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Posted in WAR ON DRUGS with tags , , , , , on April 14, 2015 by drjgelb

I came across a discussion via comments online today, in which the participants were becoming increasingly hostile and aggressive with each other, as some denigrated people suffering from drug addiction as “scumbags” who “deserve everything they get” and others tried in vain to explain that addiction is a chronic brain disease. The scientific evidence has progressively mounted in favour of the chronic disease explanation and studies using the latest brain imaging technology, together with an increasingly sophisticated  understanding of molecular biology, has meant that the disease model has prevailed and solidified.

Social and governmental forces continue to be directed at opposing the disease model of addiction, in order to justify the continued labelling of addicts as criminals who require punishment for their bad behaviour and rotten choices. This allows the government to incarcerate addicts, rather than treat them as medically unwell citizens, deserving of medical treatment.

Countries like Portugal and Uruguay have ceased criminally prosecuting users because of the overwhelming scientific evidence that drug addiction is a public health problem and NOT a criminal justice problem. Let me spell it out: Countries like Australia, where harshly punitive criminal sanctions are preferred to drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation, deliberately ignore the recommendations of their own expert advisors, insisting in terribly misguided fashion that any chage in approach to the War on Drugs, “sends the wrong message to youth”. This ignorant and irrational viewpoint continues to be trotted out by politicians unaware that they are seriously damaging our nation’s youth with their retrograde policies.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine, arguably the peak world body in the Addiction Medicine field, has released its updated definition of addiction:

“August 15, 2011 – The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has released a new definition of addiction highlighting that addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavioral problem involving too much alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex.” The headline in their report was: “Addiction Is a Chronic Brain Disease, Not Just Bad Behaviors or Bad Choices”

“The new definition resulted from an intensive, four‐year process with more than 80 experts actively working on it, including top addiction authorities, addiction medicine clinicians and leading neuroscience researchers from across the country. The full governing board of ASAM and chapter presidents from many states took part, and there was extensive dialogue with research and policy colleagues in both the private and public sectors.”

“The new definition also describes addiction as a primary disease, meaning that it’s not the result of other causes such as emotional or psychiatric problems. Addiction is also recognized as a chronic disease, like cardiovascular disease or diabetes, so it must be treated, managed and monitored over a life‐time.”

“Research shows that the disease of addiction affects neurotransmission and interactions within reward circuitry of the brain, leading to addictive behaviors that supplant healthy behaviors, while memories of previous experiences with food, sex, alcohol and other drugs trigger craving and renewal of addictive behaviors. Meanwhile, brain circuitry that governs impulse control and judgment is also altered in this disease, resulting in the dysfunctional pursuit of rewards such as alcohol and other drugs. This area of the brain is still developing during teen‐age years, which may be why early exposure to alcohol and drugs is related to greater likelihood of addiction later in life.”

“the disease creates distortions in thinking, feelings and perceptions, which drive people to behave in ways that are not understandable to others around them. Simply put, addiction is not a choice. Addictive behaviors are a manifestation of the disease, not a cause.”

Before the argument re how “bad” addicts are, please carefully read the science at the link above. Much better than all this hostility.





Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 7, 2015 by drjgelb

Below is my response to commenters who ripped into me and Israel for expressing grave doubts regarding the so called “DEAL” with Iran:

“Iran has deceived the West for decades and dozens of IAEA inspectors have said so publicly. The current head of the IAEA says he is sounding an “alert to the world” that Iran must not be trusted. I certainly don’t hate Persians…….I despise the Ayatollahs that have turned that country into a theocratic prison. The 2009 election is a perfect example of what the clerics think of their own youth…..they killed them on the streets for protesting electoral fraud! Supporters of Obama have very short memories. Unlike many politicians, when Ayatollah Khameini repeatedly calls Jews the cause of all the worlds’ problems and swears that he will destroy Israel, you would be a fool not to believe him. Hitler told Germans exactly what he planned for Europe’s Jews….a Jew free Europe! 

By 1939, it was clear that didn’t mean putting them into refugee boats and sending them elsewhere but the world DID NOT take him at his word. Same thing now… sad that you are willing to risk so many innocent people. Islam demands the death of all Jews….read the Qur’an, Haddiths, Islamic Jurisprudence, Reliance of the Traveler, ask Al Azhar University…..all agree with one voice, Sunni or Shi’ia, the Jews must be destroyed if Judgement Day and ascension to Paradise is to occur. Ignorance of Islam (which I have studied extensively), is leading you down a path of believing Iran’s dissimulation. Perhaps you are unaware that Islam allows four specific, named types of deception of Infidels in order to defend Islam and further its goals. The Iranians used these strategies without diplomats recognising their origin, as they have done for years. Mark this post of mine for future reference. 

