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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Lenoard Nimoy's best Spock Quotes

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy was a prolific, director, photographer, multi-talented actor, and poet who passed away 27 February 2015. He died at the age of 83 from the end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was quite famous for his role as Mr. Spock on the fantastic classic sci-fi series Star Trek. The Star Trek is one of the most popular movie series having most influential characters to grace the screen. Lenard Nimoy was a first-generation American fluent in Yiddish, whose parents were Jewish. He got his fame for playing a half-human, half alien “Vulcan”. In this topic, you will find a collection of the best Quotes by Leonard Nimoy.

35. Artists and Universe

“You know, for a long time I have been of the opinion that artists don’t necessarily know what they’re doing. You don’t necessarily know what kind of universal concept you are tapping into.”

34. Ancestor of Mine

“An ancestor of mine maintained that when you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

33. Human

“If I were human
I believe my response would be ‘go to hell.’
…If I were human.”

32. History

“History is replete with turning points. You must have faith that the universe will unfold as it should.”

31. Beauty

“There is no reason that function should not be beautiful – in fact, beauty usually makes it more effective.”

30. I meant to be

“Each of us at some time in our life turns to someone, a father, a brother, a God and asks
Why am I here? What was I meant to be?”

29. Insults & Emotion

“Insults are effective only where emotion is present.”

28. Wanting

“After a time, you may find that ‘having’ is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as ‘wanting.’ It is not logical, but it is often true.”

27. Needs

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.”

26. Loss of Life

“Loss of life is to be mourned, but only if the life was wasted.”

25. On Leadership

“And what is it that makes one man an exceptional leader? We see indications that it is his negative side which makes him strong, that his ‘evil’ side, if you will, properly controlled and disciplined, is vital to his strength.”

24. On Working with Humans

“May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.”

23. On Proper Etiquette

“That position, Mr. Scott, would not only be unavailing but also undignified.”

22. About the Human Heart

“You find it easier to understand the death of one than the death of a million. You speak about the objective hardness of the Vulcan heart, yet how little room there seems to be in your.”

21. Describing the Roots of Violence

“When there is no emotion, there is no motive for violence.”

20. Finding the Truth

Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remain, however improbable, must be the truth.”

19. When He said how He actually Felt

“The most unfortunate lack in current computer programming in that there is nothing available to immediately replace the starship’s surgeon.”

18. How to use Language

“Fascinating is a word I use for the unexpected; in this case, I would think interesting would suffice.”

17. How to Respond to an Insult

“Insults are effective only where emotion is present.”

16. The Roots of Danger

“Insufficient facts always invite danger.”

15. When He Threw Shade

“The fact that my internal arrangement differs from yours, doctor, pleases me to no end.”

14. On Desire

“It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.”

13. Being the Bigger Person

“The Captain, I see no reason to stand here and be insulted.”

12. Questioning Human Logic

“Has it occurred to you that there is a certain inefficiency in constantly questioning me on things you have already made up your mind about?”

11. After taking a Shot

“It is somewhat stimulating. You seem to be moving very slowly doctor. Fascinating.”

10. On Libido

“The seven-year cycle is biologically inherent in all Vulcans. At that time, the mating drive outweighs all other motivations.”

9. The Path to Enlightenment

“Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.”

8. Understanding Conflict

“To expect sense from two mentalities of such extreme viewpoints is not logical.”

7. Regarding Artificial Intelligence

“Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them.”

6. Essential Process

“Change is the essential process of all existence.”

5. Racing to Captain Kirk’s Dating Tactics

“Captain, your analysis of the situation was flawless – anticipating that she would deny your admittance. However, the logic by which you arrived at your conclusion escapes me.”

4. About Desire

“You may find that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical but it is often true.”

3. On Change

“Change is the essential process of all existence.”

2. On Social Troubles

This troubled planet is a place of the most violent contrast. Those who receive the rewards are totally separated from those who shoulder the burdens. It is not a wise leadership.”

1. Farewell, Old Friend

“Live long and prosper.”

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dream of Pakistan's Cap (Part 6)

Ahmedis in Pakistan

Fazl-e-Umar routinely play against visiting clubs and tour other cities, though Haye notes that nowhere else are the facilities as good. Occasionally a star cricketer or two has shown up in Rabwah, including Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez. Ajmal, the legend goes, was hit for seven sixes in six overs, and the umpire wanted to report his action. Haye stopped him from doing so, not wanting to offend their guests.

Rabwah has no star cricketers of its own. Faisal bin Mubashir may be the best-known Ahmadi cricketer in recent years, and while his team-mates know of his faith, it isn't a fact he pushes in anyone's face. When he visits Rabwah he tries to pass on to the club's players what he has gleaned over the years.

There is an Urdu phrase that you will hear often in Rabwah: rang lagna. Literally, it means to be coloured, but in this case it is taken to mean getting the green cap of Pakistan. This national recognition remains out of reach in Rabwah, where the belief that societal discrimination against Ahmadis must naturally extend to cricket is embedded. None of the boys believe they will ever have a shot at representing Pakistan, even if only a few have gone further than club cricket.

