Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The myth of the moderate Muslim part 2

by Anthony Cox

I have written about how Islam is not moderate and Muslims cannot be moderate if they practice their religion. The reason is simple; Islam offers a complete package; it prescribes its own legal system, its own economic, banking and trading system and social and political parameters. It is a contradiction in terms for Muslims to say they are law abiding if to be a Muslim means you must support laws other than the laws of the host nation.

Australia is a secular democracy. Our legal and political system is based on the separation of church and state. That separation is one of the great inventions of mankind. It allows people to worship their own religion without allowing any religion to force itself on the rest of society.

Islam does not support that separation. In every host nation Islam seeks to introduce aspects of its legal system, Sharia. They range from parallel marriage systems to halal certification which many food sources and outlets subscribe to and pay vast amounts of money to Islamic authorities.

In an ironic move Australia’s first Islamic politician Ed Husic was sworn into parliament using a Koran. The significance of that was entirely missed by Australia’s political and media classes. The fact that many of Australian politicians depend for their survival on Muslim votes is well known:

Himalayan Glaciers - The Truth

(UN) Skeptical (NON) Science writes (link)
Globally glaciers are losing ice at an extensive rate. There are still situations in which glaciers gain or lose ice more than typical for one region or another but the long term trends are all the same, and about 90% of glaciers are shrinking worldwide. 
A peer reviewed paper published in Current Science refutes this, at least as far as the Himalayan Glaciers are concerned. In CURRENT SCIENCE, VOL. 106, NO. 7, 10 APRIL 2014  (pdf)
The results of the present study indicate that most of the glaciers were in a steady state compared to the results of other studies carried out for the period prior to 2001. This period of monitoring almost corresponds to hiatus in global warming in the last decade.
The Paper:
Bahuguna, I.M., Rathore, B.P., Brahmbhatt, R., Sharma, M., Dhar, S., Randhawa, S.S., Kumar, K., Romshoo, S., Shah, R.D., Ganjoo, R.K. and Ajai. 2014. Are the Himalayan glaciers retreating? Current Science 106: 1008-1013.

CO2 SCIENCE reports (link)

What was done
With their curiosity thus piqued, Bahuguna et al. conducted a study "to find the change in the extent of Himalayan glaciers during the last decade using IRS LISS III images of 2000/01/02 and 2010/11." And in doing so, they say that "two thousand and eighteen glaciers representing climatically diverse terrains in the Himalaya were mapped and monitored," including the glaciers of the Karakoram, Himachal, Zanskar, Uttarakhand, Nepal and Sikkim regions.

What was learned
The all-India team of eleven researchers found that 1752 glaciers (86.8%) were observed having stable fronts (no change in the snout position and area of ablation zone), 248 (12.3%) exhibited retreat and 18 (0.9%) of them exhibited advancement of snout," such that "the net loss in 10,250.68 sq. km area of the 2018 glaciers put together was found to be 20.94 sq. km or 0.2% (±2.5% of 20.94 sq. km)."

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