06 December 2016

Yet One More Truly Outrageous Day

In y1989, upon this day ... ... yet one more instantiation of Dr Germaine Greer's very first sentence upon page 279 of the chapter entitled 'Hate and Disgust' of her The Female Eunuch, "Women have very little idea how much men hate them."

Mtl dec6 plaque.jpg 

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89cole_Polytechnique_massacre 's first paragraph:
"The École Polytechnique massacre, also known as the Montreal massacre, occurred on December 6, 1989, at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Twenty-five-year-old Marc Lépine, armed with a Mini-14 rifle and a hunting knife, shot 28 people, killing 14 women, before committing suicide. He began his attack by entering a classroom at the university, where he separated the male and female students. After claiming that he was "fighting feminism" and calling the women "a bunch of feminists," he shot all nine women in the room, killing six. He then moved through corridors, the cafeteria, and another classroom, specifically targeting women to shoot. Overall, he killed fourteen women and injured ten other women and four men in just under 20 minutes before turning the gun on himself. His suicide note claimed political motives and blamed feminists for ruining his life. The note included a list of 19 Quebec women whom Lépine considered to be feminists and apparently wished to kill."

Victims

  • Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
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  • Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
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  • Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
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  • Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
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  • Anne - Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
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  • Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
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  • Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's finance department
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  • Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
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  • Anne - Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
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  • Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
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  • Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
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  • Annie St - Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
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  • Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student
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  • Barbara Klucznik - Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student
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  • A number of students committed suicide.[17]
 
And, still after 08 November y2016, NOT at all ... ... unusual.  

This ?  The thinking like this ?  
The thinking like this man's, Lépine's, is still OUTRAGEOUSLY* ... ... The Norm.

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*An outrage is .not. a tragedy. 
If something horrid occurs, then a tragedy is that which could .not. have been prevented.

The 06 December y1989 Montreal Massacre - horridness ?  
~5:10 – ~5:30 pm local Eastern, a simple, middle - of - the - week, ordinary Wednesday;  kind of later on into the afternoon ?

This one is an outrage.

24 November 2016

so ... ... Haaaappy, Happy Thanksgiving, AllYa'All ! y1980s - present day: CRISIS in FAMILY COURTS


from NOW:




"Crisis In Family Courts

There is a national crisis for women and their children in the family law courts of this country. Affirmed by experts and leaders in the women’s movement, the existence of this crisis is verified by women in every state who report injustice in their family law cases, especially battered mothers trying to protect their children from abusive fathers who aggressively litigate against them, using family court to stalk, harass, punish, and impoverish their former partners and children. NOW recognizes this crisis for women and their children and seeks to address discrimination against women in family courts.
The information presented here has been compiled by the National NOW Family Law Advisory Ad Hoc Committee. Created in April 2004, this all-volunteer committee is comprised of parents, grandparents, activists, paralegals, organizers, attorneys, and advocates from across the nation devoting their collective experience and expertise in family law and navigating the family court system to NOW’s work in promoting justice and equality for women.




In response to the discrimination and harassment women often face in family courts, the NOW Family Law Ad Hoc Committee has developed a brochure that provides practical recommendations for women encountering a difficult divorce or child custody case. It includes tips to help women better understand the judicial process, how to protect themselves in domestic violence situations, conduct proper case documentation and what to guard against in contested child custody cases.
A list of possible local resources for those who are suffering from domestic violence.
NOW’s Family Law Committee produces a newsletter with current news and information regarding the crisis for mothers and children in family courts. As many of our readers are aware, protective parents primarily mothersare losing custody of minor children in court proceedings that often ignore evidence of battering or child abuse and grant custody or unsupervised visitation TO the abusive parent.

11 November 2016

! Thank YOU, Mr Cohen !

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Mr Leonard Cohen at home in Los Angeles in September y2016. 
photograph by Mr Graeme Mitchell for The New Yorker 

For me, could my week possibly get any worse ?! It DID ! With this news late yesterday evening.

Fitting = this of Mr Cohen’s: “Closing Time” of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-0lV5qs1Qw and http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/leonardcohen/closingtime.html.

And, too this week, “Democracy” of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHI9BTpGkp8 and http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/leonardcohen/democracy.html.

As was stated here yesterday, I intend .not. to take this. I will not “unify,” I shall not “reconcile” around nor with such ideologues. I have literally faced down mounted and fully riot – garbed police upon the streets of New York City in late y1969, over US President Nixon, right then, inside the Waldorf Astoria espousing my nation’s need to have its children BE inside Viet Nam maiming and killing other mothers’ kiddos.

I shall go to the streets one more time yet again. Cuz when my closing time comes as well, I wanna be able to whisper to my three sons, “I, your Mama, did the Right Thing.”

10 November 2016

Mr Sullivan's, Dr Jensen's and My Calls to Civil Disobedience

Mr Sullivan's, Dr Jensen's and My Calls to Civil Disobedience
i)  From the University of Texas' Dr Jensen:  "Radical feminism recognizes that the threats to real equality and freedom for women can, and have come, from the right and the left. Attempts to erode women’s reproductive rights generally come from conservative, typically religious, people and movements. Attempts to expand the exploitation of women’s sexuality come from liberal, typically secular, people and movements. Right and left are too often flip sides of the same patriarchal coin. Conservatives tend to want to give specific men (husbands and fathers) control of women’s bodies, while liberals tend to seek to make women’s bodies as widely available to as many men as possible, for example by treating the buying and selling of women as simply 'sex work.'
Sadly, Trump offers the worst of both conservative and liberal patriarchy."

http://yesmagazine.org/people-power/with-trump-a-renewed-call-to-radical-feminist-men-20161110

ii)  As Daily Intelligencer's Mr Andrew Sullivan states:
"I see no way to stop this at first, but some of us will have to try. And what we must seek to preserve are the core institutions that he may threaten — the courts, first of all, even if he shifts the Supreme Court to an unprecedentedly authoritarian-friendly one. Then the laws governing the rules of war, so that war crimes do not define America as their disavowal once did. Then the free press, which he will do all he can to intimidate and, if possible, bankrupt. Then the institutions he will have to destroy to achieve what he wants — an independent Department of Justice as one critical bulwark, what’s left of the FBI that will not be an instrument of his reign of revenge, our scientific institutions, and what’s left of free thought in our colleges and universities. We will need to march peacefully on the streets to face down the massive intimidation he will at times present to a truly free and open society. We have to hold our heads up high as we defend the values of the old republic, even as it crumbles into authoritarian dust. We must be prepared for nonviolent civil disobedience. We must transcend racial and religious division in a movement of resistance that is as diverse and as open as the new president’s will be uniform and closed."

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/11/andrew-sullivan-president-trump-and-the-end-of-the-republic.html 

08 November 2016

! T O N I G H T IN A M E R I C A !




http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/08/501167896/hours-of-susan-b-anthonys-gravesite-extended-to-accommodate-election-day-visits