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20150223

Propaganda and The So-Called War on Terrorists (satire)

IMO the biggest fallacy on the Internet is this: "All Muslims are terrorists." This is the fallacy that the Mainstream Media (MSM) put out daily in their broadcasts. Yet they fell over themselves trying to paint the Chapel Hill terrorist as an angry man who hated Christians and Muslims equally.

Yes, you heard me correctly: I am labelling the far-left atheist turned anarchist a terrorist. Why? To show that the label "terrorist" is as ridiculous for an atheists as it is for all terrorists who hide behind religion.

This explains why the MSM use the neutral term "extremist" rather than applying a religious label since such extremists hide behind religion.

However, even when the false flag terms "Muslim terrorist" and "Islamic jihadi" are bandied about, it is used by MSM as propaganda to distract from the obvious fact that these conflicts in the Middle East, and in the Ukraine are about oil and supported by Big Oil.

So far, when exposed to this truth, the people who buy into this propaganda will go to any lengths to denigrate naysayers while giving the false flag term "Muslim terrorists" a reality despite it not being anywhere near the truth, except in their minds.

In actual truth, Big Oil wants Syria's oil. It also wants Libya's oil, and Iraq's oil. It wants a pipeline to traverse Afghanistan, and it wants Russia's oil to keep flowing through pipelines into the EU.

It is also very likely Boko Haram is a distraction from the fact that Mr Jonathan is unwilling share the wealth with all Nigerians, which is a factor in extremists who arose from marginalized Muslims.

And that is a truth that the true believers of "Muslim terrorists" do not want the world to hear. They would rather perpetuate the propaganda that this war is about religion while ignoring the strings being pulled by Big Oil.

Thank you Big Oil for pulling the wool over their eyes. Everyone will just pretend it is a conspiracy theory and fall for the MSM lies about "Muslim terrorists."

For not all Muslims are terrorists. Indeed, these extremist are hiding behind Islam.

Sadly, the fact that few people in the West bother to educate themselves about Arabs and Islam is obvious in how they focus on the Quran and perpetuate hate on Muslims.

Aisha being 9 when she married Mohammad? A fiction concocted to justify child marriage, which is a tradition preceding Islam.

The growing militancy in the Quran? A fiction concocted by taking the Surahs out of context and scrutinizing it from a biased point of view.

It is not the Quran that is the problem with Islam. Rather, it is the fact that the hadiths seem to be misused in a way that reflects the patriarchal tradition preceding Islam. Even shariah has been misused by the extremists, contrary to the ethics contained in the Quran.

I will call the antipathy towards Islam fiction when it is based solely on anti-Muslim propaganda designed to foment hatred towards Muslims. There has not been an unbiased reflection on Islam, other than to paint it as militant.

Such is propaganda, for it creates the fallacy that the object of hatred is worth hating, and thus distracts us from the authors of that propaganda: the elites who stand to profit from their investments in Big Oil.

And we in the West are dupes if we believe that Muslims are our enemies. The true enemy will always be the elites who do not care if we fight amongst ourselves, as long as they maintain their investments.

This is why I have stated previously that bombing the oil wells and the pipelines will stop the conflicts in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and even the Ukraine.

For the conflict is not the West versus "Muslim terrorists." Rather it is the haves versus the have-nots. They even profit were the far-left to fight with the far-right over Israel, through their investments in weapons of war.

I am sure this is why certain elements in the West will not confront the fact that the elites are controlling the people through the State by pushing the propaganda about "Muslim terrorists" since it is safer to believe in a lie than to face the truth.

Yet they will insist these lies about Muslims are the truth, because it fits their limited world view.

Thankfully, they represent a small but vocal minority.

I am sure that most people loathe the fact that the elites are controlling our view about wars in the Ukraine, in the Middle East and in Africa. Yet the protests against the propaganda are filtered out of the MSM's stream.

IMO the TV political pundits will discount anti-war demonstrators because serious discussion about the propaganda might lose profits for their masters, the 1% that controls most of the world's wealth.

This is why the call to explain the War on Terror as a "religious war" was given. It is a ruse to divide the people so that the State can control them. As long as the rightwing conservatives are fighting with the leftwing libertarians, the rich can profit from the confusion.

In the end, the West will continue the drama as report by the MSM in support of their masters. We all want the Islamic State wiped out. Yet this drama is orchestrated by the elites for them to profit from, including training the extremists by Israel, Turkey and other players in this sick drama called war.

