Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I've Apparently Hit the End of the Internet

It's a new day, and I've run out of sites to see. I'm bored with my usual, have MUCHO work to do, preparing for my trip tomorrow, and really need to get moving.

So, I'm going to be offline for a few days. IF I find the time, I MAY write, and schedule a few posts - probably short - for the next week.

I want to be able to:

  1. Finish the revisions
  2. Plan out the next book, before NaNoWriMo starts. Shockingly, it's less than 2 weeks away.


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A Round-Up of News and Miscellany

I've been wandering around the web working VERY hard, honest. And, I've somehow managed to find some interesting links:

Sharyl Atkinson's new book - The Smear (with a much longer subtitle that I don't want to bother about right now).

The reviews I've seen are good. I'm on the wait list for an e-copy at my library. I have reading a-plenty for my trip to Cleveland this week (mostly family-related). I've checked out some of D'Souza's works, including his most recent, Stealing America.

I saw a 3-part interview with Bill Whittle, and it was riveting. Here is a link to the first part.

The Progressive Media Meltdown continues.

You may not have been aware of it, but - did you realize that you Deplorables are just not Smart Enough for the Progressive Stars? They don't want you in their audience, and have said so.

Naturally, this means that you will be limited to Pat Boone records and Hee-Haw re-runs, because you will have no other choice. Until you cave in, and abandon Trump and his allies.

Because, there are NO alternatives to them.

Oh, really?

Where's Waldo? has nothing on this guy.

The LEAST lucrative college majors. Mine was worse - History. Fortunately, I had a husband who advised me to minor in a subject that I also liked - Science - with my coursework being spread out sufficiently to qualify me to teach General Science. I later took more Chemistry and Physics courses, which led me to teach those subjects.

One caveat: I majored in History, but my specialty was analysis of quantitative data, which I did well enough that a professor had me assist him in a class teaching students about databases and quantitative analysis. I was the tech assistant, and learned both dBase and SPSS.

That was quite useful to me, as I was able to get several jobs with that expertise.

Valedictorians - not as successful as you might think. It's one of those things that drive women CRAZY (OK, crazier). They often get better grades than the guys, yet see those same men stepping into better jobs, promotions, and success.

The ONLY possible explanation is that the system is rigged, right?

Wrong, as the video explains. Success at the highest levels is often tied to breaking the rules, which is NOT a trait that will mesh with high grades.

Another trait of many men that succeed - especially those joining frats - is high social intelligence - People Smarts, as it has been called. The more daring, the more adventurous, and the more willing to break rules a guy is, the more he is admired by the brothers.

In contrast, sororities are all about conformity, not opposing the other sisters, and not getting too much attention.

YES! The  Russians WERE bribing American politicians!

And, finally, just one more Weinstein story - from someone who saw, and didn't speak out. He admits his complicity in keeping quiet, but says that the full story wasn't known at the time.

He challenges all the people who knew about this to come forward, and - maybe - make up for their past ignoring the problem.

Expect a stampede of confessions from those who fear being outed for their 'playing dumb'.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Why Harvey's Victims Didn't Talk - And, Why I Didn't

One reason that women hesitate to bring these sexual harassment incidents to public attention is that they know the world will judge THEM for it happening.

Like it's their fault, as Donna Karan said (and, later, semi-retracted):
Karan, who is also a friend of Weinstein’s, told the Daily Mail that he was “wonderful”.
Karan said women must consider if the way they dress suggests they are “asking for it”.
“I think we have to look at ourselves,” she said on the red carpet at the CinéFashion film awards in Los Angeles.
“Obviously, the treatment of women all over the world is something that has always had to be identified. Certainly in the country of Haiti where I work, in Africa, in the developing world, it’s been a hard time for women.
“I also think how do we display ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking? Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?”
Karan said women who dressed provocatively were asking for trouble.
“You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they are asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble.”
While her point about unnecessary body exposure has SOME merit (I do think that women in the workplace should display no more cleavage than the average man does in business settings), the fact is, women in the entertainment industry and many service jobs haven't the control over how much skin they want to show. Either they are required to wear uniforms, or they are given specific instructions or the actual clothing (as, in the case of Weinstein, whose wife dressed many of the women).

