Reflections - February 2013


© Copyright Peter Crawford
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Brian Cox - 'No magic - No Mystery'
It will probably be very difficult to avoid this guy in 2013 - he seems to be everywhere - the 'Tom Daley' of the world of science - but without stripping to his Speedos.
A real 'poster boy' - but often with a creepy smile, that reminds one of a Jehovah's Witness, or a Mormon.
And why the 'creepy smile', and the slightly 'manic' eyes ?
Because he 'knows' - unlike the rest of poor benighted mankind.
He has the 'true faith' - the 'truth' - and he comes to 'set you free'.
He recently ended one of his lectures by stating that there is 'no magic - no mystery, just beautiful mathematics !'
And what, one wonders, does that mean ?
Give me Patrick Moore any day.

A creepy smile and the fanatical stare 
Brian Edward Cox, OBE (born 3 March 1968) is a British particle physicist, a Royal Society University Research Fellow, PPARC Advanced Fellow and Professor at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Manchester, and works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland.
Twinky Brian Cox from D:Ream 
He is working on the R&D project of the FP420 experiment in an international collaboration to upgrade the ATLAS and the CMS experiment by installing additional, smaller detectors at a distance of 420 metres from the interaction points of the main experiments.
Cox is best known to the public as the presenter of a number of science programmes for the BBC, boosting the popularity of subjects such as astronomy and physics. He has been described as the natural successor for BBC's scientific programming by both David Attenborough and the late Patrick Moore. He also had some fame in the 1990s as the keyboard player for the pop band D:Ream - yes really !
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TOM DALEY and SPLASH !

Tom Daley Advertising 'Superdry'
And talking of Tom Daley, ITV has signed up Tom for a second series of the 'celebrity' diving show 'Splash !'.
The show, which was presented by Gabby Logan and Vernon Kay, ended on Saturday when a peak audience of 6.6 million tuned in to see former ski-jumper Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards triumph ahead of Benidorm actor Jake Canuso and Changing Rooms Linda Barker.
Daley said he was "over the moon" about the news.


Elaine Bedell
He said: "It's a dream come true for me to be involved in an entertainment show which has been so successful and also fits so well around my training schedule.

"Splash! has put diving on prime-time TV, and diving clubs all across the country have kept telling me that they now have waiting lists, following the popularity of the show. That in itself is an incredible achievement and I'm very excited to be part of it."


ITV's director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell said: "Splash! has proved itself by building a big, enthusiastic, prime-time family audience. We've seen some quite incredible bravery from our celebrities this series, and the scale of the dives they were achieving is in no small part down to their mentor, and the star of our show, Tom Daley. We're looking forward to even more Saturday night spectacle, and sparkle, with the second series."


The effects of too many dives on Tom's cerebral functions
Tom Daley plays with Barbie and Ken in the bath
Luckily we will be spared the next series until 2014 !

The program, of course, is utter rubbish, but as long as it keeps people happy at least its not doing anyone any harm - apart from distracting Daley from his Olympic training.
However, it should be pointed out that, with all this talk of 'Olympic legacy' and improving the nation's health, diving is not a health promoting sport.
Regularly hitting the water at 30-40 miles an hour, and risking numerous injuries, (including a broken neck), is not exactly healthy.
And diving definitely seems to have affected Tom's cerebral functioning.



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TUNISIA

الجمهورية التونسية
al-Jumhūriyyah at-Tūnisiyyah
As tens of thousands of mourners and protesters wrapped in national flags crammed on to the leafy hillside of Tunis's historic Jellaz cemetery, Yassim Boubakher, a lawyer in a peaked cap, began to cry.
"One thing you have to understand about Tunisians is that we hate blood," he sobbed. "We can't stand bloodshed. We lived under the dictatorship of Ben Ali for 23 years, but he finally fell when he turned guns against people and we rose up to say 'stop', we won't bear bloodshed."

Chokri Belaid Assassination - Tunisia 2013 
As a military helicopter hovered overhead, the crowd thronged to greet the flag-draped coffin of Chokri Belaïd.
A leftist opposition leader, trade unionist and lawyer, Belaïd had been one of the most outspoken critics of the post-revolution coalition government led by the moderate Islamist Ennahda party. He appeared on television only this week to criticize a rise in political violence.

On Wednesday he was shot dead in broad daylight after he had got into a car outside his Tunis home just before 8am.
In the crowd were teachers, lawyers, shop-owners and the unemployed, women in headscarves and without, many trade unionists, leftist and secular politicians.
They said his death was a watermark for post-revolutionary Tunisia, which lit the spark for the Arab spring when its popular uprising toppled the dictatorship in January 2011.
Belaïd's death was described in his cortege as a new type of political murder.

