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THE SCARF THAT SHRIEKS

MH June 13, 2014
Dear Execs of MSNBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, PUBLIC TELEVISION, etc:

If you are especially eager to "turn off" or enrage the American woman, do keep presenting, as commentators, females wearing the Muslim scarf.

It shrieks:
"I AM WOMAN, A SADLY INFERIOR CREATURE! I SURVIVE UNDER THE THUMBS OF MY MALE RELATIVES, NO MATTER HOW STUPID OR DEPRAVED THEY MAY BE!"

The scarf's message is so loud and intrusive that it obliterates whatever words these hair-shamed women may be trying to utter.

The symbol is first cousin to the yellow
marker forced upon Jews by a culture determined to demean, dominate or kill them.

Liberal media ought not be stroking a culture that demeans, male-dominates or kills women for being women.

I suggest, dear execs, that you un-shriek your commentators before putting them on camera.

Free women of the world will thank you.

Sincerely,
Marion Hunter

To some editor or other:

The better to see God, we remove the eyes of all our children who reach the age of twelve. (It's required by our holy book.) It's our religion, and the first Amendment of the Constitution protects this practice. (Freedom of religion. Yes!)

Occasionally a child sues, and the case reaches the Supreme Court. That often results in a narrowly defined compromise decision. We get to remove only one eye.

Sincerely,
Pastormam Joehamed, Church of the All Seeing God

PS: For Mayor of Los Angeles, vote for our COTAS candidate! (He's a one-eyed "moderate.")

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GET DUMBER WITH FOOTBALL


THE FOOTBALL RESEARCH KEEPS POURING FORTH. EVEN BOB COSTAS DOESN'T WANT YOUR SON TO PLAY THE GAME! (11/12/13)

ONE MAY WONDER WHY, IN MOST COMMUNITIES, TAX MONEY SUPPORTS AN ACTIVITY THAT CAUSES OUR KIDS TO...

EDUCATION/SPORTS RESEARCH
[Reprint from MH APRIL 2011]
Apparently, the $31,000 financing of Ichabod Crane high-school football was a big issue in the meeting of the Board of Education, as reported by Emilia Teasdale in the Columbia Paper (4/28/11).

This reader was struck by the fact that there seemed to be no one at that meeting who questioned the basic appropriateness of high-school football in light of recent studies of cognitive damage from the game.
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One study in particular indicates brain damage to most players—not just those with obvious concussions.

FRONTLINE summarized an interview with Tom Talavage regarding his neuralogical study:

“An associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University and co-director of the Purdue MRI Facility, Talavage authored a study [PDF] that found cognitive damage in high school football players who had not been diagnosed with a concussion.

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‘Nobody really expected to see this at the high school level,’ he tells FRONTLINE. ‘And we certainly didn't expect to see it throughout the season in such a large percentage of the players.’ This is the edited transcript of an interview conducted on March 1, 2011.”

Read more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/football-high/interviews/tom-talavage.html#ixzz1Ky22uN9i

Cognitive damage!

This study was also featured in a PBS special. Reports in Sports Illustrated, Slate, the N.Y.Times are available, with articles that describe long-term, football-related suicide and depression issues.
 
No doubt coaches and trainers take every precaution currently available to protect the safety of Ichabod Crane players, but this information should not be ignored.

If the facts about cognitive damage have not been refuted, no one should be in favor of allocating $31,000 to a school-sponsored program to make our local kids dumber!

  [April 2011] MH]

 

CONTRACEPT!

"Once again, we are reminded that men do not get pregnant.

Or corporations. We keep being told they're people, but if they were people who could reproduce, I guarantee you contraceptives would not only be free, there would be a tax break for taking them."

Gail Collins
NYT June 28, 2014

Contracept that Supreme Court before it reproduces!
MH
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Issue of the Century

MH September 14, 2013

The Economist (9/14/13) reports that there is a glimmer of hope for the women of India in spite of...

