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Mahmood
Posted on: 17.Jul.2014, 08:39 AM





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QUOTE (Somebody @ 16.Jul.2014, 11:41 PM) *
People get married because most of population does it...So what?

It does not guarantee anything...For me is just the most stupid thing which has ever been invented by mankind.

So...
What is a one good reason to get married? smile.gif


So most of the population is stupid?
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Mahmood
Posted on: 1.Jun.2013, 08:35 AM





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I did a good part of Rome with my wife in about 6 hours on foot. Having said that, you need a life time to truly explore a city with a history of more than 2000 years.

Starting from Termini station we covered Basilica de Santa Maria, Repubblica, Piazza-del-Quirinale and numerous other piazzas on our way to Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. We also walked to River Tiber (great views) to cross to Vatican side for Castle Sant'Angelo and of course Saint Peter's Basillica. We did not go inside.

A lady selling her paintings on road side told us that we actually covered a lot of places. From that I gather that we were able to see a good part of old Rome.

We also passed by Forum and Colosseum in Taxi. These two alone could take a half day but they look extremely busy, which is not our thing so some pics from outside were enough for us.

Oh not to forget we had nice Italian coffee breaks in between with an original Roma pizza and bruschetta to finish things with a guy playing accordion on street.

Its a beautiful city and there is a piece of history at every corner.

Have a nice trip.
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Mahmood
Posted on: 26.May.2013, 03:23 PM





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This is awesome research and accurate depiction of the nature of this problem. Bravo!
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Posted on: 25.May.2013, 03:06 PM





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I have experienced Dutch/Belgian, Belgian/French and French/Italian land borders and took a flight from Rome to Amsterdam. All while having an Italian Schengen visa (I don't have a UK or EU country passport). Absolutely no problem crossing borders. I just have to show my passport with valid Schengen visa at couple of instances and even that was like checking a metro ticket.

Though German border is known to be tougher but I do not think they can be too different from the rest under Schengen agreement. If you have a British passport, I don't think you even need Schengen visa.
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Posted on: 25.May.2013, 02:33 PM





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Society should not be a fragile system that falls apart due to any change in the environment. The real solution is when we design society as an Antifragile system. I am not talking about Robust society that remains unaffected by "foreign" stress sources. I am talking about an Antifragile system that gains from disorder and becomes better than before. Just like human muscles are antifragile. You rupture them a lit bit in the gym by lifting weights so that they heal themselves to take more stress than they can previously handle. Another property of antifragile system is that they become weak if you remove stress from them.
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Mahmood
Posted on: 24.May.2013, 04:30 PM





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I do not have an insight for the dynamics of Swedish society but I am curious what instigated the Muslims at this point of time to act upon their religious teaching and be violent? Does this incident truly has religious roots or a social issue was brewing this problem and it boiled over duly to the death of a guy?
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Mahmood
Posted on: 24.May.2013, 12:37 PM





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QUOTE (jostein @ 24.May.2013, 11:33 AM) *
Mecca islam is the parts of the Koran and the examples in the hadith of Muhammeds life from before Muhammed was driven out of Mecca. For 10 years Muhammed preached in Mecca and gained <500 followers. Being militarlily weak these verses are mostly peaceful.

What?! Muhammad PBUH driven out of Mecca though the verses he was preaching were largely peaceful...for 10 years? I thought he was a blood thirsty warmonger who said absurd things and should not be paid attention to. Who drove him out of Mecca? Shouldn't he be allowed to practice his thoughts if he was peaceful?

QUOTE (jostein @ 24.May.2013, 11:33 AM) *
Mahmood, assuming you are a Muslim. Can you criticize Muhammed? I can criticize Jesus at the drop of a hat. I find his pacificism totally misguided and a lethal threat to any who listens to him. Furthermore, i name Jesus dishonest, hiding the true nature of his truth behind a wall of obfuscation and intentional misconceptions. This was WRONGLY DONE bye Jesus, he should have told his story straight. There. Your turn to prove whether you are moderate or not.

