Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Rocket Science Of Mr Fardy - Part 1

On 4 April 1968, the system liquidated Martin Luther King Junior for having an American dream; a week ago I had a nightmare in which I portrayed a boy in distress. I need to share it all with you.

The venue was the school principal’s office in which Brother Henderson sat wearing a missionary’s white robe, his pink hands folded. I saw my father bent over a table signing a contract over which was stamped TOP SECRET, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. It was hard for me to bend over in a nightmare and read everything in the document but luckily I was able to recall upon waking up the following:

I, the undersigned, being the biological father of the above-mentioned student hereafter referred to as ‘sample 7531’, do fully authorise the school to ensure: that the ‘sample’ shall not be spoilt, that the official rod shall not be spared, that it will be allowed to land wherever necessary on his person, and in whatever manner considered appropriate, and by whosoever might wield it, and that ‘sample 7531’ is my gift to mankind to further the cause of science.

After signing with a quill, my father broke the nib just like judges once did when condemning criminals to death. I saw that both he and Brother Henderson were dead serious. Then without my express permission, father handed over this ‘sample’ and jumped like a quick brown fox out of a window below which was parked his lazy dog-mobile. Other fathers with their boy ‘samples’ waited to be called in. I made a final attempt to escape by kicking Brother Henderson’s shin with full force but instead woke up noisily wrestling with a pillow, “Lemme go, lemme go Brother Henderson!” To my great relief, I found mother by the bedside attempting to contain an early morning rebellion.

A grave new world

I must now enter the time-tunnel to write one more school story for the readers, irrespective of the fact that reading and writing habits have been almost destroyed by misspelled ungrammatical short messages of purely electronic nature. The post box has been taken over by FaceBook ‘posts’ and Karen Carpenter's Please Mr Postman is quite dead.

It was all written in the sky: we needed decent English education along with the customary thought control; we were to face our teachers’ dark sarcasm in the classroom; we were never to be left alone; we were all to be just bricks in the wall. Many years later the British rock band, Pink Floyd, would release their classic song, The Wall, to reflect the harsh realities faced by millions of children spread quite thin across the globe.

I was elated to be gracefully promoted with the majority to class eight instead of being disgracefully held back in class seven. Having become a senior boy I faced ‘ER’ in every possible form: newER but fattER text books, greatER responsibilities and worst of all, harshER corporeal punishment. I derived immense pleasure from Art and music as it, without my knowledge, helped develop the creative right hemisphere of the brain to a greater degree than the left one. Scared geometry was better than algebra and drawing was superior to arithmetic. Besides, practising mathematical ‘sums’ at home was always a gloomy silent activity as it deprived one of the joy of spending perfectly good evenings at play with the loud boys. There were always plenty of other important things to do besides studying.

Science too became hardER to comprehend. Newton, Boyle, Faraday, Bernoulli, and others emerged as villains who began to get on my nerves. The scientists had no business, I thought, burdening my carefree mind with so many of their discoveries, all made within the time span of a few centuries. Had these men of science enjoyed normal childhoods, I and other children might have had more of the ‘normal’ as well. Since I was good at drawing, my escape lay in drawing neat scientific diagrams on the copybook and which left no alternative for the teacher but to bestow upon this budding artist remarks of the ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ varieties.
Science gone mad

With seven years of rock solid schooling behind me, I had three more years in case I chose Matriculation or four if Senior Cambridge strangulated me with Add-Maths and Shakespeare. Students were required to choose between Matric and Senior Cambridge before they left class eight. At this stage, nobody thought of college as it was impossible for us to imagine what it might be like to step out of the school’s womb in the eighth month of educational pregnancy. Disregarding the school brotherhood and dreaming of parting ways for college was taboo. I was in class four when a dear class-fellow, Asim Beg, left for America saying, “I’ll be gone for fifteen years”. In my diary I made a woeful note of the year of his expected return; such were the vagaries of time and brotherly reunions.

Life, a science-lab

Science was a daily chore, not a warm love affair. There were two kinds of laboratories at St. Anthony’s High School of Lahore. For the students the stern Irish ‘brothers’ had erected a science laboratory equipped with round-bottom flasks, test tubes, and chemicals of all sorts. But the same management had another atrocious laboratory where some teachers were given almost similar apparatus to conduct one-on-one caning experiments on young boys’ round-bottoms, encouraged the flow of chemicals such as sweat and tears, and stored observations in test tubes of teaching experience. The Irish brothers were pleased to re-designate the teachers’ canes, foot-rulers and bare hands as official instruments of indoctrination and terror. In an atmosphere of many sticks and not enough carrots, the poor students were the lab rats whose raw supply remained inexhaustible.
St. Anthony's High School, Lahore (front view)

The persuasive means to make us talk less in class always remained in the custody of the teachers. Madam Moti Raam, the dark and talcum-powdered daughter of Mr Moti Raam, was the first female scientist whose foot-ruler landed on my small palms long before American astronauts claimed they landed on the moon. Her class III-B was located on the ground floor, next to the stairs of the junior section at the rear right hand corner of the school.

From class three onward we were daily fed on a variety of hors d'oeuvres of punishment. The most popular act was the loveless slapping on the backs of our heads which, since it was done almost daily and with increasing ferocity, might have done some of us the kind of damage a boxer’s punches do: separate the brain’s thin membrane from the skull. While boxers do sometimes suffer from Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, despite the teachers’ worst efforts none from my class met similar fates—praise God who loves little children more than he does vicious disciplinarians.

Then we had the appetising ear-twisting that turned our listening apparatus into red tomatoes. Equally artful was the pulling of the earlobes as if they were made out of genuine Malaysian rubber. Sometimes we were made to wear comical dunce-caps and made to perform guard duties outside the classroom and which generated not standing ovations but ridicule from passer-byes. And the ‘special children’ who suffered from incurable disobedience were always sent off to the principal’s office to face immaculate suppression. After returning they remained temporarily reformed for only a few hours; there was no such thing as a permanent cure or perfect obedience.

All that wham-bam punishment was designed to make us say “Thank you ma’am!” But there was one problem: the school’s arsenal only had one good-looking ma’am, Madam Shama Atarid, who had by then receded two years into our collective past. We must digress here to describe how she was able to change our lives in subtle but wild ways.

Tigers without stripes

Madam Shama Atarid, throughout class five, remained our utterly harmless and a totally sleeveless teacher. But a year later when her mother, Madam Atarid, took charge of us in class six, corporeal punishment firmly became part of the syllabus.

In those days there were all over Pakistan petrol pumps that displayed the ESSO sign and which represented an oil company called Humble Oil (later Exxon Mobil). To promote Enco and Esso Extra gasoline brands their advertising firm came up with a campaign in 1959 which became so popular that Time magazine declared 1964 to be ‘The Year of the Tiger’.

Esso’s oily product, ‘Tiger’, was represented by a tiger mascot. First appeared bumper-stickers claiming “I’ve got a Tiger in my tank”, and then came handing out of toy tiger-tails to customers who had their car tanks topped up with the product. Since the slogan was ‘Put a tiger in your tank’ 'Put a Tiger in your tank' , every man, but not necessarily every woman in our conservative society, wanted a tankful of a liquid that promised more miles and speed. The spongy toy tiger-tail was a foot in length, aptly covered with tiger-striped cloth and featured an elastic band that enabled any young child to wear it for fun. They sold millions of these tiger-tails in America alone. All that booming business and animal behaviour found its way into our school as well.  

