Friday, June 16, 2006

Militant Cleric Calls on Bush to Convert to Islam

A reputed leader of the al-Qaida-linked terror group blamed for deadly bombings across Indonesia on Thursday accused President Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard of waging wars against Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.Militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir also called on Bush and Howard to convert to Islam, saying it was "the only way to save their souls," adding that families still grieving after the 2002 Bali blasts that killed many foreigners should also become Muslim to find "salvation and peace."Bashir, 68, was released from prison Wednesday after completing a 26-month sentence for conspiracy in the Bali bombings that killed 202 people, was at a hardline Islamic boarding school that has spawned some of Southeast Asia's deadliest terrorists.The firebrand cleric also declined to directly condemn young men who carry out bombings in Indonesia in the name of Islam, saying they he still considered them "holy warriors," because they believed they were defending the oppressed.But he also said they misguided and wrong to use bombs in a country at peace."Why use bombs in a non-conflict zone, preaching is enough," he said.Jemaah Islamiyah is accused of carrying out church bombings across the world's most populous Muslim nation in 2000, the 2002 bombings on the resort island of Bali, attacks in the capital Jakarta in 2003 and 2004, and a triple suicide bombing on Bali last October.The attacks together killed more than 260 people, many of them foreigners, and have thrust Indonesia onto the front line of the global war on terror.Though the United States and Australia said they were disappointed at Bashir's release, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono noted Thursday that it did not mean his government was soft on Islamic militants."Abu Bakar Bashir was put on trial. He was punished," Yudhoyono said in Jakarta, adding that Indonesia has arrested hundreds of suspected terrorists and sentenced three linked to the 2002 Bali bombings to death.Bashir, who has never been linked to the execution, preparation or commission of terrorist attacks, was asked Thursday about families still suffering from the Bali blasts.He said the attacks "were God's will" and that survivors should "convert to Islam" if they wanted to soothe their suffering.He had the same message for Bush and Howard, whom he criticized for waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying converting was "the only way for them to save their souls."Both ideas were crudely expressed, but are in line with basic Islamic — and Christian — teachings on personal redemption and God's omnipotence.Bashir also told Australia, which urged Indonesian authorities to keep a close eye on his activities, not to "intervene" in his nation's affairs."I don't interfere in Australian affairs, and you should not intervene in ours," he said.Bashir called Bush an "infidel," but said he was happy the American people were starting to realize that their president had made a mistake when he decided to wage war on Muslims. He did not elaborate, but was apparently referring to sliding opinion polls.

Hah! I wonder why Terrorists really love to gain popularity?....

Why? Sharia Laws?

Legal experts rebuked the central government Thursday for being hesitant to immediately revoke sharia-derived bylaws, which they said clearly flouted higher laws and could cause national disintegration.
They urged officials to act against the bylaws, which they said contravened the Constitution and other higher laws as well as the state ideology of Pancasila that recognizes pluralism and secularism.
"Local governments cannot regulate the religious affairs of their residents. Only the central government has the authority to do so," autonomy law expert Ryaas Rasyid said.
Article 3 of the 2004 Regional Administration Law gives the central government the right to regulate issues of international policy, defense, judicial, monetary and fiscal matters and religious affairs.
"All such sharia-derived bylaws can be revoked through a presidential decree," said the regional autonomy minister during the Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid administration who was involved in drawing up the autonomy law.
Some consider the government's reluctance to stem from fears of a backlash from hard-line religious groups and political opportunists.
Legal expert Denny Indrayana also urged the central government to take immediate action against the ordinances for the sake of national unity.
He regretted what he termed President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's reticence in the decision-making process. "SBY always hesitates to make any decision."
Lack of coordination on the part of political parties also worsened the problem, he said.
"This is very strange because members of political parties at local legislative councils have supported the bylaws while those in the House of Representatives were opposed."
Golkar Party members in the House and other legislators from nationalist parties have issued a petition for the President to scrap the sharia ordinances because of the potential to splinter multiethnic, religiously pluralistic Indonesia.
In contrast, Golkar councillors in several regions, including Tangerang in Banten province, have supported the bylaws.
The religiously motivated ordinances, many of which focus on prostitution and the consumption of alcohol, are considered to be particularly prone to misuse against the rights of women.
Denny said there was no reason for the central government to delay revoking the bylaws. "Based on Law No. 32/2004, the government can make a decision 60 days after local administrations give bylaws for review," he said.
The national unity and politics director-general at the Home Affairs Ministry, Sudarsono Hardjosoekarto, said his office was still looking into whether the sharia-based ordinances were in line with the 2004 autonomy law. "There are several procedures that we have to follow."
Sudarsono said the ministry's first step would be to ask governors, mayors and regents to identify all bylaws to determine if they violated human rights, Pancasila, the Constitution and other higher laws.
"Then, the local administrations can review their own bylaws and afterward we will evaluate the ordinances whether they have violated the higher laws or not," he added.
He said the ministry was authorized to revoke bylaws that have been issued

