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Diversity will never unite us

(30Jan 07) “….a growing number of British Asians, such as myself, who are critical of multiculturalism, the race relations industry and the peculiar culture of celebrating diversity….The report, (Living Together Apart) advocated that "people should be entitled to equal treatment as citizens in the public sphere, with the freedom to also enjoy and pursue their identities in the private sphere". But what we have seen in Britain over the last two decades is a fetish for celebrating our differences in the public sphere….Trevor Phillips has spoken of Britain ''sleepwalking into segregation". It seems to me that we have unthinkingly accepted the notion that celebrating our differences takes us closer to overcoming them….We have our work cut out in Britain but the task of bringing about integration is not impossible. Calling attention to differences does not help….This has been one of the worst effects of the pernicious doctrine of multiculturalism….” Diversity will never unite us by Zia Haider Rahman, UK Telegraph “….The fetish of celebrating differences found champions in the radical Left in Britain in the Eighties among people who regarded themselves as counter-cultural or subversive, particularly many employed in local government, and who projected their own fixation with difference on to others….one group to which he (Tony Blair) need no longer pander are the multiculturalists, for only the deluded would today promote a dogma that has demonstrably caused enormous harm. He should jettison the language of celebrating diversity and speak unambiguously and clearly about the need to integrate….Moreover, taxpayers' money should have no part in keeping people divided. We need to question the value of a vast race relations industry that churns out with every passing fad of public policy some initiative that only reinforces our differences. We need to question – there are no sacred cows – whether diversity awareness training is doing more harm than good…politicians and opinion-formers need to assert loudly and clearly the call for integration and that means celebrate diversity, by all means, but only in the home….”

Young British Muslims ‘getting more radical

(30Jan 07)“…A bleak picture of a generation of young British Muslims radicalised by anti-Western views and misplaced multicultural policies is shown in a survey published today….Forty per cent of Muslims between the ages of 16 and 24 said they would prefer to live under sharia law in Britain, a legal system based on the teachings of the Koran. The figure among over-55s, in contrast, was only 17 per cent…One in eight young Muslims said they admired groups such as al-Qa'eda that "are prepared to fight the West"…..in a speech today, Conservative Leader David Cameron will warn the Muslim community that it cannot use the "screen of cultural sensitivity" to deny women their rights….” Young British Muslims ‘getting more radical' Graeme Wilson, Telegraph.co.uk “…The Policy Exchange report, Living Together Apart: British Muslims and the Paradox of Multiculturalism — says there is strong evidence of a "growing religiosity" among young Muslims, with an increasing minority firmly rejecting Western life… Munira Mirza, the broadcaster and one of the authors of the report, argued that multicultural policies pursued by the Government had succeeded in making things worse, rather than better. She said: "The emergence of a strong Muslim identity in Britain is, in part, a result of multi-cultural policies implemented since the 1980s which have emphasised difference at the expense of shared national identity and divided people along ethnic, religious and cultural lines. "There is clearly a conflict within British Islam between a moderate majority that accepts the norms of British democracy and a growing minority that does not…."

The West Alone

(28Jan 07)“….Perhaps at no point in history has a major civilization been vilified more virulently than the West is today. Castigated and denounced from without and within, it has been blamed for nearly every problem there is….It would be difficult to think of a greater paradox than the existence of such sentiments toward a civilization that has done so much for the good of the human race. Gratitude rather than condemnation would be a far more appropriate attitude for the numerous gifts the West has bestowed on mankind….The modern world created by the West has now been transmuted into a Greater West. Japanese, Taiwanese, and South Korean versions thrive….” The West Alone, American Thinker “…The basic beliefs and institutions of the Cultural and Geographic West have been adopted, changing these societies forever…All the other cultures have made almost no significant contribution to the modern world…Nearly everything from rubber sole shoes to the space shuttle has indeed come from the modern West…All the evidence shows that the West is the only successful cultural tradition of our time while all the rest have shown themselves to be incompatible with the modern era. The claim that all cultures are intrinsically equal is thus not only patently untrue, but it is also one of the most insidious lies of our age…Advancement, justice and affluence can only be attained by societies that operate along the western lines…”

