Fynali Iladijas2013-08-16 12:54:18
Masjid Quba (the first masjid built by the prophet (s.a.w): inside view
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  • Fynali Iladijas2014-03-24 01:31:52
    #environment #sustainability

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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-12-19 18:20:23
    لِلْفُقَرَاءِ الَّذِينَ أُحْصِرُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ لَا يَسْتَطِيعُونَ ضَرْبًا فِي الْأَرْضِ يَحْسَبُهُمُ الْجَاهِلُ أَغْنِيَاءَ مِنَ التَّعَفُّفِ تَعْرِفُهُمْ بِسِيمَاهُمْ لَا يَسْأَلُونَ النَّاسَ إِلْحَافًا ۗ وَمَا تُنْفِقُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ بِهِ عَلِيمٌ [2:273]

    [Charity is] for the poor who have been restricted for the cause of Allah , unable to move about in the land. An ignorant [person] would think them self-sufficient because of their restraint, but you will know them by their [characteristic] sign. They do not ask people persistently [or at all]. And whatever you spend of good - indeed, Allah is Knowing of it. [2:273]

    via +Javeed Khan.

    #heartwarming #charity
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-06-07 13:35:04
    Awe inspiring...
    Great future for +Google Maps.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-06-08 04:58:32
    Respect; for the guy, for the people & for a reasonably well done urban design!

    Way to go!

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    Toronto man directs traffic after the lights go out at a large intersection until the police show.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-08-16 12:51:52
    People listening to Friday khutba in masjid an-Nabawi; a view from my spot among them...
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-05-15 19:53:32
    Just got this installed!
    Looks awesome from the announcement!
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-06-12 20:10:11
    Enjoyed it...
    A deeply satisfying movie!
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-07-09 10:16:38
    A great checklist to go by. جزاكم الله خير +Zue Khalid.

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    Our checklist for a blessed Ramadan.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-12-20 21:13:25
    How the Bible Led Me to Islam: The Story of a Former Christian Youth Minister, Br. +Yusha Evans.

    Key Points of This Video:
        Introduction [00:00]
        Me before Islam [01:10]
          - Me as a christian
          - My family was extremely conservative

        Sunday school [03:00]
        Me at the youth services [05:00]
        Me reading the bible [11:00]
        Bible claims Noah was an alcoholics [12:41]
        Bible claims that Lut's daughters seduced him [14:56]
        Bible claims that David is an Adulterer & Murderer [16:35]
        Me reading the new Testament [23:59]
          - The bible is full of Monotheism
          - An implicit statement can not override an explicit statement

        Why the crucifixion? [27:28]
        Christian Professor from Bob Jones University shakes my faith [31:34]
        Me looking at other religions [35:44]
        Me getting into a Car Accident [38:10]
        Robbed on gun point? [41:18]
        Me becoming an agnostic [44:13]
        Me reading about Islam [45:22]
          - Me meeting a Muslim
          - Me going to mosque

        Me in the mosque [51:27]
        The Imam doing the Friday Sermon [52:29]
        Friday sermon about not despairing from the Mercy of Allah [54:28]
        Congregation standing up for prayer [56:00]
        Me reading the Quran [58:00]
        Me accepting Islam [1:02:27]
        Millions looking for the truth [1:03:02]
        Islamic Finance & Islamic Real estate [1:04:21]
          - Islam is the solution

        Spread the cure! [1:09:54]
          - Don't put a bucket on your candle

        Conclusion [1:17:02]

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  • Fynali Iladijas2014-04-22 16:26:21
            ❝ ...you can't win a national election
            in India on the rhetoric of fear.
            That may go down well in Gujarat but it
            doesn't nationally.
            So, Modi's citing the development success
            of Gujarat — and I'd question that right away.
            By human development indicators, Gujarat
            is not a success. It has growth but it also
            has tremendous inequality, deficient education
            and marginalisation of the poor.
            I think people are giving Modi an easy time.
            Why does Congress grant Gujarat is
            a development success?
            I find this disconnect between the rhetoric
            of development and the total lack of
            equality very troubling in Modi. ❞
            —Martha Nussbaum,
            American philosopher & academic

    `I'd question Modi on Gujarat — why doesn't Congress?'
    Q & A

    Martha Nussbaum is a leading American philosopher and academic. In India at the opening of the University of Chicago's Delhi Centre, Nussbaum spoke with Srijana Mitra Das about philosophy, India and America's acceptance of intellectuals — and Narendra Modi's Gujarat model:

    Theorist Stanley Fish says all philosophy helps you do is more philosophy. It doesn't help the real world. Your view?
    Well, Stanley liked my approach in my book Political Emotions, which is to use philosophy in a way that really talks about policy. I think Stanley doesn't like a sterile philosophy that cuts itself off from practice. Look at the great tradition of Western political philosophy. Those people were all immersed in revolutionary movements. Most weren't career academics — often, they were too radical to be accepted in the academy. Rousseau's books were banned. Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill couldn't hold academic positions because they were atheists. In that field, to talk only to academics and not relate to the real world is wrong. You have to connect your work to what people are doing.

    A good way is to construct a bridge between theory and practice — Amartya Sen and I tried this by founding the Human Devel opment and Capabilities Association where practitioners meet theoreticians and their discourse influences practice. This is one of the aims the Chicago Centre in India also has. Here, there's recognition that someone who's an academic, like Raghuram Rajan, also has a lot to offer to the nation. The US is much more resistant to that. Politicians are at a great distance from the academic world. Barack Obama was my colleague at Chicago — but could I ever talk to him now? Never.

    Yet, archaic laws on freedoms persist in India — why?
    Certain conservative parts of Indian society internalised the Victorian critique of sexuality, evident in the furore over Wendy Doniger's book. She's just pointing to features in the Hindu tradition — and they don't want to acknowledge them because it's exactly what the British were contemptuous of ! Something similar's hap pening with gays and lesbi ans — a critique of sexuali ty seen as non-marital, internalised by Indians, showing a Puritanism that stems from the Raj.

    You've earlier said Narendra Mo di's rhetoric was based on fear and shame. Today , his discourse is about gov ernance and anti-corrup tion. How do you read the change?
    Vajpayee too had two ways of talking — a cleaned-up line about good governance — but when Godhra happened, he encouraged the non-prosecution of those involved. His Hindutva side came out. People are capable of speaking in two languagesand you can't win a national election in India on the rhetoric of fear. That may go down well in Gujarat but it doesn't nationally.

    So, Modi's citing the development success of Gujarat — and I'd question that right away. By human development indicators, Gujarat is not a success. It has growth but it also has tremendous inequality, deficient education and marginalisation of the poor.

    I think people are giving Modi an easy time. I don't see Congress putting up a tough opposition. They need to question his facts. Why does Congress grant Gujarat is a development success? I find this disconnect between the rhetoric of development and the total lack of equality very troubling in Modi.

    #modi #bjp #hindutva #hypocrisy #doubleStandard
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-06-09 14:51:46
    A great panel on startups!

    Have an idea and want to start a company? Learn how to attract investors, and what they want to see before writing a check. Hear from entrepreneurs who have raised money and VCs who have funded them.

    Panel: +Don Dodge #HeidiRoizen #JessicaLivingston +Naval Ravikant

    Also watch:
    Google I/O 2013 - Lessons from Founders
    Panel: +Caterina Fake+Slava rubin+Mary Lou Jepsen (of #pixelQi #olpc ), +Julia Hartz & +Mary Grove (moderator).

    All I/O 2013 sessions: developers.google.com/live/io

    #startup #funding #advice #io2013
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-04-10 09:08:14
    Conflating the subjects of Jews, Judaism & the word Israel is a growing hypocrisy around the world!

