Sunday, August 11, 2019

A Short Personal Note

We are going on vacation for 2 weeks. All comments will go into moderation until I return.

See you all later!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Let's Talk About Fat Women

Fat shaming has been a trend on the right wing internet for quite some time already. Yet, if one follows the discussions faithfully, he will get an impression that being overweight and obese is an exclusively female problem. Since most of these bloggers and writers belong to the Anglosphere, they chiefly criticise American and sometimes, British women who apparently all turn into "landwhales" once they reach a certain age or bear a child, while their unfortunate husbands and boyfriends are all shining examples of proper nutrition and fitness.

I've done some research and it appeared that there was a report in 2015 which said that the obesity rates by women in the USA are slightly higher than by men (38 vs 34%) yet, the official numbers from 2017 tell a different tale:

Overweight and Obesity Rates for Adults by Gender

Total USA Male 70.9 Female 59.8

Since it includes both overweight and obese it could very well be that while there are more overweight men, women lead in obesity rates, but it's hardly the problem of females only.

Now let look at WHO report from 2015 on the world trends, as reported by the Guardian:

 Europe’s growing obesity crisis will see almost three-quarters of men and two-thirds of women in the UK being overweight in 15 years, health experts have said. (emphasis mine).

Ireland leads the trend, with new figures to be presented on Wednesday to the European Congress on Obesity, in Prague suggesting that 89% of men and 85% of women in the country will be overweight or obese by 2030.

 The proportion of obese Irish men is expected to increase from 26% to 48%, while the figure for those either overweight or obese rises from 74% to 89%.
In terms of obesity, the estimates show a big jump for women in Ireland from 23% to 57%, and the percentage for overweight and obese together from 57% to 85%.

As you can see, there are more obese Irish men than women at the moment (26 vs 23%) but the prediction is that it will change in the future (48 vs 57%) while men will still be leading in overweight group (89 vs 85%)..

In 2010 in UK the equal percent of both sexes was obese:

In the UK, 36% of men and 33% of women are predicted to be obese in 2030 compared with 26% of both sexes in 2010.

And in 2030 more men are predicted to be obese than women.

Now let's look at the Netherlands:

 In 2010, 54% of Dutch men were overweight, including 10% who were obese. These figures are projected to fall to 49% and 8% respectively. For women, the 2030 figures will be 43% and 9%, compared to 44% and 13% in 2010.

What do we see? More obese women in 2010 (10 vs 13%) but more overweight men than women (54 vs 44%) and the numbers are supposed to fall.

So is  being obese and overweight an exclusively female problem? Hardly, as the figures show. Then why  is it that only women are fat-shamed? And why do men who aren't physically fit themselves expect their partners to be so? I constantly hear about married men who suffer because their wives put on weight and become unattractive. Well, guess what? Overweight husbands aren't attractive, either! Something about the beam in your own eye comes to mind instantly.

The reason I returned to this topic yet again is because I see the trend of blaming women for all of the world's problems as rather unproductive. You don't win many hearts and minds with it and what's more important, it's not even true. In my opinion, it's a tactic used by the enemy to divide us. Women are told that they should have a career and not be dependent on a man because all men are abusive etc while men are told to avoid marriage because their wives will all balloon to an enormous size, deny s*x etc. As a result, my people are literally disappearing.

In the meanwhile, Put that fork down is good advice for both sexes.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Garden News

Someone gave me a round zucchini. The problem is, I don't really like them so much, especially the round variety:) So after much deliberation, I decided to make a pie out of it:

It turned out fine, for a zucchini pie. We are still eating it. The crust was inspired by an old recipe from an American cooking magazine called Home-Style Cooking.

For the filling, I just sliced and cooked zucchini with some water, sugar, apple cider vinegar and cinnamon and added butter in the end. I still had to stamp it to make it mushy. The crust consisted out of 1c of mixed flour (white wheat + buckwheat),  salt, ab. 80g of cold butter + some olive oil (you cut the butter into small pieces and mix with flour, then add some oil if necessary to make it more crumbly) and then I added 1/2 c sugar and 1 1/2 c (or a bit less ) of rolled oats. You divide the crust mixture in two, spoon the half into an ungreased pan, spread the filling and then add the rest of the crust.

Bake at 200*C for about 30 min.

I then went to our garden a couple of days ago and picked up some blackberries growing along the path which nobody wanted for some reason (what the commons produce should not go to waste, in my opinion), so we made some jam:

Here I am, barefoot and in the kitchen (have been going barefoot the whole summer and love it!) and here is the witch's brew blackberry jam:

Nothing beats self-made jam:) So here was some effort-posting on my part:) What have you all been doing???

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Christians And The Environment

I think it's a real pity that environmental issues have been largely ceded to the progressives.  As Christians, we are supposed to be good stewards of the nature and its resources, so I'd like to bring your attention to a couple of  posts by a fellow blogger dealing with this topic,

one about recycling garbage

another about waste

This article about reducing plastic waste is interesting, too.

Monday, August 5, 2019

How Fabulous Is Your Career?

This is old news, but still: worldwide, only 13% of employees are committed to their jobs:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work, according to Gallup's new 142-country study on the State of the Global Workplace. In other words, about one in eight workers -- roughly 180 million employees in the countries studied -- are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations.

Not surprisingly, the highest amount of people who are attached to their jobs live in the USA and Canada, where the indoctrination about your job being the most important thing in your life is the heaviest. Still, about 70% of the citizens of these countries are disengaged, while 18% actually think that their jobs s**k:

 At the regional level, Northern America (that is, the U.S. and Canada) have the highest proportion of engaged workers, at 29%, followed by Australia and New Zealand, at 24%.

Western Europeans, on the other hand are more of an opinion that working for a living is a necessary evil:

Not all economically developed regions fare as favorably; across 19 Western European countries, 14% of employees are engaged, while a significantly higher 20% are actively disengaged. 

Note that the amount of people who hate their jobs (are actively disengaged) is about the same. You find even more of them outside of the cushy Western environment. Now, I really wonder why???

However, the highest proportions of actively disengaged workers are found in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and sub-Saharan Africa regions, at 35% and 33%, respectively.

The conclusion they reached was: train your serfs employees to be 100% committed to making you richer, how dare they think of something else at work!

Regardless of region or industry, businesses seeking to adapt to rapidly changing global economic conditions must learn how to maintain high-productivity workplaces and grow their customer bases in widely varying social, cultural, and economic environments.

Here is the full text.

