Tables turned — Israel on the run
With support for the BDS Movement growing globally from organized labor, the potential economic threat to the Zionist regime is staggering
With support for the BDS Movement growing globally from organized labor, the potential economic threat to the Zionist regime is staggering
Sweden’s recognition of Palestine!
What’s In A Name ?
Al-Nusra Front ▬ The al-Nusra Front or Jabhat al-Nusra is a fighting group and an Al Qaeda affiliate. Designated by the United States as a “terrorist” group. An important threat to the Assad regime of Syria.
Al Shabaab ▬ A militant group meaning “The Youth”, or “The Youngsters“
Boko Haram ▬ People Committed to the Prophet’s Teachings for Propagation and Jihad
Caliphate ▬ A caliphate (in Arabic: خلافة khilāfa, meaning “succession”) is an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader known as a caliph
DAESH ▬ An Arabic term that sounds like another Arabic word that means “to trample on” or “to crush”.
Fatwa ▬ A fatwā (Arabic: فتوى; plural fatāwā Arabic: فتاوى) in the Islamic faith is the term for the legal opinion or learned interpretation that a qualified jurist or mufti can give on issues pertaining to the Islamic law
Halal ▬ Ḥalāl (Arabic: حلال ḥalāl, ‘permissible’) or hallal is any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. The term covers and designates not only food and drink but also all matters of daily life.
Hamas ▬ Based on the principles of Islamism gaining momentum throughout the Arab world in the 1980s, Hamas was founded in 1987 (during the First Intifada) as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood
Islam ▬ Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur’an, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Arabic: الله Allāh)
I.S. ▬ Islamic State
ISIS ▬ Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham
ISIL ▬ Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant
Jihad ▬ Jihad is an Islamic term referring to a religious duty of Muslims. In Arabic, the word jihād is a noun meaning “struggle” or “resisting”.
Khorasan ▬ an offshoot of Al-Qaeda
Sharia ▬ To Arabic-speaking people, sharia (shariah, shari’a, sharīʿah; Arabic: شريعة šarīʿah, IPA: [ʃaˈriːʕa], “legislation”), means the moral code and religious law of a prophetic religion. The term “sharia” has been largely identified with Islam in English usage.
Sunni Islam ▬ Sunni Islam is the largest branch of Islam; its adherents are referred to in Arabic as ahl as-sunnah wa l-jamāʻah (Arabic: أهل السنة والجماعة), “people of the tradition of Muhammad and the consensus of the Ummah” or ahl as-sunnah (أهل السنة) for short.
Taliban ▬ The word Taliban is Pashto, طالبان ṭālibān, meaning “students”, the plural of ṭālib. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taliban
Below is a list of living supercentenarians verified by an appropriate independent authority (all cases are verified by the GRG). There are currently 70 such individuals, of whom 65 are female and 5 are male.
|Rank||Name||Sex||Birth date||Age as of 4 March 2014||Place of residence|
|1||Misao Okawa||F||5 March 1898||115 years, 364 days||Japan|
|2||Jeralean Talley||F||23 May 1899||114 years, 285 days||United States|
|3||Susannah Mushatt Jones||F||6 July 1899||114 years, 241 days||United States|
|4||Bernice Madigan||F||24 July 1899||114 years, 223 days||United States|
|5||Emma Morano-Martinuzzi||F||29 November 1899||114 years, 95 days||Italy|
|6||Anna Henderson||F||5 March 1900||113 years, 364 days||United States|
|7||Antonia Gerena Rivera||F||19 May 1900||113 years, 289 days||United States[a]|
|8||Ethel Lang||F||27 May 1900||113 years, 281 days||United Kingdom|
|9||Nabi Tajima||F||4 August 1900||113 years, 212 days||Japan|
|10||Blanche Cobb||F||8 September 1900||113 years, 177 days||United States|
|11||Anna Stoehr||F||15 October 1900||113 years, 140 days||United States|
|12||Goldie Steinberg||F||30 October 1900||113 years, 125 days||United States[b]|
|13||Merle Barwis||F||23 December 1900||113 years, 71 days||Canada[c]|
|14||Ora Holland||F||24 December 1900||113 years, 70 days||United States|
|15||Opal Thompson||F||13 January 1901||113 years, 50 days||United States|
|16||Kiyoko Ishiguro||F||4 March 1901||113 years, 0 days||Japan|
|17||Dominga Velasco||F||12 May 1901||112 years, 296 days||United States[d]|