It's generally expected that they will display cleavage and legs, and wear their clothing fitted VERY tightly.

That is the standard. And, because it's the standard, it should occasion no more attention than the co-workers in a pool give to the sight of a person in a swimsuit. Unremarkable, and not to be used as an excuse to hit on a person.

So, why didn't they leave immediately, or - failing that - run right to someone in authority, either at the company or the cops, to report this abuse?

ONE answer is that a few of them, having seen the choices, cynically decided to, at least, get something for their willingness to go along with the abuse and shut up. That something may have been money - there are at least 8 known payouts. That may have been career advancement, by getting parts or promotion of their work.

This leaves out a more common reason - that the woman, having been disrespected by a predator, tends to blame herself.

It happened to me.

I was working as a bartender. I was about 26 or 27, with a kid at home. I tried to dress in nice clothes, but I've never been all that interested in revealing outfits, even to enhance my tips. I dressed in slacks and non-revealing tops.

I worked there about 3 months. The bar was owned by a husband and wife. I knew her, and liked her. My husband had gone to high school with him, and knew his wife, as well.

He was a problem, almost from the beginning. I came to dread the days he would arrive near the end of my shift, to cash out the till (he and his wife shared that task). While he was there, he was fond of getting behind the bar, and managing to brush against my body as he walked around. This was in full view of the customers.

At first, I thought I was imagining his intent. I couldn't think why a man married to a REALLY pretty girl - better looking than I - would care about trying to hit on other women. I tried to avoid him as much as I could.

After a while, he upped his harassment. I would be cleaning tables and serving drinks, and he would grab me, and try to pull me into his lap. He would run his hands up and down my legs, while I tried to get away. He'd grab my arm, his fingers brushing oh-so accidentally against my breast.

I really needed that job. I tried to keep out of his way.

The final straw was when he started to make excuses to get me into the kitchen, out of sight of customers. I'd be cleaning up, and he'd be tending bar, and he'd say, "Go into the kitchen and make us a pizza." When I did, he come in and try to fondle me. Out of sight. With the music on loud, so anything I did would not be likely to be heard.

After 3 months trying to keep working, I gave up the effort. I quit, and did not return.

It was months before I told my husband why (I just mentioned the handsiness - I didn't tell him how frightened I'd become). When I did, he asked why I waited.

My only answer was that, at first I thought I was misinterpreting his intent. Later, I was embarrassed about my failure to stop him - like anything I said or did would have changed things. I didn't want to interfere with my husband's friendship with that guy.

I know, I know - naive, right? Should have walked out right away.

It's taken me until now to acknowledge that it wasn't my fault. That, by not saying something, acting on my outrage, I wasn't complicit in allowing him to continue.

I'm sure this wasn't the first time he took advantage of his position as the boss. Nor the last. But, I didn't know that - then.

Why am I talking about this now?

Because I want people reading this to put the Weinstein abuse in context. Many women could have been his victims. Including me, or other women you know. Maybe your daughter or wife. Or mother.

Many of them might have reacted as I did - blaming themselves and failing to take further action. Don't believe me?

Why don't you have the women in your life read this, and ask them if they personally experienced similar harassment, or know someone else who did? I'll bet you'll be surprised at the responses.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

There's a WHOLE Lot of Truth in This

First, my background:

I've known non-native residents in the US - both legal and illegal (mostly my students and/or their parents).

It's true that they generally aren't lazy and will work hard (those not involved in illegal pursuits, of course).

But, that's also true of many Americans.

So, why hire the illegals?

  1. They will work under-the-table. In fact, many of them prefer that - they get no access to benefits, such as Workers' Comp or collecting Social Security. So, why pay the money for a benefit they won't receive?
  2. They can be intimidated by threats of contacting the authorities - and I have an interesting suggestion on how to curb that further down.
  3. There are a lot of them, with few barriers to hiring, and few penalties for the boss if their status is discovered.
Note what he says about those who get displaced for the illegal workers. They COULD do the jobs, but they are rejected, because hiring them will put more demands/restrictions on the company.

If an American asks for time off to deal with a sick kid, you have to give it to her.