One day Ma’am Shama discovered a ‘fidgety boy’ playing with one such tail in the classroom. Had he attached the tail to his rear he might have been allowed to go scot-free but instead he affixed the tail to his naughty end. However, the young teacher planted the tail where it truly belonged and positioned the boy outside the classroom for the duration of an entire forty-five minutes period. As far as I can recall, this young back-bencher was a fine example of a perfectly under-loved and over-sexed boy. I do not know whether later in life he married a tigress or remained unmarried cherishing the memory of the one who actually tied a tiger-tail to his rear end.

The ESSO tiger's tail for real men
Punishment is known to sometimes emotionally shut off a person for life but the Creator protected me from such suffering. And if I were to place nine years of schooling on one side and the single year I spent in Madam Shama Atarid’s class on the other side of the scale, the latter would outweigh the former on all counts. She exuded love of such wuthering heights that I said “Thank you ma’am” in my heart almost every day. As of this writing, she still resides, age nineteen, inside millions of Anthonian brain cells spread evenly across the globe.

Armyman of science

Disciplinarian teachers—let us not call them sadists—came in all shapes and sizes. One such unique specimen was Mr Fardy, our science teacher, whose full name was Major Jack John Fardy. He was born in Rawalpindi. As an artillery man, he spent four years stationed in Burma with the Indian Army and was later absorbed into the Pakistan Army. When the British hurriedly partitioned the sub-continent in 1947, he performed border duties to ensure the safety of immigrants from India into Pakistan. Later in 1948, Mr Fardy served at the Kashmir front with Lt. Col. S.M.A. Shirazi who happened to be a class-fellow’s father.
Major Jack John Fardy (1958)

For a while, Mr Fardy taught at the Artillery School of Quetta, then retired in 1957 and finally married Molly whose real name was Maria Teresa. Born in Multan to parents who worked for the Railways and the Royal British Air Force, she taught English at St. Anthony’s High School. Together they produced two sons, Sean and Adrian. While the younger Adrian arrived every morning at school sitting on a baby-seat attached between his father’s crotch and the bicycle’s handle, the older Sean rode his mother’s ladies’ bicycle to indicate that manliness was around the corner.

The Fardys lived behind Taj and Crown cinema halls in Garhi Shahu, an area almost exclusively occupied by members of the Christian community. Originally this suburb was called Khair Garh after its founder Abul Khair of Bokhara who died in 1719 A.D. Shahu Ki Garhi (Shahu’s fortress), being a small village, was abandoned during the Sikh period (1762-1849 A.D.) when it was occupied by a highway robber called Shahu.

We came face to face with Mr Fardy on the very first day in section-B of class eight; he was a mountain of a man—or so he seemed to us. We looked up at him with the kind of awe one reserved while watching a cinemascope film at Regal cinema hall’s foremost row and whose ticket cost only twelve Annas (seventy-five Paisas).

Mr Fardy's all-seeing spectacles
Our science teacher sported an army haircut that made him look like a strict drill sergeant. The round-framed Gandhi-style spectacles that he wore came with comfort wires which he carefully wrapped behind his small ears. The upper portion of his heavy nose had two depressions in the skin caused by the spectacles’ nose-pads. We never saw him lose the spectacles although we wished he did when he efficiently scribbled scientific formulae on the blackboard and whose sole aim was to replace all things artsy inside our brains. Out of habit, at least once during the science lessons, he would remove and clean the glasses, look comical without them, then blink at us blind as a bat, and remain unaware of boys making funny faces at him.

Unlike Mrs Davey from class four, Mr Fardy was more Indian and less Anglo, and had the skin of a brown sahib. There were many distinguishing features in Mr Fardy’s personality. His wardrobe comprised of three pastel coloured Gabardine suits on which he wore ‘shorty’ neckties. What kind of undergarments he wore was a subject that let our fertile minds run wild; at some point we agreed he wore camouflaged ones to throw off scent Indian soldiers who he imagined still pursued him since the Kashmir Front days. Being not at all into French after-shave lotions, Mr Fardy smelled of a germ-killer called Dettol and whose overpowering unpleasantness softly killed us ‘little germs’ on a daily basis.

Made in Ing-Land
I want to ride my bicycle

Mr Fardy’s humble means of transportation was a black Raleigh bicycle entirely ‘Made in England’, complete with a fully encased chain-train. The act of riding his bicycle sometimes produced much needed comedy at the school’s IN-gate whose metalled pathway sloped upwards. The incline forced Mr Fardy to bend his body forward to peddle quite hard and which sometimes produced loud artillery discharges of trapped bodily gases within hearing distance of the student brotherhood.

A consummate cyclist, Mr Fardy always clamped a metal clip over his right ankle to keep the trouser turn-ups in place. Probably it was a carry-over from the days when he owned a bicycle whose chain-train either left stubborn oily smudges on the trousers or chewed the turn-ups. A senior boy once recalled Mr Fardy’s frank admission to the class: “I’ve told my sons if they ever got hit by a car from behind while riding bicycles, they should roll over to the side to avoid serious injury.” This is how seriously he took the bicycle and army training.
Prototype of Porsche 911 'karara'

Major Abdul Mannan Munir Khan was the father of Ghafoor Mannan, a class-fellow whom Mr Fardy teasingly called ‘goofy’. The Major had also served in the Indian Army up until 1947 and was Mr Fardy’s junior by a few years. Whenever Major Khan came to the school he greeted Mr Fardy with “Hi John, how are you?”, then clicked his heels and respectfully proceeded to exchange pleasantries. Always a proud soldier, Mr Fardy once narrated to the class a war-tale:

“I was serving in Burma during World War Two when one day I was caught in a Japanese booby trap. It had me hanging upside down for a day or so. Then a British colleague came to rescue and cut me free with a knife. Close by lay a dead Japanese officer and from around that khota’s neck I took away a camera.”

“Sir, is booby trap a device used by Japanese women to lure wayward men?” came one mature question that was left unanswered but which produced the expected laughter.
A very 'booby' trap

“Sir, do you still have that khota’s camera?” asked another curious mind.

Mr Fardy’s threatening offer had the class in stitches, “Of course I do, you khota (donkey)! See this cane here? It’s gonna take your picture if you just say cheese”.

To be concluded...
Read more about our close encounters with Mr Fardy in the upcoming Part-2 of this article.

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©Tahir Gul Hasan, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Crescent Observation Data For Shawwal 1435 AH

Another Eid al-Fitr is around the corner and so is lunar confusion. But need one confuse things given the very clear scientific data below? Beware: no amount of science can cover the flaws of human observation, cloudy weather or extreme geographical locations.

The lunar calendar will always remain a necessity for determining occasions such as Ramadan, Hajj (pilgrimage at Makkah) and the two Eid festivals. At this time, we need not dive into an oily kingdom’s preference for unsettled crescent observation criteria. The onus of responsibility clearly falls on those who falsely report crescent sightings or support outright liars. This institutional wrong means that Muslims could end up starting the holy month of Ramadan (fasting) and celebrating Eid on the wrong dates.

