Thursday, 28 February 2013
Aren't we all down right depressed at the crap the govt throws at us each day? Regardless of the fact that none of their so called policies affect us directly or even affect us at all yet we are made to groan at the mere mention of the unbelievable garbage coming out of the rock in Abuja,I have come to realise that it is better these news should be kept to the airwaves of the state capital and not bother us with their farts. I think we should adapt the "We Don't Care " approach to the dishes they serve us; we don't care about the pension fund and the amount that was stolen,the cheap bail and whereabouts of the thief
We don't care about how much was budgeted to build a house for the vice president and our very own Patience Goodluck
We don't care about the reasons why Farouk hasn't been jailed
We don't give a damn about the fuel subsidy report
We don't care about a group of politrickcians merging with another group of politrickcians to form a bigger band of Ali and the forty thieves
We don't care about the Lagos Ibadan Expressway contract
We don't care about news like this because it only increases our blood pressure due to the fact that these amounts are in Billions of naira,hang on readers..don't disrespect the word BILLIOn..do you know how many millions you have to count to reach a billion?? Please don't waste your hard earned cash to buy newspapers to read about how money is being stolen! Instead save the cash to buy boli and groundnut at least you know you're going to enjoy that and also make an old woman by the road roasting plantain in the heat happy.
Does it not surprise you that most of Nigeria's money is being circulated among the elites? Those who their parents are in high places,those who have the opportunity to have friends with connections. Besides the entertainment industry where else do we have young millionaires emerging? I try to distance myself from the cons of politics but having seen different societies and how things are supposed to be done,I've resolved to shut myself away from these news unless the news is about how farmers have been given subsidized loans for the planting of cassava which is processed into garri which is a staple food for all Nigerians then abeg make them no give us yama yama news again!
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Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Tattoos and Christians - Should Christians Have Tattoos?
What does the Bible say about tattoos? Is it a sin to get a tattoo?Besides looking into what the Bible says about tattoos, together we'll consider the concerns surrounding tattooing today and present a self quiz to help you decide if getting a tattoo is right or wrong.
Answer: The answer, I believe, is yes and no.
To Tattoo or Not To?This is a question many Christians struggle with. I believe tattooing falls into the category of "disputable matters" where the Bible is not clear.But wait a minute, you might be thinking. The Bible says in Leviticus 19:28, "Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord." (NLT) How much clearer can that be?
It's important, however, to look at the verse in context. This passage in Leviticus, including the surrounding text, is specifically dealing with the pagan religious rituals of the people living around the Israelites. God’s desire is to set his people apart from other cultures. The focus here is prohibiting worldly, heathen worship and witchcraft. God forbids his holy people to engage in idolatrous, pagan worship and sorcery which imitates the heathens. He does this out of protection, because he knows this will lead them away from the one true God.
It's interesting to observe verse 26, "Do not eat meat that has not been drained of its blood," and verse 27, "Do not trim off the hair on your temples or trim your beards." Well, certainly many Christians today eat non-kosher meats and get haircuts without participating in the forbidden worship of pagans. Back then these customs were associated with pagan rites and rituals. Today they are not.
So, the important question remains, is getting a tattoo a form of pagan, worldly worship still forbidden by God today? My answer is, this matter is disputable, and should be treated as aRomans 14 issue.
If you are considering the question, "To tattoo or not to?" I think the more serious questions to ask yourself are: What are my motives for wanting a tattoo? Am I seeking to glorify God or draw attention to myself? Will my tattoo be a source of contention for my loved ones? Will getting a tattoo cause me to disobey my parents? Will my tattoo cause someone who is weak in the faith to stumble?
In my article, "What to Do When the Bible is Not Clear," we discover that God has given us a means to judge our motives and weigh our decisions. Romans 14:23 states, "...everything that does not come from faith is sin." Now that's pretty clear!
Instead of asking, "Is it okay for a Christian to get a tattoo," perhaps a better question might be, "Is it okay for me to get a tattoo?"
Since tattooing is such a controversial issue today, I think it's important to examine your heart and your motives before you make the decision.
Self Exam - To Tattoo or Not To?Here is a self-exam based on the ideas put forth in Romans 14. These questions will help you decide whether or not getting a tattoo is a sin for you:
- How does my heart and my conscience convict me? Do I have freedom in Christ and a clear conscience before the Lord regarding the decision to get a tattoo?
- Am I passing judgment on a brother or sister because I don't have freedom in Christ to receive a tattoo?
- Will I still want this tattoo years from now?
- Will my parents and family approve, and/or will my future spouse want me to have this tattoo?
- Will I cause a weaker brother to stumble if I receive a tattoo?
- Is my decision based on faith and will the result be glorifying to God?
