Because when a man of power can post the link to a clothes hangers website after an abortion-restricting bill was passed, it's called a joke. But when a woman mentions that over 80 000 women die per year from unsafe abortions such as those performed with wire hangers, she's called a feminazi or is told that she needs to shut up and take the joke.
Because there are young, pregnant girls who don't have the mental nor emotional capacity to understand their pregnancy. And those who want to keep the baby because they think it's 'like a doll', are paraded as courageous and mature while those who want access to a safe and legal abortion are told that they are murderous and childish.
Because there are governments who honestly think that the foetus who is missing the majority of its brain and cannot survive outside of the womb holds a higher right to life than its mother who is dying from pregnancy complications.
Because a woman had to die in Ireland from a septic pregnancy when her foetus died because aborting the already dead foetus was against the law.
Because it's two thousand fucking thirteen, and women are still being treated like birthing machines rather than human beings.
The London offices of BP and Shell have been raided by the European commission who’s said its officers carried out “unannounced inspections” at several offices of BP and Shell in London, the Netherlands and Norway to investigate claims they may have “colluded in reporting distorted prices to a PRA to manipulate the published prices for a number of oil and biofuel products”.
The government has also launched an investigation into potential rigging of the oil market because the price oil traders pay for oil is linked to a number of benchmark indices, the best known of which is Brent Crude.
The commission said the alleged price collusion, which may have been going on since 2002, could have had a “huge impact” on the price of petrol at the pumps “potentially harming final consumers”.
An EC spokesman said: “Even small distortions of assessed prices may have a huge impact on the prices of crude oil, refined oil products and biofuels purchases purchases and sales, potentially harming final consumers.”
Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary: “The allegations that have been made about these three oil companies – BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Statoil, as well as the price reporting agency Platts, are extremely concerning.
In Eric Cantor’s February 2013 speech, he said he wanted to propose Federal Law that would end overtime pay for hourly workers. Currently, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, mandates that certain workers get paid “time + 1/2″ for overtime work. Eric Cantor wants to eliminate that law.
Cantor says its a policy that would allow workers to convert overtime compensation into time off. “I gave a talk today about helping people and about finally focusing on legislation that has understandable benefits right away,” He explained that it would help parents who wanted to go on a field trip or attend a teacher conference.
Of all the convoluted rationalizations for eating meat in an age when eating meat is not at all necessary for our survival or health, many people today are borrowing a popular slogan I like to call “the personal choice self deception.” It goes something like this: “My decision to eat meat is a personal choice.” And it is usually followed by a statement sympathetic to their vegan and vegetarian friends, acknowledging that they too are making personal choices that are right for them. Sounds great on the surface, but it’s what lurks beyond the surface that I find deeply disturbing for five key reasons.
1. Eating is a communal, multi-cultural activity until the vegan sits down at the table
First, let’s take a closer look at what personal means in the context of the highly social human activity of eating. Personal food choices had never been discussed at the dinner table until a growing number of vegans and vegetarians — by their very presence at the table — question the legitimacy of eating animals. A person who tells you that their meat eating is a personal choice is really telling you “stay away.” They don’t want you to question their highly-coveted moral beliefs or perhaps they object to exposing their unexamined moral quandary over how one can justify using and killing animals for food in an age when it is completely unnecessary. In other words, They have made this issue personal precisely in response to you making it public.
2. There is no free choice without awareness
The irony is that while meat eaters defend their choice to eat meat as a personal one, they will nonetheless go to great lengths to defend it publicly when confronted with a vegan or vegetarian. Like some apologetic white liberals who defend themselves by defiantly exclaiming to a new black acquaintance, “But I have black friends too!”, some meat eaters will go to great lengths to explain how intimately they understand veganism since they have vegan friends, have already heard and evaluated their reasons for going vegan and respect them dearly.
They’ve considered being vegan carefully, they will assure you, and have concluded that it’s just not for them. But instead of arriving at some novel new understanding of why humans should eat meat, they simply revert back to the traditional arguments that are all pretty much centered around what social psychologist Melanie Joy calls the three N’s of justification: eating meat is normal, natural and necessary. (1) But their reasoning reveals the fact that they have sorely overlooked the big idea behind veganism which author Jenny Brown points out so eloquently in her book The Lucky Ones: “We can become prisoners of our earliest indoctrinations or we can choose to look critically at our assumptions and align our lives with our values. Choosing to live vegan is how we re able to do that best.” (2)
3. The choice has a victim and the victim is completely ignored
Let’s take a look at the issue from the animal victim’s perspective which has been completely denied by the meat eater’s unexamined assumption that animals have no interest or understanding of the value of their individual lives. Does the animal who is being bred, raised and slaughtered for someone’s food care if the person who is eating meat has given the prospect of becoming vegan any serious moral consideration? Of course not.