Howard on Ba'asyir

Australian Prime Minister John Howard issued an unusually strong objection to the freeing of militant cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir by writing Thursday to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The letter, reported by Reuters from Canberra, comes ahead of a planned summit between the two leaders on Batam Island on June 26. That meeting had been expected to cap an improvement in ties after a rift over Australia granting temporary visas to 42 people from Papua province.
Howard said he told Yudhoyono in the letter that he was disappointed and concerned by the decision to free Ba'asyir, who was convicted of conspiring in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, with the majority -- 88-- tourists from Australia.
"His release, and the inflammatory statements that he has made in support of extremism since he has been released, have been deeply offensive, especially to the families of the men and women of this country who died in the Bali attack in October 2002," Howard told Australia's parliament of the cleric's release Wednesday.
"The Indonesian government should understand the deep anger in the Australian community and our sense of concern about what has happened."
In Jakarta, Yudhoyono said the government would maintain its campaign against terrorism and noted Ba'asyir had served his punishment based on the Indonesian legal system.
"Our national efforts to combat terrorism are not measured by the release of Ba'asyir. We are fully committed in continuing the fight against terrorism," the President said before a delegation of foreign creditors from the Consultative Group on Indonesia.
Ba'asyir is suspected by the U.S. and Indonesia of being the former leader of the al-Qaeda linked Southeast Asian terrorist group Jamaah Islamiyah. He denies the allegations.
"Abu Bakar Ba'asyir has been prosecuted, tried and punished. Based on the law, he has to be released. It is worth noting that we have put a lot of perpetrators involved in terrorism in jail," said Yudhoyono.
National Police chief Gen. Sutanto said maintaining constant supervision of the 68-year-old would infringe on his human rights, despite calls by foreign officials.
Sutanto said the police would only take legal measures against someone if there was substantial evidence. Police had said Wednesday they would monitor the cleric's speeches for inflammatory statements.
"This is a democracy, people have basic rights. We act only when there are violations of the law. Would it (keeping him under special watch) go against human rights? If he breaks the law, of course, do something. So we have to separate (the situation)," he said at the presidential office.
"We do not allow ourselves to be dictated by other countries because we have our own sovereignty and laws. Police are prepared to make legal moves, but in the spirit of respecting human rights."
State Intelligence Agency (BIN) head Syamsir Siregar said there was no need for the government to maintain special surveillance of Ba'asyir, his activities or those of his Islamic boarding school in Ngruki.
"What for? He's a citizen like all of us, so why would we specially monitor him?"

Indonesian Merapi

Mt. Merapi's continued activity Thursday left thousands of worried locals making hasty plans to flee, with the volcano spewing hot clouds and showering local communities with debris.
A huge downpour of ashfall buried the Kaliadem and Bebeng resort areas, and filled a 50-meter deep ravine near the upstream of Gendol River. A building used as a resting place for tourists and several stalls on Kaliadem hill vanished under the layer of dried volcanic debris.
The incessant flow of hot clouds prevented rescue workers from evacuating two people who were trapped in an evacuation bunker when the cloud swept over Kaliadem on Wednesday. They suspended the effort at 5 p.m.
Fearful residents of Deles hamlet in Klaten, Central Java, joined over 2,000 evacuees who have remained in camps since the top alert status was applied on May 13.
The government downgraded the status Tuesday, but restored it only 24 hours later following a significant increase in the volcano's activity.
"For the last 10 days, the hot clouds have been heading to Gendol River, which is close to Woro River. We are afraid the clouds or lava will shift to Woro River," said Deles resident Tyoso, who evacuated to Dompol village, about 15 kilometers from the volcano's crater.
"What we are most worried about is lava flow that may reach our village at night."
Chief of Tegalmulyo village in Klaten, Kuwat, said he was overwhelmed by the arrival of more refugees at a shelter built in the area.
"It was very difficult to persuade many of them to leave their homes. Now they are frightened and asking to be evacuated," he said.
Yogyakarta volcanology office head Antonius Ratdomopurbo said Merapi's activity resembled incidents in 2001 and 1994, the latter causing more than 60 fatalities.
"What is happening is the massive hot clouds that follow a decline in the volcano's activity. It is actually not an extraordinary event," he said, urging people to remain alert.
He dismissed criticism his office prematurely downgraded Merapi's status. "We work based on data. The status was downgraded conditionally."
Head of Sleman disaster mitigation agency Widi Sutikno said the rescue team had located the bunker where the two people were sheltering. The bunker, built after the 1994 eruption, is equipped with 10 oxygen tubes, masks and emergency lamps.
"We don't know how long they can hold on because there is no food inside the bunker."
Although he refused to identify the people, local residents said they were a disaster relief volunteer and friend.
"They are bonek," Widi said, using the term for the reckless supporters of the Surabaya soccer team. "They had been asked to leave the bunker, but said they would stay a bit longer."

