Archive | August 14, 2011

The Earth Recycles Too!

The Earth Recycles Too!


By Hwaa Irfan


While we live in excess, and waste, and are now facing the consequences of such a wasteful lifestyle, evidence from researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, have proven what the sages, metaphysicians, environmentalists, and the scholars of certain religions have been trying to enlighten us with.

Geologists have known this for a while, but current evidence reveals that the Earth’s crust recycles at a faster rate than previously believed. The “cauldron” where the earth’s crust recycles is the volcanoes which involves earth crust from the ocean sinking into the earth as tectonic plates move. The tectonic plates are the land mass that provides the foundations for our continents. For example, Japan, and the U.S. share the same tectonic plate, the North American Tectonic Plate, but what makes Japan vulnerable to seismic disasters is the fact that Earth’s 5 main tectonic plates: Okhotsk plate, the Pacific Plate, the Filipino Sea Plate the Eurasian Plate and the North American Plate converge where Japan is in the northwestern Pacfic.

As parts of the oceanic crust sinks deep into the earth, which is causes by the movement of these tectonic plates, it re-surfaces through volcanic eruption. Currently, this process is believed to take 500 million years, as opposed to the previously believed 2 billion years.

For people who live on land masses that recycle often, there must be a special synergy, as may be noticed in places like Hawaii, which as an oceanic island, is volcanic. Hawaii was “thrown up” so to speak from the lower mantle of the earth, which makes Hawaii young in comparison to mainland U.S. Fresh from the depths of the earth; its life force is strong. The mantle lies under the tectonic plates, which in turn lays under the thin crust we stand on which is approximately 30km thick. The mantle is rich in iron, magnesium, and silicate rocks.

The Max Planck Institute updated the speed by which the earth recycles by analyzing glass inclusions in olivine crystals from the lava on Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii.



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Heavenly Signs: We are a Part of the Universe

Al-Biruni’s “Economy of Nature” in Modern Biotechnology

Japan: Why Going Nuclear is a No, No!

HAARP: Playing with Nature!

Tesla: The Inventor Who was a National Security Threat!

The High Cost of Low Price

The High Cost of Low Price

From Alexandra

‘Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price’ is the documentary film sensation that’s changing the largest company on Earth. The film features the deeply personal stories and everyday lives of families and communities struggling to survive in a Wal-Mart world. It’s an emotional journey that will challenge the way you think, feel…and shop.

Released simultaneously in theaters and DVD in November 2005, the film has been seen by millions worldwide. Families, churches, schools, and small businesses owners have screened the film over 10,000 times and the world is taking notice. See the film, share it, and become part of the movement forcing companies to act responsibly.

‘Wal-Mart Wins. Workers Lose’
New York Times Editorial
June 20, 2011

Wal-Mart Stores asked the Supreme Court to make a million or more of the company’s current and former female employees fend for themselves in individual lawsuits instead of seeking billions of dollars for discrimination in a class-action lawsuit. Wal-Mart got what it wanted from the court — unanimous dismissal of the suit as the plaintiffs presented it — and more from the five conservative justices, who went further in restricting class actions in general.

The majority opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia will make it substantially more difficult for class-action suits in all manner of cases to move forward. For 45 years, since Congress approved the criteria for class actions, the threshold for certification of a class has been low, with good reason because certification is merely the first step in a suit. Members of a potential class have had to show that they were numerous, had questions of law or fact in common and had representatives with typical claims who would protect the interests of the class.

Justice Scalia significantly raised the threshold of certification, writing that there must be “glue” holding together the claims of a would-be class. Now, without saying what the actual standard of proof is, the majority requires that potential members of a class show that they are likely to prevail at trial when they seek initial certification. In this change, the court has made fact-finding a major part of certification, increasing the cost and the stakes of starting a class action.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the four moderates on the court, dissented from Justice Scalia’s broader analysis and sought a much narrower holding. The minority found that the plaintiffs had cleared the bar for certification with evidence suggesting that “gender bias suffused Wal-Mart’s company culture” but would have sent the case back to the trial court to consider whether the class action should have gone forward in a different form.