Chokri Belaid Assassination - Tunisia 2013 
"He is one more martyr," said Hedi Hammami, an unemployed philosophy graduate at the cemetery.
Belaïd's murder has plunged the country into shock and soul searching.
It has also highlighted the current political stalemate in Tunisia's post-revolutionary transition process, which had been so admired by neighbors such as Egypt and Libya, besieged by their own turmoil.
After Tunisia's first democratic elections in October 2011, Ennahda became the senior partner in a coalition government with two secular center left parties.
The temporary national assembly was given a year to draw up a new constitution before setting a date for elections.
But several months after the deadline, there is still no agreement on a constitution.
Some secular MPs from the junior partners have begun to withdraw support, others are demanding Ennahda gives up key cabinet posts.
The country's economic situation is worsening, with unemployment officially at 17% but far higher among the young.
Lawyers and campaigners say torture continues in prisons, the justice system and administration remains corrupt.
"Of greatest concern is the drip-drip of violence, political violence on the street," said Fathi Abaza, a maths teacher and trade unionist.
Small but active pockets of Salafists are accused of street violence.

سلفي‎ -  Salafi 


سلفي‎ -  Salafi  
سلفي‎ -  Salafi  is a Muslim who emphasises the Salaf ("predecessors" or "ancestors"), the earliest Muslims, as model examples of Islamic practice. The term has been in use since the Middle Ages but today refers especially to a follower of a modern Sunni Islamic movement known as Salafiyyah or Salafism, which is related to or includes Wahhabism (see below), so that the two terms are often viewed as synonymous. Salafism has become associated with literalist, strict and puritanical approaches to Islam and, in the West, with the Salafi Jihadis who espouse violent jihad against civilians as a legitimate expression of Islam. It has been noted that the Western association of Salafi ideology with violence stems from writings done "through the prism of security studies" that were published in the late 20th century, having persisted well into contemporary literature. More recent attempts have been made by academics and scholars who challenge these major assumptions. Academics and historians use the term to denote "a school of thought which surfaced in the second half of the 19th century as a reaction to the spread of European ideas," and "sought to expose the roots of modernity within Muslim civilization."

But a key complaint at Belaïd's funeral was against shadowy so-called neighborhood protection groups known as the Leagues of the Protection of the Revolution (mainly formed of Salafi), a small contingent of men who claim to be opposed to remnants of the old regime, but who are accused of using thugs to stir clashes at opposition rallies and trade union gatherings.

وهابية‎  - Wahhābiyyah

وهابية‎  - Wahhābiyyah 
وهابية‎  - Wahhābiyyah is an ultra-conservative branch of Sunni Islam. It is a religious movement among fundamentalist Islamic believers, with an aspiration to return to the primordial fundamental Islamic sources Quran, Hadith and scholarly consensus (Ijma). Wahhabism was a popular revivalist movement instigated by an eighteenth century theologian, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703–1792) from Najd, Saudi Arabia. He began his movement through peaceful discussions with attendees of various shrines and eventually gained popular support by convincing the local Amir, Uthman ibn Mu'ammar, to help him in his struggle.


وهابية‎  - Wahhābiyyah - Saudi Ikhwan 
Ibn Abd Al-Wahhab advocated a popular purging of the widespread practices by Muslims being what he considered to be impurities and innovations in Islam. It is claimed that this was carried out by some of his more extreme followers by the killing of innocent Sunni Muslims. His has become the dominant form of Islam in Saudi Arabia. The movement claims to adhere to the correct understanding of the general Islamic doctrine of Tawhid, on the "uniqueness" and "unity" of God, shared by the majority of Islamic sects, but with an emphasis on advocating following of the Athari school of thought only. Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab was influenced by the writings of Ibn Taymiyya and questioned the prevalent philosophical interpretations of Islam being the Ash'ari and Maturidi schools, claiming to rely on the Qur'an and the Hadith without speculative philosophy so as to not transgress beyond the limits of the early Muslims known as the Salaf. He attacked a "perceived moral decline and political weakness" in the Arabian Peninsula and condemned what he perceived as idolatry, the popular cult of saints, and shrine and tomb visitation.
The terms Wahhabi and Salafi and ahl al-hadith (people of hadith) are often used interchangeably, but Wahhabism has also been called "a particular orientation within Salafism", an orientation considered ultra-conservative.
Wahhabism is completely opposed to all forms of Shi'ite doctrine and  تصوّف‎ - Sufism.

