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Westerners Don’t Understand How Very Different Life Is In Iran by The Elephant's Child

iran-leisure-ski-snow-1426282008-2260Winter snow brings out the skiers in Iran, and there are ski resorts in the Elburz mountains outside Tehran — but winter fun is a little different there. Police have been deployed to enforce the segregation of male and female skiers.

General Hossein Sajadinia, the commander of the Greater Tehran police force, promised that his officers would “prevent any immoral offences by the skiers”.

He told local media that a “ski police unit” had been equipped with new uniforms to “withstand the mountainous conditions and yet be flexible enough to arrest offenders while chasing them on the slopes”.

Young Iranians meet and mix on the mountains, where some women push back their veils while dining in ski slope restaurants and shisha cafes.

General Sajadinia said they have sent a number of women officers to learn how to ski so they can carry out their assigned duties of dealing with women who defy the Islamic hijab, or anyone who plays loud music — especially when mixing with the opposite sex or committing sexual harassment. The ski slopes are segregated and women are not allowed to ski in the absence of a husband, father or brother.

A week ago, a court in Isfahan banned hiking by mixed gender people both by foreign tourists and local visitors. The trend, the court said was “an affront to the religious and revolutionary values of the Islamic Republic. Hassan Rouhani’s government is being criticized by hardliners for the lax social codes appearing in the country. Here’s a lonely ski policeman.


Replace Alexander Hamilton? Why? by The Elephant's Child

HamiltonIt was last June that the Treasury Department announced plans to replace Andrew Hamilton’s face on the $10 bill with — a woman! This is a typical Democrat sop to the feminist movement, because nobody else really cares. It all spends the same, and just how many Americans even know who Alexander Hamilton was anyway?

Alexander Hamilton was our first Secretary of the Treasury, one of our most important founding fathers,  and he bestowed upon us a blessing:

“A national debt, if it is not excessive,
will be to us a national blessing. It will be a powerful
cement to our union…[and] a spur to industry.”

In the 1860s we used the national debt to save the union. In the 1930s we used it to save the American economy. In the 1940s we used it to save the world. But how much debt is too much?

Maybe that’s part of the Democrats’ game. They don’t want us to think about how much debt is too much, because they can’t buy votes and offer welfare to everyone to make themselves feel good, and be tightfisted with budgets too. Saving the earth from the fires of global warming and the rise of the seas doesn’t come cheap. Nor do big climate conferences, and a global commitment that if everybody hewed to the letter of would possibly stave off the ravages of climate change by 0.170º.

Aside from all that, nobody could come up with a woman to replace Alexander Hamilton, or give a reason why she (whoever she might be) should replace him.  It’s not going to be Janet Yellen, though she finally raised the interest rate by a massive ¼ of a point, and the markets celebrated.  Anyway, they’ve put off a decision about Hamilton till later. A reprieve.

Recommended Reading: Hamilton’s Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt by John Steele Gordon

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