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  1. Islam: A Faith Full of Prohibitions?

    Islam: A Faith Full of Prohibitions?
    @muhsin234 (Twitter)

    Islam and its about 2 billions adherents suffer an acute ad hominem criticism in various places in the world today. The condemnations are wide and wild. While the notorious one centres on terrorism carried out by some Muslims, dubbed extremists; a salient other one is on the many prohibitions embedded in the religion. A non-Muslim friend of mine once told me, “I can’t practice Islam. There are more ‘Noes’ than ...
  2. Today Jalsa Salana (Annual moral spiritual training gathering) Germany begins.

    by , 06-05-2015 at 03:23 AM (The Promised Revival -- To Bring Faith Back Even If It Had Gone To Pleiades (i.e. weakened).)
    Peace be on all.
    Hazrat Promised Messiah Mahdi (on whom be peace) said about THE IMPORTANCE OF JALSA SALANA

    "Do not consider Jalsa Salana as an ordinary convention. This convention emerged solely by the help of Allah and His command. Allah has set the cornerstone of this blessed event with His own hands and prepared the nations for this purpose, who will enter in this Jamaat in the near future. (Announcement, December 1893)

    Details and program
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  3. Silk Road

    by , 06-01-2015 at 03:41 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I never paid any attention to Silk Road, when it was in business, because I had no interest, but I find the life sentence for Ross Ulbricht to be absurd. Silk Road was an instrument for facilitating trade.

    The charges were: “narcotics trafficking; distribution of narcotics by means of the Internet; narcotics trafficking conspiracy; continuing criminal enterprise; conspiracy to aid and abet computer hacking; conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent identity documents; and money laundering ...

    Updated 06-01-2015 at 05:33 PM by PeterL

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  4. Tying Up Trade (TPP)

    by , 05-26-2015 at 07:56 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    This afternoon I started looking at information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). I had expected that it was just another treaty to give advantages to some countries over others in trade with the U.S.A., but it turns out that it is much more complicated, and it appears to be designed to give advantages to corporations and individuals, rather than to countries. I find it strange that it also seeks to change U.S. statute laws, such as copyright law through treaty, rather than the old-fashioned ...
  5. New Family Member: Tiger

    Those that know me here know that my wife and I have been dog people all our lives, but last week Matthew and I stumbled upon a little kitten beside our house and of course found him irresistible. We now have a kitten to add to our rambunctious dog and hyperactive son. I posted a summary on my personal blog, but here are the first two paragraphs:

    Of course this was completely unplanned. Thursday, May 14th (I date it for posterity’s sake) after dinner at about half past six Matthew
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