Remember that 1/2 the 1.6B Muslims on earth are illiterate and many more cannot speak or read Arabic. Very few of these people know what is really in the Source Documents of Islam. I suggest to all to take the time to read and study the life of Muhammad and the underlying aims and tenets of Islam. The reference materials are freely available. Then, once you have a proper understanding of Islam, read the published manifesto of the Muslim Brotherhood, of the Ayatollahs and of Al Queda’s seven stage plan for world Islam. This is no joke…….go read what Churchill, who studied Islam closely, said about the threat of Islam, beginning in 1899 and continuing all his life! As far as Iran defeating ISIS, Iran wants hegemony over the Arabian world and the destruction of Israel. They are using ISIS as a decoy for their true goals. Ask Charles Krauthammer and General Dempsey, former Joint Chief of US Armed Forces. Look up their comments on You Tube. Stop with personal opinion…….read, listen, watch and learn!” 


Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2015 by drjgelb

Tina MagaardFor three years, a Danish linguist, Tina Magaard, analyzed the basic texts of ten religions. Her conclusion is that the texts of Islam stand out by encouraging terrorism and violence more than those of other religions.

Now Tina Magaard speaks out again. Translated by Nicolai Sennels, via

Tina Magaard has great knowledge about Islam, both personally and academically. She believes that Danish experts in Islam fail to disclose what is in Islam’s holy scriptures, and the extent to which extremism draws its ammunition from these scriptures.…

She studied Arabic and read both the Qur’an and the hadiths. Here she recognized many of the repressive tendencies she had experienced [in her travels in Muslim countries].

“What is striking is not in itself that one can find murderous passages in the Islamic texts, as such passages can also be found in other religions. But it is striking how much space these passages take up in the Islamic texts, and how much they focus on an us-and-them logic in which infidels and apostates are characterized as dirty, rotten, criminal, hypocritical and dangerous. It it also striking how much these texts demand that the reader fight the infidels, both with words and with the sword. In many passages, Muhammad plays a central role as one who encourages the use of violence, whether it comes to stonings, beheadings, acts of war or execution of critics and poets.”

Tina Magaard finds it particularly objectionable that so many Islamic scholars in her opinion knowingly fail to disclose these facts, and use their positions of power to create specific standards for what you can say. Often, they also blame Danish racism rather than objectively stating that extremists actually find justifications for using violence and threats in Islam’s holy scriptures.…

Asked whether after Krudttønden (the terror attack in Copenhagen, February 2015) and the attack on Charlie Hebdo it is desirable for future harmony and coexistence to stop drawing Muhammad, Tina Magaards answers unequivocally:

“The only thing we get out of saying that we must not draw Muhammad is that there will be more religiously motivated restrictions on our freedoms. Rather, we must take the bull by the horns and question whether Muhammad did the right thing when he, for example, ordered his critics murdered. This is the discussion we need to have with European Muslims.”

The most thought-provoking thing, according to Tina Magaard, is that it is so difficult to find an imam who dares or wants to criticize the aspects of Islam which contradict liberal freedoms…

“Instead, you get a chitchat like: ‘It is not relevant to discuss this in Denmark now,’ or ‘this is a misunderstanding.’ But they refuse to criticise the concrete passages that terrorists use to justify their actions,” Magaard says.


Posted in GUN CONTROL on April 5, 2015 by drjgelb

Muslim Cleric Calls for ‘All-Out War,’” by Riyadh Mohammed, The Fiscal Times, April 2, 2015:

…Amid the ongoing Sunni-Shiite wars, on the eve of April Fools’ Day, an audio recording was circulated online of the man who presides over the holiest site for Muslim around the world. The caption on photo accompanying the recording read, “Imam of the grand mosque in Mecca calls for all-out war against Shiites.”

