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|Religion / Re: My Argument With My Muslim Friend!!! by aletheia(m): 1:54am On Nov 02|
@OP...you need to try harder with your characteristic Muslim tactic of argumentum ad populum. It doesn't wash. You are not yet a follower of Christ. Understand this: "If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed."
|Poems For Review / Re: Fragments Of A Forgotten Song by aletheia(m): 6:26pm On Nov 01|
Ishilove: Nawa o. Alatheia, is this the anniversary of The Great Breakup?
No breakup. Just aparting of ways with a promise of return.
|Poems For Review / Re: Fragments Of A Forgotten Song by aletheia(m): 3:12pm On Nov 01|
|Politics / Re: What You Don't Know About Nigeria's Space Program by aletheia(m): 12:03pm On Oct 15|
Katsumoto: Following your logic, Suntai spent 10 months abroad for status reasons.
Your serial posting of news articles only prove two things.
1. You are very ignorant about the capability of Nigerian doctors working in Nigeria and
2. Nigerians like to travel abroad for treatment at the drop of a hat especially when someone else is footing the bill. It does not address my claim that most of what they are traveling abroad for can be done in Nigeria.
Danbaba Suntai that travelled abroad came back fully fit? Right? The guy suffered a severe head injury. There are competent neurosurgeons working here in Nigeria that could have treated him with exactly the same outcomes as that obtained from his 10 month sojourn in the USA. In one of my earlier posts, did I not remind you of Idris Wada of Kogi, another governor involved in an accident, who was treated fully in Nigeria, despite urgings by his fellow politicians including even the president that he travel abroad for treatment. But of course you will develop selective amnesia to that fact since it does not suit your narrative.
Trying to use the state of Nigeria's health sector as an excuse for not developing an indigenous space program is an epic fail. You presume to comment on the state of Nigeria's health sector but you actually have no idea what the real problems are. Here is a hint: the problem with Nigeria's health sector is not an inability to do medical exams or perform transplants or carry out routine surgeries like appendectomies (which is what the governors travel abroad to do).
Even the Multinational company Shell extensively makes use of Nigerian doctors working in Nigerian Hospitals.
|Politics / Re: What You Don't Know About Nigeria's Space Program by aletheia(m): 10:09pm On Oct 14|
You accuse me of lying simply because I state what I consider to be fact. How will you feel if I return the compliment? I repeat my claim and I stand by it. Almost all the treatment that the people you are talking about are travelling abroad for can be gotten here in Nigeria. Agagu's son for example, as far as we know did not sustain any fractures, neither a head injury. In fact, news reports indicated he was quite well after the crash, so what was he being flown abroad for. Unlike you, I know exactly the state of Nigeria's health sector because I work in it and do not need any second-hand article to tell me about it. The truth is that most Nigerians and their leaders do not take care of their health and suffer from inferiority complex when it concerns the Nigerian health sector. A lot of the people going to India for instance are seriously being scammed out of their money by Indian hospitals. Where I work, we 've had to remedy on a number of occasions, mistakes made in Indian hospitals on patients who went there.
We at this time will not reach an agreement about the Nigerian space program so let us agree to disagree and move on. Thanks for your time.
|Politics / Re: What You Don't Know About Nigeria's Space Program by aletheia(m): 9:45am On Oct 14|
Katsumoto:I disagree. NigeriaSat-X was solely built by Nigerian engineers. A feat widely acknowledged and commended by non-Nigeria observers.
My response was not generic. So Nigeria doesn't need the remote sensing, telecommunications, disaster monitoring etc afforded by satellites? Those who go abroad for treatment largely do so for status reasons. Almost whatever treatment they get abroad can be gotten in Nigeria. This is an established fact. You are aware that the governor of Kogi state did not travel abroad after his femoral fracture but was treated fully in Nigeria. The irony is that you are exactly like those governors you condemn. You denigrate Nigerian efforts to become self-reliant in space technology and would have us dependent on Western technology because "we are not ready". How typically condescending.
So do tell us what we are losing by developing our local capacity in space technology and training our engineers in astronautics.
Katsumoto:No roads? Really?
No power? Really?
No hospitals? Really?
No good schools? Really?
So China, Russia, USA, India, Brazil don't have air crashes?
This your woe-mongering is still not a justification for not acquiring space technology. It is the lame argument of Western interests who realize that Nigeria and other developing countries acquiring space tech means less income for them.
