Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Samantha Lewthwaite - from innocent child to a worldwide jihadist

From an inconspicuous upbringing in a Co Down town to becoming the most wanted female terror suspect in the world.

Source:The Telegraph

The wife of one of the London suicide bombers, mother-of-three Samantha Lewthwaite, is on the run accused of spearheading a Muslim extremist group's jihad.

Dubbed the White Widow, Lewthwaite is wanted in connection with an atrocity in Kenya, her alleged role in bomb-making factories and terrorist activity in Yemen.

Such is the perceived threat posed by Lewthwaite, a dedicated unit of the elite SAS has reportedly been tasked with finding her.

While Northern Ireland is no stranger to homegrown terrorism, Samantha Lewthwaite's story is unique.

Born to a British soldier from England and a Northern Irish Catholic mother, Lewthwaite spent her early years in the family's home in Banbridge's Whyte Acres estate.

The family moved to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire but in 1995 Lewthwaite's parents Andy and Christine separated.

Distraught, Lewthwaite spent more time with Muslim neighbours and was apparently drawn to the faith by their close family ties. Then, at the age of 17, she converted to Islam, marking her religious conversion by changing her name to Sherafiya and swapping jeans and jewellery for a traditional long gown.

In 2002, she married Jermaine Lindsay in an Islamic ceremony at a house in Aylesbury.

The pair met on an Islamic chatroom while she was studying religion and politics in London and he was working as a carpenter. Neither of her parents attended the wedding.

Days after her husband blew himself up on a London Underground train in July 2005, killing 26 people, pregnant Lewthwaite tried to distance herself from the attacks. She described the terrorist bombings as "abhorrent".

In a statement she explained: "Jamal is accountable for his actions 100% and I condemn with all my heart what he has done."

In 2009, Lewthwaite and her children disappeared from the UK.

She resurfaced two years later after travelling to Kenya using a false passport.

The Kenyan authorities issued a photograph of a woman wanted for questioning after a bomb factory was discovered at a house in Mombasa. The picture on it was that of Lewthwaite.

Police said they were tipped off that terrorists were planning a bombing campaign on shopping centres and hotels. Last year, Kenyan police revealed they were searching for her on suspicion of taking part in a grenade attack on a bar which had been packed with tourists watching an England football match. Three people were killed and 25 injured.

Lewthwaite is believed to be in the inner circle of al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida-linked group, the name of which translates as 'the people'.

It is understood she controls the group's finances and is a vital conduit between al-Qaida groups in Pakistan and east Africa.

Al-Shabaab is a militant group fighting to create an Islamic state in Somalia.

From innocent schoolgirl to a worldwide jihadist

December 5 1983: Born to parents Andrew and Christine. They lived briefly in Banbridge while Andrew, a British Army soldier, was serving in Northern Ireland. They later moved to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

1995: Mr and Mrs Lewthwaite split. Friends say Samantha was badly affected by the break-up.

: Having started an A-Level in religious studies, she converts to Islam.

2002: She marries Jermaine Lindsay in an Islamic ceremony in a house in Aylesbury.

2004: Their first child, a son, born.

September 2004
: Samantha meets Mohammad Siddique Khan, the ringleader of the July 7 attacks.

July 7, 2005
: Lindsay detonates a bomb on a train between King's Cross and Russell Square, killing himself and 26 passengers.

July 2005
: Samantha calls police to report her husband missing.

September 2005
: Samantha gives birth to her second child, a daughter. Lindsay is the father.

July 2009
: She gives birth to a third child, a boy. It is not known who the father is.

August 2011: Travels to Kenya on a false South African passport.

: Kenyan police reveal they are searching for Samantha on suspicion of taking part in a grenade attack on a Kenyan bar.

In March, notes emerge supposedly written by Samantha with plans for a book about being the wife of an Islamic holy warrior.

In July, reports emerge that Samantha is attempting to recruit all-female terror cells

2013: In March Mombasa Magistrates Court hears Samantha was behind an armed mission to break an accomplice identified as Jermaine Grant out of custody

September: Habib Ghani, who is believed to be Samantha's second husband, is murdered.

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK – 24 September 2013

Conspiracy Theory

Written by: AlexanderVancel on April 20, 2013.
Last revised by: Michael Caldwell on April 25, 2013.

With the second suspect now in custody after a day of Boston being on lock down justice can finally be served to one of the two men responsible for the bombing on Monday. I have been following this story for a few days and have already noticed a trend repeating itself as far as tragedies go, the conspiracy theory. Yes, there are already conspiracy theories stating that the two men who were targeted were in “in theory” pawns for a different, bigger scheme against the United States. There are already people re-posting these ridiculous claims such as, “Navy Seals were actually the ones who planted the bombs in Boston.” This is a real accusation that some might have already seen floating around in cyberspace and it is utterly disgusting.

