Where is the concept of forgiveness in Islam?

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A Jordanian writer has been shot dead outside court where he was due to face charges for sharing a caricature on social media that was seen as insulting Islam.

The gunman was arrested at the scene, state news agency Petra said. A security source said he was a 39-year-old Muslim preacher in a mosque in the capital.

Writer Nahed Hattar, a Christian and an anti-Islamist activist was arrested last month after he shared a caricature that depicted a bearded man in heaven smoking in bed with women and asking God to bring him wine and cashews.

In the cartoon, the man also asks God to clear his dishes and put a door on his tent and knock before entering. Read more »

For every new house we build for homeless people, we have to bury 50 all blacks

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As Auckland struggles with a housing crisis and the subsequent scramble to build enough homes at an affordable price, there’s a hidden cost.

An average house build in New Zealand creates up to five tonnes of waste. Auckland Council wants 422,000 new homes built in the city by 2040 – that’s up to 2.1 million tonnes of construction rubbish going straight to landfills around the region.

The phrase “Jump the shark” came from a TV Series where they  had run out of story ideas.  In Happy Days, the Fonz took to water skis and jumped over a shark.  It was so absurd and desperate, “Jumping the shark” has become embedded as a saying. Read more »

Cunning Donald trumps Clinton’s debate play

Hillary Clinton enlisted the aid of Mark Cuban to troll Donald Trump from the front row of the upcoming presidential debate.

When Donald Trump takes the stage on Monday night’s prime-time presidential debate, one of the few faces he will see will be that of a fellow billionaire that has tried to savage him in public.

Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was invited by the Clinton campaign to sit in the front row at Monday night’s debate.”Just got a front row seat to watch @HillaryClinton overwhelm @realDonaldTrump at the “Humbling at Hofstra” on Monday,” Cuban tweeted. “It Is On!”

“Just got a front row seat to watch @HillaryClinton overwhelm @realDonaldTrump at the “Humbling at Hofstra” on Monday,” Cuban tweeted. “It Is On!”A Clinton aide later confirmed that Cuban was, in fact, invited by the Clinton campaign.

A Clinton aide later confirmed that Cuban was, in fact, invited by the Clinton campaign.”He has the best seat we have access to,” the aide said.

“He has the best seat we have access to,” the aide said.Cuban has tried to publicly shame Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, regularly slamming the Republican nominee for not releasing his taxes. The attacks have been particularly effective, given Cuban’s status as a fellow billionaire and his public persona as a similarly brash businessman.

Cuban has tried to publicly shame Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, regularly slamming the Republican nominee for not releasing his taxes. The attacks have been particularly effective, given Cuban’s status as a fellow billionaire and his public persona as a similarly brash businessman.”He has proven to be singularly effective in making the case against Trump and for Clinton,” the aide adds. “That is why we invited him.”

“He has proven to be singularly effective in making the case against Trump and for Clinton,” the aide adds. “That is why we invited him.”Cuban endorsed Clinton at a July event in his native Pittsburgh.

Cuban endorsed Clinton at a July event in his native Pittsburgh.Afterwards, he told CNN That Trump was “bats— crazy.”

Afterwards, he told CNN That Trump was “bats— crazy.””Trump scares me,” Cuban said after speaking at the event. “Donald, initially, I really hoped he would be something different, that as a businessperson, I thought there was an opportunity there. But then he went off the reservation and went bats— crazy.”

“Trump scares me,” Cuban said after speaking at the event. “Donald, initially, I really hoped he would be something different, that as a businessperson, I thought there was an opportunity there. But then he went off the reservation and went bats— crazy.”

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Photo of the Day

Mademoiselle Blanche Monnier: May 23, 1901, a police commissioner forced the door of a house from Poitiers and discovered in a dark room with shutters locked a woman lying on a bed in the midst of filth. Immediately a rumor through the city: the unfortunate Blanche Monnier, was kidnapped by his family for twenty-five years, following a thwarted love. The national press got hold of the news, and L'Illustration does not hesitate to publish a monstrous picture, which shows a gaunt creature, with abundant black hair hiding her nakedness.

