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Chit Chat / Re: good movies
« Last post by scarface on December 28, 2018, 06:54 AM »
Note that the movie the vengeance of the winged snake might be available on the forum soon. I'm currently making some English subtitles.

I was talking about this movie here: http://www.nomaher.com/forum/index.php?topic=1023.msg29461#msg29461
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Chit Chat / Re: New topic Photos
« Last post by scarface on December 27, 2018, 07:54 PM »
Tonight, I'm going to talk about climate change and the citizens' involvement.



In each country, citizens' action depends on the institutional practice as well as on current events.
For instance, in India, tens of thousands of Indian farmers have marched to the parliament in the capital, Delhi, to highlight the deepening agrarian crisis.
They arrived on Thursday from across the country and held a rally demanding better crop prices, drought relief and loan waivers.
Indian agriculture has been blighted by a depleting water table and declining productivity for decades.
Some "red vests" in India.


In Palestine, Thousands living in the West Bank have been protesting for almost two months to ask the government to pull back on the first ever proposal for social security.




But tonight, I'm going to focus on France. Indeed, Nearly 2 million people signed petition to sue government over climate inaction.

If France isn’t willing to take action on climate change on its own, well, the courts are always an option to force the government’s hand.
More than 1.8 million people worldwide have signed a petition from environmental groups to sue the French government for failing to take sufficient action on the matter. These groups, which include Greenpeace France and Oxfam France, are calling it the case of the century.

They’re hoping to acquire 2 million signatures, but the fact that they haven’t met the goal yet hasn’t stopped them from moving forward with litigation. They formally filed a case on December 17 demanding the government meet the Paris Agreement and the country’s own national energy transition strategy, and alleging that its decades of inaction has led to damages for which the plaintiffs are demanding compensation. French officials have two months to respond.

Hopefully, this move won’t spark the same kind of backlash that previous attempts at climate policy in France have. Just earlier this year, President Emmanuel Macron announced a gas tax to help alleviate emissions from vehicles. In 2017, the country consumed 4.5 percent more fossil fuels than the scheduled target the French government had set out when it launched its energy transition act in 2015 to prevent further global warming.

However, that gas tax failed miserably when violent protests by so-called yellow vests erupted in November. The lower- and middle-class people who largely made up the protesters aren’t against climate action, per se. They’re against climate action that doesn’t consult them to ensure their needs are met. Addressing the needs of a nation’s most vulnerable is a key step in any just transition away from a fossil fuel economy. This is also how a government builds support for its policies, which is key to their success.

The gas tax is on pause, at least for now. But many believe the French government still needs to act, with 2018 ending as the country’s hottest year on record. Pollution from vehicles, industry, and agriculture results in 48,o00 deaths a year in France, according to a 2016 study. France’s former ecology minister quit on live radio in August because of his people’s failure to do anything about any of it.

So now people are turning to the courts. And they’ve seen success in the past. In the United States, children in Massachusetts won a case to get their state government to develop a climate plan. Our Children’s Trust, the organization that supported them, is also behind a federal lawsuit that’s still moving through the courts. In Colombia, similar litigation resulted in legal personhood for the country’s piece of the Amazon Rainforest in April. In 2015, the Netherlands was the first country where a judge ruled on the side of citizens and environmental organizations, mandating the government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. That decision was upheld earlier this year.

Sometimes, legal action does work. At the very least, it pressures governments to acknowledge climate change exists. Well, most governments, that is.


Thousands march in Paris against climate change, on 8 December 2018.
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Chit Chat / Re: best clips
« Last post by scarface on December 27, 2018, 11:29 AM »
I see that humbert, vasudev and aa1234779 are present on the forum. I guess that the other users like Maher akaubee or shadow.97 are busy.
Tonight, I don't feel like talking. Instead, I'm posting a few videos for the users of the forum.


