23 Dec 2014

Feminism: The Sexual Assault That Nobody Saw

By : What would happen if a skit making light of rape or sexual assault was aired during a prime-time comedy show broadcast by a national public broadcaster? If the victim was female, the outcry from media commentators would be widespread and the responses from sexual assault activists and advocates would be of outrage and condemnation. In this case, however, the victim is male—and the response has been an overwhelming silence.

On December 3, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) aired a skit titled “Tatiana The Cultural Excuse Girl, Part 2, The Bedroom” as part of the indigenous comedy program Black Comedy. As part of marketing and promoting the show, the skit has also been uploaded to the official ABC Indigenous YouTube channel,[1] where it has received a predominantly positive response.
So what is wrong with the skit? Tatiana initiates sex with her partner, who is not interested. He is tired, has a headache, and has an early start at work the next day. He explicitly rebuffs her advances, saying no multiple times and demanding her to stop. After multiple attempts to get him to have sex with her, she finally emotionally blackmails him through an accusation that he is racist if he refuses. Faced with this, he submits to having sex with her.
So what is wrong with all of this?
Over the past few decades, the discussion surrounding consent obtained through intimidation and coercion has made it clear that it isn’t actually consent at all. Organisations such as DVConnect in Queensland, Australia, use this in their definition of what constitutes consent, as stated on their web page about what constitutes sexual assault:

Zionist Apartheid: "Palestine Will Ultimately Regain It's Independence"

President of the Palestinian Unity Government Mahmoud Abbas says Palestine will regain its independence and put an end to the decades-old JSIL (Israeli) occupation.
Orwellian UK Banned Press TV: "Palestine will ultimately regain its independence and impose itself as an independent State with al-Quds as its capital," Abbas said in a news conference at Algerian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
"We are determined to recover the rights of our people, including the right to return and the release of all the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails. We will not succumb to the policy of the Israeli hegemony and oppression," he added.
In the past few months, the Palestinian national unity government has been pushing for a UN resolution that determines the borders of a future Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 lines. Israel has expressed anger over the motion.
"In case the Arab-Palestinian draft resolution submitted to the UN Security Council to end the occupation is not passed, we will be obliged to take necessary political and legal decisions," the Palestinian president said,

Tail Chasing Media - Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert with Chris Cook

"Murdoch is a menace and  
the people will obliterate him!"
In the domestic political arena, Russell Brand’s campaign with the New Era Estate women proves that the people do have the power - if they want it.

Gynocentrism: “Men are selfish, uncaring idiots”

By Last month, a study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) declared all men to be idiots. More recently, a new study claims that men have no empathy toward others except for themselves. You can almost set your clock to the steady stream of literature aimed to cast all men as uncaring, inferior beasts of nature.
The BMJ “idiot study” had little to do with real science and more to do with perpetuating the gynocentric social agenda to cast all men as inferior and to project women as superior.

In reality, men conform to a bimodal distribution of intelligence rather than the Gaussian distribution displayed by women. Men and women will have equal intelligence when you average everything out. When you analyze the distributions, you find, however, that there are more men who make up the lower distribution of the intelligence scale than there are women, but there are also more men on the higher intelligence scale than there are women. Some have argued that this distribution explains why you have more male geniuses but also have more male idiots. The (male) authors of this study conveniently left out this important former piece of evidence. But please don’t blame them—they probably fall into the lower spectrum of male intelligence.

Feminist Rebecca Watson: Doxxing And Face Punching YO!!!

noelplum99: This is a response to Rebecca Watson't blog piece "Why I'm Okay With Doxing"

Academics for Palestine: Should Academics Boycott Israel? Yes!

Academia Against Apartheid: The debate organised by Academics for Palestine and hosted by the TCD Irish School of Ecumenics, which took place in Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday 12th November 2014.
Speakers supporting the Boycott were Palestinian academic Ghada Karmi and Israeli academic Ilan Pappe, and opposing it was British academic Alan Johnston (who was given double time as no other speaker could be found despite many attempts supporting the lame-stream position). The evening was chaired by Newstalk’s Shona Murray. Source