As for myself, my role is to watch it all and remind the people that Big Oil and their elite masters wants this drama in the name of free market capitalism.

Yet when the rich profit, the middle class is made all the poorer as they fight among themselves, encouraged by cleverly placed propaganda thanks to the MSM.

This so-called war on terrorism is but propaganda. And the only people laughing on the way to the banks are the rich.




20150214

Improving My Web Browsing (Linux)

DISCLAIMER: This project is posted for information only and should take no more than 2 hours to complete. Only an experienced Linux user should attempt this task due to the work involved. It requires being comfortable at the command line and downloading packages from the Internet.

Overall, I rate this project as "advanced" since an experienced Linux user will be able to understand what I planned to do and implement it. YMMV

In this project, I worked at getting polipo to work with pdnsd. My intention was to speed up polipo, the caching web proxy server. Information on polipo is found by entering apt-cache to show its description:

$ apt-cache show polipo

Originally I started with polipo, and noticed that Iceweasel was lofting and wait times while loading web pages was over 15 seconds. After searching on the Internet for "speed up polipo" I happened on a post on the crunchbang.org forum by "hardran3" entitled '"Faster" browsing with polipo & pdnsd.'

Polipo is configured to show:
  • its menu at http://127.0.0.1:8123/polipo/
  • its status at http://127.0.0.1:8123/polipo/status?
  • its current configuration at http://127.0.0.1:8123/polipo/config?
  • its known servers at http://127.0.0.1:8123/polipo/servers? and
  • and its disk cache index at http://127.0.0.1:8123/polipo/index?
As instructed on the tips page, I installed pdnsd using aptitude: $ sudo aptitude install pdnsd

Pdnsd is the proxy DNS server with permanent caching. More information on it is found by entering apt-cache to show its description: $ apt-cache show pdnsd

After installing polipo, I edited /etc/polipo/config without ad-blocking and allowed the amount of information leaked by commenting the lines for censoredHeaders and censorReferer.

In this way it was adapted for Crunchbang Linux on my desktop PC which is directly connected to the Internet via aDSL modem / router.

Next, /etc/pdnsd.conf was edited using the configuration shown. However, the original text for pdnds.conf was missing a "}", so the last six lines of the code given should be:

48:source {
49: ttl=86400;
50: owner="localhost.";
51: serve_aliases=on;
52: file="/etc/hosts";
53: }


I also opted to keep the following from /etc/pdnsd.conf:

55:rr {
56: name=localhost;
57: reverse=on;
58: a=127.0.0.1;
59: owner=localhost;
60: soa=localhost,root.localhost,42,86400,900,86400,86400;
61:}


However, the above 7 lines are optional. Finally I edited the /etc/dhcp/dhclient.conf file as directed.

In order to get pdnsd to run, the file /etc/default/pdnsd also needs to be edited as follows:

01: # do we start pdnsd ?
02: START_DAEMON=yes


* Note that I prefaced lines in the respective configuration files with line numbers. This is for information purposes and should be left out in each file.

To get dhclient to restart, unplug the network cable and plug it back in. If it still isn't reset, do not worry. Just start up polipo with: $ sudo /etc/init.d/polipo restart

The system will respond with: Restarting polipo: polipo. ...and start up pdnsd with:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/pdnsd restart

To which the system will respond with: [ ok ] Restarting pdnsd (via systemctl): pdnsd.service.

To check the status of and ensure pdnsd is running: $ sudo /etc/init.d/pdnsd status
The system will respond with:  

● pdnsd.service - LSB: Start pdnsd
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/pdnsd)
  Drop-In: /run/systemd/generator/pdnsd.service.d
           └─50-pdnsd-$named.conf
   Active: active (running) since Sat 2015-02-14 01:17:28 PST; 2h 42min ago
  Process: 24149 ExecStop=/etc/init.d/pdnsd stop (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
  Process: 24156 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/pdnsd start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
   CGroup: /system.slice/pdnsd.service
           └─24161 /usr/sbin/pdnsd --daemon -p /var/run/pdnsd.pid


Once pdnsd is running, polipo is using 127.0.0.1 as the address for the internal DNS server. Overall, the time spent debugging was due to pdnsd not starting up.

