This was filmed in 1966, a bit propagandist in nature, especially where the announcer says some of their brothers and fathers cannot see their faces at home… at the same time the school door is opened by the school doorman who happens to be… a man.
According the the United Nations first-ever World Happiness Report, Saudi Arabia is 26th on the happy scale, the report is 158 pages, which I have not read in its entirety yet, but basically is says the more money you have the happier you are, as the happiest nations are more wealthy and less religious (while religion helps in areas where life is harder, even in wealthy nations like the US), and the least happy are poor countries… so they do lie, money does buy happiness (at least it pays for the search).
Rich and ostentatious, it seems like two Saudis with nothing better to spend their money on, are in a competition to show who has a bigger… black American Express.
The names were never mentioned, but being the one percent, they know who the other is, if the news is true, I am sure.
It is their money, and they can chose to spend it however they want, I will not get into that, had they not been Saudi, their names would’ve probably never made it to the news… except, spending that much on a bottle of bubbly, you want the world to know
However, no one will ever mention a particular issue… even though buying alcohol is forbidden, and wasting money, according to the Quran, makes a person a “brother to the devil”
This is what it sound like… when bloggers meet (couldn’t find a word that rhymes with cry… would’ve been cool to have it sound like “when doves cry”)
The episode is called “Episode 45: Bloggeratti” I’ve known these guys virtually for years now… and the first time we meet… it was recorded
Here it is just click on this link “Episode 45: Bloggeratti”
The wonderful thing about it, is that I’m inspired by each and one of those bloggers.
I was surprised to see this a while ago, Saudi street extremism (hey, it’s the redbull generation… mountain dew is like mellow yellow to them now).
It did take them five years to catch on… it just shows you how far ahead of the curve they are
We don’t have skateboarders (we do, but they are few and far between) we don’t have bungee jumpers, nor extreme bike riders, but we do have these skidders… those who open the door of a car going down the highway and skate.
I have never seen them myself, but the video went viral, and made this pop artist use it as an influence.
Now, if we can mass produce it in a safe way and offer it to tourists… that would be something, eh?
Here is a line from a song called Beware, and he says “Before bin Laden got Manhattan to blow, Before Ronald Reagan got Manhattan to blow” blow in the first meaning 9-11 and the second which means the drug cocaine.
Explaining that lyric in the book he says:
“Ronald Reagan got Manhattan to “blow”—slang for cocaine—through the whole Iran-Contra scandal, which got the United States involved in the drug trade that brought crack to the hood so they could finance the Contras in Central America. In the worst years of the crack epidemic—the late eighties and early nineties—there were literally thousands of homicides annually in New York. So juxtaposing Reagan and bin Laden isn’t as crazy as it may seem. This is a piece of our recent history that people like to forget or pretend never happened so they can maintain some fantasy of American purity—which is why I thought it was important to include it in this rhyme. It’s that same sort of historical amnesia and myth of America’s innocence that led us into the war in Iraq. In my little way, I’m trying to kill that myth by reminding people of the truth—because that myth is a dangerous thing for the whole world.”
And this is one of the reasons I like Rap, I’m not done with the book yet, and if you are into books, find me on goodreads.
Speaking of sports bras and what’s in’em, ten Saudi women are getting ready to climb Mount Everest in an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer.
“Destination Mount Everest” is under the patronage of Princess Rema Daughter of Bandar bin Sultan AlSaud, in association with the ministry of education and health.
The effort comes after the guinness world record achieved by Saudi Arabia for the largest human awareness pink ribbon in 2010.
All of the participants are either survivors of breast cancer or have a close relative that is battling the disease.
One of my best friends lost his mother to breast cancer, another extremely good friend’s wife has been going through her own journey battling the disease, so the subject affects me deeply on a personal level.
They say 8000 new cases are discovered yearly among Saudi women, 50-60% of them in late stages.
Shout out to American Bedu who is going through her own battle with the disease and raising awareness through her own blog and activities.