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Abdel Irada
Member since Apr-14-12
<السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته>

("As-salaamu alaykum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuhu.")

<May peace be upon you, and the mercy and blessings of God.>


Call me Ismail.

This is short for my Muslim name: إسماعيل عبد الإرادة (Ismail Abdelirada). (My real name is quite different, but for reasons of privacy I do not choose to share it here. Others who have shared it did so without my consent.)

Until 2013, my wife, نظيرة (Nazeera), and I lived in Camazotz, California, a small town filled with rugged individualists who all do the same ruggedly individual things at the same ruggedly individual time in the same ruggedly individual way.

We then lived for 16 months in San Francisco, where mobile tsunami alarms ply the streets in the chill hours before dawn, pterodactyls wheeze politely as they choke on refuse under your windows six times a day, and you know it's time to cross the street when someone opens up on you with an Uzi. (Okay. Literally, the street sweepers make a noise when they start that resembles a tsunami alarm, the garbage and recycling trucks really do make a wheezing sound, and yes, the crossing signals on Market and several nearby streets actually sound like a machine gun. Unable to account for all of this in any other way, I have concluded that the City and County of San Francisco are inordinately clever in devising new ways to annoy residents.)

On the other hand, a few blocks away, we could get some of the world's best five-meat pizza, cooked halal by Mexican chefs in an Italian restaurant operated by Egyptians. (It's on Eerie Boulevard between Clones and Leavin'-Worth.)

Now we are back in Santa Cruz, at least until we can secure the necessary documents to begin our jihad:

We intend, God willing, to fly to Morocco, and then set out on foot from Tangier, along the coast of the Mediterranean, to Tarifa, Spain — a distance of just under ten thousand miles.

Our purpose in doing this is to spread a message of peace and brotherhood, both within Islam and between faiths.

Many people — and in particular many Muslims, even before we became Muslim — have been kind to us in countless ways. Now Allah has put this jihad into my heart to give me an opportunity, perhaps, to give something back at long last.


“Of no avail,” saith Richard Burton in his translation of _The Thousand And One Nights_, “is a twice-told tale.”

So, if you want to learn more about me, check this page (which will probably tell you far more than you wanted to know — ha ha, hee hee, ho ho!):

If you want to reach me off site, click here: I will then (assuming you give me a valid address to which to reply) write back to establish direct contact.

(I forbear to offer harvester bots my direct email address by displaying it here.)

A moiety>

يا حبيبي، يا حياتي

و يا الألمي

:قال لني، قال لني، من فضلك

لم أنت تسحرني؟

:قال لني، قال لني، من فضلك

لم أنت تجاد قابي؟


Yā habībī, yā hayātī

Wa yā 'l-alamī

Qāl linī, qāl linī, min fadlukī:

Lima enti tasaharanī?

Qāl linī, qāl linī, min fadlukī:

Lima enti tajalada 'albī?

Vers libre>

Daily the freeway edges a little nearer.
Daily it grows a little bigger, dirtier,
More crowded, more congested. Daily it
Roars ever so slightly louder, with just
So much deeper a note of menace.
Pollution, too, and airborne death in

A thousand shapes: daily the freeway
Vomits a fraction more of these its woes
Upon a luckless downwind multitude.

Daily wanes the scant screen of ragged redwoods
That have for so long stood sentinel —
Forlorn hopes, perhaps; reminders of
A better time; symbols still, whether
Effectual or no — melting almost
Perceptibly before thousands of luckless
Downwind faces. Daily, too, the CalTrans
Trucks rattle past, rows of steel carrion
Beetles grown enormous, racing to some
Wound in raped and moribund nature's flesh
To aid in the corruption.

<Fluid Fire
A Carminal>

Who but she, that fluid fire of my heart,
Hath eyes of ice in burning aqua framed,
Whose sparks like midnight fountains' blazes start To flash in spectral firestreaks from their spheres Like firefalls on mountain cascades untamed
Or dance of city lights on darkling meres?

Who but she, igniter of blood and mind,
Hath on her head a crown of gold ablaze
In tides of fire surging to make eyes blind
From phosphor seas of moonbeams burning bright
As gold and pearls in gulfs of silver rays
Whose waves like gems blaze in dawn's topaz light?

Who but she, she who sets men's souls afire,
Hath aspect so with beauty's rays aflame
That bright heaven's stars to its beams aspire
And the very sun envies its fair glow
And maids fair as the moon on it lay blame
Like night unstarred outshone by sun-gilt snow?

Who but she hath all these? Yet all were naught
But for that taintless mind, that force of thought, And perfect beacon soul of love's light wrought.

"Not ignorant of trials, I now can learn to help the miserable."