Most notable was an attack on a Tataouine branch of a new, secular opposition party – Nida Tounes – in October last year in which a local activist was killed. Belaïd was an outspoken critic of these groups, whom he accused of being affiliated to Ennahda.
Others on the left said Ennahda was too permissive of violence and had failed to root it out.
Ennahda deny affiliation or control of such groups.
As Belaïd's funeral took place, Tunisia was shut down in its first national general strike since 1978, called by the main trade union, the UGTT.
A senior trade unionist and university maths lecturer, Anouar Ben Kaddour, said: "The strike has one objective: no more violence. Our transition to democracy has to happen peacefully."
At Ennahda's HQ in Tunis, the party was dealing with its response to the political crisis sparked by Belaïd's murder.
On Wednesday Ennahda's prime minister Hamadi Jebali said he would dissolve his government and replace it with a non-partisan cabinet and elections would be held as soon as possible.
Other parties welcomed the news but officials within Ennahda said its executive had not approved the move, suggesting divisions in a party that features many who were imprisoned, tortured or exiled during Ben Ali's reign. Jebali insisted that he would replace certain ministers with technocrats.
Hichem Laareyedh, a senior party official, said: "Even if we didn't agree with Chokri Belaïd on his political position, he was an activist that we respect, an activist for democracy in Tunisia.
We were shocked by his assassination.
It's something very painful for all Tunisians and we see it as a big risk for democracy."
Asked about the Belaïd family's claims that Ennahda was complicit in his death, which the party has denied, Laareyedh said: "We understand what the family is suffering, we respect the family.
But accusations have been very quick, with no evidence.
The investigation must continue, justice must take its course."
Several Ennahda offices were vandalised or attacked after Belaïd's death.
In central Tunis, riot police and plain clothes officers saturated Bourguiba Avenue and the area outside the interior ministry where the revolution demonstrations took place in 2011.
Police on motorbikes fired teargas to stop small peaceful crowds gathering to sing the national anthem. Outside the cemetery, where protesters chanted "Down with the regime", teargas was fired and cars were set alight.

 تصوّف‎ - Sufism

 تصوّف‎ - Sufism 
 تصوّف‎ - Sufism or taṣawwuf  is defined by its adherents as the inner, mystical dimension of Islam. A practitioner of this tradition is generally known as a ṣūfī (صُوفِيّ). Sufis believe they are practicing ihsan (perfection of worship) as revealed by Gabriel to Muhammad, "Worship and serve Allah as you are seeing Him and while you see Him not yet truly He sees you." Sufis consider themselves as the original true proponents of this pure original form of Islam. They are strong adherents to the principal of tolerance, peace and against any form of violence. The Sufi have suffered severe persecution by their coreligionist brothers the Wahhabi and the Salafist. In 1843 the Senussi Sufi were forced to flee Mecca and Medina and head to the Sudan and Libya.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR

Chinese Manchu Dragon
Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.
In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name.
Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year's Day itself, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar.
Because the Chinese calendar is luni-solar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year".
The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions.
Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors.
Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, and also in Chinatowns elsewhere.
Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbors.
Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely.
Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner.
Chinese Good Luck Symbol
It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck.
Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity."
Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.
Although the Chinese calendar traditionally does not use continuously numbered years, outside China its years are often numbered from the reign of the Yellow Emperor.
But at least three different years numbered 1 are now used by various scholars, making the year beginning in 2012 AD the "Chinese Year" 4710, 4709, or 4649.
The current Chinese year is now the Year of the Snake.

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جمهورية مصر العربية
Ǧumhūriyyat Maṣr al-ʿArabiyyah
Egypt’s central bank said it would offer $75 million to banks at a foreign currency auction, the same amount offered at its previous auction during February.
The Egyptian pound has weakened by more than 6.5 percent on the inter-bank market since the first auction at the end of December 2012, and is now trading at 6.6203 to the U.S. dollar.
This new sale will be the 13th auction.
The auctions are a bid to preserve Egypt’s foreign reserves, which have fallen to a critical level and now hover around $15 billion, covering roughly three month’s imports.
The bank holds three foreign currency auctions a week.

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RESIGNATION of BENEDICT XVI

Coat of Arms of Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI
Like 'a bolt out of the blue', on the 11th February the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict would resign.
The resignation of the supreme Pontiff is almost unprecedented, and leaves the hierarchy and governance of the Catholic Church in a state of turmoil.
Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; - born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger; 16 April 1927) is the 265th Pope, a position in which he serves dual roles as Sovereign of the Vatican City State, and leader of the Catholic Church.

