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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Former Microsoft CEO wins Clippers bid » Ventura County Star

Former Microsoft CEO wins Clippers bid » Ventura County Star: "Shelly Sterling reached an agreement Thursday night to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, according to an individual with knowledge of the negotiations.

The individual, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press that Ballmer and the Sterling Family Trust now have a binding agreement. The deal now must be presented to the NBA.

Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale after her husband, Donald Sterling, made racist remarks that were made public. Donald Sterling must also approve the final agreement as a 50 percent owner."



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Mathematics || Spoken Word by Hollie McNish - YouTube

Mathematics || Spoken Word by Hollie McNish - YouTube: "Published on Feb 2, 2013
A poem on immigration based on personal experience and studies. The poem owes a lot to a book by economist Philippe Legrain called Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them.


Mathematics

He says
"those god damn pakistanis and their goddamn corner shops
Built a shop on every corner took our British workers jobs
He says those godamn Chinese and their goddamn china shops
I tell him theyre from Vietnam but he doesn't give a toss
I ask him what was there before that damn Japan mans shop
He stares at me and dreams a scene of British workers jobs
Of full time full employment before the godamn boats all came
Where everybody went to work full time every day
A British Business stood their first he claims before the Irish came
Now British people lost their jobs and bloody turkish are there to blame
I ask him how he knows that fact he says because it's true
I ask him how he knows the fact he says he read it in the news
Everytime a Somalian comes here they take a job from us
The mathematics one for one, from us to them it just adds up
He bites his cake and sips is brew and says again he knows the spot"



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Co-champions at Scripps National Spelling Bee Bartholomew Sullivan, Scripps News Posted May 29, 2014 at 9:15 p.m. BOTH + 3rd runner up of Indian descent!






Co-champions at Scripps National Spelling Bee

  • Bartholomew Sullivan, Scripps News
  • Posted May 29, 2014 at 9:15 p.m.
CoChamps: Sriram Hathwar, from Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe, from Fort Worth, Texas, hoist their shared (for now) Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Mark Bowen, Scripps National Spelling Bee

MARK BOWEN, SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE

CoChamps: Sriram Hathwar, from Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe, from Fort Worth, Texas, hoist their shared (for now) Scripps National Spelling Bee. Mark Bowen, Scripps National Spelling Bee

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned two winners Thursday night after a five-round duel in which neither could miss a word. In the end, Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas, shared the prize.

It was just the 4th time in the bee's history, and the first in more than 50 years, that winners shared the winning title. Others were in 1950, 1957, and 1962.

Both boys were magnanimous in victory, with Sriram saying the competition was against the dictionary not a human opponent. "I'm happy to share this trophy with him," he said. Ansun said he had been happy just making the finals and "even happier" to have won.

The winning words were Sriram's stichomythia (dialogue in Greek drama) and Ansun's feuilleton (the features section of French newspapers).

The final rounds were a showdown between three boys of Indian descent, including Gokul Venkatachalam, 13, of Chesterfield, Missouri, then just two. Both finalists misspelled their words in the 16th round setting up a dramatic shootout in Rounds 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22. They just never got a word wrong.

The bee began with a written test Tuesday taken by all 281 regional champions. By Wednesday evening, all but 46 had been eliminated by either a missed on-stage spelling or the application of their written test scores. The semifinal on-stage rounds of the bee Thursday morning knocked 15 contenders. After written tests administered overnight, a further 19 were winnowed to 12 for Thursday night's primetime contest on ESPN.

Scripps CEO Rich Boehne said the company has been associated with the iconic test or skill for so long that no one questions why it stays involved.

"At Scripps, we don't feel like we own the Spelling Bee," he said. "We just sort of hold it and nurture it and protect it and invest in it and build it on behalf of all the spellers across the whole country."

The 87th National Bee, held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center south of the capital, is "a great American institution," Boehne added. "It showcases great kids and academics and learning and we just do it because it's so core to our culture."