Taqiyya and Kitman: The role of Deception in Islamic Terrorism

(21Jan 07) This explanation of the Islamic doctrines of taqiyya and kitman goes back to  December 2, 2002. In light of recent documentaries and now that more people have been stirred into wanting a greater understanding, of what's  going on,  I thought it timely that the concepts were again put under the microscope and out into the ether for broader public scrutiny…

“…Islamic terrorists have their own terms: taqiyya (pronounced tak-e-ya) : precautionary dissimulation or deception and keeping one's convictions secret and a synonymous term, kitman: mental reservation and dissimulation or concealment of malevolent intentions... Taqiyya and kitman or ‘holy hypocrisy' (lying for Allah) has been diffused throughout Arabic culture for over fourteen hundred years…According to Christian ethics lying is a sin; In Islamic jurisprudence and theology, the use of taqiyya against the unbelievers is regarded as a virtue and a religious duty…. Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly , the controversial Grand Mufti of Australia, is enjoying lunch with his trusted assistant Keysar Trad . The journalist writing of the meeting with the Sheik noted: 'Several times, when direct responses to questions about passages in the Koran begged a simple yes or no, both men preferred to avoid the issues by talking about the difficulties of translating passages from Arabic to English .' …Taqiyya and Kitman: The role of Deception in Islamic Terrorism “… The 9/11 terrorists lived and visited in the United States for two years before the 9/11 attacks. How did they acculturate? By the use of taqiyya. Meaning :   I hate you but I smile at you-in public. Taqiyya and ‘Outwitting' in contemporary political discourse and debates Outwitting : Islamic spokesmen commonly use taqiyya as a form of ‘outwitting' . The matter under discussion is not to be debated or discussed; rather the opponent is to be ‘outwitted' through taqiyya , by diversion of the subject and obfuscation…The claim that difficulties in translating from Arabic to English make communication with non-Arab speakers difficult or impossible, is another form of outwitting. …A state of cognitive dissonance-holding two contradictory beliefs and attempting to resolve them- is induced in viewers as they attempt to process the claim that Islam is a peaceful religion with the dissonant facts of Islamic terrorist acts and operations….The study of taqiyya and kitman is crucial to an understanding of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism ranging from the issuing of false terrorist threats….and the use of systematically misleading expressions concerning Islam and terrorism by Muslim ‘spokesmen'..”

I Cannot Shake Your Hand, Sir,. I'm a Muslim and You're a Man

(21Jan 07) This is where the sacrifice on the altar of cultural,  religious, tolerance and diversity gets you??? Islam is as Islam does…Again!!!

And the West continues to tolerate these Neanderthal and intolerant attitudes, behaviour and mores of the seventh century!!!

This Muslim, I wouldn't dignify her with the word “ woman ”, is simply a political activist using the cover of a religious, cultural and political system  to undermine the very thing she swears to uphold… From the suffragettes of the early 20 th century through to the 1960's, women's liberation has allowed for women to smash through all manner of glass ceilings and doors and enter into careers and professions previously the domain of men only…Only to find themselves confronted with a mediaeval mindset and determination by Muslim women to re-wind the clock. I find it interesting  that she “ did not want her picture taken with the commissioner because they would only use it for propaganda”…Which is of course exactly what she's doing by not shaking hands in the first place.

You wanted cultural and religious diversity…Deal with it!!

Jim Ball

“…A Muslim woman police officer has sparked a new debate by refusing to shake hands with Britain's most senior police chief for religious reasons….The incident happened at a passing-out parade where Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair was inspecting a line-up of 200 recruits….Some officers argue that her attitude towards men might impede her ability to detain offenders…” I Cannot Shake Your Hand, Sir,. I'm a Muslim and You're a Man “…An inquiry has now been launched and the unidentified WPC - described as 'a non-Asian Muslim' - could face the sack if it is considered that her strict religious beliefs prevent her performing as an effective police officer…..She also said she did not want her picture taken with the commissioner because they would only use it for propaganda.

