15 Dec 2014

Janice Fiamengo Interview At KSUM “Men in Peril” Conference

StudioBrule: Interview with Professor Janice Fiamengo just before she spoke about academic feminism at the "Men In Peril" conference hosted by KSU Men at Kennesaw State University in Georgia

Myrtou ~ Land That I Love

Angelo Agathangelou: Greek Cypriot villagers were invited to honor the presentation of the book of our village Myrtou ...land that I love, on December 13 at the Karavas Cultural Building. A reception followed at the end of the event. The event was jointly organized by the municipality of Myrtou, Myrtioton Association and Myrtou Youth. 

Brief history until the Turkish invasion 
By George Kourougiannis: The village for many years had a limited number of residents because private property was limited and the largest area belonged to the Diocese of Kyrenia, who was administrator of the estate of the monastery of Saint Panteleimon. When the Diocese began to separate plots, the village got great development and urbanization significantly reduced.
During World War II the residents of our village, like the whole of Cyprus, passed difficult years. Even securing bread was problematic. Most men faced the specter of unemployment. The mines were closed and the building activity was terminated. Unique way classification in the English army. Many villagers were recruited and after a short training camp in Polemidia in Limassol, Cyprus became the Constitution (CyprusRegiment). They fought on several fronts, in Greece, Egypt, Italy, France, Libya, Middle East and elsewhere. Many of them were captured and closed in concentration camps in Germany. By the end of the war, our soldiers returned and on the day of arrival the whole village gathered in the main square to greet them. The scenes that followed when relatives kissed the soldiers returning from the front, were indescribable.

Dangerous Rape Myths: Part 2

By In Part 1 of “Dangerous rape myths,” I examined three common rape myths: that doubt = misogyny; that the innocent have nothing to fear; and that false allegations are rare. Here in Part 2, I will examine three more: that false allegations are not harmful to the accused; that even if they are harmful they’re nowhere near as bad as actual rape; and that combating false accusers hurts real victims.
1. False allegations are not harmful to the accused.
False allegations can be extremely harmful, both immediately and in the long term. The falsely accused suffers, and faces, serious damages.

  • His reputation takes an immediate hit.
  • He will be at least temporarily imprisoned.
  • There will be at least the financial loss involved in paying bail.
  • Regardless of the outcome of the trial, there will be at least some in his community who will always view him as a rapist.
In addition, the stress of dealing with the false allegations and the ensuing mandatory investigation can:

  • damage his existing relationships with family and friends;
  • cause him problems at work due to lost time, reputation issues, and hostility resulting from reputation issues; and
  • cause stress-related health problems, including anxiety, depression, elevated blood pressure, digestive issues, and the exacerbation of existing health conditions.

A Lesson In Irony And More Feminist Maths + "He Didn't Rape Me For Long Enough!"

500% of women have been raped!

I’m Not Playing That “Street Harassment” Thing

By Social media has been abuzz lately over the video of the young woman walking through the streets of New York and getting catcalled over 100 times. At least that’s what we’re told, since apparently there was some selective editing done. Once again the subject of street harassment has been brought front and center for people to express moral outrage over. Me being me, I have looked at the issue and want to share my perspective.
The main issue with street harassment is not that it happens. The real issue is that the women who are being “harassed” are getting attention from men whom they do not find attractive. If one pays attention to the commentators and videos complaining about harassment, the main issue is that women are getting unwanted attention from certain men. I don’t say this lightly. When I speak, I do so based on actual life experiences. Let me share some things.
Back in the 1990s when I worked in downtown Washington, DC, I used to meet women in the streets a lot. A whole lot. I got phone numbers, dates, and sex from women I met initially on the street. Even in my books I talk about how to meet women on the street. Now, to be clear, the way I met women was decidedly different from walking up to a woman and saying, “Hey beautiful” or even “Hello.” I used to meet women at either bus stops or subway stations. Often a woman would strike up a conversation with me while sitting next to me on the bus or train. Another scenario that happened a lot is that women would simply say hello or otherwise just start conversations while I was walking down the street minding my own business. Even to this day, an occasional woman will see me on the street or especially in a mall and say, “Smile.” I keep a serious look on my face most of the time.

France Cut by Fitch, Kicked by Bundesbank, Jilted by Logic, Has Newfangled Solution: Sunday Shopping. And Blows it

By Friday, after markets in the US had closed and while most of France was asleep and no one was supposed to pay attention, ratings agency Fitch – a jointly-owned subsidiary of the French company FIMALAC and Hearst Corporation – cut France’s credit rating one notch toAAfromAA+”.
The French government had disclosed in September that its budget deficit would actually rise, despite previous promises that it would decline. Instant brouhaha in Brussels. And Fitch slapped France with a Rating Watch Negative. The government, in an effort to appease Fitch and the EU, announced new budget savings of €3.6 billion – a measly 0.17% of GDP – for 2015; it would lower the official deficit target to 4.1% of GDP. Still far above the EU limit of 3.0%, one of the core rules designed to avoid debt crises of the kind that the Eurozone is still simmering in.
Now, in “a significant slippage against prior budget deficit targets,” as Fitch pointed out, the government projects an even higher deficit of 4.4% of GDP for 2014. And the projections for 2015 – unachievable as they may be – remained at 4.1%, where the deficit had been in 2013, and when the government had promised up and down to get it below the EU limit by 2015. But forget it. The government kicked that can to 2017.