Pope Benedict XVI
Benedict XVI was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005
A native of Bavaria, Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship.
Ordained as a priest in 1951, Ratzinger established himself as a highly regarded university theologian by the late 1950s and was appointed a full professor in 1958.
After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at several German universities—the last being the University of Regensburg—he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and Cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977.
In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important dicasteries of the Roman Curia.
Papal Tiara
From 2002 until his election as Pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such the primus inter pares among the cardinals.
Prior to becoming Pope, he was "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century" as "one of the most respected, influential and controversial members of the College of Cardinals"; he had an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of Pope John Paul II's closest confidants.
Like his predecessor, Benedict XVI is theologically conservative in his teaching and prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values.
During his papacy, Benedict XVI has advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many developed countries.
He views relativism's denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century.
He teaches the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God's redemptive love.

Tridentine Mass
He has reaffirmed the "importance of prayer in the face of the activism and the growing secularism of many Christians engaged in charitable work."
Pope Benedict has also revived a number of traditions including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position.
There has been considerable controversy surrounding Benedict's Papacy - which has included the evidence of his involvement with National Socialism during the Second World War, and his response to the scandal of pedophilia in the catholic Church.
Following his 14th birthday in 1941, Ratzinger was conscripted into the Hitler Youth—as membership was required by law for all 14-year-old German boys after December 1939.

Luftwaffen flakhelfer
In 1943, while still in seminary, he was drafted into the German anti-aircraft corps as Luftwaffen flakhelfer (air force anti-aircraft helper).
 Ratzinger then trained in the German infantry.
 As the Allied front drew closer to his post in 1945, he deserted back to his family's home in Traunstein after his unit had ceased to exist, just as American troops established their headquarters in the Ratzinger household.
As a German soldier, he was put in a POW camp but was released a few months later at the end of the war in the summer of 1945.

Pope Benedict has to date written three encyclicals: Deus Caritas Est (Latin for "God is Love"), Spe Salvi ("Saved by Hope"), and Caritas in Veritate ("Love in Truth").

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NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR TEST


조선민주주의인민공화국
Coat of Arms of the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
North Korea has drawn widespread condemnation after conducting a nuclear test in defiance of international bans – a development signaled by an earthquake detected in the country and later confirmed by the regime.
The test, which took place in the north-east of the country just before noon local time, could bring North Korea a step closer to developing a nuclear warhead small enough to be mounted on a long-range missile and possibly bringing the west coast of the US within striking distance.

김정은 - Kim Jong-un - North Korea
By defying warnings not only from the United States but also from its ally China to detonate a nuclear device on Tuesday, Kim Jong-un was attempting to increase his status both as a worthy leader among his people in North Korea and as a foe to be taken seriously among the nations his government considers its enemies.
Kim — still believed to be in his late 20s when he took over a highly militaristic regime following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in late 2011 — has recently emphasized a better living standard for his long-suffering people, generating hopes that he might lead his country out of its isolation. But at the same time, he has also shown himself to be his father’s son, launching a long-range rocket in December and threatening more missile and nuclear tests in the face of international sanctions.

North Korean Military
The authorities in Pyongyang said scientists had set off a "miniaturized" nuclear device with a greater explosive force than those used in two previous nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009.
"It was confirmed that the nuclear test that was carried out at a high level in a safe and perfect manner using a miniaturized and lighter nuclear device with greater explosive force than previously did not pose any negative impact on the surrounding ecological environment," KCNA, the North's official news agency, announced.

North Korean Military
The agency said the test had been in response to "outrageous" US hostility that "violently" undermined the regime's right to peacefully launch satellites – a reference to the condemnation and tighter sanctions that greeted Pyongyang's successful rocket launch almost two months ago.
Badge of the United Nations
Tuesday's test was quickly condemned by the UN general secretary, Ban Ki-moon, who said it was "deplorable" that Pyongyang had defied international calls to abandon it, adding that it was a "clear and grave violation of the relevant UN security council resolutions".
Barack Obama said the test was a highly provocative act that violated security council resolutions and posed a threat to US and international security.
The US president called for "further swift and credible action by the international community" against North Korea.
中华人民共和国
Coat of Arms of People's Republic of China
Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó
China, once North Korea's closest ally, said it strongly opposed the test and warned North Korea to avoid any actions that could worsen the situation on the Korean peninsula.
"The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, heedless of widespread international opposition, has again carried out a nuclear test, to which the Chinese government expresses its firm opposition," the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.
"It is China's firm stance to realise non-nuclearisation for the Korean peninsula and prevent nuclear proliferation and maintain peace and stability in northeast Asia," the statement said.
Российская Федерация
Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation
Rossiyskaya Federatsiya
Russia's foreign ministry said the Kremlin "decisively condemned" the test.
William Hague, the UK foreign secretary, joined the international chorus of condemnation and warned that North Korea faced further isolation if it did not stop developing its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities.