"Sir Ian was informed on his arrival of the officer's request. This has never happened before and he was bloody furious. But he agreed to go along with it so as not to cause a scene….”

Muslims And Integration

(21Jan 07) “…They cannot and will never integrate according to this research. They do not like the government, they do not like the values, they do not like anything about western societies…. They believe that Islam has the solution to all of the world's problems…. Apparently they never lived under Islamic governments with oppression and tyranny….” Watch   Muslims And Integration, A Channel 4 documentary, in 4 parts “… This documentary by the UK's channel 4 is an eye opener and an excellent piece of research….What is needed is a tough immigration Muslims that bans Muslims from Europe for the next 30 years and accept only Arab Christians to balance the scales a bit…”

Cousin Marriage Conundrum

(21Jan 07) From a 2003 Blog but still relevant when trying to understand the chaos of the Middle East in 2006

“…Commentator Randall Parker wrote, "Consanguinity [cousin marriage] is the biggest underappreciated factor in Western analyses of Middle Eastern politics. Most Western political theorists seem blind to the importance of pre-ideological kinship-based political bonds in large part because those bonds are not derived from abstract Western ideological models of how societies and political systems should be organized. ? Extended families that are incredibly tightly bound are really the enemy of civil society because the alliances of family override any consideration of fairness to people in the larger society… geneticist Alan H. Bittles of Edith Cowan U. in Perth, Australia, "In the resident Pakistani community of some 0.5 million [in Britain] an estimated 50% to 60+% of marriages are consanguineous, with evidence that their prevalence is increasing."… Cousin Marriage Conundrum “…Why do so many people around the world prefer to keep marriage in the family? Hussain noted, "In patriarchal societies where parents exert considerable influence and gender segregation is followed more strictly, marriage choice is limited to whom you know… Of course, there are also disadvantages to inbreeding. The best known is medical. Being inbred increases the chance of inheriting genetic syndromes caused by malign recessive genes….. although neoconservatives constantly point to America's success at reforming Germany and Japan after World War II has evidence that it would be easy to do the same in the Middle East, the deep social structure of Iraq is the complete opposite of those two true nation-states, with their highly patriotic, cooperative, and (not surprisingly) outbred peoples. The Iraqis, in contrast, more closely resemble the Hatfields and the McCoys…”.

The Truth about Londonistan

(19Jan 07)“….The facts paint the truest—and most alarming—picture. Recent undercover investigations by British media outlets have revealed plenty of apocalyptic rhetoric, emanating primarily from supposedly moderate mosques.  In a Channel 4 program airing this week called Dispatches: Undercover Mosque , clerics advocating the replacement of British law with Shari'a law are plentiful. In front of a group of Muslims at Sparkbrook mosque, for example, Dr. Ijaz Mian says, “We have to rule ourselves and we have to rule the others.”….The Muslim Council of Britain accused Channel 4 of the “continuing demonization of British Muslims and the risible attempt at promoting sectarianism among British Muslims.”  The tactics of the radicals portrayed on the program were less problematic to the organization….In another investigation, British tabloid The People discovered on internet sites British-born Muslim clerics inciting hatred against their own country.  In one speech, a radical named Abu Waleed says, “One day we hope to implement Shari'a law over Downing Street and Washington itself." The Truth about Londonistan by Aaron Hanscom… Because Britain is beholden to the tenets of multiculturalism and diversity, British Muslims have long realized that they can get away with almost anything.   This was no more evident than at the 2006 Islamist demonstrations outside the Danish embassy during the Mohammed cartoon controversy.  Muslims protestors held placards with such messages as “ Britain you will pay - 7/7 is on its way” and "Whoever insults a prophet, kill him.” Omar Khayam arrived at the event wearing what resembled a suicide bomber's vest . … But it is the bizarre conclusion to these demonstrations that should give pause to those who counsel a more “complex” attitude about the dangers of Islamic extremism in Britain . While the Islamists freely threatened murder against unbelievers, the only two people arrested at the protests were two men who were staging a counter-demonstration….”

