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Muslim astronauts…

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, September 30, 2007

I think that the news of Muslims in space must have the NeoCons a bit alarmed. Quick! Somebody raise the Terror Alert Level!


Posted in culture, general, In The News, makes me think, Muslims, News, politics, religion, Religious matters, Science, Science & Tech, space, Technology | 2 Comments »

botanical gardens …

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, August 20, 2007

This is interesting if you’re into botany. Personally, I think the resources used to fund this massive project could have been better utilized elsewhere. Who knows … this might actually turn out to be something worth seeing.

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Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, August 13, 2007

Like something out of the X-Files


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the story of Xenu…

Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, August 11, 2007

This following is SouthPark’s humorous take on the beliefs of Scientology, a religion cult founded created by L. Ron Hubbard. While the the creators of SouthPark have relied on the use of humor, to expose some of the obsurd beliefs held by Scientology, they are 100% correct in their presentation of the facts. This is exactly what members the brainwashed zombie masses who adhere to Scientology actually believe! Anyone who follows SouthPark (and believe-it-or-not I do not follow the program and neither would I recommend anyone else watch it) will also remember that Issac Hayes, a member zombie in the Cult of Scientology, left the animated series over a dispute with the creators of the popular series. Basically, the creators of SouthPark have repeatedly mocked Scientology (since they know so much about it) … this angered Hayes who eventually chose to leave the program.



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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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Ligers and Tigons, Oh My!

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, July 18, 2007

This is what happens when man tinkers with the creation of Allah (AWJ)…





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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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aliens and other nonsense…

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, June 13, 2007


If you have some time on your hands…or if your just plain bored…or if you fancy a good laugh…here is something that you might find entertaining. Beyond the conspiracies and other nonsense — I just find it funny that someone actually spent time on this. The sad part is that there are people out there who actually believe this. Anyway, it starts off with a bit of Scientology lore. The tabloid version of the history of our cosmos — without further ado…



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in search of the next, best gadget…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, June 11, 2007

I am technology retarded. I am computer, PDA, cell phone, Bluetooth, retarded. I am to technology what George Bush is to books. I have a technology learning curve that qualifies me to ride on the “little bus”. Remember how you used to make fun of the little bus when you were a kid in public school. The little bus was for the disabled and mentally challenged kids who attended your school … and unfortunately the bus became synonymous for: RETARD. Well… when it comes to technology… I need to get on that bus.

As technology becomes a more and more ubiquitous part of our daily lives I am finding the need to make myself somehow technology competent — either by learning whatever I can … or by reading about any new trends in technology. I just know that the longer I stay out the loop … the harder it will be trying to get a handle on things later. I think that it is quite possible that by the time my daughter is out of highschool (or even middle school for that matter) she will already know HTML — at least if it is still as relevant a decade or more from now.

Here is an interesting article that looks at the relationship between politics and the tech sector:


Posted in completely useless drivel, Computers, general, I am a loser!, makes me think, Science, Technology | 4 Comments »

Cataloguing Life

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, May 9, 2007

I found this article somewhat interesting. I don’t know exactly how feasible it really is to go about making an e-database of every living thing on Earth — but what-the-hay … I’m sure they’ll give it the good’ole college try.


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i found this piece somewhat amusing…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, April 30, 2007

I recently came across this old BBC.com article and found it somewhat amusing. I think the reader will come away with a few different reactions from reading this. First, I believe that this article is much more than an analysis of fashion trends in Iran or Iranian cultural values. Rather, this article does – in it’s own subtle way – highlight some of the contradictions of the ’79 Revolution.


Allow me to preface all of this by saying that – I am no fan of revolutions. Whether one is discussing the Bolshevik Revolution (1917), The Cultural Revolution (1966-76), The Iranian Revolution (1979), or The Orange Revolution (2004) — I simply don’t trust ’em! Rightly or wrongly revolutions always seem to begin with a tremendous amount of passion and fervor – only to end up becoming an irrelevant crusade in a world of dynamic growth and change. I’m thinking, for example, about the cliched use of the red t-shirt with the Che Guevarra face on it. Cultural elites (actors, athletes, musicians, etc) have helped to turn Guevarra’s image into one of the most widely recognized faces on the planet. All this in a weak attempt to seem hip…fashion conscious…or urban-chic perhaps.