The notion that these conscious meat eaters think they have done their due diligence by examining the pros and cons of eating animals means nothing for those that value their lives as we do. The fact is the animals we raise for meat have at least as much of an interest in staying alive, avoiding pain and suffering and seeking pleasure as these meat eaters’ pets. As activist Twyla Francois so aptly puts it: “All animals have the same capacity for suffering, but how we see them differs and that determines what we’ll tolerate happening to them. In the western world, we feel it wrong to torture and eat cats and dogs, but perfectly acceptable to do the same to animals equally as sentient and capable of suffering. No being who prides himself on rationality can continue to support such behaviour.”
4. Many personal choices we make have dire consequence for ourselves and others
Now let’s take a closer look at the meaning of choice itself. The act of making a choice implies that the actor has free will and awareness of the options and their consequences. In the spirit of justice, we live in a society where our actions and choices are governed by what society deems acceptable. We can make a personal choice to maim, rape or kill someone, but these actions will have consequences that serve as a deterrent. It is generally accepted in a democratic society that we are free to do what we want as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else or infringe on the same rights and freedoms of others.
Yet, for the meat eater, the choice of eating animals is completely disconnected from this concept of justice since justice does NOT for them apply to other species, only to humans (how convenient). In other words, there are no visible, negative consequences to eating meat. The victims remain invisible and silent to those who eat them, and that is perhaps the greatest deception of all.
5. Atrocities are never personal
In reality, the choice to eat meat negates the very meaning of choice because the animal that had to be killed to procure the meat had no choice in the matter at all. And the notion of characterizing such a choice as a personal one is even more problematic since the choice required the taking of another’s life, not a personal sacrifice. Nothing could be more public than the taking of a sentient life that cares about his own life, particularly when the act is not necessary and therefore not morally defensible.
When 60 billion land animals and another approximate 60 billion marine animals are killed every year across the planet for “personal” food choices made by a single species that are based on palate pleasure alone, eating meat ceases to be a matter of personal choice; (4) it becomes a social justice movement to protect the rights of animals. To deny animals the right to live their lives according to their own interests is wrong and to attempt to defend our choice to eat them as a personal one is delusional.
Men, are you worried for your own safety because misandry?
You need to accept that misandry happens in the real world and take some precautions.
Take a self defense class, they’re only a couple hundred dollars a month.
Don’t go out after dark unless you have a woman to chaperone you.Misandrists are less likely to attack if they see you are with another woman.
Don’t wear anything too douchey. If you’re wearing a fedora or a sexist t-shirt, etc. you’re pretty much asking to get attacked. Misandrists can’t control themselves when they see a man in a fedora, their instincts kick in and before they know it they have a dead male corpse in their hands. Just be a good boy and don’t tempt them, okay?
Don’t ever invite a woman into your home. Misandrists will interpret this as consent to physical violence.
Drinking increases your risk of being attacked by a misandrist. They target drunk men because their inhibitions are lowered.
Never leave your drink unattended. Misandrists are notorious for poisoning men at parties and bars.
If a misandrist does attack you, be quiet and just let her finish or you might anger her further and you are liable to get murdered instead of just mutilated. But also, be sure to put up a good fight because a lot of men say they don’t want to be attacked by misandrists but deep down, they really like it.
And remember, accusing a woman of abusive misandry is worse than being abused by a misandrist. So before you make accusations, make sure it wasn’t all just a silly misunderstanding.
The bipartisan proposal “ends Too Big To Fail subsidies or funding advantages for Wall Street mega-banks with more than $500 billion in assets.”
In order to stop the financial bleeding, the U.S. government voted to rescue the big banks rather than allow them to fail and take our economy with them. Ever since, big banks have only gotten bigger on the premise that if they fail again, the government will bail them out.
But an amendment was offered as an attachment to the Senate budget bill and it received unanimous support; 99-0. The U.S. Senate voted to strip “too big to fail” banks of the taxpayer subsidies.
