10 thoughts on “We’re not so different after all …

  1. The Hijab does not cover the mouth and only one gender wears it. Has nothing to do with health. I’ve seen this comparison before and I don’t get it.

    If we’re going to say that people wear masks as part of the new state religion, then why not show a yarmulke or Sikh turbans or Buddhist monk robes or Catholic priest collars. To me, the association with the hijab is just trying to associate things that our more conservative citizens are already afraid of. Putting these two images next to each other is trying to win people over against face masks in the wrong way…”Muslims are bad, face masks are bad”. But it’s mostly just tapping into fears and not actually logic-driven.


    1. My wife took this beautiful photo in Switzerland. The story behind it, which Swede will understand, is that the cattle rancher is moving his herd to higher ground in late summer. To do this he picks out one cow, and feeds it, and the cow follows him. All the other cows follow the first cow.


      It is a concept that everyone in advertising, agitprop and politics grasps.


  2. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1h308.html

    Slave with Iron Muzzle

    click image for close-up When persons being held as slaves were accused by their masters of insubordination, or of eating more than their allotment of food, they might expect to be fitted with an iron muzzle. In his autobiography, Olaudah Equiano described his first encounter with such a device in the mid-1700s. . .

    “I had seen a black woman slave as I came through the house, who was cooking the dinner, and the poor creature was cruelly loaded with various kinds of iron machines; she had one particularly on her head, which locked her mouth so fast that she could scarcely speak, and could not eat or drink. I [was] much astonished and shocked at this contrivance, which I afterwards learned was called the iron muzzle.”

    Slave with Iron Muzzle is an illustration from the 1839 publication, Souvenirs d’un aveugle, by Jacques Etienne Victor Arago.

    Image Credit: The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages, Mandeville Special Colections Library, University of California, San Diego


    1. A question, Charlie. Do you think the “masters” of the mid-1700s – 1839 were from different, or the same, blood-lines as the “masters” of today.


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