The idea behind writing about lunar astronomy is to help one look with precision at the sky. Astronomy must be studied by each Muslim, as was done during the zenith of Muslim rule, to appreciate the inner workings of God's System. Observation matters need not be left to the experts; even novices can enjoy watching the sky in order to fulfil God’s Will and the sunnah (practices of Prophet Muhammad, peace on him).

A simultaneous global sighting of the crescent is an astronomical impossibility due to the moon’s eccentric rotation and orbital behaviour. Hence, celebrating Eid on a single day across a huge land mass (USA, China, India) is not a religious requirement but rather a new age idea propounded by the religious globalists. It has now become a fitna (trial, tribulation), frequently leading to disagreements and discord; please ignore this effort designed to divide Muslims further on non-issues.

A few important points need to be borne in mind this time:

  1. The birth of the new moon (conjunction) will take place on 26 July 2014 at 23:42 UTC (03:42 on 27 July 2014, Pakistan Standard Time).
  2. On the 27th, the moon will set 00:01 minute AFTER sunset. This will only leave us with 00:01 minute (of lag) during which, because of the 8 degrees below the horizon angle, the crescent will NOT be visible at Lahore. But on the 28th, the lag will be a comfortable 00:37 minutes and the crescent’s angle above the horizon will be approximately 7 degrees.
  3. At Lahore, we will clearly observe a rather 'fat' crescent (00:39 hours old) on the 28th, therefore, in Pakistan Eid al-Fitr will fall on Tuesday, 29 July 2014.
I thank Allah and remain indebted to my astronomer friends whose accurate predictive software programmes and research have lit up my path of lunar astronomy.

I welcome your questions and comments on this important subject, and hope that you will attempt to not only understand what I have provided here but also help others understand matters for their own good.

Once you wish to be guided by taking a few essential steps in the direction, Allah's Promise will come true: you will be protected and guided.

They will ask thee about the new moons. Say: "They indicate the periods for [various doings of] mankind, including the pilgrimage." (Qur’an 2:189)

Now click on the graphics to enlarge the images:
Jeddah (27 July 2014)

Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA (Sunday 27 July, 2014)
Sunset:  19:05 LT
Moonset: 19:17 LT
Moon Age:   +17H 23M
Moon Lag Time: +00H 12M
Moon Altitude: +02°:35':38"
Moon Azimuth: +282°:27':20"
Distance: 406,487 Km
Crescent Visibility: Not Visible Even With Optical Aid

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Peshawar, PAKISTAN (Sunday 27 July, 2014)
Sunset: 19:23 LT
Moonset: 19:22 LT
Moon Age: +15H 41M
Moon Lag Time: +00H 00M
Moon Altitude: -00°:41':54"
Moon Azimuth: +285°:55':10"
Distance: 406,462 Km
Crescent Visibility: Not Visible Even With Optical Aid

Pakistan (27 July 2014)
Karachi, Pakistan (Sunday 27 July, 2014)
Sunset: 19:19 LT
Moonset: 19:25 LT
Moon Age: +15H 37M
Moon Lag Time: +00H 06M
Moon Altitude: +01°:30':33"
Moon Azimuth: +283°:21':57"
Distance: 406,461 Km
Crescent Visibility: Not Visible Even With Optical Aid

Lahore, PAKISTAN (Sunday 27 July, 2014)
Sunset:  19:05 LT
Moonset: 19:06 LT
Moon Age:  15H 23M
Moon Lag Time: 00H 01M
Moon Altitude: -00°:08':48"
Moon Azimuth: +285°:08':04"
Distance: 406,457 Km
Crescent Visibility: Not Visible Even With Optical Aid

Lahore, PAKISTAN (Monday 28 July, 2014)
Pakistan (28 July 2014)
Sunset: 19:18 LT             
Moonset: 20:03 LT
Moon Age: +39H 37M
Moon Lag Time: +00H 44M
Moon Altitude: +09°:50':34"
Moon Azimuth: +276°:08':07"
Distance: 406,492 Km
Crescent Visibility: Easily Visible By Naked Eye

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London, United kingdom (Sunday 28 July, 2014)
London (28 July 2014)
Sunset: 20:57 LT
Moonset: 21:09 LT
Moon Age:  +45H 15M
Moon Lag Time: 00H 13M
Moon Altitude: 01°:44':30"
Moon Azimuth: +282°:04':03"
Distance: 406,394 Km
Crescent Visibility: The Crescent Visibility is: Visible With Optical Aid Only