Interesting...what strategy Jesus should have adopted that would've made him a good prophet in your opinion?

On my moderation issue...sorry to tell you that I am not wise enough to judge or criticize my neighbor's 15 year old kid. Let alone my prophet...so I guess I am not a moderate muslim.
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Mahmood
Posted on: 24.May.2013, 09:15 AM





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QUOTE (jostein @ 24.May.2013, 09:35 AM) *
Apparently there are one or two muslim sects that try to promote Mecca islam. But they are banned from entering Saudi Arabia and constitute less than 1% of muslims.

Could you please elaborate on "Mecca Islam". I haven't heard of this term before. Also, may I know any reference that made you say that they are less than 1% of muslims.
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QUOTE (tatianaa @ 23.May.2013, 01:45 PM) *
is it save to keep money at forexbank? or oneday it may soon happen that the bank vaporizes?

Always keep money in a bank that is too big to fail. wink.gif
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Posted on: 22.May.2013, 09:08 PM





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laugh.gif Tempting! but history does not favor players coming out of retirement, you know wink.gif
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QUOTE (7 @ 2.Apr.2013, 09:36 PM) *
i think the glory days are behind us mzungu, sadly. i will poke in a little more frequently now for a tad to see how it goes..so i am game. where is gus? i know miss kitten also peruses when the feline fancy strikes.

Glory days they were!...the intensity and passion of debates with a touch of respect made it unique. I still value my TL experience.
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QUOTE (Britska @ 17.Oct.2012, 10:39 AM) *

Great article...we as a civilization are on a path of self-destruction.
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Mahmood
Posted on: 17.Oct.2012, 08:17 AM





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One scary graph! http://www.subdude-site.com/WebPages_Local...ars_400x270.gif … …. Exponential collapse follow exponential growths. Not good when it applies to population graph. Are we reaching the top?!
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Posted on: 18.Apr.2012, 12:48 PM





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Try it on Xbox...it works much better on it. Infact, XBox 360 with kinect has the potential to become the future of home entertainment.
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Posted on: 1.Mar.2012, 05:41 AM





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Why are we here? What brings anyone anywhere? Why do men build bridges, why are there jets?...ultimately in hope of sex. Have you ever made love to a woman, Gamla?
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Posted on: 21.Feb.2012, 01:52 PM





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You can start Forex trading...that's legal and as good as gambling.
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No mention of Lord of the Rings yet!...the entire series is inspirational cinema in terms of story telling.
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Posted on: 15.Feb.2012, 02:31 AM





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I think the cars should have 120kph speed locks instead of highways with speed limits. 120kph is a good enough speed for highway travel.
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Mahmood
Posted on: 12.Feb.2012, 07:04 AM





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What is death?

Well, eventually everybody will find the exact answer to that...judging from the previous answers though, one thing is for sure...dead people can't access TL.
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could you please elaborate on the insecurities you mentioned?
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I think a more interesting question could be that how come such an absurd, violent and illogical concept of religion is existing in so many shapes and forms for so many centuries in every corner of the world? Normally culture, superstitions etc. changes with time. How come religion managed to hold on to these superstitions for so long?
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QUOTE (skogsbo @ 12.Jan.2012, 06:37 PM) *
Only now does it get interesting, so your an Ex Pat in Saudi who made it as success, from where? What brings you to a Swedish site if SA is so great?

I am one of the Asian expat you worry about so much wink.gif...as for what brings me to Swedish site is a long story...but in short, it was curiosity...BTW, I was a regular poster for years when The Local used to host orgasmic discussions on everything under the sun. I stayed on because I found that Sweden is as lovely and interesting as any other country in the world.
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QUOTE (7 @ 12.Jan.2012, 01:23 PM) *
again it's interesting and the quota requirement is intriguing (personally i'm not a fan of quotas though i do appreciate the kickstart they often offer to a bigger problem)

but mahmood, i'm sorry, but it's hard to steer me away from the inequality of women in saudi when women can't drive a car. i mean, really. enough already.

