Jewish date: 15 ’Elul 5769.
Today’s holidays: Friday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time, Feast Day of the Magi: Mosheh.
Today’s quasi-holiday: Newspaper Carrier Day.
Worthy causes of the day: “President Obama: We're Counting on You” and “Change We Can Believe In”.
Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
- “The Twin Myths of Eurabia”: There is a whole system of pseudohistory being propagated about Islam in the name of politics in Europe in order (for the Arabs involved in the deal, at any rate) to allow for Islamic conquest and Islamization of Europe. Shocking details of Islamic occupation as it has affected individuals and whole cultures are listed.
- “New school year puts French on forced marriage alert”: I am not clear whether this is a practice which is approved of by Islam or not. The article claims not, though clarification on this issue might be nice; Islam is known to have lenient views on child marriage, even though people in general do not seem to consider small children legally competent. Either way, one has to be amazed at the sheer irrationality of the practice. Someone forced into marriage against (in these cases) her will is not likely to be happy with the arrangement. Considering that people are usually around their spouses frequently, even if the arrangement is nonviolent, it is difficult to imagine that the unwilling party is going to be anything but uncooperative and hostile. What sort of fool wants to go home every night to someone who does not want to see him?
- “Whats Wrong with the I Ching? Ambiguity, Obscurity, and Synchronicity”: I have not read the I Ching/Yì Jīng myself (yet), so I will let this article on it stand for itself.
- “Common good is best achieved through rewards, not punishment”
- “College prank elevates flamingo's status”
- “Summer's End (1999)”