Once it started running, I got the following response using netstat: $ sudo netstat -atunp | grep "127.0.0.1:53"




Results:

Internet response times are improved. Most of the webpages are cached permanently in /var/cache/polipo and the DNS information in /var/cache/pdnsd - this allows for faster access to webpages because they are permanently stored in cache.

Kudos: Thanks to Hardran3 for the tips on getting polipo to work with pdnsd, and especially to Jiri H for developing Crunchbang Linux.

While development of Crunchbang Linux is finished, I will still use it because it still works.

Reference:

Caching Web Proxy and DNS Server pictures:

Crunchbang:
Index
» Tips, Tricks & Scripts
» "Faster" browsing with polipo & pdnsd

http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=11881

20150213

Oil, 911 and the Jihadi Threat (satire)

Back in 2001, almost everyone misinterpreted my comment sometime after 9-11 that whoever planned it had the right to protest but I disagreed with its execution. Yet the moderate Muslim clerics in America soon decried it.

Ever since then, the mainstream media (MSM) has filtered out their response and provided what I perceived as unfair commentary. What rankled me the most was the Russian Orthodox church taking a Crusader attitude to it.

Then the US government led a neo-Crusader war in Afghanistan and later in Iraq. I call these conflicts neo-Crusader because the optics in the Middle East and most Muslim countries is colored by religion.

According to Muslim claims, one reason 9-11 happened because of one US military base on Saudi soil. The result of this is the current Islamic State in northern Iraq, and the radicalization of individuals in the West sympathetic to the jihadi cult and its extremism, worldwide.

Not all of this war is positive: the Taliban, al Qaeda, and even the Islamic State are barely contained.

FWIW I view in general terms the conflict in the Middle East as a global conflict where secularism and its variety of consumerism versus the political extremism that I call "the jihadi cult."

To call it radical Islam may be mistaken, since the MSM have filtered out the historical justification that the jihadi cult makes, which paints it as a continuation of the Crusades but with American secularism having replaced the Catholic church as defenders of Western values.

After reading about the Jordanian pilot being burned alive by the Islamic State, I heartily agree with the Jordani call to "wipe them out."

However, it is because of the oil wells in Syria that that conflict continues; it is because of the pipeline across Afghanistan that region may see more conflicts with the Taliban; and it is because of the pipeline from Russia into the Ukraine that is behind that conflict.

No nation is willing to admit to that. Even the US government will censor it. Instead, the Islamic State is a distraction as are the terrorist incidents in America, in the UK and even in Canada.

So is the Charlie Hebdo attack, the killing of a British soldier in the UK, the Bostom Marathon bombing, and the bombings in London. The MSM will never expose the fact that our worldwide oil supply is running out is the main reason for these conflicts.

Instead, the pretext for the conflicts (the West's demand for oil and its consumption) will be discounted as conspiracy theory.

Meanwhile, the propaganda against Islam continues unabated, despite the fact that most of the propaganda is too a distraction from the truth: the jihadi cults of al Qaeda, Islamic State and the Taliban are no longer tacitly supported by most moderate Muslim clerics. Ergo, the Islamophobes' fear mongering is no cause for concern, for it only feeds into the fears of right-wing conservatives without balancing it with the simple fact that most Muslims are not blood-thirsty terrorists.

Even Salafi Muslims are distancing themselves from the Islamic State.

Radical Islam is the threat, but not one MSM outlet will suggest bombing those oil wells that the Islamic State own. That is because the conflict is over oil and who owns it.

Update: February 13, 2015

Perhaps the Noble Qur'an in Surat Al-Baqarah, specifically Surah 2:6-21 (Shakir translation) best sums up extremist groups such as Al Qaeda, Islamic State and the Taliban as well as their allies in Nigeria and in Kenya.

Surely those who disbelieve — whether you warn them or not, it is the same to them — will not believe. God has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing and there is a covering over their eyes, and there is a great punishment for them.

There are some people who say: "We believe in God and the last day"; and they are not at all believers. They desire to deceive God and those who believe, but they deceive only themselves and they do not perceive.

There is a disease in their hearts, so God added to their disease and they shall have a painful chastisement because they lied. When it is said to them, "Do not make mischief in the land," they say: "We are but peace-makers."

Now surely they themselves are the mischief makers, but they do not perceive. When it is said to them: "Believe as the people believe," they say: "Shall we believe as the fools believe?" Now surely they themselves are the fools, but they do not know.