If an illegal worker does the same (assuming that she dares to), you tell her - show up, or you're fired.


My idea for eliminating egregious violations of alien hiring:

  • The FIRST time - warning and a fine
  • The SECOND time - fine and mandatory jail time for anyone involved
  • The THIRD time - strip the company employee/boss that made this possible of their citizenship, and deport them. I'm sure we can find a country that will accept them, in return for some aid.

See how THEY like being an illegal with no access to power, and no defense againse abuse.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

It's Not Harvey They're Afraid Of...

...it's all the others, who will blackball them and destroy their careers if they talk about his predation. Let's not sugar-coat it - those others helped Harvey cover it all up, because they were, themselves, not standing there with clean hands.

Sexual abuse in the entertainment industry is a poorly-kept secret. Open discussion of it is virtually NIL.

They might occasionally talk about "The Hollywood System" of the earlier years, and acknowledge that the Casting Couch was a vital part of making the careers of many actresses - and a few actors.

Once one of these guys has gotten past his money-making and star-making prime, they're fine with piling up on him, finally telling their stories of his abuses, in order to knock him off. They just don't do it until there's not an advantage in keeping their silence.

Some bravery. Some concern for women.

Here's another take on the current scandal, and how our liberalizing of acceptable morality has put women - and some men - in uncomfortable situations.

So, what is Washington's response - you know, the guys who were ALL OVER Trump for talking about it?

Nada. Zilch. Zip.

And, BTW, they aren't going to give back the money - instead, they will pass on a piddly little fraction of it to OTHER Progressive recipients.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Embracing the Pain

No, I'm NOT talking about 50 Shades of Grey-type pain.

I'm talking about NECESSARY pain - the pain that, over time, doesn't just tear you down, but builds you up.

I've done exercise programs in the past. My success has been directly linked to just one thing:
Would I endure past the immediate pain of muscle fatigue/sore muscles, or would I wimp out and quit?
That's it. That's 90% of the reason for any success or failure that I had. If I endured, I would lose weight and tone up.

If I quit, I would stay the same, or, even, deteriorate further.

At The Declination, Dystopic writes about the value of pain to humans.

Puerto is NOT just experiencing the problems caused by the recent hurricane. It is also experiencing the problems caused by their own government's corruption and incompetence. They have been given a lot of help - supplies and manpower. But, the island of Puerto Rico (ironically, the Rich Port) is - as a nation - mired in Poverty Thinking. All the money in the world will not lift them up, until they change their state of mind.

The people who invested in the island should NOT be bailed out - they should take a hosing. It's the price you pay for not keeping your eye on your investment, as well as not doing your due diligence during the background check on your borrowers.

Yet another reason NOT to just charge in and throw money around - it doesn't always get to those who need it, but is handed out to crooks.

Which states have the most food stamp recipients. Wonder no more.

An interesting article on welfare, and the numbers involved. The writers of the article come to different conclusions than I. One eye-popping stat is that 43% of the people receiving help had been collecting some form of aid for a LONG time:
Forty-three percent of people had been receiving benefits for 37 to 48 months. Roughly 30% had been on welfare for a year or less.
Some programs had more long-term participants than others. Nearly half of people receiving housing benefits had been getting them for three years or longer. In contrast, cash assistance was a short-term form of help for most, with just 10% of people receiving benefits for three years or more.
Another argument for the government getting out of the housing business.

More on how pain teaches life lessons.

That welfare lobster? NOT fake, according to Snopes. And, worse, not even consumed by the holder of the DBT card, but re-sold by her boyfriend.

More on welfare fraud - NOT an urban legend.

The kids may be learning from their parents' experience - Millennials may be better prepared for their retirement than first thought.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Liberating Videos From YouTube Censorship

There's a guy, Jeremy Kaufmann, who has created an application that allows you to get, and view, videos, without worrying about YouTube censorship.

Could it be used for porn?

Sure.

As well as a lot of videos that governments and Leftist institutions want to keep you from seeing.

Get the beta here.

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Please Respond to This by Sharing

Contact your Congressmen/Senators - ASAP. Let THEM put the pressure on the White House.

House Site

Senate Site

Oh, and SHARE this. Everywhere.