All joking aside, since the dawn of history, people dreamed of finding ways how not to work too hard. When you read old books, like those of J. Austen, you were called "independent" when you earned or inherited enough money to save you from the daily grind. In the times of the Vikings, men of the community were judged on how well they could maintain their wives, whether they had to go into the fields or could stay home and be "a lady".

The glorification of the world of work, especially for women, started after the WWII in the USA and quickly spread to other countries. It brought the decrease in real wages, high housing prices and the erosion of the workers' rights. Work can be meaningful at a certain level (searching for a cure for cancer) or when you are self-employed but the majority of jobs aren't glamorous at all. Most men after a certain age wish to quit or at least, to work shorter hours, yet they are raising retirement ages all over the world.

Will they start campaigning for bringing back child labour, like in Victorian days? Who knows. But if you as a housewife, endure attacks for your choices, keep in mind that those people probably don't have a moral high ground but are simply envious.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

My Harry Potter Rant

A couple of weeks ago, I finished HP book number 3, The Prisoner Of Azkaban. I read the first two books years ago and had no desire to read it further, because I formed a certain opinion about this whole book series. Then somehow I decided that may be, I was just prejudiced and should give it another try, so I did.

Here are my honest thoughts on the subject. First, I really can't understand how any serious Christian can give this or other HP books to his minor children. It's a book about witchcraft, sorcery and incantations, and boys and girls learning how to be witches and wizards. Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live comes to mind immediately. Just like with so many other things, modern Christians will find any number of reasons why it's actually OK for us. As someone wrote, it's not wrong to read about it because you aren't actually doing it. I wonder if they use the same reasoning about p0rn?

This said, what really baffles me is how folks described HP series as "the best books they've ever read". I mean like really? Because I've read much better books in my life, including children's books. It's like somebody comparing his experiences at McDonald's to fine dining. The author was praised for creating "a whole magic universe". But what do we see of it? It's mostly about a boarding school (probably of the sort the writer herself attended, that's why she could describe it so well). There is very little outside of it.(May be there is more as the series progress but I honestly have no desire to find out).

A magic village is mentioned many times and the kids are allowed to visit it. It's the only village in the whole of UK fully free of "muggles" and what do we learn about it? It has a great candy shop! That's about all. The rest is all school, teachers, students, exams and playing sports. It's actually a very artificial environment with only a hint at the normal family life and conflicts which are inevitably connected with living in society so there is little psychological development of any sort. The chief conflict is between Harry's sportsball team and that of Slytherin and between Harry and his friends vs Professor Snape, who is mean, we all get it.

Dementors aren't really explained, either. Not every grown up can defend himself against them, but the Ministry of Magic has no problem moving them here and there. Also, the story doesn't really develop until the last third or so of the book, where (I will admit), it does get interesting. The main moral lesson appears to be that death penalty is bad because someone can get falsely accused. I could read the same in the Guardian and it would cost me less time.

There is a reason why these  books have become the world bestsellers and were made into movies and it's not because they are the best thing ever written. (Frankly, I find them quite mediocre). In my opinion, there are actually two reasons for this. First, the biggest book and film market is, of course, the USA, and lots of folks there are raving mad about anything British, especially if it hints at "upper class British", "aristocracy", "royalty" and stuff like that. It has been milked for all it's worth lately with shows like Downton Abbey, royal weddings and such.

The second reason is much more nefarious. Someone has decided to promote this particular series of books for kids which shows witchcraft as fun and normal people as boring. Someone invested lots of money into marketing campaign for the books which essentially attack one of the tenets of Christianity. Should we be surprised? Me, I'm only surprised that so many Christians fell for it.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Smartphone Generation

In case you think it's an exaggeration...some time ago I heard of an elderly man who became unwell and drove his car into a channel. It was a busy day, lots of people around. They all were filming with their smartphones and it took a young foreign hairdresser guy to jump into the water and save the old man's life.

Anyway, I posted this cartoon because I want to discuss a real problem. Many of my friends complain about their (teenage) children's cell phone addiction. At the age of 16 or 17 I could hardly sit still yet here we have guys and girls who do little but play with their phones, in the case of guys it's anime and computer games, by girls it's social media. They don't play sports, they don't like to go outside, they have no real life friends, they don't help at home. The only thing they do in their free time is to lock themselves up in a room with a darn phone in their hands.

Is there anyone among my readers who have encountered similar problems and how do you deal with it? Advice will be appreciated!

Friday, July 26, 2019

Would You Do It?

Would you marry a guy 30 years your senior?

Chelsea believes she was destined to be with an older man as she finds younger boys her age 'immature.

'I find boys my age so immature and with Bruce, it was easy, we are both car enthusiasts and have a love for travelling and animals,' explained Chelsea. 
'It has been two years and we have not argued once; we are in sync and our communication is nothing like I have ever experienced before.' 
She added: 'My family are very open-minded and they haven't got a problem with us, but it is people in the street or our town who stare and make comments.'

I don't know if this particular lady is a homemaker, but marrying an older, financially stable man could be a solution for those young women who would like to be housewives. He doesn't need to be in his fifties, tho:) By mid-thirties, most men are pretty well established in life and if not...then avoid them like a plague, unless you wish to be the primary breadwinner of the family.

 And btw, I'm not encouraging gold-digging here. A man doesn't need to be filthy rich, just work a good job and own a decent house. Since he already has a mortgage in his own name, and most women claim to work for a mortgage, you can quit right after wedding, that is if you don't think you are owed a villa in a nice neighbourhood or at least, a semi-detached and your income is needed to facilitate the move. 

BTW, speaking about women and tattoos...a guy will overlook a lot to be with a young pretty girl in her prime:) That's just a fact.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Feminism Is Making Men Lazy

Someone sent me the link to this great video:

I've seen it happen in real life, the wife goes back to work and the husband starts working less and less, develops pain in his back and quits. As with all negative society trends, the lower classes tend to be affected more, which is probably by design.

BTW, YouTube censoring continues. I simply couldn't find the video on YouTube but DuckDuckGo had no problem.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Leaving Something Behind

Most of my readers have probably watched the video by Lydia Sherman called Homemaker Encouragement where among other things, she's talking about women engaging in creative hobbies like needlework or painting. She mentions that their works will live on after they are gone and even sometimes could end up in a museum.

Which reminded me of a true story I heard several years ago, about a lady in my country who was a childless homemaker and her hobby was quilting. Through the years, she made so many quilts that her husband had to hire a a storage place for them and she came on the news because of it. So when they asked her why she was doing it all, she said that since her husband and herself weren't able to have any children, she wanted something to leave behind, something which would survive them and quilting was the one thing she was really good in.