|18||Edna Bowman||F||3 June 1901||112 years, 274 days||United States|
|19||Olympe Amaury||F||19 June 1901||112 years, 258 days||France|
|20||Ruby Clawson||F||15 July 1901||112 years, 232 days||United States|
|21||Hanae Kimura||F||8 August 1901||112 years, 208 days||Japan|
|22||Rosa Bandini-Alberghi||F||11 September 1901||112 years, 174 days||Italy|
|Adéa Pellerin-Cormier||F||11 September 1901||112 years, 174 days||Canada|
|24||Toshie Yorimitsu||F||30 September 1901||112 years, 155 days||Japan|
|25||Eudoxie Baboul||F||1 October 1901||112 years, 154 days||France|
|26||Matsuyo Kageyama||F||10 October 1901||112 years, 145 days||Japan|
|27||Emma Otis||F||22 October 1901||112 years, 133 days||United States|
|28||Tou Tajiri||F||23 October 1901||112 years, 132 days||Japan|
|29||Esther Ecklund||F||28 October 1901||112 years, 127 days||United States[e]|
|30||Ana Vela-Rubio||F||29 October 1901||112 years, 126 days||Spain|
|Hana Shindo||F||29 October 1901||112 years, 126 days||Japan|
|32||Jane Gray||F||1 December 1901||112 years, 93 days||Australia[f]|
|33||Gertrud Henze||F||8 December 1901||112 years, 86 days||Germany|
|34||María Concha Pérez-Cidad||F||9 December 1901||112 years, 85 days||Spain|
|35||Bertha Harris||F||3 January 1902||112 years, 60 days||United States|
|36||Mitsue Toyoda||F||15 February 1902||112 years, 17 days||Japan|
|37||Kathleen Snavely||F||16 February 1902||112 years, 16 days||United States[g]|
|38||Vi Robbins||F||28 February 1902||112 years, 4 days||Australia|
|39||Sugino Tamai||F||9 March 1902||111 years, 360 days||Japan|
|40||Kitsuyo Yamamoto||F||12 March 1902||111 years, 357 days||Japan|
|41||Marguerite Conrad||F||15 March 1902||111 years, 354 days||France|
|42||Marie-Josephine Gaudette||F||25 March 1902||111 years, 344 days||Italy[h]|
|43||Yukie Hino||F||17 April 1902||111 years, 321 days||Japan|
|44||Arturo Licata||M||2 May 1902||111 years, 306 days||Italy|
|45||Fanny Godin||F||27 May 1902||111 years, 281 days||Belgium|
|46||Giuseppina Projetto||F||30 May 1902||111 years, 278 days||Italy|
|47||Sotomi Hara||F||7 June 1902||111 years, 270 days||Japan|
|48||Tsuya Miura||F||24 July 1902||111 years, 223 days||Japan|
|49||Yoneno Kouno||F||7 August 1902||111 years, 209 days||Japan|
|50||Rosa Pesce||F||12 September 1902||111 years, 173 days||Italy|
|51||Kiyo Oshiro||F||15 September 1902||111 years, 170 days||Japan|
|52||Helen Wheat||F||16 September 1902||111 years, 169 days||United States|
|53||Masa Iseri||F||19 September 1902||111 years, 166 days||Japan|
|54||Dorothy Peel||F||28 September 1902||111 years, 157 days||United Kingdom|
|55||Take Matsui||F||1 October 1902||111 years, 154 days||Japan|
|Masayo Ito||F||1 October 1902||111 years, 154 days||Japan|
|57||Florence Pittaway||F||15 October 1902||111 years, 140 days||United Kingdom|
|Sute Sato||F||15 October 1902||111 years, 140 days||Japan|
|59||Egbertje Leutscher-de Vries||F||22 October 1902||111 years, 133 days||Netherlands|
|60||Adelaida González-Alonso||F||23 October 1902||111 years, 132 days||Spain|
|61||Ida Schlesinger||F||7 November 1902||111 years, 117 days||United States|
|62||Myrtle Clifton||F||19 November 1902||111 years, 105 days||United States|
|63||Matsu Adachi||F||1 January 1903||111 years, 62 days||Japan|
|64||Gladys Hooper||F||18 January 1903||111 years, 45 days||United Kingdom|
|65||Alexander Imich||M||4 February 1903||111 years, 28 days||United States[i]|
|66||Sakari Momoi||M||5 February 1903||111 years, 27 days||Japan|
|67||Helen Lettinga||F||6 February 1903||111 years, 26 days||United States|
|68||Yasutaro Koide||M||13 March 1903||110 years, 356 days||Japan|
|69||Ethan Shelton||M||10 July 1903||110 years, 237 days||United States|
|70||Aleksandra Dranka||F||3 October 1903||110 years, 152 days||Poland[j]|
a^ Gerena was born in Puerto Rico.
b^ Steinberg was born in Kishinev, which was then a part of the Russian Empire; it is now located in Moldova.
c^ Barwis was born in the United States.
d^ Velasco was born in Mexico.
e^ Ecklund was born in Sweden.
f^ Gray was born in the United Kingdom.
g Snavely was born in Ireland.
h^ Gaudette was born in the United States.
i^ Imich was born in Częstochowa, which was then a part of the Russian Empire. It is now in Poland.
j^ Dranka was born in Harklowa, which was then part of Austria-Hungary; it is presently located in Poland.