        — Judaism is a religion.
        — He who follows Judaism is a Jew.
        — Isreal is an apartheid state illegally occupying the nation of Palestine!
        — Many Jews are against the apartheid state of Israel!
        — Most of Israel's supporters are not Jews!
        — Not all Jews are Zionists!
        — Most Zionists are not Jews!
        — That is a false synonym: Jews ≠ Israeli & Israeli ≠ Jews 
        — Anti-semitism applies to Arabs just as equally!
        — All the founders of the Zionist movement were aetheists!
        — Israel is founded on a religious basis;
            claims to be promised to them by a God the founders reject as

    Apartheid Israel is a toxic threat to the world!
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-03-01 14:30:41
    This is so awe inspiring!

    And amazing to realize the fact that none of the planets are (or ever can?) get ahead of our star in the direction of its forward motion!

    What happens when it slows down, some day?
    Would the planets then spiral down right into it and die?
    Is motion of the Sun keeping them in their seemingly perpetual orbit?
    Are the orbits of these planets shrinking?

    Gosh! My head is buzzing!
    ​سبحان الله

    via +Francis Anderson.

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    A fantastic GIF on Reddit showing the true orbit of planets. All of a sudden just sitting in my chair at work feels like a rollercoaster ride of epic proportion.

    I also feel a little motion sick...
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-02-17 19:45:23
    World Hijab Day
    World Have Your Say, BBC

    Discussing World Hijab Day. Non-Muslim women around the world are being encouraged to try out life wearing the traditional head scarf. What do you think, does it protect or oppress? How do others react to a woman wearing a hijab?
    http://goo.gl/BdqfP [md5sum: 3f205cc4bb9fd7926866e9d8b8a76f09]; 00:58:05, 26.5 MB, skip to 00:06:12 for WHYS; mp3 downloadable from ADrive up to 2013-03-03; if anyone needs it later than that, please let me know in comments...
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-10-19 07:42:06
    ...no way!

    via +Hector GHF.

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    Amazing! 3000 year old Android figurine on display at Shanxi museum in China. Coincidentally, this antique was excavated in 2007, the same year when Android was first unveiled.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-02-27 18:03:26
    For those that know nothing about Islam; here's a peek into 6 lives that will leave you a little better informed...
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-05-24 07:46:27
    Architect Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses?

    The concept is at the heart of #wikihouse , an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-06-22 14:46:11
    U Wirathu, the Buddhist monk who has taken the title the Burmese bin Laden, begins his sermon. Hundreds of worshippers sit before him, palms pressed together, sweat trickling down their sticky backs.

    Wirathu's message crackles with hate. "Now is not the time for calm," the monk intones, as he spends 90 minutes describing the many ways in which he incites Buddhists to kill Muslims, shun Muslim business and communities!

    The Face of Buddhist Terror
    It's a faith famous for its pacifism and tolerance. But in several of Asia's Buddhist-majority nations, monks are inciting bigotry and violence—mostly against Muslims!

    #buddhistTerror #rohingyaMassacre #burmeseHypocrisy #apartheidBurma
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-06-23 12:36:57
    Get ready for #Ramadan!
    Make the most of it...

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    NEW POST [3 Things to Turbocharge Ramadan]

    At the end of every Ramadan there is always mixed feelings of loss that the blessed month has ended alongside the joys of the celebration of Eid. Then it gets to Hajj season and six months to the next Ramadan and we start fearing the return of the month of fasting. Rather than looking forward to Ramadan (and its blessings) we start to fear the long days, and the usual things like ‘how will we fast for so long?’, ‘I can’t go to work and fast, it’s just too hard,’ etc. In this article I will look at ways that you can start looking forward to Ramadan with such a passion that you will wish it was tomorrow In sha Allah!

    Click to read more: http://proms.ly/1421PhC
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-01-19 13:01:14
    Gujarat — Lest_We_Forget_Our_Shame.pdf
    http://goo.gl/KTirW (an exhaustive investigative report by Ashish Khetan)

    The entire story, a 108-page special issue of Tehelka. The investigation establishes the chilling truth of one of the worst societal ruptures in modern Indian history.

    Gujarat Genocide: Reflections on justice and media

    In Sep 2003 the Supreme Court said they had lost faith in the Gujarat government!

    In Apr 2004 the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in open court said that Narendra Modi was like a modern-day nero who looks the other side when helpless children and innocent women are burnt!

    Babu Bajrangi's video referenced in the report

    Arvind Pandya's video referenced in the report
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-03-29 17:26:59
    ...a brilliant interview about the various different multiverse theories that are currently in progress in the present day science community. From Hugh Everett's "Many Worlds" interpretation to "Super Symmetry" to "Quantum Loop Gravity" and ultimately "11 Dimensional Super String Theory".

    The most interesting part of this lecture is the discussion about the new emerging theory explaining Dark Energy. It's called "Cosmological Inflation". This being very insightful as it explains Dark Energy as Repulsive Gravity. A stronger form of the traditional Newtonian/Einsteinian gravity that we are use to.

    We, as a species, never may be able to answer all the questions or the ultimate question. Why does the Multiverse exist at all. What energy source triggered the Big Bang? But I'm confident in the super intelligent scholars such as Dr Greene are on the case. We are getting so much closer to realizing Einstein's dream — to unify Quantum Theory with Gravity and the large scale reality of space/time.

    Other string theory related videos, enjoy:
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-03-17 12:27:23
    As a natural ally of both imperialist America and of the agent of impunity illegally occupying Palestine (aka Israel), India is learning fast their modus operandi and executing well on it!

    It's beyond time that we called it out and told it like it is. The least we can do is to support those that do.

    For now, I remain thoroughly ashamed to be an Indian!
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  • Fynali Iladijas2014-03-27 15:08:37
    Rest assured.
    Have sincere intentions.
    Work hard.

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    “I have read in ninety places in the Qur’an that ALLAH has
    preordained sustenance and guaranteed it for HIS creation,
    and I have only read in one place:
    ‘Satan threatens you with poverty’ [Surat al-Baqarah: 2:268].” –
    [Al-Hasan al-Basri (Rahimahullah)]...

    "Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing."
    [Al-Qur'an Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow)....2:268]
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-05-20 06:16:11
    I follow a lot of people for the sheer serendipity it affords. Needless to say I come across so many internet philosophers that just get it wrong, especially the basics of life, so to speak...

    But I don't go about correcting them or the Urban dictionary, or the Wikipedia or anything else (anymore! :-).

    But when it's concerning a topic close to heart though, I do tend to respond; even today. Earlier it used to go into lengthy back & forth rallies.

    Not anymore! I voice my opinion, anticipating a couple of their responses, including their coverage in my first comment and leave it at that; unless some insightful truth is spoken and I have to change my position. In which case I acknowledge that fact and further the conversation in that direction.

    Otherwise I let that person have the last (wrong) word, leaving the impression that they have won it somehow, only for them to realise the error later in their lives, and only if they are sincere in their quest for knowledge and Truth.

    Meanwhile the point lingers on in my own mind, on a back-burner, in my subconscious, testing whatever the hypothesis is. And even if it is weeks, months or even years, I get back with a reply when I learn something that changes my mind or gives new insight into their follies and foibles (if at all)...

    It frees one from the debacle of debating proliferating Internet Philosophers! Quite liberating.

    #freeYourself #internetPhilosophers #liberateYourself

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    I guess we will never sleep again.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-12-20 14:00:51
    Definitely want one!

    ...find out its practical range and how it drives differently from a gas-powered car. With a new firmware update, it even has a "Creep" mode, which is not what you think it is.

    via +Darren Poulson.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-10-30 19:12:21
    Utterly unbelievable!
    God only knows how many more tricks our brains are playing on us!

    via +Julian Ibarz.