Katsumoto:The origins of US, Russian and Chinese space programs are from the World War II German rocket program. They all stole German technology. Qian Xuesen who is arguably the father of China's space program was principally involved in "Operation Paperclip". So because they did not pay the Germans, we should follow their example and steal the technology?
Katsumoto:Europe is essentially a tightly knit economic structure, functioning in some respects like one sovereign entity. If they decide to pool resources in space, it's fine. It doesn't make it wrong if individual states like China, Brazil, India, Iran, Israel, Nigeria, and Ghana want to go it alone.
Actually what we are doing at this stage in our space program is crawling. I look forward to the day, when Nigeria will launch its own satellites from Nigerian soil, using Nigerian-built rockets. What things need to be provided before we acquire capacity in space technology? Don't we already use technology dependent on space technology. So we should keep forking out money to Western companies because in your opinion, we are "not ready"? As far as I am concerned, this is one of the most far-sighted decisions taken by the OBJ administration to give impetus to our space program.
|Politics / Re: What You Don't Know About Nigeria's Space Program by aletheia(m): 11:03pm On Oct 13|
1. Your post sounds condescending and belittles the efforts of Nigerian engineers. It seems to me you are only interested in the narrative that suits your own particular view of Nigeria.
2. My earlier post has already highlighted the advantages to our economy and "infrastructure" of having an indigenous home grown space program. It is far better for Nigeria to use its own satellites for image acquisition, disaster monitoring, remote sensing, telecommunications etc than to pay our money to US or Europe for the same services. It is like you said "giving someone else your lunch, watching him eat it, and then asking him afterwards how it tasted. It is stupidity of the highest order"
3. A space program is most definitely not beyond Nigeria and is needed NOW.
4. Like I stated in my earlier post, the amount money spent as a fraction of Nigeria's GDP (since you insist on being so pedantic) on acquiring space technology will not prevent us from "developing infrastructure".
5. It is logical to go to the Chinese and Russians to acquire the skills for a space program since they 've had a head start.
6. Your comment about Europe shows that you probably have not heard of the European Space Agency and the Galileo global satellite navigation system program.
7. My conclusion is that your position is not under-girded by a careful consideration of the advantages of a Nigerian Space Program at this time.
|Politics / Re: What You Don't Know About Nigeria's Space Program by aletheia(m): 7:12pm On Oct 13|
Nigeria's space program aids development and infrastructure. For example, NigComSat-1R is expected to play a major role in meeting Nigeria’s telecommunications, broadcast, aviation, maritime, defense and security needs. The portion of the Nigerian GDP spent sustaining a space program will not prevent the development of other sectors. It is much better that we have a home-grown space program to address these needs rather than be always dependent on and hostage to foreign technology. The initial use of Chinese and Russian technologies is expected given that they had years of a head start. A number of Nigerian engineers have already benefited by gaining skills in space technology and played a major role building NigeriaSat-X.
The development of the Nigeria Space Program is in carefully calibrated stages and over time, Nigeria will acquire indigenous launch capacity. Moreover, space is a critical, strategic, future resource and shortsightedness should not rob Nigeria of the chance to be represented there.
|TV/Movies / Re: Missing Episodes Of Doctor-Who Found In Nigeria by aletheia(m): 6:17pm On Oct 11|
Tony Spike:Yes. It was quite interesting seeing how it unfolded. I salute you, sir. A fellow Dr Who fan.
|TV/Movies / Re: Missing Episodes Of Doctor-Who Found In Nigeria by aletheia(m): 6:04pm On Oct 11|
The first question is resolved in the climactic episode from season 7: "The Name of the Doctor". It is the oldest question, the one the Doctor has been running away from from the very beginning. It is Doctor Who?
|TV/Movies / Re: Missing Episodes Of Doctor-Who Found In Nigeria by aletheia(m): 6:02pm On Oct 11|
deols:Err...that's probably not Doctor Who. Doctor Who is a memorable character. He is called Doctor Who as in literally a question because he is the man with no name. He quite simply calls himself "the Doctor".
|TV/Movies / Re: Missing Episodes Of Doctor-Who Found In Nigeria by aletheia(m): 5:57pm On Oct 11|
A Time Lord of Gallifrey. Wonderful memories from by-gone years. And I love the new series as well! The longest running sci fi show of all time.
