maandag 29 augustus 2016

The Disappearance Of Feminine Hobbies

Among casualties of the ongoing war on femininity are traditional feminine hobbies and pastimes, such as all sorts of needlework and coffee clatches. In fact, women are often shamed for participating in things like that. Sitting at home knitting while children are at school? What are you, a granny? Nothing better to do? Why don't you go find a job?

Any form of females gathering together during the day is considered to be highly suspicious, unless they are over the retirement age. Career women and church fundamentalists unite in unrighteous anger accusing such ladies of idleness. If you don't have a formal job, you are supposed at least to have some decency not to flaunt it and as for enjoying your freedom, forget it! That's what home businesses and ministries are for.

It's like 1960s feminists created a stereotype of a tired, overworked, haggard-looking homemaker only allowed out of the house to do her weekly shopping and now everyone agrees that it's exactly how a housewife should aspire to live.

Of course, when we examine the evidence left over from more traditional times, we'll see that though ladies normally took pride in keeping a clean house, cooking nutritious meals and having well-bred children they were interested in other things as well. Shows like I Love Lucy feature homemakers visiting each other, reading books, participating in social activities, gardening etc etc.

They didn't feel the pressure of spending every spare minute working on a home business of some sort or being engaged in some ministry. And they built lasting friendships, something modern people simply don't have time for any more...

zaterdag 27 augustus 2016

Roman Villa Close By Trier






We have visited a couple of those. I think this was the second one.




If I remember correctly, it was originally more of a farm, rebuilt and extended by later owners.





It had several bedrooms and a whole complex of baths and all things sanitary.












This was a cold bath:





And below is a Roman WC. it keeps standing, after nearly 2000 years which is probably more than will be said about our modern buildings:




They had to install the grating to protect it from barbarians, though:)


vrijdag 26 augustus 2016

Marital Duties?

they don't exist any more.

Now I realise it's old news already, but since I was on vacation I couldn't write about it earlier. There was an interesting debate on the subject of marital rape some time ago. Vox correctly pointed out that the concept didn't even exist in most countries until the 1990s, and that instead there was a concept of marital debt which spouses owed each other. However, then things go tricky. Vox states that a man has a financial obligation to support his wife and that he is obliged to do it whether he feels like it or not.

Except that he hasn't. That's right, according to the current laws in Western countries, just as the wife owes no sex to her husband, he owes her no financial support of any kind. Even moral obligation hardly exists any more, since the society (and husbands) fully expect their wives to "help earn an income".

Consider this: Traditionally, the husband had a duty to provide a safe house, pay for necessities such as food and clothing, and live in the house. The wife's obligations were maintaining a home, living in the home, having sexual relations with her husband, and rearing the couple's children. Today, the underlying concept that marriage is a legal contract still remains, but due to changes in society the legal obligations are not the same. (Quoted from here ).

So what legal duties spouses owe each other nowadays and what rights do they have? Well, in the USA, e.g., you can receive your spouse's Social Security benefits. And you can't abuse your spouse or lie to him/her about your finances or a criminal past. That's what the modern liberal marriage amounts to.

Just as the husband has absolutely no legal redress if the wife asks for a separate bedroom, there is nothing short of divorce that the wife can do if the husband refuses to provide an income.

Vox mentioned India as one of the countries where the law states that marital rape is impossible. Indian law also states that a wife is entitled to claim decent living standards & basic comforts of life by her husband as per his living standards.

The recent court ruling announced that if the husband is healthy, able-bodied and is in a position to support himself, he is under the legal obligation to support his wife, for the wife's right to receive maintenance under Section 125 CrPC, unless disqualified, is an absolute right. (That was a ruling on divorced women receiving spousal support). Sometimes, a plea is advanced by the husband that he does not have the means to pay for he does not have a job or his business is not doing well. These are only bald excuses and, in fact, they have no acceptability in law.

No wonder that both feminists and meninists decry India's sexist laws.


As someone who supports traditional marriage, I'm sympathetic to Vox's arguments (before you start attacking me or him for promoting domestic violence, he stated correctly that using force to make your wife go to bed with you constitutes assault and battery), however, the idea that the law is one-sided and only favours women is, imo, not true. Marriage under liberal law grants you few legal rights and even fewer responsibilities, and that's true for both spouses.

donderdag 25 augustus 2016

Kraut Salad For Warm Weather



This is my version of a recipe from Rezepte vom Land. 