    #realIllusions #humanBrain #peripheralVision

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    Fun with Peripherals 

    Keep your eyes focused on the cross in the middle. These celebrity faces start to become completely distorted in your peripheral vision! 

    This article breaks down why this happens: http://dustn.ws/1b5j883

    #sciencesunday   #gif  
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-01-01 03:52:47
    You see, the thing is, if you follow that manifesto with integrity, conviction & sincerity you will be a Muslim!

    I know you are surprised; but does it matter?

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    [My 2012: The Year I Read 20+ Books]

    If there is one thing that happened to you this year, or that you did that could summarize your life in 2012, what would it be? I'd love to hear it. Make a post with "My 2012: The Year I..." and tag it with #my2012 so we can share with each other! 

    I hungrily read 20+ books this year, almost all of which were non-fiction. This is the most I've read since I was kid when I spent my summers going to the bookstore every week, devouring stacks and stacks of literature. Starting to feel like myself again. 

    If there is nothing else that symbolizes what I've accomplished this year, and the shift in my mindset, it is this. Not sure that anyone else will appreciate or understand the significance of this, but the meaning is personally poignant enough for me that I needed to document it.

    2012, you've been a surprising and remarkable year.

    #HappyNewYear #my2012  
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-09-29 03:29:08
    The same applies to every religion & creed out there!
    I wonder how many will hold up though...

    via +Blaine Hall.

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  • Fynali Iladijas2014-01-27 15:47:24
    'Nuf said!

    #america #moronic #blemishOnCivilisation

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    #wikileaks #politics  
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-06-11 07:26:23
    I'm of the opinion that the authorities can monitor our communications if we are suspected. But that's the catch: first they have to establish conclusively that we are indeed suspect!

    Our mere discussing of topics with our friends (that may or may not have keywords in them that trigger their systems) is not a legitimate reason for them to breach one of the fundamental rights granted to citizens by their democratic governments! It really is not.

    Those who perpetuate such indiscriminate actions, whether or not they are government entities, should be put to trial; not the whistle-blowers!

    For God's sake, where are the lawyers of this world and their good sensibilities‽

    Here's an excellent, must-read paper on this matter:

    'I've Got Nothing to Hide' and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy
    goo.gl/MA4Ky by Daniel J. Solove
    George Washington University Law School

    #rightsViolation #fundamentalRights #democracy #failureOfDemocracy

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  • Fynali Iladijas2011-12-11 09:47:39
    An all-time favourite!

    Considering on that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

    The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

    Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

    The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

    It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known. -Carl Sagan
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-02-08 14:28:08
    I found this movie profound!
    A must-watch, ignore/skip all the nuidity.

    —— EXTRACT, sums it all up ——
      There are two movements now.
      There are the people who […] grab all they can.
      Then there's the other movement…
      …farmers going out to milk their cows,
      …soldiers reporting for duty,
      …those who believe that life will go on somehow;
      …or just don't know what else to do.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-08-16 12:53:49
    Masjid Quba (the first masjid built by the prophet (s.a.w): outside view
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-05-18 14:35:53
    Never waste a bit of your time...

    Mostly, rest is change of work (as in what you're engaged in at any given moment); otherwise take rest by giving your body & brain their needed rest by sleeping well.

    That's a principle I've followed for years, and with great results, الحمد لله...

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    8 Ways to Develop Concentration and Stay Focused

    When you have your plate full, keeping focused isn’t always easy. And when we can’t give our full attention to a task, we can’t give it our best. This can start a cycle of demotivation and non-productivity, unless we pull in the reins and turn it around.
    It takes a strong resolve to focus, good motivation, and working smartly to beat distractions. Here are some ways to hone your ability to focus and stay focused on the task at hand:
    Read more: http://proms.ly/12Crahh
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-03-19 15:30:38
    After T•Mobile G1, HTC Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy SII & Galaxy SIII, I'm now on LG Nexus 4!

    So delighted to be back on pure +Android at last! v4.2.2 is awesome; TouchWiz was buggy enough for me to totally dislike it...
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  • Fynali Iladijas2014-03-24 13:58:04
    Reallly Coool!
    Definitely want one at home!

    #reading #mindfulDesign #ohSoAwesome

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    Cool reading room
    more ideas: http://offsomedesign.com/mezzanine-ideas/
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-02-05 06:17:54
    The cryptographers behind this innovation may be the only ones who could have pulled it off.

    The team includes Phil Zimmermann, the creator of PGP encryption, which is still considered the standard for email security; Jon Callas, the man behind Apple’s whole-disk encryption, which is used to secure hard drives in Macs across the world; and Vincent Moscaritolo, a top cryptographic engineer who previously worked on PGP and for Apple.

    Together, their combined skills and expertise are setting new standards—with the results already being put to good use.

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    There's a new surveillance-proof smartphone app that is going to FREAK OUT the feds

    For the past few months, some of the world’s leading cryptographers have been keeping a closely guarded secret about a pioneering new invention. Today, they’ve decided it’s time to tell all.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-12-21 01:02:26
        Unhurt 'n Earned
        Wounds all healed; hopes given a chance afresh,
        A smile 'bout to break into a dance... just yet.
        Warm April billow my thawed heart—
        As under cleft ocean with a heave forward.
            Up 'n 'bout, up from a worn-down slumber;
            On this earth 'n free as wind unbound — at last!
            Hip — and shoulders above the crowds'—
            'Na flyin', feelin' heart finer than the clouds'.
        Insight through a Dense Harmony — a flash;
        A smile 'bout to break in an irony — shabaash!
        With none but Hot Muse to wonder—
        Incisive, shatterin' and smack as a thunder!
            Walk out on pity-talking plunderers—
            Into the Lashing Rain; —get undone; —uncraze!
            'Coz if Sense sweeps wide 'n runs deep,
            Know in your heart, 'tis connected yon High; —now sleep.
    ...do give me your strongest, no-holds-barred critique, please. I will appreciate it.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-12-25 15:45:42
    Wondering how to do ibadah (worship) while playing a sport?

    1. Bundling your arrows – Working on your system
    A shot consists of actions, emotions and thought. So I needed to develop consistency in these three areas.

    2. Repetition is an awesome tool
    In order to learn to group your arrows you have to align your body, emotion and thought process into a system: a process which you will repeat with each shot.

    3. Get a good teacher
    Repetition can be destructive if you repeatedly do something which is wrong.

    4. Reinforce positive thinking with each shot
    If you’re prone to negative attitudes, archery is ideal to teach you to be positive.

    5 ‘Regular and reliable’ gets you ahead
    ...to deal with a challenging situation you have to have a habit you can rely on and let it work for you.

    via +ProductiveMuslim.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-04-07 17:10:30
    Is it ok for a German poet to criticise Israel?
    World Have Your Say, BBC

    What Must Be Said, a poem by the German Nobel laureate Günter Grass, calling Israel's undeclared nuclear might as a threat to world peace, is drawing wide condemnation from Jewish groups and commentators in Germany. Even Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has attacked it. Others, such as Hans, posted on the New York Times; The problem (in Germany mostly) is that you can't criticise Israel's foreign policy without being called anti-semitic.

    http://goo.gl/ahFD8; 00:49:36, 22.7MB, mp3 downloadable from bbc.co.uk for 7 days only; if anyone needs it later than that, please let me know in comments...
    What must be said
    Poem published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung...

    Why have I kept silent, held back so long,
    on something openly practiced in
    war games, at the end of which those of us
    who survive will at best be footnotes?

