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Archive for May, 2015

What I am gaining in practice from parts of Islam

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In Sacramento there is an ad campaign on many billboards supporting Islam and encouraging people to learn more and consider converting.  This is an interesting confluence with the issue of the Islamaphobic flyers that went out during the past Twin Rivers election, and my connection with those very dear to my heart who are practicing Muslims. And I am asking myself, what can I learn from Islam?  And, what practices of Islam can be of value?

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May 24th, 2015 at 11:59 am

Posted in Religion

My own religious views…

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Before I start posting more about Islam, I should probably share my own religious views and beliefs.  They are beliefs that have changed, and likely will change again.  But, they are beliefs that have been derived by being an open-minded skeptic, that attempts to avoid beliefs that are either false-positives (have type 1 errors) or false-negatives (have type 2 errors).

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May 21st, 2015 at 11:59 am

Posted in Religion

Why doesn’t Microsoft just do this with their repair?

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It is amazing how slow of progress Microsoft makes in there work to make solving problems easier.  My dad was having problems with his Internet connection.  I told Windows 7 to solve the problem, and I downloaded the fix-it to reset the TCP/IP stack…  Neither worked, but these instructions did…  I wonder why Microsoft just doesn’t do that in the first place, when you tell it to reset everything!

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May 20th, 2015 at 11:59 am

Whether the flyers against Elkarra were real or a rouse, Islamaphobia is quite real.

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The recent school board special election between Basim Elkarra and Sonja Cameron has been described by one legislator as the ugliest school board race he had ever seen.  Both Sonja and Basim took the brunt of smear tactics when flyers were sent by an unknown 3rd party that alleged that Basim had connections with terrorism.  This then led to some people believing that Sonja was somehow the culprit, despite Basim clearly stating that she wasn’t involved.

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May 19th, 2015 at 11:59 am

Posted in Twin Rivers USD

It is doubtful that Maiman’s theory was right… But he should not have been fired from The Sacramento Bee for a supposed “conflict of interest”.

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On April 28, Bruce Maiman tweeted “Beware the reaction when someone raises questions” and then linked to his Op-Ed piece in The Sacramento Bee about his theory that the Islamaphobic attack flyers against Basim Elkarra might have been sent by someone from Basim Elkarra’s own group.  I am sure when he wrote that tweet, he didn’t know how much he had to beware himself.

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Written by Jacob Walker

May 1st, 2015 at 5:59 am

Posted in Twin Rivers USD