Two reports indicate that the banks were rolling in taxpayer dollars that they didn’t need. In February, Bloomberg News reported that the banks made an estimated $83 billion a year. But that number could be even higher. In March top banking analyst, Chris Whalenestimated that big banks rake in more than $780 billion of government subsidies every year. Banks have been making trillions of dollars over the last few years even though they didn’t need the money.
Now it falls to the House Republicans to approve the bill and send it to the President. Considering the conservative obsession with forcing the Ryan Budget upon America, passage of the Senate bill looks grim. Now would the time for everyone to get on the phone with their representative in Congress to demand passage of the Senate budget.
George Zimmerman, who’s trial is scheduled for June 10, has claimed he was not acting out of racist aggression but because Martin attacked him. His brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr, is not helping his cause.
Jr. went on a Twitter tirade equating the stalked and unarmed Trayvon Martin with De’Marquise Elkins, the 17-year-old suspect in the murder of a Georgia infant.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill requiring public schools in our state to develop policies under which students will be permitted to pray at sports events, school assemblies, and even over school intercom systems. Bill, HB 638, was passed under the guise of protecting students’ religious freedom; however, it is an effort to bypass Engel v. Vitale and Abington School District v. Schempp, returning to the days before 1962 when prayer in school was inescapable.
The law was written to bypass the prohibition on formal school-sanctioned prayer. It does so by permitting students to deliver public prayers as long as they are accompanied by some sort of disclaimer from the school. But students and teachers have always had the right to pray in school, and is commonly exercised in Mississippi. What they have not had the right to do is impose their religious views on others.
American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are widely expected to fight this new legislation, which takes effect on July 1. These groups will need complaints in order to act, which include letters attempting to educate state officials on the law. It seems unlikely that school officials will give in to the pressure from these groups. This means that it might take the family of a child adversely affected by the law being willing to come forward as a plaintiff. Unfortunately, children will have to be harmed and complaints filed before real work can happen.
This letter is an apology. An apology for being an adult who has failed to make the world safe for you. Because you should be safe. Even when you make the sometimes stupid, often naive choices that teens make, you should be safe.
Your vulnerability should not invite assault and attack of your body or your spirit. And so I am sorry, because we have failed to teach your male peers that they have no right to touch you without your consent or to use you to meet their needs or to discard you if your victimization does not fit their life plan. I am sorry we have failed you.
This letter is also a note of gratitude for your willingness to report this crime, to take the stand, and to endure the viciousness hurled at you this week. I know the words that run in a loop in your mind. Don’t tell. If you tell, no one will believe you. If you tell, everyone will think you are a whore. Sometimes he is the one who says them first, spewing the words like mold spores that grow in the darkness of your silence. Sometimes it’s your own voice telling you, I can’t tell. No one will believe me. It’s the reason 54%of survivors never report the assault. It’s the reason I kept my secret for nearly a decade. But not you, beloved. You demanded the right to be heard.
You may have lost your voice that night, but you found it again when you told the truth–even though you knew, didn’t you? You knew just how relentlessly they would try to silence you.
You knew that neighbors, and friends, and even members of the national media would mourn the loss of your attackers’ football careers more than the loss of your innocence. You knew that even those who claimed to be sympathetic would pass along the pictures of your assault with a tone deaf voyeurism that seeks to make you a thing instead of a person. I think maybe you knew, or suspected these things, but you spoke out anyway.
And that…that is astonishing. And I want to say thank you, because you did what so many of us never find the strength to do. You spoke for yourself. You spoke for the 44% of rape victims who are under 18–and you spoke for my 14-year-old self, who still hears that threat echoing in my head, “Don’t tell. No one will believe you.”
So, this is my apology and this is my gratitude. This is me saying, “I believe you.”
And I believe you are inherently valuable. Not as a character in some grotesque news cycle where your assault is all we know, but as a girl with hopes and dreams and ambitions and vulnerabilities and so much more growing up to do. I never need to know your name, but I need you to know you are not alone. Surviving is not a single occurrence, it is a lifetime of making choices that honor you and your right to speak. You have begun surviving. You will continue surviving. And if you ever get down, or wonder how you will go on, take out this letter and read it to yourself.
Proposition 37, a Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Initiative, was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated.