When they meet those who believe, they say: "We believe;" and when they are alone with their Shaitans, they say: "Surely we are with you, we were only mocking." God shall pay them back their mockery, and He leaves them alone in their excessiveness, blindly wandering on.

These are they who buy error for the right direction, so their bargain shall bring no gain, nor are they the followers of the right direction. O men! serve your Lord Who created you and those before you so that you may guard against evil.

This quote is in reference to Muslims, specifically extremists, and in it God admonishes the true believer in Islam to not "make mischief in the land" while declaring themselves peace-makers and reformers.

Apparently the extremists in the Islamic State claim to be serving God yet their acts speak for themselves: wanton acts of violence against innocent Christians, Muslims, Yazidis and humanitarian aid workers. This is not Shariah; this too is a mockery of Shariah.

Despite claiming to be Muslim, the Islamic State has mocked God while committing horrible acts of violence, contrary to Islamic law. It is no wonder that the whole world has decried what they did to the Jordanian pilot.

Because of this latest spectacle of violence, most Muslims have aligned with the West, specifically America, including Canada, Japan, the UK and also Jordan, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and even Saudi Arabia — to name a few of the Middle East nations. Their religious leaders have condemned the violence, and their political leaders have sent personnel to bomb the extremists. Other nations have sent humanitarian aid.

Recently the Syrian Foreign Minister criticized the violation of Syrian air space by the Jordanians. He has also rejected plans by the West to send in ground troops on Syrian soil.

Since the Islamic State occupies both sides of the border between Syria and Iraq, it is expedient to deal with the imminent threat of the extremists and let the diplomats both Syrian and Jordanian to work out the rules of engagement.

As well, the lack of protection of humanitarian aid workers has led to kidnappings and murders by the Islamic State. This is sad and tragic for their surviving families, especially since innocent lives have been lost.

Earlier I have endorsed the opinion that Jordan should help wipe out the Islamic State. Now that the UAE is also stepping up to the plate to help defeat the extremists, this is both good news and bad news. The bad news: more innocent victims might be killed. This is a given, considering the ruthless violence that the Islamic State is capable of. As for the good news, it disproves the conservative fallacy that "all Muslims are not to be trusted."

For not all Muslims are terrorists.

Indeed, extremism and other acts of violence that lead to terrorism are the work of jihadi cult members who pretend to believe in God and violently carry out their version of Sharia as the only true law. Were they truly believers of God's Oneness, they would not excuse their violence against Muslims and non-Muslims by misquoting the Quran.

Instead, they would treat both Muslims and non-Muslims kindly. Indeed, the extremists commit acts of violence that invalidate their claims of being Muslims, for they have become a law unto themselves.

While this war could be shortened by taking out the oil wells and sabotaging the oil pipeline leading to Damascus, both sides want to keep these assets from harm, lest pollution from burning raw oil contaminate the landscape. Most importantly, if oil assets are destroyed, the war may escalate into a scorched earth scenario that will lead to more innocent lives being lost.

Since neither side wants that to happen, we shall see the continuation of the endless war which began when the US government sent its troops to "liberate" Baghdad in 2003.

It is quite clear that the West wants Assad's oil. Heck, the West also wants Russia's oil, which explains the current Ukraine crisis.

So this endless war is not going to stop anytime soon. Meanwhile, more homegrown terrorism in Asia, Europe, The Americas (Canada and the US) and even Australia and New Zealand will be uncovered in the future.

Originally posted Feb 7, 2015 at 1:14 AM PST

References:

Background on Islamic State: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant

The Oil Factor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oil_Factor

Drop in Oil Prices - News Junkie Press: http://newsjunkiepost.com/2015/02/07/a-discussion-about-saudi-arabia-will-isis-come-home-to-roost/

Muslim American associations and organizations that condemned 911:
http://gandhara.blogspot.com/2015/02/muslim-american-organizations-that.html

Quote from Quran: http://quran.com/2

Syrian Foreign Minister says Syria does not need help: http://www.cp24.com/world/syria-s-foreign-minister-says-country-doesn-t-need-help-battling-is-1.2227156

Syria rejects foreign ground troops to fight ISIS: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/02/09/Syria-rejects-foreign-ground-troops-to-fight-ISIS-.html

Background on the Yazidis: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-28686607

Humanitarian aid worker dead: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31375445

20150210

Muslim American Organizations That Condemned 9-11 (reference)

This blog entry documents the condemnation by Muslim-American associations and organizations of the 9-11 attack in 2001 that killed over 3,000 people. It has been posted here for reference only.