Lydia further mentions writing letters and poetry which was quite popular in the 1950s. When you think of it, there are books which consist of letters and diaries of famous people like politicians, for instance. Yet, like someone pointed out, when the current generation of celebrities dies, there will probably be nothing left behind. May be, they'll start publishing someone's tweets in a book form???

Another problem of modernity, I guess:)

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Woman Who Above All Desired Power

Note: this is a review of sorts and it contains spoilers.

And 9 rings were given to the race of men who above all else desire power

I think most of the readers will remember this quote from the screen adaptation of LOTR
(these words aren't in the book, btw). Through the ages, there have been a lot of men like this, but there also was one woman whose ambition, will to power and mental capacities were at least equal to the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) of these men. Though her reign was many centuries ago, she is still so popular in that part of the world, that recently they made a whole TV series about her.

I'm talking about The Magnificent Century, the most famous of the Turkish TV series, which ran for 4 seasons, had 139 (!) episodes of about 1.5 hour each and was watched by approximately 200 million people all over the world. It's loosely based on the real events which took place during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, hence the name. I'm not really going to discuss the historical Suleiman or the lady who became his wife, but the rather the way they were presented in the series.

First about the plot, I'll try to be as brief as possible but keep in mind the length of the show:)

The story begins when 26 year old Suleiman learns about his father's death and that he is the next sultan. He has to leave the palace where he enjoyed a rather quiet existence with his consort and their young son, his only heir and moves to the capital where he meets a young Christian slave Alexandra whose family was killed by the slavers. Her slain parents come to her at night and make her promise she'll take revenge and thus her war with the whole dynasty starts.

She uses Suleiman and his feelings for her to raise to the heights of power previously thought impossible for one of her status and position. She bears him 4 sons (5 in reality, but the last one died in infancy) and 1 daughter and he frees her and makes her his lawful wedded wife. Still, Hurrem (Alexandra's new name after she converted to Islam) isn't happy because it's Mustafa, the sultan's eldest son who is the crown prince, and not one of her own. And the laws of the Ottoman Empire are harsh: there can be only one, the next sultan will kill his brothers to avoid strife. When the princes grow up, the real fight for power begins...

Sounds exciting, isn't it? And yet, I will admit: I haven't watched the whole show. I watched Season 1, parts of Season 2 and 3, and mostly read about Season 4. I have 2 reasons for it: first, did I tell you it was a soap? I simply have no patience for 139 episodes filled up with epic cat fights and deep drama:) My second reason is the fact that there are really no positive characters in the show, and if there are, they die prematurely of unnatural causes. Evil gets rewarded in the end and about the worst of Hurrem's sons gets the crown (chiefly due to the intrigues of his European convert wife who was always the brain behind his actions).

While it's historically correct, the producers of the show took already less-than-sterling characters and made them even worse. All the women are insufferable b*tches. Those who aren't in the first season, become so as the story progresses. Take the Sultan's first consort, for instance. Mahidevran actually inspires sympathy as she lost everything what was dear to her and was reduced to poverty and nearly begging, until Selim (the next sultan) came to power and restored her rights. And yet her nastiness in the show makes it difficult to feel any sort of pity for her.

Queen Mother in reality was quite friendly to Hurrem, but in the show she is the perfect evil mother-in-law who is so blinded by her hatred of her daughter-in-law that she is ready to sacrifice the lives of her own grandkids when she accuses her of adultery.

Hurrem herself is shown in a sympathetic light (and despite her obvious evilness one can't help rooting for her as we witness her fighting against the incredible odds) but in history this lady had a functioning brain and even ruled the Empire while her husband was busy fighting wars. The whole story of her relationship with painter Leo (who never really existed) is an example of an abysmal stupidity. Her daughter was more interested in political intrigues than in family life but she didn't kill her husband etc etc...

Not that the men are any better. Sultan Suleiman, the ruler of half the world, at home is totally under his wife's thumb and doesn't even realise it. Under her guidance, he alienates his whole family, causes his sister's death by his actions, kills his best friend and executes the most worthy of his sons. He also cheats on her despite all promises while in reality, all historians agree that his marriage was monogamous.

Mustafa is really good and noble, too good for this world actually; loves his brothers and promises not to kill them, loves his wife, loves his kids (probably loved his dog, too, if he had one) that's why he dies. Ibrahim, Suleiman's best friend was a corrupted, power hungry official, but the producers also made him a sadistic bully and an adulterer who broke his wife's heart and ruined the life of his mistress. There is really no historical evidence that he ever cheated on his wife and he wasn't even married to the same lady as in the show. Etc. etc...

Here you can watch a video which is a great example of what one can expect from the series: Hurrem beats up Suleiman's sister Hatice for using black magic on her to revenge the death of her husband Ibrahim. It has English subtitles, btw. Yet, my favourite moment is this one: Hurrem triumphs over her enemies in the end of the second season. Her monologue is like a summary of her whole character, where  lust for power and revenge combine perfectly. It's not enough for her to rule in the palace, she will rule the world, her enemies will kneel before her and those who stand in her way will die by fire.

Still, the show has much to offer to those who enjoy drama and the acting is very good. It also illustrates the nature of power in this world. One doesn't get power by being nice and good, one gets power by being ruthless, cruel and lacking conscience. Somewhere there is a lesson for all of us:) You can  currently watch the series on YouTube with English subtitles. If you are interested, here's the link to Episode 1.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Problem Of Obesity

The new data on obesity was published by ZeroHedge a couple of days ago. It's becoming a real problem in a lot of countries, not just the USA, of course. A fairly recent study which they link to claims that:

 Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a young age from cancer and many other causes including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases...

and even that extreme obesity is more dangerous than smoking:

...the researchers found that the number of years of life lost for class III obesity was equal or higher than that of current (versus never) cigarette smokers among normal-weight participants in the same study...

Being overweight and/or obese is often presented (in some corners of the internet) as a purely female issue, which is very far from the truth. For instance, in my country, approximately the same percent of males and females (50+%) is overweight. Men will often complain about their wives or girl-friends putting on weight and becoming unattractive, but the reverse is true, too. Overweight or obese men aren't attractive to women, either!

In fact, men suffering from obesity will also suffer from increased estrogen which in turn will decrease their testosterone, not only making them less masculine in the process, but also leading to all sorts of nasty diseases. (Another thing  which surprisingly increases estrogen in men is self-pleasuring. These Catholic Church fathers were right, after all!)

