Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Oh joy..............Tina chanting!

Sufi Shaikh Kabir - the true reality of Islam? (He ought to be advising President Obama)

To learn more about this amazing man I went here -

The site gives this as his biography;

Kabir Shaikh was, between 2002 and July 2009, the Director of Education for
UNRWA/ UNESCO (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
Refugees), providing education to half a million Palestinian refugee children
based in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank, and had a staff of
over 22,000.

For over 38 years he worked in the UK on Education, holding various posts
including: Director of Education for Bournemouth, LEA; Chief Inspector for
Education in London; and Chair of the Association for Science Education’s
National Working Party on Science for a Multicultural Society. Kabir has served
on several national committees in various capacities such as Chair of the
Partnership Board for Leicester City Education; Member of the Advisory Forum to
the Royal Naval School of Educational Training and Technology; Chair of the
Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services; Vice President
of the Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics
Education. His work has involved the Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO,
Development Education and the British Council. He is a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Chemistry.

In 2003 Kabir was awarded a CBE for services to Education in England


His site is here -

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Saturday, 19 February 2011

So, you thought you knew the depth of American politicians' ignorance? - Arizona Bans Karma - Seriously!

Since the dark days of the attacks on America by radical, Islamic terrorists on September 11th 2001, there has been a growing intolerance here for non-Judeo-Christian religions. This has, unfortunately, been mostly aimed at the American-Muslim community in a misguided attempt to combat radical Islam.

Unfortunately, there are numerous people in America who can't seem to make a distinction between an Islamic terrorist and an Islamic moderate practicing their religion freely as allowed under the American Constitution. But I digress. One of the targets of the this fear of anything Islamic has come in the form of a wide-spread paranoia of Sharia law.

In brief, Sharia law is law based on the Islamic holy book, the Qur'an (koran). The Islamophobia is so rampant in America these days that states have taken to banning Sharia law in a preemptive move to prevent such law from taking root. This is occurring despite no movement to impose or establish Sharia law in America. The silliness of it all is that such moves by these states are a waste of time since the American Constitution supersedes any other form of law within America!!

But the politicians of Arizona didn't stop there. They wanted to make sure 

non-Christian religious beliefs would have no influence in Arizona state law.  This included banning karma, which I didn't even know was possible considering karma is basically the idea of, "cause and effect" or causality..............................

SOURCE: James Ure's excellent Buddhist Blog

Click on link to read the full article. 

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Wednesday, 9 February 2011

EVER WONDERED WHY APPLE ISN'T FLASH -her's Steve Job's article

Apple has a long relationship with Adobe. In fact, we met Adobe’s founders when they were in their proverbial garage. Apple was their first big customer, adopting their Postscript language for our new Laserwriter printer. Apple invested in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years. The two companies worked closely together to pioneer desktop publishing and there were many good times. Since that golden era, the companies have grown apart. Apple went through its near death experience, and Adobe was drawn to the corporate market with their Acrobat products. Today the two companies still work together to serve their joint creative customers – Mac users buy around half of Adobe’s Creative Suite products – but beyond that there are few joint interests.

I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads.

Click on link to read Steve Job's article

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Vote YES for fairer voting - Debate Day 1

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill — Report (1st Day)

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Friday, 4 February 2011

A Top 500 list of poems and poets

Matthew Lipman one of the great educators has died - when will mainstream education grow up enough to see his genius?

Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC)

Matthew Lipman, creator of the philosophy for children movement, during a classroom discussion in an undated phot

How great was he? He was in the highest echelon of educators. His achievement was to bring developing civilization itself into the child's heart and mind and into the heart of the teaching process and into the heart of the classroom community.

There is no problem that you can point to, no suffering being endured, no apparently intractable problem that would not be ameliorated or solved by the great process and programme he engendered, inspired as it was from the person and teachings of Socrates himself.

Any child taught well with his system and any teacher fortunate enough to teach using his methods will carry light and the very breath of civilization with them throughout their lives.


To read the New York times article click on link.

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