Mademoiselle Blanche Monnier: May 23, 1901, a police commissioner forced the door of a house from Poitiers and discovered in a dark room with shutters locked a woman lying on a bed in the midst of filth. Immediately a rumour through the city: the unfortunate Blanche Monnier, was kidnapped by her family for twenty-five years, following a thwarted love. The national press got hold of the news, and L’Illustration did not hesitate to publish a monstrous picture, which shows a gaunt creature, with abundant black hair hiding her nakedness.

The Miserable Incarceration of Blanche Monnier

A Truly Sad, Despicable, Wretched Story about a Poor Young Woman

Do you ever feel a little bit claustrophobic from sitting the office a bit too long?

Now, imagine you were confined to a room smaller than your cubicle for 25 years. There is no light, no central heating or air conditioning. The only food you eat are scraps from someone else’s table and your only friends, the rats who scavenge what little crumbs that fall to the stony floor. Mademoiselle Blanche Monnier experienced this for a quarter of a century. The most shocking thing about this? It was Blanche’s mother who imprisoned her.

While it looks like something from an old horror movie, the above is a real photo taken in 1901 of Blanche Monnier, a French woman who was imprisoned in a padlocked room for 25 years prior to being discovered. Monnier was initially imprisoned by her mother and brother because they didn’t approve of her marrying an attorney she was in love with. Years later, even after the object of her affection had died, the mother and brother still refused to free her.

May 23, 1901, following a denunciation by an anonymous letter, the Attorney General of Poitiers ordered a search of Louise Monnier, widow of a former dean of the Faculty of Letters. On the second floor of a mansion from the city center, the central Commissioner discovered a skeletal woman, completely naked, lying on a rotten bench amid his excrement. This is White’s daughter, Mrs. Monnier. It would be sequestered by his family for twenty five years…

This discovery ignited the city. How, indeed, imagine that a mother can have the barbarity of locking his daughter to abandon the hunger and suffering? How imagine that such torture can last a quarter century without anyone cares? What crime had committed the unfortunate to suffer such a punishment?

The press immediately seized of the news. While different organs Republicans and monarchists take the opportunity to settle accounts, a journalist from the local press overcomes their quarrels to conduct its own investigation.

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A Left Wing view of the problems with multiculturalism in Europe

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The author of the book The Trojan Horse: A Leftist Critique of Multiculturalism in the West points out that in their eagerness to avoid accusations of racism, left-leaning liberals have abandoned traditionally progressive liberal principles. He points out that the pluralist multiculturalism that the UN has forced onto Sweden, and other European states is just as fixated on race as the racists they condemn. He also points out that multiculturalism ignores the rights of dissenting minorities within the religious and ethnic groups as they view them as one homogenous group.

Mainstream self-styled ‘progressives’ tend to think of multiculturalism and diversity as inherently good things – ideas that only the racist and bigoted would contest. Which is why Swedish sociologist Goran Adamson’s new book, The Trojan Horse: A Leftist Critique of Multiculturalism in the West, is such a welcome intervention. It provides a definitive critique of the ideology of diversity, and it does so from a progressive perspective. In particular, it shows how reason, freedom and individuality – the cornerstones of democracy and civil rights – are being undermined by the ideology of multiculturalism

…he was commissioned by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights to determine the best methods for increasing political participation among immigrant groups in Europe.

…he discovered that the separate-but-equal model of a pluralist, multicultural society was less effective at encouraging political participation among immigrant groups

…Adamson’s report, Immigrants and Political Participation, was quickly dismissed, even by those who commissioned it.

…Adamson argues that the methods and theories of multiculturalists are similar to those of right-wing extremists: both want to force reality to conform to their worldview, rather than respond to it as it really is.

