Daily Archives: September 23, 2008

Polar bears resort to cannibalism as Arctic ice shrinks

The Arctic sea ice melt is a disaster for the polar bears,” according to Kassie Siegel, staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. “They are dependent on the Arctic sea ice for all of their essential behaviors, and as the ice melts and global warming transforms the Arctic, polar bears are starving, drowning, even resorting to cannibalism because they don’t have access to their usual food sources.”

Scientists have noticed increasing reports of starving Arctic polar bears attacking and feeding on one another in recent years. In one documented 2004 incident in northern Alaska, a male bear broke into a female’s den and killed her.

In May, the U.S. Department of Interior listed the polar bear as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act. In a news release, U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne stated, “loss of sea ice threatens and will likely continue to threaten polar bear habitat. This loss of habitat puts polar bears at risk of becoming endangered in the foreseeable future, the standard established by the ESA for designating a threatened species.


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Response to “India RAW did it: Taliban deny all involvement in Marriott attack”

Recently an artice was published  which claims that “India RAW did it: Taliban deny all involvement in Marriott attack”. (Read Here). Was this article written just because someone wanted to write?

Pakistan Ledger reported that it was the Indian agents of RAW that attacked the Marriott Hotel. Now the Taliban, never shy about accepting responsibility has denied any responsibility in the Islamabad attack. So if the Taliban did not do it, who did? The answer to this :Whodunnit” is obvious. There are external hands in this carnage. Which external hand gets the maximum advantage out of the killings.

1) India has infiltrated many movements and has adopted the TTP. It provides the TTP with arms, equipment and training.

2) By discrediting the Taliban and the FATA militants India feels more secure in Kashmir.

3) By destabilizing Pakistan and demoralizing the populace India may feel that it can dictate policy in Afghanistan and also Pakistan

4) By attacking Pakistan from Afghanistan India can have plausible deniability and say to the world that its not her attacking Pakistan. Nothing could be farther than the truth. Indian RAW with the KGB and Khad rained more terror on Pakistan than any other country in the world. In fact during the 80s Pakistan received more than 70% of the terror in the world. All of that was made in India.

5) The sophistication of the operation against the Marriott, the material used, the amount of the incendiary material used, and the type of RDX used shows a very clever and costly operation which requires state machinery to execute.

6) India has the motive, the opportunity and the inclination to run this operation.

Here are some of the points which needs to be clarified –

1. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is an umbrella organization of Pakistani Taliban groups and is no where related to RAW

2. Why would India destabalize an already de stabalized country . It is not in India’s interest to have a nuclear powered destabalized state as it’s neighbour

3. In the 80’s Pakisstan received 70% of the terror in the world because they themselves were diverting millions of dollars from the US to help afghan fighters against soviets.

Dawn ( A leading news paper of Pakistan) has blamed another terrorist outfit (Fedayeen-i-Islam) for this attack (Read Here).


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Google Android G1 is here

Now that we’ve had a taste of what the T-Mobile G1 offers, CNET compares it with other phones on the market and see if it brings anything different to the table.

1. Design – The combination of a touch screen and a keyboard isn’t new of course, but I thought it would be good to remind people that others exist. The HTC Touch Pro is a Windows Mobile device that has both a touch screen and a keyboard, while the LG Voyager is a non-smartphone with both a touch screen and a keyboard as well. That said, the addition of a QWERTY keyboard does make it a little more easy to use than touch-screen-only devices like the Apple iPhone or the Samsung Instinct. Also note that so far, it seems that the G1 has a removable battery while the iPhone does not.

2. Interface – Of course, we won’t be able to really tell the difference between the G1 and that of other touch-screen phones until we get one in our hands, but from the demo, it appears that you use the touch screen just like you would with the others. You swipe the touch screen to switch pages and scroll down menus, and you tap an application to open it. However, you can also hold down something (or a long press) to open up options. Just like the LG Dare, the T-Mobile G1 lets you drag and drop any application to the home screen as a convenient shortcut.

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Since the G1 runs an operating system made by Google, it only makes sense that it has excellent search capabilities. Just like that on the Helio Ocean, the G1 has something called one-click contextual search, which lets you search your contacts as well as the Web just by typing in a few letters and hitting Enter. We’ll know more about the G1’s interface once we try it out for ourselves.

Another important factor: The G1 has copy and paste.

3. Connectivity – The G1 is one of the first devices to work on T-Mobile’s 3G network. It also works on both Wi-Fi and 3G, and has quad-band GSM plus dual-band UMTS, which means it will work abroad as well. The iPhone has both Wi-Fi and 3G, but only has tri-band GSM, while both the Instinct and the Dare are CDMA with EV-DO and don’t have Wi-Fi. The HTC Touch Pro has Wi-Fi, 3G, and a quad-band GSM version, but is not yet available in the U.S. The G1 has Bluetooth but not stereo Bluetooth, similar to the iPhone. Other devices like the Instinct and Dare do have stereo Bluetooth. Also, the G1 does not allow tethering as a modem, which most Windows Mobile smartphones allow.