Muslim associations and organizations that condemned 9-11 (source: http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://www.rissc.jo/index.php/english-publications/islam-series/245-condemning-terrorism.html)

The American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC):
American Muslims utterly condemn what are apparently vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians. We join with all Americans in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. No political cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts.
September 11, 2001, Washington D.C.

The American Muslim Alliance (AMA) Condemns Terrorist Attack:
Dr. Agha Saeed, the National Chair of the American Muslim Alliance: “These attacks are against both divine and human laws and we condemn them in the strongest terms. The Muslim Americans join the nation in calling for swift apprehension and stiff punishment of the perpetrators, and offer our sympathies to the victims and their families.
September 11, 2001, Newark, California

AMC Deplores the Attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon:
The American Muslim Council (AMC) strongly condemns this morning's plane attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon and expresses deep sorrow for Americans that were injured and killed. The AMC sends out its condolences to all victims of this cowardly terrorist attack. There is no cause that justifies this type of immoral and inhumane act that has affected so many innocent American lives. The AMC supports all efforts of the investigation in order to track down the people responsible for this tragic act of terrorism.
September 11, 2001, Washington D.C.

American Muslims for Jerusalem Condemn the Terrorist Attacks:
Joining the Muslim community around the country, the Washington-based American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ) is appalled and strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and other parts of the country. AMJ sends out its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of these cowardly attacks.
September 11, 2001, Washington D.C.

ISNA Condemns Terrorist Attacks:
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) joins Muslim Americans and all Americans in expressing its deep sorrow over the apparently deliberate air-crashes in New York and Washington, D.C. that have led to the loss of countless innocent lives.
ISNA joins Muslim organisations throughout North America in condemning these apparent terrorist attacks and calls upon Muslim Americans to come forward with their skills and resources to help alleviate the suffering of the affected people and their families. ISNA condemns these apparently senseless acts of terrorism against innocent civilians, which will only be counterproductive to any agenda the perpetrators may have had in mind. No political cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts.
We join with all Americans in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators, and call upon our justice system to maintain strict standards of justice and fairness in these trying times. We also urge the media to exercise restraint, and to act responsibly when reporting on these terrorist attacks. Until the perpetrators are brought to justice, all media reports should be accurate, restrained and sensitive. Let us pray to God that He may Guide us all to keep firm in following our principles and offer relief to the victims of violence wherever they may be.
Signatories:
American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim Council, Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers, Association of Muslim Social Scientists, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Medical Association of North America, Islamic Circle of North America, Islamic Society of North America, Ministry of Imam W. Deen Muhammad, Muslim American Society, Muslim Public Affairs Council


Shari'ah Scholars Association of North America (SSANA) Condemns Terrorist Attacks:
The Shari'ah Scholars Association of North America (SSANA) strongly condemn this morning's plane attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon and expresses its deep sorrow for Americans that were injured and killed. SSANA sends out its condolences to all victims of this cowardly terrorist attack. There is no cause that justifies this type of immoral and inhumane act that has affected so many innocent American lives. SSANA supports all efforts to investigate and immediately
capture the evil persons responsible for these immoral and cowardly acts. Certainly, there is no justification for these acts from either an Islamic perspective or, in truth, from the perspective of any other moral and freedom-loving people. These acts diminish the freedom of all Americans, including American Muslims. Our condolences go out to all of the victims of these inhumane acts.
September 11, 2001, Detroit, MI


Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz, Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference:
Following the bloody attacks against major buildings and installations in the United States yesterday, Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz, Secretary-General of the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), stated that he was shocked and deeply saddened when he heard of these attacks which led to the death and injury of a very large number of innocent American citizens. Dr. Belkeziz said he was denouncing and condemning these criminal and brutal acts that run counter to all covenants, humanitarian values and divine religions, foremost among which is Islam.
September 12, 2011, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, Chairman of the Sunnah and Sirah Council, Qatar:
Our hearts bleed for the attacks that have targeted the World Trade Centre (WTC), as well as other institutions in the United States despite our strong oppositions to the American biased policy towards Israel on the military, political and economic fronts. Islam, the religion of tolerance, holds the human soul in high esteem, and considers the attack against innocent human beings a grave sin, this is backed by the Qur'anic verse which reads: "Whosoever kills a human being [as punishment] for [crimes] other than manslaughter or [sowing] corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and whosoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind". (Al-Ma'idah, 5:32);
September 13, 2001


Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), prominent British Muslim:
I wish to express my heartfelt horror at the indiscriminate terrorist attacks committed against innocent people of the United States yesterday. While it is still not clear who carried out the attack, it must be stated that no right thinking follower of Islam could possibly condone such an action: the Qur'an equates the murder of one innocent person with the murder of the whole of humanity. We pray for the families of all those who lost their lives in this unthinkable act of violence as well as all those injured; I hope to reflect the feelings of all Muslims and people around the world whose sympathies go out to the victims at this sorrowful moment.
On singing an a cappella version of "Peace Train" for the Concert for New York City: After the tragedy, my heart was heavy with sadness and shock, and I was determined to help in some way. Organisers asked me to take part in a message for tolerance and sing "Peace Train" Of course, I agreed … As a Muslim from the West, it is important to me to let people know that these acts of mass murder have nothing to do with Islam and the beliefs of Muslims.
September 13, 2001


Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Al-Tantawi, Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt:
Attacking innocent people is not courageous, it is stupid and will be punished on the Day of Judgement … It is not courageous to attack innocent children, women and civilians. It is courageous to protect freedom, it is courageous to defend oneself and not to attack.
September 14, 2001


Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, spiritual guide of the Hizbullah movement in Lebanon:
Beside the fact that they are forbidden by Islam, these acts do not serve those who carried them out but their victims, who will reap the sympathy of the whole world … Islamists who live according to the human values of Islam could not commit such crimes.
September 14, 2001, Agence France Presse


Fatwa from 'Abdul-'Aziz bin 'Abdullah bin Muhammad Aal Al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, President of the Committee of Major Scholars and the Centre for Knowledge-Based Research and Verdicts
As for the very dangerous occurrences that have happened in the United States of America, on account of which thousands of souls have passed away; Islamic Shari'ah (legislation) does not sanction such actions which are not from this religion. These actions do not agree with the spirit and foundations of Shari'ah from numerous angles.
September 15, 2001


Hamza Yusuf, American Muslim leader:
Religious zealots of any creed are defeated people who lash out in desperation, and they often do horrific things. And if these people [who committed murder on September 11] indeed are Arabs, Muslims, they’re obviously very sick people and I can’t even look at it in religious terms. It’s politics, tragic politics. There’s no Islamic justification for any of it … You can’t kill innocent people. There’s no Islamic declaration of war against the United States. I think every Muslim country except Afghanistan has an embassy in this country.
And in Islam, a country where you have embassies is not considered a belligerent country. In Islam, the only wars that are permitted are between armies and they should engage on battlefields and engage nobly. The Prophet Muhammad said: “Do not kill women or children or non-combatants and do not kill old people or religious people,” and he mentioned priests, nuns and rabbis. And he said: “Do not cut down fruit-bearing trees and do not poison the wells of your enemies.” The Hadith, the sayings of the Prophet, say that no one can punish with fire except the lord of fire. It’s prohibited to burn anyone in Islam as a punishment. No one can grant these attackers any legitimacy. It was evil.
September 15, 2001 San Jose Mercury News


Ayatollah Ali Khamene’i, supreme jurist-ruler of Iran:
The killing of people, in any place and with any kind of weapon, including atomic bombs, long-range missiles, biological or chemical weapons, passenger or war planes, carried out by any organisation, country or individuals is condemned … It makes no difference whether such massacres happen in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Qana, Sabra, Shatila, Deir Yassin, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq or in New York and Washington.
September 16, 2001, Islamic Republic News Agency


Sheikh Muhammad Yusuf Islahi, Pakistani-American Muslim leader:
The sudden barbaric attack on innocent citizens living in peace is extremely distressing and deplorable. Every gentle human heart goes out to the victims of this attack and as humans we are ashamed at the barbarism perpetrated by a few people. Islam, which is a religion of peace and tolerance, condemns this act and sees this as a wounding scar on the face of humanity. I appeal to Muslims to strongly condemn this act, express unity with the victims' relatives, donate blood, money and do whatever it takes to help the affected people.