BREAKING NEWS (27 July 2014)
For more details visit moonsighting.com

Argentina:
  1. Seen: Dr. Muhammad Hafiz (MCW member) reported sightings in Buenos Aires, Argentina: Br. Fuad Musa from Santiago, Chile reported his group tried to observe the Hilaal for Shawwal 1435 AH on July 27 in Northern Chile but was not successful.
    Br. Fuad Musa stated the Hilaal was observed in Argentina by four Muslims whose sighting on July 27 was confirmed by the Sheikh in Buenos Aires. I contacted Sheikh Faizal Marjel in Buenos Aires and he stated the 4 Muslims are from his Masjid who fasted the month of Ramadan and are trust worthy. He spoke to the four of them personally about the positive Hilaal sighting for Shawwal 1435 AH and he is satisfied. He stated in addition to those four sighting from his community in Buenos Aires there were other reported sighting in Argentina from other Muslims. He stated other Masjids in Brazil and Paraguay that he has contact with, did not see the Hilaal thus they will be using the positive Hilaal sighting from Argentina for their Eid Ul Fitir celebration tomorrow.
Saudi Arabia:
  1. Not Seen: Sheik A.A. Ishola (MCW member) from Makkah reported: Alihamudulilahi I was at the AlBayrouny Observatory in Mecca this evening accompanied with Ustaz Saheed Ganiyu Daramola and Engr. Nasiru Oluyemo the Moon was not seen due to total cloud. And before we left the place we got the information that it has been seen in Sudair (near Riyadh) and Shaqra (near Riyadh). Comment by Moonsighting.com: Sunset in Sudair, Saudi Arabia was at 6:40 pm, while moonset was at 6:49 pm; So, it is clear to us that moon cannot be seen in 9 minutes. What they saw could not be the moon
  2. Announced: Najeeb Qasmi from Saudi Arabia reported: In Saudi Arabia Eid will be celebrated tomorrow, Monday 28 July 2014 as the Saudi Court has announced that the crescent of Eid has been sighted - No info of sighting was provided.
Chile:
    Seen: Muhammad Sohail (MCW member) from Iquique reported: In Iquique Chile we tried to see the moon on Sunday 27/07/2014. In four gruops of four people each tried to observe the moon but only one group of four saw the moon and on shahadat of this group (of four men), it was decided to have Eid on Monday, July 28. In my group we started observing at 18:30 upto 19:05. Sky was well clear, but unfortunatlly we couldn't see the moon in our group.
Polynesian Islands:
  1. Seen: Makkahcalendar.org reported:
    Naked eye sighting
    How many persons? : Two people (two separate photos)
    Name of the Photographers : Eric Gauducheau and Francisca Yang
    Location of the observer : Mahina, French Polynesia ( Long: 149°2'31.7'' W : Lat: 17°3' 39.7'' S - altitude 600m )
    Condition of the western Sky : A little cloudy
    Time and date of first sighting of the crescent moon : 27/07/2014 - 18 h 19
    Orientation of the "horns": horizontal position
  2. Seen with Binoculars, Photo taken by telephoto lens 300 mm: Makkahcalendar.org reported:
    How many persons? : Alone
    Name of the Photographers : Santallo Roland
    Location of the observer : Faaa, Tahiti , French Polynesia ( Long: 149°35'15.93'' W : Lat: 17°33'4.91'' S - 100m )
    Condition of the western Sky : Clear , 70%
    Time and date with day of the week of local sunset : 27/07/2014 - 17 h 44
    Time and date of first sighting of the crescent moon : 27/07/2014 - 18 h 10
    Time of last sighting of the crescent moon : 27/07/2014 18 h 30 (cloudy)
    Approximate "height" in degrees of the crescent moon above the local horizon : El 3°: 22': 45" AZ 282°: 52' 08" at the time of picture
    Approximate horizontal distance in degrees of the crescent moon from the Sun : 4°: 14'
    Orientation of each of the "horns": 3 to 7 O'clock 
Qatar:
    Announced: Muhammad Imran Paracha (MCW member) from Doha reported: Ministry of Awqaf Religious Affairs - Qatar had announced that Monday July 28, 2014 shall be Eid Al Fitr. They have not mentioned any sighting report or whether this decision is based on the Saudi announcement.
South Africa:
  1. Seen: Mahmood (Bhaai) Cassim (MCW member) from Johannesburg reported: On Sunday 27 July 2014, I and my 25 year old daughter saw the moonat 5:56 pm approximately in Northcliff, Johannesburg. Weather was cold; Sky was clear, turning red near horizon. At first it appeared as a star, with just a tiny dot visible. This gradually increased in intensity. As we continued observing, the "star" spread sideways creating a line almost parallel to the horizon; and the view lasted for about two minutes. The position was to the left of where the sun had already set. When my daughter reached out for her camera to take a photograph, we looked up and within a few seconds it had disappeared. As we expressed our amazement, the same bright "line" suddenly reappeared but the intensity was about four times brighter, but this time lasted for just about four or five seconds. It was not an aeroplane as the position did not change. Comment by Moonsighting.com: We have contacted all our MCW members in South Africa, and most of them reported that skies were clear and no sighting committe could see the moon, so this claim of sighting is questionable
Spain:
  1. Announced: Gabriel Jairodín Riaza (MCW member) from Madrid reported: The Union of Islamic Communities of Spain (ucide.org), Islamic Commission of Spain, announces that Monday, July 28, 2014, is the first day of Shawwal 1435 and Eid ul-Fitr.
Tunisia:
    Announcement: Vincent Mariani from Tunisia reported: Tunisian mufti just announced Aid el Fitr monday 28 July too. Aidek Mabrouk ??
Zimbabwe:
  1. Not Seen, but accepted South Africa sighting: Ayub Mahomed (MCW member) from Harare reported: Moon not sighted in Zimbabwe but based on sightings in South Africa Eid will be celebrated on Monday 28 July 2014.

The OFFICIAL first day of Shawaal 1435 AH in different countries

27 July 2014
  1. Hijri Committee of India, a small minority in India (The day after conjunction is the first day of the month)
  2. Nigeria (Announced based on mistaken claims of sighting)
28 July 2014
  1. Afghanistan (Follow Saudi)
  2. Albania (Follow Saudi)
  3. Algeria (Follow Saudi)
  4. Armenia (Follow Saudi)
  5. Austria (Follow Saudi)
  6. Azerbaijan (Follow Saudi)
  7. Bahrain (Follow Saudi)
  8. Bangladesh (Some areas follow Saudi)
  9. Barbados (Local Sighting)
  10. Belgium (Follow Saudi)
  11. Bolivia (Follow Saudi)
  12. Bosnia and Hercegovina (Follow Turkey)
  13. Bulgaria (Follow Saudi)
  14. Canada (FCNA/ISNA - Fiqh Council of North America/Islamic Society of North America)
  15. Chechnia (Follow Saudi)
  16. Chile (Local Sighting)
  17. China (Majority Follow MeccaCalendar.org)
  18. Cosovo (Follow Turkey)
  19. Croatia (Follow Turkey)
  20. Denmark (Follow Saudi)
  21. Egypt - Moon Born before sunset & moon sets at least 5 minutes after sunset
  22. Fiji Islands (Late change of decision by Fiji Muslim League) http://www.fianz.co.nz/eid-ul-fitr-1435h
  23. Finland (Follow Saudi)
  24. France (Union des organisations islamiques de France) [also CFCM (Conseil français du culte musulman)]
  25. Georgia (Follow Saudi)
  26. Guyana (Accepted Chile sighting)
  27. Hungary (Follow Saudi)
  28. Iceland (Follow Saudi)
  29. Indonesia (Claims of Sighting - Official Announcement)
  30. Iraq (Sunnis Follow Saudi)
  31. Ireland (ECFR - European Council for Fatwa and Research)
  32. Italy (Follow Saudi)
  33. Jordan (Follow Saudi)
  34. Kazakhstan (Follow Saudi)
  35. Kenya (Claims of sighting)
  36. Kuwait (Follow Saudi)
  37. Kyrgizstan (Follow Saudi)
  38. Lebanon (Follow Saudi)
  39. Libya (following others who declared Eid on Monday 28 July)
  40. Luxembourg (ECFR - European Council for Fatwa and Research)
  41. Macedonia (Follow Turkey)
  42. Madagascer (Local Sighting)
  43. Malawi (Local Sighting)
  44. Malaysia (Age > 8 hours, altitude > 2°, elongation > 3°)
  45. Mauritania (Follow Saudi)
  46. Montenegro (Follow Turkey)
  47. Namibia (Follow Saudi)
  48. Netherlands (Follow Turkey)
  49. New Zealand (Federation of Islamic Association of New Zealand) http://www.fianz.co.nz/eid-ul-fitr-1435h
  50. Norway (Some follow Saudi)
  51. Palestine (Follow Saudi)
  52. Philippines (Follow Saudi)
  53. Poland (Calculation)
  54. Qatar (Follow Saudi)
  55. Romania (Follow Saudi)
  56. Russia (Follow Turkey)
  57. Saudi Arabia (Official Announcement)
  58. Serbia (Follow Turkey)
  59. Slovania (Follow Turkey)
  60. South Africa (Local Sighting)
  61. Spain (Some Follow Saudi)
  62. Sudan (Follow Saudi)
  63. Sweden (Follow Saudi)
  64. Switzerland (Follow Saudi)
  65. Syria (Official Decision)
  66. Taiwan (Follow Saudi)
  67. Tajikistan (Follow Saudi)
  68. Tatarstan (Follow Saudi)
  69. Tunisia (Criteria of age, or altitude, or sunset-moonset lag)
  70. Turkey (Somewhere on the globe Altitude > 5°, elongation > 8°)
  71. Turkmenistan (Follow Saudi)
  72. U.A.E. (Follow Saudi)
  73. UK (Follow Saudi) [Coordination Committee of Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London]
  74. UK (Local Sighting) [Wifaaqul ulama), (Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat], OR (Sighting from South Africa)
  75. USA (FCNA/ISNA - Fiqh Council of North America/Islamic Society of North America)
  76. Uzbekistan (Follow Saudi)
  77. Yemen (Completed 30 days)
  78. Zimbabwe (South Africa Sighting)
29 July 2014
  1. Australia (Local Sighting)
  2. Brunei (Local Sighting)
  3. China (Some follow Local Sighting)
  4. Hong Kong (Local Sighting)
  5. India (Local Sighting)
  6. Iran (Local Sighting)
  7. Iraq (Shi'aas Follow Local Sighting)
  8. Morocco (Local Sighting)
  9. Oman (Local Sighting)
  10. Pakistan (Local Sighting)
  11. Spain (Some Follow Morocco)
  12. Sri Lanka (Local Sighting)
  13. Tanzania (Local Sighting)
In the final analysis
  1. Forty two (42) countries, with geographically different horizons, followed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and nine (09) countries followed Turkey.
  2. Nearly fifteen (15) countries sighted the crescent 'locally', which was a sensible thing to do instead of blindly following the Saudis or the Turks.
  3. Some countries relied on official announcements or crescent sighting reports of neighbouring countries because of cloudy weather or other political conditions.
  4. On every Eid we witness a moon-sighting match between the Saudi Kingdom and the Turkish Ottomon Empire, an attempt to disunite the 'ummah' instead of erasing differences in the Islamic world.
Finally, have a lovely Eid al-Fitr.
©Tahir Gul Hasan, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Shaheen On The Rocks