There are other parallels between multiculturalism and old-fashioned racial thinking. For instance, as Adamson points out, multicultural ideology makes a fetish, like the racial theories of yore, of ethnic diversity. What matters is not, as Martin Luther King believed, the content of one’s character, but the colour of one’s skin.

…In this sense, multiculturalism is just as fixated on race as the racist thought of the past.

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Cartoon of the Day

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Email of the day

With all the shenanigans going on in Marlborough, it has highlighted the Boss Hogg mentality operating in many small centres.

A reader emails:

Hi guys,

The more I’ve read about the going’s on with Mayor Sowman and the Marlborough District Council, the more it’s reminded me of the way Boss Hogg ran Hazzard County in the Dukes of Hazzard!In light of this, I decided to create an image of Mayor

In light of this, I decided to create an image of Mayor Sowman that more accurately reflected his perceived position.

A copy of the image is attached. You can use it on Whale Oil if you wish.

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Unions oppose Talley’s move to protect workers

Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in New Zealand yet shockingly some unions oppose drug testing in this and other dangerous industries. Would you want to work with someone who uses P? Addicts of Methamphetamine are dangerous individuals who can become unpredictable, extremely violent and manic. Imagine having someone like that on board a fishing boat at sea. You would think that workers would support their company taking precautions to protect them from co-workers on P. After all, they would be the first to complain that their employer had not ensured the safety of their workers if there was a P related accident onboard.

Testing of employees for drugs or alcohol is becoming increasingly common in New Zealand workplaces.

The main reason employers decide to test is that, depending on the type of work being performed, impairment by alcohol or drugs gives rise to a very real health and safety hazard.
Employers are required by law to take reasonable steps to protect employees and others from hazards at work – drug or alcohol testing is a reasonable step that can be taken, especially now that testing services are readily available in New Zealand.

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Unfortunately, New Zealand company Talley’s do not have workers as concerned about safety as they are. At least not onboard their Nelson based ship.

Crew members from a Nelson-based Talley’s ship say they feel violated after their hair was shaved to comply with company drug-testing.

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Rodney Hide explains why governments like making new Ministries

“We” as in the people don’t have ministers – the government does. That’s a crucial distinction. The interests of government – and by that I mean politicians and civil servants – seldom align with those of the people either as a whole or in part.

The driving force with politicians is votes. Without votes they can’t be politicians. They certainly can’t be in government. Sure, they want to “do good” but to “do good” they first must win. And that means votes.

Politicians chasing votes make different choices to politicians out to increase, say, freedom and prosperity, or just the general welfare as they see it.

For politicians winning votes must trump “doing good.”

Indeed, a good politician these days is one good at winning votes rather than good at governing or making tough decisions. The distinction is a sharp one.

And so the question is not why do “we” have a Minister of Women’s Affairs, Ethnic Affairs, etc. The question is why do politicians? And to ask the question is to answer it: votes.

A Minister of Women’s Affairs shows you care about women. Don Brash as leader of the National Party advocated getting rid of the ministry only to be lambasted as anti-women by members of his own party. Read more »

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Ratbag councillor stirring when she has skeletons in her own closet

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Cynthia Bowers is well known to regular readers of the blog. She’s been nominated for her dodgy behaviour before.

She is also a councillor who likes to say one thing in public and quite another thing in other circumstances.

Instead of answering valid questions about her own dodgy Horse of the year projects and the corporate welfare granted secretly by the council to a water bottling plant, she is instead chucking dirt over three of the most ethical councillors in the region.

The regional councillors representing Hastings are being called on to be more transparent about the funders of their re-election campaigns.

To provide voters with transparency in the local body elections, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council candidate Cynthia Bowers is calling for all candidates to disclose donations received, citing the 2013 election donations of her opponents for the Hastings ward.

In response, councillors Rick Barker, Tom Belford, and Rex Graham have blasted Ms Bowers for insulting their integrity.   Read more »