“Our war with Iran, say that out loud, is a war between Sunnis and Shiites,” Sunni preacher Abdul Rahman al-Sudais says in the nearly seven-minute clip. “Our war with Iran…is truly sectarian. If it was not sectarian, we will make it sectarian… The Jews and cross” – meaning Christians – “I swear by Allah that they will have their days…The prophet said that Rome will be conquered …Our disagreement with Rafidha” – another word for Shiites – “will not be removed, nor our suicide to fight them… as long as they are on the face of the earth….”

While cursing Jews is part of Friday prayers and speeches in many parts of the Islamic world, most Muslim imams avoid calling for all-out war with Shiites and Christians. Hearing that call from al-Sudais in the grand mosque in Mecca is an unprecedented escalation of hate speech (though, for what it’s worth, Al-Sudais’ page on Facebook didn’t confirm his alleged comments).

“Remember the date of 3/31/2015, the day the Shiite-Sunni war was announced. It will last more than the crusade wars,” said Ahmed Abul Hussein, the secular editor-in-chief of an Iraqi news agency, about the cleric’s speech.”


Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , on April 5, 2015 by drjgelb

Here are the best blogs on the issue of Islam:


Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2015 by drjgelb

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Three years ago I embarked on a quest with my mate Peter, to learn all we could about Islam BEFORE demonstrating credibility destroying ignorance in our various online comments and opinions. Neither of us wanted to be dismissed with the label of Islamophobe or told that we were taking Islamic scripture “out of context”. We have shared resources, literature, Islamic source materials, translated sermons, hundreds of subtitled videos of Islamic clerics, academics and jurists, read the works of famed Islamic commentators – past and present, found and digested hundreds of magazines, journals and newspapers written in English for Diaspora Muslims, attended lectures by visiting experts, listened to the words of former Muslims, former terrorists and Muslim leaders, spoken with reformist Muslim friends and kept abreast of all the political machinations involving Islam’s relations with the West, particularly the U.S., Britain and Australia, where we live. Being atheists and rationalists with science based educations, neither of us carried conflicting religious beliefs that might cloud our assessment of Islam’s fundamental aims and underpinnings.

Of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, 800,000 are illiterate and their knowledge of Islam is entirely based on the spoken word of family, community, religious leaders, etc. Of the 800,000 literate Muslims, a large number do not speak or understand Arabic, an impediment to a deep understanding of Islam, according to Qur’an scholars. A very large proportion of the global Muslim population, have only a very superficial understanding of Islamic scripture, commentary and law and are extremely vulnerable to manipulation, misinformation and self-serving, shallow or frankly false information regarding their religion.

When these facts are combined with the permission to deceive in the service of Islam using four distinct, named forms of deception that is unique to Islam, the religion becomes an highly effective form of propaganda, perfectly placed in adherents’ lives to bind them to the faith for life with guaranteed compliance with Islamic observance, law, political goals and social structure. Why is Islam so intent on living up to the meaning of its name…….”to submit”? Why is submission central to Islam and why is Islam so uniquely focused on becoming the one world religion, by whatever means possible?

Islamic Scholars and Clerics are universally obsessed with avoiding an open, honest discussion or debate about the ethical basis of Islam, its aims, the tasks that must be completed in order to allow Judgement Day to even be possible and the role of violent struggle and warfare as integral to the achievement of Islam’s central goals. The more knowledge one gains of the founder of Islam, Muhammad, the more understanding one gains of why this religion is fundamentally different to the other main world faiths. Of one fact you can be certain, Islam is NOT a “religion of peace” and Muhammad was definitely not an average man. 

Regarded by Muslims as “the perfect man” in every way, from how he ate and dressed to his morals and ethics, the reality is that Muhammad’s life was characterised by behaviour indicative of severe psychopathy. Despite a myriad of excuses offered by Islamic apologists, Muhammad’s actions in the area of matrimony and sex offer proof of his total disregard for the lives and rights of other human beings. He displayed narcissism and egocentrism on a grand scale and used violence or threats of violence and death to control his followers. The violence he perpetrated and mandated as required for punishment for any protest or non-compliance, was extraordinarily depraved and is probably best known in our lifetimes in the depravity of ISIS, the NAZIS, STALIN & other TYRANTS and DICTATORS.