    It's the alleged right to a first strike
    that could destroy an Iranian people
    subjugated by a loudmouth
    and gathered in organized rallies,
    because an atom bomb may be being
    developed within his arc of power.

    Yet why do I hesitate to name
    that other land in which
    for years—although kept secret—
    a growing nuclear power has existed
    beyond supervision or verification,
    subject to no inspection of any kind?

    This general silence on the facts,
    before which my own silence has bowed,
    seems to me a troubling lie, and compels
    me toward a likely punishment
    the moment it's flouted:
    the verdict "Anti-semitism" falls easily.

    But now that my own country,
    brought in time after time
    for questioning about its own crimes,
    profound and beyond compare,
    is said to be the departure point,
    (on what is merely business,
    though easily declared an act of reparation)
    for yet another submarine equipped
    to transport nuclear warheads
    to Israel, where not a single atom bomb
    has yet been proved to exist, with fear alone
    the only evidence, I'll say what must be said.

    But why have I kept silent till now?
    Because I thought my own origins,
    Tarnished by a stain that can never be removed,
    meant I could not expect Israel, a land
    to which I am, and always will be, attached,
    to accept this open declaration of the truth.

    Why only now, grown old,
    and with what ink remains, do I say:
    Israel's atomic power endangers
    an already fragile world peace?

    Because what must be said
    may be too late tomorrow;
    and because—burdend enough as Germans—
    we may be providing material for a crime
    that is foreseeable, so that our complicity
    will not be expunged by any
    of the usual excuses.

    And granted: I've broken my silence
    because I'm sick of the West's hypocrisy;
    and I hope too that many may be freed
    from their silence, may demand
    that those responsible for the open danger
    we face renounce the use of force,
    may insist that the governments of
    both Iran and Israel allow an international authority
    free and open inspection of
    the nuclear potential and capability of both.

    No other course offers help
    to Israelis and Palestinians alike,
    to all those living side by side in emnity
    in this region occupied by illusions,
    and ultimately, to all of us.
    —Günter Grass, Translated by Breon Mitchell

    @fynali(on twtr): http://goo.gl/JVTmR

    #poem #whatMustBeSaid #günterGrass #undeclaredNuclearWeapons #criticism #hypocrisy
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  • Fynali Iladijas2014-04-01 07:13:55
            ❝ There is no denying the fact that
            communal politics should be a major
            concern for all well-meaning Indians,
            just as corruption should be.
            But our biggest worry should be
            inefficiency borne out of incompetence.
            And this goes to the root
            of all our problems. ❞
                                       —Ghazala Wahab

    The Age Of Mediocrity
    Far more than ‘honest’ or ‘secular’ leaders, we need intelligent and competent ones
    by Ghazala Wahab

    Either it is a broadening of his world view or an effect of the compulsions of electoral politics, but as Aam Aadmi Party’s founder and leading light Arvind Kejriwal took the plunge into national politics, he observed that communalism was a bigger issue in India than corruption. Interestingly, he said this during an interaction with members of Delhi’s India Islamic Centre. 

    Almost around the same time Javed Iqbal Ansari, one of the Rashtriya Janata Dal rebels who jumped ship before the elections, announced on national television that he was quitting the party as he is morally obliged, because of his community, to pursue secular politics. 

    What is it about Indian Muslims that all politicians or wannabe politicians feel compelled to mouth the usual ‘secular-communal’ platitudes to win them over? Why do they think that for a Muslim the only worry is communalism? There is no denying the fact that communal politics should be a major concern for all well-meaning Indians (not just Muslims), just as corruption should be. But I am coming round to believe that our biggest worry should be inefficiency borne out of incompetence. And this goes to the root of all our problems. 

    India’s big fortune of having intellectual stalwarts like Gandhi, Nehru, Patel, Azad etc at the dawn of Independence has also been its biggest misfortune – because it gave an exaggerated sense of self to us. Political leaders like these were not representative of the Indian people, a majority of whom were illiterate with only partiallydeveloped intellect. 

    Over the next few decades, as we tried to reach education to the lowest common denominator, we constantly lowered standards so that the weakest could catch up. As a result the average intellectual capacity of our nation today is determined not by our brightest, but by our dumbest. 

    This progressive lowering of standards has dangerously permeated every rung of our societal ladder. Take for example the Indian armed forces. Senior army officers admit that over years the standards for officer intake have been lowered so much that today they do not get the kind of youth they did till about 20 years ago. However, they are getting better educated recruits in other ranks. 

    It is not that officer aspirants are not educated, they may be more qualified in terms of degrees. But this qualification does not add value to their lives or their professions, because it does not feed their intellect. No amount of training or experience can make up for the absence of thinking capacity or imagination. Then how can these officers suddenly become strategists upon promotion? 

    The same rings true for every other profession in India, whether it is bureaucracy, management or even educational institutions – all of which are populated, even led by mediocre people with limited thinking faculties. They can memorise well and apply formulas and theories, but they cannot think for themselves, cannot analyse and cannot put the past in the present context to understand the future. 

    This is extremely worrisome because most of our leadership, political, bureaucratic and industrial is populated by mediocre people. Mediocrity breeds insecurity and that leads to dishonesty. Mediocre people support and promote other mediocre people so that they can all coexist. One doesn’t have to search for examples here, they are all around us. In parents who fudge documents so that their kids get an edge over others and in teachers who nudge their students to cheat so that the school’s record remains unblemished. So we plagiarise blatantly until we are caught, then we say we were merely inspired! 

    This is the reason why our top diplomats are bested by their counterparts in international arena. In all our negotiations with Pakistan or China we end up with the short end of the stick, agreeing to their proposals because we cannot come up with any of our own and cannot think through the motives behind their proposals. Our analysts mug up western strategic-political literature without thinking about Indian conditions on their own merit; our scientists cannot produce anything of consequence, whether it be generalpurpose inventions such as in the realm of anaesthesia or weapons systems; all the largest section of our manufacturing sector does is licence production of western products; even our films are bested by those coming from Iran or Korea in international competitions! 

    How shameful is it that in the area of statecraft, diplomacy or strategy if we need to refer to Indian thought, we cannot get beyond Chanakya, who lived in ancient India! For contemporary examples, we have to take recourse to western thinkers and writers. 

    Because we lack so much in imagination our political class repeatedly gets away with touting symptomatic issues as the real ones and we cannot figure it out. Worse, we are so insecure that we collectively try and silence isolated original ideas whenever they appear once in a while, because we fear they will disrupt the status quo. Both divisiveness and pettiness are products of insecure minds short on vision. 

    Honestly, I don’t care about honest or secular leaders. I want intelligent (not clever) and imaginative (not plagiarist) leaders. Because if you have these qualities, you will in any case be on a plane higher than thieves and thugs. 

    The writer is executive editor, FORCE newsmagazine.

    Image caption: These intellectual stalwarts gave an exaggerated sense of self to us
    Editorial view: goo.gl/qLbGgt

    #india #Leaderhip #incompetent #illiterate #inefficient
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-01-19 13:49:39
    The Petition says, Minister Pawar, Your ministry needs to manage India's precious marine resources sustainably and protect the livelihoods the millions who depend on them.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-04-02 19:11:37
    Absolutely simple and simply superb!
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  • Fynali Iladijas2011-12-25 00:04:51
    One of my favourite movies...
    Just watched it one more time! :-)
    Have a deko, folks.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-09-19 11:39:38
    I think it is patently wrong to patent gestures!

    If we go long enough down this road, there will come a day when we can't move without having to pay royalty!