He was seated behind me in the Business Class of PIA’s Boeing 777. Probably finding the leg-space insufficient, he took off his shoes and placed both the feet on the rear of my seat. As my own seat shook several times, I irritatingly asked the stewardess who that bare-footed style icon was. “Sir, he’s Mr Khalid Shehbai, the CEO of Shaheen Airlines”, she replied.

It was quite enough to see Mr Shehbai from a distance; I decided to maintain the mileage and wondered why he was not flying his own airlines. The service trollies came and went but he took no food or drinks. With a paper napkin placed over his face he remained busy throughout the flight reading a book, quite oblivious of others around him.

Many decades ago Allama Muhammad Iqbal wrote: “Nahi tera nasheman qasar-e-sultani kay gumbad par; Tu shaheen hai basaira kar paharon ki chaton par”. As a Muslim poet he wished to turn all his wingless co-religionists into independent eagles by taunting them thus: “Not on the dome of the royal palace is your nest. You’re an eagle, live atop the mountain’s rocks.”

Everyone heard Iqbal's poetry; after all he was a British knight. But times have changed and today many in this ‘land of the pure’ have again become lame ducks so in love with the dome of the White House in Washington.

For now we have a shaheen (eagle) of another variety—a Boeing 737 of the Shaheen Airlines, to be precise—whose engines did not transport it to Iqbalian heights but rather caused rocks to fall upon its metal body at Sialkot international airport. Whenever Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suffers an accident or incident, the mass media proudly defames the national flag carrier. Why, you ask? Because there was a time when journalists got free tickets from PIA’s public relations department; now apparently they do not, hence the hostility.

Other airlines that operate in Pakistan appear to have an ‘arrangement’ with an authority that runs gives them preferential treatment when it comes to landing, taking off and parking. Of course the national flag carrier, PIA, invariably queues behind others to suffer delays and additional fuel expenses. The examples are too numerous to quote here but something sinister is going on against PIA.

Every news channel and publication boldly mentions PIA’s name (qaumi airlines) in senseless ‘breaking news’ strips but almost never names other airlines. For others they always use the vague descriptive ‘private airlines’ (nijji airlines). Something is very wrong with the media because it loves to clobber PIA which is a government-owned corporation.

The TV channels regularly save the private and foreign airlines all the embarrassment; hence the picture always appears bleak whenever PIA is mentioned. A case in point: despite the passage of over ten days, the mass media has not reported Shaheen Airlines’ incident at Sialkot airport. This is what happened.

The Shaheen Airlines Boeing 737 shown in the accompanying pictures required its engine to be changed. On 6 June 2014, a mandatory engine run-up was carried out after obtaining permission from the control tower. Instead of conducting the test over a properly paved asphalt surface, the aircraft engineers opened up take-off power right on the tarmac area.

Sialkot’s tarmac, just like Peshawar’s tarmac, is paved with tiles; an odd replacement for asphalt which is traditionally used for the purpose. It is said that an airlines from the U.A.E paid for the work at Peshawar. It is possible that the same or a similar foreign operator paid for the Sialkot job too. The industrious citizens of Sialkot built this airport without the government’s assistance; it is possible they had a sponsor cough up cash to pave the tarmac with ordinary cement tiles.

PIA is now walking on one leg because she has never fought back aggressively to regain lost revenues. Thanks to the bald brilliance of the Open Sky Policy of a thrice-elected Prime Minister, PIA is now being robbed in broad daylight at a much faster pace. Millions of tons of cargo and thousands of passengers are stolen from under PIA’s nose all because those who control the airlines refuse to equip expand the dwindling aircraft fleet.

And why will PIA not buy more planes? Because the kickbacks are bitterly fought over at various levels while dictations are accepted from foreign white masters who always push their dark commercial agendas. Who will dare to favour European Airbus airplanes when American-made Boeings have so much political and military clout behind them?

The gentlemen handling this Shaheen Boeing 737 should have known better but they did not. Opening up take-off power on jet engines caused not only damage to the aircraft, it made a fine mess of the tarmac’s surface. Those who witnessed the incident said it first felt like an earthquake, a dust-storm appeared from behind the engines, and this was followed by a wave of flying tiles that rained upon the aircraft’s surfaces.

I need not say more; the matter is under investigation. Or has it been air-marshalled into official silence?

©Tahir Gul Hasan 2014
Photos 1 through 9 were shot by the author, the rest (without the watermark) came from an anonymous source.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Art Of Blaming Dead Pilots

Skull & Bones (and airplanes)
Before I dissect the insults and allegations hurled at the pilots of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, a similar crash needs to be looked at: that of Silk Air flight 185.

Silk Air flight 185

The crashes of Egypt Air flight 990 in 1999 and Silk Air flight 185 in 1997 are both thought to have been caused deliberately by a pilot. There have been eight plane crashes linked to pilot suicide since 1976.

I have already dealt in detail with Egypt Air flight 990. Notice the spin introduced by the words ‘thought to have been’. Thoughts and irrefutable evidence are two different things. The word ‘spin’ in public relations is a form of propaganda, achieved through providing an interpretation of an event or campaign to persuade public opinion in favour or against a certain organization or public figure.

The Silk Air flight achieved supersonic speed while dropping like a stone from 35,000’ when it hit Musi River. The Indonesian National Transport Safety Committee (NTSC) was unable to determine the cause of the crash due to ‘inconclusive evidence’. The Singapore Police too ‘found no evidence that the pilot, co-pilot or any crew member had suicidal tendencies or a motive to deliberately cause the crash’.

