Plant a cigarette today. Oh wait?

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Passing through the urban districts of Europe, you wouldn’t be able to walk three seconds without seeing cigarette butts littering the ground. Of course there are cities that have an overseeing ban of outdoor smoking such as Amsterdam and in the near future London, how should the problem be solved in other cities that are clearly in the majority?

With over 19% of the European population stated as smokers, It would cause a lot of problems making spontaneous prohibitions. Here’s when a brilliant man’s idea comes in.

Ben Forman has come up with a novel solution to this problem. Dubbed Cigg Seeds, Forman’s Idea outfits cigarettes with biodegradable filters that contain wild flower seeds. What’s best is they don’t really require suiting soil for eruption and growth. Simple out-of-the-pack moisture makes up a perfect state for the process.

The big question is however, would people actually buy these rettes? Out of the 19%, how many would actually give a damn about what their cig butts are doing after they are done draining their nicotine does out of it?.

The price would obviously be more than the average, and the taxing… don’t let me get started. The only alternative is if this idea would be spread out to the already standing tobacco giants out of which few would actually want to alter their successful formulae.

Flax, cotton or hemp, wild plants would also be unwanted in most areas such as main roads and by the entrance of your home. But this is surely already better as the norm.

A cigarette filter takes up to 15 years to break apart (and even then, dissipate not degrade as they are a synthetic material)  and stats show that over 30% of overall waste is consisted of them. This means it’s also a huge problem for recycling.

 

Will they make smoking more healthy?

Another firm with this concept who are already somewhat in the low market, Greenbutts, also attempted to make the cigarettes healthier but as a fail attempt their answer was :

The fact is: humans have smoked for millennia. As long as people continue to smoke, we believe that mitigating the environmental hazards associated with cigarette litter is a noble and worthwhile goal.

 

What do you think of the idea?

 

 

>Tigran

Does Terrorism Have One Factory?

Radicalization, a deadly excuse for the weak part of man that decides to settle in his little thorny nest. The thing is that it doesn’t always point to terrorists. In different points of theories, everyone is a potential radical, it just depends on what type you are, and when you wouldn’t be able to place yourself in either, there’s a problem. There are three stated kinds namely the active, passive and violent radicals, sometimes the first and last linking to each other.

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The Active Radical

This is when you don’t trust the system anymore, but it does not mean you aren’t feeling patriotic towards your country, in fact, this promotes it as you would always try to do something about what you despise in the government. Once you spot a protest in your favor, you would be the first to march. This can be the breeding ground for the violent radical, but not always unless things never go to your favor.

The Passive Radical

This is when you completely shut yourself down from the system because you find it so twisted, you have no reason to try to do anything about it. In fact, you never vote because to you everyone is the same and if you would be a crime witness, you wouldn’t bother calling the authorities.

The Violent Radical

This is when one takes it upon himself to make physical impacts in order to send clear messages to their oppositions.  Most of the readers minds would skip to Muslims straight ahead, but violent radicals are globally blighted, fighting the police or even the armies head to head. The truth is, that man always waits for a good enough reason to be violent. Take the Maidan protestors in Ukraine or the Soweto uprising in South Africa back in 1976 where the laws forced them to learn the language of their white, Dutch oppressors.

Sadly, this often leads to Terrorism when a group of extremists find themselves empowered to make an even bigger impact, and then again, not just Muslims but we have seen terrorists of South Asian and North as well as East African descent as well as those hailing both from the Middle East and Caribbean. It finds itself everywhere but latterly, the question was why are the ones that have the greatest impact muslim?

 

All terrorists see themselves working up for their truth, and as they know what they do doesn’t make any instant positive impact, they are forced to believe that it all sums up to a wider “victory” whether real or imagined.

Originally, the Quran forbids suicide and infliction of wanted violence, but with so much diversity in the religion, radical Muslim clerks summoned Fatwas ( Islamic religious edicts that act as an exception to the Quran) usually in purpose to defend those who are defenseless and to fight the invasion on Muslim lands. To some extent it would have had a point, but only if these people were in the passive or active radical groups, which one are they in? you guessed it.

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Hundreds of thousands of boys and men who have been looking up to these clerks since birth have no choice but to follow the word with promises that what they would do was written in the destiny of their lands and themselves. How could they ever think otherwise when their only faith of life commands them to kill people, that even if innocent, are nuisances and infections in their path to righteousness.

 

Today, the numbers of these kinds are rising as recruitments are happening everywhere, even through the screens on the deeper side of the internet. Howtos on how to build bombs, and hidden training camps. I paid a visit to all these exposures and what I saw was devastating, so much intel anyone with at least a match spark of hate within themselves would be dragged in to cause a wildfire.