Ultimately, the decision is between you and God. Though it may not be a black and white issue, there is a right choice for each individual. Take some time to honestly answer these questions and the Lord will show you what to do.
Article culled from http://christianity.about.com/od/faqhelpdesk/f/tattoochristian.htm
Article culled from http://christianity.about.com/od/faqhelpdesk/f/tattoochristian.htm
Friday, 15 February 2013
Pulmonary Embolism - Topic Overview
What is pulmonary embolism?
Pulmonary embolism is the sudden blockage of a major blood vessel (artery) in the lung, usually by a blood clot . In most cases, the clots are small and are not deadly, but they can damage the lung. But if the clot is large and stops blood flow to the lung, it can be deadly. Quick treatment could save your life or reduce the risk of future problems.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms are:
- Sudden shortness of breath.
- Sharp chest pain that is worse when you cough or take a deep breath.
- A cough that brings up pink, foamy mucus.
Pulmonary embolism can also cause more general symptoms. For example, you may feel anxious or on edge, sweat a lot, feel lightheaded or faint, or have a fastheart rate or palpitations.
If you have symptoms like these, you need to see a doctor right away, especially if they are sudden and severe.
What causes pulmonary embolism?
In most cases, pulmonary embolism is caused by a blood clot in the leg that breaks loose and travels to the lungs. A blood clot in a vein close to the skin is not likely to cause problems. But having blood clots in deep veins (deep vein thrombosis) can lead to pulmonary embolism. More than 300,000 people each year have deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism.1
Other things can block an artery, such as tumors, air bubbles, amniotic fluid, or fat that is released into the blood vessels when a bone is broken. But these are rare.
What increases your risk of pulmonary embolism?
Anything that makes you more likely to form blood clots increases your risk of pulmonary embolism. Some people are born with blood that clots too quickly. Other things that can increase your risk include:
- Being inactive for long periods. This can happen when you have to stay in bed after surgery or a serious illness, or when you sit for a long time on a flight or car trip.
- Recent surgery that involved the legs, hips, belly, or brain.
- Some diseases, such as cancer, heart failure, stroke, or a severe infection.
- Pregnancy and childbirth (especially if you had a cesarean section).
- Taking birth control pills or hormone therapy.
You are also at higher risk for blood clots if you are an older adult (especially older than 70) or extremely overweight (obese).
How is pulmonary embolism diagnosed?
It may be hard to diagnose pulmonary embolism, because the symptoms are like those of many other problems, such as a heart attack, a panic attack, orpneumonia. A doctor will start by doing a physical exam and asking questions about your past health and your symptoms. This helps the doctor decide if you are at high risk for pulmonary embolism.
Saturday, 2 February 2013
I sat down to write about the current Africa Nations Cup and somehow my thoughts wandered off to different issues which has done nothing but fuel the impression that the western world already have about us..what is Africa when I'm required to travel to south Africa on a visa? What happened to the dream of one Africa sucking from the bosoms of each others resources,Africa's potentials has been dismantled by borders and the ever gripping hands of immigration stopping us from being brothers, Africa shouldn't be nations, its a nation in itself but the western and colonial masters divided our motherland into colonies and gave us names, Nigeria is a name given by a white colonial master, there was no North,South,East and west as we have it today, they created this boundaries for us to eradicate the thought of your neighbor being your brother instead you view him as a man from another tribe .
Now they sit back and watch as this division plagues us and our development because instead of identifying our self as a group working together with one interest at heart to enable development we choose to stand individually with the view of fighting for what will favor you and your comfort zone . Doesn't it baffle you that a lot of money is being loaned and donated to Africa over the years but nothing to show for it? My readers , is it that Africa and Africans don't know that this same corporations that donate these funds know quite well they're only licking our sores instead of giving us the right treatment to eradicate it. Africa divided will never get to Canaan . I cant wake up and drive my car into Cameroun because the Camerounians don't see me as an African but rather as a foreigner, the Africa Union ( AU ) is a nothing but a gathering of clueless puppets begging for alms and recognition of the hypocritical west!
These same colonial masters brought with them their religion which has lead to massacre of Africans who no matter how weakened they are by poverty will still gather enough energy to fight for a religion brought to them on slave ships and Arab merchant camels ! Africa United is the cry but who will listen? Is it the North Africans who believe because of their complexion that they aren't Africans ? Or the Ibo man who believes the Yoruba man is inferior to him? Or the Egyptian immigration officer who will smile at the western citizens through passport control and will give you a stern look as you present your passport showing you're from a country like Togo? Africa United is probably a shallow thought harbored by a over ambitious mind like mine ..but inside that corner of self hate and hypocrisy we know the truth...me and you ! AFCON is just a battle for supremacy and recognition not for the love of football!
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