Zakir Naik, who said Muslims can have sex with female slaves, gets Saudi Arabia’s highest honour

0

king-faisal2-story_650_030315031039Zakir Naik, a renowned Indian Islamic scholar and an authority on comparative religion, has received one of Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious prizes from the country’s new King Salman for his service to Islam.

He is the same man who had earlier said that ‘Quran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves’.

Naik has been frequently at odds with the West for his views on terrorism.

In 2010, Britain had banned Naik from entering the country, citing his “unacceptable behaviour”.

Naik had reportedly said Muslims should beware of people saying Osama bin Laden was right or wrong, adding: “If you ask my view, if given the truth, if he is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him.”

In a story published in Mail Online, he was qouted as saying, ” ‘There are many verses in the Quran which say you can have sex with your wife and with whatever your right hand possesses.”

“Right hand possesses,” he went on. “Which means your slaves.”

King Salman presented the King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) 2015 in five categories on Sunday at a glittering awards ceremony in Riyadh.

The KFIP recognises the outstanding works of individuals and institutions in five categories — Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and Literature, Medicine and Science.

Each prize consists of a handwritten Arabic certificate on the laureate’s achievements, a commemorative 24-carat 200-gramme gold medal and a cheque of USD 200,000.

“Islam is the only religion that can bring peace to the whole of humanity,” Naik said in a video biography aired at the ceremony.

Mumbai-born Naik, 49, is the president of the Islamic Research Foundation in India and one of the world’s most renowned non-Arabic speaking Islamic scholars.

He was awarded the KFIP for his services to Islam for a lifetime’s teaching about Islam, his work on comparative religion and for founding the Peace Channel, a comparative religion TV channel.

Once-Classified UFO Files Now Searchable Online

0

The truth is out there … well, a large portion of the truth, anyway.

n-ZAMORAUFOBEINGS-large570Approximately 130,000 pages of files from an official 22-year Air Force UFO study, known as Project Blue Book, are finally available to the public for free online.

Project Blue Book began in 1947 under the name Project Sign. It evolved into Project Grudge, and then finally took the name Blue Book in 1952. After 22 years of official investigations of thousands of UFO reports, the project was terminated in 1969.

Of the 12,618 sightings considered under Blue Book, 701 have remained “unidentified” — suggesting to UFO researchers the possibility that those incidents could have involved ETs, or extraterrestrials. Others will say that those incidents are purely inconclusive.

The final conclusions of Project Blue Book were:

1) No UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security

2) There has been no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that sightings categorized as “unidentified” represent technological developments or principles beyond the range of present-day scientific knowledge

3) There has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as “unidentified” are extraterrestrial vehicles.

Retired Air Force Col. Robert Friend was the director of Project Blue Book from 1958 to 1963. Despite the fact that Blue Book was terminated in 1969, Friend told The Huffington Post in 2012 that he thought the UFO issue should have been turned over to scientists, who could best determine what was behind the more unusual reports.

“When I first took over the program, I wrote two staff studies, and in both instances, I recommended that [UFOs] be put into another agency which would give them full scientific investigations and analyses,” Friend said.

“I think that anytime there’s a possibility of scientific pay dirt from studying these phenomena that, yes, it would be much better if the government or some other agency was to take on these things and to pursue the scientific aspects of it,” he added.

For many years, the declassified Project Blue Book documents resided on microfilm at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. (pictured below). If a person wanted to research those documents, it was necessary to travel to Washington, sit at a bulky microfilm projector and scan through many individual rolls of film to find what he or she was looking for — a task this reporter performed many times during the 1970s and ’80s.

 

Now, thanks to the efforts of individual researchers, anyone can peruse the huge volume of Project Blue Book files on his or her personal computer, and at no charge.

A person who goes by the nickname “Xtraeme” compiled the original 130,000 Blue Book files into JPEG images. Television producer and writer John Greenewald followed up on Xtraeme’s results and converted the files from JPEG pages into searchable PDF files.