Monsanto $8,112,867 E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Co. $5,400,000 Pepsico, Inc. $2,145,400 Grocery Manufacturers Association $2,002,000 DOW Agrisciences $2,000,000 Bayer Cropscience $2,000,000 BASF Plant Science $2,000,000 Syngenta Corporation $2,000,000 Kraft Foods Global $1,950,500 Coca-Cola North America $1,700,500 Nestle USA $1,315,600 Conagra Foods $1,176,700 General Mills $1,135,300 Kellogg Company $790,000 Smithfield Foods $683,900 Del Monte Foods $674,100 Campbell’s Soup $500,000 Heinz Foods $500,000 Hershey Company $493,900 The J.M. Smucker Company $485,000 Bimbo Bakeries $422,900 Ocean Spray Cranberries $387,100 Mars Food North America $376,650 Council for Biotechnology Information $375,000 Hormel Foods $374,300 Unilever $372,100 Bumble Bee Foods $368,500 Sara Lee $343,600 Kraft Food Group $304,500 Pinnacle Foods $266,100 Dean Foods Company $253,950 Biotechnology Industry Organization $252,000 Bunge North America $248,600 McCormick & Company $248,200 Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company $237,664 Abbott Nutrition $234,500 Cargill, Inc. $226,846 Rich Products Corporation $225,537 Flowers Foods $182,000 Dole Packaged Foods $171,261 Knouse Foods Cooperative $164,731
Other food companies who contributed to the “no” campaign (but with checks of less than $150,000) included Sunny Delight Beverages, McCain Foods, Tree Top, Idahoan Foods, Richelieu Foods, Land O’Lakes, Hillshire Brands, Morton Salt, Clorox, Goya de Puerto Rico, Sargento and Godiva Chocolatier.
Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned.
The free movement of goods within the EU means that authorities will not investigate how the seeds arrived in Hungary, but they will check where the goods can be found, Bognar said. Regional public radio reported that the two biggest international seed producing companies are affected in the matter and GMO seeds could have been sown on up to the thousands of hectares in the country. Most of the local farmers have complained since they just discovered they were using GMO seeds.
Over the past decade, many of the deals given without any bidding from competing firms, such as a $568-million contract renewal in 2010 to provide housing, meals, water and bathroom services to soldiers, a deal that led to a Justice Department lawsuit over alleged kickbacks
According to the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the level of corruption by defense contractors may be as high as $60 billion. Disciplined soldiers that would traditionally do many of the tasks are commissioned by private and publicly listed companies.
But he’s really, really sorry and deserves sympathy.
Madison is arguing that a 16-year-old’s brain is not functional enough to determine whether raping is a bad decision. But he insisted before the trial that the girl “made a decision to excessively drink… and leave with the boys,” and that a photo of the girl being dragged “doesn’t suggest that a person is substantially impaired.” The defense went on to argue that the girl’s level of drunkenness should determine consent.
A teacher in Isreal’s Yitzhak Rabin High School in Kfar Saba was emailing senior students about a school trip when she accidentally attached a document that neatly listed insulting observations about the students written by teachers.
These included “liar,” “grown baby,” “sick,” “speaks like a four-year-old” and “not so smart.” The shocked students expressed their outrage by arriving at school carrying signs with the teachers’ words on them. “I never believed that they could write something like that,” said one, who has obviously never eavesdropped on a teacher’s lounge.
The students showed up to school with their nick names hanging around their necks.
The school’s principal, Ruth Lazar, released a statement saying, “we will draw conclusions about our behavior and the way we express ourselves.”
"This is not about a human error from a teacher who accidentally sent the email, this is about the fact that the document should not have been created in the first place," said education activist and Member of Knesset Karin Elharar.
Judge Thomas Lipps told the Steubenville, Ohio court that he reviewed the case’s documents and text messages again. He said that many of the things learned during the trial were “profane” and “ugly.”
Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, were both sentenced to at least one year in juvenile jail and could be held until they are 21 years old. Mays was sentenced to an additional year for a charge related to distributing nude images of a minor.
Both teens were told to avoid contact with the victim at least until they are 21 and both were required to register as juvenile sex offenders.
Mays’ attorney called him a “family-oriented, loving, young man” and asked the judge for leniency.
Mays briefly addressed the court saying, “I would truly like to apologize to [the victim] and her family.”
Richmond cried as he approached the front of the courtroom. ”I would like to apologize,” he said, struggling to speak through his sobs. “I had no intentions to do anything like that. I’m sorry to put you guys through this.”