On the surface their stories are not different to those of so many aspiring cricketers who feel they have not got their due because they didn't have the right connections or didn't come from the right part of the country. But unlike the majority, underpinning the disgruntlement of these stories is their faith.

"It's one thing if there is a future," Anas Amin, a 22-year-old bowler, tells me, his head bowed as he tries to keep score at the Sunday match. "The religious issue comes in between."

"You need a lot of hard work to play first-class," says Zubair Ahmad. "And our class will be an issue. We can't even greet anyone with salaam." (Ahmadis are not allowed to use Islamic words.)

The club has produced an array of cricketers they feel were above ordinary - several star batsmen, a fast bowler they felt was better than some who had represented Pakistan. But no one sticks around long enough. "They're all looking for an agent who can take them to Germany," Haye says and laughs. Eight of the club's best players recently moved to Germany, leaving Haye in the lurch, scrambling to recruit and train more players. The legend of the men who left overshadows almost every conversation. Everyone has a brother, a cousin or an uncle who made it out, and who managed to keep playing cricket in a league in England or Holland or Germany.

Leaving isn't easy. It can cost up to $15,000 to get out of Pakistan. "Anyone who has that much money can go to Germany or England, where their life will be much better," Zubair says. "They can play cricket in England. And earning a thousand [euros] there means Rs 100,000 in Pakistan." Many Ahmadis travel to Thailand or Sri Lanka, where they try and claim asylum, or use it as a base to strike out to Europe.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Father Knows

My father knows the proper way 
The nation should be run;
He tells us children every day
Just what should now be done.
He knows the way to fix the trusts,
He has a simple plan;
But if the furnace needs repairs,
We have to hire a man.
My father, in a day or two
Could land big thieves in jail;
There's nothing that he cannot do,
He knows no word like "fail."
"Our confidence" he would restore,
Of that there is no doubt;
But if there is a chair to mend,
We have to send it out.

All public questions that arise,
He settles on the spot;
He waits not till the tumult dies,
But grabs it while it's hot.
In matters of finance he can
Tell Congress what to do;
But, O, he finds it hard to meet
His bills as they fall due.

It almost makes him sick to read
The things law-makers say;
Why, father's just the man they need,
He never goes astray.
All wars he'd very quickly end,
As fast as I can write it;
But when a neighbor starts a fuss,
'Tis mother has to fight it.

In conversation father can
Do many wondrous things;
He's built upon a wiser plan
Than presidents or kings.
He knows the ins and outs of each
And every deep transaction;
We look to him for theories,
But look to ma for action” 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Dream of Pakistan's Cap (Part 5)

Ahmedis in Pakistan

When Haye was growing up, he played cricket on a ground near Rabwah's main mosque. His parents couldn't afford to send him to study in Lahore, so he went to the local Taleem-ul-Islam College. During his secondary education, he moulded himself into a fast bowler. Cricket wasn't the town's dominant sport in the '60s and '70s - Rabwah's boys were big on rowing and basketball. Haye joined Fazl-e-Umar, which he recalls was formed in either 1969 or 1970 and was then registered under the Faisalabad division.

"There were about 20 to 30 of us," Haye remembered. He still has a pile of clippings about his short-lived career, culled from newspapers of the day - the Muslim and the Pakistan Times. In 1972, Haye was the only boy selected from Rabwah for Sargodha division's Under-19 team. He was recruited by the Pakistan Army to play for its myriad department teams. "During my time, the 501 Workshop [part of the army's engineering branch] won the inter-army championship for the first time in its history," Haye said. It was a feat he helped pull off by convincing the team management to let him bring in a couple of players from Rabwah - his brother and brother-in-law - and another from Islamabad. "I can't win with the players you've got," he told them.

Then Haye heard from Pakistan Television, who were not a first-class side at the time but in the grade below. They wanted to sign him up. Haye had a club match that day but he was in a car accident on the way to the game. That put him out of commission for a couple of months, effectively signalling the beginning of the end of his cricketing career. Meanwhile, jobs for Ahmadis were drying up. Haye's brother, his former coach and team-mates had already left for the West. He stayed back in Rabwah to take care of his parents, particularly his mother, who was bedridden. He opened a couple of businesses, including "Cassette House" - which now sells CDs but hasn't changed its signage - and a sporting goods shop.