In short, we all of us should try to eat well and to be as physically fit as possible, not only with the objective of staying attractive for our marriage partner, but for your own health as well.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Ultima Thule

This is so breathtakingly beautiful, I simply had to share:

Friday, July 12, 2019

Science Discovers There Is No Climate Change

Or at least, the man-made one:

Scientists in Finland found "practically no anthropogenic [man-made] climate change" after a series of studies. 
“During the last hundred years the temperature increased about 0.1°C because of carbon dioxide. The human contribution was about 0.01°C”, the Finnish researchers bluntly state in one among a series of papers.
This has been collaborated by a team at Kobe University in Japan, which has furthered the Finnish researchers' theory: "New evidence suggests that high-energy particles from space known as galactic cosmic rays affect the Earth's climate by increasing cloud cover, causing an 'umbrella effect',"...

And here I was sitting doing penance for driving a car:)

Anyway, every cloud has a silver lining. The new climate agreement actually demands planting trees, which is a good thing and they are even making moves to restrict plastic use in EU. Anyway, as I have stated before, if they were really serious about fighting "climate change" they would restrict immigration, discourage high level of consumption (two income families) and subsidise public transportation. Instead, they are in the business of selling solar panels and electric cars (which are quite expensive). So it's really just about woke capital, and nothing else...

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Problem With Patriarchy?

First, I'd like to make it clear that I'm not talking about "the patriarchy" which oppresses modern women with deodorants and air-conditioning, but rather about so-called "patriarchy movement" which became popular among fundamentalist Christians in the USA, especially in home-schooling circles.

Are there problems with this movement? I'd say yes. It appears to me that their ideal society is not a New Testament Church and not even an Old Testament Temple but the Bronze Age nomadic existence and being totally withdrawn from any form of society, hence their accent on the role of the husband as the king, priest and prophet of the family. Their ideas about marital obedience are more extreme than those of Muslims:

Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient...

says the Quran. 

As you can see, female obedience is conditional upon men financially providing. I heard that in some Islamic countries the failure of the husband to provide a living is grounds for divorce. Yet, the supporters of the patriarchy movement will often tell you that it doesn't matter if your husband is an unemployed alcoholic, you still have to obey him in literally everything, including the colour of your shoes.

They are also very suspicious towards the Church.  The Scriptures teach us that we should not be forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,  
as the Church was founded by Christ and is His Bride, and yes, I know many churches are corrupted, but by no means all of them, yet to listen to some of the people talk, there is no church to satisfy them (apparently they consider themselves to be in sinless perfection). 

Of course, being a church member means being under the church authority and it "undermines" the authority of the husband in some ways, so the patriarchy adherents can't agree with it. For instance, if you are a Roman Catholic woman married to a husband who isn't a Catholic and he asks you to use anti-conception, you can't do it since your church officially teaches it to be a (mortal) sin and your church's authority will overrule that of your husband. The same holds true about education since a Catholic promises to raise his children in the Catholic faith.

I could give you more examples, but I guess you know what I mean. Another thing to consider is that the nuclear family doesn't exist in the vacuum, like many of these folks would like in their libertarian fantasies. There is extended family to take into account and the laws of the society. You can't just go live in a tent like Abraham did. That extends to the marriage rites. In every Western country there is an established form of getting married, acknowledged by both church and state, thus the ideas of some men that you could just live together "but be married in God's eyes" don't hold  water.

There are more things one could say about them,  but that's just a couple of points which first come to mind.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

How To Live To Till 100

and other things:)

Here is a suggestion.  Actually, a lot of it is just common sense (and coincides with my research about countries with the least cancer cases).

Eat lots of veggies, drink green tea instead of coffee, eat more sea food, be a positive person, exercise etc etc. Still, a good reminder and nice to see it all summed up in one article.

In other news, Roosh becomes a vaccine sceptic (!)

Saturday, July 6, 2019

How To Trigger A Feminist

It's actually quite easy. They even get triggered by stuff happening in other countries which  most normal people would just laugh about. Reading the comments made me understand MGTOW a bit better:)

(WARNING: language)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Global Warming And Other Stuff

The temperature fell to 8*C this night. Yet, I bet most people outside of Holland were unaware of this fact. The Euro heat wave of the last week, on the other hand, got a lot of attention. Where I live, we got exactly 3 warm days, 2 in the beginning of the week and 1 last Saturday. It was +32*C and to hear some people talk, it was nearly the end of the world.

An article I read on ZeroHedge (of all places) mentioned how 20 000 people (!) apparently died from heat in France in 2003. I dimly remember that it was a really warm and dry summer, but nothing about the calamity in France, or at least, I don't remember it at all. Of course, we didn't have weather apps back then and nobody checked his phone every few seconds to look if a record were broken. It was warm, or not so warm.

So I found a blog which has some interesting info on the topic and thought I'd share. I'm rather  skeptical about the whole thing. That said, there are real environmental problems we are facing, and some of it is due to the Save the Climate Industrial Complex, like this:

In many countries, wind turbines pose the single greatest threat to bats after habitat loss and white-nose syndrome. In some places such as Texas, where white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungus, has only recently arrived, wind turbines are the single greatest threat to bats.

And not only bats, but also birds and insects. 

I also don't hear them talk that much about estrogen pollution due to the Pill, plastics and agriculture (personally I think that all the plastics outside of military and medical use should be banned). 

Speaking about various medications, apparently (some) antibiotics increase one's risk of cancer. 
And do you know who is fed antibiotics? Your poultry and other farm animals. I'm glad that at least in Europe, they are trying to restrict it. Go for biological if it's at all possible. Well, it's all for today, till next time!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Is Deodorant a Tool Of Patriarchy?

Apparently that's what some folks  on the left think.  Folks on the right rush to defend a product which may very well be toxic. 

This is just another example of the dog and pony show which is modern politics. You are presented with a choice: either be a feminist and blame everything on the mythical "patriarchy" or be a consumerist and support woke corporations. Of course, it's a false choice, because you don't have to be either of these things, that is, you can freely reject both. 

Here I'm going to make a confession. I don't use a deodorant. Haven't used it for like 10 years or longer. I don't stink. I shower and change my clothes regularly. Shaving your arm pits, especially in summer, helps, too. BTW, I recently switched to showering with warm water only (no shower gel or soap, just like cavemen regimen suggests) and I haven't noticed any difference. Warm enough water and some scrubbing do wonders, unless you work in a coal mine. 

So no, deodorant isn't a tool of patriarchy. The US of America isn't patriarchy by any long stretch. In fact, it's like the ground zero of feminism. But, it's also the ground zero of consumerism. And corporations don't really care about your well-being, they only care about making money. I'm quite proud that I'm cheating them out of some of it:)

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Warm Weather Lunch

Easy-to-make yogurt soup. Should be served cold. Take full fat unsweetened plain yogurt and dilute it with cold water to desired consistency. Add sliced cucumber and boiled eggs (cooled), dill weed and salt. Serve with cheese sandwiches. Enjoy!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Woke Capital Makes Your Dreams Come True

(Or, may be, nightmares???)