1) "In India, as elsewhere in Asia, attacks on women are often ignored."
2) "Murders continue of women who marry across caste or religious lines."
3) "...girls are valued less than boys."
4) "...Millions of female fetuses [are] aborted..."
5) "...millions more girls than boys... die in childhood, as a consequence either of violence or neglect and malnutrition."
6) "...acid attacks."

This glimmer is the result of a savage gang-rape/murder in Delhi last December. The populace begins to care?

THE WOMAN-HATING

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CULTURES OF THE WORLD MUST CHANGE! THIS IS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE OF THE CENTURY.
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Little Stories

BEHEADINGS, EGOS, GOD-FANTASIES, & FUKUYAMA

MH August 27, 2014

James Foley was an America journalist. His beheader, a British Islamist. (I guess that Brit's god likes beheadings, as he allows so many of them.)

The Islamist message seems to be...
"Take that, you rich, technologically advanced, democratic
peoples, you! You think Islamists have a backward, savage,
ignorant culture? We'll show you "backward, savage, and
ignorant!' For our god, and for some (many?) of our males,
demeaning or brutalizing our own females is simply not
enough thymos-satisfaction. Some cutting-off of body parts
is required. Severed heads will demonstrate our
superiority and teach you Westerners a lesson! (Our clitoral
cutting certainly is instructive to our women.)"

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How little that culture understands the West! They hope to make us tremble. Instead, they rouse the thing they hate most: our contempt.

Back in the nineties Francis Fukuyama created lots of academic talk about a universal history--one that would suggest a long, if bumpy pattern of progress toward liberal democracy and human freedom. (Two books and some articles later, he brilliantly perseveres.)

Along the way, he takes note of the Christian notion of humans as equals in the eyes of a god.

The magical-god thing seems to be fading (except with the brainwashed, the gullible, or the schizophrenic); but the equality notion may have legs if it can just get glued on to liberal democracy. (Liberal democracy being "the end of history," as Francis has defined it).

Still, we must contend with over-thymosed male egos and god-fantasies.

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A VERY SAD TALE

MH November 17, 2015

Once upon a time there was a nation called Democratus. Though it was a far-from-perfect place for human beings to live, it was very advanced in technological accomplishments, and it existed within a group of advanced nations loosely called Westciv.

With varying degrees of success, Democratus leaders struggled to afford all humans in their nation an equal chance at long, prosperous, and interesting lives.

Also on the planet existed a culture of a few billion humans who called themselves Allists. The Allists were convinced that all humans must obey some rules that their ancestors had written centuries before--rules as interpreted and enforced by their current male religionists.

The world-view of this culture included "OF the male religionists, BY the male religionists, and FOR the male religionists." (Some Democrati supected that, for many Allists, the religion thing was pap for their masses and a thin disguise for their own lust for power. But perhaps these doubters were unduly cynical.)

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Democrati prided themselves on their tolerance, including generous amounts of it bestowed upon ignorance, violence, and silliness. Allists who came to live in Democratus would surely assimilate, be reasonable, and democratize, they thought.

But alas, Allists had no intention of assimilating, reasoning, or democratizing. Slowly, their reproduction and infiltration began to be evident in votes. Making use of Democratus-style principles, immigrant Allists began to vote away the rights of women and nonbelievers. Allist penitration was turning into political power.

Tolerant nations followed their wonderful democratic principles for a long time, blithely ignoring the odd possibility that hard-won democracy itself could be "voted" out of existence.

We don't really know much about ancient Democratus because its name was changed, and the study of history was replaced with the study of religious texts (males only, of course, as women must remain "modest" and preferably lliterate.)

Westciv is nearly forgotton, but a few people like me secretly search for its history and long for its return.

THE END.

Syria Flummoxes the World; However...

MH September 5, 2013

What to do about nerve-gas attacks on the people of Syria? The world seems to be offered a choice between a backward, benighted, brutal Assad dictatorship and a backward, benighted, brutal Islam.*

Anything that slightly-more-civilized countries do to tip the balance between evil X and evil Y promises ugly consequences.