Greece On The Edge After Second Failed Presidential Vote

A week after the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, was unable to push through his nominee for president, Stavros Dimas, in a vote in parliament that needed 200 votes to pass, hours ago the second presidential vote took place and just like last week it again failed to secured the needed 200 votes, with just 168 lawmakers voting for the designated appointee. This means that in the third and final voting round next week, on December 29 - a trading day where bad news will propagate like wildfire in the absence of any market liquidity and means Kevin Henry will have to work overtime buying ETFs - New Democracy's Samaras has to find (or bribe) another 12 votes or else Greece is facing a snap election where the anti-bailout/anti-austerity leftist Syriza party is expected to win, and set off a chain of events that may result in Greece being kicked out of the Eurozone at least if the jitters seen during the summer of 2012 are any indication.
Then again, judging by the absolute non-reaction by the market, it seems that not an algo cares any longer if Greece is or isn't part of the Eurozone, and/or if peripheral European bond yields trade with the implied ECB monetization premium or are allowed to trade at fair value, well into double-digit yield territory.
In the meantime, the PM is starting to sweat:"I hope in the final vote for president we will avert a national catastrophe," Greek PM Antonis Samaras told reporters in Athens today after the failed second round vote. By "national catastrophe" he, of course, means allowing the majority to express its opinion.

The Terror Of How Banks Use Our Money

"Making fraud look cute." Max Keiser breaks down how the banking system works and what happens to your money - you'll be shocked. Russell Brand

A Cyber War With North Korea And An Economic War With Russia

By Michael Snyder: In addition to all of our wars in the Middle East and the war that has erupted on the streets of America, we are now engaged in a cyber war with North Korea and an economic war with Russia.  
Without a doubt, the United States has the capability to do a tremendous amount of damage to both of them.  But what about the damage that they could potentially do to us?  We have a society that is absolutely teeming with soft targets.  Our Internet infrastructure is extremely vulnerable, our debt-based economic system is already teetering on the edge of disaster, and government officials freely admit that security at key facilities such as power plants is sorely lacking.  And these kinds of bitter conflicts have a way of escalating.  The North Koreans and the Russians are both very proud, and neither one is going to back down any time soon.  If a foreign power wanted to really make us hurt, it wouldn’t take much imagination at all.  There are thousands of ways to do it.  So Americans should not just smugly assume that we are untouchable.  In a war, it is often those that are overconfident that get hurt the worst.
Last week, Barack Obama blamed North Korea for the nightmarish hack attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment and he promised that the U.S. would respond.
Well, it looks like that response began on Monday.  According to Bloomberg, North Korea’s connection to the Internet was totally cut off…

US Federal Court Gives “Early Christmas Present” to War Criminals Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Others, Immunizing Them From Civil Inquiry Regarding Iraq War

By Inder Comar: Late Friday, a federal judge dismissed a civil claim filed against George W. Bush and other high-ranking officials regarding their conduct in planning and waging the Iraq War, and immunized them from further proceedings.

This is an early Christmas present to former Bush Administration officials from the federal court,” Inder Comar of Comar Law said. Comar brought the claim on behalf of an Iraqi refugee and single mother, Sundus Shaker Saleh. “This was a serious attempt to hold US leaders accountable under laws set down at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946. I am very disappointed at the outcome.”
The tribunal at Nuremberg, established in large part by the United States after World War II, declared international aggression the “supreme international crime” and convicted German leaders of waging illegal wars.
The case alleged that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz committed aggression in planning and waging the Iraq War. Specifically, the lawsuit claimed that high-ranking Bush officials used the fear of 9/11 to mislead the American public into supporting a war against Iraq, and that they issued knowingly false statements that Iraq was in league with Al-Qaeda and had weapons of mass destruction, when none of those things were true.

Casual Misandry

By Casual misandry is a phenomenon in which unfounded negative claims are made about men as a group or men as a group are insulted or put down. Both men and women can engage in this behaviour. It is much more broad than male-bashing, which is usually more direct in its attacks on men. Casual misandry often consists of oversimplification, half-truths, or in some cases outright lies. Casual misandry may be a recent learnt behaviour. It has certainly become more prevalent in recent decades.
Selected examples of casual misandry are presented here.
Men are genetically inferior
These claims usually come about as suggesting that the Y chromosome is somehow defective and is ultimately doomed.[1]

These claims can occur because the Y chromosome is smaller than the X chromosome, contains fewer genes, and may once have been an X chromosome that lost a leg. These sorts of simplistic claims show a fundamental misunderstanding of genetics. There is no clear relationship between the number of genes and complexity in multicellular organisms. Research shows, for example, that humans have fewer genes than grapes.[2]
Every difference between men and women comes, directly or indirectly, from the Y chromosome. To claim that the Y chromosome is a disadvantage for men is to reject everything it is to be male and to reject all of the achievements of men, now and in the past.
Men have lower pain thresholds than women