— Dido, queen of Carthage, in Virgil's _The Aeneid_. Full Member

   Abdel Irada has kibitzed 19426 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-16-17 The Caissars chessforum
Abdel Irada: ∞ <zanzibar: <<td> ... Hilary Clinton ...> Sure she never loses? Looks like she lost a "l" right from the get-go.> This is where you're confused. You're talking about failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. <TD> is referring to his attorney,
   Jan-16-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
Abdel Irada: ∞ <TheFocus: First line on the above link: <How to Get A <Free> Voter ID>. Case closed. Really. Free means the ID doesn't cost you anything but your transportation costs and your time.> Along about now, a conversation with my coffee maker begins to look ...
   Jan-16-17 L Machado vs K McDonald, 2016
Abdel Irada: ∞ <transpose: It took me a minute trying to take the g pawn, but I finally got it. If I were black, I may have also been oblivious and played which just loses. I hope if I were white I would have seen it and also played 23 d5. In fact, it might have been a ...
   Jan-14-17 Abdel Irada chessforum
Abdel Irada: ∞ In Soviet Caissars, nominee votes for YOU! ∞
   Jan-14-17 TheAlchemist chessforum
Abdel Irada: ∞ Is it possible, I wonder, for a post to both violate posting guidelines and win a Caissar? In any other year, I'd say no .... ∞
   Jan-13-17 Memorable Quotes chessforum
Abdel Irada: ∞ <TheFocus: People seem to be more upset that there was hacking, but ignore the corruption the hacked emails reveal.> ∞
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  Boomie: <Richard Taylor>

I consider Khrushchev a genius. During the war, he was a political commissar in various regions. Most notably, he was at Stalingrad during the battle. Although he wasn't a major player during the battle, various memoirs of generals mention him with high regard. He remained in Stalingrad during the battle seeing to the morale and readiness of the troops and interrogating prisoners. He was nearly killed a number of times as was everyone in Stalingrad during that most horrible battle.

So the guy had a lot of courage for a politician, eh? His trip to the US in 1959 changed everyone's perception of him. He was gregarious and funny. He went to Disneyland so therefore he was human...heh. This trip had a profound influence on US citizens and eased tensions considerably.

Khrushchev would have made a terrific poker player. He was a master of the bluff, for example the Cuban missile crisis. And when Kennedy called his bluff, he folded gracefully and without further incident. He even got NATO to remove missiles from Turkey, so it wasn't a complete loss.

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  perfidious: <Richard....McCarthyism which seems to be echoed by the current paranoia, a lot of good people were unnecessarily persecuted. Hoover was a kind of little Stalin. Of course Stalin was close to insane...>

True enough; moreover, modern-day surveillance can take on forms which were the stuff of sci-fi films in the fifties.

I rather suspect, though not an MD, that Stalin had gone clear round the bend, as opposed to being very nearly there.

As to paranoia: Stalin was infected by that bacillus, in all probability long before he got to the top. One did not enjoy a long life without watching one's back in the Party, even with an eye towards one's friends.

Just ask Krylenko about that.

May-15-16  Shams: My forum is open whenever you wish to enlighten me on mob psychology.
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  perfidious: <Boomie....Khrushchev....even got NATO to remove missiles from Turkey, so (the Cuban missile crisis) wasn't a complete loss.>

Most interesting; we may only imagine what might happen if those weapons were still in place there, given the current instability in the country.

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My good <Irada>, a quick OT and probably illegal question, but I'm dying to know.

Has the idea ever crossed your mind, even in passing, that ljfyffe and HeMateMe might be the same person? Or perhaps brothers, such as Tweedledee and Tweedledum?

It just crossed my mind this minute??!?!?

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  cormier: Scripture: John 21:20-23

20 Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" 22 Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" 23 The saying spread abroad among the brethren that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" ..... just to say that it's a case by case, between Love and oneself ..... ths G

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  Abdel Irada: ∞

No such thing as an "OT" question here, <jessica>. As you can see, I have no topic. I am the Jerry Seinfeld (don't sue me, whoever owns Jerry's material) of forum hosts.

And what is about nothing is also about everything, and so I achieve diversity without even trying. ;-)

As to your question, though:

No, and I think you will agree that <Hmm> has enough difficulties maintaining his own account without also attempting a parody account. As we know, <Jim Bartle> holds the site record for "most posts," but not far behind him is <Hmm> hmmself. (And now, with <Jim> having mostly retired his main account because he feels ashamed of his post count, <Hmm> could soon be our new posting champeen.)

So, computing how long it already takes to compose 38,000 posts: Does <Hmm> really have time in <Hmm>'s busy day of drinking Bud Lite, watching TV, cheerleading for the Democratic Party *U-S-A*! (No Matter What), daydreaming about things I'd rather not think about, and catastrophically misreading posts, and then combining at the end of each day the fermenting juices of these five avocations in a centrifuge, dumping the precipitate directly into a hole in the top of <Hmm>'s head, and typing whatever emerges from the ensuing chemical "brain storm," to take on a second persona?

Anyway, they are not really anything alike. For example, how much do you think <Hmm> knows about the works of William Blake?

Or, if you think the sock is on the other hand, how much do you think <ljfyffe> knows about New York's Times Square?

