Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The New Athena



So long and thanks for all the fish...

It’s been a fun 6 years here on (I feel ancient!!!) at Athena. The blog has evolved , thanks to your comments and emails. It was time for a change. So, Athena will have a new home with new ideas and new things at Athena

Climate change, environmental protection and policies, popular science topics that range from space to evolution, books etc.

The new Athena is already up and running and I’ll be switching over all the posts and your comments over the next few days. So, update the feed's URL, stay tuned and I’ll see you on the other side.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Athena

In Greek religion and mythology, Athena or Athene ( /əˈθiːnə/ or /əˈθiːniː/; Attic: Ἀθηνᾶ, Athēnā or Ἀθηναία, Athēnaia; Epic: Ἀθηναίη, Athēnaiē; Ionic: Ἀθήνη, Athēnē; Doric: Ἀθάνα, Athānā), also referred to as Pallas Athena/Athene ( /ˈpæləs/; Παλλὰς Ἀθηνᾶ; Παλλὰς Ἀθήνη), is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Minerva, Athena's Roman incarnation, embodies similar attributes.

Athena is also a shrewd companion of heroes and is the goddess of heroic endeavour. She is the virgin patroness of Athens. The Athenians founded the Parthenon on the Acropolis of her namesake city, Athens (Athena Parthenos), in her honour.

Athena's veneration as the patron of Athens seems to have existed from the earliest times, and was so persistent that archaic myths about her were recast to adapt to cultural changes. In her role as a protector of the city (polis), many people throughout the Greek world worshiped Athena as Athena Polias (Ἀθηνᾶ Πολιάς "Athena of the city"). The city of Athens and the goddess Athena essentially bear the same name, "Athenai" meaning " Athenas".

Friday, 9 June 2006

Iraq, Islam, and the freedom of Women


Iraq, Islam, and the freedom of Women
How can anyone justify Islam's treatment of women, when it murders women for crimes that are being labelled simply as "inappropriate behaviour". Across Iraq, a bloody and relentless oppression of women has taken hold. Many women had their heads shaved for refusing to wear a scarf or have been stoned in the street for wearing make-up. The sitution is worst in the British-occupied South Iraq. Women have been murdered because they continue working.

Next timewhen someone insists that The Koran is addressed to all Muslims, and for the most part it does not differentiate between male and female dont forget to mention the women who have been murdered the last fow weeks in Iraq because they dared to continue working, wear troucers, drive a car, go to University or they refused to wear the scarf:

Dr Kefaya,
Sheda and her sister,
Lubna

Wednesday, 24 May 2006

Evasion of winter, upon the jump ......


You do not see that is to say ..... 7 days rain all the time, since I think the Monsoon moved from India to Innglatera. temperature 10 degrees!! End of May and turn on heating to warm up and dry out a tiny bit. Basta!

And it does not reach the carpet wet and we have acquaintances and friends from home we loco. 35 degrees temperature, the sea bathrooms, Uzza the beach.

I warn you ...... I have mad ...... will take revenge.

Wednesday, 3 May 2006

Glaciers vs Business


In Northern Chile: Glaciers to be "moved" to allow gold mining

The mining company Barrick Gold is planning to exploit a gold and silver deposit, found on the very site where the rivers that bathe the fertile Huasco Valley are born. Among other substances, the company will use large quantities of cyanide, which will be transported through serpentine roads to the high mountain, along the rivers that make agriculture possible in that northern and otherwise dry region. In order to give ways to the mining operation the company has endorsed the “transfer”!!!!!! of 3 Andean glaciers and to make 2 huge holes, each as big as a whole mountain, one for extraction and one for the mine's rubbish tip. The name of the Project is Pascua Lama
The Chilean Government has approved the project to start this year, 2006.The only reason it hasn't started yet is because the farmers have got a temporary stay of execution.
If they destroy the glaciers, they will not just destroy the source of specially pure water, but they will permanently contaminate the 2 rivers so they will never again be fit for human or animal consumption because of the use of cyanide and sulphuric acid in the extraction process.
Every last gramme of gold will go abroad to the multinational company and not one will be left with the people whose land it is. They will only be left with the poisoned water and the resulting illnesses. Nevertheless, there is no certainty whatsoever of what the impact would be on glaciers or permafrost (frozen rock or soil) from the road network and the associated stabilization measures that generally involves the use of salts.

The farmers have been fighting a long time for their land, but have been forbidden to make a TV appeal by a ban from the Ministry of the Interior.
Their only hope now of putting brakes on this project is to get help from international justice. The world must know what is happening in Chile.
Help them to raise their voices Sign the PETITION. Spread the Word!