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forte

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  1. Yep. It is wake up time, regardless of the discomfort of going against long established patterns of behaviour.
  2. The problem is what defines legal immigration and how it is defined. It is defined by greed, not need. Migration needs to supersede this and from these needs there has to be a more equatable system. The current system is not working due to a lot of factors. For example: I live in a city that has allowed huge numbers of LEGAL immigrants from China. However, many of these immigrants are high end criminals and got in because they have money - lots of it. They now live in "my country", continue to exploit workers in China at their no labour law industries, enjoy the trappings of their new life (as they live in a country that gives them all the rights that they deny their countrymen), pay no taxes as they have no income (on paper) from their new country and intimidate other new mainland Chinese immigrants who dont know the laws or language of the new country (and so will not report them to police) and have securely implemented their lucrative no paper trail scams set up, often before arrival. They have a class structured culture that is run by their own "Golden Rule". That rule is "He who has the gold, makes the rules". Do you protect that? Because hiding behind some pseudo legalities in order to keep back the low end socio-economic crowd is what you are unknowingly supporting - like I said, you need to try and be objective and read more on this as unemotionally as possible. Don't be fooled by terminology. Search out what is really happening and how this is affecting others. In regards to American domestic policy - the one percenters develop that policy - so who do you think is structured to benefit from it? Who do you think is structured to financially support it? aka support the one percenters? Keeping out those who would ultimately question their motives and subsequent policies, is in their best interest. We, as Muslims, as humans, cannot continue to support the status quo as defined by those with questionable motives. LOL As for dots - I connect the dots just fine. And I earned the right to do so - because I have studied for many years and have collected lots of dots and am always searching for more. When one hasn't yet found a significant number of dots, world views can be very limited. Until the dots are found, one's parameters are too limited to others' perceptions and to those who make the biggest noise.
  3. You need to do a lot more reading and study on migration and the reasons for migration for all concerned. Migration used to happen naturally but man made greed (grab all you can and hold it in one place for a select few) and aggression (if you don't have it, steal it - again for the select few) has created inhumane, desperate situations for many people. You also need to ask yourself why one person is more deserving than another human - you migrated to the US but others should not have this same unfettered opportunity? It is typical for new migrants to want to stem the flow after they have reached a place of safety and economic security. They feel their new found security and standard of living is possibly going to be threatened by new comers. It is natural to feel this way. Should the American government have listened to Americans who did not want Iraqis/Arabs/Muslims/various-prejudicial-terminology identifiers... from entering the country? You are trying to protect a system that desperately needs to change and it will change. It can change with acceptance and tolerance or it will' be ugly and feel threatening. But it is going to happen. The numbers of the victims of this greed and intolerance are just too massive.
  4. i was not aware that crossing a man made border was a sin. But, yes, I agree that once you enter a country, you need to obey the laws of the land.
  5. Trump is not the first to do this. As for what you may feel that she might have done (if in office) , among many other things, H Clinton backed the mass incarceration of young black males - she referred to them as "super predators". And they were "in house" Americans. Once you get out of house, she has shown that she has done even worse. I think her current rhetoric in regards to "illegals" would have clashed with her actions. You are assuming that we own the house. In actual fact, we just have use it. In Islam, there is no room for one to be a loyal and genuine nationalist. It is a question of identity, and one negates the other. Nationalism is incompatible with Islam, both schools having two opposite ideologies. These two assume two totally opposite poles in their spirit, essence, direction and goal. https://www.al-islam.org/islam-and-nationalism-dr-ali-mohammed-naqvi/part-seven-islam-and-nationalism People are going to come and when they come "illegally" it causes a lot of long term problems for many people (as I mentioned before). If there was a more humane way of allowing people to access a better life, and they came through "legally", they could be documented and supported in a way that would benefit everyone. People should not be denied basic rights because of a national border. Also, to be blunt, The United States is powerful and wealthy based on a lot of the actions of the American governments over many years of maintaining slaves, invading formerly stable nations, threatening and bullying, economically manipulating, causing massive and severe hardship for many people around the globe. I would think that the all people who have been hurt by these actions, absolutely have a right to claim asylum; they have more than paid for it. And that is a lot of people. Domestically, the only thing an impenetrable border will do, is to further develop and maintain the gap between the wealthy (referred to as the one percenters) and the lower middle class and poor. If you want to really reduce immigration, you need to improve the living conditions in the areas that these people are risking their life to leave.