Ma’lik’s lawyer and father cried as they spoke about his difficult family history involving alcoholism.
Four years ago, as the recession took hold and layoffs around the country were approaching 500,000 a month, a group of workers in Chicago saved a factory and inspired a nation. Fired by their boss, they occupied instead of leaving. Fired by a second boss, they occupied and formed a worker’s cooperative. Now they are worker-owners of a load of equipment and they’re setting up a factory in a new location.
Today the top 100 U.S. co-ops make over $150 billion in sales each year. Areas of recent growth include natural food groceries, purchasing cooperatives, credit unions, and worker cooperatives.
Instead of negotiate with the boss a handful of American unions are cutting the boss out of the equation. An example is the United Steelworkers union (USW) in collaboration with the Basque Mondragon Corporation.
In the Basque region of Spain Mondragon employs 83,000 workers in 256 companies. About half of those companies are cooperatives, and about a third of Mondragon’s employees are co-op members with an ownership stake in their workplace. With billions of euros in annual sales, Mondragon is the largest industrial conglomerate in the Basque region and the fifth-largest in Spain.
The cooperatives use workers’ cash investments as part of the capital needed to finance new projects, and members get to vote on strategy, management, and business planning. The highest-paid managers’ salaries are capped at six to eight times what the lowest-paid workers make. In the United States CEOs now make 380 times more than the average worker.
The Vatican is very much a monarchy, and has a seat at the U.N.; they make very important decisions that affect women on a global level. It’s more than a religion; it’s a government that affects the lives of millions of Catholic women around the world. Not just women who seek larger roles like ordination, girls who want to serve at the altar, women who’ve been divorced, lesbian women, reproductive healthcare, birth control, LGTB issues… They were against the Violence Against Women Act.
In 1994, Pope John Paul II closed officially any discussion on women’s ordination. People can be fired for discussing it. Lets hope is Pope Francis will open the doors just to discuss it.
A documentary film called Pink Smoke Over the Vatican is about the controversial movement of women seeking to be ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
During the military dictatorship in Argentina, the new pope openly criticized liberation theology’s combination of religious teachings and calls for social justice. When he was elevated to cardinal in Argentina, In 2010, he called the government’s legalization of gay marriage “an attempt to destroy God’s plan” and opposed adoption by gay couples.
It’s not the kind of Catholic conservatism that you’re going to find in the United States, with this emphasis on the individual salvation… it’s much more socially loaded. [Probably] the most important point of Horacio Verbitsky’s work—is … [the] paradox between the kind of social conservatism and an opposition to social agenda that has been pretty successful during the last years is very important.
In Argentina 75% of people consider themselves Catholic. The last and most important decisions made by the Kirchner administration that Bergoglio opposed was the same marriage law—that is, matrimonio igualitario in Argentina, egalitarian marriage.
A reason rape continues is that communities refuse to hold perpetrators responsible while closing ranks to defend or even celebrate the rapist.
In Aug 2012 a 16 year old girl was raped in a High School Football dominated town. The self titled “rape crew” may have planned the assault as revenge after the victim broke up with Cody Saltsman who sent messages stating that “nobody breaks up with Cody Saltsman, Ill ruin that bitch”. This was a month before the rape. Saltsman’s best friend,Trent Mays, started texting the victim asking her for a date.
‘mammabear’, tweeted: ‘The plan began. Your friend will pretend to like her. You will have her bring him to the party where she can be… kidnapped, raped, sodomized, defecated on, photographed, videoed, HUMILIATED publicly OVER and OVER again.
And thats just what they did; allegedly drugging her, dragging the victim from party to party, exposing her breast for photographs, penetrating her with their hands, gang raping her vaginally and anally, urinating on her, etc. All the while sending pictures and video over social media.
While Steubenville, Ohio tried to keep this story quite Anonymous has kept a spotlight on the case, claiming officials are covering up the crime that may involve other football players. Anonymous has organized protests including another one for Saturday, and recovered some online posts that were deleted by students.
Nearly 1 in 5 women will be the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. Three women a day die at the hands of their boyfriends or husbands.
And yet the media wants us to take the men’s word… she had given consent.
The “rape crew” includes Trent Mays, Malik Richmond, Michael Colin Nodianos, Charlie Keenan, and Cody Saltsman. All Big Red Football players. Cody was initially charged with the other two. Trent and Malik are no longer being tried as adults and are out on bail.