New Book Details Militant Islam in U.S

(17Jan 07) More on the theme of infiltration, deception, duplicity, protest and propaganda by Islamists in the West.

“…Are you aware of the al Qaeda plot to assassinate President Bush that was uncovered in 2005? Did you know that jihad terrorists in the U.S. financed the 1993 World Trade Center bombing partially through the sale of counterfeit T-shirts? Did you know that a professor at the University of South Florida in the 1990s was one of the international leaders of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad and that he used his university activities as a cover while he raised money, gained recruits and disseminated propaganda for the jihad group?.... These were not isolated incidents. In fact, they are just a few of the known activities of a huge jihad network that still operates in the United States , but of which few Americans are aware. That lack of awareness, however, is not because the information is unavailable: Steven Emerson's “ Jihad Incorporated: A Guide to Militant Islam in the U.S. ” tears the cover off this American jihad network…” New Book Details Militant Islam in U.S. by Robert Spencer. “…It is a comprehensive summation of what is known about the activities of al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other jihad groups within the United States….jihadists are pursuing their goal of Islamic supremacism in myriad ways in America today, including through “advocacy groups, an array of disingenuous charities and foundations, corporate financing networks, and the halls of academia.”… “Homegrown plotters, sleeper cells, intolerant and hateful imams, and their domestic apologists,” Emerson explains, “all seek to undermine the foundations of this country through a variety of means: rhetoric, fund-raising, and violence. Intricate webs of interconnected groups and organizations have been established to pursue—and often to obfuscate—the zealots' destructive objectives…”

Dispatches: Undercover Mosque

(17Jan 07) Last week on January 13, I posted a piece called Britain's New Preachers Of Hate , concerning an undercover operation by Channel 4 in the UK, Dispatches: Undercover Mosque. (parts 2-6 below). This was screened in Britain on Monday night.   This is the most disturbing and unsettling evidence yet of the Islamist enemy within. You can view it in 6 parts on youtube. Apart from any thing else the documentary simply demonstrates once again the obscenity of cultural relativism and how multiculturalism is a suicide note for the West. Further we again see that our politicians are hopelessly out of their depth and have been totally snowed and blindsided. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6

The Project: Muslim Brotherhood blueprint for cultural jihad

(17Jan 07) Although this was originally discovered in a raid in Switzerland in 2001, it is only now, with the passage of the last five and half years that you can actually see the evil Jig Saw coming together and the fog starting to clear, particularly  with reference to the bullet points on pages 2 and 3. Events, personalities and organisations here in Australia including the incitement by Sheik Hilaly and others like Hizb ut Tahrir and various meetings at Bankstown Town Hall can now be seen through the prism of  “The Project” . It's a long read but probably one of the most important and necessary for people to digest so as to understand the enemy and their tactics.  

