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Thank goodness it’s a religion of peace

(weekend blog)

Royal Navy joke no longer funny

Before going into the subject of this weekend’s blog, I’d just like to apologise to readers.

Whenever I use statistics, I always try to use accepted numbers from official sources. Occasionally I will make guesstimates as I did a couple of days ago when I guesstimated that only about 20 of the Royal Navy’s 30 ships (including submarines) were serviceable and therefore the Royal Navy had 33 admirals and 30 commodores for just 20 working vessels. But my guesstimate was wrong. I apologise. I’ve just seen a report in the Times suggesting that only half the Royal Navy’s vessels can put to sea without sinking. If this is true, then we have 33 admirals and 30 commodores – 63 very senior and very well-paid, well-pensioned senior officers – for just 15 serviceable vessels.

This would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic.

‘Heat island’ Cambridge is hot

I couldn’t resist a small smile when the BBC News this morning started hyperventilating about a new heat record being set in Cambridge yesterday. In yesterday’s blog, I did suggest that Cambridge had become a ‘heat island’ due to the rapidly-increasing population and large number of new, heat-emitting air-conditioned offices that have been built as many international pharmaceutical and hi-tech companies have set up operations in the city. These have turned a once quiet semi-rural academic town into a thriving city with a population density comparable to places like Derby and Wolverhampton.

No wonder Cambridge is getting hotter.

And thanks to a reader who alerted me to this link which suggests (as I have done) that the Cambridge temperature reading is influenced by the placement of the measurement station – possibly sheltered in a sun trap and influenced by an expanding urban area nearby:

Met Office Claims Of New Record At Cambridge Look Very Dodgy

Of course it’s a religion of peace

This weekend I’d like to introduce you to Palestinian cleric Ali Abu Ahmad. Below is a short (one minute) part of a sermon/prayer/rant he preached at the Al-Aqsa Mosque that was uploaded to the Internet on June 28, 2019 so that others of his religious persuasion could learn from his wisdom.

Here are some brief excerpts from the end of the sermon/prayer/rant:

“Yes, oh servants of Allah – this is how the Muslim countries will be protected: by means of a Caliph and a Caliphate. We pray to Allah for that day to arrive soon!” Audience: “Amen!”

Ali Abu Ahmad: “Oh Allah, make the plots of the infidels backfire on them!” Audience: “Amen!”

Ali Abu Ahmad: “Oh Allah, kill all the infidels!” Audience: “Amen!”

Ali Abu Ahmad: “Oh Allah, enable us to kill them!” Audience: “Amen!”

Ali Abu Ahmad: “Oh Allah, protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque from all evil!” Audience: “Amen!”

Ali Abu Ahmad: “Oh Allah, cleanse it from the filth of the Jews, amen, amen!” Audience: “Amen!

You’ll notice that the crowd responds “Amen” to Ali Abu Ahmed’s call to kill all infidels and especially all Jews.

Oddly enough, no one in the crowd spoke up and said “Now wait a minute, Mr imam sir. We all know that Islam is a religion of peace! So surely we shouldn’t be killing anyone?”

I am very confused.

6 comments to Thank goodness it’s a religion of peace

  • Tomsk

    And any lefties hearing it will either be thinking ‘they don’t really mean it’. Or ‘it’s our fault so if we are really nice to them they will forget all about it and peace will prevail’.

  • A Thorpe

    Looks like HMS Victory will have to come back into service.

  • twi5ted

    Great discussion on Not a Lot of People know that about the Cambridge HIE.

    One good point mentioned in addition to the siting is the switch in measuring equipment over the last 20 years and whether modern electronic thermometers are more sensitive than the old mercury-in-glass thermometers that were in universal use until the last 20 years or even less.

    Mercury thermometers respond slightly more slowly (temperature fluctuates all the time) and so dont pick up some of the spikes of actual temperature as quickly as the new electronic sensors now record. The other point is that the sensors can be set to ‘sample’ at different time intervals.

    The Met Office operates a system that uses the running average of 60 x 1 second samples to give a ‘temperature figure’. The US uses a 5 minute running average for one of its networks and fixed five minute periods for another. In Australia they use a more frequent sampling system and this has been criticised as meaning that new records are being created for high temperatures simply because the new thermometers are catching momentary (natural) spikes in temperature.

  • William Boreham

    “May Allah kill all infidels” It’s totally baffling that in the 21st century, with all the means to educate and enlighten themselves so they are no longer the 7th century pig-ignorant, credulous and simple minded barbarians who believed all this bullshit – they still haven’t become even slightly more civilised, and enlightened human beings in all of fourteen centuries! Christ, even sub-Saharan savages have access to smart-phones and education of sorts these days. Reading today, that the white folk in the USA are joining we in Europe by having fewer babies than ever before in their history, looks as if we’ve lost the war without firing a shot.

  • Stillreading

    A rather wise and widely travelled younger friend of mine believes that it will be the Chinese, not the adherents to a certain set of religious beliefs, who will inherit the earth. This person may well be right and the opinions expressed have given me food for thought. Technologically increasingly skilled, hard working, educationally equal to or superior to the West in the subjects important in today’s world (science, mathematics), politically intolerant of dissention and not in the least bothered by “political correctness”, above all evidently determined on “re-educating” adherents to unacceptable beliefs, who can deny that, unsavoury as it may be to many, China is on the up? Of course the West, with its self-indulgent naval-gazing, its complacency, its absence of moral substance, is on the way out. Just study history! The ancient Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, all had their day until their degeneracy saw them off. They all brought about their own downfall, just as we are doing.

  • Roy Hartwell

    I listened to Putin’s speech on the dangers of liberalism in the West and it leading to our downfall and much as I hate to admit agreeing with such a man I found his words resonating with any right-minded western individual who had not gone down the path of PC and liberalism. It comes to something when the words of such a nasty and undemocratic leader ring all too true !! The cries from our own politicians only confirmed how true his analyses were.

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