By the early 2000s Fazl-e-Umar was floundering. Its star players were long gone, and there was no place to practise. Haye stepped in, registered the club with the PCB, and tried to whip the team into shape. Instead of finding conventional financial supporters, he roped in former team-mates, now comfortably ensconced in places like Germany. "I've made them into sponsors," he explained. "I said, 'Look, if you send €100 [approximately U$114], then we can do net practice for a month.' If I need to do nets, I need 14 bowlers, and 14 balls cost Rs 4000 [$38]. And if you don't change the ball after four or five days, the boys don't play." Despite issues with his back, Haye still bowls 40 to 50 balls a day in the nets.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Stop Provoking Planet Earth

Planet Earth

Written By: Tanzeela Ahmed

Honestly, we humans are responsible for the caveat signs which are happening from the North Pole to the South Pole and the entire region in between. Human activities are the salient cause of “Global Warming”.

Global warming is the result of increased pollution and emission of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases concentration act as a blanket, locking the sun’s heat & solar radiations and cause the planet to warm.

We must understand that the balance is the essence of earth stability and excessive greenhouse gases discharge is provoking the ecosystem equilibrium. We all are suffering from hotter days and nights, increased air pollution and changed pattern of rainfalls and snow.

Our Planet is heating up at very faster rate than ever before. Average temperature of planet earth is rising day by day. Temperature rise is vulnerable for natural environment and for world’s climate.

Excessive use of technology, electronic gadgets, oozing of greenhouse gases, pollution, cutting of plants is collectively leading towards climate change at an alarming rate.

In today’s world climate change is the biggest global health threat mainly for children, elderly and for those who are easily prone to allergies, infection diseases and asthma.

Climate change is the potential threat to the water supplies as well. Be ready to meet scarcity of water within next few years. Future shortage of water will affect food production, accessibility of drinking water, sanitation dearth and blemished ecosystem.

Extreme warm climate craft an atmosphere that collect, retain and plunge more water and let the wet areas become damper and dry areas desiccated.
Let’s have a look at what activities are causing global warming, what price we are paying because of it and how we can play our role to slow down climate change. 

Causes of Global Warming

  • Burning of fossil fuels (coal, gasoline, natural gas) for generating electricity release massive amount of CO2 into the atmosphere.
  • Decay of food, vegetation and paper wastage deserted in landfills releases carbon dioxide and methane.
  • Industrial processes like cement production, liquid natural gas creation, coal mining etc are also accountable to produce and emit variety of greenhouse gases.
  • Deforestation – Cutting of wood for commercial and household consumption. Plants inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. The act of deforestation let the stored carbon to convert back into carbon dioxide.
  • Burning gasoline from transports.
  • Concentrated livestock production leads to the release of methane in the atmosphere. Methane is one of the extremely potent greenhouse gases.
  • Chemical fertilizers intensive use for cropland. Nitrogen rich fertilizers effect on the heat storage ability of the cropland.

Outcomes of Global Warming

  • Increase in intensity of severe storms, hurricanes, cyclones and dust storms.
  • Coastal flooding as a result of rising sea levels, melting glaciers and ice sheets.
  • Longer and destructive wildfire – Because of hotter and dried climate.
  • Intense and frequent heat waves – That are posing serious health risks, heat exhaustion and heat strokes.
  • Widespread forest death
  • Severe droughts in certain regions of the world
  • Widespread extinction of species
  • Rise in sea levels worldwide – surface of occasions is rising due to excessive heat.
  • Change in seasons – winter is very short, summer is prolonged, spring arrives early, and snow melts early too. It’s changing the animal and plants behavior and many species wouldn’t be able to survive in the long run.
  • Disrupt food supply may lead to starvation, driving the cost of food production high.

What we can do?

We need to take drastic corrective measurements in order to save our motherland for us and for coming generations. Yes, together we can bring a halt to global warming. What can make difference is to diminish the emission of greenhouse gases. We can do little yet impactful deeds at personal level to cope with global warming.

Clean and renewable energy resource. Discourage extensive fossil fuels burning for electricity generation. The best option is the deployment of environment friendly solar panels.

Blaze less gasoline by driving fuel-efficient cars. Though such cars are expensive as compared to their low profile counterparts but when it’s about environment make no compromise.

Preserve energy. The most profound solution to climate change is to save as much energy as we can. Plug off electric devices and chargers when not in use. Never leave them at standby mode, especially before stepping out of home. Practice to turning off unnecessary lights and replace the ordinary light bulbs with energy-savers.

Plant trees on regular basis and facilitate “Photosynthesis”. An acre of grown up trees have ability to supply oxygen enough for 18 persons and absorb as much CO2 as produced by a car when we drive it 26,000 miles. Moreover trees have miraculous potency to purify polluted air, decelerate water evaporation and climate change.

Go for energy-efficient appliances that curtail electricity consumption. We can compress electricity bill while being environment friendly.

Drive less and smart. Evade unnecessary driving. Prefer public transport and carpool/sharing. Don’t forget to switch off car’s engine while getting out of it to fetch something.

Reduce waste and recycle anything you can. Don’t straight away trash used containers. Keep the environment clean and reuse the plastic bottles, cans, cartons etc as much as possible.

Conserve water. Be ecosystem and society friendly. Recoil from water wastage and therefore save energy as water is pumped by employing electric pump/motor.