The Evil That Men Do

The Guardian:  “How Trump signed a global death warrant for women.”

What is the Global Gag Rule?  The rule, otherwise known as the Mexico City policy, requires NGOs to certify that they will not perform or promote abortions anywhere in the world as a condition for receiving US family planning funds. Every Republican president since 1985 has implemented it. But Donald Trump has adopted a stringent version of the rule, under which NGOs that refuse to sign will be refused all health assistance, including for HIV, primary care, nutrition, tuberculosis and malaria programs. As much as $8bn in US funding could be affected – money that developing world health budgets can ill afford to do without.

 

Look at those callous, malicious faces in the picture from the article. You see, *this* is why each one of them deserves punishment. Whatever manner that takes, I’m good. Do evil, it will visit you in return.

To Those Who Think Women Are Already Equal

(based on assumptions made after women were *allowed* to vote, wear what they want, say what they want, have whatever job they want)

1.  When a married couple files jointly, the IRS doesn’t use both social security numbers. They *demand*, by their rules, that the man’s number be used. His is the first name, the *primary* name, and the woman’s is the second, and thus part of the man’s filing. It is thus, less important.

This is not for simplification or for some ham-handed method of “ease of identification” nor is it used as part of an easier filing system. It is used because we live in a patriarchal society that is fundamentalist where men are considered the higher position in the joined arrangement (marriage).

2. When women marry men, they are expected to take the man’s name. This is due to a system called Patrilineal, where all inheritance and ancestry is viewed only through male lines. This system comes hand in hand with Patriarchy. Even if the woman keeps her last name, she is still seen as Mrs Male Name.

I can’t help but wonder how the IRS rules are implemented under same-sex marriage, but it doesn’t really matter.  Someone is placed in a higher position (in charge) than the other.

3. Patriarchy/Patrilineality and Matriarchy/Matrilineality are systems of inequality because they favor one gender over the other. As long as those systems are in place, genders will never be equal.

There are some Native American tribes that split this down the middle. Positions of leadership were Patriarchal but inheritance and ancestral identification was Matrilineal. Men led the tribe but the women owned the property. Unfortunately, those tribes were murdered to such an extent that it can be filed under genocide.

However, one must consider that our current system of democratic government–representation–can be traced specifically to the Five Nations of the upper east.  While people think we got it by copying ancient Rome, the only part of that system that was copied were the names “senate” and “senator”.  But this is neither here nor there.

Women are automatically second-class citizens in a Patriarchal society. In the age of extremism, abortion *&* birth control are being eliminated in ultra conservative states.  Women are under attack by being told that they have no control of their own reproduction.  Restrictions are masked as “pro-life”, with a morality that is forced onto everyone by those who believe abortion is murder.  One must understand that this has nothing whatsoever to do with the so-called “life” of fetal embryos.

Pro-life is an oxy-moron as well as a lie because concern for the life of that fetus ends when it is born.  You cannot delineate a life inside the womb to life outside of it.  Anti-abortion is *only* for the systematic control of women.  This is proven by the addition of birth control.  Anyone who feels it necessary to include birth control with their attempts to control the abortion of fetal tissue is revealing themselves to be misogynistic control freaks who believe women are *property*.

Women are one half of the human race.  We are not the property of the human race.  We belong only to ourselves.

Trying to Correct the Uncorrectible

There’s this pastor (Protestant: evangelical Christian) who has decided that gays aren’t evil.

Upworthy’s A pastor shares the exact moment he changed his mind about the LGBTQ community.

While Ryan hadn’t been hostile toward the LGBTQ community before, now he admits his lack of attention to the subject helped create a culture of fear surrounding homosexuality and the church.

Since Ryan announced that EastLake would be an open and affirming church, hundreds of people have left the church. But Ryan stands by his decision.

“I don’t care if the Bible says, ‘Gay people suck,’” he says. “I have lots of things I disagree with about the Bible.”

Note: hundreds of people have left over relaxing view of LGBTQ people. Aren’t they supposed to “love everyone” because “Jesus” told them to?  Of course not. Because “he” never “said” that.

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Anyways, while his opinion of gays has changed, Pastor Meeks still believes gay people will go to hell.  He’s just decided to be nicer about it so they’ll follow his god’s laws.  Those laws that say:  here’s how to hate and fear everyone who isn’t you, here’s what you eat, here’s when to eat it, here’s what to wear and how to make it, here’s what to grow and and how to grow it, here’s how to slaughter animals to a specific god and for a variety of reasons, and here are all the animals and people you have to hate.

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The shitheels writing the Books of Moses while pretending to be Moses were seriously fucked up dudes.  Why am I saying “dudes”?  Because there are four different sources to those books of Moses (documents called “J”, “E”, “P”, and “D”) and those people writing them did so several hundred years after those so-called events happened and they wrote different versions of the same events.