Jogjakart's Earthquake Updates

Two weeks after an earthquake leveled thousands of homes in Yogyakarta and Central Java and killed more than 5,800 people, the horror remains vivid in people's minds.
That's not to mention the threat from Mt. Merapi. No wonder many residents still feel their future is very uncertain, which makes them reluctant to rebuild their damaged houses.
Local leaders, including Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, are calling on the people not to be carried away by sorrow and despair. They have asked residents to return to their normal lives and start working and rebuilding their devastated kampongs. Unfortunately, those calls sound distant and unrealistic to people who have lost everything and are starting over without the necessary resources.
The residents need more than pedantic encouragements from their leaders.
The recent earthquake seems to have struck at the very foundations of the people's beliefs.
It is shocking for those who are familiar with Javanese people to hear that the desperate victims have stopped passing aid trucks and engaged in semi-threatening alms collection on the streets.
Worse still, the report of a desperate victim drowning himself in a well is also hard to understand in the Javanese worldview.
The horror of losing loved ones; the loss in less than a minute of everything they toiled to build for decades; the absence of hope to rebuild their lives and homes during the slow arrival of aid and resources: all of these factors have added up to cause many to lose their grip on their very beliefs.
Furthermore, the jolt decimated symbols of supernatural power that the Javanese believe have helped them maintain a tranquil life. These symbols include the kraton (sultan's palace) premises and the Imogiri necropolis where dead kings and royal families are buried. That damage means a lot to the Javanese people.
Speculation is rife among those familiar with Javanese cosmology that the quake, with its epicenter under the Indian Ocean, is related to the wrath of a mythical queen. The ocean is known by local people as Laut Kidul, the domain of the Poseidon-like ruler Kanjeng Ratu Kidul (the Queen of the South Sea).
Some accuse the Yogyakarta kraton of negligence for allegedly failing to provide proper regular offerings to the sea's ruler. They say this excited her wrath and caused the quake, which some victims have described as the devastating trail of giant snake, a supernatural depiction of the Queen.
Ratu Kidul, a myth still living in the minds of the Javanese, is a supernatural spouse of the Mataram king and all the royal bloodline. Some consider her the kraton's spiritual mother. The kraton must respect her by performing regular rites for the ocean to balance the rites for the earth carried out at Mt. Merapi.
Others attribute the quake to the loss of the Sultan's supernatural power. The sultan carries great authority for Javanese Muslims as the guardian of harmony between nature and people. But he has taken an interest in mundane affairs, such as the planned construction of an underground parking lot in the kraton's square. Some say this plan will undermine the sacredness of the court.
As the late Prof. Mattulada noted, the personality of the Sultan represents the entire people.
The Sultan's complete title, "the one who carries the earth in his lap (Hamengku Buwono)", and his "reverent caliphate to manage the Islamic religion in the land of Java" are turning into hollow labels that are losing their potency and authority. His words too are losing their power.
It is interesting to note how many victims laugh at their calamity, turning their sad fate into everyday jokes.
"My home is now breezy, because the quake ripped the roof off. We don't need an air conditioner," one victim said.
An e-mail forwarded by a friend tells a funny story about the victims enjoying their days in makeshift tents as "a picnic-like camping time."
My neighbor in Sleman jokingly said that most people still have homes in the aftermath of the quake, "but most of them don't like their homes, since none of them want to stay at home and would rather stay outdoors."
Maybe they know their difficulties will last a long time, so they need a little light humor as a panacea to survive.
Some may realize that they will be last in a long line of people waiting to rebuild, since the most devastated areas, Plered, Jetis and Imogiri, are known as homes for construction workers and homebuilders. They will of course rebuild their own homes first.
In that sense, the Sultan's call for people to rebuild the city based on the spirit of gotong royong (communal solidarity), and stop relying on the support of others, sounds unrealistic. The victims do need help and support, especially from their neighboring cities, to start rebuilding immediately.
Since the devastation is not limited to the physical buildings but also seems to have happened deep in the hearts of the people, the rebuilding of the city and the people should address non-physical issues, including the people's recovery from trauma.
Borali, a victim whose home in Jetis was destroyed by the quake, thought collective introspection and spiritual cleansings were also necessary to recover the people's harmony with nature in accordance with Javanese tradition.
"We are people living in the modern world with a modern worldview. But, as Javanese people, I think this is a time for all of us to reflect on our lives," he said.

Episcopal Unity, Anglican Ties at Risk Over Gay Row

The threat of a split in the worldwide Anglican family hovered over a national meeting of the Episcopal Church, as delegates considered whether they should preserve unity by temporarily barring gays from becoming bishop. New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, pleaded with the church General Convention not to enact a ban.If Episcopalians "see Christ in the faithful lives of our gay and lesbian members," they should have the courage to say so, no matter the potential consequences, he said."Please, I beg you, let's say our prayers and stand up for right," he said, at a hearing Wednesday night on the issue that drew a capacity crowd of 1,500 people.Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan, head of a network of conservative Episcopal dioceses that opposed Robinson's consecration, told delegates the progressive and conservative wings of the church should acknowledge their differences and part."We've reached a moment where it is very difficult, indeed I think we've reached an impossible moment, in holding it together," Duncan said.The convention is deciding the church's response to the 2004 Windsor Report.That document sought ways to keep the global Anglican Communion together and asked Episcopalians for a moratorium on electing more gay bishops and repentance for the turmoil over Robinson's 2003 consecration. The Episcopal Church is the U.S. arm of the communion.However, the main proposal before the convention does not include a moratorium. Instead, it asks dioceses to "exercise very considerable caution" in electing leaders. Delegates can revise or reject the legislation.Archbishop of York John Sentamu, the second-highest ranking cleric in the Church of England, is attending the convention and said he did not think the proposals went far enough."Will it actually be sufficient to secure this impaired friendship? Personally, I'm doubtful," he said. "Windsor wanted space to be creative, and I'm not sure that these resolutions have created the space."The majority of overseas Anglicans believe the Bible prohibits same-sex relationships, and they want the Americans to follow that teaching or leave the communion.If Anglican leaders dislike the outcome of the convention, the loose association of churches that trace their roots to the Church of England could break apart.Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the Anglican spiritual leader, has repeatedly expressed concern about the future of the fellowship."We cannot survive as a communion of churches without some common convictions about what it is to live and to make decisions as the Body of Christ," he wrote in a message to the General Convention, which runs through June 21.The Rev. Bradley Wirth, a delegate from Montana, said apologizing for Robinson's consecration would violate the beliefs of many Episcopalians who supported his election. Backers of gay ordination contend Scripture does not prohibit monogamous same-gender relationships."When many of us are asked to regret, apologize or repent or be cautious," Wirth said, "we believe we're being asked to turn our back on the Holy Spirit."