  6. Clinton is no humanitarian. He was responsible for the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 which established decades long mandatory minimum sentences for drug possession - most of the incarcerated masses were poor and African American. Many lives and families were destroyed and have not recovered... could go on but I am off topic.
  7. It seems there is going to be a general increase in the influx of migrants across the Mexican-US border; not sure what a wall is supposed to do.. It would be better to put money into services to support these people to create contributing citizens, because they have arrived and they are mostly not going anywhere - and if they are deported they just return. Aside from basic humanitarian reasons, accepting the migrants is a lot cheaper than funding a useless, bizarre wall, funding militia that cannot possibly monitor the entire border, funding the social costs of people living in depravation and chronic poverty (crime, gangs, violent underground economy), unemployment, poor education, lack of stability, acquired mental health issues, etc. From mainstream media reports and people voicing their opinion with everything from blogs to demonstrations, there seems to be an unspoken consensus among most Americans to accept unfettered documented migration. In the long run, everyone - both the brand new migrants (them) and those-who-arrived-just-before-they-did-migrants (us) will benefit.
  8. War combatants need more intense intervention. Doesn't matter if they are ISIS or Americans in Iraq. Same issues result.
  9. Check out the list of countries with the death penalty and then check out the list of countries without. In which group of countries would you feel safest? Scandinavia has the most humane prisons in the world with very low recidivism. Prisoners are treated justly and fairly (education, therapy, job training) and have less stigma and condemnation when released. The citizens trust the system and those released from the system.There is a lot to be gained in helping someone who is lost to be given opportunity and hope. Biggest indicator of crime rate is despair. There is a direct correlation between poor education, poverty and crime.
  10. Reframing what you said: (1) You have to keep Muslims down and in a subservient positions so that the Israelis can be free and unencumbered to do what they do best.... because we all know that Muslims are thugs and will resort to mob violence..... not just in this situation but in other places around the world as well. (2) There is legitimacy to terrorizing and injuring (perhaps killing - who knows what they do to him once he is no longer in the range of a camera) an unarmed five year old child. You speak of integrity but have absolutely no knowledge of what it is or what it means. (1) Targeting anyone for murder - state sanctioned cold blooded deliberate murder - is reprehensible and, again, against international law. It is a war crime and it is a hate crime. Going off on some tangent about how you think others think this way or that does not deflect from this. She is not the first person targeted - nor will she be the last. As the IDF acts with impunity. (2) If you think terrorizing, beating and perhaps killing a small child for political purposes has any gain for whatever that regime stands for - you are greatly mistaken. If they allow him to live (but you can kill a 5 year old pretty easily), he will be their enemy forever - along with his family and anyone else that witnessed that. Just your intention to legitimize such a cowardly act by several heavily armed men dressed in military protective gear as they get pleasure from hurting a small, thickly-dressed child says a lot about you.
  11. You need to do a lot more research. There are thousands upon thousands of videos, pictures, independent eye witness accounts, world court and human rights organizations reports and condemnations that for some reason you choose to ignore. The entire world community consistently condemns Israel for its war crimes and consistently breaking international law. Palestinians don't literally want to wipe Israel off the map. If they wanted to they would not have gone to the negotiating table to support a two state settlement which is backed by the entire world community. The five year old was probably throwing rocks at their armoured vehicles. He was really small and could not do much more - but what does it matter what he did - he was a baby.
  12. Who cares which honourable member of the IDF shot her?? She was targeted by the IDF, shot in the neck by the IDF and she is dead due to the IDF. Shooting medical personnel is against the Geneva Convention. It is a war crime. However, Israel chooses repeatedly to ignore international law. They can bully, harass, intimidate, starve, occupy (for generations), imprison and murder thousands of children and adults with impunity because they are backed by a mega power. I recently saw a video of a five year old being terrorized and dragged off by the IDF into an armoured vehicle. Also against international law... I am curious as to what your apologetic for that is. These are people with no moral compass or sense of humanity.
