Nobody Asked Me, But…

The Year In Review
(stories you may have missed because you were out snorting blow and banging hookers)
1) Along with the alleged fiscal cliff comes a real financial cliff. The farm bill also expires at December 31, and failure to pass a new one will drive dairy prices into the stratosphere.
Good government advocates (like myself) believe the farm bill needs to be all but abolished. There is no reason for corn prices to be subsidized. There is no real reason for dairy prices to be subsidized, either, except for helping families afford milk for their kids. Milk prices could double (probably even higher, given how corn is such an integral part of feed prices) and put a real crimp in working families’ budgets.
2) The number of journalists jailed worldwide broke a record this year. In a world where democracy seems to be taking greater root, this is an unhealthy development.
3) The Antarctic is warming three times faster than expected. Hurricane Sandy was just a prelude.
4) 2012 was the worst year on record for mass shootings in the United States.
5) If you were hoping for a breakthrough in Middle East peace next year, don’t count on it. Believe it or not, there’s a conservative crazier than Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel who could impact the elections next year and win the prime ministership.
6) Crack and blow your mind away with the 100 best photos from space of 2012.
7) Nearly a thousand species have gone extinct since man started exploring the planet in the 17th century. Here’s a tribute to them.
8) As healthcare prices have soared over the past ten years, people are taking less and less care of themselves. Exhibit A.
9) This will happen more and more as global temperatures rise and droughts extend: The Mississippi River is closing.
10) Finally, you will own a robot before the decade is out.

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  • Here is something else we will see more of in the future.

    According to (American) prostitutes, the trend with men is that they’ve become incredibly violent and more perverse. As porn becomes more violent and exploitive, so have men’s sexual appetites and these little prostitutes are paying for it. There’s more violence, punching, hitting, bruising, making these girls bleed and that applies to children as well. Source

    Your use of vulgar language that insinuates violence against women (banging hookers) while the tragedy of the Sandy Hook Shooting is still fresh, demonstrates an appalling lack of sensitivity and utter cluelessness about what is needed to bring about a peaceful world.

    Only oppressors use this kind of language.

    • Your predictable and knee-jerk reaction bores me, Adrena. Clearly that was a sarcastic remark on my part, but hey, you keep going on finding your paranoid fantasy of patriarchies in every dark corner of your mind, K?

      I’ll keep making with the jokes.

  • I apologize for my inability to laugh at a sarcastic, sexist joke that highlights the violence inflicted on female bodies for the sake of “male pleasure”.

    I believe that someone who writes opinion pieces for the front page has a responsibility to use words in ways that call into existence the world (and the change) we wish to see.

    As for your suggestion that I find paranoid fantasy of patriarchies in every dark corner of my mind, I wish this were so. At least, if it was mere paranoia, there might be a treatment for it, or, I could even just swallow a pill and then it would all go away in an instant.

    Unfortunately, I’m confronted with the influence of the patriarchy every day. I understand this must be extremely difficult for you to imagine, as it is not your lived experience.

    For example, I have been having an epic fight with AdChoices – it claims that it specifically creates ads for my personal interests. I have fed it data (multiple times) that, I was sure, would enable it to provide me with a constant vertical flow of images of pretty boys and men. However, the rare times that, indeed, these images do appear, they are, as AdChoices makes clear, meant for gay guys. AdChoices has absolutely no concept of the hetero female gaze – in their eyes, it just does not exist.

    Or take this other ad showing women in their forties spewing the following lie: “We do not like young men, we want you”.

    As you can see, female sexuality continues to be prescribed by the dominant culture. Society does not offer women, as it does men, an opportunity to publicly appreciate the object of their desire. If this is not bad enough, our culture insists on forcing hetero women to constantly look at the male gaze – the one-dimensional objectified images of their own gender.

    This is just one example of the omnipresence of the patriarchy in our society. I could give you many more.


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