A documentary about Venezuela, titled State of Disaster.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qdO2pFoGgw

A video about the origins of IS and its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
Aa1234779 will probably take a look at it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHLT8-56Gmg

A simple conference of Jancovici about energy.
The depletion of natural resources, with oil to start with, and the need for a stable climate, will make it harder and harder to pursue economic growth as we know it. It has now become urgent to develop a new branch of economics which does not rely on the unrealistic assumption of a perpetual GDP increase. In this Colloquium, Jancovici will discuss a "physical" approach to economics which aims at understanding and managing the scaling back of our world economy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGt4XwBbCvA

The Cat Who Caught the Laser
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZt0qjTWNhw

The yellow vest movement in France
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLbVzox6jEY


After the krack of the Bitcoin, is it the end in 2019? (in French)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFxIlYEP_gI

His name was Christ. Jesus Christ. And he was accompanied by Da. Ju Da. And Pierre. Simon Pierre.
In this video you will discover the life of Jesus. Humbert and Vasudev will probably recognize the actors of les 3 frères, a movie that is available on the forum. (in French).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xSORIDw1Sg
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Microsoft Windows / Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Last post by Vasudev on December 27, 2018, 02:58 AM »
5G isn't really battery efficient  and yeah Fiber is expensive. But for people who download/upload heavily Fiber is helpful and 5G might not give you constant rated speed and it only advertises as 1Gbps Peak speed and not sustained speeds for N time duration.

Keep in mind I refer to the notion of using 5G for the home to compete against the current wire-based ISP. For mobile devices it's still a win-win situation: They'd use 5G whenever possible and simply revert back to LTE as the need arises. Serious problems would arise only if the devices were locked to 5G. Fortunately that won't be the case, it's already been confirmed.
For mobile users its a win-win situation.
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Microsoft Windows / Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Last post by humbert on December 26, 2018, 10:14 PM »
5G isn't really battery efficient  and yeah Fiber is expensive. But for people who download/upload heavily Fiber is helpful and 5G might not give you constant rated speed and it only advertises as 1Gbps Peak speed and not sustained speeds for N time duration.

Keep in mind I refer to the notion of using 5G for the home to compete against the current wire-based ISP. For mobile devices it's still a win-win situation: They'd use 5G whenever possible and simply revert back to LTE as the need arises. Serious problems would arise only if the devices were locked to 5G. Fortunately that won't be the case, it's already been confirmed.
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Chit Chat / Re: My Confession
« Last post by humbert on December 26, 2018, 10:08 PM »
Whether atheism is a belief (or belief system) or a religion, there is a god that atheists worship imho that is one's self and ideas.

I disagree. Atheists believe there are no gods, plain and simple. I can't speak for other atheists but rest assured I don't worship myself nor anything else. My opinions are based on science and logic, or at last least my interpretation.

Atheism led communists to be inhumane because they hold the values of Marx, Lennon, Stalin, Mao, and others to be holy even if they claim otherwise.

There is no question that the system imposed in Stalinist Russia, Maoist China and today's North Korea have all the characteristics of a religion. The leaders of these countries created a personality cult which, for all intents and purposes, raised them to the level of living gods. The system comes complete with a set of rules and values. It's even monotheistic just like Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

Marx is a different story. He believed organized religion was complicit which those who were oppressing the workers by promising them heaven if they behaved themselves. That's why he called religion the "Opium of the People". Consequently, atheism is the norm (no god, no complicity).

John Lennon was a man of peace who simply didn't believe in religion, or maybe that religion has a negative influence for humanity.

I believe as many other Muslims do that not all atheists are evil, Allah says in the Quran: "They aren't alike" as to Jews & Christians and the same goes for all other faiths including atheists & Muslims who are not an exception as evil exists in humanity in general.

This is great! When I was a child in Catholic school, we were taught atheists were bad people or at the very least misguided. They were clearly on the enemies list. I believe it's illegal to openly be an atheist in the KSA and Iran.

Although I'm openly against nudity.

