Mecca today has become more of a touristy destination, complete with pilgrims taking lots of selfies

Islam’s holiest city has capitulated to the forces of modernity. (Which doesn’t surprise me, given other examples of progressivism’s inroads into the Islamic world; see here, here, here, and here, for a few of them…)

From Chuck Shepherd’s ‘News of the Weird’:

“Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to Mecca, according to scholars who complained to Arab News in September. What for centuries has been a hallowed journey intended to renew the spirit of Islam (that all Muslims are called upon to experience at least once) has become, for some in the so-called “Facebook era,” more resembling trip to Disneyland, with visitors to the Sacred Mosque texting friends the “evidence” of their piety. (Another scholar complained in a New York Times opinion piece in October that Mecca is often experienced more as a packaged tour by marketers, centered around Mecca’s upscale shopping malls rather than religious structures.) [Arab News, 9-30-2014; New York Times, 10-1-2014]



Guys – Don’t Marry a Diva, Girls – Don’t Marry a Guy Who Wins Women Over With Money

Will S.:

Original post here.

Originally posted on Literate Comments:

The Friday File: Economists studying marriage find that the more lavish the wedding the shorter the marriage. To be precise, the chances of getting divorced are 60% higher if the wedding cost more than $20,000 compared to less costly nuptials. Similarly, all else equal, the chances of getting divorced rise by 30% if the engagement ring cost between $2,000 and $4,000 compared to rings costing $500 to $2,000.

Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D.
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Cell: 202.306.2731

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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Uncategorized


Late October Mini-Linkfest

Rural Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Rural Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Carnivore’s Cave: An Example of Social Conservatives and Traditionalists who Don’t Get It

Citadel Foundations: A Case for Corporal

Paleo Retiree: Twink Chic?

Pat Buchanan: Goodbye, Columbus

Colin Liddell: The Butt Plug That Fell To Earth

Greg Allmain: The Left Eats Itself: Equal Pay Ad Angers Trans Groups

Aurelius: Seattle Socialist Group Pushing $20/hr Min. Wage Offers $13/hr for Web Developer

Patrice Lewis: Too stupid to roast marshmallows

The Heidelblog: Idaho Ministers Must Perform Homosexual Weddings Or Go To Jail. In America

Matt Forney: 5 Reasons Why Girls With Tattoos And Piercings Are Broken

Social Extinction: “One big family” – understatement posing as assholesnide or blubberingstupid?

Steve Sailer: Gone Girl: The Last Villainess?

Confused and Naïve:  Past and Future

memoirsandremains: Bells, Bells, Bells

Alastair Bonnett: Unruly Places

Eddie Pensier: Showtune Saturday: “The Lambeth Walk” (With Bonus Nazis)


Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Linklove


Promote the welfare/warfare state, sure, but not with images of guns, please!

Originally posted on Will S.' Anarcho-Tyranny Blog:

Ya gotta laugh.

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School was happy to host a recruiter from the New York National Guard. But they were not happy with some of the swag he was handing out, particularly a t-shirt showing a guardsman holding a rifle. The school dress code bars students from wearing anything depicting a weapon. The recruiter agreed not to hand out anymore of the shirts. The students who’d already gotten one were told they could wear it that day but should not come back to school in it.

So, promoting fighting to defend the state’s interest = good; showing the tools they use to do so = bad.

Got it.

Homeschool / private school / church school your kids!

And why bother with joining a state militia; in the event of an invasion, or similar threat, just pick up a gun and become a bushwhacker!

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Paris ‘sex toy’ sculpture sabotaged at Place Vendome

Originally posted on Will S.' Culture War Blog:

That thing I wrote about the other day?

It’s been sabotaged!


A huge inflatable sculpture inspired by a sex toy has been sabotaged days after it was installed in Paris.

The 24m (80ft) sculpture on Place Vendome in Paris was brought down when supporting cords were cut.

Earlier, US artist Paul McCarthy told a French newspaper that he was attacked by a man who said the sculpture had no place being on the street.