"... on the Fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the Eleventh, when no creature can speak falsely or fail to answer, a question will be asked - a question that must never be answered"
|Politics / Re: Nigeria Commissions Its Largest Rice Mill by aletheia(m): 10:26pm On Sep 28|
agbameta: This is an investment by a private company so what's this really got to do with GEJ and his pose of corruption and incompetence?I am now convinced that you are a certified idiöt. The private investment is made possible by the reforms initiated in the agricultural sector by GEJ, yes GEJ which has led to an increase in rice production. Why didn't the private company open their mill in 2007? Doofus! Here collect your certificate of stüpidity.
|Health / Re: Naija Doctors Again!doctor Appointed To Regulate Nigeria Nursing Profession by aletheia(m): 9:41pm On Sep 19|
onomeasike: The whole Nigerian health sector stinks and we have not seen the worst yet.
What are you on about? Historically, weren't doctors the original teachers of nurses, pharmacists and lab scientists?
|Politics / Re: President Jonathan To Ring NYSE Closing Bell by aletheia(m): 5:47pm On Sep 17|
berem: Imagine comparing the retardeen to Nelson Mandela?I have already told you to get an education. You were the originator of this thread - with the intention of ridiculing the president. In any case, someone has already given you an appropriate answer.
PvtParts: Many politicians have also rung the bell. On a tour of the U.S. to promote economic cooperation, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited the capital of capitalism in order to partake. Other famous politicians who have had the honor of ringing the bell include Nelson Mandela and Rudy Giuliani.
|Politics / Re: President Jonathan To Ring NYSE Closing Bell by aletheia(m): 6:44pm On Sep 16|
berem: Una president wan go ring bell for America! LOL!!He is your president too, mörön!
Ringing the opening bell of the NYSE is a symbolic art and an honor. If the news is true, then President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan belongs to such notable company as Nelson Mandela who were also given the honor of ringing the bell of the NYSE.
You really need to get an education.
|Politics / Re: Chibuihem Amalaha,a Nigerian Student Uses Science To Prove Gay Marriage Is Wrong by aletheia(m): 2:42pm On Sep 15|
TalkNews:The article is thrash.
The so-called "research" is thrash.
And the University of Lagos is a joke for putting this forth as research. . . basic secondary school science.
No wonder ASUU cannot articulate its demands in an innovative way and must always resort to strikes. The lecturers have nothing to teach, and the students cannot learn. Blind men leading other blind men.
The opposition to homosexuality is on moral grounds. Science cannot make a case either for or against the vile practice.
|Religion / Re: The Old Vs New Covenant - Revelation Of The New Covenant by aletheia(m): 3:04am On Sep 08|
Bidam: Is the house of Israel and the house of judah a gentile?^
(2Co 5:17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
...just passing through. Bye
|Politics / Re: Nigeria Ranked Among World’s Poorest Competitive Countries. by aletheia(m): 2:48am On Sep 08|
Context is important. Statistics are like bikinis which are interesting not so much by what they reveal but what they conceal. Viewed in full context, there really was no significant change in Nigeria's CGI in 2013-2014 over the preceding 2012-2013 period.
For the 2012-2013 period: Nigeria ranked 115 out 144 surveyed countries with a score of 3.67
For the 2013-2014 period: Nigeria ranked 120 out 148 surveyed countries with a score of 3.57
We can also compare Ghana for the same periods:
For the 2012-2013 period: Ghana ranked 103 out 144 surveyed countries with a score of 3.79
For the 2013-2014 period: Ghana ranked 114 out 148 surveyed countries with a score of 3.69
The interpretation of the of the 12 pillars of the CGI is more nuanced than the conversation here suggests.
|Politics / Re: PDP Splits: Seven Governors, Oyinlola, Atiku Members Of New Faction by aletheia(m): 10:29pm On Aug 31|
nuclearboy:Anything is possible. We shall see how it plays out...but it seems like a desperate gamble by the 7.
Long time bro! How you dey?
|Politics / Re: PDP Splits: Seven Governors, Oyinlola, Atiku Members Of New Faction by aletheia(m): 9:21pm On Aug 31|
Politics, it is said, makes strange bedfellows, but even the strangeness of the principals in this PDP 'faction' must give one pause. Consider the seven governors involved:
Sokoto - NW,
Kano - NW,
Rivers - SS,
Adamawa - NE,
Niger - NC,
Jigawa - NW,
Kwara - NC
Rotimi Amaechi sticks out like a sore thumb...and so the question must be asked: what is he doing among such strange bed-fellows. My interactions with people from Rivers state lead me to believe that public opinion in his home state is not in support of his moves. Amaechi is an intelligent fellow who no doubt has his finger on his people's pulse. Why would he want to alienate them and isolate himself unless of course there is another plot at play?