Boehne said the spellers demonstrate that they will be "life-long learners," which he said is important because "you have to progress and change and evolve.

"These are kids who've evolved on stage; they evolve, live, right in front of all of us, building skills that really will benefit them the rest of their lives."

Five-time national contestant Sriram was an odds-on favorite after nailing favus, a hexagonal tile, and quatrefoil, meaning four-leafed, Thursday morning. He placed third in last year's national bee.

Of the final 12, two were from Florida, two were from Texas, two were from Virginia, and there were one each from California, Illinois, Missouri, New York and Ohio. The lone international speller, Tajaun Gibbison, 13, was from Mandeville, Jamaica, and was bounced out in the eighth round with chartula, a folded paper containing medicine. This year's finalists ranged in age from 11 to 15.

Another crowd favorite in the final rounds, Kate Miller, 14, of Abilene, Texas, succeeded with osteochondrous, but was sidelined by exochorion, the outer layer of an insect egg, and left the stage to a standing ovation. Later, she said would be taking home "a suitcase full of happy memories," and was glad she could ignore spelling for a while.

By far the most expressive participant in the finals, Jacob Williamson, 15, of Cape Coral, Florida, was certain of his words and pumped his fists in the air on wins with rhadamanthine, munchausenism and carcharodont but fell to kabaragoya.

"It was a lot of fun," Jacob said later. "I thought I knew that word, but I guess I didn't."

Other finalists fell to irbis (a snow leopard), aetites (a clay nodule), and hallenkirche, the latter missed by the youngest speller, 11-year-old Tejas Muthusamy of Glen Allen, Virginia.

Tejas later said he hoped to be back after studying "more esoteric words."

Early rounds Thursday saw expected contenders falter. Syamantak Payra, 13, who placed 7th last year, was knocked out with circumforaneous, a term for going market to market, and got a standing ovation from the crowd. Similarly, Jae Canetti, 12, who was in 22nd place in 2012, fell eighth was knocked out by his semifinal written test score.

As happened throughout the on-stage drama, there was the usual give and take with pronouncer Jacques Bailly. Lucas Urbanski, 14, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, asked Bailly, "Can you make me cachinnate (laugh) with a sentence?" referring to an earlier word in the competition. Urbanski then spelled epixylous, a word for things that grow on wood, but didn't make the finals.

Some spellers looked astonished that they remembered such complex terms as xerophthalmia, an eye condition caused by Vitamin A deficiency, and exsiccosis, meaning dehydration.

On stage after the 12 finalists were given their new medals Thursday afternoon, Sriram explained to a scrum of reporters that he visualized not just his given word but where it is – "like GPS" -- on the page of his dictionaries.

Before the finals got under way, Bee executive director Paige Kimble, herself the 1981 bee champion, introduced 10 other national champions on hand in the crowd. Bailly, the bee pronouncer, was the 1980 winner. Kimble said the contest is a celebration of the "accomplished use of the English language" and called this year's finalists "brilliant."

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Elliot Rodger's parents 'are mourning the victims' of UCSB shooting more than son, friend says - News - TODAY.com

Elliot Rodger's parents 'are mourning the victims' of UCSB shooting more than son, friend says - News - TODAY.com: "Rodger's parents, Astaire said, are devastated — and still trying to understand how their son could carry out his threats before taking his own life. 

"Well I've seen them since Saturday, and they have diminished,'' Astaire said. "They have gone down in size. They are virtually unrecognizable. It's an extraordinary thing to be close to, and it’s very difficult, very difficult to see.''

Rodger's parents, Astaire said, were "very much on top of things" — trying to get him help, and putting him in therapy at age 9. They had called the police two weeks before the shooting, Astaire said, "because they were alarmed at what he might do."

"From what I understand, Elliot had been living another life for a number of years,'' Astaire said. "Again this is what I understand — his manifesto he started to write three years ago, and this was a different person than even I met."

Astaire recalled an interaction with Elliot at a Christmas party a few years ago in which Astaire went out to get a breath of fresh air and Elliot was outside by himself, gazing at the stars. 

