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A red heifer is born

There might be a cause and effect about to happen. It might seem to the non-religious and non-Jewish that this has no meaning to them but in fact it does have great meaning, tangentially, to all of us.

1. The theology goes that the Jews are awaiting their Messiah. Leave aside that he’s already been 2000 years ago and was crucified. The Jews believe that there’s a sequence of events which starts with the appearance of an “unblemished” red heifer who can’t even have two hairs of a different colour.

There’s apparently a very weighty committee which determines all this and they decide if the animal is kosher or not. Takes some time. There’ve been some close calls over the last couple of decades but always there was some blemish which disqualified the calf.

Now there’s a fair bit of talk that this might be the one. Still remains to be seen but it’s worth keeping an eye on.…

How would you organize this meeting?

You see this sort of thing all the time:



Seems to me that the groundrules are pretty important here, so let’s lay a few groundrules.

1.  The meet-up will take place during lunchtime tomorrow – it will be squared with your employer or whomever you had planned to see – the angel will take care of that part.

2.  The bench sits three, of which you must constantly occupy one place over that hour [so go to the loo early and make sure you've eaten].  If you attempt to get up from the bench, the process stops and the deal’s off.

3.  You can arrange the people and time allocation according to your own plan but you must submit that plan in advance now, in order for the angel to go and gather them all for the appearance.  They have the right to refuse to appear, in which case you can either put in another name or give more time to the others.…

Blaming the wrong root cause, this time in Sweden

Only the BBC could do a report on rape in Sweden and the huge rise in numbers reported without mentioning the underlying cause.

Or else it puts anything but the underlying cause.

“No, the high numbers of kidnapping cases in these two countries are explained by the fact that parental disputes over child custody are included in the figures.”

Denver International Airport


As I put together this post, starting at around 7.30 and getting pretty long with all the quotes and links by 8.30, the browser shut down and it was lost.  And yes I usually save to draft along the way but it didn’t save this time.  Gone. No matter, we’ll start over.

The main sources in this range from a really “out there” conspiracy site to “Rational” Wiki at the other end of the spectrum.  It’s a good exercise, not in studying conspiracy loons but in studying supposedly rational people confronted with something outside the norm which seems to have corroboration.

Let’s start with the debunking “Rational” Wiki:

Denver already had a fine airport, Stapleton International. But despite widespread protests, Denver International was built and opened in 1995, with fewer runways, thus reducing Denver’s capacity.

“Rational” Wiki goes on to explain that the old airport had reached its capacity and they just needed a new one.…

The only group internationally and in our society no one defends

Egypt gunmen open fire on Coptic Christian wedding in Cairo

“I found a woman seated in a chair with lots of bullet wounds, covered in blood. Many other people had fallen around her, including a child,” he added.

Coptic priest Thomas Daoud Ibrahim said he was inside the church when the gunfire erupted.

“What happened is an insult to Egypt, and it’s not only directed against Coptic Christians. We are destroying our own country,” he said.

The sense in which I use the word Christian here in our society is what we vaguely call the west and the traditions it was based on. Paganism has to get a mention in these isles as well, as it was part of the development of the west, along with Christianity and its values of caring and tolerance, along with the spirit of enquiry of the truly scientific mind, not the Scientific Party.

No need to explain any of this to readers here.…

Needs to be nipped in the bud now

The condemnation of Hamas from Egypt:


Mosul Iraq, Christian properties marked by Muslims.

Germany, Jewish houses marked by Nazis. Property confiscated and stolen in the name of the state.

Response from the West, same as 1936, nothing.

Closer to home:

The Birmingham Trojan Horse has taken an awful long time to surface, but is being treated as an isolated case, how quickly those who govern forget.

This headline from the Birmingham Post is a refreshing change.

And is the content of this speech from the new minister really going to have an effect beyond as she puts it “a small number of schools” if they believe that we are stuffed, as with Rotherham and the rape gangs people at all levels knew what was going on, but how many were sacked, very few, most continued in their jobs there and I suspect that the “big cheeses” will remain or will moved to similar lucrative positions under the “lessons will be learned” banner in this case as well.…