran Prejudices
A comedy programme recently read Bible texts suspected of being Koranic verses. Everyone was totally shocked when it turned out that they were quotes from the Bible. So cruel is the Bible:

Dealing with people of other faiths
2 JOHN 10f

If one may believe John's second letter, people of other faiths may neither be greeted nor accepted as guests. So much for Christian charity. It is also remarkable that'ungodly' seem to be automatically involved in evil works'.

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house and do not greet him. For he who greets him has a share in his wicked works.

Biblical Auschwitz

At the end of all days, the wheat is separated from the chaff. The'good' come into the potty, into God's Kingdom of Heaven. The'bad', on the other hand, will suffer eternally in hellfire because they have reached for the wrong faith in the supermarket of religions.

The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all that deceives them into falling away, and those who do wrong will throw them into the furnace of fire; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Authoritarian Education & Stoning
5th MOSE 21.18ff

A son who repeatedly defies his parents' orders should be stoned to death by stoning after consultation with the elders.
Strangely enough, the'Good News' does not say at any point that even parents have duties towards their children. Should the son who, for example, defends himself against sexual abuse, also be in the wrong?

If someone has a rebellious and disobedient son who does not obey the voice of his father and mother, and even if they chastise him, will not obey them, then father and mother shall take him and lead him to the elders of the city and to the gate of the place
And say unto the elders of the city, This our son of ours is rebellious and disobedient, and disobeys our voice, and is a glutton and drunkard.
And all the people of his city shall stone him, that he may die, and thou shalt put away evil from among you, that all Israel may listen and fear.

More Bible quotes:
"Kill now all that is male among children, and all the women who are no longer virgins; but all the girls who are untouched, let them live for you."  (Genesis 31:17-18)

Death Penalty for Raped Girls
Those who did not scream or did not scream loud enough!
"When a virgin is betrothed, and a man meets her within the city and dwelleth with her, ye shall bring them both out to the gate of the city, and stone them both to die, the virgin, because she did not cry, though she was in the city, the man because he defiled his neighbour's bride;..."  (Genesis 22:23-24)

Death penalty for homosexuals!
"If any man lie with a man as with a woman, they have done what is an abomination, and both shall die;..."  (Genesis 20:13)

All from the bible... Read more:

Tips on How to Find the Best Airline Tickets

Ask fellow passengers in an airplane how much they paid for their ticket and you will get a dozen different prices. With endless search engines and continually fluctuating prices, the approach to frugal flight booking is overwhelming. Book early: It used to be that the best booking window was 6–8 weeks before your flight, book as soon as you know when you're going, instead of playing the waiting game.

While many theories exist around booking specifically on a Tuesday to save money, the reality is: there is no consistent truth to exactly which days are cheapest to fly.  Most of the time it is cheaper to leave on a weekday, though this isn't always the case.  Your best strategy is to get a quick overview of prices for a whole month to see what days are cheapest for your specific route.  ThriftyNomads explains how you can go about it:

Step 1
Hop on the Skyscanner website or download the app

Step 2
Enter your departure & arrival cities

Step 3
Select “one-way” (even if flying round trip – you're just determining the cheapest days to fly out first)

Step 4
On a computer: click “Depart” but instead of entering a date, select “Whole Month”, and then “Cheapest Month” so you can browse all dates to see which is cheapest.  Hit “Search flights” to easily see which date is the cheapest.

Repeat these steps for your return flight if applicable.  You can still book a round trip in one booking, but doing these steps first will let you see which dates are generally cheaper to fly in/out on for your round trip. and Google Flights work similarly to Skyscanner, plus they have map views as well, so you can see where the airport is.  

Not All Search Engines Are Equal
Whenever many people tend to search Expedia or Orbitz. These sites either work with or are owned by the airline companies and don't offer unbiased fares.  Moreover, many sites don't list budget carriers because those airlines don't want to pay a booking commission. The best search engines are the ones that have no affiliation with any airline and make their money via advertising, not bookings. 
Search as many flight search websites as possible,, such as Skyscanner, Kayak, Google Flights, AirFare Watchdog, Momondo, JetRadar, or Kiwi etc. as you can to ensure you are leaving no stone unturned.  But there is no perfect airline search engine.  Even the best have their faults.
Here are some essential tips to find the best airline ticket prizes:
Be Flexible with Your Travel Dates
If you are not flexible with the dates you want to fly, you will never be able to find a cheap flight.  Airline ticket prices vary depending on the day of the week, time of year, and upcoming holidays, such as Christmas, New Year's Eve, Thanksgiving.  In Europe, August is a big month for traveling, as many Europeans vacation then and so airline tickets tend to be higher that month.
Fly on Weekdays
It's always cheaper to fly during the middle of the week than on a weekend because most people travel on the weekends and airlines hike their prices as a result.  If you fly directly on a major holiday, prices are also a bit cheaper.  Early-morning or late-night flights are also cheaper because fewer people want to travel then.  Before you commit to your departure, make sure you check other dates so you can pick the cheapest day.  The difference of a day can mean hundreds of dollars in savings.
Be Flexible with Your Destinations
Instead of going to a place with an expensive flight, fly where it's cheapest.  Kayak offers the "Explore" tool, which allows you to put in your airport and see which routes have the cheapest fares.  If you are flexible with your destination, this is a great way to start researching where to go.  Google Flights also offers a great tool too.
Take Advantage of Student Discounts
If you are a student, there are many discounts available to you.  Check out STA Travel and its search engine.  You can find flexible student tickets on its website and at agency stores. If you're Canadian, check out Travel Cuts for deals.
Consider Budget Airlines
Flying with the budget airlines might be a good alternative to flying "the majors".  
You get fewer perks, but you can save a bundle in ticket costs.  For example, WOW air is introducing cheap fares to Iceland and London from the United States.  Air Asia offers crazy-cheap deals around Asia and Australia for as little as $100 each way. Indian and Middle Eastern airlines offer cheap flights throughout the subcontinent and Africa.  Many times, these low-cost airlines offer no-fare tickets — you pay just the taxes. 