4. Messaging – Like most other phones, the G1 has e-mail and instant messaging with special preference given to Gmail and Google Talk. It doesn’t have Exchange support out of the box, which both the iPhone and the Instinct do (and of course every Windows Mobile smartphone out there). But if you’re a Gmail fan, you’ll love the push Gmail on the G1. Also unlike the iPhone, the G1 does have multimedia messaging, plus you can multitask applications while chatting. There’s a “windowshade” that you can pull down on the G1 to retrieve an ongoing instant message conversation.

5. Browser – The G1 has a full HTML browser present on most touch-screen phones as well as most Windows Mobile smartphones, so there’s nothing new there. It has onscreen controls to zoom in and out, which is a different than the pinching method of the iPhone, but quite similar to other devices. You can open multiple pages and share Web pages as well. The one difference is that it uses Webkit, an open-source browser built to be lean and fast.

6. Location-based services – Here’s where the G1 really makes a difference. It comes with Google Maps Street View built-in, providing you with a street view of any location covered with Google Maps. It also comes with compass mode with the scene on the screen moving as you do. No other phone supports this Street View application just yet. It doesn’t have applications like Where or Buddy Beacon built-in, but with the Android Market application store, I can’t imagine it’ll take too long for more location-based applications to be available.

7. Media – One of the big news of the day is that the G1 is the first phone to offer a mobile version of Amazon’s MP3 store, providing a viable alternative to the iTunes store on the iPhone. This is major news and the implications of it are far larger than can be covered here. Suffice to say that Apple better watch its back. As for the music player, I’m not sure if it’ll provide podcasting support yet, but even if it doesn’t, I’m sure a third-party application will be available for it. The G1 also comes with a 3-megapixel camera, which is better than the iPhone’s, but otherwise not too groundbreaking. I liked that you can trim and crop the image directly on the phone and then drag and drop the image to the home screen, which is similar to the LG Dare.

PS: It also appears that the G1 has voice dialing.

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Is Hindu right wing behind Indian Mujahideen, ask Muslim groups

IANS published this report on September 17th regarding the recent bomb blasts in Delhi. 

Terming the Indian Mujahideen, which has claimed responsibility for the serial blasts in Ahmedabad and New Delhi, as fictitious, several Muslim organisations and clerics have demanded investigations into the possible role of the Hindu right wing in the terror attacks.In a statement issued here Wednesday evening, 21 Muslim organisations challenged Indian Mujahideen leaders to come out in the open and prove their actions.

We hereby challenge the so-called IM to come out in the open and prove that they are representatives and spokesmen for the Ummah, and justify their actions point by point, or else it will be eventually surmised that they are non-persons and nothing but a figment of the Sangh Parivar’s unscrupulous imagination, brought into the collective psyche of all Indians by the grand alliance of Mossad and their protagonists in the country,” the statement said.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak sangh (RSS) and organisations ideologically affiliated with it are collectively known as the Sangh Parivar.  Justifying the contention, Sarfaraz Arzoo, member of the All India Milli Council and prominent Urdu media personality, said: “We have to look into the issue as to who gains political mileage out of it (the blasts). Definitely, it is the Sangh Parivar which is getting mileage and hence the needle of suspicion points towards Sangh Parivar.”

Muslim cleric Maulana Hafiz Syed Athar Ali argued that there is nothing like the Indian Mujahideen. He said that the Muslims were blamed earlier for terror attacks in the name of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and now a new name has come up.

“The joint statement added that the serial blasts have resulted in “progressive polarization” of Indian society and hastened the speed of marginalisation of the Muslim community which eventually will result in rich dividends for the Sangh Parivar, the “sole beneficiaries”. “This is something they (Sangh Parivar) have always dreamt of but never successfully achieved. With Indian Mujahideen in their kitty, their tough job is getting easier by the day,” according to the statement. “The Muslims in India cannot continue to be silent spectators and are ready to play a historic role in the rejuvenation and revitalization of Indian ethos. The recent flow of events cannot succeed in forcing us to abdicate our responsibilities,” it said.

They say there is nothing like IM and SIMI is just a student organization. Here are some of the facts regarding SIMI:

1. Mohammad Ahmadullah Siddiqi, now a professor of mass communication at Western Illinois University in the US, founded the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) at Aligarh in April 1977, with a mission to liberate India’ from western cultural influence and convert it into an Islamic society . Mr Siddiqi has since then resigned from this organization and said “the organisation was drifting from its stated objectives” (Read Here)

2. SIMI believes in Deobandhi ideology . One of the main priciple’s of Deobandi ideology is “Jihad”. 

3. SIMI has been tagged with over 15 terrorist activities instead of blaming SIMI and IM , these people are blaming RSS .


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