Spanish Judge Exposes Too-Big-to-Fail Bank Robbery

Bankia’s saga of lies, deception, and fraud should (but probably won’t) culminate in the imprisonment of a former IMF president, crippling fines for the auditors (Deloitte), and fireworks at financial regulators.
By Don Quijones: If the last six years have taught us anything, it is that the four-word combo “Too Big to Fail” should have no place in the everyday vernacular of any self-respecting market economy. It is an aberration that has robbed millions of people of untold trillions of dollars and could threaten to bring down the whole global economic shebang.
As TBTF cases go, few have been quite as spectacular as Spain’s Bankia. Born in 2010 from the loins of an ungodly merger of seven already failed or failing savings banks (Caja Madrid, Bancaja, La Caja de Canarias, Caja Ávila, Caja Laietana, Caja Segovia and Caja Rioja), Bankia was Too Big to Fail from day one of its four-year existence. By 2012 the Too Big to Fail entity had predictably failed and a massive infusion of taxpayer funds was needed to keep the colossal monstrosity alive (at least in some shape or form).

Journalistic (Lame-Stream) Misandry: Letter To New Scientist

By MRA-UK: This is a letter I sent to New Scientist on 13/12/14.
Complaint regarding article “Fight back against the hate” by Aviva Rutkin (New Scientist Vol.224, No.2999, 13 Dec 2014, P.20-21)
I am immensely distressed that New Scientist chose to print this article. It is not science and it is not honest. What is it doing in New Scientist?
If New Scientist really had to descend into the fetid mess that is gender politics – and it would be best advised not to – then it is incumbent upon it to take an objective approach. This article fails to do so. In fact the article is simply the same gender-biased stuff that one can read in all the mainstream newspapers and news sites. So why bother? Is New Scientist going into competition with Jezebel?
The article presents the phenomenon of online harassment as if it relates exclusively to female victims. Moreover by emphasising sexual threats it deliberately gives the uninformed reader the impression that perpetrators are invariably male. Both these impressions are false. Against this backdrop the recent Pew Research report is cited as stating that 40% of internet users have been harassed online. This unqualified statistic, following the preceding material, invites the unwary reader to believe that it applies to women being harassed or threatened by men.
But this is an appallingly egregious misrepresentation of the Pew Research report. The headline conclusion of that report is that men experience harassment online more frequently than women – see the histogram which heads this article.

The Politics Of The Penis

No man is ever born with a sense of insecurity about his penis – ever. It’s something he’s taught.
By Fortunately, once you understand this, you can ‘un-learn’ the toxic myth that size is king and finally be at peace with your penis. Not only is this psychologically healthy, but it also sets you free from a lifetime of put-downs, painful operations and expensive scams which never, ever work.
Best of all, it also makes you bulletproof in the face of size slurs which are part of everyday life for all men, regardless of how big they actually are.
It hasn’t always been this way. In ancient Europe, less was considered more – see Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece David if you need a visual aid. Today, however, it’s a little different – and not just in art. Now, men are rated, denigrated and humiliated by their penises in every facet of life.
For most of us, this is a universal experience. One which every bloke, every boy, will have a memory of, neatly tucked away and rarely – if ever – referenced. But it sits there, smirking. I’ve seen it myself. In some of the most prolific media operations in the country, I’ve watched smart, clever colleagues in positions of power sell out to stiletto sexism with a hooked little finger at the most inappropriate time, even though any man would be fired if he claimed a female CEO was rude because of her roomy vulva.

The Frontier Of The Self: The Empty Identity

"A human doing, ...and the paths not taken."

We Just Witnessed The Worst Week For Global Financial Markets In 3 Years

By Michael Snyder: Is this the start of the next major financial crisisThe nightmarish collapse of the price of oil is creating panic in financial markets all over the planet.  
On June 16th, U.S. oil was trading at a price of $107.52.  Since then, it has fallen by almost 50 dollars in less than 6 months.  This has only happened one other time in our history.  In the summer of 2008, the price of oil utterly collapsed and we all remember what happened after that.  Well, the same patterns that we witnessed back in 2008 are happening again.  As the price of oil crashed in 2008, so did prices for a whole host of other commodities.  That is happening again.  Once commodities started crashing, the market for junk bonds started to implode.  That is also happening again.  Finally, toward the end of 2008, we witnessed a horrifying stock market crash.  Could we be on the verge of another major one?  Last week was the worst week for the Dow in more than three years, and stock markets all over the world are crashing right now.  Bad financial news continues to roll in from the four corners of the globe on an almost hourly basis.  Have we finally reached the “tipping point” that so many have been warning about?
What we witnessed last week is being described as “a bloodbath” that was truly global in scope.  The following is how Zero Hedge summarized the carnage…

Ladies, Have You Been Duped By Feminists?

6oodfella: [In a Roger Moore voice] This is for all the ladies out there.
A handy little guide to see if you have allowed yourself to be duped by feminists.
If you have, forever hang your head in shame.
If you haven't, are you doing anything later?