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Michael van der Galien

October 11, 2014 0 comments 3 shares 4 plus ones
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Watched the segment with Aslan as well and noticed, just like the two authors of this piece, that he conveniently left out crucial information.

Is it possible to reform 'majority Islam' as I like to call it (the version of Islam most muslims adhere to)? Of course it is. But in order to do so, one must be upfront and honest about the problems facing Islam at the moment, among them radicalism and circumcision of women.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/10/05/reza-aslan-is-wrong-about-islam-and-this-is-why/

Reza Aslan is Wrong About Islam and This is Why

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"We tested the Galaxy S5 Active by dropping it repeatedly on the floor and a tabletop (no more than a five-foot drop), and kept it submerged in a shallow tank for an extended period of time. In every case, it emerged unscathed."

Aside from the specs, this is what matters most to me: its durability. 

http://mashable.com/2014/10/11/samsung-galaxy-s5-active-review/

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: A Flagship Phone With Klingon Aesthetics [REVIEW]

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is a better-protected version of the Galaxy S5, missing only the original's fingerprint scanner, which isn't much of a loss.

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October 10, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 0 plus ones
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"But what constitutes the measure of our well-being, that is, of our wealth? Is it the result of the effort? Or is it the effort itself? There is always a ratio between the effort applied and the result obtained. Does progress consist in the relative increase in the first or in the second term of this ratio?"

- Frédéric Bastiat 


http://bastiatinstitute.liberty.me/2014/10/09/economic-sophisms-chapter-3-effort-and-result/

Economic Sophisms: Chapter 3, Effort and Result

We have just seen that there are obstacles between our wants and their satisfaction. We succeed in eliminating these obstacles or in lessening them by employing our productive capacities to overcome them. Thus, it may be said, in a very general way, that industry is an effort followed by a result.

But what constitutes the measure of our well-being, that is, of our wealth? Is it the result of the effort? Or is it the effort itself? There is alw...

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Is there anyone here on G+ with an Ello invite? I'd love to look around there... and would, therefore, be very happy with an invite.

As an aside, I'm very happy to see we can now have polls here on G+!

https://ello.co/beta-public-profiles

Ello is coming.

Simple, beautiful & ad-free.

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September 27, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 3 plus ones
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Ello is coming.

Simple, beautiful & ad-free.

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August 27, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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I don't feel sorry for Douglas McAuthur McCain, but my God, are all the groups fighting in Syria barbaric?

"Mr. McCain moved back and forth from Minneapolis to San Diego and then abroad. Officials now know he ended up in Syria, where three days ago, Mr. McCain became the first American to die while fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He was 33.

"The rebels who killed him were fighting for the Free Syrian Army, a rival group backed by the United States, and they went on to behead six ISIS fighters — but not Mr. McCain — and then posted the photographs on Facebook."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/world/middleeast/american-fighting-for-isis-is-killed-in-syria.html?_r=0

American Fighting for ISIS Is Killed in Syria - NYTimes.com

Douglas McAuthur McCain’s death is an early clue for American officials as they try to identify the Americans who have joined ISIS.

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August 27, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 3 plus ones
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An important report by TheBlaze's For The Record. Minnesota has a very serious problem with radical Somali Muslims.

"For The Record" Update: Minnesota Martyrs

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August 22, 2014 0 comments 1 shares 2 plus ones
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A very good article about anger in politics. And I'm not talking about angry politicians, but about angry news consumers/tax payers/social media users.

"I think people have to be very, very careful when they rationalize to themselves what they know in their hearts (or souls) to be bad behavior with easy, glib, self-flattering excuses like 'Well, I'm angry, and justly angry, so every angry outburst is justified!'

"It's not. And it's not just that it's unjustified; it's selling ourselves short as human beings."

It isn't easy, but it's important to remain calm. There's so much real hatred going on nowadays while you're only hurting yourself with it.

We can disagree with each other, but let's not hate anyone for having different views.

http://minx.cc:1080/?post=351308

Evening Dump

In the past several months there have been three incidents that have solidified for me that my faith and my politics are starting to collide. While I am a firm believer in the idea of a conservative populism, I see a dangerous trend within the mix of unfortunate shrillness and hostility.

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August 22, 2014 2 comments 0 shares 5 plus ones
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Another (self-proclaimed) Islamic leader distances himself from ISIS: Fethullah Gülen, the islamic scholar who was an ally of president-elect Erdogan for years, until the two declared war on each other (over power and over the best way to govern).

Not a big fan of Gülen, but it's important that he and others like him distance themselves from ISIS. In the end, the battle against radical Islam can only be won *by enlightened Muslims." 

http://www.todayszaman.com/_islamic-scholar-gulen-rebukes-isil-for-brutal-atrocities_356381.html

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Islamic scholar Gülen rebukes ISIL for 'brutal atrocities'

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has strongly condemned a campaign of »»

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