“….Included in the documents seized during the raid of Nada's Swiss villa was a 14-page plan written in Arabic and dated December 1, 1982, which outlines a 12-point strategy to "establish an Islamic government on earth" – identified as The Project… What makes The Project so different from the standard "Death of America! Death to Israel !" and "Establish the global caliphate!" Islamist rhetoric is that it represents a flexible, multi-phased, long-term approach to the " cultural invasion " of the West. Calling for the utilization of various tactics, ranging from immigration, infiltration, surveillance, propaganda, protest, deception, political legitimacy and terrorism ,… The following tactics and techniques are among the many recommendations made in The Project : 1..Avoiding social conflicts with Westerners locally, nationally or globally, that might damage the long-term ability to expand the Islamist powerbase in the West or provoke a back lash against Muslims… 2..Cultivating an Islamist intellectual community, including the establishment of think-tanks and advocacy groups, and publishing "academic" studies, to legitimize Islamist positions and to chronicle the history of Islamist movements;…3.. Inflaming violence and keeping Muslims living in the West "in a jihad frame of mind … 4..Involving ideologically committed Muslims in democratically-elected institutions on all levels in the West, including government, NGOs, private organizations and labor unions; 5.. I nstigating a constant campaign to incite hatred by Muslims against Jews and rejecting any discussions of conciliation or coexistence with them;   (That's just a few)… The Project: Muslim Brotherhood blueprint for cultural jihad by Patrick Poole “..In the English-language press, the attention paid to Besson's revelation of The Project has been almost non-existent. The only mention found in a mainstream media publication in the US has been as a secondary item in an article in the Weekly Standard (February 20, 2006) by Olivier Guitta,… What is startling is how effectively the Islamist plan for conquest outlined in The Project has been implemented by Muslims in the West for more than two decades. Equally troubling is the ideology that lies behind the plan: inciting hatred and violence against Jewish populations around the world; the deliberate co-opting and subversion of Western public and private institutions; its recommendation of a policy of deliberate escalating confrontation by Muslims living in the West against their neighbours and fellow-citizens; the acceptance of terrorism as a legitimate option for achieving their ends and the inevitable reality of jihad against non-Muslims; and its ultimate goal of forcibly instituting the Islamic rule of the caliphate by shari'a in the West, and eventually the whole world…”

Some Things Are Impossible

(17Jan 07)“….Last year Robert Redeker , a French high-school philosophy teacher, wrote an article in Le Figaro in which he described the Prophet Mohammed as a “pillager” and “butcher of Jews.” According to Redeker, “Judaism and Christianity are religions whose rites reject and delegitimize violence. Islam is a religion that, in its own sacred text, as well as in its everyday rites, exalts violence and hatred.”… The vindication of Redeker's analysis was soon to follow…Worse yet, Redeker soon “received a large number of threats by letter and e-mail.” A Muslim website sentenced him to death, publishing Redeker's home address for the convenience of any would-be assassins….If a citizen of France cannot, in safety, write his opinion regarding the Prophet Mohammed, how can there be any freedom of speech whatsoever in the Muslim world?...” Some Things Are Impossible by J.R. Nyquist “…How can there be anything resembling democracy in Iraq ? Democracy is impossible where violence and threats reign supreme. And in the Arab world, violence and extremism have clearly put freedom out of reach. If there is no tolerance for dissent, then there cannot be freedom of speech. If there cannot be freedom of speech, there cannot be a free or fair election…. In this context, try and imagine Iranian Shiite fanatics mass-producing nuclear warheads. What does an atomic bomb signify to people who believe they will go to heaven for being martyred in a war against infidels? If the leaders of the West are afraid to criticize Islam now, imagine the fear that will grip Europe in the future….”

Britains New Preachers of Hate

(13Jan 07) "King, Queen, House of Commons... if you accept it, you are a part of it," says Dr Ijaz Mian. "If you don't accept it, you have to dismantle it."So you being a Muslim, you have to fix a target. There will be no House of Commons. From that White House to this Black House, we know we have to dismantle it. "Muslims must grow in strength... then take over."….. A 10-month undercover investigation into home-grown extremism has revealed hard-line Islamic fundamentalism being preached in British mosques… Speaking at the Ahl-e-Hadith mosque, in Derby , Dr Mian tells his listeners: "You are in a situation in which you have to live like a state-within-a-state - until you take over. "But until this happens, you have to preach, until you become such a force that the people just submit to you."   Britains New Preachers of Hate by Bobby Pathak Mirror.co.uk “…Dr Mian wants to see religious policemen roaming our streets, modelled on the feared Saudi Arabian force…. The radical ideology, which is bitterly opposed to multi-culturalism and integration, is spreading in Britain . And it's coming from clerics in a country that the British government claims is its main Middle Eastern ally in the fight against terrorism. At UKIM's Sparkbrook Islamic Centre, in Birmingham - which PM Tony Blair has lauded for its multi-cultural activities - a preacher praised the Taliban…On one DVD, filmed in a mosque run by a national Islamic charity - which claims to be committed to moderation - a speaker said girls should be "forced" to wear the hijab and, shockingly, adds: "If she doesn't wear hijab, we hit her."…Undercover reporters spent four months filming at Green Lane mosque, in Birmingham , an enormous place which caters for thousands of worshippers…”

