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Koran verse 5:5 reveals the truth about what food is lawful for Muslims to eat

 Made lawful to you this day are At­Tayyibat [all kinds of Halal (lawful) foods, which Allah has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, etc., milk products, fats, vegetables and fruits, etc.). The food (slaughtered cattle, eatable animals, etc.) of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) is lawful to you and yours is lawful to them.[…]

-Verse (5:5) – English Translation

There is a little-known verse in the Koran that reveals that Muslims in New Zealand and indeed anywhere in the world are allowed to eat Christian and Jewish food without it having to be specially prepared.

This tells me that the push for Halal food is part of Dawah ( spreading the message of Islam) rather than a genuine dietary requirement. They are making a fuss to bring their religious law into our community.

Halal Certification” is nothing but a scam for stupid infidels!

-comment on Boycott Halal New Zealand FB page

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Jerusalem Denial Complex appears to be a thing

Bret Stephens writes at the New York Times about what he calls Jerusalem Denial Complex:

If nothing else, Donald Trump’s decision on Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital shows how disenthralled his administration is with traditional pieties about the Middle East. It’s about time.

One piety is that “Mideast peace” is all but synonymous with Arab-Israeli peace. Seven years of upheaval, repression, terrorism, refugee crises and mass murder in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq and Syria have put paid to that notion.

Another piety is that only an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal could reconcile the wider Arab world to the Jewish state.Yet relations between Jerusalem and RiyadhCairoAbu Dhabi and Manama are flourishing as never before, even as the prospect of a Palestinian state is as remote as ever.

A third is that intensive mediation by the United States is essential to progress on the ground. Yet recent American involvement — whether at the Camp David summit in 2000 or John Kerry’s efforts in 2013 — has had mostly the opposite effect: diplomatic failure, followed by war.

Which brings us to Jerusalem, and the piety that pretending it isn’t what it is can be a formula for anything except continued self-delusion.

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Bitcoin: Boom? Bonanza? Bubble? Bust?

With this year’s stellar rise of the price of Bitcoin from a whisker under $US1,000 on January 1 to over $US10,000 at the end of November, just 11 months later, many are questioning whether Bitcoin is a bubble and if the Bitcoin buyers will be burnt when the bubble bursts?

We continue the series looking at cryptocurrencies, blockchains, tangles, bubbles and other interesting concepts like mining, forks and paper wallets.

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I saw a Transcar on my way to Albany on Sunday

Blue Kia Rio

I was in a gorgeous blue Kea Rio on route to Albany yesterday when I spotted a Transcar overtaking the rest of the traffic. Transcars are a new phenomenon and until recently were very rare but they are increasingly being spotted more and more on New Zealand’s motorways.

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Photoshop of the day: *Last one in the Golly G series

Credit: Luke

Labour should have looked at results in Scotland before launching their expensive student fees policy

Surely Karl Marx and the evidence of failure in Scotland can’t be wrong?

Perhaps Labour simply didn’t do their research on their student fees bribe?

Hettie Obrien explains at The Spectator:

In a letter of 1875, Karl Marx wrote that making higher education free would mean ‘defraying the cost of education of the upper classes from the general tax receipts’. He had a point. Free education wasn’t really ‘free’ at all. Conversely, fees would generate funding to subsidise tuition for the less well-off.   

Student loans have become a hot political battleground. Jeremy Corbyn argues education should be ‘free’; Theresa May hits back with plans to raise the student debt repayment threshold and to freeze fee levels. But instead of meeting dissatisfaction with populist notions or piecemeal policies, politicians would do better to instil confidence in the system by making student-loan terms transparent and sticking to their promises.

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Hubbard claims there is no “fundamental” difference between a biological male and a biological woman

A top male-to-female transgender weightlifter in New Zealand says he has no physical advantages over the women he beats in competitions.

Speaking to Newshub on Friday, decorated weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who “transitioned” to female four years ago, said there’s no “fundamental” difference between a biological male and his female competitors, and to suggest otherwise would be “disrespectful” to the women Hubbard defeats in said competitions.

The only difference between a biological man and a biological woman is ( takes a deep breath)…
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Cartoon of the day