Ozone Hole at Record breaking Scale

NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists report this year’s ozone hole in the polar region of the Southern Hemisphere has broken records for area and depth. 
The ozone layer acts to protect life on Earth by blocking harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. The “ozone hole” is a severe depletion of the ozone layer high above Antarctica. It is primarily caused by human-produced compounds that release chlorine and bromine gases in the stratosphere.

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Time to Think

Well a few minutes ago pop up on my feed reader from bbc.com had this news info

“Blast leaves 25 dead in Baghdad “

Now pop up like this are a daily routine. Some times more than once a day.

I do criticize US and US lead coalition for instability in Iraq but I think if we just ponder for few moments that what are we our self doing. Killing our own brothers and sisters and then labeling it as Jihad is just ridiculous.

Time has come we stop putting all the blame for this crises on the west instead look at what we are doing , instead of stabilizing it we are making it more and more worse.

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The Last Supper

The Last Supper is a 15th century painting in Milan, created by Leonardo da Vinci. It represents the scene of  The Last Supper from the final days of Jesus as depicted in the Bible. The painting is based on John 13:21, where Jesus announced that one of his 12 disciples would betray him. The painting is one of the most well known and valued in the world.

Recently the painting has been topic of much debate due to its importance in the story line of the novel THE DA VINCI CODE and latter on in the film.

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School of Athens

 

The School of Athens is one of the most famous paintings of Italian and European renaissance by Raphael.

The painting is unique and interesting in sense that it contains many of the great thinkers till the 15th century. Thinkers like Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Leonardo Da Vinci ,Michelangelo, Pythagoras and even great Muslim scholar of the 10th century Averroes.

Raphael’s self portrait is at the far lower-right of the fresco, the young man with brown hair staring straight out at the audience

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Desperate Times

World Opinion was one of optimism, joy and hope for the future after the fall of Soviet Union after the Afghan war in Late 80’s, but none of them imagined that this major event in human history will cause one of the biggest imbalance in international politics leaving Unites States as the sole Super Power in the world, perhaps the strongest superpower after the great Roman Empire.

So instead of peace and joy during the past 15+ years there are left few regions of the world who have haven’t seen wars and after effects of the Soviet Union Collapse.

The most effected region has been that if greater middle east, and unfortunately, except Israel all countries in this region are Muslim countries. Let us not speculate that whether all this was for oil or to suppress Muslims, the bottom line remains that Muslims in this region of the world have been the target of suppression and negligence and now a point in time has come which will perhaps shape the future of these nations as a whole.

Some of us have already made a choice and have chosen the path of violence and terrorism, but the more abundant moderate people are still not accepting the reality or perhaps they have and don’t know what to do and how to respond to these troubling times.

But as far as I can see if we choose the way of terrorism and extremism then what we will do is to fuel hatred of Muslims and Islam among the moderate western society as we have already seen the after affects of various terrorist events after 9/11, like banning of veils in Western Society and general hatred towards Muslims and Islam as a religion. So this approach is making our situation more and more worse.

But I think now time has come for the moderate Islamic element in these countries to stand up not only against the West but also against the extremist element in our own countries. So it becomes a responsibility to educate our extremist society with true Islamic values and the best way to do it by writing down our thoughts publishing them and letting our own society as well as the west to know how the moderate Muslim view in our countries. It is only when we are united and strong we can hope to become prosperous and face this western onslaught of lies.

Next Space Tourist Launches His Own Website

Former Microsoft software developer Charles Simonyi is set to become a space tourist for a visit to the International Space Station (ISS).

 

Simonyi, a 58-year-old American and co-founder of Intentional Software Corp., will ride a Russian-built Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS for a one-week science  mission aboard orbital laboratory, Space Adventures said, adding that a contract for the spaceflight is in hand.

With a March 2007 spaceflight in hand, American space tourist-in-training Charles Simonyi celebrated with a launch of his own website Thursday as he debuted a personal website where he’ll document his trek to the International Space Station (ISS).

Simonyi  is now set to launch towards the ISS on March 9, 2007 aboard a Russian-built Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft that will also ferry two Expedition 15 cosmonauts to the orbital laboratory. He plans to lay down his training and flight experiences on the Internet at his website: www.charlesinspace.com.

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Now Who’s better Captain … Inzi or Younis

Well for past 6 months many people have started saying that Inzamam should be replaced as Captain of Pakistan Side and Younis Khan should be given the nod due to his excellent morale and enthusiasm in the field.

Well yes captain has to be beat up and enthusiastic but the most important feature of Captain is how he performs under pressure. So in ICC champions trophy, due to unfortunate Ban on Inzamam ,Younis has his chance. Though Pakistan Team was weekend one but the shot Younis Played today vs. South Africa in situation that needed calm and coolness just set apart Inzamam class as a player and as a captain and his ability to thrive under pressure.For me Younis short at that critical juncture just cost us the match. Younis may be a good chap in the team but his skill and temperament under pressure was totally exposed

Hope this incident will shut up those who want inzi out and I hope that inzi is kept as Pakistan Captain until he decides to retire and what ever that time may be, the longer the better for Pakistan.