I mean which one of us hasn't dreamed of eating insects for breakfast or grilled worms for dinner? Especially when you can feel so virtuous about saving the planet from climate, too!

Friday, June 21, 2019

I'm Back!

Comments moderation is switched off. I'll write more later!

Monday, June 17, 2019

A Short Personal Note

I'll be out of town for a couple of days. Comments moderation will be on till Friday.


Friday, June 14, 2019

My Take On The Game Of Thrones

So because everybody was talking about it, I finally decided to learn more about the series and watched a couple of episodes,  read the plot summary and episodes description on Wiki and watched the ending.

On the positive sight: the visuals are great, beautiful scenery, costumes etc create a certain fairy tale atmosphere to the whole show, which is probably one of the reasons so many people watched it.

On the negative side: unnecessary vulgar and unnecessary cruel (as most recent American TV shows). When they killed this poor innocent wolfs cub, that did it for me. I happen to have a weakness for wolf-like dogs:). Plus occult themes, female warriors and the fact, that as far as I could understand, it gets soapier as the story progresses and most interesting male characters die.

For instance, Khal Drogo and his love story with the blond girl made for an interesting plot twist, but then he dies off in the end of the Season 1 and Daenerys turns into some sort of a feminist darling.  (I think Vox Day claimed on his blog that J. Martin hates alphas and I think he's on to something).

So the progressives were so disappointed when she got killed in the end that apparently 1 million people signed an online petition to change the ending while the reactionaries rejoiced because Bran Stark became the next king. Yet, as far as I can understand, he's unable to have children so after his death the whole mess will start all over again. The throne should have been inherited by Jon Snow or how is that guy called, instead he's sent off into exile to the Wall and presumably will stay celibate?

I further listened to this audio by VD where he pointed out that Stark sisters hardly have any prospects reproducing, either. One sails off into the West, the other one becomes a queen in her own right, without any marriage candidates in sight. It somehow reminded me of Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh which tells us the story of a downfall of a noble Catholic family. Of 4 children, one son turns a gay alcoholic, the other marries a woman many years his senior who is unable to bear children any more, one sister turns a nun and the last one after her divorce decides she's too Catholic to marry again, and has all the chances to die childless, too.

If that's a victory for Starks, how does defeat look like? Isn't the whole point of hereditary monarchy to have, you know, heirs? The ending of the whole saga is just as sterile as the whole modern Western worldview. It's hardly a victory for traditionalists. Anyway, that's just my point of view, feel free to share yours in the comments!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Natural Hair Care Update

Some time ago we had a great discussion about natural hair care tips. Soon after this I switched to totally no shampoo method and have tried several things like honey (h/t to Finnish Housewife), chamomile tea and henna.

While I still use henna now and then, to boost the colour a little bit, I have finally decided to just use plain water and nothing else. Well, in my previous post on the topic I recalled how I had done it once before long ago and my hair looked terrible. This time, on the other hand, it worked, probably because I have gone without shampoo for a long time already.

In fact, my hair looks better than with any other methods I have tried so far, I save on the products (honey, e.g., is quite expensive) and cheat woke corporations out of their income:) What's not to like???

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Grounbreaking News: Latest Scientific Discovery About Sex

It may lead to pregnancy!!! Who would have thunk????

Researchers at the University of Michigan announced Tuesday that a comprehensive, decade-long study has discovered a strong correlation between sexual intercourse and pregnancy in women—a groundbreaking conclusion that is sure to have far-reaching implications.

According to Dr. Michael Citino, who led the study, nearly every one of the tens of thousands of test subjects had engaged in sexual intercourse at least once in the several months immediately preceding pregnancy.

(Emphasis mine).

Read the whole story over here.

Our New Cat

Isn't she a beauty?

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Is Housework Difficult?

There are some men among us who call themselves anti-feminists and yet, they  demand their (prospective) wife works. They will admit that if there is an infant or a pre-schooler in the house he will need a supervisor, but once he goes to school or generally becomes of an age to take care of himself, the mother must work at least part-time, to justify her existence.

One of their chief arguments is that housework in our day and age is easy and doesn't take much time and thus any housewife except mothers of very young children, is just a lazy good-for-nothing.

It once again shows that many of the so-called antifeminist males are just frauds and want to both have their cake (a submissive wife who  keeps the house) and eat it, too (and she is a capable breadwinner at the same time), but that's beside my point. I just wanted to look deeper into the claim about modern  housework being easier than say, a 100 years ago. Well, it depends.

(Another thing to consider is the fact that most men's jobs are also easier than they used to be, btw. Many of the guys decrying housewives are hardly working in the coal mines, themselves but are some sort of an office drone).

Many households at that period still had servants, including cooks, especially in the countries like the UK. The amount of the housework the well-off women did was minimal. On the other hand, poorer women missed such labour-saving devices as a washing machine. Washing by hand is one heck of a job. But...they also had less clothes and washed them less often, etc etc.

It also depends on your housekeeping standards. I heard that, e.g., in Turkey women are famous for washing all of their windows at least once a week and cooking elaborate meals 2-3 times a day. Obviously, it will take you longer to accomplish your work if your standards are that high and you cook all your meals from scratch.

On the other hand, there is a thing about housework: you can't always calculate the exact amount of time you spend on it each day in the same way you would do if you had outside employment because some things fall into a grey area. Taking your children to and from school (no school bus for us here in Europe, sorry). Helping them with housework. Taking the family dog out. Helping a sick neighbour with shopping. Taking kids to the dentist. Running errands and doing paperwork. Visiting an elderly relative etc etc.

While it's not really hard labour, it takes time AND energy and when you get older, you'll start noticing that your energy levels are going way down (men don't often realise that many women are lower energy than themselves because they are physically less strong and lack testosterone). Another thing men complain about is how bad modern women look. They are all fat, badly dressed etc. Well, taking care of your appearance  and gym take time, too, and so does shopping for fashionable clothes even if you do it online. The time which isn't spent in any productive pursuits, but leaves the husband satisfied.

So is housework difficult? It's generally less physically exhausting that it used to be in the past, true. However, there are still lots of things around the house which need to be done and only so many hours in the day. If your wife or girl-friend spends her hours at home chatting with other men online and cheating on you while you work, it's not because housewives are obsolete but because she's a lousy person. That's it.