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Regardless, we still the problem in believing in a book that has cost MILLIONS of lives, and that’s a low number, especially if you take seriously all the tribes that “Israel” slaughtered for no other reason than a) they had nothing better to do/felt threatened for no good reason, or b) this so-called god told them to do it. That so-called god of the Old Testament murdered millions by flooding the entire planet because he suddenly got a bug up his ass for those millions not worshipping him. Well, if he was really a GOD, then he simply could have changed everyone’s minds instead of pointlessly slaughtering them. Which goes to show you how spectacularly fictional the Old Testament is.
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Humans have this need to make sense and meaning out of their lives and basic Pagan religion is the result.  On the other hand, “Religions” based on the Pentateuch/Torah/Qu’ran/New Testament are based on books whose authors were nothing more than authoritarian nutjobs equal to Jim Jones.
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Buddha is the exception, but combine Buddhism with authoritarian regimes (pre-1960s China, Far East countries like Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, etc., ancient Japan) and voila, murder. Hinduism is an offshoot of Buddhism (determined by archaeological study of migration patterns) which turned into a polytheistic religion, but Mahatma Gandhi was forced to fight for the right to live independent lives and the reason that happened was due to British colonialism, and other countries pulled the same shit due to an authoritarian belief which centered on following the “corrected” Bible, which “told” them to convert every single non-believer.

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(I should also add that “Pagan”, Hindu, and Buddhist “religions” don’t feel the need to “convert” non-Pagans/Hindus/Buddhists.)

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Currently, we in the U.S. have factions who are ready, willing, and able to slaughter tens of thousands of lives (particularly black and gay) and they “blame” (my word) their need to do this because the Bible tells them to do it. Well, pardon me, but …


a) Christians have nothing whatsoever to do with the Old Testament so whomever they’re following to justify killing gays, it isn’t Jesus.
b) Christians are confused because they don’t know who to worship: Jesus or Yahweh/Elohim/Jehovah. In order to call yourself a Christian, you HAVE TO pick Jesus.
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Every single book in the Bible/Torah/Qu’ran is vehemently anti-woman. To single out half the human race for slavery and oppression is a heinous act and deserves no respect. Period.

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So while this pastor aims to be a bit more egalitarian toward his fellow humans, he still follows a book that subscribes to murder, rape, and slavery.  I’d admire him more if he chose to be an atheist in order to treat everyone as he would like to be treated.

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Lastly, does my being Wiccan say I’m a hypocrite?  No.  What I believe is for me alone.  I despise those who oppress and enslave and murder and I try not to do the same to others.  Does that mean that my “goddess” is no more real than the authoritarian male gods?  Yes.  She is simply my interpretation of nature, which rules all.  And you cannot deny that nature rules us all without looking like a complete moron.

UN Whistleblowing

Kathryn Bolkovac (and Wiki’s article)

Remember all those news stories about UN Peacekeepers committing rape and murder and involved in sex trafficking during the 90s and 2000s?  No?

I do.  You perhaps do not.  Why?

Because

a)  Peacekeepers are immune from prosecution.
b)  Military Industrial Complex will lose money if their private contractors are held responsible.
c)  The victims are women and girls.  Who gives a shit about them?
d)  The Academy of Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) refused to accept this film as a nomination for Best Picture.  If they had, more attention and subsequent worldwide outrage would have been achieved.  However, there are financiers who are involved in “Hollywood” (Steve Mnuchin anyone? He financed a lot of movies, including Jurassic World–and the MFer is now in charge of our treasury) who also have a stake in sex trafficking’s money-making operations and they aren’t about to risk a light shone in their direction.

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e)  Barack Obama​ was directly responsible for criminalizing whistleblowing, despite a law that protects them.  Because of his influence, The Whistleblower was forcibly downgraded as an inferior film that no one should believe.

Because the Military Industrial Complex is so vast and corrupt, it is impossible for the UN to change, to remove immunity for criminals under their direct authority, and for their internal investigative efforts to achieve SQUAT.  When they breathe fire and aggressively condemn a country for human rights abuses, tell them that they’re no better than a contaminated government whose hands are dripping blood.

Enough With The Anti-PC

Have you seen this bullshit?

‘Devil’s Advocate Boy’ Statue Erected On Wall Street Next To ‘Fearless Girl’

The plaque at his feet reads, “American women have access to the greatest opportunities in the world, in case you didn’t know. What? Not everyone knows that.”

No, we don’t.  And it’s just like this sexist prick to think otherwise.  Why?  Because they feel threatened.  They have such low self-esteem, such low self-confidence, but it’s coupled with a bizarre arrogance that lets them think that it’s okay to hate women again.

WTF is up with that?  Answer:  Snowflake Backlash.

For the past 20 years or so, there’s been this backlash about Political Correctness. People who have no problems with PC hear it and they don’t pay attention. WHY?
Let’s be clear about something. “Political Correctness” is a term created by bigots, sexists/misogynists, racists, and other hate mongers. It wasn’t created by we rational thinkers who prefer not to denigrate or outright hate “the other”, those groups we’re not a part of.

