Diplomacy seems to be the only option with Syria

The conflict ridden country which has seen continued clashes and civilian as well as military deaths since March last year, hasn’t seen much change rather things on the ground seem gloomier for the people of Syria who are battling not just the agitations within the country but conflicting opinions about the reality of the situation around the world making the end seem farther that they had imagined. While talks and discussions in the west and the middle east after Kofi Annan’s peace plan proposal for Syria was introduced, have gained renewed pace the extent of their impact is essentially a function of the receptiveness of the Assad administration in Syria which is facing increasing international pressure and internal security failure making the entire situation turn against the government which claims to have no part in the blood bath and civil disruptions which were a collective result of masked militia and hysteria created by the opposition as a means of turning the populace against the pro-Iranian government to facilitate American-Israeli interests in the region.

Titanic re-released in 3D to coincide with the 100th year of the tragedy

One of the biggest films in the history of Hollywood is set to return to the silver screen in 3D. Titanic was the highest grossing film with $1.843 billion until Avatar, directed by the same director grossed $2.77 billion.

Titanic was first released in 1997. It is a movie based on the real event of a passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean when it collided with an iceberg. The same movie is being re-released in 3D on the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.

Director James Cameron said the movie in 3D would crank up the experience. He said this is his way of paying tribute and added that, 3D would make the experience more real.

Tax breaks for Oil companies will remain in place

The Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a bill that would cut tax breaks worth billions of dollars for the big oil companies (Exxon Mobil Corp, BP Plc, ConocoPhillips, Chevron Corp and Royal Dutch Shell Plc.) in the U.S. The Democratic proponents of the bill feel that these tax breaks which are worth about $24 billion over a 10 year period are unnecessary for an industry that is raking in record profits.

Oil firms have been hugely profitable over the past decade and while consumers do feel the pinch of rising gas prices, the decrease in supply has not seemed to have affected the bottom line of big oil companies. Robert Menendez the Democrat who has sponsored this bill to cut the tax breaks explained his stance on the floor of the Senate by saying that “They took your money and they didn’t produce a drop more of oil,” about the fact that these companies produced less oil in 2011 than they did in 2010.

The Fundamental Root of Terrorism

As an American, my first bitter taste of what true evil was watching the twin towers being bombed on 9/11.  Who was truly behind it?  Why didn’t the government prevent it?  So many thoughts were swarming through my brain.  Terrorism has existed since the beginning of time but it really hit home when it was my own fellow citizens being the innocent victims.  The thing is that religion is the one thing that is tricking good people that want to identify with God more than anything else in the world into doing wicked things.  They actually think they are defending the heavenly father’s honor and are trying to win his respect as well as win their ticket to their own stupid versions of heaven.  Little do they know that their acts of carnage will eventually leave them forsaken and in a very cold world.

If religion didn’t exist think how free we could be!  It restricts us from using common sense and revolutionary rationale.  Chilling as it might sound, it was a crazy man that needed medicine who wrote the scriptures.  Something happens as we reach adult hood and start developing enemies and a lust for an ego.  We become obsessed with having almighty stronghold that we can latch on to.  Yes there are beautiful passages in all the scriptures but what if it was all just one big scheme to make them submit to someone who only cares about mind control and the snatching of the human spirit.  One someone sells their soul to a simple passage; they are inhibited from creating their own mastery of what the universetruly wants for them.

The Gun Debate

It’s plain to see that violence is running rampant in various countries causing suffering and human trauma.  It is engrained in the human psyche to sometimes explode on your fellow man.  The use of guns as a means to destroy another individual is a subject that has been debated countless times.  It is written in the constitution that we have a right to bear arms, but do we really?  Self-defense is important but at what lengths must we go to feel protected and not in danger.

Tragedies have been occurring with witless, angry, monsters buying guns at stores and than going on killing sprees.  Imagine a world where guns didn’t exist and men would have to fight instead of shoot.  Only cowards that know they are the weaker man subscribe to the utilization of weapons to face their opponents.  What are we teaching to the next generation of people that yearn for peace and compassion? That it is better to hate and let loose on someone than demonstrate self-control, awareness of demons, and composure.