    F*¿k M$ & the patent body for such bullshit!
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  • Fynali Iladijas2011-12-27 11:06:29
    The Pomodoro Technique in 2 lines:
    - Work uninterruptedly and hyper focused for chunks of 25 minutes (pomodoros). If somebody/something interrupts restart the pomodoro
    - Take 5 minutes breaks between pomodoros and a 25 minute break after 4 pomodoros

    Reshared text:
    A good technique for shaking off that guilty feeling!
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-08-18 16:36:28
    A +Google+ Photo Sphere around Ka'abah from the matâf after finishing tawâf, before proceeding to sa'ee.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-03-23 05:33:08
    Last Friday in Masjid An-Nabawi, Madinah.
    Pan ↕↔ for a forward photo sphere view from the 7th saff...
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  • Fynali Iladijas2014-01-31 15:46:43
    #solar #energy #sustainability #design #startup

    Reshared text:
    These giant, water-filled crystal globes could be the future of solar power. They help concentrate diffused light onto solar panels:

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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-05-04 16:02:29
    Palestinian land loss: 1946–2000
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-12-14 07:46:14
    Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots
    by +John Markoff, goo.gl/U8MKyQ, +The New York Times

    Boston Dynamics Big Dog (new video March 2008)
    Introducing WildCat
    Cheetah Robot runs 28.3 mph; a bit faster than Usain Bolt

    Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 by Dr. Marc Raibert, a former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    [...] Boston Dynamics’ walking robots have a reputation for being extraordinarily agile, able to walk over rough terrain and handle surfaces that in some cases are challenging even for humans.

    [...] +Google executives said the company would honor existing military contracts, but that it did not plan to move toward becoming a military contractor on its own.

    [...] Boston Dynamics is currently supplying Darpa with a set of humanoid robots named Atlas to participate in the Darpa Robotics Challenge, a two-year contest with a $2 million prize. The contest’s goal is creating a class of robots that can operate in natural disasters and catastrophes like the nuclear power plant meltdown in Fukushima, Japan.

    +Andy Rubin has [...] said that he is interested in advancing sensor technology. [He] has called his robotics effort a moonshot [...] He has [...] said that he does not expect initial product development to go on for years, indicating that +Google commercial robots of some nature could be available in the next several years.

    “I am excited by Andy and Google’s ability to think very, very big,” Dr. Raibert said, “with the resources to make it happen.”
    EXTRACT END, emphasis mine

    via +Christian Heilmann, goo.gl/WQrfCr.

    Cc: +Solve for X.

    #robotics #innovation #technology #acquisition
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-08-16 12:55:28
    A look at mount Uhud from a neighbouring hill...
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-06-19 11:29:16
    ❝And when it is said to them:
    Do not cause corruption on the earth,
    they say, We are but reformers.
    Unquestionably, it is they who are
    corrupters, but they perceive [it] not.❞
    [Al Qur'an, 2:11-12]

    Everywhere in this world people interact, and form groups & communities.

    Hence, wherever there are groups, small or big, there is pressure to conform to the accepted norm: whether it’s wearing skinny jeans, gossiping about your boss or teacher, asking for a mega dowry or being a silent witness to bullying or injustice.

    For a lot of youth, standing up to peer pressure can be a relentless struggle in a period when you’re trying to establish yourself and your values. You can be pressured to conform by negative comments, ignoring, whispering behind your back, rolling eyes or giving you the look. But at the same time, peer pressure can often be very friendly, with encouraging remarks or well-meant advice to do something… that you really don’t want to and shouldn’t do!

    Here are some facts, tips and tricks that you can equip yourself with to overcome the struggle…

    How to Deal Effectively with Peer Pressure and Bullying
    Part I: goo.gl/xgIig

    Let’s Beat Bullying!
    Part II: goo.gl/VIqPZ

    #peerPressure #bullying #corruption

    via +ProductiveMuslim & Maryam Mujahid.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2014-01-27 04:04:08
    Great shot; great share!

    via +Brian Matiash.

    #monochrome #lightBeam #burma

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    This shot reminded me of a valuable lesson I had once learned: when there's a bunch of people shooting one thing, see if there's something better close by. In this case, after shooting the sunrise atop the Shwesandaw pagoda (getting basically the same shot of the Bagan plains as everyone that's taken a single picture in Bagan), we went down to the large reclining buddha that is in the same complex. In there, some tourists had hired some monk novices to model for them in front of some candles, acting like they were praying to buddha. If it sounds pretty cheesy, it was, but hey, some people are into that sort of picture.

    A nice throng of photographers had gathered to take advantage of the free photo opp, so I decided to see what else was there. Thanks to the incense that had been lit and the low angle of the early morning sun, some pretty awesome light beams had formed in the hallway behind the buddha, and since everyone was so preoccupied getting a posed shot, there was no one to get in the way of the shot. Score! :)

    Of course, there are times in which you just have to shoot the same thing as everyone else (like the sunrise view from top of the Shwesandaw pagoda--there's a reason it's been shot a million times and will be shot a million more). Still, as photographers, we need to find ways to break the innate desire to be with the pack and do what others are doing. Next time you're in a throng of photographers, try to break away and see what else is around--you may be surprised what you find.

    #myanmar   #bagan   #monochromemonday   #travelphotography   #silverefexpro2  
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-05-04 08:17:18
    At O'Reilly Media, we've always published our ebooks DRM free, following the advice of Lao Tzu, who said, 2500 years ago, "Fail to honor people, they fail to honor you." 
    +Tim O'Reilly, Founder, +O'Reilly Media, Inc.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-12-09 14:56:08
    No place like home, away from home!

    #dubai #cityscape

    Reshared text:
    Towering Dreams || Dubai

    Last night I had the pleasure of shooting from the 85th floor of the Princess Tower in Dubai with my friends +Daniel Cheong and +Sebastian Opitz. This is a staggeringly high vantage point that shows the incredible sprawl of the Dubai Marina. Prominently in the foreground, you can also see the nearly completed Infinity Tower, which twists 180 degrees from top to bottom… It's a good thing I remembered to take my vertigo pills. ;)

    So far, May has been an extraordinary month of travel beginning in Venice Italy,  Petra Jordan, and now Dubai. Photographically speaking, I've literally gone from shooting old architecture, to ancient architecture, to ultra modern architecture. And if that wasn't enough, in a few days I'm flying to Iceland where I'll be shooting absolutely no architecture at all. 

    For Technical Details, Camera Settings, and a Before and After Comparison visit: http://bit.ly/10XGF0f

    #Dubai   #Cityscape   #TravelPhotography  
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  • Fynali Iladijas2014-02-01 09:34:20

    via +David Hu.

    #sensibleAutomation #trafficManagement

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    Moving a Highway Barrier for Rush Hour Traffic

    looks like a dangerous job indeed, eh?
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-11-02 14:49:30
    Dear friends, please pass this around...
        Jab life ho out of control,
        bodyguard ko bolke do!

    Watch the full +Satyamev Jayate show:
    Satyamev Jayate - Child Sexual Abuse - 13th May 2012

    Do especially watch this part 50:22 with your kids.

    Advice for parents about keeping children safe: http://goo.gl/xTP6g
    Online advice http://goo.gl/zehZg
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-04-01 17:19:41
    Go, Go!

    A quick & brief reason why
    argc int, argv *[]byte is better than int argc, char *argv[] !

    Getting to love +The Go Programming Language!

    #goLang #programming #rediscoveringFun #goodOldDays
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-07-05 20:00:07
    Do Not Pay Beggars!
    It may be hard at the time, but you do a lot more good by not encouraging begging! Please help the children; they need us!

            Please reshare!

    Mice, Mullahs and the Begging Mafia
    Heart & Soul: faith perspectives, BBC

    Stories about begging mafia maiming & exploiting children!
    00:26:29, 12.1 MB, mp3 downloadable up to 2013-07-19; if anyone needs it later than that, please let me know in comments...