Modern Education Kills

(7Jan 07) I originally posted this back in February 2002. In light of the recent revelations concerning doctors and their training in anatomy it's worth taking another look.

“….Andy Brown, the third generation in a family of pilots, was excited. This was his first test in a flight simulator in which he was to be co-pilot of a commercial airliner. He felt good about himself, because unlike his father and grandfather, he had gone to schools which had practiced the most modern principles of education…. He proceeded to plot the course to Denver , but he was forced to do it by hand, because the computer had a simulated malfunction. At this point he started to feel a little uneasy; he had been educated with "fuzzy math," which gave full credit for wrong answers if you seemed to have followed the "right method."… Soon the plane entered a simulated storm system, and Andy was now forced to fly solely by instruments. This was getting difficult, and Andy started to feel resentment….” Modern Education Kills , by   Edwin A. Locke , Ayn Rand Institute “…After all, in school he had never been held to absolute standards. If he failed a test, he was always allowed to take it over until he got a good grade. This was so that his self-esteem would not be threatened…. He pulled out the flight manuals for help, but they were very long and looked terribly complicated. He had not really studied them as he was supposed to. In school, he never had to actually read a textbook. Class periods and exams often consisted of the students expressing their feelings about the teachers' feelings about the material. Besides, some of the words in the manuals were long, and he had not seen them before. Andy's carefully cultivated illusion of "self-esteem"--based on a lifetime of having met no standards, having acquired no knowledge, and having answered no questions requiring an objectively correct answer--began to crumble when confronted by an inexorable--even if simulated--reality that could not be faked….”

Johnny Can't Think but He's a Great Guesser

(7Jan 07) More on the same subject….

“…For years, students have had their reading abilities destroyed with the 'look-say' method, which emphasizes guesswork over reading," said Andrew Bernstein. "Now, educators are destroying math instruction in the same way -- throwing out textbooks, multiplication tables, even right answers, leaving students to form groups to construct their own math 'strategies.'…. students are encouraged to 'explore and conjecture,' to 'guess and check' -- rather than to use strict rules of multiplication or division to figure out the answers precisely….” Johnny Can't Think but He's a Great Guesser , Ayn Rand Institute “…. Not surprisingly, many parents claim that their children are now confused."… "Unable to deal with words or with numbers -- having no means of knowing, but only of guessing -- the child loses confidence in his mind. He loses confidence in his ability to deal rationally with reality. With his mind crippled, the abysmally low self-esteem he experiences is inevitable. Rage, violence and widespread drug use are anticipatable consequences….”

Why Students Can't Add or Subtract

(7Jan 07) “…Imagine that your child comes home from school one day and announces that in his math course there are no textbooks, no teaching--and no right answers. Instead, students form groups to construct their own math "strategies."…. Your child further tells you that even the idea that a math problem has an objectively right answer has now been discarded. On tests, students receive high grades if they "wrestle diligently" with the problems, even if their answers are wrong… Students are encouraged to "explore and conjecture," to "guess and check"--rather than to use strict rules of multiplication or division to figure out the answers precisely…. Professional mathematicians are alarmed over declining U.S. math scores and point out that students in European and Asian countries--where they still teach basic math content--tend to score significantly higher than Americans on standardized tests. One recent test in mathematics literacy showed American high school seniors ranking 18th out of 21 nations….” Why Students Can't Add or Subtract , by Andrew Bernstein, The Ayn Rand Institute “…The new math neither teaches nor permits the student to perform rigorous calculation. He must work with his classmates to devise techniques that will help them guess at the answer. If the answer is wrong, he is taught neither the correct answer nor a proper method of understanding it. Rather, he is praised for devising a "viable" mathematical strategy…. Today's educators are creating individuals who cannot think independently. They cannot question authority. They can only mindlessly obey. They can only melt into groups and subordinate themselves to the consensus. They are ripe for political indoctrination. The chilling truth is that this assault on our children's minds is characteristic of a totalitarian state, not a free society….”