"As I walked away from him, I turned around to see him, and he had gone back to looking up at the stars, and I have to tell you, I thought he was the loneliest person I've ever seen in my life, I felt that at the time and now (with) what has happened, I absolutely see it more clearly." 

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Muslim Is the New Catholic

 

Muslim Is the New Catholic

 

Khurram Dara

 

On a summer evening in late July 1840, Catholic parents, teachers, and community members congregated in the basement of St. James Church in Lower Manhattan awaiting the address of Rt. Rev. Bishop John Hughes. Interrupted by applause throughout, Hughes stood before the crowd calling for what the largely immigrant Catholic population in the city longed for -- public funding of parochial schools. Their efforts were met with great hostility. Opponents claimed the public was in danger, the Constitution was at risk of subversion, and "union" of the Catholic Church and our government was imminent.

Nearly 175 years later, not unlike that summer night in 1840, students and their families assembled at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights, Queens rallying to persuade the city to accommodate the Muslim population by closing school on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the two most celebrated holidays in Islam. In response, critics have warned of the "Islamization of New York," and have accused Mayor Bill de Blasio, who vowed to add the holidays to the school calendar, of succumbing to "Islamic supremacist demands." Of course, this ignorance is hardly representative of public sentiment on the issue, but even reasonable onlookers may question why religion and public schools are said in the same breath -- is there not a "wall of separation" that stands between church and state?

 

In reality, New York City public schools have a rich and intertwined history with religion. As a matter of fact, the first public schools in the city were essentially Protestant. A predominantly Protestant population combined with strong anti-Catholic prejudice at the time had resulted in public schools that taught the King James Bible and used textbooks condemning Catholicism. Back then, unlike the rest of the state, city school funds were centrally disbursed by the City Council, with most funds being allocated to the Public School Society, a private nondenominational organization. The Society, despite its unaffiliated status, would fund schools that broadly (and in some cases, more pointedly) taught Protestant values, while "sectarian" schools, including those ran by Catholic organizations, were denied such funds. Angered by what had amounted to public funding of Protestant schools, Catholics, led by Bishop John Hughes (who would later become Archbishop of New York), sought funding for their schools. 

In a period where many held deep bias against Catholicism, attempts to secure parochial school funding were met with heavy-handed accusations. Opponents appealed to existing prejudice and suggested these efforts would lead to the "Catholicization" of America. They were able to rationalize such fears by pointing to clergymen and other leaders who had called for Catholic domination in society. Relying on separation of church and state -- an idea that had lay dormant since Thomas Jefferson mentioned it in a letter decades earlier without much fanfare -- they argued that funding religious schools would be contrary to American values and policy. 

The fight would last for years, with anti-Catholics scoring victories in some states through "Blaine Amendments" prohibiting direct government aid to religiously affiliated schools, and more generally, with the landmark Supreme Court decision in Everson v. Board of Education, which enshrined the "wall of separation between church and state" in American jurisprudence. Despite this, over time, social and cultural attitudes towards Catholicism would gradually change and the issue would take a backseat in national politics.

It's hard not to draw parallels between the trials and tribulations of Catholics in 19th century America (well documented in Phillip Hamburger's Separation of Church and State) and the current quandary of the American Muslim.

Senseless violence committed under the guise of religion has left Islam under significant scrutiny, and understandably so. But legitimate concern has too often morphed into unreasonable suspicion. Schools routinely accommodate religious holidays by closing so long as there is a "secular purpose" for doing so, such as high absenteeism. Critics however, have cast what appears to be a reasonable request as a scheme by Muslims to "Islamize" the nation. This, of course, is hard to envision considering existing constitutional restraints like the "secular purpose" requirement. 