True...driving not allowed for women is absurd when Saudi women are working engineers, doctors, air hostesses etc. Everyone knows it, but it hasn't been changed yet. Many things have changed over the years for better for women and this symbolic and very important hurdle will also go away in not too distant future.

QUOTE (7 @ 12.Jan.2012, 01:23 PM) *
and how does it work for women living at universities while they study? do they have student housing for independent female students?

Yes
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QUOTE (skogsbo @ 12.Jan.2012, 11:59 AM) *
perhaps your view is a little narrow too and you believe what the state tells you. If an asian fella asks for his entitlement, like flights home etc.. and his employer is less than considerate (many are), then the asain guy won't have a job next week. Because the Saudi knows he has the funds and millions of Asian's don't, so he just hire someone else.

Again my friend, you are mostly talking about people who work illegally or who do not know their rights. But I know where you are coming from. Not just you, but majority of expats in middle east has this negative attitude where they constantly bitch about ills of the society. Though majority of time its the employee who use this excuse for their own misdeeds. I am also an expat who came to Saudi 8 years ago as a graduate Student. Now I am a partner in an engineering firm though I even did not ask for partnership from my owner. Why...because I was not negative during my 5 years of work with the firm.

To make my last point on this topic with you...the middle east society has loads of problem just like any other society in the world. But you can either bitch about it or understand the inner workings of the society and bring positive change by gaining power in the system at whatever level you are working on.
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QUOTE (skogsbo @ 12.Jan.2012, 09:36 AM) *
you know as well as me that if a western woman went into a Saudi mall with a top that didn't completely cover her shoulders or a skirt on she would be hounded / steered out of the shop by stick weilding Mutawwa - religious police. But then when they went over the bridge on day trips to Bahrain(not any more!), they couldn't keep their eyes or hands off the girls! Or the booze for that matter. It's just double standards or rather they are following the state's rules, because if they break them their lives will be hell, even though they don't like the laws themselves. Is chop chop square an example of your fine country's fairness?

Your view of entire place is a little narrow IMHO...you choose to focus on the worst incidents. Its like assuming that the entire west consist of drunkards and prostitutes because I happen to be there during Carnival and passed by the red light district.

QUOTE (skogsbo @ 12.Jan.2012, 09:36 AM) *
So the percentage up take is what? Given the fact that most of the foriegn workers have to work crazy hours and aren't there as graduate workers, they won't ever get the time to become a graduate or learn arabic, then I bet the uptake is less than point something of a percent?

Very little...but that is the point. You have to become a Saudi before you become a Saudi national. Its not easy for a purpose. Aren't you facing problem with immigration in Sweden. Care to elaborate the reason. I am sure it boils down to the reason that they became Swedish before they became Swedish.

QUOTE (skogsbo @ 12.Jan.2012, 09:36 AM) *
But who gets this? Certainly not the vast majority of workers. It's not worth that much reall and most Asian workers don't have their families with them either.. I have seen first hand the conditions where most Asain workers live and in Europe most people won't keep a pet there. It is pretty grim.

Really, do you really want me to give you a tour of London and its underground illegal worker class and there living conditions? Or any major European city for that matter?

All legal workers get housing and all benefits I mentioned unless you are working in a screwed up company...like I believe you worked for wink.gif

QUOTE (skogsbo @ 12.Jan.2012, 09:36 AM) *
Money, because although educated and well spoken, the average Saudi / Kuwaiti Arab is lazy and won't even consider a job unless it's manager level or above.

So suddenly the poor repressed Saudi population is not that poor after all. They just want Managerial job and are lazy. Though from your previous comments, I thought the king keep them from getting jobs while 7 million people from outside get jobs in the same country. There are jobs created by the government it means. Its then just the mater of who wants to do it.

Also, the billions in Asia you feel so strongly about should complain their own governments for not finding them work in their own country and feeding them to cruel cruel arabs.
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