The Genographic Project

(6Jan 07) On Friday January 5 th 2006. I spoke about the Genographic Project. In short its is now possible to trace your ancestry back to the beginning…Where ever that may be. Using DNA studies it is possible to trace the migration that has populated the planet, with the Genographic Project.

Dry and Drier

(1Jan 07) “…Some say this is Australia's worst drought in 1000 years. This idea has grown long legs, jumped around the nation and might never quite be brought to heel. That's the trouble with some ideas. They so capture the imagination that they have no need for facts….While much of the television news makes us think, in this phase of rising temperatures, that Australia is in a uniquely dry period, it is not. The most arid years have not arrived with the present phase of warming. The years of lowest rainfall were 1902 and 1905, at the end of the Federation Drought. Will this climatically nervous year shatter these old records for meagre rainfall? The answer, even before 2006 is completed, has to be "no". In Australia as a whole this is not a drought year in 1000. It is probably not even a drought year in 10….” Dry and Drier by Geoffrey Blainey, The Australian “…Our collective memory has forgotten how dry was the period during and after the long Federation Drought. Counting the deserts as well as the dairy lands, Australia received less rainfall during the first half of the 20th century than has fallen in the most recent half-century. There were numerous droughts between 1895 and 1950. In contrast, the wetter years came thereafter, the wettest being 1974. It is strange to contemplate that 2000 was Australia 's second-wettest year on record….The cities, most of them, suffered from the Federation Drought. They coped largely because, by today's standards, they consumed little water. About three of every four houses in Australia had no sewerage. At a guess, two of every three Australians bathed only once a week, and family members used the same water, one after the other. City residents did not expect to water their lawns in a drought…”

British Muslims refuse washing hands with disinfectant in hospitals on religious grounds

(1Jan 07) This is yet another manifestation of multiculturalism

“…Muslims in British hospitals are apparently refusing to wash their hands when visiting sick relatives in hospitals…Dispensers containing anti-bacterial gel have been placed outside wards at hospitals all over Britain in a bid to get rid of superbugs like MRSA and PVL. It prevents people bringing in more infections….But Muslims are refusing to use the hand cleansers on religious grounds because they contain alcohol…” British Muslims refuse washing hands with disinfectant in hospitals on religious grounds, NetIndia123 “…Michael Summers, chairman of the Patients' Association, said: "I have been made aware of this situation during discussions with nurses and it is a very serious state of affairs"… .. "I practise in an area where the patients are largely Bangladeshi and some of them do object to washing their hands because of the alcohol.

Muslims ask to worship at Cordoba

(1Jan 07) What's the Arabic/Islamic word for Chutzpa??  Any reciprocal offers to the opening up of the Hagia Sophia in Turkey to other faiths??

“…Spanish Muslims have written to the Vatican to  demand  the right to worship at Cordoba Cathedral… The group said in their letter: "What we wanted was not to take over that holy place, but to create in it, together with you and other faiths, an ecumenical space unique in the world which would have been of great significance in bringing peace to humanity….” Muslims ask to worship at Cordoba Aljazeera.net “…The Roman Catholic cathedral had originally been a mosque but was converted into a cathedral in the 13th century…The mosque itself was built on the site of the earlier cathedral of St Vincent which was demolished by Cordoba's Muslim rulers following the Islamic invasion and occupation of parts of southern Spain in the eight century…”

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