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Dear Rex: Colonialism exists, and you’re it.

Dear Rex: Colonialism exists, and you’re it.

Excellent. Must read.

White people are not heroes, or confusing charity and social justice

I am commenting on Klassen: Don’t blame ‘colonialism’ for aboriginal tragedies from the Calgary Herald‘s July 29, 2013 edition.

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So? as we say in French, does one swallow make spring? Maybe her story is true. But anecdote is not history.

I will make a comparison. In the newspapers in Québec, there are always smartasses who write about their lazy brother-in-law who is on welfare, blablabla. They expect us to deduce from that all poor people are the same? But one case, one anecdote does not make history. Faulty reasoning and a huge oversimplification. And I will add it is outright public opinion manipulation.

There is huge prejudice in this article because the author assumes that if the FN persons live in poverty, it’s because they are lazy and they want to. And she paints the white person as a hero « saving » the child. But one individual case does not right the injustice to the rest of the group. Same problem about Depp buying Wounded Knee: white meddling that does not fix the root of the problem.

Did she ever wonder why these people were living in a trailer?

Adoption is a two-edged sword. You may give material wealth to the child, but you are uprooting him/her. Even in white-on white adoptions or foster families, this alone creates problems. Moreso when it is cross-cultural.

Also, charity is not social justice. What her parents did is charity, out of pity. What about the other kids? What about the stolen lands? And so on and so forth.

In short, this settler sees clearly the BS in the story. I don’t buy it one bit. And I will say so if I am allowed to comment on there. I have not found how yet.

Maybe Ms. Holier-Than-Thou should read this:  Aboriginal nutritional experiments had Ottawa’s approval.

And this: Using the right word — genocide — to describe Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal peoples

So there’s an orange alert in the States, eh? Oh boy I am so scared. ^NOT.

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Let us conduct a little thought experiment.

Let’s say we are little birds on the windowsill, watching a NSA upper management meeting.

Someone makes a presentation. They have found a way to track EVERYTHING people do: what they buy in stores, which TV shows they watch, where they go with their car or simply with their cellphone. They can read the email, listen to the conversations, etc.

Do you think someone around that table is going to get up and say « This is illegal »?

First of all, the secret services around the world have been doing illegal things for years (even law enforcement does it!). So they don’t care if it’s legal or not.

Secondly, do you really think someone is going to risk becoming a suspect by saying « I don’t agree with this »? If it’s not the head honcho, no one will say a word. They don’t care and they are well paid.

Thirdly, organizations (bureaucracies) have a tendency to perpetuate themselves.

Finally, if a tool is available, it’s certain they will use it. Remember when income tax was supposed to be « temporary », « for the war »?

And there’s nothing like an orange alert level to convince some people that they have too much freedom and they should give it away for security. But as Benjamin Franklin said, they deserve neither.

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These magnificent MRAs in all their fear and hate…

I like all of this blogpost :

Funny Men’s Rights Video Time!

Don’t worry, it’s not a video BY an MRA. It’s a video ABOUT MRAs. A little cartoon, to be specific, by Scott Benson, who has this to say about it on his Vimeo page:

A quick editorial cartoon about the intersection of self-pity, entitlement, rape, territoriality, misogyny and fear of women. You see it all over the place online in the form of Men’s Rights Activists (of whom there are a few reasonable non-misogynists), Men Going Their Own Way, Pick Up Artists, and dudes touting the “Red Pill”, because The Matrix is a good movie. Look any of these up if you have the stomach for it. These are extreme examples, but watered-down forms of these ideas are everywhere.

In lurking their blogs and youtube channels for a while, I’ve noticed that beyond the standard patriarchal chauvinism there is this deep fear of women – what they will do to me, how they will reject me, how they will use me, how they are changing society in a way that does not favor me, how they are making men into something I don’t like, how they are making themselves into something I don’t like, that they won’t give me what I want, and that they won’t give me what I think is rightfully mine. This goes beyond fear of feminism- this is fear of women at its purest. And that, to quote a puppet, leads to anger and hate. It’s sad.

Naturally, Benson had to close the comments to the video because of, you know, too much MRA.

He wrote more about it all on his Tumblr.

I was alerted to the video by various people, including Cloudiah, which reminds me to remind you all to go look at Cloudiah’s excellent Artistry for Feminism And Kittens blog.

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Mass murders: a few questions in bulk

I have added many links at the end.

These questions do not apply to one event in particular.

  • Do they still sell weapons over the Internet?
  • Why is it so hard to convince legislators background checks (including medical history and family violence, court cases…) are necessary?
  • Why do people with behavioural or mental health problems so often end up stuffed with pills without any serious monitoring? Does someone even check the pills are being taken and what the effects are?
  • Why do people still blame video games for ALL senseless events of violence, even if they are not necessarily a factor in all cases?
  • Why do we spend more on bombs and the military than on health care (also true for Canada if you factor in the F-35s and budget cuts)?
  • What are the negative effects of some mind or behaviour altering drugs and if the effects are mostly negative, why are they still on the market?
  • Gun manufacturers see their profits increase every time a massacre happens. It’s a business like any other business, right? So massacres are good for sales. Is this why they fund the NRA? (They do. I checked.)
  • Why do people who have to live with potentially dangerous people have so little support, if any?
  • Why do people not see that gun control alone will not solve the problem? Nor will arming everyone.
  • There are social issues that compound the gun violence problem. They are many, and they are complex. Are you willing to lobby your legislators for those issues to be addressed too?
  • Just what I thought. Go back to watching TV. Wait for others to do something.

Someone else’s take on the problem: The red herring of mental health. I don’t agree with everything, though, and said so in the comments.

Also interesting: Gun control, yes, but that’s only the beginning

What Law Enforcement Says About Assault Weapons

The Newtown massacre is not a tragedy. It’s a policy decision.

Five Lies the Gun Lobby Tells You

 More Guns, More Mass Shootings—Coincidence? The crime rate is going down, not the number of mass shootings and casualties, which are going up.

Ten Arguments Gun Advocates Make, and Why They’re Wrong

« Rachel Kalish and Michael Kimmel (2010) proposed a mechanism that might well explain why white males are routinely going crazy and killing people. It’s called « aggrieved entitlement. » According to the authors, it is « a gendered emotion, a fusion of that humiliating loss of manhood and the moral obligation and entitlement to get it back. And its gender is masculine. » This feeling was clearly articulated by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the perpetrators of the Columbine Massacre. Harris said, « People constantly make fun of my face, my hair, my shirts… » A group of girls asked him, « Why are you doing this? » He replied, « We’ve always wanted to do this. This is payback… This is for all the sh*t you put us through. This is what you deserve. »

« At the risk of getting too existentialist, I’d like to propose a very simple and elegant explanation for not only school shootings but a host of other barbaric acts in recent years: White men are having a crisis of both aggrievement and entitlement. »

How America’s toxic culture breeds mass murder

« I hate feminists! »

A Guide to Mass shootings in America

Why is the shooter always male? (actually (62/63; added the guy in Webster, NY)

Time to profile white men? (and the right-wing reaction)

Why most mass murderers are privileged white men ( I am not a « rabid feminist » and this HAS to be said, whether you like it or not. MOST men are not violent, but those who are do a lot of damage.)

Women are perpetrators of gun violence, too

The Antipsychotic Prescribed To Adam Lanza Has A Troubled History All Its Own

The dream is still alive

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