Wednesday, October 31, 2012

sex in advertising

insulting. stupid, also ruined my appetite for asparagus.

Uummm-- exactly what is this ad trying to do???

Friday, October 26, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

what does a rapist look like?

Journalism students confered with K-State Women's Center staff, and then they made this:


Monday, October 22, 2012


come autumn

The problem with rape.

Sadness: sigh.

"In Khapistan, where rape is a cottage industry, a local politician paraphrases the Manusmriti and suggests that boys and girls should be married off as soon as possible to prevent rape, says Devangshu Datta

Roughly half the men in the global workforce are actually women -- a huge change from 1912, when the ratio was 95:5 in favour of men. That was roughly when an entire generation of women collectively declared that they would not be dictated to and started changing the odds by becoming steno-typists.

The induction of women into the workforce was helped along by the First World War and then the Second, when European women had to take over many civilian occupations and walked into support military roles as well while the men were conscripted. Along the way, they got the vote, and so on. Incidentally, the three highest-scoring snipers in WWII were all women.

One would have expected that gender biases would have changed somewhere along the way. In Edwardian England [ Images ], for example, it was genuinely believed by some quite intelligent people that women couldn't take the pressure of voting, or the strain of studying sciences, or holding high-pressure jobs.

Where are we now? In most places, there is still a glass ceiling and men also get paid more for doing the same work. Obviously, attitudes differ from nation to nation. An unsystematic but revealing sampling of events in the last few weeks should offer some clues about gender attitudes.

In Pakistan, the Taliban (ironically this means "student") shoots a little girl for wanting to go to school and proudly takes responsibility for gunning her down, citing some 7th century justification. When there is a backlash in public opinion, the Taliban mounts a counter-campaign to vilify the little girl who they shot.

In neighbouring Afghanistan, a woman is beheaded for refusing to become a prostitute. This is Catch-22. She would have been stoned to death if she had become a prostitute.

In Khapistan, where rape is a cottage industry, a local politician paraphrases the Manusmriti and suggests that boys and girls should be married off as soon as possible to prevent rape. This is hailed by other Khapistanis as a sophisticated experiment in data-massaging. Indian jurisprudence is reluctant to recognise marital rape so the stats would indeed drop if the young men stuck to raping their respective child-brides and didn't seek excitement outside their marriages.

Another leading light of Khapistan indicts the unbridled consumption of chowmein as a precursor to rape. This stumps everybody. Some earnest researchers look up rape stats in nations known for high noodle consumption and discover oddly enough, that there are fewer crimes against women in China, Japan and Italy.
In Bengal, the chief minister says rape stats have jumped because of the free mixing of men and women. It's not very clear why, since Bengal is one of the few places in India where men and women have been mixing freely for generations. It becomes even less clear when she asserts that rapes in West Bengal are all part of some plot to vilify her administration...."

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Looking to the Southeast

The skies look like rain this evening; the wind was nowhere to be found today, quite rare.

The little farm on the left is about one mile away.

changed exposure to amplify light

I also saw a deer on the old highway today, near a farmer's gathering of alfalfa and hay.

zoom camera:
see the deer????
click pics to view large 


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Beautiful Black Stallion



Tiger Lovers: Siberians on NATURE

There is a special on pbs NATURE about Siberian Tigers-- different, worth the watch, because it also has insight into a couple of humans too.

love the tigers.

Drones Over Your Head

Finally, a well-surveilled country. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning to start testing drones over the USA in the interest of public safety?

story here

U.S. law enforcement is greatly expanding its use of domestic drones for surveillance. Routine aerial surveillance would profoundly change the character of public life in America. Rules must be put in place to ensure that we can enjoy the benefits of this new technology without bringing us closer to a “surveillance society” in which our every move is monitored, tracked, recorded, and scrutinized by the government. Drone manufacturers are also considering offering police the option of arming these remote-controlled aircraft with (nonlethal for now) weapons like rubber bullets, Tasers, and tear gas. Read the ACLU’s full report on domestic drones here.

