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The Daily Beast Rightly Skewers R.C. Sproul’s “Persecution Cruise”

Will S.:

Rightly, indeed. Most dismaying… Horrible ‘optics’

Originally posted on Literate Comments:


All Aboard the USS Persecution Complex

Cruising the Caribbean, enjoying beaches… Enduring Persecution as an American Christian sounds horrible.

The last six months have been a stark reminder of the brutality that lurks at the boundaries of civilized society. The rise of ISIS has revealed the horrors that people are willing to inflict upon one another. For Christians, the destruction of their places of worship in Iraq and Syria, their physical expulsion from the region, and the torture, rape, and murder of those of their number who refuse to convert demands that we address the rhetorical inflation that accompanies words like “horrifying,” “chilling,” and “evil.” Christians—like members of other religious groups in the Middle East and elsewhere—are being actively and violently persecuted in Syria and Iraq.

Of course, persecution takes many forms, and the suffering of Christians in Iraq will not look quite the same as…

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Finnish students will no longer be taught handwriting at school

Because we live in a completely digital world now; who needs to know how to write. Right?

Finnish students will no longer be taught handwriting at school, with typing lessons taking its place, it’s reported.

Learning joined-up writing, often in fountain pen in the UK, is almost a rite of passage for primary school students. But Finland is moving into the digital age by ditching the ink in favour of keyboards, the Savon Sanomat newspaper reports. From autumn 2016, students won’t have to learn cursive handwriting or calligraphy, but will instead be taught typing skills, the report says. “Fluent typing skills are an important national competence,” says Minna Harmanen from the National Board of Education. The switch will be a major cultural change, Ms Harmanen says, but typing is more relevant to everyday life.

There are some concerns that the move could disadvantage children who don’t have a computer at home, or schools where there aren’t enough computers to go around. But many people have welcomed the move. “For most teachers it’s sufficient that upper case and lower case letters can be distinguished,” says Susanna Huhta, deputy chairwoman of the Association of Native Language Teachers. However, she points out that handwriting helps children to develop fine motor skills and brain function, and suggests handwriting classes could be replaced by handicrafts and drawing. Social media users also see the positives, with one user on the Etela-Saimaa website saying: “Handwriting is a totally useless skill. Maybe not as useless as compulsory Swedish, but coming pretty close to it.”

And how will they learn how to sign their names, to sign cheques and legal documents?



Black Friday UK 2014 Girls Fight Over Underwear & Lingerie

Great Britain has embraced ‘Black Friday'; this happened over there:

Ick. None of them shav and ghetto trash cows would look appealing in lingerie; not sure why they bother…


Japanese ‘Solo Wedding’ Service Gives Single Women the Chance to Be Brides for a Day

It was bound to come to this, wasn’t it…

As an increasing number of Japanese women put their careers ahead of starting a family, the number of services that cater to single women is on the rise. One such service is the ‘Solo Wedding’ – a full wedding day experience during which a woman gets to be bride without actually getting hitched.

The absence of a groom at a wedding might sound abnormal, but the concept is surprisingly popular. Ever since Kyoto-based company Cerca Travels launched Solo Weddings in June, at least 10 single ladies have used the service. These are women who have dreamed of wearing a wedding dress all their lives, but never really had the chance to do it.

A Solo Wedding gives the client a chance to live out her childhood dream – she is put up at a plush hotel for two days and then taken in for dress fittings, bouquet design, hair and makeup. Each service is handled by a professional, and completed with the same level of precision as a real wedding ceremony. Once the bride is all decked up, she is taken to beautiful locations in Kyoto that complement her personality, for a full photo shoot.

Solo Brides can also choose to have a decorative man between the ages of 20 and 70 pose along with them. And for women who want the attention but aren’t into wedding gowns, the company provides historical dress-up tours around Kyoto, like being photographed in Geisha makeup and traditional attire. There are a variety of packages to choose from – the cheapest one starts at 330,000 yen (US$2,800).

The company’s website features reviews of delighted Solo brides: “It really felt like a dream,” wrote one divorcee in her 50s. “I didn’t really care about the wedding dress because I was married and had children already.”

A single woman in her 30s was more excited about the dress: “That was the best! I feel great! I’m dating a guy but have totally put off the pain that is getting married. I always wanted to wear a wedding dress and I didn’t want to regret it, but I also didn’t want to pester my boyfriend.”

Some people might find the idea of a Solo Wedding bizarre, but let’s face it – it does fulfill the dreams of many women out there who aren’t getting any younger while waiting for the perfect wedding to happen.

Hey, if it means some men who would really just be props like the ‘decorative’ men mentioned above, end up dodging a Bridezilla bullet, by not ending up married to these women, it’s all to the good, surely. :)


Singing nun chooses ‘Like a Virgin’ for debut

I don’t think she gets what it’s about.


A singing nun who won the Italian version of the The Voice has released a cover of Madonna’s Like a Virgin for her debut single.

Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won the singing contest in June, says she chose the song herself “without any intention to provoke or shock”, but says she is ready for any criticism. “It’s a song about the ability of love to make people new. To redeem them from their past. And that’s how I wanted to interpret it,” she tells the Catholic newspaper Avvenire.

No, it’s not.

Tarantino’s take on it strikes me as much more plausible.

I mean, this is Madonna we’re talking about here. Not some sweet innocent thing, as that poor sister is.


I’ve not been following the Texas gubernatorial election, but this is insane

From the Federalist:

It wasn’t enough for Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor of Texas, to claim that her opponent — who is wheelchair-bound — doesn’t care about disabled people. Now she and her campaign are claiming that Abbott might also want to ban interracial marriage.

There’s only one problem: Abbott’s wife Cecilia is Hispanic.


I thought the Republicans were the stupid party, and Democrats the evil one.

In Texas, seems the latter are both evil and stupid, these days.


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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