Monday, June 3, 2019

On Bearing A False Witness Or In Defence Of Evangelicals

We went to church yesterday. We often do, on Sundays:) And, we got a guest preacher. Nothing strange about it, either, since our own preacher only works part-time. The sermon was good. Like really, really good. It's not always the case with visiting pastors. Sometimes you come out of the church and think along the lines that you hope never to see the guy again. OK, I'm exaggerating, but you get my point.

The real temptation lies in the fact that once you've heard a couple of sermons like this, you start thinking that may be, the whole church thinks along the same lines and you are just an outlier. You start wondering whether you belong...

And then you get to hear a different perspective and you suddenly realise, that even in a more or less traditional denomination, there will be a variety of opinions and one or even two or three preachers don't represent everybody. And that we don't have to agree on every single thing to worship together.

Of course, it's even more true when we talk about Christians in general, or Evangelicals or Catholics. There is like one billion Catholics in the whole world, and they can't all have exactly same opinions on everything and even the underlying doctrines will probably be explained differently in different countries and situations. There are also many, many millions of Evangelicals and they aren't all alike!

Some fully deserve the name of evangellyfish, while others are really fine, upstanding Christians. Even in more liberal churches, there still will be some people who are saved, while in the more conservative ones there will be an amount of wolves in sheep's clothing. Yet, there is this unfortunate tendency on the internet to take some controversial figure with a vaguely Evangelical background and then extrapolate that every single Evangelical thinks the same! 

Evangelicals, btw, are  such an easy target precisely because the meaning of the word is so broad and vague. Unlike Catholics, or strict Reformed churches, they often don't have a clearly defined doctrine. Pentecostals and Independent Fundamental Baptists both could call themselves Evangelicals. We could be speaking about some mega-TV church providing endless entertainment and little besides that or a strict rural Southern Baptist community. To add to the confusion, some Lutherans and Reformed folks call themselves Evangelicals, too.

We know that the Catholic Church has problems with child abuse. How fair would it be to state that because one (some) priest(s) engaged in abuse, it means that ALL the Catholics support it? Well, it's the same with the Evangelicals. Just because one or even some celebrity pastors preach some nonsense or even false doctrine on the TV, it hardly means that each and every person calling themselves Evangelicals agrees or that ALL churches which have  "Evangelical" in their name, are corrupted. Well, some undoubtedly are, while other aren't.

Now I don't at all have any problems with criticising them on some of their teachings, like Rapture or other things. I just don't like blanket statements which I see so often nowadays in  certain corners of the internet. Sometimes it borders on giving false witness, imo, which should be a warning sign for any professing Christian that those criticisms aren't genuine and aren't made in good faith.

I'll give you one example so that you know what I mean. Evangelicals are often attacked for their "pedestalising" of women which I would more or less agree with. The tendency is present, but is it really their fault or that of the broad American society? They are also accused of being too soft on women who divorce their husbands claiming some vague "abuse". The funny thing is that their progressive opponents often accuse them of being too harsh on women and teaching them to stay in abusive marriages. (Well, I guess you just can't please everyone).

For instance, the critics claim, Evangelicals and "Conservative" and even "Traditional" Christians in general (have you noticed how the goalposts get moved yet further?) support divorce for viewing p0rn. They then will pull out some obscure statement and parade it as the ultimate proof that EVERY SINGLE ONE Evangelical AND a Conservative Christian agrees. Well, I've done a quick Google search on the subject of "P0rnography and divorce" and the first three results which came out disprove it.

Pure Life Ministries states:

Given the biblical insights into the intended permanency of marriage, I feel it is my first obligation as a biblical counselor to encourage perseverance and offer hope to any wife who’s dealing with her husband’s sexual sin. Even if the Bible offers a way out, that doesn’t make divorce the best option for every person in every circumstance. 

When Jesus condoned divorce for reasons of sexual immorality, I believe He was referring to those who were in ongoing, unrepentant fornication with another person. Furthermore, He said Moses only permitted divorce due to the hardness of our hearts, but reiterated that from the beginning it was not so...

 Many biblical scholars have concluded that the Scriptures do support divorce in a situation when a spouse is in unrepentant sexual sin, including pornography. However, others say this conclusion is not at all clear. Regardless, I would still encourage you to make sure this is how God is leading you, and also to remember that He really does hate divorce.

Christian Life Resources says that There is the reality in a world of sin that none of us are without sin (John 8:7; Romans 3:23). If we are looking for formulistic justification for divorce, and all of our hearts can be read, could our spouses find justification to divorce us?

And a Southern Baptist  pastor  offers a similar take: Divorce is always a last resort, and thus we should not immediately commend divorce because a person engages in pornography, especially if the use is singular or even occasional. We must immediately say, from the perspective of wisdom, that any use of pornography is egregious and heinous; there are no excuses for looking at pornography. At the same time, we don’t want to say that any use of pornography justifies divorce.

All three sources are rather evasive on the topic, saying that there could be some situations when divorce would be permitted but they hardly sound enthusiastic about this option. So, their position could be viewed in a charitable light (they are trying to walk a thin line between the reality of the 21st century liberal America and the Scriptures), or in an uncharitable light (They are really man-haters and love divorce).

So why am I writing all this? Because I sincerely believe that this attack isn't only on Evangelicals (I'm not one of them), but on the Christians in general, and it uses  really existing social problems like feminism, divorce etc, to make Christians distrust any form of organised religion and further drive a wedge between men and women. Just because some preacher out there is an ***hole, it doesn't mean that you should never go to church again. Not All Preachers Are Like That! And not all the churches, either.

Friday, May 31, 2019

If Money Is Tight

Here is an example of what you can do to stretch your dollar/euro:

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Still Watching Netflix, Pro-lifers?

Ancient Christians were ready to be martyred for their beliefs. Modern Christians can't even give up their entertainment:

...Netflix has taken virtue signaling to a whole new level...
“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.
“It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”

Netflix To Boycott Georgia Over Anti-Abortion Law 

Dear Christians, corporations aren't your friend. Corporations aren't about "muh free market". They aren't even so much about making money any more,  but about promoting bugman lifestyle all over the world. I disagree with Roosh about some things, though. Boycotting may not always work (and sometimes you can't avoid buying their stuff because you really need it and there is no alternative), but it surely doesn't include mindless entertainment and frivolous luxuries like overpriced coffee.

UPDATE: And now Disney is following suit.  Yet, woke capital is perfectly OK with filming in countries where abortion is punishable by jail.  You see, it's not really about abortion but about hatred of everything Western and traditional.

Monday, May 27, 2019

What Is Worse Than Soy?