Bird Flu: Indonesia

A 14-year-old Indonesian boy died of bird flu, the Health Ministry said Friday, the latest in a series of cases in the sprawling nation that are concerning international experts.The boy, who died on Wednesday in a hospital in the capital, Jakarta, had come into contact with dead chickens, said Health Ministry official Nyoman Kandun.
He said local tests had confirmed that the youth was infected with the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus, but that specimens had also been sent to an international laboratory for confirmation, as is standard practice in dealing with bird flucases.
If confirmed, Indonesia's human death toll from bird flu has hit at least 39.
Indonesia's bird flu case load has risen sharply this year, and it now trails only Vietnam, where 42 people have died.The H5N1 virus is considered endemic in poultry in most provinces across the archipelago.
Bird flu has killed at least 128 people worldwide since it started ravaging Asian poultry farms in late 2003.
So far, most human cases have been linked to contact with infected birds, but experts fear the virus could mutate into a form more easily transmissible among humans, potentially sparkinga pandemic that could kill millions worldwide.
The World Bank this week said Indonesia's efforts to stop H5N1's spread are underfunded, and urged the cash-strapped government to be more aggressive in culling fowl in infected areas - something it has been unwilling to do so far.
Health officials have expressed concern over the possible transmission of among humans after several members of the same family contracted the illness on Sumatra island.

Scattered Thoughts

"Be who you are and say what you want, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" Theodor Seuss Geisel March2, 1904-September 24, 1991
I am not an openly gay person, but i feel this urge to be OUT, to my family, my society, which both are NO NO creatures to this orientation. Two things in common between my small fdamily and the communities i live with; conservative, religious, and...kind of radical to this issue.
I'm 23 now, old. Old enough to live my own live freely, without any boundaries and unwritten official laws that ban me from being my ownself.
I'm old enuff to get a job and live independently.
I'm old enuff to feel love in my life; old enuff to have someone i keep in my head all the times and he is FOR REAL.
I'm not betray my religion, I'm proud now to call myself A Christian Gay Guy. No sins in that and no curse written for me since my birth for being gay. No, there is no such thing.
I'm old enuff to get my dreams come true.
I'm old enough to be free.
To be free....

Are you in Heaven or Hell? Hell!

An email i just sent today to my special one:

Hi R!

WHew....I'm a lil bit pissed off today, first of all, the net cafe was open late this morning so i have to get a bus to Padang Bulan, aint so far from my place but it took a bus to get there. I mean, i had to use lots of buses for sending resumes today and this is just another things i should avoided. This dude who works at the net cafe is a lil bit unfriendly, when i called him and asked him to do something for the computer which i used, he was so obviously felt sick with my request which is obviously his JOB. Hurray..! Then i had this plan to print out something from the net and again, when i asked him to set up the computer, he said, straigth to my face with his burned up face, "Better try yourself first before asking me to do this!". I was like, "great!" SInce i was like, fed up with him, i changed my mind about that print things and went to him, gave him my 20.000. The cost was 3.500 ruphias. I did this in purpose. This butthead guy then wrinkled and said, "COULD YOU just give me your 3.500? If you dont have,then PLEASE help me by go to the next store and change your money there" He smiled, a victory smile.

Then i went to my first hotel, took a bus to get there, i then entered the gates and found one of its office guy who happened walking around. Hah............! I have to give my Applc to its university! not at that hotel. I took another bus to my next hotel, not far from that, and this continued till the last hotel. There were 4 hotels and two of them are located like from South to West. IT was so hot and humid, i tried always took the front seat next to the mini-bus driver, the nicest seat of all, i think. YEt, it helped me to get burned by the sun, it was like exposing your face to a overheated microwave.

Anyway, am a bit pessimist at this time. It's not without reasons. In my day 1, at the very first hotel i visited, the security dudes (most of the hotels get the security delievered the letters to them) asked what is my univ, i said ST.Thomas. They nodded and smiled. Then they asked if i had graduated i said NOT YET, then one of them said, "Man, That's a real fatal thing! I doubt you will be accepted in any Hotel without having any certificate." I smiled wide, expossing my teeth and said, "Ah... I see, thanks for the info,Sir"

I mean, what they said might be true, c'mon, there's no use for them to discourage me. And when they said that, their faces were like the priests' , all nothing but honest.
AFter all, they are absolutely rite, probly i'm asking too much. YEt, i also thinking like, "No way these hotels required a Degree from me to be a CLEaning Service guy!"
OKay, am not that desperate, but it's true if I'm a bit hopeless.

SInce my feeling is totally so screwed up all this morning, when the bus passed Deli PLaza, I decided to stop by and treat myself! Screw you, Jerry! YOu aing got noi much money now but you let yourself waste the money on something you dont deserve for now or forever! Well, i bought a ticket in 21Theater, watched The Date Movie. Thank God this hilarious movie helps me released a lot of laughs, out loud, for about two hours. It's totally a silly tickling movie, i promise, you better watch it soon.

Well , that's all for today, and...that movie only kept me happy for two hours only becoz rite after i stepped out of the mall, my life gets back to me with its reality.

YOu know what, Rick? I have this in my mind, i will spend bout two weeks from those hotels, if things dont work out, I will cleaning out my closet, and headed to Jakarta or anywhere. I mean, OK, am not gonna die if i go somehere i have never been, or no relatives who live in that area. I am going to see where my life will end. I'll take the risks of being homeless or whatever. It's enuff of staying in this town. stay for nothing. Two places in my head, Jakarta and Bali. That's it. No, it's not my sudden thoughts, it's been long stuck in my head.

