Are you in need of a friend?

Generally people who don’t read have a very limited view of life, to read is to have lived a thousand lives; to read is to see the world from countless different perspectives; to read is to feel emotions that you never thought existed. I have read books that have transformed me and given me friends. These friends are my favourite characters. I have shared their sorrows and triumphs; I have shared their love and hatred; I have shared their endurance and despair.

If you haven’t picked a book in a longtime then do it today, you won’t regret it 🙂

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Are you in need of a friend?

BTV IPTV Review (Streaming PAK-INDO Channels through Internet)

THIS IS A REVIEW. I DO NOT OWN BTV COMPANY OR SELL THEIR DEVICE. IF YOU HAVE ANY TECHNICAL QUESTIONS THEN PLEASE GOOGLE THEIR TECH SUPPORT DETAILS. DO NOT POST YOUR TECHNICAL QUESTIONS HERE.

With ICC World T20 2012 going on these days, I was getting desperate to watch the cricket matches but did not want to get Foxtel on a 12 month contract to watch a cricket tournament that will last only 3 weeks.

I was referred to buy an IPTV boxset from a Pakistani/Indian shop. I was told that they show all major TV channels from Pakistan and India and he himself watches all cricket matches on it.

So we bought Jadoo 3 which we found a complete waste of money because there are a very few channels available in their Jadoo Plus app and its a painstaking task to find channels and add them to your iptv box. The interface was hard to understand and options are hard to find (especially after being an user of Apple TV).

I went and exchanged the Jadoo 3 IPTV box with a new box called BTV (www.btv.co).The website doesn’t give you any information on what channels it broadcasts.

I will be reviewing the BTV IPTV Box completely this weekend and will extend this post to add enough information for anyone who is interested in this device. I checked online and I couldn’t even find a single decent review or this device.

UPDATE with Review:

I didn’t get the chance to review this device earlier so here it goes.

If you are looking for an IPTV device to stream Pakistani/Indian channels over the internet then this is one of the best devices out there. It’s a bit costly, I got it for $350 AUD but at-least it’s a once off cost and no subscription charges. I watched the entire T20 World Cup on it without any problems. It has enough South Asian Sports Channels and if the streaming on one of the channels isn’t working then you can switch to another channel. It also has all the popular TV Channels like Sony, Star Plus, Hum TV, Geo TV, etc.

Wireless Adapter

This device has a wireless adapter so you don’t need an Ethernet cable running around your house. It says on the box that its 1080p but I guess the makers of BTV have never seen a movie on true High Definition Blu Ray and so there is a difference of opinion between them and me about whats 1080p.

Available Ports

The device has a HDMI out port along with the traditional AV out port, it also has an Ethernet port at the back incase you don’t have WiFi at home.

The Main Screen of BTV

The Channel Lists which are updated automatically from their servers.
Sports Channels List. There are more at the bottom of the page but I couldn’t fit them all in one screen. G Sports/ F Sports etc are Star Cricket, Geo Super, Sky Sports, etc. Don’t know why it just doesn’t give the proper name of the channel.
 

Is it worth it? I guess so…
BTV IPTV Review (Streaming PAK-INDO Channels through Internet)

Cats have 9 lives?

I was having lunch at my in-laws with my wife when I got a call from my sister that there was a cat stuck between the wooden fence and garage brick wall at my house.

My first reaction was ‘if the cat is stuck then get it out, or call RSPCA!”. I didn’t know what could I do to help, I have never been much of an animal lover. I was sure that we had some kind of government organization like RSPCA that looks after animals and rescues them when they are in need (at least that’s what they show on TV).

After noticing my lack of concern, my sister called the Wyndham Council to get some help for the cat. They said that they don’t deal with animal emergencies and that she should contact 000 (Triple Zero). My sister followed their advise and called 000 but the operator thought that it wasn’t really an emergency so she referred her to call RSPCA. Following the unsympathetic resposnce from 000, my sister called RSPCA, their response was that they can’t help in emergencies and referred her to call SES (State Emergency Services). The operator at SES agreed that this was an emergency and advised that they can be at the house in 45 mins to rescue the cat who was in pretty bad shape by now as her neck was stuck in between the garage brick wall and the wooden fence and breathing was getting harder and harder for her every second.