Slightly-more-civilized countries may choose not to choose.

However, it is crucial to note that Assad is/was probably not out to rule the world. His brutality is/was geographically circumscribed.

Islamists, on the other hand, are on the march as only a culture/religion smarting from its relative powerlessness--coupled with rabid religious/cultural sureties--can be.

Like those master-race folks of WWII, Islamists aim to rule the planet. And don't you underestimate their youthful vigor, their passion for their superstition, and their eagerness to do violence in its name.

History may see our current dilemma about Syria as a mere blip in the big drama of the century: Islam vs. Western civilization.

Are we prepared for it?

(Of course, if aliens come warring from outer space....)
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* If there are "moderate" Muslims out there, let them stand and be counted. At present they are mute and invisible.

It's a Gass.

April 7, 2016
"I began to realize that evil actually was ignorance--ignorance chosen and cultivated--as he [Plato] and Socrates had so passionately taught; that most beliefs were bunkum, and that the removal of bad belief was as important to a mind as a cancer's excision was to the body it imperiled."

William Gass
The Tunnel
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Pope Retirement Questions

MH March 16, 2013

(THE POWER-DRENCHED, GRISLY HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS GREATLY AT ODDS WITH THE DISNEYESQUE, RED AND GOLD MEDIA CIRCUS SURROUNDING A 2013 POPE.)

MH February 28, 2013

As we watch Benedict, the reluctant ex-Pope of 2013 swooping off in a white helicopter to a luxurious, if muzzled and obedient retirement, perhaps some simple questions are in order:

Wouldn't humanity be infinitely more grateful if Benedict had used his "infallibility" to retire the whole shebang and put the Vatican on the market? Or perhaps he could have ceded the real estate to an economically starved Italy. He might even have turned its billions over to the more grounded Catholic Charities who could use it to relieve the desperately poor.

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With the Vatican on the market, how many of the world's potentially Catholic children might Benedict have saved from the traditional brainwashing? How many adults would have been eased away from their addiction to magical theology? (This addiction is a sorry condition which religionists share with lovers of magical-television-plots, astrologers, Republicans, and California psychics.)
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Wouldn't many of the ex-priests love to be free to get into therapy and get right with their sexuality?

Wouldn't scientists be thrilled to get off the stage opposite religionists? (You know how weary they are of that.)

Wouldn't politicians love to stop publicly bowing, scraping, ring-kissing, and honoring the cross only with fingers behind their backs?

Wouldn't women of Catholicism love to escape from the church's particular brand of misogyny?
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Of course, we all know some super-decent Catholics--people who behave with extraordinary goodness. Their goodness is nominally connected to their religion--until you realize that extraordinarily decent athiests are probably just as numerous.

The power-seeking, authoritarianism and corruption in religious leadership is not mitigated by those individuals. (Without checks and balances, all authoritarians become corrupt.)

I pick on Catholicism only because the current media is regurgitating hours of theater regarding the election of a new Pope. Actually, all superstitious "faiths" are in the same retiring helicopter. But at the moment, it is this particular religion (with its expensive costumes, crowns, art, and other worldly riches) that is an irresistible target.
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With a new Benedict or Paul or John, Catholics will undoubtedly limp on for some decades--or even centuries; but face it, guys: basically it's over. Only the disingenuous, the ignorant, and the gullible are yours to exploit.

Another magical religion, Islam, now rises to race with anti-religionism. Fortunately for the advance of civilizatiion, most magical theologies seem to be burning out.

Please, homo sapiens, do the sapiens thing and pick some ethical humanism from the ashes--and retire the rest.
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RAPE & DEATH

MH December 2011

 She "saw her best friend buried in the sand, up to her neck. Her friend had made the mistake of refusing to marry a Shahab commander. Now she is about to get her head bashed in, rock by rock."