The terrorist attack occurred not even 5 days ago and yet there are already those who truly believe that our government had something to do with the bombing and that this is going to be used to support some sort of new gun regulation for America. The same thing occurred shortly after the school shooting in Newtown where there were videos stating that the victims were still alive and there was even a picture just 2 days ago which allegedly showed the principal from Newtown at the Boston Marathon. This kind of nonsense is just being left untouched and re-posted and followed by so many people that it is sickening.

I served in the Active Army for Operation Enduring Freedom, deploying to Baghdad during the surge. This is the analogy that I want people to think about: someone creating a page on the internet with theories that one of my fellow brothers in arms was not actually dead, that it was all a cover up for some larger conspiracy for the United States government. This is what people are actually doing after tragic events like Boston and Newtown and it needs to stop. Just think if this was your family member who was brutally attacked at some charity benefit or your child at school, put yourself in that situation and if you cannot see that this type of tin foil accusation is outrageous, then I seriously suggest getting yourself check out by a doctor.

My prediction is that there will be talking points from the Conservatives about both immigration and gun control legislation having to do with the attacks in Boston. Somewhere, there will be a declaration that if we had a better “wall” protecting Americans from immigrants and if everyone had the right to a fully automatic rifle that we would have been safer. I know for some that this seems like I am way off base but there have been posts popping up stating that Obama is to blame because these two men were immigrants. I do not see how it is the president’s fault or anyone’s for that matter, that these individuals made the personal decision to attack Americans. The only parties responsible are the terrorists who actually detonated the explosives and to suggest otherwise is lunacy.

I have said it before, America is a great nation, and we need to start acting like it. The next time you hear some outlandish accusation that just seems ridiculous…stand up against it. Don’t just let conspiracy theorists tarnish the ACTUAL events which took place and the FACTS that support the REAL evidence. With situations that are delicate like a terrorist attack where innocent people died, there should be no reason why someone would take it upon themselves to degrade what happened and attempt to turn it into a grand scheme to take over America through government corruption. Stop this ignorance America, we are the “best nation in the world” so we need to lead by example, lead by using common sense.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

My Theory behind the #Biggerheads

NB__ MY view for the Biggerheads does not refer to a biologically large headed individual(s), but only to the height of brains in their skulls (Intelligence).

By Tinotenda Samukange

#Biggerhead__A conceptual ability involved in reasoning, perceiving relationships and analogies, calculating, learning quickly etc. Earlier it was believed that there was one underlying general factor at the intelligence base, but later psychologists maintained that it is more complicated and could not be determined by such a simplistic method.

Inherited Biggerhead
_ It is generally accepted that a biggerhead is inherited but can also be related to the environment. While studies showed that heredity is an important factor in determining such a wide reasoning; it was also suggested that environment is a critical factor in determining the extent of its expression. An investigation done recently revealed that 70 percent of the differences in the twins’ I.Q. scores were attributable to inherited traits. (Brain Metrix)

Highly bigger-headed Society: usually refers to a community where people with higher I.Q/ geniuses meet and exchange their ideas for the benefit of humanity, and to encourage the uses of intelligence. Usually a certain I.Q score should be obtained to join one of those societies.
(This therefore takes us to the social media networks where a variety of biggerheads are put to test; the main goal we try to achieve is a better understanding and a viable public sphere that can drive the issue of Democracy forward)

How can we attain this “Biggerhead”?

There are certainly ways to achieve this biggerhead, also called smallhead amplification/ enhancing, by practicing many proven cognitive tools such as problem-solving heuristics, creativity techniques and decision-making gears. An upsurge of the ‘head’ level can only result in a better life, and standard of living.

Below are some small head boosters:

Deep thinking: in life it’s not enough to just react to events, and situations, rather we should have a conscious objective and select our actions to get nearer our objective. Also it’s important to think about consequences of our actions, to minimize the possibilities of errors and regret. Deep thinking would normally help you live better, and reach your goals.

Good reasoning: it is the key to success, especially if performed consciously and in the proper order:

1) Have an objective,
2) make a general sensing about it,
3) determine your decision based on your sensing,
4) Make alternate plans (along the main objective),
5) Select the best response/ plan.

Some Definitions closely related to natural Biggerheads:

Gifted : used to describe individuals having great natural ability or talent, usually the equivalent of “intelligent”, this term is used often with children ”a gifted child”, also other possible equivalent words are “smart”, “nerd”, “brainy”, “genius”…etc.

Giftedness: is an intellectual ability significantly higher than average. The fact of having a mind ahead of the physical growth, and could be simply the equivalent of “intelligence”.

Creativity: mental process of generating new ideas or concepts, or new associations between existing ideas or concepts.