  13. Pedophilia is a medical, mental health disorder that you can find listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, 5th edition (DSM 5). It is clearly defined and delineated from similar manifestations of behaviour. Here is more information: http://jaapl.org/content/42/4/404 Hoards of medical professionals from around the globe, after YEARS of consultations and research and debate (the current edition of the DSM took over 15 years to develop) define what is a diagnosable disorder and what isn't. Medical diagnoses are based on objective research methodology results that are to be as free of bias due to tradition or superstitious beliefs, as humanly possible. A medical diagnosis is based on concepts that reflect legitimate evidence-based contributions. A medical diagnosis is the first step in modern medical practice. The purpose is to guide the management and treatment of the patient. In contrast to previous belief system approaches, where "disorders" were determined on culture or myth based systems, modern medical guidelines are based on examination of current evidence using modern diagnostic techniques and treatments that are to be free of bias, culture or myth. Again, all humans have bias due to acculturation, but this is goal for which we continually strive. Consultations between medical professionals are common place to support the practice of objectivity. There is a wealth of information as to why homosexuality is not included as a psychiatric disorder that has come from many years of examination from many different angles. If you are interested in exploring this further, there is plenty of information at your google finger tips. Society's excessive, extreme punitive approaches to homosexuals have probably caused more damage than homosexuals themselves. There are some very famous examples of people who contributed greatly to society who were imprisoned, tortured and/or killed. A modern example is Alan Turing.
  14. I have never heard of a physical variation as being “abnormal”. Ginger hair does not impact your behaviour or psychological makeup, including your sexual predisposition or orientation in either homosexuality or heterosexuality. It is a nonvariant in homosexuality. It is unclear as to what you are trying to indicate.
  15. Dont know about great or not so great. Probably a lot easier to be heterosexual though. Homosexuality is not a disability but an abnormality; that is, it is a sexual attraction that differs from the norm. The norm is being heterosexual. Anyone with an abnormality needs to develop life coping strategies to operate within the "normal" population. This has led to some interesting strategies....they are many and varied. The laws and social stigma against homosexuality have embraced some extremely punitive and often violent actions being taken against this population in direct contravention of basic human rights. If we value human rights for ourselves, we have to promote human rights for all peoples including those with abnormalities, disorders and disablitiies. The fight to re-criminalize or maintain the illegality of homosexuality vs the fight to legitimize it both legally and socially has led to the politicization of this abnormality and to some very extreme actions on both ends of the spectrum. The positive of this fight is that it has created a freedom for homosexuals to lead a less clandestine life with more support, acceptance and medical intervention. It has also perhaps has prevented some deaths from suicidal depression. The negative is that the outcome of this fight has impaired freedom of thought and speech. Expressing negative views on homosexuality can have you be charged with "homophobia", hate speech, etc with punishments ranging from having a criminal record to being shunned, losing your job, etc. I have never seen any literary evidence that proves homosexuality to be harmful. The species survives despite homosexuality. There is a lot of research to show that homosexuals are products of nature, not nurture so would not be an affliction to the general population other than that of possible discomfort. Sexually intimate behaviour from people of all sexual orientations in public is socially and sometimes legally unacceptable. I think that schools should teach about all abnormalities. Accurate information from a carefully developed educational curriculum source is better than ill informed or biased information. I dont think it is health for primary students to be exposed to this (as is the push), but this information should be accessible to children before they learn it elsewhere. Conversations about gays often includes overlapping talk of pedophilia. Pedophilia is a psychiatric disorder where someone is exclusively attracted to children; the children are usually defined as being under the age of 13. There are gays who are pedophiles. However, the perpetrators of pedophilia are mainly male, and the targets of pedophiles are mainly female.
  16. Germany needs immigration. http://www.dw.com/en/germany-is-not-shrinking/a-37415327 I agree that opening the borders to whoever and whatever was insane. Pandering to aggressive tactics of some of the migrants was also insane. Germany will be cleaning up the mess from that for a long time. However, it should be noted that the clean up of the "undesirables" (a totally euphemistic term!) has been helped by other migrants. Those that are problems are usually found by information given by migrants who know who they are and where they are from, and they especially do not want them around. The next step is to actually turf them without ridiculously long processes. However, Germany's economy is booming (which is why Merkel despite her crazy ideas about migration is so popular). Also, the population exceeds 82 million people so you are not looking at the same infrastructure problem that is challenging Sweden. Again of concern is the rise of the right, but they just had their biggest demonstration ever and they were totally outnumbered. Germany is still stinging from the atrocities that took place during WWII and will be careful to uphold the rights of the vulnerable. You can do really well economically in Germany. Staying on the limitations of benefits will not be attractive in the long term for new comers.
