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July 15 2018


The Beauty of Islam - Scholars are not psychiatrists or therapists.

“The default is that clergy are asked questions of a legal or a theological nature. Ask them about a verse you don’t understand, or a hadith, or a fiqh ruling.

But, and I say this loud and clear, the average Shaykh is NOT qualified to be a family counselor, or a marriage therapist, or a psychiatrist who can help you with OCD, depression, mental trauma, sexual abuse, substance abuse, or a host of other issues that they haven’t been trained to deal with. (Obviously, some of them have undertaken specialized training after their seminary education - I am not talking about that group).

PLEASE, if you need help, go to a trained person. Yes, family, friends, your local Shaykh, etc., can insha Allah be a secondary support mechanism in some cases (again, a case by case basis), but realize that the primary person you need to see if you’re dealing with depression is a trained therapist, not someone who has a beautiful Quranic recitation or can give a great academic talk about Islam.”

July 07 2018


replies to @tancredipalmeri: “Amazing from Japan. This is how they left the changing room after…”

“This is nothing. Pakistan team would have cleaned the entire room, including the chairs and lights.” — @kickasss420

“Shame they didn’t leave pearl harbour like that” — @KNIALLS1991

minority opinions but I want to take note of them.

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June 26 2018


“Music addiction is real and it is something dangerous as Muslims.”

this argument seems rather absurd to me; there are good music and bad music in this world, that’s all. but the idea of “music addiction” draws my attention a bit.

June 07 2018

A major difference between Iranian and Western cinema is that in the West, the evolution of cinema began with paintings, then photography…it was a progression through image….But in the East, our tradition of the Persian miniature did not really affect our cinema. At the beginning of the Islamic era, paintings and drawings were discouraged. So our tradition of image is not as old as our tradition of poetry… [and] we went straight from narrative to cinema….Our story-telling tradition is very poetic.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf (via The Daily Persian)

June 02 2018


opposing view: “I don’t think it’s about more gun control.”

“also airbags are bullshit because i never was in a car crash..” — @sofias

March 20 2018


His view, in my interpretation: a real, devout Muslim would avoid homosexuality and be an exemplary husband over his wife in accordance with the teachings of the Quran. The root cause of the Orlando Shootings isn’t Islam, but lack of Islamic self-discipline against homosexuality and domestic violence. Am I wrong?

I’m often surprised at Muslim people’s lack of sensitivity on gender-related issues such as LGBTQ rights, when I hear their arguments against Islamophobia. I agree in general with the view of the speaker in the above YouTube video, but using homophobia to refute Islamophobia is rather disturbing for me.

March 19 2018

Prohibiting guns may reduce mass shootings but not mass murders. Countries in which assault rifles were banned (e.g. Australia) faced a dramatic increase in arson and truck attacks. Prohibiting guns is fighting symptoms but not the cause - which is level 1 thinking.
— @flau’s reaction to @sofias

January 27 2018


January 14 2018


October 13 2017



from liberal-shirakawa.net (2017年10月13日):





October 10 2017


‘Double standard & hypocrisy’: Serbian president on EU denouncement of Catalan referendum — RT News

video (twitter.com)

‘The question every citizen of Serbia has for the European Union today is: How come that in the case of Catalonia the referendum on independence is not valid, while in the case of Kosovo secession is allowed even without a referendum,’ B92 quoted Vucic as saying during a news conference.

‘How did you proclaim the secession of Kosovo to be legal, even without a referendum, and how did 22 European Union countries legalize this secession, while destroying European law and the foundations of European law, on which the European policy and EU policy are based?’

On Monday the European Commission echoed the Spanish government’s stance that the referendum held in Catalonia was illegal, describing the events on Sunday, which saw voters being beaten by Spanish riot police, as an ‘internal matter’. By contrast in 2010, the European Parliament adopted a resolution urging its member states to recognize Kosovo’s independence.

‘This is the best example of the double standards and hypocrisy of the world politics,’ Vucic said.”

“Russia has consistently pointed out the hypocrisy in the EU allowing the Kosovars to declare independence at Serbia’s expense, but condemning the 2014 referendum in Crimea which saw the formerly Ukrainian peninsula join the Russian Federation.