    #beggingMafia #forcedIntoBegging #childrenInBegging
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-12-14 19:42:57
    Unbelievable awesomeness!

    Reshared text:
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-08-16 12:49:02
    Beautiful canopy all around masjid an-Nabawi providing cool shade from the scorching heat!
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-12-11 00:02:46
    This is just so lovely.
    I find myself doing several of those. Have a read.

    via +Greg Mills.

    #parenting #father #son #nurturing #relationship

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    28 Rules for Fathers of Sons.

    1. Love his Mother. He will learn to love like you love, and hate like you hate. So choose love for both of you. Devote yourself to it. Love with your whole heart and express that love each and every day. Then, someday down the road, you will see the way he loves his own wife, and know that you played a part in that.

    2. Let him drive. Every child remembers the first time they drove on daddy's lap. For that one moment, he will believe that he is just. like. you.  

    3. Teach him to be picky. Especially when it comes to women and burgers. Teach him to never settle.

    4. Take him to a ball game. There is something about sharing a day of hot dogs, sunshine and baseball with your father.

    5. Love with Bravery. Boys have this preconceived notion that they have to be tough. When he is young, he will express his love fully and innocently. As he grows, he will hide his feelings and wipe off kisses. Teach him to be a man who rubs them in instead. It takes courage for a man to show love: teach him to be courageous. 

    6. Talk about sex. Sometimes, boys need to know that all men are created equal.

    7. Teach him to be a man’s man. Show him how to be brave and tough around the guys. Then, remind him on the ride home that it is okay to cry.

    8. Share secrets together. Communicate. Talk. Talk about anything. Let him tell you about girls, friends, school. Listen. Ask questions. Share dreams, hopes, concerns. He is not only your son, you are not only his father. Be his friend too.

    9. Teach him manners. Because sometimes you have to be his father, not just his friend. The world is a happier place when made up of polite words and smiles.

    10. Teach him when to stand-up and when to walk away. He should know that he doesn’t have to throw punches to prove he is right. He may not always be right. Make sure he knows how to demand respect- he is worthy of it. It does not mean he has to fight back with fists or words, because sometimes you say more with silence.

    11. Teach him to choose his battles. Make sure he knows which battles are worth fighting- like for family or his favorite baseball team. Remind him that people can be mean and nasty because of jealousy, or other personal reasons. Help him to understand when to shut his mouth and walk-away. Teach him to be the bigger the better person.

    12. Let him dance in tighty whiteys. Dance alongside him in yours. Teach him that there are moments when it is okay to be absolutely ridiculous.

    13. Share music. Introduce him to the classics and learn the words to the not-so-classics. Create a rock band with wooden instruments, share your earphones, and blast Pink Floyd in the car. Create a soundtrack to your lives together. 

    14. Let him win. Sometimes he needs to know that big things are possible.

    15. Teach him about family. Let him know family is always worth fighting for. Family is always worth standing up for. At the end of the day, he has you to fall back on, and pray to God that you will have him.

    16. Father him. Being a father—to him—is undoubtedly one of your greatest accomplishments. Share with him the joys of fatherhood, so one day he will want to be a father too. Remind him over and over again with words and kisses that no one will ever love him like you love him. 

    17. Listen to him now. If you don’t listen to the little things now, he won’t share the big things later. 

    18. Let him try on your shoes. Even if they are old and smelly. Let him slip his little feet in and watch him as he hopes like hell that someday he can fill them. He will fill them.

    19. Give him bear hugs. The kind that squeezes his insides and make him giggle. The kind of hug only a daddy can give. 

    20. Give him baths. Because Mom can’t do everything damnit.

    21. Teach him how to pee standing up. Let him pee outside- such is the joy of being a man. Mom cannot teach this talent, so someone has to. 

    22. Know the answers. He will assume you do. If you don’t know them, pretend you do and look them up later.

    23. Toss him around. Because little boys love seeing the strength of their father. Throw him up in the air, so that he knows you will always be there to catch him on his way down.

    24. Ask his mother. He will come to you with questions that he won’t always want to ask his mother, about girls and about love. Ask her anyway, she will know the answers.

    25. Love him like you would love a daughter. Little girls are not the only ones who need hugs and kisses. Love is the color yellow of emotions. It is both happy and gender neutral.

    26. Grow a big belly. Because every child should get the chance to rest there head on the absolute softest pillow ever. Daddy’s belly is the best place to land.

    27. Don't say, do. American inventor, Charles F. Kettering once said, "every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice." Be a good one.

    28. Be his hero. You are anyway. To him, you have the strength of Batman, the speed of Spiderman and the brain of Ironman. Don't disappointment. Prove to him that Daddy's are the biggest heroes of all. Only Daddy's can save the day. 

    After all, good fathers make good sons.

    Source: http://www.diapersdaisies.com/2012/05/30-rules-for-father-of-sons.html
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-04-24 15:12:59
    Can anyone help?
    Hey, +Google, if you're serious about Google Drive, this sort of moves should be a simple thing, right?

    Cc: +Teresa Wu +Google Docs

    #googleDrive #migrationIssue #howTo #help
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-06-23 19:42:38
    Hurray! Just completed the +Stanford University
    Machine Learning class taught by Prof. +Andrew Ng

    Waiting for the Statement of Accomplishment certificate! Hope it won't take too long!

    Definitely see countless applications of this science in several of the start-ups I have lined up to bootstrap!
    CS229: Machine Learning: cs229.stanford.edu
    Full course as +YouTube Playlist: goo.gl/QLPRN

    #machineLearning #mooc #startup #entrepreneurship
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-05-24 07:56:53
            ❝Nothing is as powerful as an idea
              whose time has come.❞ —Victor Hugo

    Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow +Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch.

    And that's only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village, starting cost: $10,000.

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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-03-19 20:01:02
    The pile-up has begun...
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-11-04 20:06:20
    Looks like +Google+ needs a feature where we can take a post including all comments associated with it, and share it.

    The comments need to be collapsible, should not be deletable; and the post should be commentable, with option to disable comments as usual.

    It could be used as a citation. If you link to the original, there could always be changes later on.

    I just wish & pray for this feature.

    Cc: +Google, +Bradley Horowitz, +Vic Gundotra, +Larry Page, +Sergey Brin, +Google+ Help.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2014-02-05 20:07:32
    Hero iON concept — Hydrogen fuel
    I'll take one the minute it arrives

    This Indian manufacturer has emerged as a leader in alternative fuel technologies for two-wheeled vehicle.

    Hero revealed another new concept, this one an electric motorcycle with a hydrogen fuel cell extender at the 2014 India Auto Expo. Dubbed the Hero iON, the futuristic-looking concept uses a lithium-air battery along with a hydrogen fuel cell.

    The Li-Air battery uses oxygen from the surrounding environment as the cathode oxidant instead of having an internal oxidizer. The technology is still developing, but the energy stored per kilo said to be comparable to that of gasoline.

    The wheels are mounted with electric motors using zero-friction magnetic levitation to both drive the motorcycle and act as a brake. Instead of a traditional twist control, the ride-by-wire throttle is controlled by triggers on the grips.

    Another innovation is Hero’s M-link suspension which uses magnetorheological damping to adapt or suit different riding conditions. Instead of springs, the dampers are filled with a fluid which changes its viscosity based on the strength of a magnetic field.

    Both the front and rear wheel pivot to steer the motorcycle while multi-axis gyroscopes and accelerometers maintain stability.

    Other features include a vehicle situational awareness system to monitor surrounding traffic, and in-helmet heads-up display connectivity.
    EXTRACT END, emphasis mine

    Read more at the +Motorcycle.com link below.