“After quite a while, I figured out a computer script that would actually convert 130,000 essentially pictures into a little over 10,000 PDFs,” Greenewald told HuffPost. “It took two to three weeks of nonstop computer processing time. I was then able to program the website and ultimately create a search engine that dives into those 10,000 PDFs.”

The resulting Project Blue Book Collection lets anyone explore the thousands of original Air Force UFO files, and includes the option to search for things by year or by keyword.

Greenewald knows a thing or two about unearthing government and military files. Nearly 20 years ago, armed with Freedom of Information Act requests, he created The Black Vault, one of the world’s largest compilations of government documents related to UFOs and conspiracies of all types. The Black Vault now consists of more than 1.4 million pages of information.

“The complete Blue Book files have never been available before with this much accessibility,” Greenewald said. “The disclosure and declassification of Project Blue Book is not necessarily new, but the fact that there’s a searchable database of it, where you can go in by decade and then see a listing of all the cities without having to go through any hassle of registering, or even paying — that’s the part that’s new.”

Watch this news report on the Project Blue Book Collection.

Greenewald, who’s featured on the syndicated “Unsealed: Alien Files” series, cautions people not to assume or hope to find a paper trail in the Project Blue Book Collection that leads to declarations that UFOs are alien visitors.

“It’s exciting that we can now go through and see the 22-year history of what the government and the military did to investigate the UFO phenomenon,” he said. “If you’re looking for a smoking gun, that’s not necessarily going to be there in the sense that they’re going to say aliens are here, they’ve been over our skies and here’s an example. You’re not going to find that.”

One of the best-known and strongest UFO cases from the Blue Book files involved Lonnie Zamora, a reliable police officer who witnessed an unknown craft and two short beings in Socorro, New Mexico, on April 24, 1964.

While chasing a speeding car, Zamora heard a loud roar and saw a flame rising in the air. When he turned his attention to the commotion, thinking it had something to do with a nearby dynamite shack, he noticed a shiny object, which he first thought was an overturned car. Zamora quickly realized this was, in fact, an egg-shaped craft, with an odd, red-colored insignia and no doors or window. It was the size of an average car.

This is one of the sketches Zamora made for the original Blue Book files:

o-ZAMORAUFO-570

 

He then observed two beings, who appeared to be dressed in overalls and seemed startled by Zamora’s presence. The police officer heard a loud sound, saw a blue-colored flame underneath the craft, and finally saw it take off in a straight line for several miles.

Adding credibility to this case were other eyewitnesses at different locations, who also reported seeing the unusual craft in the sky. Plus, investigators — including Air Force personnel, the FBI and Project Blue Book’s scientific consultant, astronomer J. Allen Hynek — thought that Zamora had, in fact, observed something they couldn’t easily explain.

The investigation also yielded evidence in the form of landing marks and footprints, as well as scorched brush around the area where Zamora said the object was sitting on the ground. In the end, both the object and the two beings that Zamora described were deemed “unidentified.”

Here’s the original Project Blue Book case card that indicates a conclusion of “unidentified” as well as “unknown”:

o-LONNIEZAMORAUFO-570

 

“What’s interesting about this is you start going through the Blue Book documents and you realize just how serious the government and the military took these records,” said Greenewald. “You might also start to question whether or not their label — their definition and explanation — of whatever these UFO cases were, you start to question whether or not they’re right. They could say it’s the planet Venus or swamp gas. Well, who’s to say it was? Just because they say something is true, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s actually true.”

Project Blue Book ended in 1969, with the Air Force declaring there was nothing significant about UFOs that posed a threat to America’s security or was worthy of any scientific investigation. And while those massive files were eventually declassified and are now easily accessible online, Greenewald suggested there’s still more to the story of UFOs.

“When you use the Freedom of Information Act and see the documents that come from outside of the Blue Book system, past the 1969 closure of Blue Book, you look at those things and you realize there is a much bigger picture here — UFOs are notexplainable like they wanted to say. This is something very serious — it’s a big threat, and something that the government and military still take seriously, even to this day.”