The plaintiffs in this case sought three forms of relief: to stop Wal-Mart’s employment practices that allegedly discriminated against women, to have the company adopt equitable ones and to recover wages lost as a result of unfair practices. The justices have all but ended this mix of remedies under one part of the main class-action rule — even though Congress and most courts of appeals have allowed it for decades.

Without a class action, it will be very difficult for most of the women potentially affected to pursue individual claims. The average wages lost per year for a member of the rejected Wal-Mart class are around $1,100 — too little to give lawyers an incentive to represent such an individual. For the plaintiffs, for groups seeking back pay in class actions, and for class actions in general, it was a bad day in court.

Ramadhan Reflection: Of course I Care About Others…Sort of!

Ramadhan Reflection: Of course I Care About Others…Sort of!

Text Summary:

Our guest who has honoured us is beginning to get ready to depart. Who knows if they will live to see her to the end of her time?

In a narration of the prophet peace be upon him, it says, “None of you truly believes, unless they love for their brother/sister what they love for themselves”. So what are the things that we love for ourselves? What are the things we feel that we can’t do without or the things that are priorities for us in our lives? When we think about this, then the next thing we need to think about is- Do we do this for our brothers and sisters in humanity?

We find that sometimes when we think about this question, we begin to hear the voice of doubt and fear telling us, “if you do this, you will lose something that is important to you”. “If you give to someone else, you will be depriving yourself of something important”.

Ramadan is helping us to see in a very practical way that many things we think that we cannot do without, we actually can. This should help us tremendously when we think of applying the above narration in our lives.  Furthermore, it should remind us that when we go without, when we sacrifice something – time, wealth, material goods- to give to our brothers and sisters in faith we will be rewarded for it by God.

In the context of this narration, “our brothers and sisters” are not only those who share our faith, but they are our brothers and sisters in humanity. So when we know of and/or see those who are in need, we should remember that we have a duty to help and assist.

That also translates into the way we would want to live, in justice, free of fear, being able to meet the basic needs of ourselves and our families, to live in freedom. If we want these things for ourselves, then we should work for it for others as well. Especially in our communities, this should further translate to making sure we try to make our doors and facilities accessible to all people. We should not only make it accessible to those who look like us, act like us, who share the same lifestyle that we do.

This Ramadhan, let us try to apply this ethic in our lives- and to think of our brothers and sisters across many parts of the world who are living in fear, in poverty, in famine and through all kinds of disaster; in our own cities and towns- those who are in need. This Ramadhan, let us do something about it!


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Why Does God Let These Things Happen To Me?

Ramadhan Reflections: Are You Worthy of God’s Forgiveness?‏

Do You Really Trust Allah?

Ramadhan Reflections: Does God Think About You?‏

Ramadhan Reflections: Memorizing the Qur’an is Not Enough

Ramadhan Reflections: What Do Your Actions Say About You?‏

The World Does NOT Revolve Around Me.‏

Stuffing Ourselves and Sleeping All Day…

Ramadhan Reflections: Do My Prayers Benefit Me?

Ramadan Reflections- We begin with Mercy‏

Pre-Ramadhan Reflections

Keep Ramadhan Simple!

Ramadhan 2011


Letter to the Self #30 Remember Me

Letter to the Self #29 Forgiveness

Letter to Self # 28: Those We Ignore
Letter to the Self # 27: Destination or the Journey!
Letter to the Self # 26: Change
Letters to the Self #25: Window of Opportunity
Letters to the Self #24: More Than You Think You Are Able
Letters to the Self #23: Submission
Letter to the Self #22: Do You Have Trust Issues?
Letter to the Self #21: Possessions
Letter to the Self #20: Sacred Spaces
Letter to the Self # 19: The Big “I”
Letter to the Self # 18: Insecurities
Letter to the Self # 17: Backbiting
Letter to the Self # 16: Knowledge or Just Information?
Letter to the Self # 15: Beyond the Limited Self
Letter to the Self # 14: A Better Way
Letter to the Self # 13: The Spoken Word