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post-apocalypseCapitalism is all find and dandy, until you run out of people and resources to exploit.  But, let’s let Ronald Wright do the talking from his book  “What Is America?: A Short History of the New World Order,” on this one.

The experience of a relatively easy 500 years of expansion and colonization, the constant taking over of new lands, led to the modern capitalist myth that you can expand forever,” Wright said. “It is an absurd myth. We live on this planet. We can’t leave it and go somewhere else. We have to bring our economies and demands on nature within natural limits, but we have had a 500-year run where Europeans, Euro-Americans and other colonists have overrun the world and taken it over. This 500-year run made it not only seem easy but normal. We believe things will always get bigger and better. We have to understand that this long period of expansion and prosperity was an anomaly. It has rarely happened in history and will never happen again. We have to readjust our entire civilization to live in a finite world. But we are not doing it, because we are carrying far too much baggage, too many mythical versions of deliberately distorted history and a deeply ingrained feeling that what being modern is all about is having more. This is what anthropologists call an ideological pathology, a self-destructive belief that causes societies to crash and burn. These societies go on doing things that are really stupid because they can’t change their way of thinking. And that is where we are.”

And as the collapse becomes palpable, if human history is any guide, we like past societies in distress will retreat into what anthropologists call “crisis cults.” The powerlessness we will feel in the face of ecological and economic chaos will unleash further collective delusions, such as fundamentalist belief in a god or gods who will come back to earth and save us.”

Ah the resurgence of religious belief – colour me unsurprised that it heralds the doom of the society in question.

Lawrence Krauss makes an interesting point during this video about how we construct the reality around us.  Consider the epistemological advantages of finding ideas and theories that fit the reality of the situation, as opposed to trying to shoehorn reality into our limited perception.  Having all the answers is a dangerous condition because your actions, most likely, are not based on the truth but rather dogmatic belief.  Religion makes life a little to easy, a little too cut and dried and honestly, a little too intellectually stultifying for my tastes.

Thank goodness those of us with fluffy pink ladybrainz have access to the cogent Manly-Man opinions of men.  Go to the tumblr: Laugh, grimace, get angry, and repeat.

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abortion_hypocrisyWell.  I’m glad to see the Catlicks coming around on such an important issue to women and their rights.  This is an object lesson for the deluded pro-life movement.  Your fetus worshipping is useful for whipping up the frenzy and getting people all frothy, but when serious issues come, its time for you to sit the frack down and shut the frack up on cue while the adults talk about the serious issues.

From the Alter.net article

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And all of this—all of it—goes back to the Church’s insistence that life begins with your very first hell-worthy dirty thought and must be protected at all costs, despite all consequences, including, of course, the consequence of dead women, whose lives are not nearly as valuable as the “life” of an unborn fetus. In just the past year, the Church has called upon its faithful followers to march, to starve themselves, to go to jail, to even take up arms—all to protect those fetuses. No exceptions. None. Not if the fetus is already dead inside the womb. Not if the fetus is going to kill the actual living woman carrying it. No goddamned exceptions EVER.

Well, except for one: when it’s going to cost the Church money.

Turns out, when a man sues a Catholic hospital for malpractice because his wife and the twins she was carrying inside her died when she turned up in the emergency room and her doctor never bothered to answer a page—well, things get a little tricky. Yes, the Catholic hospital adheres to the strict Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Church, as set forth by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. And yes, those directives include the claim that “[t]he Church’s defense of life encompasses the unborn” and a mandate to uphold “the sanctity of life ‘from the moment of conception until death.'” But come  on. That obviously does not apply when Catholic Health Initiatives, the Church-affiliated organization that runs the Church-affiliated St. Thomas More Hospital where a young woman and her two unborn fetuses died, is the lead defendant in a lawsuit:

Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that  those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.

As Jason Langley, an attorney with Denver-based Kennedy Childs, argued in one of the briefs he filed for the defense, the court “should not overturn the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive. Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive. Therefore Plaintiffs cannot maintain wrongful death claims based on two unborn fetuses.”

Thank you, counselor, for totally undermining everything the Catholic Church has ever said about women and health care and fetuses and the “sanctity of life,” just to save a buck, thereby confirming how very empty and meaningless all that rhetoric really is. Praise the Lord.

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It starts here, with THIS!

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Why do we do what we do here at DWR?  What can we offer to the stalwartly religious that happen on this atheistic nook of cyberspace?  Not very much, some would opine, because people’s minds are made up and that is that.

Searching through my video subscriptions I found this video by Thermin Trees and with his usual candour, and oh so lovely English accent, he explains why it is important to continue the discussion about contentious issues.  It is the process that is most important and not necessarily the results.