A video shows Michael Nodianos talking about the rape and referring to the teen involved as a “dead girl” for over 12 min. Others in the video tried to explain the situation. “What if that was your daughter?” someone asked. “If that was my daughter, I wouldn’t care. I would just let her be dead.” He went on to ask “is it really rape if you don’t know if she wanted to or not? She might have wanted it. That might have been her final wish.”
After hacking Mr. Park’s e-mail and finding several photos of young women Anonymous claims that James “Jim” Parks, an avid fan and is the webmaster/owner of a private fan site for the team, might have been hiring the players to go to parties and send him pics of girls they take advantage of. James “Jim” Parks E-Mail Files
Watch Sheriff Abdalla lie to protesters. He states that being aware of the attack is not a crime. Wrong! Witnessing a crime and failing to report it is in itself a crime – if not conspiracy or being an accessory. He says that he has nothing to do with the investigation, then states that he assisted the local police department in confiscating cell phones and other electronics. Where several key pieces of evidence were “inadvertently” deleted. And finally he states that he can not investigate the attack because it is not his jurisdiction even though a Sheriffs authority, under constitutional law, even trumps the federal law enforcement agencies in his own county. Allegedly, Sheriff Abdalla runs the largest illegal gambling operation in Jefferson County – employing bookies who work out of the Spot Bar. Sheriff Abdulla’s brother is the largest importer of cocaine in Jefferson County.
The Sheriff and Head Football Coach have breakfast a couple of times a week.
Coach Reno A. Saccoccia motto to his boys is: “lie till you die”. When he became aware of the rape he attempted to hold off sheriff deputies, encouraging his “boys” to delete everything. Mr. Saccoccia has formed a social and academic bubble of protection where the players are carefully segregated and take their exams separate from other students, and encouraged to cheat. The teachers assist the players in cheating on state tests which the players have a 100% pass rate on. Assistant Coach Pierro allows the boys to view porn on his computer – and provides drugs and alcohol to those who are “extra” deserving. The “date rape” drug used on the victim of the rape was supplied by known drug dealer Nathan Hubbard, who is also a patron of the Spot Bar in Steubenville. He did not suspend or bench any player.
Prosecuting Attorney Jane Hanlin is the mother of Charlie Keenan. She represented Edward “Eddie” Lulla in a civil legal matter after which Mr. Lulla is now an agent for the BCI who was sent by the State of Ohio to lend oversight to the rape investigation. The BCI has found everything to be going smoothly. Eddie’s son recently joined Steubenville’s Police Department. When the family of the victim went to file the charges, Jane Hanlin was present. She strongly discouraged them from filing, telling them that her name was going to be dragged through the mud, she will be in and out of court for well over two years, the press wouldn’t leave any of the family alone. In May of 2012, Mrs. Hanlin’s office handled a case where Ed Wilson, a football player, and two other individuals shot out the windows of 14 vehicles. Despite being arrested, and confessing to the crime Ed was never sentenced or paid restitution. In another case Mrs. Hanlin testified as a character witness for Branko Busick, a former football player after he was charges were armed robbery. She was testifying as a private citizen but several references were made to both her position and her husband’s in the PD. Even after receiving notice from the Attorney General’s office she remained on the School Board. Her first husband is Charlie Keenan, former SHS principal and star athlete in his day.
On Democracy Now Amy spoke with rape survivor and journalist for Ebony Zerlina who had an interesting point about the climate we raise our children in.
AMY GOODMAN: Zerlina, you wrote a piece this week, “Five Ways We Can Teach Men Not to Rape.” Talk about those ways.
ZERLINA MAXWELL: Yes. We need to teach people what consent is. And, you know, this week we’re seeing in Ohio the Steubenville rape trial with two high school football players, and the defense attorney is basically arguing that she was too drunk in order to say no, and so that means she’s implying that she consented to everything that happened when she began drinking that night. And, you know, number one on the list is, we need to teach young men about consent, because I think it’s not that people don’t know that rape is wrong. I think we all can agree that, you know, people know that it’s wrong. But I think a lot of people don’t know what rape is. And so, there are times when young men will be in a situation where they do something that they think is ambiguous, but in—legally, it’s classified as rape. And, you know, it all comes down to consent and knowing what that is.