    #motorbike #green #innovation #hero-ion #indian

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    Hero ION Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept – #Video

    #concept   #greentech   #green   #hydrogen   #ebike  
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-12-12 14:25:22
    Just how important is it? In July 2012, Microsoft got a German court to give them the right to ban all Motorola Android device sales in Germany because of it. Microsoft has also used this, and other FAT patents, to get numerous Android vendors to sign patent-licensing agreements.

    These patent agreements, in turn, have made Android, not Windows RT, not Windows Phone 8, its most profitable mobile operating system. It's been estimated that Microsoft makes as much as $8 for every Android device sold. This would add up to Microsoft making as much as $3.4 billion in 2013 from Android sales. That's important.
    EXTRACT END, emphasis mine

    via +Alessandro Ebersol.

    #microsoft #innovationBlocker #industryBane #ironic

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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-06-23 18:56:53
    A great post & write-up, indeed...

    via +Denis Labelle.

    #socialNetworking #realSocialNetworking

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    “Social networks stand accused of being enemies of productivity.”

    A great article in the New York Times today (http://goo.gl/P1fY2) describes how coffeehouses, imported from Arabia into England in the 1650s, were viewed as unproductive. People were congregating, drinking stimulants, talking and gossiping for hours on end. What the critics of the day failed to recognize were the great ideas that emerged as a result.

    It draws nice parallels with today’s social media revolution. Viewed by many employers as a waste of time (grumpy cats in shark costumes come to mind), in reality, social media has the potential to act as a proving ground for new ideas. By subjecting your idea to the critique of the masses, and if your skin is thick enough, the idea emerges improved. 

    Perhaps a few experts on the business of social media like +David Amerland, +Denis Labelle, +Gideon Rosenblatt and his recent circle of 300 (http://goo.gl/sdyMx) would agree that social media networks like Google+ are not the great enemy of productivity in the workplace. Like the coffeehouses in 17th century England, social media clusters should be viewed as idea incubators. Here’s hoping it doesn’t take 400 years to recognize their value.

    Photo Courtesy of: Hulton Archive/Getty Images via the New York Times (http://goo.gl/P1fY2)

    #socialmedia   #business   #international  
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-10-20 10:22:04
    Thrill some kid to watch this along with... you might just kick him into action.

    Go on, inspire the next big-picture thinker.

    #physics #lawsOfNature #universe #multiverse #stringTheory
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-08-20 10:19:12
    Just got the Statement of Accomplishment certificate for the +Stanford University
    Machine Learning class taught by Prof. +Andrew Ng.

    Earned a score of 98.5% after the final grading! Thrilled!

    Definitely see countless applications of this science in several of the start-ups I have lined up to bootstrap!
    CS229: Machine Learning: cs229.stanford.edu
    Full course as +YouTube Playlist: goo.gl/QLPRN

    #machineLearning #mooc #startup #entrepreneurship
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-03-31 08:14:21
    This lock-screen functionality in Android v4.2.2 is simply awesome.

    As I've set it up right now, I can take Keep notes of various kinds, capture images with the camera, have a quick look at my calendar, quickly skim through my SMSes, or a number of other things even without unlocking my phone.

    It takes my productivity a notch further up! Awesome!
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-06-22 18:28:04
    via +Ole Olson.

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    Pound for Pound Who Has the Most Features?

    Well done analysis by +Ivan Raszl on comparing the 3 top social networks by features.

    While it's not important who has more features, I think it's safe to say that Google+ not only has all the best features, it also executes them beautifully. That is more important.

    You can read the full list here: http://dustn.ws/14O8ahF

    What do you think? Who's winning in feature execution?

    #socialmedia #facebook #twitter #evang+
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-04-19 20:39:52
    A true master!
    This is for +IMTIAZ ALI Moopan, +Naeem Saj, Nihal Mohammed Moopan & +Muhammad Hanan Sajid!

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    TED video of a yoyo master


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  • Fynali Iladijas2014-03-20 14:32:38
    An Eye-Opener!

    via +Mansoor Ali.

    #environment #sustainability #deforestation #quote

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    A savage...
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-02-20 20:35:24
    Addressing Euthanasia, Assisted suicide & Completed Life!
    What do you think, friends?
    When Assisted Death is Legal Part One
    Documentary Archive, BBC

    It is possible to balance the right of the individual who wants to die with the responsibility of society to protect those who don't? Liz Carr visits Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg to find out. http://goo.gl/8XGQQ, 00:23:31, 10.8 MB

    When Assisted Death is Legal Part Two
    Documentary Archive, BBC

    How does it feel to be part of ending someone's life? Liz Carr talks to the doctors and volunteers who conduct assisted suicide and enable people to die. http://goo.gl/XWysT, 00:23:31, 10.8 MB
    mp3s of both the parts are downloadable from bbc.co.uk for at least a year; if it's not available at the short-link, please let me know in comments...
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-11-27 13:25:46
    Always, always awe inspiring!

    One thing I definitely wanna do after my death, is to ask the Lord for a complete, I repeat, a complete unguided tour of the Entire Universe

    'coz as a human it's not possible.
    Perhaps as a freer soul, it's easier?

    via +Jawhar Abdul Jabbar.

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    To stand in awe before the Universe

    If you want to know what it's like to live inside my head, then simply look at +Ben Canales's photo.

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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-10-08 19:11:33
    My uncle, Abdul Rahman, and Mr. Jobs were born in the same year...

    The online version of a full page (broadsheet) writeup about him that appeard in +Gulfnews on 8/8/'08!

    Capturing the best of 26 years
    Photographer recalls some of the most memorable events of a long career.

    Rahman was born in 1955 in the small historic village of Eriyad in India's most lush province, Kerala. He describes getting into photography as a mistake that has been the best thing for him. "You know, I am a painter and when I was at school in Kerala, I wanted to get a book from the library on painting and the librarian gave me a book on photography by mistake. I was immediately inspired and there began my love for photography," Rahman says.
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-09-21 17:06:09
    Not that I have more than one spouse (so far! :-), but I actually identify with a of lot what they're sayin'! Surprisingly similar to what Islam teaches! Except that Isalm does not allow to be married to sisters at the same time...

    Give it a listen, quite insightful.
    Do sound off with your comments & feedback!
    The secrets of a polygamous marriage — meet an American man and his three wives
    Outlook, BBC

    ...what's it like to be in a polygamous marriage? We meet Joe Darger and his three wives — identical twin sisters Vicky and Valerie and their cousin Alina.

    They live with their 23 children in a large house outside Salt Lake City, Utah. They say they are part of a group of about 30,000 fundamentalist Mormons who practice polygamy in the USA — even though such behaviour remains to this day illegal. They tell Matthew about their decision to speak out to challenge the suspicion and prejudice which they say they face because of their lifestyle.

    http://goo.gl/ggRg4 (MD5: 778501cb12de8ecba6d43a17eb878baa); 00:26:57, 12.4 MB, mp3 download expires on 2012-10-05; if anyone needs it later than that, please let me know in comments...
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  • Fynali Iladijas2011-10-05 14:33:50
    Blogger Derek Lowe recalls the furore that greeted Shechtman's claims of five-fold symmetry in metal alloys (quasicrystals):

    I was in grad school when the result came out, and I well remember the stir it caused. Just publishing the result took a lot of nerve, since every single crystallographer in the world would tell you that if they knew one thing about their field, it was that you couldn't have something like this.

    As it turned out, these issues had already been well explored by two different groups: medieval Islamic artists and mathematicians.