By this time, I was on my way home from the family lunch at my in-laws. When I got home, I saw my sister and parents outside the house, looking after the cat and trying their best to keep her alive until SES arrived. When I got to the scene, I realized that it wasn’t a cat but just a kitten who was only 3 or 4 weeks old.

The look in the kitten’s eyes was desperate, I have never an animal person but I couldn’t resist but fall in love. I started stroking her fur and tried to relax her. I asked my father to bring the toolbox to see if we can somehow rescue the kitten from the wooden fence but after a short inspection of the wooden frame and how the kitten was stuck in between; we decided to wait for SES (we were afraid we might end up hurting the kitten in the process).

While waiting for SES, we tried to feed the kitten as we didn’t know how long she might had been stuck there but the kitten was very weak and couldn’t drink the milk. I realized that even if SES came and rescued the kitten, she would need medical care as it had been raining for the last 2 days and we didnt know how long she had been stuck.

I asked my sister to look after the kitten until SES arrive and I went to Google ‘animal doctors’. In my search I found this page http://www.melbourneanimalrescue.org/

I clicked on the Contact Us page and called Melanie Dow to ask her if she can help us. She sounded like a person who truly loves animals. She have me her address and asked me to bring the kitten to her once we have her rescued and she will do her best to save the kitten.

The SES arrived in 45 mins as per the operator’s estimated time. They rescued the kitten by dismantling the wooden fence (my sister made a video which I will upload on Youtube and link it here in th next few days).

The kitten was finally out of the despair situation. The SES gave the kitten to me and I wrapped it in a towel and asked my wife to get some of my old jumpers so we can keep her warm. The kitten was shivering rigorously and I didn’t know what to do. The SES called the Wyndham Council to see if there was a wildlife ranger available who could provide medical attention to the kitten because we all knew that the kitten desperately needed medical care.

We waited for 10 minutes but we didn’t get a positive response form Wyndham Council so I decided to take the kitten to Melanie Dow from Melbourne Animal Rescue. I called her and she told me that she will be home in 45 mins.

While driving there, I kept on asking my wife if the kitten was alive and breathing. She kept on checking the kitten every 5 minutes to make sure she was fine. I had made up in my mind that if the kitten survives, I will adopt her and raise her. The desperate look for survival in the kitten’s eyes captured my heart and I kept on praying in my heart that she survives this ordeal.

We finally got to Melanie’s house and she showed the kind of urgency I was expecting from SES or other organizations that we had contacted. She checked the heartbeat of the kitten and told us that the heartbeat and blood pressure of the kitten was very low and in order to save her, we would have to get increase her body temperature. She rushed to the kitchen and brought a hot water bottle and kept it under the kitten.

I was worried, Melanie told me that the kitten didn’t have much chances to survive but she would try her best. She called a friend who was animal doctor and took the kitten to the hospital. I asked her if she needed any help or if there was anything we could do but she thanked me for my effort and rushed to the hospital. She promised to let me know if the kitten survived or not.

Me and my wife went home and I kept telling her that I just wanted the kitten to survive.

Two hours later, I got a call from Melanie and she told me that she had some bad news. The kitten didn’t survive.

She thanked me for my efforts again and told me that we did all we could do to help the kitten. At least the kitten didn’t die while in pain stuck between a fence.

This episode made me ask a few questions…

1) Is there a service provided by the government that responds to Animal Emergencies?

2) What is the role of RSPCA?

3) Shouldn’t the Police help in these situations?

A cat is said to have 9 lives but it hurts nevertheless every time you see a beautiful creature die.

Cats have 9 lives?

Why does anyone need a Facebook?

Where does facebook fit in our lives?