When i read your email's Subject, Are you in HEaven or Hell, my mouth in a speed of lite said Hell. And i thought what i was about to read is something like in my head, but it turned out to be a joke. Thanks for that nice joke, hon.

I have many thing in my head now, but i dont know if i should write them all down now, i mean, it's much better to be kept away from this keyboard.

Hope everything is OK with you which is i surely believe so. Have a nice day, nice work on your books and wish all the best for your mom.

Take care,


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

What i just read...

I just read a novel by James Agee, A Death in The Family. It's a very delicious touching novel. FYI: I try to build this 2-novels-two-weeks habit. I borrow these novels from the YPPIA Library in the town.I do really love several lines from Chapter 7, it says;

I hear my father; I need never fear.
I hear my mother; I shall never be lonely, or want for love.
When I am hungry it is they who provide for me; when I am in dismay, it is they who fill me with comfort.
When I am astonished or bewildered, it is they who make the weak ground firm beneath my soul; it is in them that I put my trust...

You know what I'm trying to say? I wonder how or where do they get this rich skill of writing...I am always taken away with their word-play and their umbelieveable ability to produce those kind of things.....
Reading my writings, then you know am so lack of it.

My German email

This is an email from my friend who lives in GErmany about the WC which was sent today:

Hi Jerry,well, for all the same text, that safe much time (^_^)The party in Germany is going on. Yesterday more then 500.000 people was on the Fan-mile infront of the Brandenburg Gate. And me and other 72.000 people was in the Olympic Stadium yestreday for seeing the game Brazil vs. Croatia.It was a fantastic atmophere in the stadium. And all people looks so happy. Anyone was celebrating with each other.But at all we have much luck, because the weather in Germany this days is so fantastic, more than 30 degree and sun, sun, sun.And today whole Germany is looking forward for the second match of the German team. They will play versus Poland.Hope you will have a nice time, too. I will clebrate the World Cup this weekend.Bye, ciaoBurky

He's one of hundreds Germans who can feel the game and party. Good for him. Yes, good for him. Anyway, i have sent him emails talking about my 'struggles' in my life, my recent life, but his job has takne him away from the morality of giving something, say, encouragements or anything. And now, this WC takes over his Job diziness......
Hope he could enjoy this awesome moment of WC...Amin.

My German email

Indonesian TV Channels

I no longer can count on our local TV channels ifor entertainment stuffs. These channels are like in a race of getting the highest rate programmes without considering the quality and content and...moral side. If there is, let's say, Channel 9 producing a religious-related soap opera and it becomes the most-viewed programme, then these other channels will adopt it, make some 'improvement' and airing it at the very same spot TIME.

TPI, started their mystical-religious SINETRONs and soon it became a great hits, people started to watch it, and this channel becomes over-posessed with their success and make millions of the same theme programmes and these programmes are broadcasting 24/7! Most of this channel put this cheezy stuffs, no longer educating stuffs all day and nite long.
FYI: Most of Indonesian potential viewers are the lower class with no much affection to Western programmes. They love Dangdut, deadly boring Sinetron (soap opera), and mystical ocult programmes. And their taste became the most considearted things for these TV channels.

If you turn on your tube at 5 to 6 pm, you will see News will be aired in most of the channels. At 8 pm, you'll see Sinetron strike the screen in every single channels and started around 10-12 News will be broadcasting in these 12 National channels. We have no specialty channels like Cinemax, or HBO or ESPN or CBN. Shame on us. We got MTV Indonesia, but it 'beg' Global TV to share its air time with them. And most of MTV Indonesia programmes are repeated.

World Cup Sicknez

Okay, now everybody's like, "What's the next match?" od "Darn, I lose 500.000 Ruphias for Australia's Match yesterday!" Geez, one thingI do really dislike about this WC is its ability to drive people nuts! Look your brothers or father or even your lil sister who is still doing her Playground class are so hypnotized by this so-called Fever. Thank God am not one of those freaks who are willing to skip their school or
job even dates just beacuse they have to sleep at 4 in the morning.

Eventhogh am not a football fan, i had this high anticipation of the WC Openings, but shame to SCTV, the only Indonesian private TV that grasps the broadcasting license didnt bought the Openings Programmes. It was arround 9 pm WIB, and thank God we lose our power so I had to run to my friend's house and found him already made his most convenience position to watch the WC Openings. Instead of seeing Il Divo and Toni Braxton doing their awesome perfomances, we found ourselves staring Radja, and many other not-that-great local artists, oh, they were only four bands doing their perfomances . Great! Thank you SCTV, you are our next disappointing National TV.

Since Other TV channels are freaking out, affraid of loosing their potential viewers, they are now trying their best in giving movies on the screen, which is unfortunately wouldnt not be able to gain viewers that much. Besides, their movies have been broadcasted many times in other channels. And these are OLD movies.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Today's Scripture

A Tender And Mighty God
Psalm 147:1-5
[God] heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. —Psalm 147:3-4
God knows and numbers the stars, yet He is concerned about you and me, even though we’re broken by sin. He binds our shattered hearts with sensitivity and kindness, and He brings healing into the depths of our souls. The greatness of God’s power is the greatness of His heart. His strength is the measure of His love. He is a tender and mighty God.
The psalmist tells us that God “counts the number of the stars,” and even “calls them all by name” (147:4). Would He care for the stars that are mere matter and not care for us, who bear His image? Of course not. He knows about our lonely struggles, and He cares. It is His business to care.
God, in the form of His Son Jesus, was subject to all our passions (Hebrews 2:18). He understands and does not scold or condemn when we fall short and fail. He leans down and listens to our cries for help. He gently corrects us. He heals through time and with great skill.
The stars will fall from the sky someday. They are not God’s major concern—you are! He “is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24). And He will do it! —David H. Roper
The God who made the firmament,Who made the deepest sea,The God who put the stars in placeIs the God who cares for me. —Berg
Because God cares about us, we can leave our cares with Him.

