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Start of a bad ending: The Feminine Mystique

….previous (home page for this essay) Part of the series ‘Communism → second-wave feminism → social re-engineering’ Index and preamble for series Last updated 2018 10 16 ‘The Feminine Mystique’, the start of a bad ending Betty Friedan, the author of The Feminine Mystique, had decided that women in the U.S. did have a problem, an undefinable problem that no one could put a finger on.  She nevertheless decided to describe what it was and called it “the problem with no name.”  Betty Friedan was by no means the first to express those sentiments, she merely popularized them in the U.S.A. and in doing so catered to a demand market.  She went to great … Continue reading

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Communism Second-wave feminism Social re-engineering

Social re-engineering, in consequence of second-wave feminism, prevails in today’s society.  Many think that is good.  The why and how that came about are not so clear, the consequences often not considered. Second-wave feminism was launched in the 1960s.  These pages provide a summary of why and what happened after that. Index The Present: Breadwinner moms are hard up (this page) Start of a bad ending: The Feminine Mystique 1966 Founding of NOW ([US] National Organization for Women) Second-wave feminism causes harmful fallout The divorce revolution ends the reign of the family Divorce affects children negatively — Youth criminality Divorce causes escalating suicide rates Divorce causes population decline Population-density equalization … Continue reading

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Actual lifespans versus estimated life expectancies

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Updated 2018 02 19, to identify a serious error in a report published by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a report on aspects of suicides in India. Updated 2019 05 19, to add links to related articles. Actual average lifespans in the United States began to decline in the year 2013 and were still falling in 2016.  Should one not have expected for that to have become front-page news in 2013 and to continue to  be front-page news?  Will President Trump help to make an improvement in that trend?  It is a worthwhile effort.  It seems to be far more valuable to improve the health of his nation … Continue reading

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Mass killer, spree killer, rampage killer, serial killer…?

Mass killer, spree killer, rampage killer, serial killer… What is the difference? ‘A Nation of Killers?‘ argues that nationality is not a factor in serial killing and implies that neither is the sex of the perpetrator. It uses the term ‘spree killer’ to identify the phenomenon of mass killers but implies that the borders between the categories serial killer and mass killer are blurred. ‘Breaking the Silence of the Lambs: Female Serial Killers and Collective Amnesia‘ identifies that men do not have a monopoly on being serial killers and that our collective amnesia with respect to female serial killers is quite recent (a consequence of the effectiveness of public relations efforts … Continue reading

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Quotes worth remembering, at least worth copying

Updates: 2019 05 07 2020 10 30 2021 01 27, to add quotes relating to Idiosyncrasies of Totalitarian Ideologies “The classical liberalism of the nineteenth century is widely and correctly admired, but we can now see that it was inevitably a transitional phase. The tendencies inherent in individualism were kept within bounds by the health of institutions other than the state, a common moral culture, and the strength of religion. Liberalism drained the power from the institutions. We no longer have a common moral culture and our religion, while pervasive, seems increasingly unable to affect actual behavior. “Modern liberalism is one branch of the rupture that occurred in liberalism in … Continue reading

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Maya Angelou — fame not facts

Maya Angelou, “Trying to support her son as a single mother, she worked as a pimp, prostitute and _____.” How does such a passage make it into an 8th Grade maths test?  That depends… Nobel Prizes are hard to get, Nobel Peace Prizes easier. A Nobel Prize is awarded to people who excelled in a field of science and worked hard at doing so, while a Nobel Peace Prize is awarded primarily to someone who makes the grade for political expediency.  Nobel Peace Prize winners are in the company of, Aristide Briand and Gustav Stresemann (1926); Henry A. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho (1973); Rigoberta Menchú Tum (1992); Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin (1994) Kim Dae-jung (2000); The United Nations … Continue reading

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The wall at the border, down Mexico way

The “wall” at the U.S.-Mexico border Originally posted on FB, January, 28, 2017 Why is the liberal media obsessing about that wall? How is it any different from the walls around one’s home? Walls keep us safe, but they cost money. “President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has signaled to congressional Republican leaders that his preference is to fund the border wall….” Source CNN So far, we still have the right to build, sell, rent and purchase homes that have walls, walls with doors and windows in them. We still have that right and are well advised to secure the windows and to keep the doors locked, basically all day, but especially … Continue reading

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Women’s March

The Women’s March on Washington (2017) was probably the single, most important event staged by feminists that evoked in the general public a rejection of feminism. The highlights of the policy platform that were impressed upon the writers of the article covering the event were these (the impressions I took away from the media coverage are added in parentheses after each item in the list): Reproductive rights (government funding of abortions and other forms of birth control); Immigration reform (legalization of illegal immigration); Healthcare reform (government funding of health care for women); Religious discrimination (more government protection for Muslim U.S. women residents, the promotion of Sharia law for women, Burqas, … Continue reading

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Censorship, FB joined Google in collaboration

Censorship by Google and Facebook is a reality that should be of great concern to lovers of freedom of expression and of freedom of choice.  It made me glad to see that Tucker Carlson (an American conservative political commentator for Fox News) and Mark Steyn (a Canadian author and political commentator) joined to discuss the social-media cartel’s increasing control of the Internet, and of ideas. Justice needs to be done in  describing the combined influence of Google and FB.  It is not merely deliberate censorship that rules all.  Some of it happens by accident or perhaps on account of opportunities, an unavoidable consequence of a society that transformed itself, from having conversations via … Continue reading

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Roman Warm Period : Timeline and Decline

Updated 2019 01 01: Format corrections for entries pertaining to years 558 and 559 The Roman Warm Period covered the interval from about 250 BC to about 400 AD.  It had helped to bring the Roman Empire to its apex, when the City of Rome had about one million residents.  The might, size and wealth of the Roman Empire declined when the Roman Warm Period came to an end.  The decline of the Roman Empire can be discerned in the trend of the size of the population of the City of Rome over time.(The decline or shrinking of the population of the City of Rome happened within the context of decline and … Continue reading

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