America’s National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) took away the airplane’s black box for ‘investigation’ and in the crystal ball of ‘computer modelling’ saw the captain ‘most probably’ commit a ‘murder-suicide’.

The NTSB responded to the Indonesian investigation report through a letter dated December 11, 2000 which speculated that the ‘captain faced multiple work-related and financial difficulties’ (later in this article you will see how the same lies were repeated for Malaysian MH370’s pilots):

"When all of the investigative evidence is considered, it leads to the conclusions that no airplane-related mechanical malfunctions or failures caused or contributed to the accident; the accident can be explained by intentional pilot action as the airplane’s flight profile is consistent with sustained manual nose-down flight control inputs; the evidence suggests that the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) was intentionally disconnected; recovery of the airplane was possible but not attempted; it is more likely that the nose-down flight control inputs were made by the captain than by the first officer."
The jury in Los Angeles’ Superior Court was not allowed access to the NTSB’s findings and which independently concluded that the accident took place because of a ‘prominent issue inherent in six other Boeing 737 crashes’ due to defective servo valve inside the Power Control Unit of the rudder causing uncontrollable rudder movement. Parker Hannifin, the manufacturer of the PCU, paid the relatives of the victims $44 million in an out-of-court settlement in order to avoid going bankrupt. However, it did not accept responsibility of manufacturing defective PCUs.

It is clear the aircraft manufacturers and their vendors resort to blaming the pilots for all their own shortcomings. The investigating agencies work hand-in-glove with their own governments to protect local industries. Finally, the mainstream news media only broadcast what the government agencies want, mainly, deceptive ‘leads’ and sinister allegations against the pilots. Moreover, National Geographic’s Air Crash Investigation frightens and prejudices the public mind through their episodes. Right now, an evil deck of cards is piled up against the Malaysian pilots.
Death is not a joke, life is not a movie

The Silk Air accident happened on exactly the same date in 1979 the captain was forced to withdraw from a scheduled Air Force jet training mission because of a mechanical problem with his aircraft. The other three aircraft continued with the training mission and collided with terrain after encountering bad weather in a mountainous area. All of the pilots on board the aircraft were killed.

The captain had to die in an air crash; this was his fate.

People who do two-dimensional jobs in offices cannot ever be expected to understand the three-dimensional job of a pilot. According to Plane Crash Info data, 50% is always pilot error, 9% sabotage and 1% is other reasons. I presume by ‘other reasons’ they mean the kind of reasons for 9/11 in which no US federal agency ever got blamed because the blame was designed to be pinned on ‘suicidal Arab pilots’.

There is a clear pattern here: manufacturers remain blameless while pilots get blamed. If the above figures are added, it still leaves 40% unaccounted for and which surely must fall under the head of manufacturing defects. Boeing was found overcharging Pentagon by $13.7 million and overcharging the U.S. Army up to 177,000 percent on helicopter spare parts ($71.01 for a metal pin worth 4 cents that the Pentagon already had plenty of in storage). BAE Systems supplied badly refurbished Chinese parts for Poseiden P-8 aircrafts and charged Boeing and the U.S Navy money for new parts. The manufacturers are certainly not angels, the pilots are never the real devils.

‘Auntie Beeb’ or Beelzebub?

On 24 March 2014, a pseudo aviation expert of the lying BBC stated: “Since the captain is the most trusted person aboard; he is also the most dangerous”.

I thought the BBC’s very own prolific sex-offender, Jimmy Savile, was a most dangerous person in Britain’s own little backyard. This buggerer, Sodomite, Gomorrhean, madge cove, back gammon player, pathic, catamite, bud sallogh, madge cull, bougre, knabenschander, bujarròn, londay-baaz, this ‘Sir’ Jimmy Savile received an OBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) and a KCSG (Knight Commander St. George). He proved that sodomy does pay very well if given half a chance and official patronage.

The British Bull Corporation stands exposed for airing such wickedness through the mouth of an ‘aviation expert’. His shocking statement supposedly provides the key to the mystery of MH370’s crash. The BBC, also called ‘Auntie Beeb’, has behaved much like the pagan Semitic deity Beelzebub—meaning the devil—for poisoning the public’s mind about the pilots who are unable to defend themselves. The CNN is not far behind in the blame-game.

Daily (black)Mail

England’s Daily Mail planted a head line that read ‘Democracy is dead’: ‘Fanatical' missing airliner pilot pictured wearing political slogan T-shirt.

Are gossip-filled British tabloids worth a second look? By labelling the Malaysian captain ‘fanatical’, The Daily Mail itself sounds fanatical. In any case, ‘the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run Britain’.

British sense of humour and merchandising
People in the west have pioneered the art of wearing T-shirts that carry political or sexually explicit messages and which sometimes make them appear like walking advertisements. Take for example, the FCUK fragrance company which ought to be punished with a poisoned chalice for corrupting the youth through subliminal and obscenely suggestive advertising. Here is what they offer to the dirty-minded:

FCUK late night, FCUK friction (a hypnotizing blend of fresh citrus, sensual musk and warm woods, inspired by the heat ignited by skin to skin contact, these lustful scents pique all five senses and will leave you begging for more), FCUK love, FCUK3 (playful from the start, the flirtatious combination of), FCUK connect (embodies the spirit of the night, dark liquors).

But why blame FCUK when medieval England’s true ‘court humour’ is reflected in the Benny Hill Show?

Off-duty, the captain of MH370 reserved the right to wear what he wanted to. How are we to know if he bought the ‘Democracy is dead’ T-shirt himself, whether it was a present from a friend or if the image was manipulated with Adobe Photoshop? What is wrong with pronouncing ‘democracy is dead’ of one feels it is dying or dead? In any case, piecemeal democracy is a sham in most Muslim countries because it is introduced through murderous regime changes and illegitimate military coups d’états.

‘Obsessive supporter’

A colleague said ‘he was obsessed with politics, and was a social activist, a vocal fervent ‘obsessive’ supporter of Anwar Ibrahim’.

Why cannot an airline captain have political views or affiliations? Losing one’s mind in culturally rich and ethnically diverse Malaysia is far better than losing one’s neck in Arabia where dissent is punished right after the Friday congregational prayers in Riyadh’s Chop-Chop Square.
Capt. Zahari Ahmad Shah - class 5S2 (seated extreme right)
Men normally talk about politics, religion or cars. Women like talking about clothing, makeup, shopping, and children. Men with empty brains tend to negatively view other men with strong convictions. Right now, the captain’s enemies are busy uttering accusations which he is unable to counter from the grave.

The revelations about Zaharie’s political affiliations are highly sensitive in a country where political dirty tricks are widespread.

Are no dirty tricks are ever played in the democratic western world or is the cancer of ‘political affiliations’ only found in the East?

Police sources have confirmed that Shah was a vocal political activist – and fear that the court decision left him profoundly upset. It was against this background that, seven hours later, he took control of a Boeing 777-200 bound for Beijing and carrying 238 passengers and crew.

