marți, 26 iulie 2011


luni, 25 iulie 2011



sâmbătă, 9 iulie 2011

Razboi impotriva fetelor


Mara Hvistendahl is worried about girls. Not in any political, moral or cultural sense but as an existential matter. She is right to be. In China, India and numerous other countries (both developing and developed), there are many more men than women, the result of systematic campaigns against baby girls.

In nature, 105 boys are born for every 100 girls. This ratio is biologically ironclad. Between 104 and 106 is the normal range, and that's as far as the natural window goes. Any other number is the result of unnatural events.

Yet today in India there are 112 boys born for every 100 girls. In China, the number is 121-though plenty of Chinese towns are over the 150 mark. China's and India's populations are mammoth enough that their outlying sex ratios have skewed the global average to a biologically impossible 107. But the imbalance is not only in Asia. Azerbaijan stands at 115, Georgia at 118 and Armenia at 120.

What is causing the skewed ratio: abortion. If the male number in the sex ratio is above 106, it means that couples are having abortions when they find out the mother is carrying a girl. By Ms. Hvistendahl's counting, there have been so many sex-selective abortions in the past three decades that 163 million girls, who by biological averages should have been born, are missing from the world. Moral horror aside, this is likely to be of very large consequence.
In the mid-1970s, amniocentesis, which reveals the sex of a baby in utero, became available in developing countries. Originally meant to test for fetal abnormalities, by the 1980s it was known as the "sex test" in India and other places where parents put a premium on sons. When amnio was replaced by the cheaper and less invasive ultrasound, it meant that most couples who wanted a baby boy could know ahead of time if they were going to have one and, if they were not, do something about it. "Better 500 rupees now than 5,000 later," reads one ad put out by an Indian clinic, a reference to the price of a sex test versus the cost of a dowry.
 Ms. Hvistendahl argues that such imbalances are portents of Very Bad Things to come. "Historically, societies in which men substantially outnumber women are not nice places to live," she writes. "Often they are unstable. Sometimes they are violent."
 There is indeed compelling evidence of a link between sex ratios and violence. High sex ratios mean that a society is going to have "surplus men"-that is, men with no hope of marrying because there are not enough women. Such men accumulate in the lower classes, where risks of violence are already elevated. And unmarried men with limited incomes tend to make trouble. In Chinese provinces where the sex ratio has spiked, a crime wave has followed. Today in India, the best predictor of violence and crime for any given area is not income but sex ratio.

duminică, 3 iulie 2011


“Try to explain it [the doctrine of the triunity of God], and you‟ll lose your mind; But try to deny it, and you‟ll lose your soul.”
(source unknown, quoted in C. Samuel Storms, The Grandeur of God, p. 56)

"Incearca sa o explici ( doctrina triunitatii lui Dumnezeu), si-ti vei pierde mintea; Dar incercind sa o negi, iti vei pierde sufletul"

sâmbătă, 2 iulie 2011

Guvernatorul Texasului Proclameaza o zi de post si rugaciune pe baza Cartii lui IOEL

Texas Governor Rick Perry has called a day of prayer and fasting based on the Book of Joel. He issued a proclamation to the citizens of Texas, and sent a letter to his 49 fellow governors asking them to participate in the event, which will be held August 6th at Reliant Stadium in Houston. I couldn’t agree more with the urgency of the need for national prayer, fasting and repentance for a true spiritual revival in the United States based on the Bible, or be more encouraged than an American state leader urging people to study and follow the teachings of the Hebrew Prophet Joel. I’m planning to devote August 6th to prayer and fasting, and I encourage you to do so, as well. Excerpts from his proclamation: “Given the trials that have beset our country and world — from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and wars that endanger our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and theaters of conflict around the globe, and the decline of our culture in the context of the demise of families — it seems imperative that the people of our nation should once again join together for a solemn day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our troubled nation,” wrote the Governor. “In times of trouble, even those who have been granted power by the people must turn to God in humility for wisdom, mercy and direction. In the spirit of the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, Verses 15-16, I urge a solemn gathering of prayer and fasting. As those verses admonish: ‘Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly…Gather the people, consecrate the assembly…’ As Jesus prayed publicly for the benefit of others in John 11:41-42, so should we express our faith in this way.”


vineri, 1 iulie 2011

Romanian engineering - ingineria romaneasca

             Poate v-ati intrebat vreodata de ce in Romania casele/apartamentele au peretii strimbi, de ce nu gasesti o linie cu adevarat dreapta intr-o margine bordurata de drum, de ce Brasovul se transforma in Venetia la orice ploaie sau de ce orice obiect construit in tara asta -conceput si lucrat de noi- nu este niciodata PERFECT ci  numai APROXIMATIV.
             Daca v-ati intrebat vreodata retoric, vexati fiind de treaba asta niciodata terminata, va sugerez eu un raspuns: Calitatea, mereu ridicata in slavi a invatamintului romanesc, scirtiie grozav pe la cotituri. Trebuie numai sa ai un ochi antrenat intr-o tara mai nordica si nu ai cum sa nu vezi "boemia" inginerului sau arhitectului roman.