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food during Ramadan…

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, September 14, 2007

A new French book is aimed at Muslims fasting during the month of Ramadan. The purpose of this book is to encourage healthy eating so that Ramadan, the month of fasting, does not become the month of feasting (and unnecessary weight gain). I think this book is brilliant! There should be similar books written and distributed by medical professionals throughout the Muslim world. I should be the first person in line to buy this book…


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the costs of globalization…

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, August 12, 2007

Interesting article that looks into the many costs of globalization — particularly concerning the health of the world’s poor.

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food…I’m on a diet…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, August 6, 2007

Decent article on food and how to break down daily meals

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more priest abuse in the news…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, July 16, 2007

Let’s see how Catholics try to explain yet another Priest abuse scandal. I don’t think church officials have many options at this point…but who knows what they could pull out from underneath their ecclesiastical hats. Here are a few possibilities:

  1. Blame al Qaeda…the Taliban…OBL…whatever rolls off the tongue easier or any other “terrorist” d’joure.
  2. Blame the entire religion of Islam — in that cool Pope “whatever his name is” kinda way.
  3. Deflect attention by attacking those who are in favor of stem cell research.
  4. Have former Senator Rick Santorum come out of hiding (or whatever it is that former Senators like him do) and take a job as official Spokesman/Media Relations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, or “Let’s Get Physical, Physical” church as I like to call it. He could deflect media attention by throwing out some other cause like Darfur. “I know that priest abuse isn’t the best thing in the world…but have you seen what those EVIL, disgusting, hairy-scary-Arab-Mozzlem-monsters are doing to Black babies in Darfur?”
  5. If all esle fails…see #1.



THE Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles has apologised to hundreds of people sexually abused by its priests after agreeing to a record $US660 million ($758 million) settlement, the biggest in US history.

Lawyers for the Los Angeles archdiocese and 508 victims of abuse dating back to the 1940s thrashed out the massive settlement on the eve of a potentially explosive court case due to open tomorrow.

Archdiocese head Cardinal Roger Mahony – who has been accused by angry victims of attempting to cover up paedophilia cases during his reign – said today that the cases should never have happened.

“This long journey has now come to an end, and a new chapter of that journey is beginning,” Cardinal Mahony said.

“Once again I apologise to anyone who has been offended, who’s been abused by priests, by deacons, by religious men and women or by lay people … It should not have happened and should not ever happen again.”

Cardinal Mahony said he was haunted by the fact that victims would never be able to reclaim their innocence.

“It is the one part of the settlement process I find so frustrating, because the one thing I wish I could give the victims, I cannot,” he said.

Ray Boucher, the lead lawyer for the victims, said the settlement was “long overdue”.

“Some of the victims have waited more than five decades for a chance at reconciliation and resolution,” Mr Boucher said. “This is a down payment on that debt long overdue.”

Lawyers for both sides will appear in Los Angeles Superior Court tomorrow to file the settlement, which must be approved by a judge.

The deal will be the largest settlement by any Roman Catholic archdiocese to sex abuse victims in the United States.

Abuse cases across the country have cost Roman Catholic churches around $US2.1 billion ($2.43 billion) to date. Several priests have been convicted and at least four dioceses have gone bankrupt paying civil penalties.

The Los Angeles church is expected to sell off assets from its estimated $US4 billion ($4.62 billion) real estate holdings to pay for the settlement.

The church had already settled 46 cases in December for $US60 million ($69.34 million).

John Manly, a lawyer who represented around 50 victims who now stand to receive payouts of $US1.2 ($1.39) to $US1.3 million ($1.5 million) dollars each, said the archdiocese had settled to avoid the embarrassment of a court case.

Mr Manly said the release of internal documents as part of the settlement would raise questions over the leadership of Cardinal Mahony.

“I think when people see the documents and see what he knew and what he did they will be stunned,” Mr Manly said.

Victims accuse Cardinal Mahony of allegedly covering up evidence child molestation by transferring priests to other churches and for trying to keep the abuse reports secret.

“Cardinal Mahony paying out money is great, but where is the accountability from the hierarchy of the church?” Mr Manly said. “They will continue their lives as normal; the victims still have to deal with a lifetime of problems.”

Barbara Blaine, the leader of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), a nationwide victims support group, meanwhile called the settlement “wonderful news for all the victims”.

She praised the “brave victims, compassionate lawmakers and victims’ attorneys, who took hard, uncertain cases and overcame seemingly endless hardball tactics by bishops” to win the case.

Ms Blaine said she believed the church had settled not out of compassion, but to avoid disclosing “under oath, in open court, how much the church’s corporate officials knew about and how little they did about pedophile priests, nuns, brothers and seminarians”.

Ms Blaine said she hoped the church documents detailing the abuse cases would expose the truth.



Related facts:

The diocese of Spokane, Washington, recently emerged from bankruptcy after agreeing to pay $US48 million to settle about 150 claims.