Here is my thesis:
1. I doubt if the governors would have been bold enough to break away in such spectacular fashion without believing that Amaechi belonged to their camp, because they would probably reason that having Amaechi on their side would weaken the President's support base and thereby strengthen their faction.
2. While they might try to spin it as a bold move on their part; the reality is that they have been isolated and forced out of the PDP fold proper.
3. I believe Rotimi Amaechi is in cahoots with the President and has acted as the "Judas goat" to force the enemies and traitors within to reveal themselves publicly and leave the party.
4. In the next few weeks, we should expect a spectacular reconciliation between the President & Rotimi Amaechi which will leave these governors and Atiku hanging high and dry. I expect Atiku should have learned something from how his protege Soludo was manipulated into losing the gubernatorial nomination.
We will see how events play out. But we should always remember that in the shadowy world of politics, nothing is ever as it seems and we should stop taking things at face value.
|Religion / Re: The Meaning Of "Day" by aletheia(m): 10:38pm On Jun 29|
And the evening and the morning were the first day...not several thousands evenings and mornings.
|Politics / Re: Country: Oduduwa Republic by aletheia(m): 5:46pm On Jun 27|
Gbawe:While I agree with you that changes to the centre are needed, such as fiscal federalism, and more devolution of powers to the federating units, are you sure that these changes will emerge with the defeat of the PDP? The alternatives to the PDP have not shown that they have the will or vision to push through such a change. We will probably end up like the animals in Animal Farm...exchanging one set of overlords for another.
|Politics / Re: Controlling Lagos' Borders... by aletheia(m): 3:59am On Jun 24|
Mr A. just completed primary school and decided to come to Lagos after months of urging by his brother who's living in Lagos this past 5 years. Mr A. arrives and takes up work as a shoe-shiner/porter. According to the proposed tax regimen, being a new "immigrant", he ought to pay for instance an income tax of 35%. Several problems immediately arise:
a) How on earth, is the LASG going to assess his daily income for tax purposes?
b) No doubt Mr A. belongs to the lowest income band, and by progressive taxation principles ought to even be exempt from tax!
Mr B. a top company executive is newly redeployed to Lagos by his company. Since his income is readily traceable, the LASG is able to skim 35% off his pay. On Fridays, he likes to go clubbing...but the problem is how on earth he is going to pay the 17% VAT on the beer he drinks as a newly arrived "immigrant" to Lagos...since the bar man doesn't ask for his duly stamped passport showing the date he crossed Lagos state's borders.
Mr C. has been in Lagos for 15 years now. All his children were born in Lagos and attend Lagos schools. Since he works in Alausa as a civil servant, every month, regular as clockwork, LASG takes off income tax of 25% as a "longstanding" resident. Brother J. arrives from village to stay with him while learning "trade". I wonder how LASG is going to tax Brother J. for the privilege of being newly arrived in Lagos.
If only, Mr A. and Brother J. had stayed back in their states and not come to Lagos to increase the population without engaging in taxable economic activities. Perhaps if there were more economic opportunities back home in their states...
|Politics / Re: Controlling Lagos' Borders... by aletheia(m): 3:05am On Jun 24|
Katsumoto:I guess I was a tad too abrasive and aggressive. I sincerely apologize for that. I found the OP offensive and I suppose I displaced the aggression on to you.
But I must disagree with you that Lagos by itself and on its own can control immigration into Lagos state through a system of taxation, no matter how creatively structured. Again the examples from Chile and Russia are about using taxes to encourage investment and economic growth, not to restrict migration. Any solution to rural-urban migration must involve other states.
I suppose we will have to agree to differ. Have a nice day.
|Politics / Re: Controlling Lagos' Borders... by aletheia(m): 2:26am On Jun 24|
Katsumoto:In what way did I attack you? I only stated my disappointment in how your views have changed or are changing. If you doubt me, why don't you compare your posts these days to those of earlier years and see if you don't sound more intolerant now of other ethnicities.
