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Re: Gender issues Great article that we can all agree on.

As a possible antidote to some of the hard words exchanged on DU these days surrounding "misogyny" and "white male privilege," here's an article that I hope will show us that we're really all (well, almost all, heh) on the same side here.

http://lettersfromthevineyard.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/yes-all-men/

All of which is to say that for men shocked and appalled by the deluge of women’s stories of their abuse by men, there is an opportunity here to take a hard look at ourselves and the ways we might contribute to this structure that we have been thrown into. No matter how well we were raised to be good boys and men (and many of us were simply not), and no matter that we are not one of those men luring a young girl over to a shadowy corner to expose ourselves, or threatening a woman’s life because she didn’t sexually capitulate, or any one of the other horror stories women have lived, the fact is that none of us escaped this structure of man-making, even if we did not become a monster because of it. We unconsciously do or say things to make women and girls uncomfortable. And more often than we’d like to admit we very likely consciously do or think things that are misogynistic in some way–from unequal participation in domestic life, to supporting sons over daughters, to unequal or inappropriate relations with female co-workers or friends, to pornographic preferences for womens’ appearance and sexual behavior, and much more.

The stories and structures that have often informed us how to be men with women are, of course, all-encompassing and powerful, and have been with us for a long, long time. But we are lying to ourselves if we believe that we have wholly escaped them and live a narrative outside of other men. Feminism at its core is not a gradual, civilized response of dialogue and discourse, inviting men and women to take women seriously as fully human, so much as it is an organized, last ditch all-out revolution to stop the crushing tide of a genuine human catastrophe where nearly every woman ever born is a casualty in some fashion. As men, it’s simply not possible to not be complicit in some way in this tragedy, if merely for the reason that these damning structures have given us our identities and told us how to live, move, and have our being.

And while we cannot choose how we were thrown into this world, a determined stance of self-awareness of this throwness and personal repentance can begin to turn the tide. We cannot be condemned for enacting roles that were given to us and that we played before we knew otherwise; and we certainly should not feel shame for being something (men) we cannot be otherwise. But we are condemned for any refusal to respond to the call of thousands upon thousands of these voices–that men did this, not aliens or genetic human mutations, but men, and thus to look inwardly and examine ourselves in the light of this suffering, not simply point fingers at others as a minority of exceptional warped sociopaths. They were spun out of the same system we were and are therefore extreme symptoms of a disease that touches all of us.

(More at link)
Posted by Damansarajaya | Thu May 29, 2014, 03:36 PM (5 replies)

Pope’s Upcoming Visit to Holy Land Marred By Attacks on Churches

Source: Time Magazine

Israeli officials blame Jewish extremists for the surge in anti-Christian vandalism

As the Israeli government prepares to welcome Pope Francis on his first visit as Pope later this month, vandals have scrawled hate-filled graffiti at some Christian sites. “Jesus is garbage,” “Death to Christians” and “We will crucify you” are among the messages that have been spray-painted on the walls of Christian churches and monasteries in Israel in recent weeks.

Although no arrests have been made, Israeli officials say they suspect Jewish extremists of being behind the vandalism. Israeli officials link the surge to the Pope’s visit, which appears to have ignited resentment toward Christianity by some Israeli Jews. A small minority of Israeli Jews blames Christians for past violence by Christians against Jews and for what they perceive as ongoing attempts to convert Jews to Christianity.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said most of the perpetrators act individually: “It’s not like dealing with a terror organization.”

Pope Francis’ three-day visit starts in Jordan on May 24. He then travels to Bethlehem in the West Bank, and Jerusalem, where he will visit Yad Vashem, the museum commemorating victims of the Holocaust. The trip was scheduled to commemorate the 50th anniversary of rapprochement between Pope Paul VI and the leader of the Orthodox Christian church. Publicity over the church attacks – not seen before previous papal visits – has some Israelis asking why it’s happening now. “The question to ask is what kind of Israeli state do we want here? Our educational challenge is to promote respect to the other,” says Amnon Ramon, a specialist on Christianity at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, an independent think tank.

Read more: http://time.com/101785/popes-upcoming-visit-to-holy-land-marred-by-attacks-on-churches/



It's good that this kind of blatant Zionist discrimination against Christians is finally getting the press it deserves. Although the Islamic Palestinians bore the brunt of the Zionist terror against them--stealing their land, walling off their villages, killing at will, bulldozing their houses--the 10 to 15 percent of Palestinians still adhering to the Christian faith often had to endure the same fate.

Cf., Elias Chacour's book, _Blood Brothers_.

The ultimate irony is that fundamentalist churches here in the US have been an unstinting ally for the Zionist state, oblivious to how people of their own faith are treated there.
Posted by Damansarajaya | Mon May 19, 2014, 04:24 PM (21 replies)

Surprise! 'Pro-business' policies hurt state economic growth

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-surprise-probusiness-20140506-column.html

As Menzie Chinn of the University of Wisconsin has now shown, the problem is that pro-business policies don't really contribute to economic growth. They just make the rich richer, which is not the same thing at all.


. . . .

does a high ALEC ranking translate into high growth? That's the question Chinn asked. He started by measuring private nonfarm job growth in four states--California, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Minnesota--dating to January 2011, when all four got new governors. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Sam Brownback of Kansas were extremely ALEC-friendly, Jerry Brown of California and Mark Dayton of Minnesota were not.

Here's what he found, in a nutshell: "Kansas and Wisconsin, ranked 15th and 17th in terms of the ALEC-Laffer Economic Outlook Rankings, are doing equally badly relative to US employment growth. In contrast, Minnesota (ranked 46th) is outperforming the United States and those two states...What about California? It is ranked 47th by ALEC-Laffer, and yet is doing the best in terms of employment amongst the four states." Chinn's graph of the four states' job growth accompanies this post.


As he observes, the most radical pro-ALEC governor is Walker, whose tax-cutting and anti-union zeal has propelled him into the race for the GOP Presidential nomination for 2016. His state's economic performance has been dismal, as ALEC's own figures show.
Posted by Damansarajaya | Wed May 14, 2014, 05:13 PM (6 replies)

Who is this Glenn Greenwald guy?

ROBERT Greenwald I've heard of. He's made documentaries on Wal-Mart, Fox News, and the Koch Bros.

But I never heard of GLENN Greenwald until I started reading DU. What's all the whoop?
Posted by Damansarajaya | Sat May 10, 2014, 10:59 AM (37 replies)

Historic planting of Colorado’s first state regulated industrial hemp crop

http://kunc.org/post/colorado-hemp-growers-begin-historic-planting-season

An historic planting of Colorado’s first state regulated industrial hemp crop is underway. More than 70 applications to grow the towering cousin of marijuana have come in to the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Hemp plants look similar to marijuana because of their leaf shape, but the plant lacks the intoxicating chemical compound THC. It’s instead grown for its fiber and oil.

Hemp seeds increasingly are being included in cereals, granola bars and protein powders. Hemp oil shows up in personal hygiene products like lotions and salves. The plant’s fibers can be processed into clothing, rope, even automobile interior fabric.

Because the plant is still illegal at the federal level, Colorado law requires growers register with the state. Hemp’s been receiving considerable hype since voters approved its cultivation along with recreational marijuana in 2012. Proponents call it a “miracle crop,” able to withstand drought conditions and with probable untapped market potential.

(more at link)
Posted by Damansarajaya | Mon May 5, 2014, 06:48 PM (5 replies)
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