Undeterred by reality, opponents have highlighted extremist rhetoric from Muslim clerics abroad advocating Islamic supremacy to validate their bold claims, just as anti-Catholics did in the 19th century. If some clerics call for global Islamic domination, and a school closes on a Muslim holiday, then clearly this must be evidence of extremist goals coming to fruition, right? Of course, this is not the case; one is not necessarily caused by the other. Though logically problematic, this type of group attribution may seem subtle and inconsequential. But upon closer examination it may have more serious implications. 

One of the most remarkable aspects of American society is its religious pluralism. Treating Muslims as one single, monolithic group handicaps the benefits of social and civic engagement that have allowed this pluralism to flourish. If they do engage, their actions will be construed as part of a supremacist conspiracy simply because other Muslims abroad have sermonized as much. And if they don't, lest we forget, their inaction and resulting isolation will be evidence of Islam's incompatibility with Americanism. This is the conundrum American Muslims face.

Islamic terrorism is, undoubtedly, a serious threat. "Islamization" of our country by American Muslims, who make up less than 1 percent of the population, is not. Though hardly an apples-to-apples comparison, we may be able to find solace in the fate of 19th century Catholic bigotry -- because these clever generalizations are increasingly convoluting public discourse, distracting from important policy issues, and by and large, wasting everyone's time.

 

 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Afghan leader praises U.S. move to withdraw all troops by 2016 | Reuters

Afghan leader praises U.S. move to withdraw all troops by 2016 | Reuters: "The U.S. plan hinges on Afghanistan's next president signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that the United States says it needs in order for troops to stay beyond 2014.

Most analysts expect the deal to be clinched in time, as both candidates in the run-off say they will sign it promptly. The winner is scheduled to take office in August.

In the second round, former anti-Taliban northern alliance leader Abdullah Abdullah will run against Ashraf Ghani, an ex-World Bank economist.

Karzai, whose relationship with the U.S. government soured bitterly during his final term in office, has refused to sign the deal, sending the economy into a downward spiral over concerns about the country's future security.

As part of the post-2014 force, U.S. soldiers are expected to continue training Afghanistan's new 350,000 strong security force and conduct limited counterterrorism operations against al Qaeda and other hardline militants."



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Iran Billionaire Hanged for Fraud

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Iran Billionaire Hanged for Fraud

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    TEHRAN — Iran's judiciary on Saturday executed a billionaire businessman who had been convicted of playing a central role in a $2.6 billion corruption case that has roiled the country's banking system and political leaders.

    State television reported that the businessman, Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, was hanged early Saturday in Evin Prison in Tehran. He was convicted of forging letters of credit with the help of high-level bank managers in order to get loans from one of the country's largest banks, Saderat.

    Political opponents of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have often accused him and his team of advisers of having been connected to Mr. Amir Khosravi, who is said to have earned his fortune in banking and railroads.

    The embezzlement case, the largest case of fraud since the 1979 revolution, came to light almost immediately after a public falling outbetween Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Mr. Ahmadinejad in 2011 over control of the Intelligence Ministry, which was said to have been investigating the case.

    Any involvement of Mr. Ahmadinejad or his associates was never proved, however.

    In another case, the wealthy businessman Babak Zanjani, who was arrested in December in Tehran, publicly admitted that he had worked with the government in order to evade international sanctions against Iran. The new government of President Hassan Rouhani says that Mr. Zanjani owes the state more than $2 billion for oil he is accused of selling on the black market.

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    Obama urged to give a speech and declare Russia the American enemy - Kavkazcenter.com

    Obama urged to give a speech and declare Russia the American enemy - Kavkazcenter.com: "During the Cold War, the West had a strong moral narrative explaining why Soviet behavior was wrong and what the United States and its allies stood for. Winston Churchill defined it in his 1946 speech in Fulton, Mo. — the Soviets sought subjugation of other countries; the West aspired to establish freedom and democracy.
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    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    New Statesman | Why empires fall: from ancient Rome to Putin's Russia

    New Statesman | Why empires fall: from ancient Rome to Putin's Russia: "Today, here in the west, dreams of restoring a Roman empire are gone for good. The shadows they cast are too grim. The most recent political philosophy to be inspired by them, and which even took its name from the bundle of rods with an axe carried by the bodyguards of Roman magistrates, was developed only in the 20th century: fascism. With Mussolini and Hitler, the millennia-old tradition in the west of looking to the Roman empire for a model reached a hideous climax – and then expired.