Genetically modified soy. Attention, men, it will give you blue *alls, too:

The experience of actual GM-fed experimental animals is scary. When GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks — compared to a 10% death rate among the control group fed natural soy. The GM-fed babies were also smaller, and later had problems getting pregnant.
When male rats were fed GM soy, their testicles actually changed color — from the normal pink to dark blue. Mice fed GM soy had altered young sperm. Even the embryos of GM fed parent mice had significant changes in their DNA. Mice fed GM corn in an Austrian government study had fewer babies, which were also smaller than normal.

Read the whole article over here

Friday, May 24, 2019

For The Nerdy Among Us

Being a life-long Tolkien fan, I'm well aware about the controversies surrounding his works. There is enough material online for those interested which will discuss (sometimes) at length whether there is occult in his books and whether they are good for Christians to read. While I really like The Hobbit, and most of the LOTR, I have always felt uncomfortable about Silmarillion and never could finish it, aside from a short humorous retelling of that story.

In fact, last time I tried to read it when I was in my mid-twenties, I started getting vivid nightmares and was forced to quit. It's rather a depressing reading overall, so I don't think I really missed much. Tolkien was really obsessed with Elves. In fact, personally I think his Hobbit is the best of his books because one sees so little of them and they don't come across as particularly great. Lord of the Rings has Legolas in it which is OK, but then it also has Galadriel whom I always have found rather irritating.

 One can attribute it to female jealousy, perhaps, but I have the same general feeling about all the passages which deal with general greatness of Noldor. (And why do they worship Manwe's wife instead of Manwe himself? Sounds rather matriarchal to me). Anyway, if you have read Simarillion or have a general idea what it is about, Noldor don't come across as particularly great, noble or enlightened though the author keeps telling us they are.

It's interesting that though Catholics nowadays find it expedient to claim J. Tolkien as one of their own, when he first tried to publish his stories about Valinor in a Catholic magazine in the 1930s, they were apparently rejected under the guise of being "too heathen". Of course, it was before Vatican II and "anything goes" attitude. Anyway, I'm not particularly troubled by the elements of heathen mythology in his books, otherwise we as Christians wouldn't be able to read the original myths, either, and even when I was a kid I was able to distinguish fairy tales from real life.

Still, I find some aspects of Silmarillion troubling. Recently I listened to a radio program about Gnosticism and its dangers and it dawned upon me. Was J. Tolkien a Gnostic? Here is an interesting discussion which I found and yes, some (Internet) Gnostics claim him as one of their own (as do the Neo-Pagans, by the way).

If you have any thoughts on the topic, feel free to share in the comments! Different opinions are appreciated.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Are You Better Than Anyone Else?

Here is this unfortunate tendency among right-wingers to be holier-than-thou, which is probably the inevitable result of incessantly criticising modern society (not that it doesn't need criticising, but still...) I can understand secular folks engaging in it, but when I hear professing Christians day after day tearing other professing Christians down, I'm like is it really necessary?

Because guess what? You aren't better than anybody else. You are just a sinner like this pastor you hate so much or this single mother you keep calling a wh*re. They aren't perfect but neither are you. We live in the fallen world which is growing less Christian by the day (at least, here in the West) and everything in it is tainted by the sin Yes, we are called to speak the truth, but we should be speaking truth in love, especially when it concerns our Christian brothers and sisters.

I mean where is charity? Why is it that some folks always assume the worst about other Christians? I've seen it time and again when such topics as divorce come up. While some misguided Evangelicals will go around blaming the men, there are just as many on the opposite side blaming the women. Guess what? I've seen wives divorce good husbands AND I've also seen husbands walk out on their wives. Neither sex has a monopoly on evil.

Some will cite statistics showing how many divorces are initiated by women as the proof of the unique female wickedness. However, the one who files isn't necessarily the one at fault. If the wife is banging her boss and the husband files is he to blame or what? The truth is that all divorce nowadays is no-fault, which means that there is absolutely no way to determine whose fault it was.

Moreover, you can't contest a divorce. You'll always get it. The only thing you can contest is property division and custody, which means that people don't really have to give any reason for divorcing even when asked. Most prefer not to air their dirty laundry in public and will cite "irreconcilable differences" or some such nonsense, which again, doesn't really prove the guilt of either party. The only remedy to this problem would be to go back to fault-based divorce, which many men activists somehow don't propose, though they are quite vocal about abolishing child support which makes cynical me think that it's not divorce per se they are really against.

Going back to single mothers (and here I mean those with kids outside wedlock), there is this unfortunate tendency among more liberal Evangelicals to portray women as victims of men in everything concerning sex. I've read an article recently where the author suggested that the pill was the tool men used on women to free themselves from responsibility. Well, I guess one could view it this way. One could also say that the pill freed women to be sluts, and it would be true, too. Because, you know what? Women also enjoy sex! Especially young women with raging hormones. The pill frees BOTH sexes from responsibility.

So on one hand we have (some) pastors presenting single moms as saintly victims of men's passions. And on the other hand? We have (some) men going on and on about how every one of these women is a horrible human being, past any redemption and how no man should ever want to do anything with them and if anyone ever suggests otherwise, he's just shaming men into "marrying these sluts". Let's be honest: yes, single moms have what could be called "baggage". But...some men in the church will have baggage, too. They could be recovering addicts, ex-criminals, or simply have children from past relationships with attached financial obligations. It's not like all the men are perfect and deserve a perfect spouse, either.

Yet while reading some blogs that's exactly an impression I get. Women come with baggage, like debt, past relationships, abortions etc while all men have a perfect credit score, great job and no bad habits of any sort. It's a mirror image of what feminists are saying about men and I don't see how it is any better. It's not healthy to go around hating half of mankind.

There is a certain arrogance behind this attitude and it's not healthy. Hatred is in any case not a good motivation though one could argue that it's sometimes necessary like during the war. However, if left unchecked, hatred will quickly consume you. As a Christian, I don't want to be motivated by the hatred of other, those who are trying to destroy us,  but rather by love for my own, my people, and I believe in second chances.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Our Summer Cottage

Our new project and the reason I have so little time lately:)

There is still a lot of work to do, as you can see.

My kitchen garden.

A big part of it is still wilderness, but I kinda like it this way.

The lawn was in a horrible state and the grass is still not doing fine plus we have regular visits from a mole:)

The view from the terrace is nice tho

And we have a hotel for insects, too. Right now there is a spider residing there, killing other guests periodically:)

So that's my latest news...

Friday, May 10, 2019

Toxic Femininity In Action

When a Bankstown father went to help a young woman in need, he never envisaged his act of kindness would turn his life into a nightmare.
But that's what happened to 36-year-old Kenan Basic.
He had been accused of indecently assaulting and stalking a 19-year-old woman he had helped after her car broke down at a BP service station in Sydney's west in late 2018.
On Monday, the charges against Basic were thrown out in Bankstown Local Court after the woman admitted to making it all up.