– The Orange diocese, in California, paid out $US100 million in 2004 to settle 90 claims.

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The Politics of Public Health Policy…

Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, July 12, 2007

Former Surgeon General, Richard H. Carmona, had the following to say before the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform:

“The vetting was done by political appointees who were specifically there to be able to spin, if you will, my words in such a way that would be preferable to a political or an ideologically preconceived notion that had nothing to do with science. . . .

Read on: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/11/AR2007071102026.html

Just politics as usual for Bush & Co.

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a closer look at depression…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, July 9, 2007

Are you feeling sad and blue? Do you feel frustrated and unhappy with life? Do these kinds of feelings persist for long periods of time? If you answered YES to any or all of these questions then you might want to take a gander at this interesting article…

Brain Pathway May Underlie Depression
A crescent of electrical activity spotted in rats may allow researchers to map the depressed brain

By JR Minkel
High-speed camera snapshots may have pinpointed a spot in the brain that serves as a marker for depression. Investigators have observed that electrical chatter in the dentate gyrus—a C-shaped region of the hippocampus—contracts in depressed rats but expands again after the animals receive antidepressants.

The region may represent a common pathway or intersection for brain activity in those suffering from depression, offering a springboard from which to map that activity and better understand the condition, says Karl Deisseroth, a Stanford University neurobiologist and psychiatrist, who led the study published online this week by Science.

“In some ways, it’s a holy grail of psychology to find those things,” he says. “One of the mysteries of depression is how there can be so many different causes … and so many different treatments.” A common pathway would bridge them, he adds.

The researchers induced depressionlike symptoms in rats by blasting static noise or otherwise annoying the animals at unpredictable intervals for several weeks. The chronically stressed rats swam less vigorously in a tank of water, indicating their feelings of rodent hopelessness.

To analyze the rats’ brains, the team extracted brain slices from depressed and normal animals, soaked them in voltage-sensitive dye, and prodded them with electrodes next to a high-speed camera. When the brain cells fired, they activated the dye.

The camera was trained on the hippocampus, a small peanut-shaped part of the brain known to play a role in learning and memory, including navigation, but also implicated in mood and depression. The team found a smaller aura of activity originating from the curved dentate gyrus than in normal rats.

“We can do the equivalent of looking at one circuit board in a computer and find something that predicts behavior,” Deisseroth says.

The result fit with prior research indicating that accelerated growth of new brain cells in the dentate gyrus, in a process called neurogenesis, is necessary for antidepressants to cure rats of their depression. When fed fluoxetine (Prozac), the depressed rats experienced more rapid neurogenesis and the range of electrical signals from their dentate gyri spread as far as in normal rats, the group reports.

Matching up depressed behavior with hippocampal activity is “pretty amazing,” says Helen Mayberg, professor of psychiatry and neurology at Emory University in Atlanta. “It tells us the hippocampus is very involved,” she says, “but it doesn’t tell us it’s the origin of the problem.”

The hippocampus sends and receives information to and from many other brain regions, and mapping those connections in depressed animals is the next step, she says.

The causes of depression remain elusive, but Deisseroth sees a connection between depression and the way that damage to the hippocampus can prevent people from remembering where things are located.

Similarly, although depression sufferers may face the same obstacles as others, “they just can’t seem to see a path forward,” he says. With any luck, he adds, his group’s finding will put researchers on a path to figuring out a way to help them.


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stress and weight…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, July 2, 2007

Stress can be fattening, study finds

The fat on your belly may be there because of stress in your everyday life, and researchers think they may know how to get rid of it.Studies of mice and monkeys show that repeated stress — and a high-fat, high-sugar diet — release a hormone, neuropeptide Y, that causes a buildup of abdominal fat, researchers from Georgetown University reported Sunday.

Manipulating levels of that hormone could melt fat from areas where it is not desired and accumulate it where it is needed, the researchers say in the journal Nature Medicine.

“These are eye-opening findings,” said neuroscientist Arshad Khan of USC, who was not involved in the research.

Read on: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-sci-fat2jul02,1,4359080.story?coll=la-headlines-nation&track=crosspromo

Ya. Tell me about it…

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Sex Ed 101…

Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, June 26, 2007


What? Did someone say SEX? Who’s talking about SEX? Are you talking about SEX? I wasn’t talking about SEX! No Sir. Not Me. Well, they’re talkin’ about SEX over at Muslim Matters…why not give this rather interesting and thought provoking article a look-see. You know you want to… : )


I think the article and the issues that the articles raises are quite cogent — especially considering the times in which we live. However, I would also like to see the discussion broadened a bit. I would like to see Muslim parents talking with their hormonally out-of-whack teenagers about issues like homosexuality as well. Confronting the issue of homosexuality, particularly in the West where it seems to flourish, is important.