Echoing Greenewald’s contention of an ongoing high-level interest in UFOs is former Air Force Col. Charles Halt, who has accused the U.S. government of a UFO coverup. Halt was one of numerous eyewitnesses to several UFO-related events in 1980 at dual military bases in the U.K. — RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge — in the Rendlesham Forest.

“I’m firmly convinced there’s an agency and an effort to suppress,” Halt told an audience in 2012 at the Smithsonian-affiliated National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas.

“I’ve heard many people say that it’s time for the government to appoint an agency to investigate. Folks, there is an agency, a very close-held, compartmentalized agency that’s been investigating this for years, and there’s a very active role played by many of our intelligence agencies that probably don’t even know the details of what happens once they collect the data and forward it. It’s kind of scary, isn’t it?”

Jordan Nelson Accused Of Locking Young Children Inside Dog Cage In Basemen

0

Jordan-McKayPolice have accused 23-year-old Jordan Nelson of locking four young children in a dog cage in the basement of their home, and feeding one of the kids dog food.

Court documents say the children, ages 5 to 9, were being held under “terrorizing conditions.”

More specifically, Nelson, who is in a relationship with the children’s biological mother, would punish the children by placing them in the dog cage in the basement and turning off the light.

Nelson is also accused of making one of the kids eat dog food, which made him throw up. When police interviewed the children, one of them drew a picture of himself in the kennel with the words “help me.”

Police did not note if the child wanted help because they were in a kennel or because they were in North Dakota.

Nelson was arrested and has been charged with four counts of felony abuse and neglect of a child and felonious restraint. She’s since been released on bond and ordered to stay away from the children.

Jillian Jacobson Hanged Herself In Her Classroom, Body Found By Students

0

Jillian-JacobsonSome students at El Dorado High School got a nasty surprise Monday morning when they found their teacher, 31-year-old Jillian Jacobson, hanging around in her classroom. Literally.

Jacobson was a popular photography instructor who had taught at the school for the last eight years. When some of her students tried to get inside her classroom they found the door was locked.

This was not normal for that time of day, so the students found another teacher who unlocked the door. That’s when they found Jacobson hanging from the ceiling. The teacher removed Jacobson and 911 was called.

“Paramedics performed life saving measures, however after several minutes the victim was declared deceased at the scene,” a Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District spokesman said in a statement. “The initial investigation indicates the cause of death to be suicide.”

Placentia police Lt. Eric Point said investigators have not located a suicide note. Several students said that Jacobson’s father had also committed suicide and that Jacobson had constantly advised her students against taking their own life.

For anyone having thoughts of suicide, you can call the 24 Hour Suicide Prevention Line at 877-7-CRISIS (877-727-4747), but if this story is any indication — It. Never. Gets. Any. Better. Good luck!

Student high on miaow miaow stabbed his mother 11 times and then cut off his own penis with a pair of scissors

0

A student high on miaow miaow stabbed his mother 11 times before cutting off his own penis at an ‘exceptional’ attack in their home.

263F923B00000578-2976173-image-m-4_1425324571009Charles Mann launched the frenzied attack on his mother, Emma, in December 2013 after bingeing on the party drug and copious amounts of alcohol.

After stabbing his mother repeatedly the 21-year-old turned the knife on himself to cut off his genitalia and was heard shouting: ‘I love you but this is the prophecy’ near their home in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

He was jailed for 16 months today after admitting Grievous Bodily Harm.

As her son entered the dock at Hove Crown Court, Ms Mann was seen mouthing ‘I love you’ in his direction.

She required surgery for multiple punctures to one of her lungs and was wounded on her arms, head and neck following the attack.

The court heard how she made a frantic 999 call at 6.20am on December 29, telling operators: ‘My son’s just attacked me and stabbed me and he’s going mental downstairs with the knives.’

263F8EB000000578-2976173-Emma_Mann_was_stabbed_11_times-a-40_1425328647009Ms Mann was woken when her son returned home and began ‘trashing’ his room. The court heard how he followed her into the kitchen where he stabbed her 11 times.

The 21-year-old, who received treatment at a psychiatric facility before being transferred to Lewes Prison, was so high during the attack he was ‘not responding to pain’.