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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

By the Pricking of My Thumbs - Part II

I really wanted to put this issue to rest for a while, but the connections just keep popping up.

This is a full treatment of the corrupt and biased Holder DoJ. Please follow the links to other sites - you'll get a broader understanding of just how bad they really were.

I had a hard time not blowing my top when I read about Dobinsky, a lawyer who used her position as a party to confidential information - and whose job it was to make sure that it did not improperly get out and prejudice the jury pool - to use that access to smear the defendants and work to get them convicted.

But - that's Holder-town, Jake.
Every other Justice Department lawyer who blogged about their New Orleans case has been fired, except Dobinski.
This case, along with so many others, stinks of corrupt and unlawful actions. The DoJ needs to be reformed, from top to bottom. I have a suggestion for that:
  • Get a squad of computer geeks in - vet them BEFORE they are hired, to prevent unwittingly putting a Leftist in a place to alter information.
  • Go from office to office, taking the original computer hard drive and any flash memory from those offices. Leave a cloned hard drive behind. They can contact tech support to hook them up.
  • Have them work in teams of 3, with all of their actions recorded. Make sure that the 3rd person records EVERYTHING that is done on video.
  • Clone ALL computers in the building. For those computers that were in the possession of any employee, have them sign a paper that they have that computer, AND accompany them to get it.
  • Have a forensics team examine the computers for evidence of illegal/unethical activities. Again, ALL proceedings will be on video.
  • Inform all employees that want to get something off their chest about any illegal and/or unethical activities - including destruction of evidence of a crime or unethical action - that, IF they are truthful and provide evidence, they MAY escape prison time, if their involvement is not extensive, and is peripheral to the main actors. Only for the non-central players
  • Actually follow through, by preparing criminal cases against those found to be central. Those with more peripheral connections, may POSSIBLY save their jobs and pensions, IF they come totally clean. Those who stonewall, prosecute.


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Monday, October 02, 2017

Conservative Self-Education

I've said it before - if the only education you have is what you got in school, you're right where the Leftists want you to be.

The Ultimate Goal of Leftists everywhere is to gain power. That is made a LOT easier if the people they seek to rule over are ignorant. To that aim, BEFORE they completely take over, it's paramount to stupify - literally, to make stupid - the citizens.

Hence, the #FakeNews - which has become an open secret - just how slanted the MSM is, and how pervasive is their reach into the culture.

Just one example - the news about the Puerto Rican hurricane. The Leftists have promoted the idea that This Will Be Trump's Katrina! The Enlightening Expose of Incompetence that Will Bring Down Trump!

People: Jennifer Lopez - Progressive, Singer, Self-Promoter - will donate $1 million to aid. Sounds great, and very generous, too.

Not so fast. She has agreed to donate $1 million from "the proceeds of her Las Vegas show to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean."

What if the show doesn't make that much? Is that before or after she deducts for her catered food, masseuse, and other expenses? It's not like she cashed in some bonds, and took the amount out of her bank account. Will that donation be used to offset profit from the show, and reduce the tax bill.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Now, I'm SURE this was motivated strictly out of humanity on her part - the fact that President Trump already announced his donation to relief in Houston BEFORE she did is coincidental. The opportunity to blast Trump as uninterested in Puerto Rico's suffering is just too delicious to resist.

Another #FakeNews implosion!

OMZ! The Russians are stealing the election from HRC! Donald is allied with Russia!

Not.

Ace of Spades has loads more to tell you about the whole #TakeAKnee #FakeNews issue than I have time to write about - go there, and come back, enlightened.

Are you an adult? Measure yourself against this list, and decide.


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Sunday, October 01, 2017

Sunday Reflection - Inside the Sexual Revolution

My church, St. Anne, in Rock Hill, SC, purchased access to Formed - an app that provides mobile access to a variety of Catholic learning resources. As the digital platform is more popular with younger parishioners, this could be a way of helping them to form their thinking on Catholic topics.

I've already read the biography of Mother Dolores Hart, the nun that turned away from a successful movie career to enter the cloistered life. It wasn't what I expected, but was an amazing journey of a woman in Catholic vows during the transitional years after Vatican II.

