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What Would It Take To Defund the Islamic State?

11 Year Old Child Bride Speaks Out Before Being Killed

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and the President of Indonesia are uncomfortable with their heritage as presented on videos of beheadings and child-rapes live on the world’s computer monitors. 

In the unlikely event that they were serious about their discomfort, what would it take to defund the Islamic State? 

It controls oil production facilities capable of supplying it with the equivalent of $3 million daily.  

That is a hard asset, easiest to deprive them of. 

The softer asset of the bank notes they stole might be more difficult to deprive them of. 

What currencies did they steal? 

If they were specie of major international currencies, it could be difficult. 

If they were currencies of a smaller country, might it be simply a matter of devaluing or invalidating the stolen currencies? 

Why You Should Ask Stupid Questions

Evan Baehr

By stupid questions I mean ones that have known answers that I might be expected to already know.  Someone throws out an acronym and I have a blank stare and ask: what does that mean? Ten seconds on google would return the basic answer.  To some, this is a stupid question—you might even say an “ignorant question.”

My change of heart came from developing a right view of “ignorance,” which I see as a “known lack of understanding.”  For example, “I am ignorant of online payment protocols” means I have not spent time coming to understand them.

“You mentioned making the service better for our customers; but the American citizens aren’t our customers—about 400 junk mailers are our customers.” — US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to Outbox founder Evan BaehrI am on a lifelong quest as a learner—it excites and challenges me.  This passion comes from inspiration from Charles Eams, about whom this was written, “Sell your expertise and you have a limited repertoire. Sell your ignorance and you have an unlimited repertoire. He was selling his ignorance and his desire to learn about a subject. The journey of not knowing to knowing was his work.”

Traveling on a journey of not knowing used to be one of my greatest fears—I had an idol of wanting to appear to be “in the know.”  Now I realize that was a wrong view of knowledge—and a wrong view of myself.  Along this process I committed something even worse: pretending to know, an offense widely committed that carries huge costs: you undermine the intellectual integrity of the conversation by not knowing what is being said, you deceive others about yourself, and, worst of all, you fail to learn. I now have the courage to “sell my ignorance” and travel with excitement and courage along a journey of not knowing. If you have not already, I hope you, too, may find that courag

Annie Lennox ‘disturbed and dismayed’ by ‘overtly sexualised’ pop performances

Singer Annie Lennox has criticised a “recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos”, and accused record companies of “peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment”.

Annie Lennox 'disturbed and dismayed' by 'overtly sexualised' pop performances

Rihanna and Miley Cyrus performing. Photo: REX FEATURES

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1:58PM BST 06 Oct 2013

The former Eurythmics singer’s attack comes as the row into the role of women in pop grows following a series of risque performances by stars such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna.

“I have to say that I’m disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos,” Lennox wrote on her Facebook page.

“You know the ones I’m talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment.

“As if the tidal wave of sexualised imagery wasn’t already bombarding impressionable young girls enough.”

Yelling at Kids as bad or worse than Hitting

Psychological Abuse Can Scar Children, Says AAP


For Release:  July 30, 2012

Although there may not be bruises or broken bones, psychological maltreatment can scar children for a lifetime and result in severe emotional distress, developmental problems and disruptive behavior. In an updated clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Psychological Maltreatment,” in the August 2012 issue of Pediatrics (published online July 30), the AAP describes how psychological maltreatment is one of the most common forms of child abuse, but also one of the most difficult to identify and prevent. Emotional or psychological abuse is a repeated pattern of behavior by a parent or caregiver that can be verbal or nonverbal, active or passive, intentional or unintentional, but is interpreted negatively by a child, and can result in developmental, social, emotional and academic problems. This form of mistreatment can occur in many types of families, but is more common in homes with multiple stresses, including family conflict, mental health issues, physical violence, depression or substance abuse. To date, not much is known about ways to intervene with parents who psychologically abuse their children, however it is hoped that health care providers can help to promote sensitive and attuned parenting using a range of approaches, such as educational strategies. If anyone suspects psychological or emotional abuse, they should contact child protective services for additional assessment and treatment.

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