Sheikh Muhammad Ali Al-Hanooti, Palestinian-American Mufti and member of the North American Fiqh Council:
The people who attacked the WTC and Pentagon and hijacked the fourth plane that crashed in Pennsylvania are criminals who deserve the severest punishment as the Qur'an elaborates. They are murderers and terrorists. If there were any person who felt happy for that incident we would not be able to equate them with those criminals, but we can say that no one with faith and ethics would accept the murder and targeting of innocent people.
September 20, 2001, Fatwa Session on Latest Tragic Events


Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, Qatar; Tariq Bishri, Egypt; Muhammad S. Awwa, Egypt; Fahmi Huwaydi, Egypt; Haytham Khayyat, Syria; Sheikh Taha Jabir Al-Alwani, U.S.A.:
All Muslims ought to be united against all those who terrorize the innocents, and those who permit the killing of non-combatants without a justifiable reason. Islam has declared the spilling of blood and the destruction of property as absolute prohibitions until the Day of Judgment. [It is] necessary to apprehend the true perpetrators of these crimes, as well as those who aid and abet them through incitement, financing or other support. They must be brought to justice in an impartial court of law and [punished] appropriately; [It is] a duty of Muslims to participate in this effort with all possible means.
September 27, 2001


Organisation of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers:
The Conference strongly condemns the brutal terror acts that befell the United States, caused huge losses in human lives from various nationalities and wreaked tremendous destruction and damage in New York and Washington. It further reafirms that these terror acts run counter to the teachings of the divine religions as well as ethical and human values, stresses the necessity of tracking down the perpetrators of these acts in the light of the results of investigations and bringing them to justice to inflict on them the penalty they deserve. It also underscores its support of this effort. In this respect, the OIC expresses its condolences to and sympathy with the people and government of the United States and the families of the victims in these mournful and tragic circumstances.
October 10, 2001, Final Communiqué of the Ninth Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers


Salih bin Muhammad Lahidan, Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Saudi Arabia:
Killing the weak, infants, women, and the elderly, and destroying property are considered serious crimes in Islam... Viewing on the TV networks what happened to the twin towers ... was like watching Doomsday. Those who commit such crimes are the worst of people. Anyone who thinks that any Islamic scholar will condone such acts is totally wrong ... This barbaric act is not justified by any sane mind-set ... This act is pernicious and shameless and evil in the extreme.
October 13, 2001, The Washington Post, p. B9


Fifteen American Muslim organisations:
We reiterate our unequivocal condemnation of the crime committed on September 11, 2001 and join our fellow Americans in mourning the loss of up to 6000 innocent civilians.
Signatories:
Muslim American Society (MAS), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA), Muslim Student Association (MSA), Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), United Association for Studies and Research (UASR), Solidarity International, American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice (AMGPJ), American Muslim Alliance (AMA), United Muslim Americans Association (UMAA), Islamic Media Foundation (IMF), American Muslim Foundation (AMF), Coordinating Council of Muslim Organisations (CCMO), American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ), Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA)
October 22, 2001


Syed Shahabuddin, Indian Muslim author:
Islam prohibits terrorism as well as suicide. Jihad is neither and has no place for taking innocent lives or one's own life. No cause, howsoever noble or just, can justify terrorism. So while one may sympathize with the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people and support their claim to a state of their own, while one may appreciate the democratic awakening among the people of many Muslim states and uphold their demand for withdrawal of foreign presence from their soil and support their struggle for revision of the terms of trade for their natural resources, no thinking Muslim can go along with the use of terrorism for securing political goals.
November 1, 2001, Global War Against Terrorism; the Islamic Dimension, Milli Gazette, New Delhi, India


Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdullah Al-Subail, Imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca and member of the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars:
Any attack on innocent people is unlawful and contrary to Shari'ah, Muslims must safeguard the lives, honour and property of non-Muslims who are under their protection and with whom they have concluded peace agreements.
December 4, 2001, SPA

20150206

Trolling The Internet (satire)

Over the years, I have observed people online, mainly by trolling, and have found that the difference between ignorance and stupidity is that ignorance depends on the person's will while stupidity is bereft of it.

For example, an ignorant person can have a master's degree but be a right wing racist who has authored a lot of opinions to prove that a person's intelligence is determined by his race. However, a stupid person will use the ignorant author's words to bully anyone he thinks beneath him, regardless of color.

When caught, the ignorant will behave righteously but the stupid will utter threats until he is called out. Then they'll move on to easier pickings.

In the end, you shall realize you have been trolled if you ever took their bait.