If you've ever wondered how the relatively tame women's movement transformed into the radical feminism and abortion-promoting industry that exists today, Subverted, How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women's Movement, by Sue Browder, a former writer for Cosmopolitan, has the inside scoop. She was there at the start of it all, and has the perspective of how it has become so entrenched in American politics.

I started reading it yesterday, and had difficulty putting it down to go to sleep.

I'm also looking forward to the many other books in the FORMED program. One of the many problems with Catholic media is the price - as the market is limited, the price for individual books, movies, and CDs is often out of the budget of individuals. Libraries seldom have good, up-to-date Catholic resources. This program could be a great way to get more books and other media into the hands of the Catholics that want to read it - in the digital format that is beginning to be the standard form desired.

[UPDATE]

Since I first wrote this, there has been an unexpected development - Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, has died.

Few people under the age of forty can imagine the world that Hefner inhabited before his launch of the nudie mag. It was a world of stable marriages, almost-always married parents, and a sedate media.

Rock & Roll was viewed by many as unacceptably crude and vulgar, so much so, that the TV show Ozzie & Harriet dedicated some screen time to trying to make Rock look so gosh-darn American and wholesome. I doubt they could have predicted Woodstock, the perverse and drug-fueled orgies that too many in the field indulged in on the  road, the abuse of women, and media's attempt to normalize that behavior.

Hefner celebrated public nudity in his magazine, and licentious behavior in his Playboy mansion. Like most people, I had little knowledge of the behaviors indulged in by Hefner and his guests. So - hearing about Cosby's use of drugs to facilitate his sexual abuse was, for me, a shocking revelation.

The centerfolds led to expectations of nudity in film, to the extent that an actress who won't strip for the entertainment of her audience is likely to not be hired. If she is hired, she is expected to use a 'body double' - a woman who bares all, so that she can avoid having to. There is no longer a pretense that this is artistically necessary. It's frankly a commercial act.

There was a time, before Playboy, when that commercial act would have been looked down upon. As would the men and women involved.




This headline about STD's is misleading - it makes it sound as though over half the American population is infested with sexually-connected infections.

No, this shows the total number of infections, which a single person might have simultaneously. As the figures for individuals infected over the course of a year aren't given, expect them to be less sensationalistic.

A significant number of those infected are gay men. Back in the 1960's and 1970's, it was known that gay men were far more likely to have repeated, multiple exposure to STDs. That constant battle in their immune system made the early signs of AIDS easy to miss. The extent to which it contributed to the rise of AIDS is not, as far a I've read, known.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sports & Politics

Gee, who ever thought those two might be associated?

I was following a link, and found this, filled with information about Sterling's downfall. Might it have neatly be engineered by some mysterious person with some interest in getting the franchise?

Nah, that's silly - people NEVER engineer conspiracies for money, do they?

Check out the last 3-4 paragraphs.

More from that site - VERY good, worth reading. Not a sports nut (I prefer participatory sports, not spectator sports), but - I'm going to bookmark the site.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

By the Pricking of my Thumbs...

...something twisted this way comes. (Macbeth, Shakespeare)

FBI - what did they know, and when did they know it? Call in Director Wray for a Come-to-Jesus moment.

It's time We, the People, reigned in the would-be overlords in the 'intelligence' sectors. The HOW of their control is laid out here.

Why now? Because, for the first time in years, we have a President whose middle name could be I-Don't-Give-A-F*** - which puts him at a YUGE advantage with a cabal who modus operandi is: if you cross us, we will release every fact, dirty secret, smear, rumor, and out-right lie we have in our arsenal (the term arsenal is deliberate - they are an armed enemy of the rest of us).

OFF-TOPIC: Read this link about the Magnitsky Act - it is NOT about orphans, it is more complicated than that (as are many stories about Russia - still one of the most tortuously complex and intertwined political/social/cultural/familial systems on the planet).

NOTE: If you want to see topics trending, a very important part of that is the hashtags and labels. I'm going to start using them on every post, and, particularly when posting to Google+ and Twitter, I'm gong to make sure to use some selected ones, including:

#ObamaCorruption
#ObamaScandals
#HRCLies
#ClintonScandals

If we start marking them, it should have an effect on the likelihood of them being circulated.

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