That also leads me off topic, somewhat, to the very real and planned emasculation of the male persona in the West. While telling our children that it’s okay to cry, play with Barbie Dolls, and that Home-Ec is for both boys and girls — we kinda went overboard in the West and turned our sons into our daughters. Muslim parents have got to get real and start dealing with this (and all related) faggotry. There is simply no other option.

Let’s not forget the issue of dating — a whole new can of worms we must confront as Muslim parents. The fact of the matter is that Muslim youth date. I don’t care what form it comes in … a group-study meeting … hanging out with friends in the food court … chillin’ on the quad with my peeps … whatever. When you’ve got mixed gender gatherings in unique social settings — that counts as a date in my book. The reality is that warm glances are being traded … phone numbers are being exchanged … emails addresses are hurriedly being jotted down — and nobody is studying for the upcoming exam (unless of course the exam is on human anatomy).

To be quite honest…it is my belief that the parents of many Muslim youth today simply don’t care much about what their kids do — as long as the A’s come rollin’ in.  Many parents are willing to overlook a whole lot as long as young Ahmad or little Asma are on the honor roll.  Add to that, a culture the commercializes sex and makes it a punchline for everything and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster.   Now why couldn’t anyone teach me about that in Home-Ec ?



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Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, May 3, 2007

Two things are irritating me at this very moment:

1) Media Whores — I will be expanding upon this in a later post.  Actually, the term is rather self-explanatory however I will simply do my best to elaborate. Anyway, I hate mediawhores!


2) Premature Balding — Why am I losing my hair? Is this some kind of cruel joke? Is it payback for all of the bald jokes that I have done over the years? WHAT?

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in the news…

Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Somali government, insurgents battle

The United Nations has warned of a looming catastrophe with disease rife among the hungry, exhausted population.

The U.N. food agency said on Tuesday it had struck a deal to get better access to the homeless and hungry and it would try to reach Afgooye. A WFP convoy was turned back earlier this month while en route from Mogadishu to the town where tens of thousands of the displaced are gathered.


Teachers “purify” students with cow urine

Thirsty anyone…?

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indian teachers sprinkled cow urine on low-caste students to purify them and drive away evil, reports said on Saturday, in a country where millions of people remain oppressed at the bottom of the ancient Hindu caste system.


Tastyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Cow urine “purification”…

Well…Hindu’s even drink cow piss…so this ain’t so bad. Some even go as far as to recycle their own piss by collecting it in a bucket and storing for later consumption. Maybe they want it to ferment or something. YUM!




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drugs are bad…real bad!

Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, April 14, 2007

I think that we all can agree that the consumption (and sale) of drugs is a bad thing. Drugs, in all illicit forms, are clearly prohibited in Islam and the penalties for the sale or consumption of drugs is also quite severe in many Muslim countries — according to some Western standards. Anyway, here is a humorous take on drug consumption.

**Viewer discretion is advised** Finally, I am not advocating the viewing of television. These dumb clips are obviously from youtube…I have never seen them before and neither do I watch the “Family Guy” animated sitcom.


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Sweet vindication for chocolate lovers…

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, March 25, 2007

Study: Chocolate improves blood vessel function

Story Highlights

• Test subjects ate 8 ounces of dark chocolate or a placebo each day
• Some of the chocolate contained sugar; some was unsweetened
• Both chocolate groups showed better blood vessel expansion, contraction
• Benefit was greater for unsweetened chocolate than for chocolate with sugar

Sweeeeeeeet! I’ll just take the chocolate as an I.V. drip…I don’t need any of that worthless medicine. Chocolate will take care of everything. Sweet, sweet chocolate…

Even though too much of it might result in the risk of becoming obese or getting diabetes…what-the-hay…at least your blood vessel function will be off the chain!

Read the rest here…

The above study is also supported by an Italian study done two years ago that also mentions some of the health benefits of dark chocolate.

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Sh. Bilal Philips: test tube babies to sex change operations…

Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, March 8, 2007

This is a video of Sh. Bilal Philips. He is, quite simply, one of the foremost scholars in the English speaking world. I wish Bilal Philips was somehow able to come to the US. He could meet up with other scholars/da’ees and form a travelling Dawah group. They could call this allstar Dawah super-group “Shaykh-Down” -or- “Rage Against The Munafiqeen”… or something. This Dawah group could hit the road and go on tour. I don’t know if they would sell out giant arenas from coast to coast — but it would be a sight to see, nonetheless. Here is a list of an imaginary Dawah super-group that I would like to see.

Don’t get mad at me for anyone that I forgot to include on this list.  Here they are in no particular order:

1) Dr. Bilal Philips

2) Sh. Yusuf Estes

3) Dr. Ali al Timimi (May Allah Azza wa’Jall free him from the hands of the tawagheet, Ameen!)

4) Sh. Jamal Zarabozo

5) Imam Safi Khan

got the idea for this post from EXEX Blogger:



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