★ On The Short List ★
George Gaynes (born George Jongejans; May 16, 1917)
Jerry Lewis [born Joseph (Jerome) Levitch on March 16, 1926]
James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924)
Isaac Sidney “Sid” Caesar (born September 8, 1922)
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer, CC (born December 13, 1929)
Sidney Poitier (born February 20, 1927)
Donald Jay “Don” Rickles (born May 8, 1926)
Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, April 3, 1924)
Olivia Mary de Havilland (born 1 July 1916)
Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) (born 21 April 1926)
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born 10 June 1921)
Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE (born 16 October 1925)
Albert Francis “Al” Molinaro (born June 24, 1919)
Gina Lollobrigida ( born 4 July 1927)
Carol Elaine Channing (born January 31, 1921)
Maureen O’Hara (born 17 August 1920)
Guy Hamilton (born 16 September 1922)
Louis Jourdan (born 19 June 1921)
Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra (born May 12, 1925)
Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (born October 18, 1926)
Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925)
Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925)
George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924)
Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger (born 16 April 1927)
Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922)
George Robert “Bob” Newhart (born September 5, 1929)
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Kosher vs. Halal
In order for meat to be kosher, it must fit a number of requirements:
- It must be from a kosher animal (e.g., cow, as opposed to pig)
- It must have been in good health before it is slaughtered.
- It must be slaughtered at the neck with a very sharp knife.
- Some portions of the fat, and all blood must be removed.(The blood is drawn out by packing the fresh meat in salt, which is where kosher salt gets its name from.)
A blessing is generally said before the slaughter, but its absence would not, I think, render the meat non-kosher.
And a rabbi is generally supposed to be present to ensure that all the above have been strictly followed.
Western Slaughterhouses & Abattoirs
Stunning the animal before it is actually slaughtered is a common practice in many western countries. It is claimed to be more comforting and causing less pain to the animal.
Pre-slaughter stunning was originally introduced to protect abattoir personnel, rather than the animals themselves. The idea was to immobilize the animal to facilitate killing procedures. However, the principle of stunning has now evolved to encompass the idea that animals should be rendered unconscious before they are slaughtered.
There are many methods used for stunning animals, just to mention a few:
The Captive Bolt Pistol
This stunning method is widely used for all farmed animals. There are two types of captive bolt pistol: penetrative and non-penetrative. Penetrative stunners drive a bolt into the skull and cause unconsciousness both through physical brain damage and the concussive blow to the skull. The bolt on a non-penetrative stunner is ‘mushroom-headed’ and impacts on the brain without entering the skull. Unconsciousness is caused by the concussive blow. After the animal is unconscious, it is slaughtered.
The bolt is described as ‘captive’ because it flies out of the barrel but remains attached to the pistol. The pistol is placed on the centre of the animal’s forehead and is either trigger-fired or fires automatically on contact with the animal’s head.
Pitching is carried out in the majority of cattle slaughterhouses. The practice involves inserting a wire or rod through the hole in the head made by the captive bolt. The rod is slid up and down to destroy the lower part of the brain and the spinal cord.
Electric head-only stunning (electric shock or current)
Electric head-only stunning with tongs is used to stun cattle, calves, sheep, goats, rabbits and ostriches. The operator places a pair of electric tongs on either side of the animal’s head and passes an electric current through the brain – supposedly causing a temporary loss of consciousness.
The electric waterbath is widely used to stun chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. Birds are shackled upside down on a moving conveyor which carries them to an electrified waterbath into which their heads are supposed to be immersed. The shackles contact a bar which is connected to earth. The strength of the electrical current has risen in recent years – with the aim of ensuring that birds suffer a cardiac arrest and die when they enter the waterbath.
An animal is stunned by exposing them to a mixture of carbon dioxide and air. This gas causes the animal to loose its consciousness, after which it is slaughtered.
Halal is an Arabic word that means “permissible.” In terms of food, it means food that is permissible according to Islamic law. For a meat to be certified “halal,” it cannot be a forbidden cut (such as meat from hindquarters) or animal (such as pork.)
The slaughter of a halal animal is called “zabihah” and there are certain guidelines to follow:
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