One of my friend recently went to India for a holiday and on his facebook page, he updated his status every 4 hours telling all his friends on facebook about the marvelous adventures he was having  in India. Every two days or so, he also updated his photo albums to show the latest pictures of his experiences. It was great logging onto facebook everynight and finding out what he was upto in India and commenting on his status updates and his pictures.

But then the holiday ended and he came back to Melbourne. I called him and we thought it would be nice to catch up for lunch. So, I woke up on a saturday morning, went to the gym, had breakfast and then got ready to head to the city to catch up with my friend.

We found a nice cafe and bought two cup of coffees and I told him to tell me all about his Indian adventures. He started telling me about his adventures and he also brought along some pictures from his trip. The problem was, I already knew everything about his adventures form his status updates and I had already seen the photos on his facebook albums. To be honest, I was bored for the entire lunch and coffee. I knew how his girlfriend fell on cow shit on the side of the road in Dehli and how little Indian street kids wanted to touch his skin because they had never seen a white person before in their lives.

This experience and others made me think aout what Facebook is really doing to our society?  Are we really more social when we are on facebook? Is being social means commenting ‘LOL’ or ‘LMAO’ on a friend’s status update? Does being social mean getting ‘likes’ on your status update or having 5000 friends on facebook but personally knowing only 45 of them? Is facebook a website that people use to find dates? I know quite a few friends that have met their partners on facebook or have hooked up with someone through facebook. Is facebook just another internet dating website or does it really help friendship? The movie ‘Social Network’ shows that originally facebook was a website for Harvard’s desperate male students to find dates online through their website.

Aristotle said friends must have eaten salt together and what he meant is there’s a sense that people have lived a significant part of their life together. They’ve sat down and shared meals and the ups and downs of life. Leading anthropologist Robin Dunbar says there’s a limit to how many close friends like this you can have and it’s probably between six and 12.

So really think about it? What has Facebook to offer? Did we not socially interact before facebook? Or has Facebook helped us in any way?

‘Friends’ didn’t have Facebook. Ever wonder what the show might have been if they all had Facebook?
Why does anyone need a Facebook?

Osama Bin Laden died in 2001

Osama Bin Laden was the founder of al-Qaeda. A militant Islamist group responsible for the September 11 attacks on United States.

Top US government insider Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, a man who held numerous different influential positions under three different Presidents and still works with the Defense Department, shockingly told The Alex Jones Show yesterday that Osama Bin Laden died in 2001 and that he was prepared to testify in front of a grand jury how a top general told him directly that 9/11 was a false flag inside job.

Pieczenik cannot be dismissed as a “conspiracy theorist”. He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under three different administrations, Nixon, Ford and Carter, while also working under Reagan and Bush senior, and still works as a consultant for the Department of Defense. A former US Navy Captain, Pieczenik achieved two prestigious Harry C. Solomon Awards at the Harvard Medical School as he simultaneously completed a PhD at MIT.

Recruited by Lawrence Eagleburger as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Management, Pieczenik went on to develop, “the basic tenets for psychological warfare, counter terrorism, strategy and tactics for transcultural negotiations for the US State Department, military and intelligence communities and other agencies of the US Government,” while also developing foundational strategies for hostage rescue that were later employed around the world.

Pieczenik also served as a senior policy planner under Secretaries Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance, George Schultz and James Baker and worked on George W. Bush’s election campaign against Al Gore. His record underscores the fact that he is one of the most deeply connected men in intelligence circles over the past three decades plus.

The character of Jack Ryan, who appears in many Tom Clancy novels and was also played by Harrison Ford in the popular 1992 movie Patriot Games, is also based on Steve Pieczenik.

Back in April 2002, over nine years ago, Pieczenik told the Alex Jones Show that Bin Laden had already been “dead for months,” and that the government was waiting for the most politically expedient time to roll out his corpse. Pieczenik would be in a position to know, having personally met Bin Laden and worked with him during the proxy war against the Soviets in Afghanistan back in the early 80’s.

Pieczenik said that Osama Bin Laden died in 2001, “Not because special forces had killed him, but because as a physician I had known that the CIA physicians had treated him and it was on the intelligence roster that he had marfan syndrome,” adding that the US government knew Bin Laden was dead before they invaded Afghanistan.