Their ‘fear’ of the captain being ‘upset’ is pure speculative finger-pointing. Interestingly, ‘investigators have not yet been able to confirm if the captain was among the crowd of Anwar supporters at court.’ The Police neither have a photo nor a video of the captain attending the court proceedings. Are they issuing reckless statements because the higher ups demanded them?

Airline pilots normally undergo psychological profiling and security clearances before being employed. There are easier ways to seek personal revenge in this world than to resort to suicidal mass killing.

Using women and children

The raids on Captain Shah’s home appeared stage-managed as a display of intent after the Prime Minister said the focus of the investigation was now on ‘crew and passengers’ as a result of the latest leads. 

Such ‘focus’ of investigation is always very quick since it conveniently turns the crew into criminals. The public has seen too many episodes of Air Crash Investigation and is convinced that pilots are full of ‘errors’, whereas the TV series Yes Prime Minister portrays politicians as having a method in their jolly madness. Will they ever make revealing documentaries about the forgetfulness of surgeons or the judgmental errors of judges?

The pilot's wife and three children moved out of the family home the day before the plane went missing. The captain is either divorced or separated although they share the same house. They have three children, but no family members were at home yesterday: only the maid has remained there.

At best, there is only ‘speculation’ that the captain ‘may have been upset after breaking up with his wife; there is no reliable source for his state of mind.’ If the separation or divorce was legal, what is wrong with that? Are they implying that the captain was a woman-hater, a wife-beater or a horrible father? Why cannot a couple, whether separated or divorced, live in any manner that befits a given situation? Pilots’ families too are human beings who visit relatives when the men are away on flights. Where now is the captain’s family, are they being kept silent?

Home-simulator

A senior investigation source said two laptops were taken from the property by police despite denials by that his home in the upmarket Kuala Lumpur suburb of Shah Alam had been searched or raided. One laptop is believed to contain data from the simulator while a second had little information. Zaharie’s personal laptop was not found, and is thought to have been with him in the cockpit of the plane. Malaysian police also found installed a home-made flight simulator. He was affectionately described as a good neighbour and an eccentric ‘geek’ because he loved his work so much.

Why disbelieve the neighbours? Must a bright professional pilot behave like a village idiot? The accusers must know that Capt. Zaharie was also a simulator instructor with Malaysian Airlines which means he taught and assessed other pilots. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981, became a captain ten years later, and had 18,360 hours of flying experience.

Most technically inclined people have more than one laptop. Capt. Zaharie did not have to use a laptop to alter the course of an airplane he was flying. Not even a mad person will practise suicidal crashes at home on a simulator.

The suspicion over the pilot’s involvement mounted as Prime Minister Najib Razak said that investigators had found ‘deliberate action’ on board the plane resulted in it changing course and losing contact with ground crews. 

But on 29 March 2014, Malaysia's transport minister said investigators had found "nothing sinister" from the simulator data.

Christians have crashed far more airplanes than Muslims have but the case has steadily been built over the years against Muslim pilots. Character assassination is in the air; from now on Muslim pilots will be looked at with greater suspicion, especially those who build or fly model airplanes, buy pilot magazines or talk passionately about aviation. Will the world question those who create deadly technologies, commit covert crimes, promote arms races, and smuggle cocaine in soldiers’ coffins? I see a sign that reads: Governments of the world are busy. I think they are busy usurping the power and rights of their citizens in the name of ‘security’.
A passionate Captain COOK
Financial status

Malaysian police are now digging into the financial status of the pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit.

The world over, airlines pilots are considered financially well-off. Travel widens their mental horizons and sharpens their physical senses. It makes no sense for such family-men to accept bribes for killing themselves and innocent passengers. The only way they can frame the Malaysian captain is by suddenly ‘finding’ large sums of money in his ‘secret’ bank account as ‘evidence’ of ‘financial troubles’.

Butcher’s image

CIA’s dream-come true is the Facebook. The ‘agency’ gave agent Mark ‘the overlord’ Zuckerberg (Facebook’s creator), the prestigious ‘medal for intelligence commendation’ for allowing them free round-the-clock access to peoples’ thoughts, pictures, friends’ networks and personal data. What took millions of dollars and massive legwork to gather is now free for the covert agencies. Personal information is a tradable commodity which is gathered, bought, sold, and often misused.

The picture of the Malaysian captain stolen from his Facebook page is meant to evoke the image of a butcher but not that of a passionate cook, a professional pilot or a father. The truth is, mass murderers of mankind have huge statues raised in their honour and war-mongers are given Nobel Peace Prizes. But who is better: a Malaysian captain who loves to cook, or a popcorn and Pepsi consuming spectator of public decapitations in Arabia?

MOST WANTED for selling private data to CIA
Who did not fly?

Four passengers checked in but did not fly

People, after checking in at an airlines’ counter sometimes go to sleep in the departure lounge, remain oblivious in washrooms or busy themselves offering prayers—something that is very common in Muslim countries. Have they been able to detain and question the missing passengers?

All over the place

A military radar showed that the aircraft climbed to 45,000’, then turned sharply westwards and descended unevenly to 23,000’ on the approach to the island of Penang (Malacca Strait), and finally climbed again to 35,000’… which could have been a deliberate attempt to knock out the passengers and crew.

The service ceiling (maximum altitude achievable) of the Boeing 777 is 43,100 Ft. And one can never ‘knock out’ people just by climbing steeply; not even fighter pilots who experience extreme ‘g-pulls’ of gravity lose consciousness during such manoeuvers. Did a fighter jet on a secret mission escape to a nearby military base after scoring a ‘hit’ with MH370?

Islam under the microscope

Malaysian police, helped by FBI agents from the US, are looking into the political and religious backgrounds of both Zaharie and his co-pilot. Zaharie’s home was sealed off.

When you have the FBI inside Muslims’ minds and homes, expect trouble but never sympathy. If the current English Queen is entitled to be ‘defender of the faith’, why must practising Muslims pilots feel guilty? Her Majesty’s title is inherited from King Henry VIII (of six wives’ fame) who was given it by Pope Leo X in 1521 A.D. If it pleases Her Majesty, the Sole Creator has appointed every Muslim ‘defender of the faith’—hate-monger Geert Wilder of the Netherlands be damned.

Girls who just want to have fun at the pilots' expense
Loose cannon lasses

The co-pilot, 27-year-old Fariq Abdul Hamid, revealed to have invited two women passengers into the cockpit and smoked on an earlier flight to Phuket.

Different airlines have different policies regarding passengers’ visits; children and women like visiting cockpits more than men do. Although smoking is not allowed aboard flights, smoker pilots still smoke and sometimes invite others who desperately want the nicotine fix. The Malaysian pilots doing the same should not surprise anyone.

These women were not forced to smoke by the Malaysian pilots, chances are they were smokers who wanted to smoke but could not do so in the passenger cabin. The common ploy such women use is to befriend a pilot and then ‘get invited’ to the cockpit for ‘a smoke’.

A visitor will sometimes wish to wear a pilot’s uniform cap while having a photograph taken. In this two-way street, both pilots and women do not mind having pictures taken with each other. It was indeed a despicable act on the part of these publicity-seeking South African women to spill the beans in public while the Malaysian flight is still missing.
American star and stripes 

The ruling elites of the world have their homosexual circles, the paedophile rings and unlimited supplies of cocaine; only the brave will question and expose them, only the cowards will stoop to maligning perfectly good souls.