Listen as TT articulates why it is important to do what we do here at DWR (and in the rest of life too!).

WOMENS-RIGHTSShall we wake up to some historical notions?  Has history ever been kind to women?  The short answer is no.   Why?

Because, Patriarchy.

Today is not for learning about 101 level feminism.  Today is calling down from pulpit the rage and the anger against the systematic oppression of women in our society.  If you’re not “down” with Patriarchy and what it entails, I’m not here to explain it to your special snowflakyness (at least not today).

Today, friends,  we address a structural question that I rarely see mentioned in the abortion debate.  It is a relationship between the amount of freedom women possess in a society and said women’s access to reproductive health services – covering contraception, abortion and all shades of family planning.  The correlation being that as women become full fledged members of society they gain the right to decide what is best for themselves and their families contrary to established patriarchal norms.

Women when not chained to strict reproductive roles gain freedom in society.  When women can control their fertility they can choose to join the public sphere (or not) and contribute in more ways than just propagating the species.  How bad was it, let’s look at what women were fighting for in 1922.

“WHEREAS, Women today, although enfranchised, are still in every way subordinate to men before the law, in government, in educational opportunities, in professions, in the church, in industry, and in the home:

“BE IT RESOLVED, That as a part of our campaign to remove all form of the subjection of women, we shall work for the following immediate objects:
“That women shall no longer be regarded and shall no longer regard themselves as inferior to men, but the equality of the sexes shall be recognized.
“That women shall no longer be the governed half of society, but shall participate equally with men in the direction of life.
“That women shall no longer be denied equal educational opportunities with men, but the same opportunities shall be given to both sexes in all schools, colleges, and universities which are supported in any way by public funds.
“That women shall no longer be barred from any occupation, but every occupation to men shall be open to women and restrictions upon the hours, conditions and remuneration of labor shall apply alike to both sexes.
“That women shall no longer be discriminated against in the legal, the medical, the teaching, or any other profession, but the same opportunities shall be given to women as to men in training for professions and in the practice of these professions.


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“That women shall no longer receive less pay than men for the same work, but shall receive equal compensation for equal work in public and private employment.
“That women shall no longer be barred from the priesthood or ministry, or any position of authority in the church, but equally with men shall participate in ecclesiastical offices and dignites.
“That a double moral standard shall no longer exist, but one code shall obtain for both men and women.
“That exploitation of the sex of women shall no longer exist, but women shall have the same right to control of their persons as have men.
“That women shall no longer be discriminated against in treatment of sex diseases and in punishment of sex offenses, but men and women shall be treated in the same was for sex diseases and sex offenses.
“That women shall no longer be deprived of the right of trial by a jury of their peers, but jury service shall be open to women as to men.
“That women shall no longer be discriminated against in inheritance laws, but men and women shall have the same right to inherit property.

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“In short – That women shall no longer be in any form of subjection to man in law to custom, but shall in every way be on an equal plane in rights, as she has always been and will continue to be, in responsibilities and obligations.

They understood back then what was required to be free, to be treated equally and fairly in society because women at the time (1922) they were NOT.  Not legal persons under the law, but rather owned property of men, slavery all but in name, so to speak..  Look at our rape laws to see how women are viewed as property rather than as a person.  Its chilling.

Enter the “pro-life” movement,  more accurately, the forced-birth, anti-choice, anti-woman legion that is blithely serving the patriarchy attempting to remove women’s hard won bodily autonomy.  Denuding women of their rights serves only to force them back down the ladder of equality where once again they can be solely defined by their biological fecundity.  Our forced-birther friends know only one date from history, January 21st, 1973 Roe Vs. Wade.  They fail, consistently, to see that women’s control of their bodies is the cornerstone of women’s rights as a whole.  Chipping away at female personhoood is what these misguided fetus-worshipping individuals excel at.  They pine for the days when women were at the mercy of their reproductive systems and enslaved by the patriarchal system surrounding them.

There is  no “Golden Age” to aspire to when it comes to women and their rights, the time for action and activism is now,  because the counter-revolution is pushing back with unparalleled ferocity.  Fuelled by ignorance and religion (redundant I know.) the anti-choice contingent screams for justice for the unborn, ignoring the real living breathing women who do not want any more constraints on their autonomy.  Ignoring women is a specialty of the patriarchy, make sure you are smiling while we remove your rights.

The pro-life platform is nothing more than a set of patriarchal shackles for women; why so many women want to get them fitted and locked on again is entirely beyond me.

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