The sculpture is part of the week-long International Contemporary Art Fair in the French capital.

The art fair said it would restore the deflated sculpture as soon as it could.

McCarthy told French newspaper Le Monde that his work, entitled Tree, was an “abstract work” rooted in a joke about a sex toy and was also inspired by a Christmas tree.

Police said the sculpture had been attacked overnight.

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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Fuck Yeah!, good news, The Kulturkampf


When beer was a drink for children

(Translated from the El País Spanish newspaper article here, using Google Translate and Microsoft Translator.)

by Jaime Rubio Hancock – October 13, 2014


The above advertisement for Damm beers in the late ’60s, promoting a contest to win a trip to Cape Kennedy, is illustrated with a family getting ready to sit down to a meal, and making use of four glasses of beer. Yes, four: the children also have theirs.

That is not the only example of advertising featuring children with glasses and beer bottles: for example, the following ad for Cruzcampo, from 1961, according to the company which owns the brand, Heineken Spain. It depicts four children sharing a litre with joy and good humour, “Because Mom always brings home Cruzcampo.”


Why always Cruzcampo? Because it “helps give a rosy complexion.” And it is for everyone. FOR ALL.


Today, these images from half a century ago are shocking, but there is an explanation. “These ads began in the 1960s and 1970s,” said Fede Segarra, communications director for Damm, “when beer started to become popular in Spain” and enter homes, coinciding with the highest number of refrigerators.

In fact, both Damm and Cruzcampo’s campaigns focused on their one litre format. “Above all, they wanted to promote beer as a family drink”, said Segarra, as you can see in the following advertisement for Eagle Beer, also owned by the Heineken group.


In fact, until the mid-90s, it was common for schools to visit breweries. “Beer has always had a very close relationship with the citizen”, explains Segarra, given that almost every large city had its own factory in the 1950s. “Both then and now, breweries supported cultural activities and had and have many links with society.”

Spain was not the only country with this type of advertising. In fact, Spain was late to both beer consumption and ads with children. The following 1906 ad from the American brand Rainier promoted beer as a beneficial drink for both young and old.


And the following Blatz Beer ad from 1916 promoted the nutritional values of beer malt to mothers and babies.


Heineken Spain stressed that such campaigns were from “a time when there was still lack of knowledge about the effects of alcohol, especially on children.” Damm’s Segarra adds that it was “not given so much importance then as now. There was a more open relationship”, which has mostly changed “by the evolution of society, which is more orderly and safe”.

Both Damm and Heineken argue they’ve spent years promoting responsible drinking through the association of manufacturers, Brewers of Spain, since they signed a code of self-regulation in Europe in the mid-1990s. This code stipulates that no advertising will be done depicting children and children’s activities, nor associating drinking with driving motorized vehicles. i.e. everything wrong with the following ad from the 1960s.


Although it is possible that the child is taking the glass of Damm AFTER the race.

In any case, beer is still a beverage for all. For all over 18, of course.



Posted by on October 18, 2014 in Uncategorized


Students: Transgender Woman Can’t Be Diversity Officer Because She’s a White Man Now

You gotta laugh. :)

A student who was born female felt perfectly comfortable identifying as a man at Wellesley College — until people said he shouldn’t be class diversity officer because he is now a white male.

Timothy Boatwright was born a girl, and checked off the “female” box when applying to the Massachusetts all-women’s school, according to an article in the New York Times. But when he got there, he introduced himself as a “masculine-of-center genderqueer” person named “Timothy” (the name he picked for himself) and asked them to use male pronouns when referring to him.

And, by all accounts, Boatwright felt welcome on campus — until the day he announced that he wanted to run for the school’s office of multicultural affairs coordinator, whose job is to promote a “culture of diversity” on campus.

But some students thought that allowing Boatwright to have the position would just perpetuate patriarchy. They were so opposed, in fact, that when the other three candidates (all women of color) dropped out, they started an anonymous Facebook campaign encouraging people not to vote at all to keep him from winning the position.


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