If nothing else, my Math is getting better!

by bahmani

I don't know about you, I am enjoying the newfound dimension in Iranian.com, namely posting replies to articles and the many blog arguments we are having. The math question is a new one though and I haven't seen this on other blogs. But I am enjoying it as it has become a daily mind teaser, as I find myself hoping for a challenging number each time. I don't like the 17+0 ones as much, they are too easy. 7+9 is good, 6+18 even better! I have noticed also that many of the blog and article responses by the readers, all too often slip into vulgarity, and while I love reading them personally, (and will admit that I indulge myself more than I should!) I have heard from many, the general displeasure they find in the disrespectful diatribes in the pursuit of the site's mantra, "Nothing is Sacred". So I would like to suggest that as the blog responses get more and more silly or crude, to make the math occasionally more and more difficult, so that you only get to make your rude statement, if you manage to solve for x, or can find the integral of something. Maybe having to do a more complicated math problem will make people re-think your cursing. Although, on the other hand, I think in my case, it may only increase the tendency!


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That's unfair

by caspianseamermaid (not verified) on

You see, when I first saw them, I thought they were trick questions!
Then, having tried a few, I discovered that cheating in maths lessons at school will catch up with you eventually.
I'm also to0 daft to register.

By the way, should die-hard nihilists take offence to "Nothing is sacred"? Surely, that's mixing up nihilism with the supernatural?

(Jahanshah, gottcha!;))

Nazy Kaviani

A dialogue with someone wearing a ski mask?

by Nazy Kaviani on

Dear Professor Ala: Thank you for your thorough and concise clarification. Your outlook makes me proud and hopeful of fellow Iranians who take this "Anonymous" phenomenon seriously. It is indeed a cultural shortcoming which needs to be addressed by the more enlightened fellow Iranians, hopefully teaching us all the principles of free speech.


Dear Kaveh: Yes, I agree with you. Anonymous comments are often noise which cannot bring credit to their writers, nor add to the dialogue. How comfortable is it to have a face-to-face conversation with someone who is wearing a ski mask? Conducting a dialogue with an angry, audacious, and unrestrained anonymous person feels very much the same, discouraging proper dialogue and diminishing hope.

Mohammad Ala

Is it possible to give a Noble Prize to an anonymous person?

by Mohammad Ala on

Is it possible to give a Noble Prize to an anonymous person?


If a person believes in truth, he or she must use his or her real name.  One should not hide behind a tree and accuse others that they are apologists; no one will take these people seriously.


The line between free expression and speech which loses that protection has proved evasive for courts. But clearly speech is not protected if it advocates unlawful conduct or falsely attacks the character of an individual. At the least such false statements could lead to civil tort liability for defamation and, in extreme cases, criminal liability could result. To amount to defamation, the communication must be published or spoken. Ruining a person’s reputation and opportunities is not part of free speech.


What we say about each other defines who we are. We must not let the broad freedom of speech mislead us into language which could cause civil and/or criminal liability and which at the least undermines our ability to communicate with and to trust each other. We should seek to support one another and our organizations which are seeking to protect our rights and our identity as Iranians not undermine these organizations or each other. 

I am for any test (math, logic, pictures, etc.) that separates honest people from those who are not honest or are not person enough to provide an evidence of their accusations.

Dr. Ala is Professor of Business and a Board member of www.iran-heritage.org, www.iranalliance.org, and www.persiangulfonline.org


Kaveh Nouraee


by Kaveh Nouraee on

Wouldn't you say that the mere fact that they refuse to identfy themselves and prefer hiding behind some sham name or "anonymous" is a failure of the courage test in and of itself?



Not everyone agrees with my opinions or ideas, which is OK by me. But it's funny that those who have ID'd themselves can disagree with me without resorting to trash talk and a prison vocabulary, while the gutless ones who prefer anonymity use language that makes you want to take a long shower after reading their garbage.



I think that if you have an opinion, you should stand up for yourself and not hide behind some alias. Opinions are like diapers. Everyone has had them at one time and they are often full of s**t. So I think if you're going to be full of it, then come out of the closet. Be full and be proud. If nothing else, at least the air will be fresher.

Kaveh Nouraee

Is this the limit of your thoughts?

by Kaveh Nouraee on

The only posts I have seen from you, Mr or Ms. Not, is your thought on perceived arrogance. It's sad that you lack even the slightest sense of humor.



Oh, and for the record, your statement that most of us Iranians think that we are above everybody else, is not only arrogant on your part, but ignorant as well. And that is a dangerous combination.


Courage test

by bacheh porroo (not verified) on

Here is a simple 3-step suggestion for the courage test: (a) write a damning op-ed against Khomeini, Khamenei, Ahmadinejad, Rafsenjani and the rest of the gang and insult all they have achieved or stood for (b) sign it with your real name and picture and post it on Iranian.com (c) post a dated picture of yourself at the Tehran Airport's passport control, entering and not leaving, one month after the date the op-ed appeared on Iranian.com. The outcome is simply: (i) we never hear from you again (ii) you will be elevated to the ranks of the regime moles and agents who are the frequent travelers between Tehran and Washington or LA and are the regime apologists of Iranian.com.

Now let's see who is brave enough to use his or her real name under these conditions.


if nothing else my math is getting better

by iraniannot (not verified) on

this is a typical view, of the arrogance of someone, that thinks himself above everyboday else, like most of the iranians do

Nazy Kaviani

No guts, no comments

by Nazy Kaviani on

I think some rude "Anonymous" folks might be smart enough to do the math. How about if Jahanshah would come up with a courage test before he lets us on Iranian.com? This way the cowards who don't have the guts to say their real names will flunk and we will be rid of them and their profanities. I'm not sure what would constitute a "courage test," though.


To the person with many dots ..............: below

by Verified but (not verified) on

it is folks like you that make Bahmani to offer this suggestion. Now you made it difficult for all of us, because JJ will see these responses and will enact the "math sanction". I am not smart enough to go beyond the current math challenges let alone the future.

if serious math questions are presented I will have to get some tutoring...or continue relying on Washington Post and FOX.


Math Question

by cyclicforward on

I suggest we should change the math question to the square root of a prime number. That should get a lot of unpleasant post away from the site:-)

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Love it :o)))