You are within your rights to hold this or any opinion. In my case it's not so much that burkinis offend me, I just think it's ridiculous for women to have to wear these disgusting rags because their religions says so. One thing is for sure -- neither one of us has the right to impose our beliefs on these women, no matter how much we disagree.

I say this even though I was bullied on a daily basis, made fun of my accent, told to go back to my country many many times.
As to the slogan "Freedom & Justice for all" I believe in that as a principle that all humanity should adopt, not the American way of implementation though, being an evil imperialist superpower that bullies other nations & imposes tyrants upon them in the disguise of "policeman of the world".

Bullies exist everywhere and they always will. I know, I too was bullied and made fun of in school because I stutter when I speak. Fortunately as you yourself state, not everyone is like that. You could have told them this:

You: Do you speak Arabic?
Response: No
You: Then you should be ashamed of yourself for speaking just one language. How ignorant!

And of course I fervently disagree with this country's imperialist policies. Like all empires, it too will eventually die off. And of course I despise this moron who is now the president. Hopefully the new congress will draft a bill of impeachment to remove him from power.

It must be really sad to be an immigrant, both here and in Europe. First you have these evil people smugglers who sell them on the idea that the streets of America and Europe are paved with gold. Then they steal their life savings. After that these people end up in an abominable situation, being hated and rejected with everyone and with no place to go. I often believe people smugglers should be hanged without trial.

And maybe if I come to San Antonio one day, I'll watch a Spurs game with you if you attend basketball games.

I'd love that! Maybe one day it'll happen. If you want I'll take you to one of the mosques I mentioned so you can pray in peace.

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Chit Chat / Re: My Confession
« Last post by aa1234779 on December 26, 2018, 08:25 AM »
As we have mentioned atheism and atheist, it's a chance to tell who my favorite atheists are, not for their beliefs which I do not agree with respectfully, but because they are free men who stand up for others, and live not only for themselves, but for humanity as a whole with no selfishness at all imo.

Naom Chomsky
Norman Finkelstein
and George Carlin  ;D


You can find some good reads about the middle east on this site, I recommend bookmarking it:
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/its-more-bread-why-are-protests-sudan-happening-468957326
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Chit Chat / Re: My Confession
« Last post by aa1234779 on December 26, 2018, 06:04 AM »
Atheism is a belief (or belief system). It's not a religion because there is no god to worship nor is there any set a values a typical relgion would have. Like all belief systems, it can be forcibly imposed and even become a country's official policy. This is precisely what happened in countries like Communist China and Stalinist Russia. Forcible imposition of any belief system is not just wrong, it's an abomination against humanity. In that regard Communist China, Stalinist Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and even Vatican City (a sovereign nation too) are all the same garbage. I firmly believe this despite the fact that I'm an atheist myself. We're not all bad as many religions would lead you to believe.  :)
Whether atheism is a belief (or belief system) or a religion, there is a god that atheists worship imho that is one's self and ideas.
Atheism led communists to be inhumane because they hold the values of Marx, Lennon, Stalin, Mao, and others to be holy even if they claim otherwise.
I believe as many other Muslims do that not all atheists are evil, Allah says in the Quran: "They aren't alike" as to Jews & Christians and the same goes for all other faiths including atheists & Muslims who are not an exception as evil exists in humanity in general.



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Let's assume in this example the French government is truly secular (sadly not the case). Let's go to a nice Mediterranean beach on a summer day. We have a woman dressed in a burkini and, 3 meters away, another one who is totally naked (legal in Europe as you know):

Atheist state:     Woman in Burkink is arrested, accused of practicing religion illegally
Religious state:  Naked woman arrested, accused of indecency
Secular state:    No one arrested, the rights of both women equally respected under the law

That sums it up.
Great example indeed.
Although I'm openly against nudity.

