Jewish date: 23 Tammuz 5769.
Today’s holidays: The Three Weeks, Saint Swithin’s Day.
Today’s quasi-holiday: International Dadaism Month.
Worthy cause of the day: “Support the UN's Work in Pakistan's Swat Valley”.
Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
- More oppression: “KAZAKHSTAN: Anti-terror police, prosecutor, justice department and courts target church”, “Iraq Tightens Security Around Churches, Christian Towns After Wave of Attacks”
- Bizarre anti-Semitism: “Report: Hamas says Israel sending aphrodisiac gum to 'corrupt' Gaza youth”: I really cannot make something like this up. Besides the fact that “Palestinian” sources are notoriously unreliable whenever talking about Israel, if Israel had aphrodisiac gum, trying to corrupt Gazan youth is not what they would be likely to do with it. Making Gazan kids horny does not benefit Israel. On the contrary, something that silenced the libido would work better (as a war tactic) since it would mean fewer “Palestinians” would be having sex and producing children, thus making for a smaller hostile population to bother Israel. On the other hand, there is a market for aphrodisiacs (think Viagra), so selling aphrodisiac gum commercially would be a better choice. General rule: if you are going to lie, lie well.
- “What If I'd Never Met My Husband: New research reveals a better way to boost happiness than counting blessings--imagining that the good things never happened”
- “Toy-gun robber foiled by bat-wielding store worker”