AMY GOODMAN: One of the things you talk about and you raised on Fox and you talk about in your piece on the Steubenville case, which is headlined “Why Acquaintance Rape is Not a Myth” —
Zerlina who has been told women should carry guns to prevent rape points out that 80 percent of women, are raped by someone they know. If you are a responsible gun owner the weapon would be locked away while people you trust are in your space.
“I don’t believe the police, I believe the community.”—
Protester says as the march begins.
She was referring to the police’s claim that 16 y/o Kimani Gray was armed when he was killed. Autopsy showed 7 gun shots, 3 in the back.
The NYPD have arrested Kimari Gray’s 15 year old sister while her father yells “Let go of my girl! That’s my little girl!”
The NYPD has declared a portion of Flastbush a “Frozen Zone”. Media are not allowed in and people can be subjected to arrest for not following police orders. The area is under temporary martial law. The last times the NYPD declared a Frozen Zone was on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and during the beginning of OWS.
Police in riot gear barricaded the streets, followed the march and searched apartment buildings in the neighborhood without warrants, looking for youths who they claimed had been throwing bottles at police from neighborhood rooftops.
Here’s what it is like: I’m married to and live with my best friend. We cook for one another, laugh hysterically together, and have tons of sex, the vast majority of which involves just we two. Occasionally, one or both of us might make out with or even go to bed with somebody else. When this happens, communication is clear, standard precautions are taken (you know, like the ones single people use), and a good time is generally had by all.
I have no doubt that we are committed to each other, because we’re building a life together. Could he fall in love with somebody else? Sure, but our non-monogamous status doesn’t have much of an effect on that fact. He could also decide to run away and join the circus. There are no guarantees in life.
I think the most bizarre thing about monogamy to me is how often sexual exclusivity serves as a proxy for a real commitment. “Yeah, we’re together, I guess, because I’m not doing it with anybody else.” And the illusion that a monogamous commitment somehow makes a relationship more secure seems upended by the disruptive, obsessive, guilt-ridden emotions a monogamous person feels when he or she is (inevitably) attracted to somebody other than his or her partner.
My tone tends to be somber and straightforward when I talk about this topic, mostly because I don’t want to sound like I’m sensationalizing it. (Even though it’s the fu-king best. Seriously.)
I’ve spoken to close friends who are sure monogamy is right for them, and I’m convinced they can pull it off, that they know what they’re doing. But most people I talk to fear non-monogamy because they’re afraid of their own insecurity, their own jealousy. And in truth there’s a pretty strong non-attachment practice built into it. In all the ways society tells me I’m supposed to own my husband, the fact is I simply do not. Does it always feel super easy? No. But it always feels true. I believe that being open and honest is the best way to challenge negative stereotypes of unconventional marriages like mine.
I met my husband when I was 22. If I felt at the time that I would have to spend the rest of my life having sex with him and only him, I wouldn’t have married him. I would’ve gone out into the world and gallivanted around until I felt like all the sex was out of my system, and I would’ve missed out on sharing my life with the best human being on planet Earth. But in our relationship, we don’t have to get anything out of our systems. Our sex drives are allowed to stick around, to accompany us throughout life, to remain a part of our individual personalities as well as our relationship as a couple. So in that way, I guess we are on fire. But please, don’t assume that we need to be doused.
In the Google Glass “How it Feels” video, people speak the words “OK Glass” and then pick from a list of featured voice commands to send a message, record a video, take a photo, launch a video-chat hangout, conduct a search, check the weather, or get driving directions.
Over a decade ago Jonathan Frieman was working in the Global Justice movement and watching the WTO unfold in Seattle. He noticed that everything he was against involved corporations and started to wondered if there was a way to compel them to invest in a sustainable future.
He went to law school and learned corporations are an organizational mess with stocks, CEO’s and the Supreme Court had ruled on corporate personhood. Corporations being treated as people matters in many ways but it mostly bothered Frieman because corporations can’t go to jail. After breaking the law, sometimes they don’t even face the fines which are factored into the cost of doing business.
More recently Citizens United declared money is speech and can spend how ever much money they want on elections. These two rulings work together to allow corporations to do whatever they want in our democracy.
So Frieman came up with the idea to, under the law, show how ridiculous that idea is. He decided to drive around San Francisco’s carpool lanes with just him and his articles of incorporation. Knowing something about codes he found vehicle code section ”470. ‘Person’ includes a natural person, firm, copartnership, association, limited liability company, or corporation.” For 10 years he waited; driving by cops in a station wagon, sometimes waving. In October 2012 he drove by a cop parked in the opposite carpool lane, got off at the next exit and headed right by him, and finally got pulled over.