: also called mega-brain is used as a term to refer to machines or individuals who can perform/ process complicated tasks in a relatively faster speed.


It is said that “command responsibility is an omission mode of individual criminal liability: the superior is responsible for crimes committed by his subordinates and for failing to prevent or punish (such crimes)”.

A superior is culpable for “personal dereliction” or “where his failure to properly supervise his subordinates constitutes criminal negligence on his part.”

The #Bigger_head Principle in ZimElections13)

For so many days, Zimbabweans pondered, asking themselves which candidate has what it takes to be president, or at least which one has what it takes to win the election. The answer to this question was just far-reaching.

Based on my personal observation, I think I may know….

…If you think about it, we are often drawn to #bigger-headed characters, dramas and soapies. (Mukadota, Paraffin, Gringo, Mickey Mouse, Lion King and Crime and Investigations etc.) What is it about #bigger-heads that makes us want to watch them? Perhaps its logic and reason that purports “Inductive Reasoning”

Inductive reasoning
is observing a set of characteristics based on a premise of broad generalizations and statistical analysis which leads to the development of a hypothesis__Biggerheads

In any case, #Biggerheads is clearly an important factor in politics, a factor we can use to divine a hidden law of African politics – the candidate with the Biggerhead, usually wins. Call it the Bigger-head Principle.

Before the just past 31July Zimbabwe Election, I had so many questions in my relatively “Biggerhead”… the most difficult question was….Which candidate has the “biggerhead” in this election?

The Conservatives by a Biggerhead

2008__A fragmented country gives another term and a bit more strength to Stephen Harper’s minimalist government

Male politicians have '#Biggerheads' in more gender-equal cultures

Los Angeles, CA (October 17, 2012)-When it comes to analyzing gender stereotypes in the media, studies have shown that photographs of men focus on male faces while photographs of women are more focused on women's bodies. A recent study from Psychology of Women Quarterly, a SAGE journal, finds that this type of "face-ism" is even more extreme in cultures with less educational, professional, and political gender discrimination.

"Being in a relatively egalitarian cultural context does not shield politicians from this face-ism bias; in fact, it exacerbates it," wrote study authors Sara Konrath and Josephine Au.

The researchers examined the differences in face-ism by measuring the facial prominence of over 6, 500 male and female political figures in photographs from more than 25 different cultures. Facial prominence was determined by measuring the length of the head in a photograph (from the chin to the top of the head) and comparing it to the length of the body shown in the photograph. The researchers then analyzed these face/body ratios by culture and found that women's bodies were more prominent in photographs from cultures in which women have more educational, professional, and political opportunities.

The authors wrote, "Understanding this double-bind is fundamental to understanding how societal pressures might shape the visual depictions of male and female leaders online, whether political or otherwise."

The authors claimed that stereotypes associated with each gender are more divergent in richer and more institutionally gender-equal cultures overall, and that these photographs are simply a visual representation of a deeply-ingrained, cultural concept. "The face-ism bias is likely due to unconscious influences, so simply making politicians and their support staff aware of this bias and its negative implications for female politicians could reduce this bias."(Psychology of Women Quarterly 0361684312455317, first published on August 8, 2012)

What others think about __ BIGGERHEADS

“Yes definitely. That’s why my IQ is only 118 because I have a very tiny head. My sister has the same head size and IQ even though she is ESFJ. That’s why i think MBTI has nothing to do with IQ. Biggerhead is a large factor. And from what I’ve observed I’ve objectively found all the people in lower difficulty classes and people who scored low on the sat had “small heads“around my size. The people who were national merit semifinalists had #Biggerheads or at least #Biggerhead relative to their body size.” Personality CafĂ©

Is it possible for our future generations to be born with bigger heads and shorter limbs?

The theory of evolution says that organs which are not in much use become vestigial. As we today use more of our brains and less of our limbs (like sitting in front of computer all day long), is it possible that our future generations will be born with a bigger head and sorter limbs? Why___Why not?

“Perhaps the explanation is that babies have disproportionately #Biggerheads, and we are genetically programmed to like babies. Or perhaps #Biggerheads can better show sympathetic emotion”

Male Crickets with Bigger Heads Are Better Fighters, Study Reveals, Echoing Ancient Chinese Text

Jan. 7, 2009 — Observing and betting on cricket fights has been part of Chinese cultural tradition since at least the Sung Dynasty (A.D. 960-1278). This ancient practice has resulted in quite a detailed list of characteristics that Chinese practitioners think make for champion fighters. "Because money was involved, there was a strong incentive for the practitioners of this sport to observe their cricket fighters closely," says Kevin Judge, a biology postdoctoral researcher at University of Toronto Mississauga. (Science Daily)