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Sunday, 6 January 2013
Schoolgirl fatwa: Taliban "foreign legion" orders fanatics to kill Malala Yousufzai

From the Sunday Mirror

THE head of the Taliban’s “foreign legion” which handles European terror cells has ordered fanatics to kill the schoolgirl shot in the head for fighting for women’s education. In a 28-minute online rant, spiritual leader Abu Dharr Azzam issued a fatwa against Malala Yousufzai claiming she had gone on a “crusade against Islam”.

The move will heighten concerns for the safety of the 15-year-old – recovering in a secret ­location in the UK after being released from hospital on Friday.

Azzam specialises in preaching to EU recruits fighting alongside terrorists – a 2011 video showed him lecturing a group which ­included two Germans.

Posted on 01/06/2013 3:54 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 6 January 2013
Mosque building in the shires

It is no longer mill towns and urban conurbations where news mosques are being planned. This is what their own website says about this beautiful town in the Cotswolds.

Chipping Norton is a Bustling, Buzzing Cotswold Market Town - Market day is Wednesdays and there is a monthly Farmer's Market usually on the third Saturday of the month. It's a great place to live, with a superb range of shops, schools and facilities.

'Chippy' is at the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds' between Oxford and Banbury so we're easy to reach by road or rail. It's a great place to visit, with lovely pubs, tea rooms and restaurants surrounded by stunningly beautiful countryside. Use us as a base for local walks and for exploring nearby tourist attractions such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Blenheim Palace at Woodstock, Stow-on-the-Wold, The Rollright Stones and of course The Cotswolds.

The local papers report the application for a mosque - both report interesting snippets - neither see this significance.

This is the Banbury Guardian (you will have heard of 'Banbury Cross'.)

CHIPPING Norton’s Muslim community has put forward new plans to create a small mosque in the town centre. The proposals, which are being spearheaded by Chipping Norton town councillor Tahirul Hasan, would see the ground floor of a disused shop in West Street converted for use as a prayer room.

The mosque would be used by Muslims from across West Oxfordshire who currently meet on the ground floor of the town hall. A planning application has been lodged with West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC).

Mr Hasan lodged an unsuccessful application for a mosque in 2007. He said he hopes people in Chipping Norton will now support the Muslim community’s plans. “There have been Muslims in Chipping Norton for about 30 years and I have lived here for 24 years,” he said. “Every day our numbers grow and we’re quite a big community now. . . It’s called a mosque but it’s nothing like the traditional mosques you see,” he said. “The meetings will only be for five or ten minutes at a time. In Chipping Norton there are 6,000 people and they have many churches in the town, so why not have a small mosque?”

One Chipping Norton resident has expressed concern about the timing of the application. Former town councillor John Grantham said: “This application has been submitted at a time when WODC and Chipping Norton Town Council will be closed for a large part of the consultation period, but objections have to be in by January 12, 2013. Notices have not been placed in prominent positions. The people of Chipping Norton have a right to be made aware of this controversial application.”

The site lies within a development of small businesses. Mr Grantham said: “It has always been a business premises and I don’t think the district council’s policies allow business premises to be changed and I don’t see it as a good reason to change this particular one.”

There is a picture of the worshippers, presumably taken in the Town Hall. Where are the women? Any picture of churchgoers would include families of men and women. Islam is different, but we know that. The Witney Gazette quotes Cllr Hasan at at little more length.

The town’s 30-strong Muslim community currently worships in the Town Hall on Fridays, but Mr Hasan said it was not a sacred enough place for prayer.

The father-of-three said: “We need a permanent place and we need a place where there is no drinking or dancing, only peaceful prayer. We hope the new mosque will be a more sacred place.”

If planning permission is granted, the new mosque would open between sunrise and one hour after sunset for prayers five times a day. Mr Hasan said he did not plan to hold religious teaching and said the mosque would only be open for about 10 minutes at a time for the prayers.

 " . . . one day, seven years ago, I decided to start Friday prayer and, after looking at every venue in the town, I found a place in the Town Hall.”  The group now welcomes Muslims from Moreton-in-Marsh, Woodstock and Witney, and has up to 50 worshippers at a time. But sharing space with the kaffir isn't good enough for them.

Two years ago, Mr Hasan also started a Friday prayer group at Chipping Norton School for its eight Muslim students. He said it was important Chipping Norton had a mosque so the next generation did not lose their identity.

I hope local residents are aware of Mosquebusters.

Posted on 01/06/2013 4:09 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 6 January 2013
Those Sleep Deprived Doctors

Doctors of the old school tend to be rather proud of how hard they worked when they were young, and to attribute their current enormous technical competence as well as the magnificence of their character to the long hours that they then endured. They were not much fun at the time, perhaps, but it made them what they are.

I remember those long hours well, and how at the end of a forty-eight hour shift my head felt as if it contained nothing but lead shot, as if it might just fall off my body. Leaving the hospital was like leaving prison after a long sentence; the starving man dreams of food, but the sleepless man dreams of bed.

It has long been suspected that such exhaustion cannot be good for patients; no one in his right mind would wish to be flown by a pilot who had gone two days without sleep, for example. Why should doctors be immune from the normal effects of fatigue on performance?

A study in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association attempted to demonstrate the effects of a protected sleep period on interns and residents when they were obliged to work shifts longer than 30 hours. On some such shifts they were given five hours, between 12:30 am and 5.30 am, when they could not be interrupted except by the direst emergency, and when they were given the opportunity to sleep. This might not be what most mothers would call a good night’s sleep, but it was better than what was normally available to such interns and residents.

The subjects of the experiments acted as their own controls: half the time they had protected sleep periods, and half the time they hadn’t. Unsurprisingly, they got more sleep (about an hour more per night) when they were given such a protected period rather than when they were not. They were more alert, both subjectively and objectively, when they had slept 3 hours a night instead of only 2. Three hours is hardly enough to make one feel fully rested, but slugabeds know that even a quarter of an hour of extra sleep can seem the most luxurious thing in the world.

The authors were unable to demonstrate any superiority of actual performance by the better-rested doctors, as measured by the crude outcome of patient deaths. This was not surprising because their sample size was too small; the experiment would have to be repeated on a larger scale to prove what seems intuitively obvious: that exhausted doctors – or perhaps I should say more exhausted doctors – are more inclined to make medical mistakes than less exhausted doctors.

Strangely enough, another study of a similar kind has shown that while protected sleep lessens the fatigue of young doctors, it increases their level of anxiety. The authors of that study hypothesized that the extra sleep merely compressed the amount of work they had to do, which remained the same, into fewer hours, thus increasing their anxiety. And when anxiety increases beyond a certain beneficial level, it tends to depress performance just like fatigue.

Perhaps young doctors are also so used to hearing how hard their elders and betters worked when they were their age that they feel slightly ashamed of their protected sleep periods, unluxurious as they might seem to the great majority of the population, as being indicative of a lack of commitment and stamina, what was known in my childhood as moral fiber. All I can say is that I would certainly not have wanted to be treated by me at the end of one of my forty-eight hour shifts.

First published in PJ Media.

Posted on 01/06/2013 6:33 AM by Theodore Dalrymple

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