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Of course I know this country has established itself as a self-appointed world policeman. Just like everywhere, there is injustice, racism, double-standards etc. Having visited this USA, I'm sure you agree that in real life these problems are nowhere near as bad as the news media would lead you to believe. Here in my neighborhood there are people who hang American flags outside their homes. They probably believe in that "Freedom & Justice for all" garbage. Despite this, nobody has yet knocked on my door to ask why I don't have a flag outside my house. We live in peace, we respect each other and I have no issue with someone hanging a flag just like I have no issue with you being a Muslim. As Mexico's Benito Juarez once said, "Respect for the right of others is peace". A great quote by a great man.
I not only visited the states, I lived there for more than 3 years in Alabama (Heart of Dixie) which I still love to this day. I was taught by some of the greatest teachers despite difference in religion & the secular curriculum. How can I forget all that?
America, is not pure evil, there is a lot of good in the people there and much much kindness.
I say this even though I was bullied on a daily basis, made fun of my accent, told to go back to my country many many times.
As to the slogan "Freedom & Justice for all" I believe in that as a principle that all humanity should adopt, not the American way of implementation though, being an evil imperialist superpower that bullies other nations & imposes tyrants upon them in the disguise of "policeman of the world".
 

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Oh, and before I forget. Here in San Antonio I personally have seen women wearing hijabs and even a few wearing niqabs. Some of them were doing their jobs, such as one serving coffee at Starbucks. Another once is a nice girl who waits at the bus stop to go to school in the morning. She is together with her other friends who do NOT wear hijabs and they seem to get along well. The women are free to dress as they please, NOBODY bothers them - in fact if somebody mistreats them they will be arrested by the police. Sadly in France this does not appear to be the case.
Oops, I misread San Antonio as San Diego.
That is nice to hear that there is tolerance & mutual respect between fellow citizens & residents. It hurts me though seeing immigrants being bullied by supremacists.
Last I saw was the Syrian immigrant girl being beaten in a school bathroom, she was later hospitalized. The same happens in the UK unfortunately.
The problem with American culture nowadays is the clown president that spreads hate and reinforces the ideas of racists, causing hate crimes and assaults against minorities (especially Muslims) to rise according to national surveys, not Majed's words.
I hope the US & France the whole world lives in peace & tolerance to different people.
And maybe if I come to San Antonio one day, I'll watch a Spurs game with you if you attend basketball games.

Peace
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Microsoft Windows / Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Last post by Vasudev on December 26, 2018, 02:45 AM »
5G has worse range which you may know already. They are good for short range very high speed comm link with MIMO.
I already ditched that ISP.

From what I've been reading, the plan is to put 5G cells on telephone poles and street lights. The home customer would be issued a 5G modem with probably a small external antenna. The idea is, of course to find a way around 5G's distance and through-the-wall limitations. A major plus is that 5G devices would be fully backward compatible with 4G (LTE). It is infinitely cheaper for ISP's to hang 5G cells from a light pole than to tear up the street to bury fiber-optic cables. This is (I believe) why Google and AT&T are starting to cut back on their plans to install fiber everywhere. If the ISP's manage to get around 5G's limitations, fiber will become obsolete.
5G isn't really battery efficient  and yeah Fiber is expensive. But for people who download/upload heavily Fiber is helpful and 5G might not give you constant rated speed and it only advertises as 1Gbps Peak speed and not sustained speeds for N time duration.
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Microsoft Windows / Re: Windows 7 Component Store Cleanup - Rebase
« Last post by humbert on December 25, 2018, 11:02 PM »
5G has worse range which you may know already. They are good for short range very high speed comm link with MIMO.
I already ditched that ISP.

From what I've been reading, the plan is to put 5G cells on telephone poles and street lights. The home customer would be issued a 5G modem with probably a small external antenna. The idea is, of course to find a way around 5G's distance and through-the-wall limitations. A major plus is that 5G devices would be fully backward compatible with 4G (LTE). It is infinitely cheaper for ISP's to hang 5G cells from a light pole than to tear up the street to bury fiber-optic cables. This is (I believe) why Google and AT&T are starting to cut back on their plans to install fiber everywhere. If the ISP's manage to get around 5G's limitations, fiber will become obsolete.
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