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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Float Away

Ha, ha, ha...gotta share.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Don't Be Denied



Here's a link round up of what I've been reading.  As usual, I am drawn toward  news about our food and our environment  and a few good news stories that don't get emphasized enough, such as the fact that the deficit is falling fast or the news that Native Tribes' protests over illegal use of their land by the government and corporate forces can be successful and are not a waste of time.  As Noam and  Howard have told us, when we get together in mass and protest, it works.  When we become sour, bitter and defeated we give up and the 1% win.  We can't let that happen, not for our grandchildren's sake.  Laughing at the 1%'s  propagandist nonsense helps too!

The Deficit Fell Faster Last Year Than Any Since The End Of World War II
    "The deficit may be falling, but hardship isn’t necessarily following suit. Unemployment still stands at 6.6 percent, and the long-term unemployed make up nearly 40 percent of that figure, yet Republicans let their benefits lapse over concerns that it would cost too much to extend them. Incomes have been stagnant or falling, making it hard for many to make ends meet, but Congress reduced food stamps twice and welfare benefits are quickly losing value."
      "English actor Patrick Stewart appeared on The Colbert Report Monday to lampoon the ongoing series of fake Obamacare horror stories."
     "Speaking about the new labels, Mrs. Obama said that, "Our guiding principle here is very simple, that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf and be able to tell whether it's good for your family."  Mrs. Obama is absolutely right. We have the right to know what's in the food that we eat, and if it's actually healthy for us.  But to achieve that goal, we need to go beyond a new nutrition facts label, and start labeling ALL of the things that are in the foods that we eat."
     "To hear the pesticide and junk food marketers of the world tell it, anyone who questions the value, legitimacy or safety of GMO crops is naïve, anti-science and irrational to the point of hysteria.  But how long can Monsanto ignore the mounting actual scientific evidence that their technology is not only failing to live up to its promises, it’s putting public health at risk?"
     "Last year Canada was swept by the aboriginal-led Idle No More protest movement, building on years of aboriginal struggles against resource projects, the most high-profile of which has targeted Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline that would carry Alberta tar sands to the western coast of British Columbia. “Native land claims scare the hell out of investors,” an analyst with global risk consultancy firm Eurasia Group has noted, concluding that First Nations opposition and legal standing has dramatically decreased the chances the Enbridge pipeline will be built."

http://www.businessinsider.com/wealth-and-income-inequality-in-america-2013-4?op=1

Monday, February 24, 2014

I Read Some Marx (And I Liked It)

Another thing that makes me laugh I gotta share even if that is with just 3 or 4 people.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Farrow

The past two weeks have  been tough for me.  That's because I finally came out of my bubble of ignorance and learned that Woody Allen isn't just a sexist creep that makes films but that he is a fucking piece of shit pedophile through and through. 

See, when this story came out back in the 1990's I didn't read or watch popular culture (ha!) so I didn't know much of anything about Woody Allen marrying his ex-girlfriend's daughter or about the allegations of child sexual abuse of his daughter Dylan.


However, now in the age of internet, and especially in the age of celebrity gossip, I find out that yes, that man is a piece of shit.  No, I wasn't there and I don't know 100% what happened but it wouldn't be the first time that a man molests/rapes/abuses a child and gets away with it. 

I do know I was molested by a man who acted in a similar fashion (unable to leave me alone or keep his hands off of me) and so for me Dylan's story rings true.  Allen was described by many  to be obsessed with Dylan and was not trusted to be alone with her according to the original Vanity Fair article.

In more than two dozen interviews conducted for this article, most of them with individuals who are on intimate terms with the Mia Farrow household, Allen was described over and over as being completely obsessed with the bright little blonde girl. He could not seem to keep his hands off her. He would monopolize her totally, to the exclusion of her brothers and sisters, and spend hours whispering to her. She was fond of her daddy, but if she tried to go off and play, he would follow her from room to room, or he would sit and stare at her.

Even as an adult woman Dylan is being told that she doesn't know her own mind or what happened to her.  Rape culture on steroids more or less, and one author gives us that analysis in  Brooklyn Magazine. It really is a very good article detailing all the ways we ignore the predators amongst  us, especially rich white men, and victim blame instead.  Please be sure to read that article.
One of the primary reasons that victims of sexual abuse don’t speak out about their experiences is that they are frequently called liars. And, of course, they are not just called liars. They are called sluts. They are told they were asking for it. They are thought to be complicit in their own debasement. If the accused is a family member, the victims are often told to keep it private and to handle it within the family, which is not so dissimilar from what Cate Blanchett said when asked about Dylan’s call on her and other actors that have recently worked with Allen to address the accusations. And in the case of public figures, any information that might be available about the people involved can become “evidence” in the trial by media. In this particular situation, Allen’s art becomes an alibi of sorts for him, because we know him through his films, we know that he can’t be a monster. But for Farrow, her decades of humanitarian work—to say nothing of her acting career—are dismissed in favor of exposing sensational parts of her past, and moralizing about her romantic decisions, negating her voice and that of her daughter Dylan’s in the process, while the man who released Small Time Crooks and Curse of the Jade Scorpion out into the world gets lauded as an obviously innocent genius.

Another article by Jezebel tries to cut through the adopted/step/not convicted/he said/she said crap that swirls around this case.  And that adopted shit?  Not cool.  Once the kid is adopted the kid is yours.  You don't get to put quotation marks around it or act like it shouldn't count or something like that.  Woody Allen, who was fighting for custody of Dylan at the time, was denied visitation rights, even supervised visitation.  The judge ruled that Woody Allen had been shown to be a bad parent not to be trusted with the child and he NEVER SAW HER AGAIN.  So yeah, he didn't get convicted of child sexual abuse but he didn't, even with all his money, regain access to his daughter and to me that is telling indeed.

Did I ever like Woody Allen films?  I think I did like Alice and I also liked Hannah & Her Sisters as well.  Will I ever watch them again?  No.  Woody Allen is dead to me, not that I gave much of a fuck about him to begin with.  I will note who continues to associate with him in the future, now that Dylan has made it crystal clear what happened, to see who will stick with him and who will have the decency to let him rot in the hell of his own making.  And oh yeah, what about those other two girls he's adopted?  Are they safe?  Would you trust him with your daughter or granddaughters?