  17. Not according to this: In 2012, an average of 41.6% of African Americans received means-tested benefits each month. About 18% of Asians or Pacific Islanders and 13% of whites received benefits each month. 36% percent of Hispanics of any race received government assistance. https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/whos-on-welfare-9-shocking-stats-about-public-assistance.html/?a=viewall
  18. Here is a fairly recent poll https://www.thelocal.se/20160905/poll-fewer-swedes-willing-to-help-asylum-seekers According to this, Swedes want fewer asylum seekers but are not advocating for no immigration. Yes, a substantial number of people require social assistance for daily living, special medical care and special educational services and it is very expensive. But the majority of Swedes still vote for leadership who advocate for immigration and advertising their country as a haven for asylum seekers. Concerns: Out of the 10,000,000 who are actually tax contributing? Not sure what numbers are the working population once you account for children, seniors and those of working age who are not contributing. There is a rise in the right due to a chronic strain on resources - costs continue to rise. The right currently has favour of 20% in polls... but actual votes may be different.
  19. Europe, esp Germany, need workers and that was the presenting need in bringing new people into their country. They have a booming economy. I don't agree with Merkel's not screening asylum seekers and obviously, as there was no accountability, everyone crossing the border became a "refugee"... In addition to authentic refugees came people with questionable purpose from opportunists to criminals... but the majority will add to the economy.
  20. Most of these migrants are economic but their situations are often pretty desperate. I think countries should have the right to refuse new immigrants - especially if they are struggling to maintain the standard of living of the population that they already have - but countries like Sweden had a very welcoming open door to new comers and have admitted nearly 2 million (with great diversity of backgrounds, abilities and ethnicities) with no questions asked. Sweden is a country whose population is less than that of some cities (pop. ~10,000,000) The challenges have been much greater than they anticipated, and there is a rise in right wing politics, but the vast majority are still in favour of continued immigration. The culture of the country is one in which the population is determined to make it work.
  21. Another good thing to come from this story (other than saving the boys life and the recognition and opportunities it has provided to his rescuer) is that it exposes a social need of newcomers. Apparently, the boy who was rescued and his father were from Reunion (off the east coast of Africa) and that his mother and siblings are to join them soon in France. The boy's father had left him alone to go shopping and got sidetracked on the way home. Yep, it was a stupid decision, not thought through, but it is one with potentially long term consequences for their family. The child was removed from his care and the dad was taken into custody - although I think he has been released. This highlights a need for multi-cultural support for newcomers that may not be being met. He probably came from a culture where kids are left for short periods of time while extended family or neighbours kept an eye on them. He is now facing some fairly serious charges which could impact his ability to get work and support his family. Adding: Not excusing the dad for his negligence; his child came close to being killed. However, people in life changing transitions often make very poor choices.
  22. I would be lost without it. No matter what I am reading or trying to write, there is always a word to look up for meaning or spelling. Def like the online dictionaries.
  23. Yep. There are some pretty gruesome stories out there, including where people have actually chewed the flesh off people's faces.
  24. It is easy to sit in an armchair and judge a situation that we will never have to deal with, but people on some of these drugs are insanely strong and can be nearly impossible to stop. Even ramming his car into a tree and being hit by a car and being tased did not stop him. If that man had reached the policeman (whose backup was not quite there) he would have hurt or killed him with physical force or by grabbing his gun. Or he could have hurt anyone in the area, especially if he got the gun and was armed. I think the policeman tried his best with patience and waited till the last second. It is clear that he did not want to shoot him. Why is his being Black is an issue here? The policeman was also Black. The issue is that he was totally out of his mind on drugs and was a danger to anyone in the vicinity. He chose to take drugs and to drive a car in that messed up state - on a busy freeway. The outcome could have been far worse.
  25. No one in their right mind would have knowingly handled smallpox infected blankets. There was no basic concept of aseptic technique and the infected blankets would have wiped everyone out before they were able to distribute them. I don't know how this myth started but it persists even though there is no logical basis for it.
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