Society's Child
Map

Cult

Captive virgins, polygamy and sex slaves: What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible

Image
Bible believers are beside themselves about the prospect that marriage norms and laws are changing, but let me tell you a secret about Bible believers that I know because I was one. Most don't actually read their Bibles.

If they did, they would know that the biblical model of sex and marriage has little to do with the one they so loudly defend. Sex in the Bible includes rape, incest, master-slave sexual relations, captive virgins, and more. Of course, just because a story is told in the Bible doesn't mean it is intended as a model for moral behavior. Does God forbid or command the behavior? Is it punished or rewarded? In the New Testament stories, does Jesus change the rules or leave them alone? By these criteria, the Bible not only describes many forms of sexual relationships (including sexually coercive relationships), it gives them the divine thumbs up.

Not One Man, One Woman

The God of the Bible explicitly endorses polygamy and sexual slavery and coerced marriage of young virgins along with monogamy. In fact, he endorses all three to the point of providing detailed regulations. Based on stories of sex and marriage that God rewards and appears to approve one might add incest to the mix of sexual contact that receives divine sanction.

Fire

Economic collapse in motion: 16 facts highlighting the financial devastation we are seeing all over the world

Image

As we enter the second half of 2015, financial panic has gripped most of the globe. Stock prices are crashing in China, in Europe and in the United States. Greece is on the verge of a historic default, and now Puerto Rico and Ukraine are both threatening to default on their debts if they do not receive concessions from their creditors. Not since the financial crisis of 2008 has so much financial chaos been unleashed all at once. Could it be possible that the great financial crisis of 2015 has begun? The following are 16 facts about the tremendous financial devastation that is happening all over the world right now...

1. On Monday, the Dow fell by 350 points. That was the biggest one day decline that we have seen in two years.

2. In Europe, stocks got absolutely smashed. Germany's DAX index dropped 3.6 percent, and France's CAC 40 was down 3.7 percent.

3. After Greece, Italy is considered to be the most financially troubled nation in the eurozone, and on Monday Italian stocks were down more than 5 percent.

4. Greek stocks were down an astounding 18 percent on Monday.

Airplane

SOTT Exclusive: The sky's the limit? Aircraft crashes and accidents for June

Image
© Roni Bintang/Reuters
Security forces and rescue teams examine the wreckage of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules transport plane after it crashed into a residential area in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia.
Listed below is the latest installment of global aircraft incidents, continuing on from these earlier compilations here, here and here. A total of 150 such reports have been compiled for the 30 days of June. Once again this tally does not claim to be comprehensive, as its very likely that many 'minor' accidents, especially away from the English-speaking world, will have been missed.

Sadly, (and as intimated in the last report that something like this might be on the cards) on the last day of the month another major accident involving an Indonesian aircraft (military) occurred and the combined death total from both the plane and on the ground currently stand at over 140 victims and is likely to increase.

June 1

Ultralight Pilot Crashes in St. Andrews Bay, Florida

Pilot killed in small-plane crash in Livermore, California:
The crash happened shortly after the pilot reported "control problems" after departing from Livermore Municipal Airport, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft crashed about three miles northeast of the airport.
'It is a miracle no-one was killed:' Plane crashes onto packed Italian beach as screaming families run for their lives

Image

The light aircraft nose-dived straight onto a beach where scores of families were sunbathing

Pistol

11yo Illinois boy arrested for playing with toy gun

Image
© Still from Youtube video
An 11-year-old African-American boy in Illinois was arrested by police while playing with a toy gun in the street with his friends. Police said they made the arrest after receiving a call from a driver, who complained the toy gun had been pointed at him.

The Granite City Police Department said it had been justified in arresting Chris Fulton because it had received a call from a driver saying the two boys were crossing the street slowly and, when the driver had asked the boys to hurry up, Fulton pointed the toy gun at him.

"The juvenile in the green shirt pointed what appeared to be a real gun as he walked towards the sidewalk," said Granite City Police Chief Richard Miller.

Comment: The police are on hyper-alert now and anything you do can be construed as threatening.


Fire

Seventh church burns in South Carolina as deliberately-provoked race war escalates

Image
© Reuters / Adrees Latif

The Mt. Zion AME Church in Williamsburg County, South Carolina is on fire and the roof has collapsed, according to local reports. Emergency crews are currently at the scene fighting the blaze.

It's currently unknown how the fire began, but local WCSC reported that officials received a call about it around 9 pm. The church is located on Mackey Road in Greeleyville.

Comment: This is not going well for South Carolina nor the United States. Expect more of this nation wide.


