John McCain on Senate Intelligence Report on CIA “Enhanced Interrogation” (09.12.2014).

“I know from personal experience that the abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good intelligence. I know that victims of torture will offer intentionally misleading information if they think their captors will believe it. I know they will say whatever they think their torturers want them to say if they believe it will stop their suffering. Most of all, I know the use of torture compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies, our belief that all people, even captured enemies, possess basic human rights, which are protected by international conventions the U.S. not only joined, but for the most part authored.

Full transcript: http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2014/12/floor-statement-by-sen-mccain-on-senate-intelligence-committee-report-on-cia-interrogation-methods

Everyone is a Miracle!

Video by Silvio Falcinelli

Sir Humphrey Appleby: You Lied!

Sir Humphrey Appleby trying to explain to Prime Minister Hacker that he was being less than honest…

“Yes. Unfortunately, although the answer was indeed clear, simple and straightforward, there is some difficulty in justifiably assigning to it the fourth of the epithets you applied to the statement inasmuch as the precise correlation between the information you communicated and the facts insofar as they can be determined and demonstrated is such as to cause epistemological problems of sufficient magnitude as to lay upon the logical and semantic resources of the English language a heavier burden than they can reasonably be expected to bear.”

Joan Baez: Rejoice in the Sun (Silent Running)

Tehmina Kazi, IALRW Conference, Birmingham 2014

Great speech from Tehmina Kazi at the International Association of Liberal Religious Women (IALRW) Conference in Birmingham last weekend.

Amazing Airshow, Living Islam 2014.

I had the good fortune to experience an amazing airshow after Jumu’ah prayers at the Living Islam festival on 1. August, 2014, at the Lincolnshire Showground. Here are a couple of short videos I took with my phone.

More daring aerial acrobatics…

Eid Al Fitr 1435 / 2014

In the UK if you started fasting on 30 June, Eid al Fitr should be on Wednesday, 30 July. If you started on the 29 June, Eid will be on Tuesday, 29 July. People in the Americas might be celebrating Eid as early as Monday, if they started fasting on the 27 June.

As for reports of the moon’s sighting before then, no need to over react! :)

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