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Isis has not radicalised young Muslims, it has infantilised them – and that is why it is so powerful and dangerous

“ISIS has broken down the wall that separates childhood from adulthood” is a very powerful and instructive statement. How else would one explain the use of children as messengers of death by ISIS and other terrorists?

The Muslim Times

Isis has broken down the precious wall which separates childhood from adulthood, innocence from guilt. This, far more than mass murder, is its final dark achievement

Old Bishop Daly was a hero of mine. In an age when the Catholic Church was betrayed by its own child-abusing priests, he was a man of great courage – in facing his own mortality after a terrifying stroke, just as he was when he waved a blood-soaked handkerchief in the face of British paratroopers, carrying the dying Jackie Duddy on Bloody Sunday.

Duddy was 17 when he was murdered by a British soldier of the 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment on 30 January 1972. Daly was 82 when he died this week. And he was a man whom I always associated – for all the right reasons – with death.

Less than two weeks earlier, Father Jacques Hamel (three…

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Why Making Comparisons Is Ruining Your Happiness

Comparison is unnecessary I thought as no two persons can be alike in everything.

Hello Lovely


How many times have you compared your life to those around you and felt that panic or overwhelming dissatisfaction for your present circumstances? You feel like you’re not at the stage you were meant to be or you’ve somehow fallen behind in life while they are exactly where you want to be.

I believe no one is alone in feeling this. With current social media exposing us to every nook and cranny of people’s lives, it’s hard not to notice and compare our journey to others.

But comparing ourselves to others hinders our happiness in so many ways.

Remember that everyone is potentially going through a battle we don’t know about. Don’t judge or compare your life to someone else’s seemingly ‘happy and perfect’ life because you don’t know what they are truly going through. They may have it all or have what you want to have but that doesn’t…

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John Oliver Explains the Frauds and Scams in Charter World!

Truth emerging about the charter issue?

Diane Ravitch's blog

John Oliver, who has a regular show on HBO, devoted a big chunk of his program last night to explaining the frauds perpetrated by unregulated and unsupervised charter schools. He also reminds his viewers that the language of competition and choice is a hoax when talking about education. You will see charters opening and closing like shoe stores in a mall. You will see charter owners fattening their bank accounts at the expense of the children. You will see charter operators plagiarizing their applications from others.

Readers of this blog will see some familiar scams–in Philadelphia, Florida, and Ohio, for example–but even you might be surprised by some of the stories he shows and documents.

With enough time, he might have devoted an entire hour to the scams in California, Texas, Indiana, and elsewhere.

But the great thing about his show is that this is the first time that a…

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Book Review: Speed Reading by Stefan Anderson

Interesting reading tips I must say.


Zy Marquiez
August 22, 2016

Speed reading is one of those vital skills that the educational system should provide given how many benefits are to be gleaned, but unfortunately doesn’t.  That said, this particular book serves as an excellent jump-off point for individuals to teach themselves.

This being my first foray into the realm of speed reading, this book faired quite well.

Speed Reading by Stefan Anderson does a solid foundational job of outlining many of the nuances that people should be mindful of when seeking to increase their reading speed.

Anderson details a variety of suggestions for increased speed which are easy to follow after some practice.  Some are easier than others, but they are explained rather straight forwardly and in a cogent manner.

Particularly of note, some of the reading techniques discussed include chunking, skim chunking, diagonal chunking, peripheral vision, as well as some quick tips.


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Book Review: Eat To Beat Disease – Food’s Medicinal Qualities by Catherine J. Frompovich




Zy Marquiez
August 22, 2016

Eat To Beat Disease – Food’s Medicinal Qualities by Catherine J. Frompovich is a phenomenal foray into the alternative side of health.  Specifically, the alternative side to medicinal properties of foods.

Although that statement might seem rather foreign to those who follow only mainstream health, in fact it’s not.  According to a recent article on NaturalNews, as much as 80% of the known world still uses ancient medicines made from Plants & Botanicals.  Sure, this book deals with food, but both this book and the article deal with natural medicine that the mainstream establishment doesn’t even acknowledge most of the time, if at all.

Eat To Beat Disease is a significant book that features an extensive and in-depth look into the pros and cons of many foods people have in their daily diets.

Speaking of toxins, Frompovich gets to the heart of the matter…

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Philosophy with great underlying lessons.

radical eyes for equity

To live is to fail and even to hurt other people—especially the ones you care about, love singularly.

If existential philosophy taught me anything—or to be more accurate, if I recognized in existential philosophy a Truth also in my bones—it has been that our passions are our sufferings; they are inseparable.

To care is to hurt—both as the agent of inflicting hurt and as the recipient of the feelings of being hurt.

But this exploration of regret is not about these tremendous failures, these regrets that are many for me that have been how I have hurt the ones I love.

This is about regret more mundane although no less significant.

My teenaged years of typical angst and self-consciousness were intensified by discovering over the summer between my 8th and 9th grade years that I had scoliosis, resulting in my being fitted for and then wearing throughout the next…

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Turkey’s hit list of enemies is growing as Erdogan prepares to buddy up with Putin in Syria

The Muslim Times

Could it be that the Sultan is thinking of renewing his old friendship with the Lion of Damascus? Be sure that he is

It says a lot about post-failed-coup Turkey that you can spot the priority list of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s foreign antagonists from the Government’s reactions to a massacre. The slaughter of at least 50 Kurdish wedding guests by a suicide bomber in the border city of Gaziantep on Saturday was swiftly blamed on Isis. Erdogan said it was the “likely” culprit. Certainly the target fits Isis’ gruesome track record.

But then Erdogan’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mehmet Simsek, broadened the scope of Turkey’s enemies. Describing the mass killing as “barbaric” – which it surely was – he then listed the “terror groups” who were targeting Turkey: the PKK (the Kurdistan Workers Party), Isis and the followers of Fethullah Gulen, the exiled and…

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