‘He was not reacting to pain and was described as manic and deranged,’ said prosecuting counsel Amy Packham.

When police arrived at the family home, he is said to have told officers: “I have stabbed her multiple times, I have killed her.

“I have stabbed my mum and I need to be punished for what I have done.”

‘He said he had taken miaow miaow, loads of lines of it, and a lot of alcohol. He appeared manic and deranged at the time.

He was said to have described himself as a ‘paedophile’ to police officers and begged: ‘I do not want to live.

‘Take me to the light, I can see the vampires.’

After pleading guilty to Grievous Bodily Harm at an earlier hearing the 21-year-old was jailed for 16 month, reduced to eight.

He will only serve another four weeks owing to the time already spent in custody.

Sentencing, judge David Rennie described the family’s case as ‘wholly exceptional’. Earlier Ms Mann spoke at the difficulty of seeing her son’s fate ‘already sealed’.

‘This case has a number of features which make it if not unique wholly exceptional. The lack of total awareness and capacity to form intent was the direct result of drug induced psychosis,’ said Judge Rennie.

‘I further recognise that in your psychotic state you inflicted life altering injuries on yourself and have taken this cocktail of drugs before without any particular side effects.

‘Your mother is an extraordinary human being who has conducted herself with enormous dignity, and I thank her very much indeed.’

David Etherington QC, representing Mann, said the defendant had become involved in taking drugs after completing his GCSEs and had spent time in The Priory trying to overcome his problem but had relapsed.

He told the court: ‘His parents even sent him to work on a kibbutz in Israel but the problems would come when he came home and fell in with the same crowd.’

He told the court Mann had had hallucinations on occasions after taking drugs but ‘had never had a reaction which caused him to be violent to another human being, particularly his mother who he loves very much and who he never had any conscious desire to hurt’.

Mr Etherington said Mann had relied on evidence of the attack because he had ‘virtually no coherent memory of what happened’.

He continued: ‘Looking back, in a mind that was very troubled at the time, he can only really rationalise it as being a suicide attempt by him in the grip of a delusion in which his mother somehow got involved.’

The court heard that although Mann had been ‘extremely mentally unwell at the time of the offence due to a drug induced psychosis” he had now recovered but remained “fragile and vulnerable.’

Arthur Benoit Accused Of Beating Disabled Dad With Mounted Antlers

0

Police have arrested 26-year-old Arthur Benoit III after they say he got so angry at his disabled father that he beat him with mounted antlers and threatened to kill him with a pen.

Arthur-BenoitAccording to court records, Benoit admitted that he became enraged when his father, Andrew Benoit Jr., refused to get out of bed one morning earlier this month.

Benoit threw a tantrum that included breaking his father’s wheelchair and cellphone, as well as beating his father in the legs and head with mounted antlers.

At one point during his tirade, Benoit also grabbed a pen and threatened to kill his old man with it while he mimicked stabbing him.

Benoit was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief. He remains in custody at the Washington County jail after failing to post a $10,000 bond.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ book found to contain traces of herpes, cocaine

0

There are at least some readers of “Fifty Shades of Grey” that are enjoying the erotic best seller a little too much.

collection-fiftyshades-gallery_0A pair of Belgian university professors announced a startling discovery last week after examining the top 10 most borrowed books at the Antwerp library — and found all 10 contained residue from cocaine, Belgium’s Flanders News reported.

Two of the books, including E.L. James’ popular S&M-themed novel, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” also tested positive for traces of the herpes virus, which is notoriously spread through sexual activity and not by reading.

The other book was a copy of Flemish crime fiction writer Pieter Aspe’s “Tango.” While the discovery is cringe-worthy, the professors did add that it was not possible to contract the disease by touching the book.

The cocaine traces, however, does pose one hazard.

“The levels found won’t have a pharmacological effect. Your consciousness or behavior won’t change as a result of reading the tomes,” Professor Jan Tytgat of the Catholic University of Leuven told Flanders News.

“Today’s testing methods are so sensitive that traces of the drug originating from a contaminated book will be found in your hair, blood and urine.”