Today in My History

The sun was so overheated this afternoon, it burned my face. I went to Aksara, a traditional market which is like, 45 minutes from my place. Last Saturday, i bought a blue jeans, was over-confident that by seeing the label says the size is 30, which is my size, i didnt give it a try to wear. Besides, this small shop aint got no fitting room!My bad, as soon as i arrived at home, i tried to wear it, and...YEs! Rite! It's too small. Ha!
Anyway, i took the front seat, next to the bus driver. It was a perfect scene. we went thru the dusty roads, burning up with the oerheated sun, and...a non-stop smoker driver! Jeez, i kept staring at him and his cigarrette, with annoyed expression but he was like having his own undisturbable thoughts.
I was a kind of affraid the lady wont let me ask for a bigger size, but I then found her in a please-dont-worry mood. I thanked her and catch the very fisrt bus i saw as i stepped down the doors.
what makes us get the flu so easily is the irregular weather. This evening, we were hit by a heavy rain for about three hours. It was still raining when i went to the net cafe.'s stop now.

More Gay on TV

WOw...!!!!! After the Brokeback Mountain melting the taboo in the world, the gay-oriented programmes are in lines on several television channels. This is a good sign for the World acceptance for the Gay/Lesbian world, which is of course, usually started in the role model country, America.
Logo,as one of US premiere GLBT channels makes its own attractions by going to please its viewers with some movies and documentaries like “Portrait of a Marriage” “Elephant in the Room” “U.S. of Ant” and a whole lot more.
The Sundance Channel which is not a GAY channel, wont miss the opportunity to gain more commercials to be aired with “Die Mommie Die” “The Lady in Question is Charles Busch” “The Living End” “Nowhere”
“Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Cinemax, wich is watched worldwide by cable viewers started to show their efforts in embracing the unique viewers with its “The Moon and The Son: An Imagined Conversation.” Resources:

My Fave artists in Picz

Bird Flu

Flu Bug Winning War on Drugs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc) is seriously concerned—and with cause.

In January, for the first time in history, the organization started warning doctors not to prescribe two common antiviral drugs (rimantadine and amantadine) to treat h3n2, the most dominant form of flu virus, because they simply will not work. Just two years ago, fewer than 2 percent of samples were resistant to these drugs; today, 91 percent of samples are resistant to these frontline medications (cdc Health Alert, January 14). The speed of the mutation is cause for alarm.
Could a simple household flu become an epidemic? Every year, about 36,000 people die from the flu; 200,000 are hospitalized in the United States alone.
Other medications are still widely available this year that the flu has not yet overcome. But the ability of viruses to rapidly adapt and change to overcome medications is clearly growing. Tamiflu will defeat the flu this year; what about next year? What about 10 years from now?
Still more foreboding, tuberculosis and hiv have also gained resistance to frontline medications recently. Is bird flu next? A simple mutation is all that is needed to turn bird flu warnings from merely ominous headlines into the worst pandemic in modern times.
Despite the billions of dollars world governments are spending to prevent a pandemic, the leader of the World Health Organization says it is only a matter of time before an avian-flu virus acquires the ability to jump from human to human, sparking the outbreak of human pandemic influenza. The last such pandemic—the Spanish Flu in 1918—killed 40 million people.
A confluence of negative conditions has set the stage for disease epidemics of biblical proportions—which is exactly what we will see. Scripture says there will be diseases and pestilences as the pale horse of the apocalypse rides across the land.
As curses for disobedience to God, Deuteronomy 28 warns about consumption (chronic, degenerative diseases such as aids), inflammation (malaria or communicative diseases such as influenzas), emerods (tumors, cancers, etc.) and other diseases “whereof thou canst not be healed” (verse 27). In other words, diseases become more than resistant to drugs—they are incurable!
While the antiviral drugs, vaccines, and other advances of modern medicine that people look to as saviors will prove to be of little help, there is a sure Savior you can call upon for protection from the coming pandemics. Request a free copy of Herbert W. Armstrong’s booklet The Plain Truth About Healing for an in-depth biblical study of this subject.