This PC complaint is about haters who WANT to hate and are sick and tired of not being able to. Oh, you poor little snowflakes. You can’t use the N-word anymore. You can’t sexually harass a woman. You can’t tell women to go make you a sandwich or get in the kitchen or lie down and take it. Poor you. You can’t call people spicks or chinks or any other ethnic slur. Poor you. And fuck you, you backward troglodyte. You are now “the other” and you don’t like it. Boo fucking hoo.

Yes, there’s such a thing as being “too” PC, where some have overreacted to being slighted in some way that’s gone too far. You need your space, your safe space, and that’s okay. But don’t fuck it up for the real reason for political correctness: To stop hatred.
Bill Maher created a show called Politically Incorrect. Despite his being a pot head and part-time liberal, he’s a special little snowflake who goes way overboard when it comes to giving anti-PC folks a chance to air their grievances. And now in his new season on HBO’s “Real Time”, he’s taken things further just to get attention. To be talked about. Well, congrats, asshole. You’ve just dumbed down America.

Haters do NOT get a voice anymore–except for the bullshit election that’s once again given them that voice! That was the whole problem to begin with! Don’t you assholes see that? I’m guessing not. “He tells it like it is.” You mean he’s a soul-sucking demon who gets to shit all over everyone while stealing your wallet? Oh, that’s supposed to be okay again?

Stop being so anti-PC. There’s a reason why we’re supposed to evolve and get past *irrational* hatred. Hate the murderers, the rapists, the demagogues, the KKK, the Nazis, the corrupt. Hate the haters. Don’t fall into the trap of accepting everyone because that condones the crap. It’s fine to want to stop hatred, but be specific, not all-inclusive. Hate has its uses as long as it doesn’t return to old habits–and unfortunately, it has.

The Major Players in GoT

When you read or watch Game of Thrones for the first time, the one thing that stands out starkly in nearly every scene, plot, game, and relationship is the fact that this world is violently, virulently, and catastrophically misogynistic.  Women are property.  They’re either someone’s wife, daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter, priestess, … and whore or slave.  Queens are at the whim of the Kings.  It is rare that a woman is in charge or has stepped into a role starkly (no pun) reserved for men.

But over time, by the end of the sixth season and in that wonderful climax, the male leadership has severely diminished and women have taken command.

I have yet to see anyone in any “overall” review (and I admit I haven’t read nearly as much as is out there) of Game of Thrones where anyone has even noticed this change, this switch.

I find it extremely gratifying.  I nearly turned the damn thing off after the first six episodes, but I kept hearing things so I gave it chance.  I’m glad I did.

There are, of course, a lot of changes that have occurred during the book-to-screen transition, as is par for the course.  If Stephen King’s “The Stand” or “IT” were to be filmed again, and properly, they would a) be rated severe-R, and b) take nearly as long to tell as Game of Thrones.  And even that said, there’s a bit of stuff HBO’s GoT has left out.

ASIDE:  There is one excessively severe screen “adaptation” that I am extremely thankful for:  Tyrion Lannister.  In the books, he’s a caricature, a stereotypically bad joke relegated to a circus performer when he’s captured and sold as a slave, forced to perform like those sad bastards at Joffrey’s wedding feast.  By the end of the 5th book, he’s nowhere near Daenerys or even in any shape to escape.  There’s no Varys, no Jorah.  Thank you, producers, for making that change.

There are, IMO, five major players at the end of season 6.

  1. Daenerys
  2. Sansa
  3. Arya
  4. Cersei
  5. Ellaria

While it’s arguable that Ellaria is one of them, she’s in a leadership role.  Arya isn’t, except that she’s captain of her own destiny who’s become a revenge assassin–which I adore–but I think she’s a major player because she’s changing the political landscape of everyone else.  I think it would be *awesome* if she does indeed murder Cersei.  While Elena Tyrell is the leader of her family–by the fact that she’s now the only surviving member of the top tier Tyrells–she’s not really in a position to jockey for the Queen of Westeros.  The rest of the women are–even if it’s really only a contest between Daenerys and Cersei.

I left out Brienne of Tarth because she’s still in a subordinate role, despite being a badass.  Some would argue that Sansa is still in a subordinate role under her half-brother (which he isn’t) Jon because he’s now King of the North, she’s also the Lady of Winterfell and a pure blood.  It isn’t likely that Jon will get the Stark name and it isn’t likely that Bran will take over because he’s now, permanently, the Three-Eyed Raven.

The series began with a five-way battle for King of Westeros.  It’s ended in a two-way battle for *Queen* between Daenerys and Cersei.  Two women who are miles apart in character and temperament.  It’s ironic that though the Targaryens have this insanity trait in the family, it’s conceivable that Cersei, a Lannister, has gone mad.  Her power-hungry personality makes her hated, and she’s the complete opposite of her Targaryen counterpart.

No matter how the remaining two seasons play out, equality is well on its way to the world of Game of Thrones.  Providing the men don’t screw it up and the other women don’t find their backbones.