    Yet if the First Rome is long gone, and the Second Rome, too, the Third, it turns out, retains an unexpected capacity to lurch up out of its grave. Even in the 21st century, the Roman empire clings to a certain ghoulish afterlife yet."



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    Arctic ice melt to release 1 trillion pieces of plastic into sea | Al Jazeera America

    Arctic ice melt to release 1 trillion pieces of plastic into sea | Al Jazeera America: "Other recent scientific studies have shown that tiny plastic “microbeads,” added to many body cleansers and toothpastes, have been found in major lakes and other waterways used for drinking water. The studies said the plastic balls absorb toxic chemicals released into the environment, and are then eaten by fish and thus introduced into the food chain.

    Mass production of plastic began in the 1940s, and by 2009 at least 230 million tons of plastic were produced each year – equivalent to the weight of a double-decker bus every two seconds."



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    Obama announced plans Tuesday for greatly reducing U.S. forces in Afghanistan by the end of the year and then ending the U.S. military commitment there by the end of 2016

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/27/obama-troops-afghanistan_n_5397671.html
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to turn the page on more than a decade of war, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday for greatly reducing U.S. forces in Afghanistan by the end of the year and then ending the U.S. military commitment there by the end of 2016.
    "We have now been in Afghanistan longer than many Americans expected," Obama acknowledged during an appearance in the White House Rose Garden. "Now we're finishing the job we've started."
    Even as Obama set a timetable for the drawdown, he said he would keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan after the U.S. combat mission formally ends later this year. Those troops would focus on training Afghan security forces and on counterterrorism efforts.
    The president said his drawdown plan was contingent on the Afghan government signing a bilateral security agreement with the U.S. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign the accord, but the U.S. is optimistic that the two candidates seeking to replace him in the ongoing Afghan elections will finalize the agreement.
    Obama's blueprint calls for cutting the current force of 32,000 to 9,800 by the start of next year. Those troops, dispatched throughout Afghanistan, would not be engaged in combat missions.
    Over the course of next year, the number of troops would be cut in half and consolidated in the capital of Kabul and at Bagram Air Field, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan. Those remaining forces would largely be withdrawn by the end of 2016, with fewer than 1,000 remaining behind to staff a security office in Kabul.

    Obama To Keep 9,800 Troops In Afghanistan After 2014

    Obama To Keep 9,800 Troops In Afghanistan After 2014: "Even as Obama set a timetable for the drawdown, he said he would keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan after the U.S. combat mission formally ends later this year. Those troops would focus on training Afghan security forces and on counterterrorism efforts.

    The president said his drawdown plan was contingent on the Afghan government signing a bilateral security agreement with the U.S. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign the accord, but the U.S. is optimistic that the two candidates seeking to replace him in the ongoing Afghan elections will finalize the agreement.

    Obama's blueprint calls for cutting the current force of 32,000 to 9,800 by the start of next year. Those troops, dispatched throughout Afghanistan, would not be engaged in combat missions.

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    Saturday, May 24, 2014

    many links: Overthrow of Gaddafi Gave Rise to Ruthless Militias + al quaida

    sEveral links Libya & Al Quaida

     American officials assured us that "moderates" would succeed the cruel and unpredictable dictator, who had become a U.S. ally during the Iraq war. However, it turns out that the moderate victors were not so moderate; in fact they resembled al-Qaeda. 

    The first rule governments should follow is, "Do no harm." The second rule is, Assume that intervention will do far more harm than good.
    How the Overthrow of Gaddafi Gave Rise to Ruthless Militias

    More US Intervention in Libya?