Where Terrorists and Deportees Walk Free?
Canada has long prided itself on its liberal immigration policies. Recent events show that pride has been woefully misplaced: Canada has a major terrorism problem in its midst.
At the beginning of June, 17 Muslim men were arrested by Canadian authorities and charged with planning to carry out terrorist attacks against targets in Toronto and Ottawa. The alleged plot involved attacks against symbolic targets including the Toronto Stock Exchange, a military installation and Canadian intelligence headquarters and involving bombings, armed assaults and beheadings.
Though this was a homegrown group of extremists—albeit with connections to terrorists in other countries—it is generally seen as a symptom of Canada’s lax immigration and security policies. Notwithstanding all involved were either Canadian citizens or legal residents of Canada, as Stratfor points out, the June 2 arrests “certainly underscore the possibility that Canada, which has a long history of liberal immigration and asylum policies, has been used by jihadists as a sanctuary for raising funds and planning attacks” (June 7).
The fact that the perpetrators of immigrant origin had been long settled in Canada raises the question of how many more jihadists or jihadist sympathizers are hidden within the open Canadian society, planning further attacks.
Canadian officials admit that the nation’s liberal immigration policies and its multiculturalism make Canada vulnerable. Canada has taken pride in its tolerance of immigrants and has encouraged them to retain the cultural identity of their homeland; Canadians have compared their immigration system to America’s and claimed its superiority and success. But the uncovering of this latest terrorist plot is not the only evidence to the contrary. As Audrey Macklin, a University of Toronto law professor who specializes in immigration affairs, admitted, “The view of Canada as removed from the immigrant frictions and diplomatic strains suffered by its superpower neighbor may be outdated” (Los Angeles Times, June 6).
For decades, the Canadian government has operated its borders based on the thinking that, if Canada opened its borders to the refugees of the world and went out of its way to take care and provide for them, Canada would be considered a friend of all and therefore would never be threatened. As such, its immigration policies have been based upon the idea that “very few bad people will try to abuse the laws of an open, multicultural nation such as Canada, and that closer scrutiny of newcomers is unnecessary or even offensive” (National Post, May 12). Unfortunately, especially in the post-9/11 world, that is a deadly assumption.
Canada is known worldwide for its loose refugee policies and generous social welfare programs. As a result, it receives 20,000 to 30,000 applications for asylum each year, over half of which it accepts. Many of the refugees arrive with no documentation or with counterfeit documents, which makes verifying their information very difficult. This approval rate for asylum seekers is close to four times the average for other Western nations and may be actually higher because even when refugees are turned down, they are often permitted to remain in Canada through the lengthy appeals process. On top of all that, the overloaded immigration department accepted 260,000 legal immigrants last year.
Accepting unknown and unverifiable refugees is dangerous enough, but accepting them from nations that are known terrorist sponsors (which Canada does) is even more dangerous. Worse, prior to 9/11, none of these people were screened for criminal, terrorism or other security concerns unless they requested permanent residency.
The April 17 National Post reported that as many as 3,000 people ordered deported for “human rights abuses, terrorism ties, war crimes, gangsterism links or criminal convictions” are still living in Canada. Twenty-seven thousand other foreigners also ordered deported are still living underground in Canada as part of the approximately 400,000-large illegal immigrant population.
Immigration expert Martin Collacott, a former Canadian ambassador in Asia and the Middle East and counterterrorism policy coordinator at the Department of Foreign Affairs, warned in a February 28 report that major world terrorist groups operate in Canada. He says the problem lies both with Canada’s multiculturalism ideology and politicians who pander to minority interest group pressure.
Canada’s policy of multiculturalism, he says, puts greater emphasis on the “rights of newcomers” than “their obligations to Canada” (Edmonton Journal, March 1). He blames this ideology for encouraging refugees and immigrants from terrorist-sponsoring nations to treat Canada “as a convenient and generous base from which to engage in or mount support for their favorite conflicts abroad.”
Another problem is that Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board contains appointees forced onto it by pro-immigrant activist groups, who have a vested interest in keeping the system as wide open as possible (National Post, March 3).
These poor immigration policies have left the nation vulnerable.
In his annual report to the Canadian Cabinet last November, Canadian Security Intelligence Service (csis) director Jim Judd warned that a terrorist attack in Canada is not only possible but probable (ibid., May 12). Earlier last year he noted that Canada has twice been named as a target by al Qaeda and that Canadians have been “extremely fortunate … not to have had a terrorist attack” since 9/11.
In outlining his concerns about Canada’s safety, Judd warned that Canada had become “an attractive refuge for extremists.” He specifically mentioned two worrisome trends: First, more terrorists are being found in the “second generation of immigrant families—whether in Europe, Canada or elsewhere”; second, many terrorists operating within Canada have no “discernible previous link of any kind with the terrorist networks.”
A report prepared by Ottawa’s Integrated Threat Assessment Center released this May warned, “Canada is home to Islamic extremists, both homegrown and immigrant,” who “advocate violent jihad in pursuit of their political and religious aims” (National Post, May 12).
For Canadians who were skeptical that years of irresponsible and lax immigration policies had allowed terrorist groups to establish strongholds in the “True North strong and free,” the deadly terrorist plot uncovered this month would have been a rude awakening.
According to Stratfor, “Canada has a long history of harboring political dissidents from a number of different ethnic militant groups (perhaps as many as 50 organizations)” (May 3). Terrorist organizations with members who have obtained sanctuary in Canada stand out like a “who’s who” of world terror, and include organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Algeria’s Armed Islamic Group and Babbar Khalsa (a Sikh militant group).
Another example of how Canada’s immigration policies have failed is illustrated by Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad, who was welcomed to Canada in 1987. One year later, it was found that he had been a terrorist for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and had been convicted in the fatal hijacking of an Israeli airliner. Canadian officials then proceeded with deportation protocols, but, 18 years later, Mohammad is still living in Canada! His latest attempt to remain in the country is based on the argument that it would be “cruel and unusual” to send the unwell 62-year-old to Lebanon where medical treatment may not meet Canadian standards.
Then there’s Leon Mugesera, a Rwandan who, according to the Supreme Court of Canada, helped incite the genocide of more than 800,000 Tutsis in 1994. Amazingly, a decade after deportation proceedings began and nine months after the court ruling, he is still living in Canada and may even be allowed to stay if it is determined his life would be at risk in his home country.
Canada’s lax borders and naive immigration policies have not only affected Canadians, but also its neighbors and trading partners. The recently released U.S. State Department annual “Country Reports on Terrorism” states: “Terrorists have capitalized on liberal Canadian immigration and asylum policies to enjoy safe haven, raise funds, arrange logistical support, and plan terrorist attacks.” Canada’s border policies have added to U.S. difficulties as Canada has been the point of entry for people who have tried to attack the U.S. on several occasions.
Probably the best-known case involved Ahmed Ressam, who orchestrated the “millennium bomb” plot. When, in 1994, Ressam was caught entering Canada from France with forged documents, he immediately claimed political asylum. Immigration officials released him until his asylum hearing. Not too shockingly, Ressam never showed up for the hearing, and his claim was later denied. Once Ressam was free and at large within Canada, he was able to plot and plan terrorism—and on the taxpayer’s dime: At his eventual trial in the millennium bombing case it came out that Ressam supported himself in Canada for four years with petty theft and welfare payments. During his illegal stay in Canada he was arrested four times in regards to theft, credit card and other financial document fraud, yet he was not deported.
While in Canada, Ressam fraudulently obtained an authentic Canadian passport, which got him to and from Afghanistan to take part in an al Qaeda training camp. Upon return to Canada in 1999, he drew up plans and made preparations to attack Los Angeles International Airport. Ressam was finally arrested when he tried to enter the U.S. with explosives to carry out his plot.
Other notorious examples of terrorists or suspected terrorists who have entered the U.S. from Canada include Abdel Hakim Tizegha and Ghazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer. Abdel Tizegha was another member involved in the millennium bomb plot, who, after being denied asylum in the U.S., went to Canada. He later snuck across the border to America with a plan to carry out a suicide bombing against the New York subway system. Thanks to a tip-off he was arrested before he could strike.
These are just a few of many individuals who have taken advantage of Canada’s hospitality while plotting to harm others.
Until Canada changes its naive mindset regarding asylum, immigration and border control, it will continue to be regarded as a safe haven by radicals and extremists. Surely Canadians can no longer be fooled into thinking that terrorists will leave them alone just because they have a liberal and multicultural society. “Canada remains on al Qaeda’s target list of six countries,” reported Canadian csis director Judd. “And it is the only one not to have been attacked. We live next door to target number one on that list ….”
This time, the terrorist plot was foiled. But considering Canada’s favorable conditions for terrorist infiltration and operation, we can expect to see further security breaches and terrorist plots come to light. And, sooner or later, the odds are that such diabolical plans will come to fruition. It’s a matter of cause and effect. And the effect has been prophesied in the Bible.
God foretold in Leviticus 26:16-17 about the terrorism problem the English-speaking nations (birthright descendants of ancient Israel) would face in this end time. Verse 17 says that terrorism will become so widespread that the people of nations such as Canada and America will flee even when no one pursues them, and those that hate them will rule over them.