I used:

1 pkg (300g) oxheart cabbage, shredded
100ml white vinegar
3 TBSP honey mustard
1 TBSP sunflower oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 TBSP brown sugar
several potatoes, cooked and sliced
1 liverwurst, sliced (200g)
a bunch of radishes, sliced
some lettuce
dried parsley to taste

Mix the cabbage with vinegar, mustard and oil and knead a bit, like you would do with dough. Add salt, pepper and sugar and let stay in the fridge for the min. of 1 hour (better longer). Then add the rest of the ingredients plus additional salt and pepper to taste, mix well. Serve as a main dish with bread or as side dish. As a side dish will feed 4, otherwise 2-3.


woensdag 24 augustus 2016

Global Warming Or Global Cooling?

Even as we are experiencing a heat wave I stumbled upon this video:



I tend to be skeptical of both since in my experience the temperatures have the way of balancing themselves so that the yearly averages hardly ever change. Still it's interesting to hear the opposite point of view, which is generally absent from the MSM.

dinsdag 23 augustus 2016

DIY Dishwashing Detergent




I made it today. Here is the recipe. Mine didn't turn out so thick even though I have cooked it for about 15 minutes. It withstood the first trial rather well, though.

maandag 22 augustus 2016

Some Of The Things I Brought Home



















Found some nice recipes and garden ideas already. Looking forward to reading the rest of it.

zondag 21 augustus 2016

The Elvenking

The Elvenking by J.W. Goethe is probably one of the creepiest stories of Western literature. I remembered it while driving through a German forest at night, high in the mountains:)




There has been some discussion in comments whether the King of Elves only symbolises Death or there is a darker meaning. Personally I believe there is, considering that the author created his own version of an old Nordic legend which told the story of a mortal man tempted by an elf-maid who stabs him when he refuses her sexual advances,  but you can read the poem for yourself and then decide.

It's amazing how J.R.R. Tolkien managed to turn elves into positive characters, isn't it now?

zaterdag 20 augustus 2016

I'm Back!

Hi everyone, I'm back! We've had a great vacation though I'm now down with cold, after swimming in the volcano crater...I'll try to post some pictures tomorrow. Comments moderation is back to normal.

zaterdag 6 augustus 2016

An Announcement

It's finally so far, we are leaving on vacation! The posting will resume in about two weeks. All comments will go into moderation from now on.

Have a nice time, all of you!

donderdag 4 augustus 2016

Western Men And Equality

While reading a discussion on immigration on one of our more or less right-wing sites yesterday I stumbled upon the following comment: "Only Western men believe in equality." The guy who wrote it, obviously proud of the fact, expressed in one short sentence what I have been trying to demonstrate on this blog for years.

It's true that currently equality is the Western Man's religion and that all our social and other policies are based on it. Since men and women and various ethnic and other groups are considered equal, any disparity in life choices and their outcomes must obviously be the result of the discrimination which needs to be addressed by the government.

Though the site in question (mildly) criticises feminism, I've read discussions where men sincerely wondered why women chose "soft" professions instead of joining the army or having a high-powered career in the business world. They thought that something was wrong with those women, they were apparently lazy and failed to profit from the new wonderful opportunities open to them.

I see this sentiment echoed on American blogs where guys wonder why women aren't interested in automatic weapons and choose early child development instead of STEM in college. And that's a huge elephant in the room a lot of "manospherians" simply fail to see as they rant and rave demanding that women (!) put an end to feminism.

Men are guardians of society, not women. Men are active, women are reactive. If the change happens, it's because men enable it. Western men appear in general to be fine with feminism, they just want a more Playboy version of it, I guess.

woensdag 3 augustus 2016

Rice Bran Oil And Its Benefits




I have recently come upon this new product in a supermarket and before buying it, did a Google search. Apparently, rice bran oil is comparable to olive oil for its nutritional value, but it has two unique benefits of its own. First, it has high smoke point so it's more suitable for cooking (while virgin olive oil is better in salads); second, it's rich in proto-vitamin E and oryzanol, which not only lowers cholesterol, but apparently, relieves menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes.

I tried it in my kitchen for frying potatoes and the results were very satisfactory. As for taste, it reminded me unrefined sunflower oil a bit. The price is comparable to virgin olive oil which is what I normally use for cooking.

If you are interested, you can read more about rice bran oil on Wiki.
This site does a point-by-point comparison between it an olive oil.

maandag 1 augustus 2016

Military Museum Soesterberg

I'm sorry for the short posts, but I've had a very busy week and this one is probably going to be quite busy, too, so here are just some nice pictures instead:




























It was quite entertaining, though if you'd ask me what I especially liked I'd say that they had some great chocolate-raspberry cake over there!:)