Why would any man in this day and age help a random woman? Kenan Basic learned his lesson:

Basic also admitted he probably won't stop to help another woman again, and that the matter had "destroyed" his marriage.

For better for worse is a patriarchal construct. Seriously, shame on his  wife for abandoning her husband and the father of her children  in this situation and believing a perfect stranger above someone she chose as her life partner. 

7NEWS has also been told Basic, who spent two weeks in jail, will pursue costs and compensation and will be back in court in July.

That should be the default position of anyone in a similar situation. Don't just turn the other cheek and let it slide, get legal help and sue. 

I should add that there is a reason such things tend to happen so often in the Anglo-countries. It's probably because we continental Europeans don't quite worship women so much and don't see them as default victims in any interaction with men. I'm sure there is a lesson somewhere...

Read the whole article over here.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Importance Of Warm Lunch

A lot of folks nowadays are getting health conscious and dissatisfied with the standard Western diet. They generally disagree on what is really healthy and often will simply exclude certain food categories. For instance, vegans won't eat animal products, while paleo supporters will severely limit or eliminate grains and sugar etc.

What I have noticed while studying traditional diets, is that people in these cultures cook more than we do and eat less of "cold meals" such as sandwiches. Even in Southern (and Eastern Europe) they will often eat at least two (if not three) hot meals a day.Strangely, there isn't much info on the internet about warm vs cold foods, however, I did read somewhere that warm breakfast improves fertility and also that hot food is more easily digested, boosts metabolism, helps fight allergies and improves health. (Source).

So today I decided to make soup for lunch and tried Hungarian mushroom soup which turned out great. The instructions are very clear. I did some small adjustments as I used several types of flour instead of just white flour.

It's my opinion that he also omitted a couple of small details, as you'll have to bring the soup to cooking point after adding the chicken stock, and then you turn the heat down and let it simmer. My other suggestion is to bind the milk or cream by bringing your soup to the boil for the second time and add sour cream to individual portions. This way you can re-heat it next day and serve again.

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Strange Culture Of Mauritania

Mauritania produces an impression of being stuck somewhere in the antiquity, which I find strangely fascinating. It obviously has a lot of problems, such as slavery or the lack of medical care, but, on the other hand, there is a low incidence of psychological disorders, and AIDS is almost nonexistent

It probably has to do with their tight clan structure and sexual mores. Here is some info which I found on the internet which gives us a glimpse into a very traditional (to a fault) society:

About food:

Food has important social and psychological functions. People eat together in groups from a large bowl or calabash, using the right hand. People eat first and then drink cold water or sour milk mixed with cold water, juice from the hibiscus flower, or baobab juice. After lunch and dinner, it is customary to drink small glasses of green tea with sugar and mint. The tea is served by younger persons, women, and slaves... Eating almost always takes place at home.

Social customs:

  Society is organized along strict ethnic lines, with a rigid system of castes; every caste has its own internal hierarchy. In both ethnic groups, the division of labor is clear. At the top are the religious and warrior caste, followed by the skilled caste, which consists of smiths, carpenters, weavers, fisherfolk, and leather workers. Historians or court bards, musicians, and court advisers form a lower caste, followed by the theoretically freed slaves and current slaves at the bottom of the social order. 

    Dress style, comportment, and speech are dictated by the climate and ethnic heritage. Putting on one's best clothing is important in black African communities to express one's social status. Women decorate themselves with gold, silver, and amber to display their wealth and change clothes several times during a party. People in the higher castes to tend to be quiet and generous toward those below them, whereas the lower castes tend to be talkative, outgoing, and "greedy," with less concern about shame. Generally people are kind and hospitable to foreigners.


Social welfare is provided for within the family and kinship system. Government-supported welfare is nearly nonexistent because of a lack of funds, nepotism, and corruption.

Family and marriage:

Culturally, women's importance is recognized, but men dominate in the economic, political, social, and religious spheres. In the south, men provide for the family and women process and cook food and take care of children. In the Arab-Berber north, women are not supposed to perform physical work, which is seen as degrading. Work there is the domain of  slave women...

 Marriages usually are arranged, especially the first marriage... People tend to marry for the sake of their parents and community and usually marry within their community and clan... According to the prevailing value system, all adults must marry and have many children but it is not unusual to find unmarried women, particularly among the white Maurs...

Economic aspects of marriage are very important. Men are responsible for the economic sustenance of their wives and for brideprice, along with lavish gifts to the parents, relatives, friends, and associates of their wives. Divorce is not common, especially in the black communities... If divorce is the fault of the man, the wife keeps the brideprice. According to tradition, children follow the father, but small ones remain with the mother and the husband is obliged to support her and the children until they grow up. 

  The basic household unit consists of a husband and his wife or wives plus their children and the family of the husband, but household units in urban centers are getting more compact. The man has authority in the household because the couple lives with his kin and he is normally older and richer than the wife. Even though the household is an extended family, tasks are sharply divided according to gender and age... 

  In this extremely traditional society, belonging to a group is very important, and the larger the group, the better. People use clan names rather than family names. When the climate and economic conditions allow it, larger kin groups form a village or neighborhood. Clan members interact by sharing land and engaging in interclan marriage. The male leader, normally the oldest and "most competent" man, manages communal property and affairs.


Child care is provided by the older members of an extended family and the first born child is looked after by the grandmother and aunts. Women, including older sisters and cousins, take care of children, and men come into the picture as a child grows up. Infants are not separated from adults and are nearly always carried.

  Education is based on a combination of three overlapping philosophies: indigenous, Islamic, and Western. In the first system, the objective is to prepare the young to be useful members of the local community. Education is thus inward-oriented and functional and is provided by parents, elder siblings, peers, and specialized traditional teachers. 

The key values are belief in God, honor, respect, and service to the community, generosity, hospitality, endurance, and patience, Islamic teaching prepares Muslims to serve Allah and the community of believers by learning the Koran and practicing the five pillars of Islam. The most important qualities in a "good" child are respect and service to the parents and the community, truthfulness, learning, prayer, and politeness. Parents believe that children are what they inherit and learn from their parents. If the mother is of good character, her children will be good.

If you are interested, read the whole story over here:

They may be having lots of hardships and wrong things going on, but one thing they don't have: the crippling loneliness and social isolation of modern life, what we call "bugman lifestyle". It's also probably easier to endure hardship when you have a sense of belonging and are certain that your life has a transcendental dimension to it.