Fox’s new Lets Big Happy on MySpace with tacos and music

Internet is the new media. Every day, something new that could be done through the medium is discovered. The age old tradition on television of discovering voices and bands and giving them their chance to fame has now been taken to the internet.

MySpace among all the things it does will now also provide young artists and bands with opportunities. Sponsored by Taco Bell, Let’s Big Happy is a seven episode series that has been scripted for the web. This new series from Fox Digital Entertainment will begin this Wednesday. It will be available on MySpace and some other digital stores.

Bringing more surprises, the show will star Angela Sarafyan and will have performances by Andrew W.K, Chiddy Bang, We Are Scientists and Math the Band.

Americans are not happy with Obama over gas prices

The recent hike in gas prices has been one of the major issues in the 2012 presidential campaign. More than two-thirds of Americans are not happy with the way President Obama is handling the gas crisis, although they do not blame him for the hike. According to the Reuters/Ipsos online poll released on Tuesday, 68% disapprove and 24% approve of Obama response to the gasoline issue.

The U.S fuel prices have gone up from $0.03 per gallon to $3.90 in the past month and the Republicans have seized this opportunity to attack Obama’s energy policies. The disapproval has spread across party lines which might impact the upcoming election. Although the survey shows that the voters hold oil companies and foreign countries more accountable than politicians for the price hike. According to the online poll of 606 Americans conducted on March 26-27 with a credibility interval of plus or minus 4.6% points for all respondents, 89% Republicans said they disapproved along with 52% democrats and 73% independents.

It’s time to add the enemies

People generally create accounts and log in to Facebook to stay in touch with friends and to make new ones. That agenda is about to make a little shift.

One of the developers of Facebook felt the social networking site was too cheerful and bright. And that led him to creating a new App, which from the response it has garnered looks like just the new ebb Facebook needs. If stalking your friends and exes was your thing to do, there is now another way to keep track of your enemies. Or are you the kind that hates all the new trends and a cynic who wanted to cry out loud? Here is the thing just for you.

Dean Terry created the app called EnemyGraph that will let Facebook users name their enemies. It’s a free app that was launched earlier this month by a team headed by Terry. A person, group, company, anything could be named as an enemy. If that message does not seem strong enough, the enemy could be upgraded to an archenemy. Hate the timeline too much? Just go make it your enemy and declare war for the world to see.

The Missile shield fiasco in Soul

The U.S., NATO and many European countries are have been participating in a proposed project to set up an anti nuclear missile shield or defense system with instillations all over Europe. The idea is to ensure a first line of defense against any missile attacks launched not only on Europe but also into the U.S. from parts of the Middle East. Though it is widely believed that at present no country in that region has the capability of getting a ballistic missile all the way to the U.S. but that may change in the future.

Russia has been staunchly opposed to the plan as it stands right now as radars that will be placed in Europe as part of this system will have the ability to monitor all movement within Russia’s European area and that is not acceptable to them. They would like legally binding assurances from NATO and the U.S. that the shield will not be used against them before they join the countries who are participating in this project. They also do not share the west’s concerns about Iran at the moment.

Advances in surgery is a breakthrough for face transplant operations

Richard Norris, 37, of Virginia, was injured in a gun accident in 1997. He had lost his lips, nose and mouth in the accident and his face was severely damaged. He had become a recluse with no hope of being a part of the society. However, the physicians at the university of Maryland medical center thought otherwise! In a conference on Tuesday, they spoke about the face transplant that Richard had undergone and described it as being the nations most comprehensive face transplant. Richard received the transplant which included restructuring his entire face from the upper and lower jaw bones, teeth, a part of the tongue and soft tissue from the hairline to the neck. The surgery lasted 36 hours and took place on March 19.

According to Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, associate professor of surgery at Maryland’s School of Medicine and chief of plastic, reconstructive and maxillofacial surgery at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, who conducted the transplant along with 150 doctors, nurses and hospital staff assisting said that the surgery was a full composite maxillo-facial transplant and also includes subcutaneous tissue and muscles and the nerves that innovate or move those muscles which gives the face expressions and sensation and also the bony structure that goes along the face.

 

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