Culture sure can be a load of bullshit. Why are people so blinded by their upbringing that they can’t see how insane their ingrained notions of what’s right and wrong are?
A Egyptian man was filmed eating breakfast with a female colleague (in a full burka no less), and subsequently was jailed as a result!
The man was arrested by the Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development, who accused him of “committing several violations and taking up a post exclusively reserved for Saudis”.
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is purporting to be on a drive to modernise the country. Speaking of drives, he recently oh so generously granted women in the country the right to drive.
Apparently modernising the country’s often grotesque laws and human rights violations doesn’t extend to dining with a woman.
The comments on the article are just as insane.
I can’t even tell if this one is a joke:
“I need to understand why men are constantly punished and not women,” said Twitter user Malak. “I am a Saudi [woman] and I swear I want them to punish her with him. Laughter, eating at the workplace… where are your limits?”
Or how about this:
developing jobs for Saudi women among foreigners is considered an explicit breakdown of customs, traditions, and values.
Duh! It should be an explicit breakdown of traditions and values if those are your traditions and values.
Traditions are just that – traditions. They are manmade, not some divine natural law. They were usually invented in an older, very different time. Let’s update them instead of trying to live on values that were established when people lived to the age of 30 and rode horses or camels through the street.
The International Space Station has a hole in it. Last week after noticing a drop in pressure inside the station, the official statement was that a meteorite had caused the hole.
Now the story has changed. Apparently, the hole was done with a drill, either accidentally or on purpose, either on Earth or in space.
As you can see in the picture, there are marks from a sliding drill, so they think that it could just have been a bungling technician who slipped and made the hole and glued it up without telling anyone, and now the epoxy has come lose.
At any rate, the astronauts have fixed it temporarily with epoxy, so they are safe for now. If they hadn’t caught it, they would have run out of air in 18 hours!
It’s incredible really that Craigslist is still going strong without having compromised much over the many years. It’s still the same bland text links that it was in the ’90s and although maybe not as risqué or outrageous as it’s been at various periods in its history, it still offers up a few gems, even in London, where it’s never been very big or well-known.
Here’s a winner I found about a month ago on the London Craigslist.
This is gong to sound a bit strange but I’m looking for someone who can come to my place, dress as a nun and throw Maltesers at me while I walk around wearing a nappy and singing along to greatest hits from the Sound of Music. Is anyone interested? I’m a friendly, 47 year old guy, normal in all other areas! Hope to hear from you
Indeed Rufus, it does sound a bit strange. I do wonder if he got his desire satisfied.
Here’s another sad one. A mechanic at Sea-Tac airport stole a plane today and flew it around in loopdy-loos and barrel rolls for a while before plowing it into the ground and killing himself.
They’re calling it a suicide and it sure sounds like one if you listen to the recordings of his conversation with the air traffic control.
He says, “Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose I guess”…and at the end he says, “I didn’t really plan on landing it”.
Something else in that transcript that struck me, was that he, like myself and so many others was obviously affected by that orca and her baby. He says, “Hey, I want the coordinates of that orca; you know the mama orca with the baby. I want to see that guy.”
Damn. Empathy is hard.
I also want to add that that air traffic controller was good. Talking to him calmly like he was a normal guy, trying to get him down safely. It’s unfortunate it didn’t end so well.
And on that note, I’m just going to leave this one here.