Instead of that image…why not show this one of Guevarra shortly after his capture by Bolivian military forces. Not long after this picture was taken Guevarra was executed. How’s that for a t-shirt image…




In brief…revolutions are dumb…real dumb. People who make a profit out of the misery and carnage of revolutions are dumb. People who wear the t-shirts of iconic revolutionary figures are dumb. I am dumb….

Finally, with all of the rampant shirk and kufr the Iranian Revolution has brought us — Are they really that worried about ties?


Why don’t Iranians wear ties?

The Magazine answers…


The male British captives freed by Iran were pictured in government-issued suits and, like President Ahmadinejad, sported open neck shirts. Does no one in Iran wear a tie? (BBC) Even if without the smiles and waves, the sight of the 15 British sailors and marines released by Iran would have been notable for one thing: their attire.

With the exception of Faye Turney, the only woman to be held, the others sported near identical suits, in sober tones of grey and blue.

The outfits were provided by the Iranian authorities and are identical to suits worn by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iranians, however, are prohibited from wearing ties in Iran because they contribute to the spreading of western culture, according to the website of the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khameini.


The practice stems from the 1979 Islamic revolution when the monarchy was overthrown and a unique Islamic republic was declared, in which religious clerics – headed by Ayatollah Khomeini – wielded ultimate political control.

Neckties – and bowties – were said to be decadent, un-Islamic and viewed as “symbols of the Cross” and the oppressive West.

Iranians were told to wear “standard Islamic garments” designed to remove ethnic and class distinctions reflected in clothing. Nowadays ties are still frowned on as “the influence of westernisation” on the way Iranians, especially young people, dress.

Ties are “highly politicised clothing” in Iran, says the BBC’s correspondent in Tehran, Frances Harrison.

Nearly all men – particularly government workers – do not wear ties. Because they are not clerics their usual dress consists of suit or trousers and long-sleeved shirts with collars, as championed by President Ahmadinejad.

But while ties are said to be prohibited by the country’s supreme leader, some men wear them very occasionally, says Dr Andrew Newman, senior lecturer in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh.


Many Westerners who visit Iran also continue to wear ties.

“It depends on the occasion but if I am attending something official in Iran I usually wear a tie,” says Dr Newman.

“No one has ever said anything to me about it. Iranians understand that if I am wearing it at a function it is a sign of respect.”


While dress codes are strict in Iran, the suit and open-necked shirt worn by President Ahmadinejad is to stress openness and approachability, says Dr Newman. “He is a lay person and not a cleric, so wears a suit to show informality,” he says.

The president’s attire has become something of a talking point. At the height of his popularity, his trademark fawn-coloured windcheater – known to some as the Ahmadinejacket – spawned many a mini-trend, with entrepreneurs ordering copies of the garment from China to meet the demand from his supporters.

Whether his love of the open-necked shirt can be credited with starting the recent smart-casual tie-less revolution among some politicians and office workers in the UK is less certain.

**Updated thoughts:    Ahmadinejad is an idiot.  The guy will walk around in a tailored suit and leather shoes…but won’t wear a tie.  He must think that everyday is “casual Friday.”  That’s just retarded.  Apparently the suit is OK…but the tie is Haraam.  Whatever.  This from a guy who only irritates the United States in order to work with them.  Ahmadinejad, despite what many Westerners think, does not represent Muslims (or Islam for that matter) and is only the newest manifestation of Iranian cultural chauvinism.  

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Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I am probably the last person on the face of the Earth who recently found out about this…but…

A co-founder of Youtube is Muslim? Whaaaaaa? Since when? How? … Who? What? Where? When? Why?

Great. Just great. What’s next, we find out that the creator of American Idol is also Muslim?  Perhaps, we also had something to do with the Ice Capades? …Disney? …Who Wants To Marry A Millionaire?

I just hope that we had nothing to do with Enron. Perhaps, Steve Emerson has already blamed us for that disaster too!


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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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