    Rise of Radical Jihadists Setback for Syria



     

    Brutality of Syrian jihadists shows futility of U.S. intervention

     

    A "confidential letter" from Abdelmalek Droukdel, the emir of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, to his fighters in northern Mali shows that the group sought to use the country to wage a global jihad. But Droukdel instructed his followers to mask their operations and "pretend to be a 'domestic' movement" so as not to draw international attention and intervention.
    The lengthy letter from Droukdel, who is also known as Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud, was found by The Associated Press at a compound in Timbuktu that had been occupied by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Large portions of the letter are missing, but the existing pages provide valuable insight into Droukdel's view of the situation in Mali. More importantly, they show how al Qaeda seeks to use local Islamist insurgencies to further its international goals of establishing a global caliphate and waging jihad against the West.
     
     
    Al Qaeda in Mali sought to hide foreign designs


     
    By the way someone predicted Al Queda would go from  strength to strength, :

    Amazed by Accuracy of My Predictions in Books About Al-Qaeda (Abdel Bari Atwan, Editor in Chief of Alquds Alarabi Newspaper)

    On the 12th anniversary of 9/11 even I am amazed by how accurate the predictions I made in my 2012 book, After bin Laden: al-Qa'ida, the Next Generation have proved to be, especially in Syria, the Sahel, and in regard to the opportunities afforded by the Arab Spring.
    I also wrote a backgrounder on al-Qaeda in 2006, which is now a set text on many university courses The Secret History of al-Qa'ida. (Saqi 2006)
    I also recommend the recently published (in English translation 2013, Thin Man Press) memoir of Osama bin Laden's personal bodyguard's memoir, Guarding bin Laden: My Life in al-Qaeda' (by Nasser al-Bahri) which reveals a great deal of important information which is not in the public domain.
    You can find all these books on Amazon and Kindle.
    For more information about Guarding bin Laden  you can also visit www.thinmanpress.com 
     
    The basic rule that serves the Al-Qa'idah Organization, augments its power, and expands its branches is that every time NATO intervenes militarily, directly or indirectly, in Arab or Muslim countries, it creates a state of chaos, turning stable countries into failed ones. Such failed states always represent an open invitation to the Al-Qa'idah organization to regroup and travel there where it puts up its tents and expands in a calculated way. It recruits in these countries thousands of jihadists in its ranks to fulfil its aspiration of establishing a jihadist Islamic society, the backbone of its strategy charted by its leader and Shaykh, Usamah Bin-Ladin.





    Narcissistic personality disorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Narcissistic personality disorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder[1] in which a person is excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity, mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and to others in the process. It is estimated that this condition affects one percent of the population.[2][3] First formulated in 1968, NPD was historically called megalomania, and is a form of severe egocentrism.[4]
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    Re: Convention: Watch Live on ICNA.org

    I am watching

    Anwer Siddiqi
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    On May 24, 2014, at 2:00 PM, Iqbal Quidwai <i.quidwai@gmail.com> wrote:

    Watch conf from home I am watching Dr. Jamal Badawi
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    Admitting our own quirks may lead us to accept others - Los Angeles Times

    Admitting our own quirks may lead us to accept others - Los Angeles Times: "On  her regular visit to her neighborhood Starbucks one morning, the manager greeted Tina Levine with a message that couldn't help but hurt.

    "He shared with me that customers complained about me being in the store," Levine said. "I couldn't recall what exactly I had done wrong. Some inappropriate conversation I had struck up with a patron? Was I a bit too hyper in line?

    "Whatever it was, it made people uncomfortable.... They thought I was a little off.""

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    Re: FW: English Stiff Upper Lip

    a good one shahab Bh

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    On a train from London to Manchester an Australian was berating the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment.

    "You English are too stuffy. You set yourselves apart too much. You think your stiff upper lip makes you feel above the rest of us. Look at me... I'm ME!
    I have Italian blood, Greek blood, a little Irish blood, and some Aborigine blood. What do you say to that ?"

    The Englishman replied, "Awfully sporting of your mother, old chap!"