Yet the intelligent of people will never reveal their biases and prejudices so candidly because the Internet appears to attract narcissists who desire attention (the more selfish of the trolls), empaths (the idolaters of trolls of all stripes), sociopaths of varying degrees of failure and success, and everyone else who display varying shades of normality.

Therefore, it is difficult to categorize people based on what they disclose online, since their candidness and subsequent ability to remain truthful is dependent on our ability to separate fiction from fact while dispelling rumors.

Yet the more intelligent the person, the more likely he may either be a successful sociopath or be merely an adorable eccentric. However, these labels of empath, narcissist and sociopath are not diagnoses but are descriptions of Internet personalities based on what each and everyone on the Internet have said and/or written.

Even so, I do not base my descriptions on chance conversations in an Internet community on Googleplus, except to test the waters. That is what a troll is: the online analog of a depth charge designed to stun your followers until someone who might be worthy of dialog comes along to troll me back!

Thus, I tend to believe that, regardless of whether they are aware of it or not, most people on Google Plus might troll out of ignorance, just to test the waters but most likely to reassure themselves according to their intelligence.

Think of the empath as little fish, the narcissist as tuna who subsist on the empaths' adulation, and sociopaths as the shark who only pick off the little fish but cull the narcissists when they get too full of themselves. Think of the sociopath as the fisher throwing depth charges to bring to the surface the (re)action of people, depending on their level of intelligence.

Then, when you find someone as intelligent as you, try not to project your empathy, your narcissism or your sociopathy on that person lest you scare them away.

For s/he probably is as intelligent as you, intelligent enough not to be deliberately ignorant and certainly not as stupid as you would like to think.


Why do you think s/he is here? Except to be entertained by the little fishies of the Internet and to make friends with the other big fish in this microcosm of the world we live in, wherever that may be.

Enjoy trolling, but remember: the Internet is not solely a catch and carry feeding ground. It is a little catch and release pond. The more you release, the more you get to troll.

20150205

From Darkness to Light (LDS)

If I had to censor my love for dark humor just to save lives of the suicidal, I'd feel melancholic. So please bear with me.

Keeping that in mind and having saved my soul the LDS way, perhaps suicide might prepare my lost soul for a glory so dark that "Telestial" would only add to the confusion.

Although all Christendom might call it "hell", I'd rather call it a dark glory for the wicked, a murky destination interspersed with flashes of what is mistaken for lightning but is actually the arrival of missionaries sent by God to soothe my suffering in the afterlife.

While this cosmological rationalization of the fate of the suicidal in the afterlife may be considered too deep for my followers to fully comprehend, it is designed counter the idea that the least of the LDS glories is always full of gnashing of teeth.

For my understanding of the least of the three glories of the LDS afterlife is of the fitting end to a miserable life where the term "Telestial" comes to mean "the eventual destination of the unbelievers who enjoyed their descent into the darkest of glories only to endure the home visits of elders who minister to them for all eternity."

After long consideration of such a fate, I find it so ridiculous that my melancholy has left me smiling unexpectedly!

It is not schadenfreude - that joy on realizing that suffering is universal - which inspires my change of mood from melancholy to elation.

Rather, I am thankful to the elders and sister missionaries who I have met and helped guide me towards the Light that outshines mortal understanding.

In gratitude of how the Lord works in mysterious ways, I ask myself how any melancholy withstand Him?

It cannot.

For the unconditional love of God Almighty is such that his mercy brightens the lives of all of us who accept his Only Begotten into their lives.

References

Telestial Kingdom: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degrees_of_glory#Telestial_kingdom

20150203

Waging Peace (prayer)

O God Almighty!

I shall take your doctrine of peace
And love my fellow man, and if struck, turn the other cheek.
Yet if infidels come for me with swords,
then I shall be as a Templar Knight and defend my honor justly.
Thus shall I act in the name of the Lord.

Amen.



Bolas / Balls (poem)

Às vezes eu sinto áspero, desajeitado,
E deselegante porque eu não sou uma mulher;
Por isso, digo a mim mesma
A mentira sobre gênero: um homem não precisa
Seja gracioso, por sua presença
Tem sido conhecida ao longo da história.
Verdade seja dita, os homens não são graciosos
Porque eles têm testículos para proteger.

— English translation —

Sometimes I feel rough, clumsy,
And ungainly because I am not a woman;
therefor, I tell myself
A lie about gender: a man need not
Be graceful, for their presence
Has been known throughout history.
Truth be told, men are not graceful
Because they have testes to protect.