However, be aware there are lots of disadvantages, such as hidden fees, unfavorable schedules, baggage restrictions, and everything in the plane is “bare-bones”.  There is no free meal or drinks and the flight attendants’ salary depends on how many items they can sell to passengers.
Secondary airports that low-cost carriers fly into are often quite distant from the cities they purportedly serve.  How far?  Oslo Torp is 113km (71 miles) north of Oslo.  Stockholm Skavsta is located about 100km (65 miles) from Stockholm.  Frankfurt Hahn is 120 km (75 miles) west of Frankfurt.  Be sure to check out how far the airports are from the city center — sometimes transportation from the airport to the city can actually make a budget airline ticket more expensive writes Eurocheapo.
Sign Up for a Frequent Flier Program
Airline rewards programs are a great way to get free flights, free upgrades, and free companion tickets.  No matter how often you fly, you should be registered for the airline's reward program so you can grow your balance over time.  Major alliances work with partners and you can earn miles and rewards with those partner flights.  This way you can always earn miles when you fly.
Moreover, there are lots of other ways to earn miles even if you aren't jet-setting around the world all the time:  Shop at member stores - All airlines have special offers for large consumer companies such as Apple, Best Buy, or Target.  Shopping at these preferred stores will earn you 2-4 miles per dollar spent, though sometimes there are deals for up to 10 miles per dollar spent.  If you spend $1,000 a month, you can earn up to 3,000 miles just by going through their websites. The products don't cost extra, so you only win. 

When airlines get into price wars or offer new routes, they often launch ridiculous double- or triple-mile offers.  Many people then fly these routes just for the miles. They will fly from California to New York and back again if they find a dirt-cheap fare, in order to gain miles. Mileage runs are very common and, while not free, can be a useful method to gain a lot of miles on a cheap fare.
Put everything on your credit card — from Starbucks to phone bills. If you collect 36,000 miles per year you get a free flight to Europe just for using your credit card. In the movie “Up in the Air”, George Clooney's character said, "I don't do anything if it doesn't benefit my miles account."     
When purchasing a fare from an airline based abroad, use a credit card that doesn’t charge a foreign currency conversion fee, even if the price is quoted in dollars.
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This could be triple miles on a selected route or something their recent promotion because they often feature offers not found on an airline's website. 
The days of all-inclusive service on airline travel has long passed, so picking the right airline is crucial. Want to check in that bag? Want more legroom? That snack on United is going to cost you… even on an international flight. If you have particular needs, you’ll need to check with your airline ahead of time, before you easily spend an extra $50 check-in a bag for a roundtrip trip.
Cheap airfare has made travel more possible for the budget-conscious among us, but that doesn’t mean it’s all fine.  Before you buy your ticket, make sure you know exactly what you are (and aren’t!) paying for.  Surprises are lovely unless they involve costly unforeseen travel expenses. 

Most important of all: Learn about your rights as a passenger.  In case of delays and cancellations, you will be glad you were using a European airline, as they have some of the most generous passenger rights and refunds in the world.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Pesticides: Surefire Recipe to Harm

Why kill your kitten with pesticides?

Want to kill your cat or dog or make yourself, and your whole family sick?  Look no further than your “Weed Man” or any other “landscaping” contractor.  I am talking here not even about the glyphosate-drenched soil and water that we leave for our children and grandchildren… 

Wake Up, Folks!  

Just to remove a couple of Dandelions 
(which are edible, e.g. to make a 
healthy salad or to roast the roots) 
some people pull out their “Weeds b’ Gone”. 

Why kill your dog with pesticides?

Adverse Health Effects
Cancer, Alzheimer, Birth Defects...
why would anyone use Glyphosate - aka WeedsBGone?

Global Glyphosate Study Pilot Phase Shows Adverse Health Effects at ‘Safe’ Doses
The results reveal that glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) were able to alter certain important biological parameters, mainly relating to sexual development, genotoxicity and the alteration of the intestinal microbiome -  with direct impact on our health!

Avoid these Common Sources of Glyphosate:
  • Avoid the primary GMO foods including all soy, corn, canola.
  • Avoid all non-organic cereals and grains, which are harvested with glyphosate, including wheat, barley, buckwheat, millet, rice, oats, rye, sorghum, wild rice, and popcorn

Scary Outlook
The pilot study involved the participation of multiple Institutions and Universities in Europe and the U.S. 

Glyphosate: Unsafe On Any Plate

Carcinogenicity of tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate

Glyphosate and Its Degradation Product AMPA Occur Frequently and Widely in U.S. Soils, Surface Water, Groundwater, and Precipitation;jsessionid=627881F2E3FB2D580B24CCF6F2B2A33D.f03t02

Glyphosate persistence in seawater

UCSF Presentation:
Bio-monitoring of glyphosate across the United States in urine and tap water

These are just a few of hundreds of scientific studies...