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Re: Operation Wholesome Sea: Iran Coast Guard Forces Women Off Beaches IRAN

    I know America is the best. Enjoy the nudity and then complain of the cancer and the rapes.

    On May 24, 2014 2:08 AM, "Iqbal Quidwai" <i.quidwai@gmail.com> wrote:

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    05.24.14

    Operation Wholesome Sea: Iran Coast Guard Forces Women Off Beaches

    "Operation Wholesome Sea" makes sure Iran's beautiful beaches remain for men only. On most of them women, even those covered from head to toe, are forbidden to swim at all.

    by Kimia Barzegar

    On the first weekend of the American beach season, most people in the United States won't be pondering how difficult, frustrating and humiliating it is to try to enjoy the sea if you are swaddled in multiple layers of cloth. But in Iran, there are some sectors of society that seem obsessed with enforcing the rules against exposing a female's flesh or, indeed, the shape of her body. Among those groups: the Iranian coast guard, which has mounted an operation it calls "Wholesome Sea" to patrol the coast for women who might offend against the draconian dress codes or dare to get their cloaked bodies wet in sight of men.—TDB

    TEHRAN — Altogether, Iran's coastlines stretch for 2,700 kilometers ( almost 1,700 miles) in the north on the Caspian Sea and in the South on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. For Iranian women, however, these vast beaches are a reminder of nothing but prohibitions and frustrated yearnings. On most of them, women are not allowed to swim at all, regardless of whether they are alone or are accompanied by their families. They can only enter water on beaches specially designed for women. And those, as the saying goes, are separate, and not equal.

    A Woman-only beach is a part of the sea enclosed on four sides—yes, all four sides—without any view in or out. Yet even these can be found in only a few coastal cities.

    In most countries in the world, beaches are among the main tourist attractions and the tourists spend a good amount of money to swim and sunbathe. With its extensive coastlines, Iran has the potential to promote this kind tourism but it is, to say the least, unrealized. Because women cannot swim freely, tourists from around the world just stay away.

    In the meantime, Iranian women have to cope with highly restrictive rules and regulations. The shores of the Caspian offer the most attractive strands in Iran but, especially in tourist seasons, police officers fan out across the sand to make sure no women dare to take a dip.

    The first barrier for women is the Islamic dress code or hijab. If there are no police around, you might see women who have waded into the water, fully dressed in coats, pants and headscarves. Some find it too cumbersome to swim with such heavy clothing, as you might expect, so they opt to take some small pleasure from just walking on the beach.

    Police officers fan out across the sand to make sure no women dare to take a dip.

    The central feature of the Iranian coast guard's "Wholesome Sea" project, according to the officials themselves, is it to separate men from women on the beaches. Ali-Mohammad Salami, the commander of the coast guard, boasted in the August of last year that the operation was an "an innovative initiative by the Islamic Republic" and hoped to provide more control and supervision over the shorelines.

    "In implementing the project," said Salami, "we have obtained the cooperation of women and female police officers. We have hired, on a temporary basis, women from other organizations such as the Basij [the Islamic Republic's militias] who were qualified and were interested in cooperating with the coast guard."

    The restrictions have turned most women into mere spectators who watch men swimming. On very rare occasions, of course, they walk into the sea, heavy clothing and all. Even this mode of swimming comes under the heavy criticism of religious elements, some of the officials and the conservative media, perhaps fearful that a wet chador will be just too provocative.

    This year, before the start of the Iranian new year on March 21, the commander of the security forces in the southern province of Bushehr told a press conference, emphatically, that co-ed swimming on the beaches of the province will not be allowed. Mixed swimming, said Commander Heidar Abbaszadeh, was against public decency. "It would provoke an unfavorable reaction in the public opinion. The police are not against swimming, but if people on the beaches witness that young men and women swim together, they would get the wrong idea about our province."

    This article is adapted from a post by Kimia Barzegar on IranWire.com.

    Iqbal  Quidwai   

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