Bacon n Eggs

UC Berkeley student creates app to feed the homeless

When UC Berkeley student Komal Ahmad invited a homeless man to lunch three years ago, she was inspired to create an app that would change the lives of hundreds of thousands living on the streets.

When the man asked her for money for food, she took him to lunch instead and learned of his time as a soldier in Iraq. "He'd already gone on two deployments and now he's come back, he's 26 and on the side of the road begging for food," Ahmad said. "It just blew my mind."

Shortly after her experience, she began an initiative at Berkeley to donate uneaten food from the university's dining halls to local homeless shelters. The program was so successful that in three years, it has spread to over 140 colleges around the country.

Comment: Good on Ahmad. Let's hope the cops don't get wind of it and declare it illegal.


Bulb

Citing risks to land and health, New York bans fracking

Image
© Reuters/Andrew Kelly
New York State officially banned fracking for natural gas by issuing its final environmental impact statement, concluding a seven-year review. The environmental agency said fracking posed risks to land, water, natural resources and public health.

The release of the environmental impact statement on Monday concluded seven years of analysis by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). It first issued a moratorium against fracking in 2008.

The agency received a staggering 260,000 comments over various drafts of its environment impact statement. In 2009, more than 13,000 public comments were made on its draft. A revised draft issued in 2011, which involved four public hearings around the state, received another 67,000 comments, and the second draft, with regulations over permit conditions, received an additional 180,000 comments.

"After years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens in a statement.

"High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated. This decision is consistent with DEC's mission to conserve, improve and protect our state's natural resources, and to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state."

Pistol

Suspect in France terror attack denies association with jihadists

Image
© Reuters/Emmanuel Foudrot
The suspect held over an attack against a gas company site is escorted by police officers during investigations in Saint-Priest, near Lyon, France, June 28, 2015
A man under investigation for allegedly beheading his boss and trying to blow up a gas factory in France claimed that his actions were not religiously motivated, a source close to the investigation told Reuters.

Yassin Salhi, 35, told the police he was not a jihadist and committed the attack the day after a spat with his wife, and several days after a quarrel with his boss, Herve Cornara.

Salhi tried to blow up the "Air Products" gas factory in the town of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon. He entered the facility using his duty pass. Police later found the beheaded body of Salhi's boss on the factory premises.

They also found two black flags with Arabic lettering resembling those of Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL].

Red Flag

Man sets himself on fire on bullet train, killing 2 others and injuring 26

Image
© Reuters/Kyodo
A passenger on the stretcher is carried by rescue workers from a Shinkansen bullet train after it made an emergency stop in Odawara, south of Tokyo, in this aerial view photo taken by Kyodo June 30, 2015
A man has set himself on fire on a bullet train bound for the western city of Osaka from Tokyo, Japanese officials confirmed, adding that two people are were killed and at least 26 injured.

According to local media, a man poured an oil-like liquid over his head and attempted self-immolation in the train that was carrying about 1,000 passengers.

"At the very front of the first carriage ... this person had a whole petrol container, and sprayed liquid across the seats ... and then all over himself. And then set himself on fire," a woman passenger told TBS broadcaster. "And fire spread all over the place immediately."

The fire department of Odawara in the Kanagawa Prefecture said that the man and a female passenger died on the train, while two other people were injured, the Japan Times reports. The woman reportedly died from inhaling smoke.

Piggy Bank

China to get 30% stake in AIIB as bank takes shape

© atimes.com
China's Finance Minister Lou Jiwei speaks at a signing ceremony.
Representatives of the 50 prospective founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on Monday morning signed the bank's articles of agreement (AOA), laying the ground rules for officially inaugurating the multilateral lender, China Daily reported.

The rest of the seven prospective founding members have not yet signed the agreement as they are waiting for domestic approval. The AOA, the bank's mini-constitution, underpins the fundamental principles for the establishment and future operations of the AIIB. The signing wrapped up a six-month behind-the-scene intense negotiation and paved the way for establishing the bank before the end of this year.

According to the AOA, China will contribute $29.78 billion of the bank's $100 billion capital base, becoming the largest shareholder within the bank with a 30.34 percent stake in AIIB. Under the formula that also factored in possible new members' share and prospective founding members' rights, China got 26.06 percent of the total votes.

Comment: Pressure from the White House did not keep US allies from breaking ranks and joining the AIIB. Some see this new bank as a chance for China to extend its influence by financing big infrastructure and development projects throughout Asia. Some see it as a move to diminish US influence in the financial system. Some think that the AIIB will force China to be more transparent. And then there is the "rise-of-power" threat... Regardless the reason(s), it is happening and perhaps AIIB will have a competitive edge and be a sorely needed catalyst...the paradigm is changing, hopefully for the better!