What expertise?

The way the plane’s transponder and communication systems were disabled and the way the plane was expertly flown over the Indian Ocean apparently using navigational waypoints meant only a skilled aviator could have been at the controls. Investigators were also baffled by why, if hijackers took over the plane, there was no Mayday call or signal from the two pilots to say the cockpit had been breached.

Anybody who has flown a modern aircraft knows what navigational waypoints mean: they are locations, geographical or aerial, that are defined by longitudes and latitudes. When every pilot knows them like the back of his hand, why associate the words ‘the way’ and ‘skilled aviator’ with the Malaysian pilots? Allowing the public access to flight software and video games makes the public a suspect, not the pilots. Unless someone suddenly walked right through the armour-plated cockpit door and shot the pilots dead, there is always time to make a Mayday distress call.
Malaysian star, crescent and stripes

Disabling the black-box?

Leading aviation lawyer James Healy–Pratt, who is helping relatives, said Malaysian Airlines had declined to buy Boeing’s Airplane Health Management system, which monitors systems in real time and could have alerted it to any potential problems, rather than having to recover a black box.

The manufacturers are always eager to sell every ‘option’ to buyers when they place airplane orders. Not buying the extra bells and whistles has no effect on normal operations and safety. Aircraft engineers maintain airplanes according to rigorous service schedules and pilots fly them within safe parameters; it is as simple as that.

East India Company's flag
A conspiracy theory from the FBI

It comes as FBI investigators say the disappearance of MH370 may have been ‘an act of piracy’ and the possibility that hundreds of passengers are being held at an unknown location has not been ruled out.

The Somali pirates have not yet contacted anybody to deliver the ransom in crisp American Dollars. But what an amazing fairy-tale, just like that of the official 9/11 ‘cover’ story! Did the FBI investigate itself after 9/11?

A federal law enforcement official told USA Today that the FBI will likely be asked to analyse the hard drive from a flight simulator that was taken from the home of one of the plane's pilots. The materials would be shipped to the FBI's forensic lab in Quantico, Va., for review. Officials in Malaysia said they hoped to restore the files, which were deleted on 3 February. Malaysian police chief, Khalid Abu, said that the files may have been erased to free up space, but that investigators wanted to check for signs or irregular flight paths, The Associated Press reported.

This amounts to handing over a blank cheque to the FBI for implicating the Malaysian captain. When data is deleted off computers or ‘smart’ phones’, it can easily be recovered with freeware; the agencies can do the same more efficiently. And this is why they want you to have very high-capacity hard-drives. One megabyte will store a paperback novel’s worth of text; imagine what can be recovered from your 750 gigabyte hard-drive. ‘INTEL Pentium inside’ simply means Pentagon’s intelligence inside. In this global digital game you have two digital choices: one or zero.

The White-Washed House

The White House press secretary Jay Carney said on 19 March 2014, “The FBI, the NTSB and the FAA are all coordinating with the Malaysian government's investigation. We are finding that the level of cooperation with the Malaysian government is solid, and we are working closely with the Malaysians as well as our other international partners in this effort to find out what happened to the plane and why it happened". President Obama has been updated "regularly" about the search, though Carney sidestepped a question about why he has not spoken publicly about the missing jet.

Drone-bomber, Oval Orifice expert, 9/11 mastermind
"We have contributed a significant number of resources and assets to the search for the plane and to the investigation into what happened," Carney said, "and, you know, we're going to continue that effort." Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department was in "ongoing conversations" with the Malaysian government about how they could help.

Boeing has acknowledged security vulnerabilities in its model 777-200, -300, and -300ER series airplanes, and previously contacted the FAA for permission to change some of the onboard equipment to avoid any such a scenario. If there were any truth to this theory, the degree of sophistication needed to accomplish this task would likely warrant state-sponsorship, and possible motives for doing so would be political, such as to drive a wedge between Malaysia and China.

Supporters

A senior Air Asia pilot has been suspended for suggesting in a Facebook post that the Malaysian authorities have been "hiding facts" about the disappearance of MH370. Two airlines' pilots came out yesterday strongly in support of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, following mounting speculations that he had committed "pilot suicide", killing everyone on board of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight 370. But it is indeed a cruel joke to turn commercial safety-minded pilots into suicidal kamikaze pilots.

'New' search areas (05 Apr '14)
Detractors
Capt. Zaharie was in no state of mind to fly the day it disappeared and could have taken the Boeing 777 for a "last joyride" before crashing into the Indian Ocean, a fellow pilot says. His world was crumbling, said the long-time associate. He had been facing serious family problems, including separation from his wife and relationship problems with another woman he was seeing. The man, who spoke to the New Zealand Herald on condition of anonymity, said Capt. Zaharie was "terribly upset" when his wife told him she was leaving and believed he may have decided to take the Malaysia Airlines plane to a part of the world he had never flown in.

I know pilots who are separated, some twice married, a few twice divorced, or whose families have suffered horrible accidents; they have one thing in common: they never allow personal tragedies to destroy their professionalism. This ‘anonymous long-time associate’ of Capt. Zaharie has no business speculating away, but then aviation is such a business. Long ago while I was attending the funeral of a pilot who died in a plane crash, I heard his senior colleague claim, “But you know; he was professionally quite weak.” What a terrible thing to say while praying for a departed soul.

Disorientating a Presidential candidate

John F Kennedy Junior was a Presidential hopeful whose magazine, George, planned to uncover the real assassins of his father. He was assassinated on July 16, 1999. The investigators concluded that ‘JFK junior was disoriented as a pilot and crashed his Piper airplane into the ocean and where the debris scattered over a wide area’.

The reality is that his plane exploded in mid-air because it had been tampered with. The truth is the Kennedys do not have a ‘curse following them’ but rather their own ‘men in black’ tailing them.

The authorities have during the past one month always cried that ‘the MH370’s debris is spread over a wide-area’.

SIMON says 'crash'?

A hacker called Hugo Teso created an Android application called Plane Sploit. He spent three years developing SIMON,a malicious network code. In early 2013, he demonstrated how, through radio signals, he could send malicious commands to alter an aircraft’s speed, altitude and an airlines’ security software.

Search areas with strange cloud-patches (7 April '14)
"You can use this system to modify approximately everything related to the navigation of the plane. That includes a lot of nasty things. Tools can do things like change what's on a pilot's display screen or turn off the lights in the cockpit, and tap preloaded commands like ‘Please Go Here’ and the ominous ‘Visit Ground’”, Hugo admitted.

Analyst Graham Cluley of Sophos Security said it's unclear how devastating Teso's find would be if unleashed on an airplane in flight.

On 8 March 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 vanished without a trace. We are now living in the age in which mankind has taken a bite of devastating technology’s rotten apple. While inventor Hugo will be whisked away to a secret laboratory to ‘serve humanity’ in subtle ways, humanity will pray to the Sole Creator, cry tears of blood and term the crash God's Will.

©Tahir Gul Hasan 2014

The text in italics has been copied from various sources on the internet and at places edited for clarity only. I apologise for not being able to provide copyright information for each and every image.