Marfan syndrome is a degenerative genetic disease for which there is no permanent cure. The illness severely shortens the life span of the sufferer.

“He died of marfan syndrome, Bush junior knew about it, the intelligence community knew about it,” said Pieczenik, noting how CIA physicians had visited Bin Laden in July 2001 at the American Hospital in Dubai.

“He was already very sick from marfan syndrome and he was already dying, so nobody had to kill him,” added Pieczenik, stating that Bin Laden died shortly after 9/11 in his Tora Bora cave complex.

“Did the intelligence community or the CIA doctor up this situation, the answer is yes, categorically yes,” said Pieczenik, referring to Sunday’s claim that Bin Laden was killed at his compound in Pakistan, adding, “This whole scenario where you see a bunch of people sitting there looking at a screen and they look as if they’re intense, that’s nonsense,” referring to the images released by the White House which claim to show Biden, Obama and Hillary Clinton watching the operation to kill Bin Laden live on a television screen.

“It’s a total make-up, make believe, we’re in an American theater of the absurd….why are we doing this again….nine years ago this man was already dead….why does the government repeatedly have to lie to the American people,” asked Pieczenik.

“Osama Bin Laden was totally dead, so there’s no way they could have attacked or confronted or killed Osama Bin laden,” said Pieczenik, joking that the only way it could have happened was if special forces had attacked a mortuary.

Pieczenik said that the decision to launch the hoax now was made because Obama had reached a low with plummeting approval ratings and the fact that the birther issue was blowing up in his face.

“He had to prove that he was more than American….he had to be aggressive,” said Pieczenik, adding that the farce was also a way of isolating Pakistan as a retaliation for intense opposition to the Predator drone program, which has killed hundreds of Pakistanis.

“This is orchestrated, I mean when you have people sitting around and watching a sitcom, basically the operations center of the White House, and you have a president coming out almost zombie-like telling you they just killed Osama Bin Laden who was already dead nine years ago,” said Pieczenik, calling the episode, “the greatest falsehood I’ve ever heard, I mean it was absurd.”

Dismissing the government’s account of the assassination of Bin Laden as a “sick joke” on the American people, Pieczenik said, “They are so desperate to make Obama viable, to negate the fact that he may not have been born here, any questions about his background, any irregularities about his background, to make him look assertive….to re-elect this president so the American public can be duped once again.”

Pieczenik’s assertion that Bin Laden died almost ten years ago is echoed by numerous intelligence professionals as well as heads of state across the world.

Bin Laden, “Was used in the same way that 9/11 was used to mobilize the emotions and feelings of the American people in order to go to a war that had to be justified through a narrative that Bush junior created and Cheney created about the world of terrorism,” stated Pieczenik.

During his interview with the Alex Jones Show yesterday, Pieczenik also asserted he was directly told by a prominent general that 9/11 was a stand down and a false flag operation, and that he is prepared to go to a grand jury to reveal the general’s name.

“They ran the attacks,” said Pieczenik, naming Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Stephen Hadley, Elliott Abrams, and Condoleezza Rice amongst others as having been directly involved.

“It was called a stand down, a false flag operation in order to mobilize the American public under false pretenses….it was told to me even by the general on the staff of Wolfowitz – I will go in front of a federal committee and swear on perjury who the name was of the individual so that we can break it open,” said Pieczenik, adding that he was “furious” and “knew it had happened”.

“I taught stand down and false flag operations at the national war college, I’ve taught it with all my operatives so I knew exactly what was done to the American public,” he added.

Pieczenik re-iterated that he was perfectly willing to reveal the name of the general who told him 9/11 was an inside job in a federal court, “so that we can unravel this thing legally, not with the stupid 9/11 Commission that was absurd.”

Pieczenik explained that he was not a liberal, a conservative or a tea party member, merely an American who is deeply concerned about the direction in which his country is heading.

Osama Bin Laden died in 2001