(CNN) -- When assuming office, every government official must take an oath to abide by and uphold our Constitution. Since 2010, I have made that my mission in Congress. Unfortunately, the Obama administration is not upholding nor abiding by the Constitution -- in fact, this administration is going to great lengths to continually violate it.
Its most recent transgression involves the use of domestic drones.
These small drones are to be used as a crime fighting tool for law enforcement officials. But is unwarranted and constant surveillance by an aerial eye of Big Government the answer?
In a memorandum issued by President Barack Obama's secretary of the Air Force, the stated purpose of these drones is "balancing ... obtaining intelligence information ... and protecting individual rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution."
However, flying over our homes, farms, ranches and businesses and spying on us while we conduct our everyday lives is not an example of protecting our rights. It is an example of violating them.


Violations of Privacy: No Justice for Crime Victims when it's Rape

Sigh. How long will rape victims continue to get revictimized after the first violent internal battering?

I'm not going to insert 12 pictures of my head exploding. This one is a violation of privacy rights.

"...In a first of its kind ruling in Oregon, a Deschutes County judge has ordered that a young woman's Google searches must be turned over to the man accused of beating and raping her.

The Oregon Supreme Court this week refused to rule on the constitutionality of the order, saying the alleged victim waited too long to appeal Circuit Judge A. Michael Adler's decision.
And so Adler's order stands -- though the district attorney says he can't comply with it.

jenniferbennettJPGThe judge's broad ruling is "hugely disturbing" -- unprecedented in Oregon and extremely rare in the nation, said Meg Garvin, director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute.
Victim advocates worry about the standard it could set. Such orders, they said, could discourage rape victims from pressing charges out of fear that their attackers will gain an invasive window into their thoughts via all the information they've queried on their personal computers.

She came out on the morning news show today.

Picture and more: HERE

It was after midnight on Feb. 26, 2011, when 23-year-old Jennifer Bennett arrived home from being repeatedly beaten, choked and raped by her date.

She stood at the entrance to her bathroom for 15 minutes, fighting the urge to scrub her body clean.

"I had a decision to make: 'Do I take a shower?'" Bennett recalled. "I stared at my shower. And I decided not to do it."

Last week, 19 months after she called police, she sat in court and watched her Bend attacker sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Bennett's case stands out for the intense scrutiny -- fueled by advances in social media-- of her personal life.

Jessica Ridgeway--Missing Child

A former K-Stater asked us for help.

Story HERE  Video, more at huffpo HERE

(the dates in this poster don't seem to jibve.)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Things I Did Not Take Pictures of

1.   Very early in the morning--
a vulture was atop a pole, not moving a muscle
wings were perfectly outstretched,

 head turned to the side
warming the feathers up in the early morning sun.

Looked like a chevron-shaped top of a totem pole.
now i know that the natives here in flint hills were not stylizing anything--
They were accurately portraying the early morning warm-up.
I have to start getting up waay earlier to get the bird.

flint hills vultures click here

2.   a train came by with eNOURmous blades, one blade on each car. They were wind turbine blades, scores of them, and way bigger than one might imagine. One of the reasons i always have a camera on my person now.

3.   On a quiet country road--
Seven beautiful deer slowly loped in front of my truck, one after the other, as if in carbon-copy slow motion yesterday. I did not reach for the camera, just enjoyed the moment. They were aware that i was waiting for them.
deer alive HERE and in death here

4.  A lovely red-tailed hawk right in front of me was slow to rise
 after a stand-still take-off from the side of the road and
weighed down by a huge rat  --
i had to brake and stop as he made his way back up to the tree with the prey.
i was actually too star-struck to pick up the camera, ready on the seat.
Hawks are here and here and also here
 Look-- it's elvis, jackie o and bigfoot-
yikes-- i forgot my camera...