Later, that witness...
"Five militants burst into her hut, pinned her down and gang-raped her...."
  Jeffrey Gettleman
  NY Times, 12/29/11

It is interesting that the "community of nations" recently rushed to defend the political rights of Libyans; yet the bashed, raped, and murdered women of the world have difficulty even denting the TV news cycle.

Republican clowns in Iowa (with their own versions of the war-on-women) are somehow more important.
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MALIGNANT INFECTIONS

MH August 28, 2013

Religionist Jim Jones convinced hundreds of "faithful" followers to drink the kool aid and die.

Richard Dawkins asks, "Given such prodigious credulity, can anyone doubt that human minds are ripe for malignant infection?"

Please someone tell me why the science-deniers and birthers and gay-haters and female-devaluers and killers-for-religion and killers-for-profit are not "malignantly infected."

We humans are good, "faithful" learners. Unfortunately, we learn trash as easily as treasure.
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MH, June 2013

Oxford University Science Professsor Richard Dawkins loved the print ad that a TV station created for his anti-religion documentary.

It pictured a Manhattan skyline with the caption "Imagine a world without religion." The connection? The twin towers were conspicuously present.
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"When on person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion, it is called religion."

Robert Persig 2006

(And we thought the Holocaust was the most horrific example of human violence against humans!)
 

BEING FEMALE IS DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH?

  MH 2011
"It appears that more girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the battles of the twentieth century. More girls are killed in the routine

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'gendercide' in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the twentieth century."

HALF THE SKY by Kristof and WuDunn,
Vintage Books 2009

 

The Liberal State is Destined to Perish. (!)

MH January 2014

"The liberal state is destined to perish."

Sounds like Ted Cruz? Rand Paul? No, it was Mussolini, 1932. (See MH review of Ira Katznelson's new book Fear Itself on the Book Reviews page.)

In the 1930s Congress was held hostage by our southern legislators. FDR's agenda could rescue the country from the Great Depression only if everyone turned a blind eye to racism and lynchings. Nothing could pass without southern votes.
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In 1938, the first civil rights bill had an overwhelming number of supporting votes--but was killed by a filibuster.

Not much in the realm of congressional hostage-taking has changed, it seems.

Obviously there are procedural glitches in our governance. No Tea-Party rear end should be able to wag the congressional dog.

It looks as if our task is to find alternatives to the filibuster and to gerrymandering.

For years, I have (half jokingly) entertained the wish that Lincoln had let the South secede. Lately there is less joke and more wishful fantasy:
The red states secede. U.S. Blue welcomes all
their despised populations: African Americans,
Latinos, gays, atheists, scientists, and women.
( I wonder how the Reds will like it when women
move out in droves.) U.S. Blue leans
Scandinavian-left-liberal. (You know: healthcare
for all, top-notch education, little poverty, lots of
innovation, lots of revived infrastructure, etc.)

Ah well.
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Egyptian Women Savaged.

  MH December 21, 2011
Video images out of Egypt on December 20, 2011 show groups of military men with sticks vigorously beating two women protesters who lay cowering on the ground, writhing in pain or trying to fend off blows that were repeated, and repeated, and repeated. Women in particular were targeted, we are told.

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When male arms tired, kicks to the torso were enjoyed and clothing was stripped--the better to humiliate and give pain directly to flesh. At one point a man jumped in the air in order to stomp on the woman with both feet.
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Toward the end of the video, the savages strolled slowly away like gourmands after a good meal. Someone tried unsuccessfully to raise one of the women to her feet. Her body drooped and her head lolled in obvious unconsciousness.

The rage and relish obvious in these vicious behaviors speak volumes about the military culture--or is it about Middle Eastern male culture and its hatred (fear?) of its own women?

One is reminded of the beatings of black protestors during the civil rights movement. What is this need to hurt, humiiiate, and repress? And where are the new abolitionists that the world so desperately needs? Will no one fight for repressed and brutalized women of the world?
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