Muhammad had 11 wives and many concubines. His favourite wife was 6yrs old when betrothed to the 55yr old Muhammad and this marriage was consummated when his bride was aged 9yrs. Another of his wives was once his daughter-in-law. His lust for her led him to exile his adopted son and prohibit all future adoption under Islamic Law so that his theft of her could never be challenged. Another wife was a married mother & member of a neighbouring Jewish tribe. To satisfy his depraved lust, Muhammad murdered all the men of the tribe, over 900 Jewish men and did away with her children. He took her as his wife and consummated his marriage to her, on the same day as he murdered her husband and children. See links for full information. Apart from his love-life, Muhammad spread Islam by the sword, leading his soldiers in constant aggressive wars against neighbouring peoples evermore distant from his home, until Islam had been established over an amazingly large area. 

By promising his followers an afterlife of perpetual sexual pleasure in return for martyrdom, Muhammad preached a religion that prefers death over life, where ensuring a good death has become far more important than living a good life. To ensure that such an horrific philosophy would survive the millennia unchallenged, Muhammad named Science and Maths as “Satanic”immediately leading to a cessation of scientific progress in the Muslim World that would continue to beggar Islamic nations, were it not for their oil reserves.

If all this was not enough, Muhammad ensured that the source scripture of Islam, the Qur’an, claimed to be of Divine Origin, was almost incomprehensible, with later chapters abrogating earlier ones on similar themes and the entire work ordered not by chronology but by number of words per chapter. The final chapters e.g.. Sura 9, are increasingly vicious, violent, murderous and depraved. They call for death to all Infidels who fail to convert to Islam or accept 2nd class  but protected status in return for the payment of a special tax. The Arab nations once had 1million Jewish residents, all of whom were forced to flee under the Ottomans, because of violent discrimination and genocidal actions.

Islam prohibits reform under penalty of death and leaving Islam provides one a death sentence too. Apart from the Qur’an, Muhammad’s Commentaries and some from his disciples (Hadiths) are viewed as central planks of the religion that must be followed. In more recent times, certain highly regarded scholars have seen their works on Islamic Law gain widespread acceptance and devotion……eg. The Reliance of the Traveller, which provides the detailed context that underpins Islamic Law. The Al Azhar University in Cairo, established in 962 AD, remains today as the centre of islamic jurisprudence for all for schools of Sunni islamic legal thought. It is this institution that Egypt’s President has called upon to begin the process of reforming Islam and bringing Islamic violent subjugation of the rest of the world, to a halt! Halting the Islamic quest for the elimination of all non-Muslims, especially the Jews, will require a fundamental shift in Islamic thought and tradition.

To complicate matters, Muhammad’s succession was anything but smooth and the disputes that arose led to the split between Sunni and Shia versions of Islam, each with its own disputed line of succession that Muslims have been killing each other over for centuries. Since Muhammad’s emergence, Islam has been responsible for the death of 275,000,000 people, mainly Muslims. It has been the most murderous entity in the entire history of Humanity.

A great deal more could be written and I encourage everyone to read, read and read some more to gain a thorough understanding of Islam and its motivations, goals and aims. Islam mandates conquest and conversion of the entire population of the world. That’s the bottom line!! For that reason, deliberately refusing to call Islamic Extremism, Islamic, is working for the enemy…… enemy that hates non-Muslims and wants the whole planet to be Muslim. Barak Obama understands this all very very well. He has chosen to defend Islam and to deceive Americans. When he ceased Qur’anic studies at age 12yrs, he was top of his class. He grew up in those early years, learning Jew Hatred and the underpinnings of violence. His hatred of Netanyahu is born of jew Hatred, especially of a brave, decorated Jewish commando with several Ivy League U.S. degrees to his name……a genius and an Israeli War Hero…….leaving Obama as unable to hold his own in Netanyahu”s company. Obama’s nastiness is simple ENVY!

It is Israel that is so much maligned. Recent commentary on a NYT article on Israel was so shockingly, horribly vicious and based on a grossly ignorant historical knowledge base. NYT should be ashamed of its readers’ ignorance of readily available historical facts and should seek to educate the public consuming their product. Huge gaps exist in Americans’ understanding of Iran and its leadership. Make no mistake, Obama and Kerry’s frantic obsession with getting an Iran deal, has led to the formulation of a terribly anti-Israel deal that will indeed threaten Israel’s very survival……no doubt! But let me be clear: Obama et al do not give a damn if Israel and the Jews cease to exist. Every move in the last 7yrs tells Jews that he is quite willing to see Israel destroyed. American Jews have still to fully wake…..there is not much time left to be complacent! I’ll publish this now. Please come back in 24hrs for great links to teach you everything you need to know about Islam but were afraid to ask!!

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