The North again raised the diplomatic stakes when its most powerful military body, the National Defence Commission, warned that its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes were targeted at the US.
North Korea has enough plutonium to build between four and eight nuclear weapons.
Speculation had been mounting that this third test could involve a uranium device – a clear signal that North Korea's scientists have mastered the ability to produce highly enriched uranium.
Analysts said the test, like the previous two, was designed to strengthen the North's bargaining position as the US, South Korea, Russia, China and Japan attempt to restart talks on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

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RUSSIAN METEOR

A meteorite has flared spectacularly in the sky and exploded over the Russian region of Chelyabinsk, reportedly injuring around 400 people.
Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the region, the emergencies ministry said in a statement.
YouTube footage posted after a meteorite streaked across the sky in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Interior ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said 102 people had called for medical assistance following the incident, mostly for treatment of injuries from glass broken by the explosions.
Kolesnikov also said about 600 sq metres (6,500 sq ft) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed. Reports conflicted on what exactly happened in the clear skies.
Emergencies ministry spokeswoman Irina Rossius told Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteorite.
"It was definitely not a plane," an emergency official told Reuters.
"We are gathering the bits of information and have no data on the casualties so far."
Shock-waves were felt in buildings.
Russian Meteor - February 2013
A witness in Chelyabinsk reported hearing a huge blast early in the morning and feeling a shockwave in a 19-storey building in the town centre.
The sounds of car alarms and breaking windows could be heard in the area, the witness said, and mobile phones were working intermittently.
"Preliminary indications are that it was a meteorite rain," an emergency official told RIA-Novosti.
"We have information about a blast at 10,000-metre altitude.
It is being verified."
"I was driving to work, it was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it was day," said Viktor Prokofiev, a 36-year-old resident of Yekaterinburg in the Urals mountains.
"I felt like I was blinded by headlights," he told Reuters.
No deaths were reported but President Vladimir Putin, who was due to host finance ministry officials from the G20 nations in Moscow, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev were quickly informed.
Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky at about 9:20 am local time (0320 GMT), leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.
The emergencies ministry described Friday's events as a "meteor shower in the form of fireballs" and said background radiation levels were normal.
It urged residents not to panic.
Chelyabinsk city authorities urged people to stay indoors unless they needed to pick up their children from schools and nurseries.
They said a blast had been heard at an altitude of 10,000 metres, apparently signalling it occurred when the meteorite entered Earth's atmosphere.
In 1908 a meteorite is thought to have devastated an area of more than 700 sq miles in Siberia in what became known as the Tunguska event.

BLADE RUNNER

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius, - the 'Teflon Kid'  - South African athlete has reportedly been tested for steroids after the banned drug was supposedly found at the luxury home where he is accused of murdering his model girlfriend.
Pistorius, 26, is accused of murdering Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.
He will appear in court on Tuesday.
Police asked for blood taken from Pistorius to be tested for steroids, City Press claimed, in anticipation that his defence team might claim he acted in “roid rage” – an aggressive condition associated with taking large doses of performance-enhancing drugs.
A source reported “Steroid drugs were found at Pistorius’s home together with evidence of heavy drinking. That’s why police have specifically ordered that he be tested for steroids.”
Miss Steenkamp, 29, was declared dead shortly after 3am on Thursday morning at the home of  Pistorius in a gated compound outside Pretoria.
O. J. Simpson
She had been shot in the head, hand, hip and arm, and her skull was allegedly fractured.
Pistorius, was arrested shortly afterwards.
He is reported to have claimed he shot Miss Steenkamp thinking she was an intruder but he faces a charge of premeditated murder.
Now the detective giving evidence against Pistorius as been accused of numerous murders himself (?).
Obviously commands have been handed down from Petoria that South Africa's hero is to be 'whitewashed'.
It seems that if one is a sufficient celebrity then one can - 'get away with murder ?'.
This case is beginning to sound very much like a previous, high-profile, celebrity murder case.
After managing to convince the 'powers that be' that he could be both a 'para-Olympian' and an Olympian runner, - in other words be both disabled and able bodied at the same time - Pistorious is now going to convince a jury that it's ok to run around the house with a loaded pistol, not notice that his girlfriend is not in bed with him, and then shoot here FOUR times, and say it's all an accident - but then he's a celebrity, so why not ?
Not surprisingly, Pistorious was granted bail - so now we just have to wait for the trial - which will undoubtedly find him 'innocent' !