As to your suggestions, exactly how do you hope to enforce a differential tax regime such as the one you propose? Such a proposal must fall at the first constitutional challenge. So in your system of differential taxes, a person resident in Lagos for 5 years is an out of state resident, while those who have resided in Lagos for 10 years are considered state residents? You know that is not how it is defined in the US that you try to use as an example, so that is a fatally flawed example.
Your attempt to use the London congestion charge, I believe, is another flawed example. Nothing actually stops Lagos state from introducing such a charge, if it doesn't already exist, but to attempt to tax Nigerians for exercising their fundamental right to reside in Lagos is the unconstitutional.
No where did I suggest that Lagos is responsible for ensuring good governance etc in other states, but I also pointed out that urban immigration is not just the problem of Lagos but also of other major urban centres in the country. Thus, the solution must of necessity be a supra-state one, not the sort of knee-jerk, asinine solutions being suggested by bigots. For, example the push towards SW regional integration is one such potential solution to slowing the migration into Lagos.
|Politics / Re: Controlling Lagos' Borders... by aletheia(m): 1:45am On Jun 24|
Katsumoto: I am for controlling the growing population in Lagos but not along ethnic lines. The best way to accomplish this task is along economic lines. Lagos has to reduce the size of the underground economy; Fashola has made good progress in this regard.
Your suggestions on a differential tax regime are impractical, discriminatory and run counter to the rights of Nigerians to reside anywhere in Nigeria. If you lie down with dogs, then you will get up with fleas. Your often association with ethnic bigots is beginning to cloud your objectivity. The best way to stem immigration to Lagos is to ensure good governance and the expansion and diversification of the economies of other states, not to erect walls whether physical or virtual.
Also you need to recall that rural-urban migration is a worldwide phenomenon. People always gravitate to major urban centres and so the problem of Lagos is also the problem of Kano, also the problem of Abuja, also the problem of Port Harcourt.
But you already know this, which is why it's so disappointing seeing you making common cause with ethnic jingoists, whose views are often laced with hateful diatribes.
|Politics / Re: Controlling Lagos' Borders... by aletheia(m): 1:19am On Jun 24|
Lagos is not, and was never a sovereign state. You really ought to get an education like someone suggested and get to know the meaning of "country".
The most painful part, is that genuine, bonafide Lagosians don't espouse this sort of rubbish, only wild-eyed ethnic bigots like you.
|Religion / Re: A Comparison between Visions From Hell and the Rich MAN and Lazarus Parable. by aletheia(m): 11:15pm On Jun 23|
frosbel: I think this article is necessary to counter the plague of FALSE visions from Hell and to further enlighten the brethren on the need to be careful when listening to , or reading about these encounters.While I do not agree with your views on "hell". I must concur that based on scripture it is certain that these so-called visions of heaven and hell are false and designed to mislead.
It must also be pointed out how very similar these visions are to Dante's work: The Divine Comedy.
|Religion / Re: GOD DOSE EXIST!! by aletheia(m): 3:44pm On Jun 23|
At OP: what you wrote is no different from what the Serpent told the Woman. "Ye shall be as gods". In a beguiling sense, men are gods. However, the scriptures speak plainly:
(1Co 8:5) For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
(1Co 8:6) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
|Religion / Re: The Gulibility Of An Ex-christian Atheist. by aletheia(m): 3:34pm On Jun 23|
musKeeto: How do you jump from 'God exists' to 'Jesus is real'History-Reason-Faith
|Politics / Re: ‘formidable Team’ Will Rescue Nigeria In 2015, Says Tambuwal by aletheia(m): 4:50pm On Jun 19|
Gbawe: This is what posters like you, carrying 'issues' around, enjoy. This mindless back and forth that means you were always angling to be obliged so you can get into market-women quarrelling mode you enjoy far more than contributing your own opinion. You have done exactly this before and I should have known better than to even respond to anything you write. I simply will not bother in future. Not worth the hassle really for a junk, emotional and personality-obsessed tw1t like you. You should really get a life. You don't sound mentally healthy or secure.^
See your life in 3D! Magana dogon turenchi! Simple kweshion, you no fit answer, jus' dey blow grammar.
1. How many pro-development bills have been passed by Tambuwal's House of Representatives?
Oh! Sorry! I forgot! Hound dogs are only good for whining and crying:
You ain't nothin but a hound dog
Now run along, and go play with your squeaky toy.
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