He explained to the officer that he was driving with his corporation and without surprise the cop neither understood, cared, or had a good sense of humor. Frieman gladly took the ticket and after the judge found Frieman guilty, saying the code also says the carpool lanes intend to reduce traffic congestion, he is now appealing to the appellate division of the Marin Superior Court. Should they lose the appeal there, Jonathan plans to appeal all the way to the California Supreme Court if he has to.
They are hoping the court wont know what to do with this case and the court says corporations are not persons for the purposes of driving in the carpool lane.
His attorney’s argument goes something like… We, human beings, are given notice to the times we might violate the law. The law has to be crystal clear but since, in this case, its not clear no one really knows how to proceed.
We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
Guy has this to say about his American Kitchen & Bar
[It] will showcase a wide-ranging menu full of the big, bold flavors Fieri is known for, as well as three full bars, a California-centric wine list, and an extensive draft beer program featuring signature beers craft brewed for Fieri right in New York City.
For his part, Mytko released a statement saying he didn’t mention Vassiliadis because “she doesn’t have twitter,” and didn’t think his prank would blow up. Vassiliadis has yet to respond.
I barely use Twitter and have no idea who @DadBoner@a_girl_irl@DinkMagic@Lowenaffchen etc. are. If any of the content was stolen from them, well, I have no idea what to tell you. Laugh at the menu or don’t. There are more important things to stress over in life than Twitter.
"Lena Dunham is the voice of a masturbatory, hyper-self & her pathological titty baring represents Generation Shit."
Author of this article, Nathan Walker, says…
For years now, my wife has insisted that I’m a feminist despite my arguments that I’m not. She says that since I believe a woman has the right to work for the same pay as any man that I’m inherently a feminist. My half-hearted response was that I couldn’t possibly be. I’ve never read any feminist literature, never participated in a rally, and I certainly can’t stand behind the idea that a woman can do everything a man can (or vice versa). To be clear though, I do believe in equal rights, equal pay for equal work and that, intellectually men and women are equals. I also totally love the way women look naked. So, I couldn’t possibly be a feminist, right?
Then he talks about Girls taking a humorous look at people transitioning from childhood into adulthood, being the only TV show that allows women to be naked, and privilege/money
He asks whats unique about Girls and the lightning rod of hate? Hate for her body, the lack of diversity, her fantasy scenarios having sex with men out of their league? The only truly unique thing is it’s written and directed by a young woman.
He points to another HBO show, Game Of Thrones, who’s only characters of ethnicity are bloodthirsty, shirtless primitives and main characters are overprivileged kings and queens. The Playboy worthy Daenerys showings her tits all the time. But there is no scrutiny for creating an imaginary realm where old, fat men fuck teenage women in every episode.
If you can point me to one single thing that sets her apart from her numerous counterparts making television entertainment beyond the fact that she’s a young woman, I’m all ears.
So, Lena Dunham, you’ve managed to do a few things here: You’ve managed to make me laugh; you’ve managed to make me cringe at that Adam character too many times; but more importantly, you’ve proven my wife to be correct (as usual) and confirmed that I am indeed a feminist. The sheer volume of public outcry over your show has pulled off my blinders to the reality of how our culture deals with a successful woman. I apologize that I’ve not caught on sooner, but, thankfully, it’s never too late to change. Now, I’m going to settle in and watch a nation of internet police tweet, blog, Facebook, and, hell, maybe even pinterest the ways that I and you are completely wrong. But don’t worry, the number of people fighting for your right to have a job making television shows just increased by one.
The real way that I became a model is I won a genetic lottery, and I am the recipient of a legacy … for the past few centuries we have defined beauty not just as health and youth and symmetry that we’re biologically programmed to admire, but also as tall, slender figures, and femininity and white skin. And … it’s a legacy that I’ve been cashing out on. … unfortunately … in 2007 … of the 677 models that were hired, only 27, or less than four percent, were non-white.
… when I was writing this talk, I found it very difficult to strike an honest balance … "Look I’ve received all these benefits from a deck stacked in my favor," and it also felt really uncomfortable to follow that up with, "and it doesn’t always make me happy." But mostly it was difficult to unpack a legacy of gender and racial oppression when I am one of the biggest beneficiaries…