22 Feb 2016

Yvain & Gawain: Men Fighting For Women Should Talk With Each Other

By : In Chrétien de Troyes’s late-twelfth-century Arthurian romance Yvain: The Knight with the Lion, two sisters disputed their inheritance. The older sister sought to keep everything from their deceased father. To settle their dispute, the sisters induced Yvain and Gawain to fight each other in deadly combat. Yvain and Gawain had no stake whatsoever in the sisters’ dispute. They were merely benighted knights serving women. Underscoring the folly of their combat, Yvain and Gawain seriously injured each other physically and then recognized each other as dear friends. They subsequently shifted to verbal combat, each seeking to declare himself defeated. The underlying cause of the debacle was men not talking with each other before fighting for women.
Just as did Lucretia at the founding of the Roman Republic and the choleric lover in the account of the Archpriest of Talavera, the older sister easily enlisted Gawain to fight for her.

Fukushima - Deep Trouble + Consequences Of Nuclear War

By The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster may go down as one of history’s boundless tragedies and not just because of a nuclear meltdown, but rather the tragic loss of a nation’s soul.
Imagine the following scenario: 207 million cardboard book boxes, end-to-end, circumnavigating Earth, like railroad tracks, going all the way around the planet. That’s a lot of book boxes. Now, fill the boxes with radioactive waste. Forthwith, that’s the amount of radioactive waste stored unsheltered in one-tonne black bags throughout Fukushima Prefecture, amounting to 9,000,000 cubic metres.
But wait, there’s more to come, another 13,000,000 cubic metres of radioactive soil is yet to be collected. (Source: Voice of America News, Problems Keep Piling Up in Fukushima, Feb. 17, 2016).
And, there’s still more, the cleanup operations only go 50-100 feet beyond roadways. Plus, a 100-mile mountain range along the coast and hillsides around Fukushima are contaminated but not cleansed at all. As a consequence, the decontaminated land will likely be re-contaminated by radioactive runoff from the hills and mountains.
Indubitably, how and where to store millions of cubic metres of one-tonne black bags filled with radioactive waste is no small problem. It is a super-colossal problem. What if bags deteriorate? What if a tsunami hits? The “what-ifs” are endless, endless, and beyond.

Adultery Punishment Gender-Biased Against Men Throughout History

By : Everyone knows that a gender double standard in punishment for adultery has existed throughout history. For the same reason as for that gender double standard, almost everyone believes the double standard went against women. It didn’t. With astonishing boldness in our era of Soviet-quality intellectual life, a recent scholarly study of early modern France declared:
Whether a husband committed adultery or his wife did, the blame lay with the husband. … We usually think of premodern European adultery laws and the courts that applied these laws as intended to punish women’s illicit sex while condoning men’s illicit sex. This is not how late medieval courts operated. Instead, courts punished men for adultery, particularly husbands, while punishing only a fraction of female offenders. [1]
Research on punishment practices centuries ago is much more difficult than studying what’s going on right now. The evidence for gender bias against men in criminal justice today is as overwhelming as the vastly disproportionate imprisonment of men. Compiling examples of grotesquely unequal justice under law by gender requires a wry sense of humor. Earnest scholars might ponder how modern scholars have misrepresented Blackstone’s figure of coverture and ignored mass imprisonment of men for debt in early modern England.

The Evil Empire Has The World In A Death Grip

By Paul Craig Roberts: In my archives there is a column or two that introduces the reader to John Perkins’ important book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. An EHM is an operative who sells the leadership of a developing country on an economic plan or massive development project. The Hit Man convinces a country’s government that borrowing large sums of money from US financial institutions in order to finance the project will raise the country’s living standards. The borrower is assured that the project will increase Gross Domestic Product and tax revenues and that these increases will allow the loan to be repaid.
However, the plan is designed to over-estimate the benefits so that the indebted country cannot pay the principal and interest. As Perkins’ puts it, the plans are based on distorted financial analyses, inflated projections, and rigged accounting,” and if the deception doesn’t work, threats and bribes are used to close the deal.
The next step in the deception is the appearance of the International Monetary Fund. The IMF tells the indebted country that the IMF will save its credit rating by lending the money with which to repay the country’s creditors. The IMF loan is not a form of aid. It merely replaces the country’s indebtedness to banks with indebtedness to the IMF.

Sexist BBC Rejects Complaints About Its Ban On Men Talking To Men’s Political Party During Election Campaign

Firstly, it’s worth gonging over the content of the broadcast question, the full details of which you can read here. The bias itself was incredibly blatant and fairly simple and it’s clear that the organisation tried to sabotage the election campaign of Justice for Men and Boys whilst favouring the incumbent feminist Labour Party candidate Gloria de Piero. Whilst some 649 other election broadcasts elsewhere on BBC local radio discussed a wide range of issues and featured diverse audiences, the BBC singled out the broadcast featuring Mike Buchanan of Justice for Men and Boys for special treatment. It made the bulk of the broadcast into what it termed a “gender debate” which was in fact a debate solely about issues impacting women with no discussion of men’s issues at any time. Not happy with rigging the questions in the debate to disadvantage Buchanan, for good measure the BBC took the extraordinary step of banning all men from the audience too.

The Truth About Christina Hoff Sommers

Angelo: The fatuous feminist? "Christina Hoff Sommers is a brilliant articulate woman who's been on a well publicized tare through the insanity and hypocrisy of third wave feminism, but here's the question, is Christina Hoff Sommers an advocate for the rights of all human beings including men or is she just another crypto-misandric privilege seeking gender parasite, using a different twist on sexual politics to insure that men's issues and rights are ignored for the benefit of women?" Says Paul Elam.

Ke$ha Proves You Can't Sign A Contract With A Woman

If there is no penalty for female perjury as there is for male perjury, then contracts with females will be null and void.