The reunification of Crimea with Russia has been a contentious issue between Russia and Western governments which have attempted to hold Moscow accountable through sanctions.

‘Our western partners created the Kosovo precedent with their own hands. In a situation absolutely the same as the one in Crimea they recognized Kosovo’s secession from Serbia legitimate while arguing that no permission from a country’s central authority for a unilateral declaration of independence is necessary,’ President Vladimir Putin told the Russian parliament in 2014.

‘It’s beyond double standards,’ Putin said. ”

September 30 2017


Social media gives people the sense that their opinion matters a lot more than it actually does.

September 28 2017


“Spain is a great nation with a rich culture. I support the right to self-determination of all its peoples, collectively and individually.” — @JulianAssange

September 26 2017

— @tako_ashi on Twitter

September 25 2017







所得税 21.4兆円
法人税 19.0兆円
消費税  3.3兆円

所得税 17.6兆円
法人税 10.3兆円
消費税 17.2兆円


所得税が  4兆円減り、
法人税が  9兆円減り、
消費税が 14兆円増えた









— 植草一秀の『知られざる真実』: 9.29院内緊急総決起集会目的は野党共闘の確立 (2017年9月24日)

September 21 2017


“Dr. Paul said that Trump has been consistent in his animosity toward Iran and especially the Iran deal.

He said that the neocons hated the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ‘and they wanted to undo it, which seems to be pretty impractical.’

The nuclear deal was reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries — the US, Russia, China, France, and Britain plus Germany — in July 2015 and took effect in January 2016. Under the deal, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.

‘Quite frankly, I think, it was a significant event, and positive event and history will show that was very positive just as the history has shown that Nixon at least talking to the Chinese was a lot better than the continuation of killing each other,’ Dr. Paul said.

‘So I think this whole plan was well-motivated. And I think when people deserve credit they are ought to get it. But you know the control of a lot of information is done by neoconservatives, so they certainly wouldn’t want to give Obama any credit for this agreement,’ he stated.”

— PressTV: Neocon case against Iran nuclear deal one big lie: Ron Paul (Sep 16, 2017)

Iranian president: No one will trust US if Trump nixes JCPOA

July 27 2017


No success story for Tokyo in hosting 2020 Games: economist | The Japan Times

“‘I’d be really surprised,’ Smith College professor [Andrew] Zimbalist said at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, when asked if the Tokyo Games would be a success. ‘You don’t have any of the ingredients for that.’

‘At the end of day, the best way to have a good experience with hosting the Olympics is to not host them. And if you are going to host the Olympics, then what’s really necessary is to do what Barcelona did and not what virtually every other city does.’

‘In Barcelona, the plan (to develop the city) came first and the Olympics was fit into the plan, rather than there being no plan and the (International Olympic Committee) coming in and the city fitting itself into the IOC’s demands.’

Zimbalist, author of ‘Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup,’ was a chief critic of Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid and an adviser to the ‘No Boston Olympics’ activist group. The Boston bid was pulled after failing to gather enough public support.

Citing an Oxford University study, Zimbalist said on average, the Summer Games since 1980 has averaged a 252 percent cost overrun — or 3.5 times the initial budget — and that Tokyo is not expected to be an exception.

The latest figure of the overall budget published by the 2020 organizing committee is at ¥1,385 billion or more than $12 billion, although the IOC believes additional cuts can be made.

Zimbalist, however, said the number-crunching done by the IOC is not to be trusted at face value, describing Olympic accounting as ‘fungible’ and ‘manipulatable.’ The final budget for last year’s Olympics exceeded $20 billion, more than threefold the initial estimates.

The IOC’s exorbitant demands on a host city — particularly in construction — are simply too taxing, he said.

‘People can make the budget go way up or down by deciding what to include in the budget,’ Zimbalist said.

‘According to the statistics the Tokyo 2020 committee is sharing publicly, the initial bid was $5.6 billion and right now they’re reporting $12.6 billion so we already know that they’re more than double right there.’

‘I would, if I wanted to understand the cost overrun potential, want to take a very close look at the report that was done by the task force created by the Tokyo governor because again, they were projecting a cost of $27.1 billion. That’s a heck of a lot higher than $12.6 billion.’”

July 16 2017


Green Party VP candidate for the US Presidential Election last year.

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