 

There were stories of an educated housewife living in the suburbs of Philadelphia, she stumbled upon some information on the Internet and decided her fate, she converted to Islam. Not too long after, she saw a cartoon drawn by a Swedish artist depicting Prophet Muhammed. This blue eyed woman made it her destiny to assassinate that artist, and what’s funny is she barely knew anything about Islam itself, in which if she submerged herself more into, would have seen the beautiful side of it.

Our Societies keep blindly fueling Terrorism in all it’s tanks, it creates problems that weren’t there in the first place. With shallow-minded stereotypes and racists spreading propaganda about people who follow Islam or those who simply have a Middle Eastern background, they create hate in places that were earlier blank. Giving the terrorists original excuses and reasons to execute more attacks. Take the Tsarnaev brothers for example who cited that the US invasions on Afghanistan and Iraq were the reasons behind their attack on the Boston bombing. See the problem? They are Chechens, Who in the time of that war had reported fighting against the Taliban themselves.  What draws them to the other side regardless everything? Those same Clerks waking the radical inside of them. At this point, they would be blind.

 

At the start of the war on terrorism a dozen years ago the enemy was clear and plainly in sight.  It was a large terrorist organization, situated mostly in one geographic location, and it was led by an identifiable leader.  Today, when the borders between domestic and international terrorism have blurred, when our adversaries are not only identifiable organizations but enigmatic individuals, a complete re-thinking of our counterterrorism policies and architecture is needed.  We built an effective defense against the previous threat.  Our challenge today is to develop new defenses against this more amorphous, diffuse and individualized one.

 

“I saw a baby make a boom-boom in his diaper, and I thought, I’d never have suspected him of being a terrorist.”  🙂

 

Tigran

 

 

Research from thedailybeast and Ian Welsh.

 

As long as there is man, there would be war.

 

Why Nigerians Bury Their Relatives Near their homes

Upon all the contrastive traditions in the culture of this land, this is one that I have noticed so often it must have had a meaning. Regardless the tribe and ethnicity, this was so much a popular exploit I just had to dig into.

I was told that there are multiple reasons as to why locals executed burials within their marked/fenced land, sometimes right beside their doorstep.  The first was because some families couldn’t entertain a proper burial and simply built their own coffin, sometimes with the help of the town’s carpenter at sometimes low to no fee at all(There are few who exclude the use of coffins as well). Then they would gather some tiles and build a little slab above the area where they would occasionally portray the catholic cross.

On the other hand, there were more interesting explanations to this act. I was also told that in some villages only men of the family would be buried near the house so their remains would act as some sort of protection to the household and it’s members. Some would also bury members who had little or no religious interests during their life beside their homes as most rural cemeteries are run by the neighboring Church and they felt that the corpse of a non-believer does not belong in those premises causing unrest to it.

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Crossing the borders of Nigeria or Africa itself, a body comes within the definition of “clinical waste”.As soon as you mention burial outside of a cemetery, a great wave of learned opinion will strike you, coming from Uncle Bob, Government departments and everyone in between. It is opinion that has the majority of people over there earnestly believing that burial outside of consecrated ground is illegal, and opinion that makes one council actively help its residents if they want burial outside of a cemetery whilst another attempts to obstruct it.  Having their reasons of course, such as cases where people buried corpses which polluted underground water tables connecting through the city, this would never be the case in Nigeria, as it barely even has below surface systems and when yes, it would be just a single pipe running across entire urban areas.

 

Some people don’t even garnish their beloved ones graves with decorations and simple use wooden sticks and a stiff rope to demarcate a cross. These people are after looked down by others in the village community, but there are non-materialistic people overall, aren’t they?

Asking further about the depth the villagers dig when they plan to bury, I got a quite precise answer (surprisingly). No coffin shall be buried in any grave without less than 30 inches of soil between the surface of [the ground] and the upper side of the coffin, where the standard cemeteries would dig the old six feet deep ditch, but that’s because they plan to bury a second coffin on top in the distant future.

Discussing about all this burial business with a couple of kind locals by the shores of the lagos beach ( under fifty kilometers from the city ), they laughed and smiled about it thoroughly while I couldn’t help but open my eyes wider in unease and dismay every second. I could tell that they’ve been through a lot. But then again, who in these areas receives the golden spoon growing up?

 

Big thanks to the local guys who answered all my questions as I found no disclosure to this interesting act earlier on.

Tigran.

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