And if they are by some chance brothers who have found each other on <> after all these years of bitter separation, I can only imagine that each wishes the other had remained long lost. (Although one will thrust by way of threatening an invasion of Canadian lemmings and the other will parry with an "immature terd," and that's when the $#!7 hits the epee.)

Do *you* really see a resemblance?

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Heh... well not now, after reading your exposition on the matter.

I think it's obvious that yet again I didn't do my homework. On the plus side, I enjoyed reading your essay. Good to see you working in the comedy format again.

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  User not found: <I hope you do get investigated and put away for this. If you do, you will find that your fellow inmates also don't suffer pedophiles gladly.>

Thank you for saying that, Abdel. The police are coming back Wednesday so let's see what happens. If Daniel is prepared to host oddballs and weirdos that's up to him but Tony has ruined his career and his reputation because he wanted my attention! There's something fundamentally wrong with that man and it's over for him now. He's pathetic.

Aug-10-16  thegoodanarchist: I achieve trying without even diversity.
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  Abdel Irada: ∞

We're all trying, <tga>.

But some are more trying than others.

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  chancho: <Abdel> I read your post to <al wazir>. No need to copy the text to edit.
When I see an error in what I post, I use the delete message button. Then I use the back arrow to return to <preview your kibitz> where the original comment is, make the needed corrections, and press <post kibitz> again.
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  chancho: You can also use backspace in your comp to return to <preview your kibitz>
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  Abdel Irada: ∞

Good point, <chancho>. I'll try it that way next time. It sounds easier.

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  TheAlchemist: <Abdel Irada> Thank you for your understanding.

Just as I've written around a previous occasion deleting posts is something I don't like doing and it does reek of censorship but MQ is a special case, since it was envisioned from the beginning as a repository of sorts and not a discussion board (which would make navigation very difficult and frustrating if not turned people away outright). Perhaps I was too naive to think people wouldn't use it for vendettas or as a means of attacking others (as was the first such instance almost 2 years ago). Also, you can never really tell when a seemingly innocuous post might "trigger" someone, so there is that to consider too.

Anyway, thanks for being cool about it. If you wish, you are always welcome to post any suggestions or criticism regarding MQ on my forum, I would welcome any.

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  Abdel Irada: ∞

<TheAlchemist>: I think you're moderating <MQ>, if anything, with great liberality. I have no complaints. (So far, at least. When I think of some, shall I come annoy you with them?) :-D

Before posting that quote from <op>, I should have taken into account how he would most likely react.

Oct-26-16  Shams: D.C. is very far but this would be a fantastic exhibit to catch:
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  Abdel Irada: ∞

Say! That *is* an interesting exhibit, based on what I saw on that link.

Calligraphy is generally considered an art in its own right, but I have seldom seen it so used that the words are themselves illustrations.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you too, my good man!

Dec-22-16  thegoodanarchist: Knock knock.

Who's there?

<Abdel>, I hope.

Is it OK to wish "Merry Christmas" to a Muslim?

If not, please delete this post now.


Dec-22-16  thegoodanarchist: And, NO, the previous post was NOT meant to be antagonistic. I meant it sincerely.
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  Abdel Irada: ∞

I don't celebrate Christmas, but I am not offended, and I wish you a merry one in turn, and a happy and productive new year.

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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada>, have read your posts from time to time on the just world hypothesis and just came across this, in an article on Wikipedia:

<....(Melvin) Lerner's inquiry was influenced by repeatedly witnessing the tendency of observers to blame victims for their suffering. During his clinical training as a psychologist, he observed treatment of mentally ill persons by the health care practitioners with whom he worked. Though he knew them to be kindhearted, educated people, they often blamed patients for the patients' own suffering. Lerner also describes his surprise at hearing his students derogate....the poor, seemingly oblivious to the structural forces that contribute to poverty. In a study on rewards, he observed that when one of two men was chosen at random to receive a reward for a task, that caused him to be more favorably evaluated by observers, even when the observers had been informed that the recipient of the reward was chosen at random. Existing social psychological theories, including cognitive dissonance, could not fully explain these phenomena. The desire to understand the processes that caused these phenomena led Lerner to conduct his first experiments on what is now called the just-world hypothesis....>

Jan-08-17  thegoodanarchist: <AI> I think that your most commendable trait <on line> is the ability you have to step aside from partisan bickering to share a food recipe with a fellow verbal combatant.

I respect that, because it is a rare trait, and an admirable trait at the same time.

So here is a recipe that I made for the second time tonight, and it is the most delicious vegan recipe I've ever made.

The first time I skimped on the lime juice. And it was tasty.

Today I put in the amount of lime juice (and ginger) called for by the recipe. And wow! Just wow!. I made it exactly, except I used dry cilantro instead of fresh. I bet fresh is better, but it was awesome none the less.

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  Abdel Irada: ∞

In Soviet Caissars, nominee votes for YOU!

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