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Sunday, December 13, 2009

... and now for the good news:

A Saudi man divorced his wife for watching alone a television programme presented by a male, an act he deemed immoral, the Al Shams newspaper reported on Saturday. [Source]

The man, whom the paper did not identify, ended his marriage on the grounds his wife was effectively alone with an unrelated man, which is forbidden under the strict Islamic law enforced in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the paper said.

Men in Saudi Arabia have the authority to divorce their wives without resort to the courts. Welcome to Saudi Arabia, where men are men and women are cattle!

More grist to the mills of Pat Condell who used to talk about this stuff in clubs until he discovered internet video. Now he gets a lot more death threats but doesn't have to deal with drunks.

Health Warning: if you’re likely to be offended by jokes about religion, please seek psychiatric help.

If you can’t laugh at something, how can you take it seriously? So here's a joke I've just received by email:

President Obama and Gordon Brown are shown a time machine which can see 100 years into the future. They both decide to test it by asking a question each.

President Obama goes first: "What will the USA be like in 100 years' time"

The machine whirrs and beeps and goes into action and gives him a printout. He reads it out: "The country is in good hands under the new president, crime is non-existent, there is no conflict, the economy is healthy. There are no worries"

Gordon Brown thinks, 'It's not bad, this time machine, I'll have a bit of that', so he asks: "What will Britain be like in 100 years' time?"

The machine whirrs and beeps and goes into action, and he gets a printout.

But he just stares at it.

"Come on, Gordon" says Obama, "Tell us what it says"

"I can't! It's all in Arabic!"