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  1. Using extreme weather as a counter example to something that predicted more extreme weather seems a bit odd.
  2. That is completely and utterly false. Leaving aside that human races is exceptionally poorly defined in scientific terms, the differences are absolutely tiny. Surely it is far more reasonable to put the struggles down to historic treatment than claim somehow one of the first groups to form a large Western culture are somehow subhuman.
  3. The Yakuza strongly enforced order. This is hardly the ringing endorsement of Japanese culture you want to make it out to be.
  4. The Conservatives actually moved slightly more pro Europe under Thatcher, not enough to want to be part of the Euro, (though in fairness even the more pro Europe Labour and Lib Dems had strict economic rules that the Euro never came close to meeting). This is roughly how I feel, the Euro was a nice idea but it was bad economics and for that reason joining it would have been a mistake. If the Euro at some future date becomes economically beneficial then joining it would be fine with me. So as for how much influence Thatcher had after her resignation (in part because the Cabinet didn't accept her views of Europe) I don't really think she had any political capital left, she had been so viciously stabbed in the back by her own party, there was no way she could be claimed to be a major contributor to the decision to stay out.
  5. Thatcher was out of office by the time the Maastricht treaty was signed. Giving Thatcher the credit for it is really pushing it.
  6. I might be willing at a push to accept that the ideal is the child being brought up by its biological parents, and that the next best thing is a stable married couple, but for the children that need an adoption I think they benefit more from having any family than justifies the risk waiting for the ideal.
  7. That was the point I was driving at, I know it is blatantly false. I just wanted to see him confirm he believed it.
  8. Do you stand by your claim that Obama is currently not wearing his wedding ring because it is Ramadan?
  9. Sorry are you saying that Obama isn't wearing his wedding ring at the moment because he is marking Ramadan, don't you admit that is pretty far fetched. Oh and when exactly is he meant to have attended an Islamic seminary?
  10. 1) Japan is the only nation that does not give citizenship to Muslims. False. Japan has no official requirement to state religion for anything be it immigration, residency or citzenship 2) In Japan permanent residency is not given to Muslims. False. 3) There is a strong ban on the propagation of Islam in Japan False, there are no special laws associated with Islam. 4) In the University of Japan , Arabic or any Islamic language is not taught. True, but misleading. The University of Japan only teaches two languages. Other universities teach other languages, including Arabic. 5) One cannot import a 'Koran' published in the Arabic language. False. There aren't any special restrictions on importing the Koran. 6) According to data published by the Japanese government, it has given temporary residency to only 2 lakhs, Muslims, who must follow the Japanese Law of the Land. These Muslims should speak Japanese and carry their religious rituals in their homes. False. The Japanese government doesn't publish such figures. There are around 100,000 Japanese Muslims, but yes like every country they have to obey the same laws as everyone else. 7) Japan is the only country in the world that has a negligible number of embassies in Islamic countries. False. Well you haven't defined negligible but Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE, Qatar and Egypt are all nations with embassies in Japan and Japanese embassies in them. 8) Muslims residing in Japan are the employees of foreign companies. False. Well I am sure some are but there is no particular reason in Japanese law. 9) Even today, visas are not granted to Muslim doctors, engineers or managers sent by foreign companies. False. There is no legal document that requires the stating of religion for migration to Japan. 10) In the majority of companies it is stated in their regulations that no Muslims should apply for a job. False. I couldn't even find one example of this, though I am not denying that some Japanese business do discriminate it doesn't seem to be common. 11) The Japanese government is of the opinion that Muslims are fundamentalist, and even in the era of globalization they are not willing to change their Muslim laws. False. Again there aren't any special Muslim laws. 12) Muslims cannot even rent a house in Japan . False. Again no special laws. 13) If anyone comes to know that his neighbor is a Muslim then the whole neighborhood stays alert. There is no Islamic cell or Arabic 'Madrasa' in Japan . Impossible to verify. Some evidence would be nice. 14) ---- Missing ---- 15) There is no Sharia law in Japan . TRUE. Well done Japan in fact, like all western countries doesn't use Islamic law as the basis of its law. 16) If a Japanese woman marries a Muslim, she is considered an outcast forever. Impossible to verify. 17) According to Mr. Kumiko Yagi, Professor of Arab/Islamic Studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, " There is a mind frame in Japan that Islam is a very narrow minded religion and one should stay away from it." TRUE. Although the context of the quote would be nice. So even being generous and giving you the misleading and impossible ones as true. 5/17.
  11. Oh come on you are not nearly stupid enough to believe that most of those bullet points are true, so why pretend they are?
  12. Fox claimed the UK's second biggest city, a city that is less than 15% Islamic, is entirely Islamic with non Muslims either unwilling on unable to go there. This was blatantly false and so when they realised they made a mistake they apologised to their viewers for misinforming them. That after all is what the apology is about, making sure that when they fail to meet the journalistic standards they aim for. True France has areas of high crime that people try to avoid (of course America has no high crime areas at all, honest) but that is a massively watered down version of the claim that was made.
  13. Did you not think it weird that the castle is the second most mobile piece on the board? It almost certainly at one point was a chariot, then the piece became more stylised and eventually you end up with the modern piece. I think claiming it as an Islamic invention is ridiculous, but denying the chariot link is insane.
  14. There has been a brain drain from Paris to London for at least a generation. Now the current policies might have accelerated that, but even before Hollande was elected French politicians had started campaigning in London due to the number of French citizens there. It isn't like it is all bad, house prices in Paris a becoming more affordable for the average person, while London prices are continuing to climb well above anything a median income family can afford. I do think France has gone too far, but citing an out of date right wing newspaper full of over stated claims is not convincing.
  15. You do know that A) Julia Gillard is no longer Prime Minister of Australia. The elements of that speech that are accurate were in fact taken from John Howards speech C) Most of it is not in fact an accurate representation of a speech by any Australian PM. If you dispute this any chance of a link to the actual speech.
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