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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. Virus Sparks Soul-Searching Over China’s Wild Animal Trade https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/virus-sparks-soul-searching-over-chinas-wild-animal-trade-11580055290
  2. “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.“

    Mark Twain

  3. Alright, I expected some blowback, but I said what I needed to, and I stand by it. I’m an admin who’s been here 7 years, with lots of admin/moderator/development experience, and spent lots of time on making this site a better place. Apparently, the first inclination is to dismiss me as a petty partisan actor, rather than perhaps someone who has some insight whose statements may carry some value, due to my experience and known devotion to the site. But apparently little good will or trust is to be afforded. Or benefit of the doubt. If you all know better, than you’ll get exactly the site experience you deserve. If this is kind of topic you want, and you think this helps the community, you can have it. I’ll head back to my thankless behind the scenes job of keeping this site functioning. Or maybe not. Peace out.
  4. You were in the debate, I wasn’t. Player acting like referee is disingenuous. I don’t make these threads, you do. I react to them. So take responsibility. If you mean my personal bias against troll behavior, then I’m guilty.
  5. Apparently some people find these threads valuable. I find them a waste of time. If the OP truly cared about what he preached, his time would be better spent on the debate thread presenting factual arguments, not provoking others with his “humor”, and would simply overlook the “name calling” and be laser focused on shifting the conversation to the substance as he claims, even if he believes others aren’t. But instead, he devoted his time to a concern trolling spectacle, because this is what he really wants to talk about. The actual discussion was simply a means to this end. He wants the emphasis on the perceived deficiencies of others, and wants the credit for calling it out. Over all this though, is the debate lacks real substance, mostly speculations, opinions, conjecture, and elementary moral statements. This is impacting all sides, so the debate is very unrefined. Which if perhaps I can give my perspective being on ShiaChat more than 2 months, is that people gobble elementary moral platitudes like candy. That’s how over the years, unsavory troublemakers behind the scenes would often be people with high public support and favorability, because they knew the right language and lingo to attract a religion oriented crowd. And unlike most members here, I get to see both sides of the wall, and have for years. I’ve seen enough “pleas to the Muslim community” threads to know which are legit and which aren’t. It’s not a perfect radar, but I connect the dots the best I can. But you’re free to believe what you want.
  6. On only the most superficial, context free level, yes, there’s nothing wrong with it.
  7. Because players pretending to be referees to claim a moral high ground is fallacious. He’s not some outsider, he was knee deep in the debate, then acts like he’s above it all. There was a previous thread along the same lines. You can believe what you will. I’m not wearing morality on my sleeve with bombastic preachy threads, nor implied moral high ground.
  8. Another preachy virtue signaling thread from you? No thanks. Engage in real factual substantive arguments instead of this high and mighty postering.
  9. To be successful on YouTube, you must be a widely known interesting personality or have high quality professionally made content. The old PowerPoint amateur stuff or cut/paste audio video material isn’t good enough anymore. Algorithms change all the time, and if you’re not already successful, you won’t show up in search results or recommended videos easily. It’s hard to “break in” among the high competition. For specific channel content catering to niche audiences (ie Shia Islam), the view count and subscriber count will be small, and getting mainstream attention is almost impossible. Not to mention frequent demonetization of videos, discouraging people from making this a career for a living, so there’s little incentive to put in more effort. A more valuable use of time and resources may be podcasting, since the production demands are less (audio only), and you have flexibility to make quality content. Of course, good decent English Shia centered content (beyond just reposting speeches) with widespread appeal has always been a dream of mine, and although some larger groups have tried, its not quite there yet.
  10. They’ll always be an excuse somewhere. Ahlul Bayt was perfect and they still got targeted.
  11. YouTube is a very rough place to be a content creator.
  12. There may be some superficial historical overlaps, but Juche is distinct. They dropped all references to Marxism-Leninism in their constitution several years ago. Not sure Wikipedia’s categorization is definitive. This is all a peripheral point though to the issue of reunification. But if you hate it when others wrongly categorize us, then we shouldn’t do it for others.
  13. The new decade starts in 2021, not 2020. There was no year 0. So you got one year left to accomplish something.
  14. I guess if I was 12, I would have laughed.
  15. Korea as a civilization has existed for millennia, they will find a way to manage I’m sure.
  16. North Korea is not communist, if that’s what you’re suggesting. Juche is something quite different.
  17. Millions of people have that name.
  18. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/25/veganism-intensively-farmed-meat-dairy-soya-maize
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