But there is good news. For proof that the people referred to in Leviticus 26 include today’s nations of Canada and the U.S., and for the ultimate solution to the immigration and terrorism problems facing our nations, please write for our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy. via

Think about:Religion

How Can I Get To Heaven?
Most people want to go to heaven, hope to go to heaven. But does anyone really know for sure how to get there?
Popular opinion suggests that most people automatically go to heaven because most people are basically good. But are they? And how good is good enough for heaven? A majority might agree that Adolf Hitler was not good enough. What about people who have never even tried to kill anyone (even if they may have damaged a reputation or two)? What about those who remain faithful to their marriage partner (even if they sometimes fantasize about infidelity)? Most people consider themselves worthy of heaven because they abide by their own standard of “goodness,” and although they admit to some faults, they believe their good outweighs their bad.
However, this biblical truth penetrates each person’s conscience: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jeremiah 17:9). Resentment constitutes murder in our hearts. Entertaining lust is tantamount to adultery (Matthew 5:21-28). No one measures up to the divine standard of goodness (Romans 3:23; James 2: 10, 11). “There is no one who does good, not even one” (Romans 3:12). All human beings have raised their collective fists at God and spurned his authority. Such rebellion demands justice. So what would a holy and just God do? Compromise? Grade on the curve? Rightly condemn every human being to hell? Is there any answer to this dilemma, or are we left to wonder, wishing the best for ourselves and the people we care about?
God’s Word says that He provided a way to heaven that satisfies His justice and demonstrates His perfect love. Knowing we would never meet His holy standard, He came to Earth in the person of Jesus Christ to make up the shortfall for us. Jesus fully measured up to moral perfection, and thus He was uniquely qualified to make full atonement for human sin through His death on the cross. Our loving God justly and mercifully accepted Christ’s death as the complete payment for His rebellious creatures’ sin. As an offer of proof, Christ arose bodily from the dead.
No one deserves it, but all who place their trust in God and His righteousness, rather than in their own, receive this gift of pardon and the promise of eternal life with Him. Any and every person who receives this gift by faith can be assured of heaven, not because of anything he/she has done but because of what Christ has done. God is pleased with us because He is pleased with Christ. When we embrace (with heart, soul, mind, and strength) God’s free offer of forgiveness, He enters our life and begins to transform us from the inside out, preparing us for heaven starting now.
You can begin this journey by making a deliberate choice to trust in what God says. Often people do this by talking to God directly, which is prayer. If you would like help with what to say, here are some suggested words. Find a place of worship and fellowship with other Christians who can walk beside you in your new relationship with Jesus Christ—and where you can begin to discover your unique role in His family. Consider linking up with one of our chapters, if there is one near you. We at Reasons To Believe want to encourage your spiritual growth in whatever ways we can.