The efficacy of late warnings and other governmental machinations to get at citizens’ pockets

The efficacy of late warnings and other governmental machinations to get at citizens’ pockets

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In Bahrain, the citizen seems to be the unquenchable fount of money. Funds which most here are in desperate need of, are dragged out of our pockets by unremitting fines, fees and other government charges and levies.[video width="384" height="698" mp4="http://mahmood.tv/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/warning-notices-for-small-front-gardens.mp4"]Last month, the Traffic Dept had its fun by sending us ...

The fallacy of the “Pure Race”

The fallacy of the “Pure Race”

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Being of a "pure race" is a myth. A fallacy. Something that is imprinted in us; however, to perpetuate our mistaken sense of superiority. What that did - and still does - is just make us prejudiced and antagonistic toward each other. Being humble and inclusive is more important than ...

Amazing. 3k video resolution on an iPhone

Amazing. 3k video resolution on an iPhone

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The latest version of the Filmic Pro application, version 6, is amazing. It is very intuitive to use and as importantly opens up a whole host of features and resolutions to iPhone filmmakers. The new version is capable of going up to 4k resolution on iPhone 6S series and above. Unfortunately ...

The USA is no longer a destination of choice

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On 21st March the TSA and Homeland Security are expected to announce their banning of electronic devices larger than a mobile phone on some flights to and from the USA. This ban will be in effect on certain airlines and countries. There appears to be ten airports from eight Muslim countries ...

False starts are common. Is this another one?

False starts are common. Is this another one?

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Something's up.I - like the majority of Bahrainis - have become pessimistic and always looking for hidden meanings.This latest feeling descended on me when I heard that a staunch loyalist MP invited the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra'ad Alhussein to come to Bahrain to personally investigate ...

Scratching head and wondering if that is Art.

Scratching head and wondering if that is Art.

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Help. I'm confused. Is this really art?https://vimeo.com/202425245This is an honest question. I have no answer other than being left wondering what is art in general, and if this "work" and others like it actually lowers the bar of what should be regarded as art.To me, it a badly shot and ...

Learning to be a bit deaf…

Learning to be a bit deaf…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s advice for success in marriage, the Supreme Court, and everything in between is based on two wisdoms she received from her in-laws. Here she is at Stanford Rathbun Lecture 2017 delivering those wisdoms:https://youtu.be/83XnwyWg_q8?t=11m20s Man do I need this advice, especially the first part. I sometimes have ugly anger management issues that ...

Yoga. My new addiction.

Yoga. My new addiction.

Yoga was one of those things that I thought house-wives and mystics would while away their time in. The images I saw on the internet certainly supported this view. It’s no surprise that I veered away from Yoga. I’m a healthy and strong individual dedicated to an all-round gym experience, ...

Reel Bad Arabs. The propagation of discrimination

Reel Bad Arabs. The propagation of discrimination

My son Arif's Christmas gift to me was the book "Reel Bad Arabs, how Hollywood vilifies a people" by Jack Shaheen (it was made into a film as well - vimeo). It is a fascinating reference which took the author more than two decades to compile. In it, he reviewed ...

Self help. Regurgitated. 

Self help. Regurgitated. 

After reading so many self help or development books, I think I'm veering toward the the idea that they're mostly unimaginative and uncreative regurgitaions. And that I would be better served - and entertained - by reading fiction.Any you would recommend?