    It turns out that what looks like unallowable symmetry in two (or three) dimensions works out just fine in higher-dimensional spaces, and these theoretical underpinnings were actually a lot of help in the debates that followed.

    via +*****

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    Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011 – live blog This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been won by Daniel Shechtman for the discovery of quasicrystals
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-12-15 13:48:50

    via +Erwan MACE.

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    Our thoughts go to every family who lost a loved one http://virg.in/otg #guncontrol #newtown
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-06-12 14:46:13
    Here's another living thing I'd venture so much as to say is on a definite course of extinction (lack of sufficient population margin to sustain the species) purely by mankind's mismanagement of our shared habitat and environment!

    #envMismanagement #ecology #extinction

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    The North Atlantic right #whale is one of the most endangered of all large whales - Only 300 - 350 individuals still exist!

    Warming waters contain less plankton for whales to feed on and the availability of food due to climate fluctuations is becoming an increasing problem.

    Switching to #renewable energy will solve many of the problems #climatechange causes. Sign our pledge if you agree financial institutions and governments should invest in a sustainable future and #seizeyourpower! http://panda.org/plus_seizeyourpower

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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-03-12 18:05:12
    Consumers have long paid their utility bills with little inkling of how much each device in their home costs to run.

    Shwetak Patel has found a better way. The MacArthur Fellow recognized that every device has a unique digital signature that can be detected with simple wireless sensors.

    Patel's smart algorithms, combined with a sensor plugged anywhere in a home, inexpensively provide visual feedback allowing consumers to see which devices are the biggest wasters and how to conserve. The family who lives in the Hayward, California, home pictured here, was surprised to learn that digital video recorders eat up 11% of their household power.

    Read more from Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt's book: Human Face of Big Data humanfaceofbigdata.com
    Two essays taken from the book:
    Pulse of the planet by Esther Dyson http://goo.gl/NSHmq
    Data Driven by Jonathan Harris http://goo.gl/zrbRi
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-10-13 04:44:10
    ...breaks my heart!

    We're allowing this by not holding our governments accountable; they're the custodian of our natural resources, our economies, our welfare (we pay taxes, don't we!)

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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-09-28 02:40:06
    Ironic; insightful!

    via +Rashmi Pahuja.

    #hypocrisy #americanHypocrisy
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-12-29 04:17:58
    Great news to start a Sunday with, +Sreek Menon. Thank you.

    #aap #bestOfLuck #aNewBeginning #india #elections

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    Today is a BIG day for India. A common man becomes Chief Minister of Delhi, defeating political bigwigs ! and so says https://twitter.com/ArvindKejriwal

    I am very excited about the political storm that is brewing in India under the leadership of  Arvind Kejriwal from +Aam Aadmi Party  (Common Man's Party), the newly sworn in Chief Minister of Delhi, the state which holds the national capital New Delhi. 

    Kejriwal, a Mechanical engineer who is a product of one of India's most prestigious technology institutes (IIT, Kharagpur) worked as a Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department for the IRS before joining the Anti-corruption movement, Right to Information Act and Jan Lokpal Bill. 

    New Delhi, considered to be one of the most corrupt democratic capitals in the world and a city which has one of the most highest crime rates against women now has a one of the youngest ministers in Kejriwal's cabinet handling the portfolio of Women & Child, Social Welfare and Languages. The 26 year old ex-journalist Ms.Rakhi Birla.  http://goo.gl/rnaZMY. This is very interesting.

    Considering that the national elections in India is coming up in 2014, the rise of Kejriwal and thoughts on whether AAP will become a true national party or not keeps me intrigued. I wish they do. 

    The expectations are high for the new leader and his young brigade, but for a nation of a billion plus people, disappointment is not a choice but a habit. But as we know, change is really the only constant. 

    This is what the new CM did on his first day in office :-
    These BBC articles can also shed some light on this. 
    The Root's of India's new leader.
    Why is India's anti-corruption party creating waves?
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-12-17 08:48:41
    This really is how real it is in their minds when children playact. I know!

    #children #playacting #starWars #awesome

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    #starwarskids #awesome #maytheforcebewiththem
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-01-13 14:53:36
    A sign of status, symbol of sex, a tool for the oppression of women, perhaps!

    But definitely a product of patriarchal culture, makes women crippled, distorts her body causing anatomical & physiological damage, sometimes irreparable!

    The Heel
    The Why Factor, BBC

    Why do tens of millions of women all over the world choose to walk around on stilt like objects called heels? Where did the fascination with elevated footwear come from and what do they tell us about class, power and sex? It may surprise many to hear that high heels were first worn by… men.
    http://goo.gl/8z943; 00:17:56, 8.31 MB, mp3 downloadable from bbc.co.uk for at least a year; if it's not available at the short-link, please let me know in comments…
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-02-07 12:10:23
    Smart Streets
    Discovery, BBC

    Angela Saini explores the revolution taking place in the streets beneath our feet as she reveals the story behind a new urban design movement called shared space.

    http://goo.gl/CJsPc; 00:17:58, 8.29 MB, mp3 downloadable from bbc.co.uk for at least a year; if it's not available at the short-link, please let me know in comments...

    Cc: +Jawhar Abdul Jabbar; ...you were wondering what next after B. Arch. Urban Development and Planning, right?
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  • Fynali Iladijas2013-10-24 11:03:54
    This sets a precedent. Bravo!
    That's nearly US$ 1 million; $969,421/- to be exact!

    #justice #indianJudiciary #medicalNegligence #compensation
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  • Fynali Iladijas2012-11-17 18:46:58
    The epitome of a most divisive, intolerant, undemocratic & ignorant individual as I've ever seen.

    It is a failure of Indian democracy (only one more proof, though) that he lived a free life getting away with such desecration of our constitution!
    Bal Thackeray: On Hitler
    "Hitler did very cruel and ugly things. But he was an artist, I love him (for that). He had the power to carry the whole nation, the mob with him. You have to think what magic he had. He was a miracle.... The killing of Jews was wrong. But the good part about Hitler was that he was an artist. He was a daredevil. He had good qualities and bad. I may also have good qualities and bad ones."

    Bal Thackeray: On Muslims
    "They [Muslims] are spreading like a cancer and should be operated on like a cancer. The... country should be saved from the Muslims and the police should support them [Hindu Maha Sangh] in their struggle just like the police in Punjab were sympathetic to the Khalistanis."

    Bal Thackeray: On Hindu Suicide Bombers
    "Islamic terrorism is growing and Hindu terrorism is the only way to counter it. We need suicide bomb squads to protect India and Hindus."
    Bal Thackeray's hallmark was his spontaneity.
    He liked to make statements that shocked and made headlines
    on Tehelka, by Kumar Ketkar, Editor, Dainik Divya Marathi http://goo.gl/PS7FZ

        Thackeray used to openly praise Hitler and
        publicly talk against Gandhi and
        non-violence. That used to encourage the
        lumpen and wayward youth to take to
        violence. Many so-called leaders of the
        Shiv Sena, including corporators, MLAs or
        even MPs have such criminal pasts and much
        of their wealth too has come from crime
        covered up by SS politics.

        *    *    *

    Turmoil in the Great City: Shahrukh and the Shiv Sena
    by Vinay Lal, blogger http://goo.gl/aaw6s

        The Shiv Sena are at it again.  This band
        of troglodytes and common thugs cannot rest
        for more than a few months without causing
        a huge stir.  Many things animate their
        passions, many are their grievances and the
        imagined humiliations that arouse their
        hostility.  They have some steady targets
        against which they fire away at will, but
        there is also an equally steady stream of
        moving targets.  In recent years, their
        most sustained agitations  have been
        against those deemed foreigners, by which
        the Shiv Sena means non-Maharashtrians.
    Jai Hind!
    Down with those who work to undermine our Integrity!
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