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Homeless require the intervention of real help, not ideology

Carlos d'Abrera
12 December 2018 | The Australian

It’s more than a year since the ­infamous Martin Place tent city was dismantled in Sydney’s CBD but we are no closer to addressing the real causes of genuine homelessness.

Assorted academics and charities protested against the removal of the pop-up shanty camp, in the name of protecting the rights of the homeless to live on the streets — while also claiming the real problem was lack of taxpayer spending on public housing.

Yet governments across Australia now spend more than $10 billion a year of taxpayer money on public housing and homelessness services.

And ­despite the 29 per cent increase in funding (from $634.2 million to $817.4m) for homeless services alone between 2011 and 2016, the number of Australians sleeping rough increased by 20 per cent across that time.

An evening or early morning walk through any capital CBD ­reveals sleeping bags, cardboard shelters and possessions dotting the footpaths and doorways. Current approaches to solving homelessness clearly are failing.

Unfortunately, the debate about homelessness is being distorted by dubious official statistics that exaggerate the extent of the problem and obscure the ­urgent need for governments to implement the real solutions ­required to help genuinely homeless people exit the streets.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are more than 100,000 officially homeless people. However, at the 2016 census only 7 per cent (8200) of them met the average Australian’s understanding of the term: a person who sleeps rough, and usually on the streets. The ABS data is based on a flawed definition that includes the “housed homeless”, such as people already living in supported accommodation.

It also counts groups who would not consider themselves homeless, such as ­recent migrants who for economic or cultural reasons choose to live in crowded dwellings in the major cities where rates of net overseas migration have been the highest.

The artificially inflated numbers allow academics and charities to call for so-called structural solutions such as even higher spending on social and ­affordable housing — even for the homeless to receive free houses based on programs in the US and Europe.

But more public housing will not address the individual characteristics, choices and behavioural factors that lead to genuine ­homelessness, given the high rates of major mental illness and substance abuse that afflict rough sleepers.

Homelessness services have proved unable to stem the rising numbers of rough sleepers because of a misplaced fear of violating the “rights” of the rough sleepers and disrupting the homeless “culture”. Ideology is trumping reality.

To expect the most severely homeless to seek help if left to their own devices ignores our duty of care to help the most vulnerable in society who cannot look after themselves. Without help, they will continue to suffer ­extreme — and eventually fatal — ill-health, disease, mental disorders and debilitating addictions.

The reality is — because of their mental illness or substance abuse problems — some rough sleepers choose homelessness over treatment for drug and ­alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, the anti-social and criminal behaviours related to mental illness, alcoholism and drug abuse (especially ice) also lead to evictions from public ­housing.

But while treatment and counselling are available to help maintain tenancies, participation in support programs is optional — and those most in need of help are the least likely to access it voluntarily.

If we truly want to reduce genuine homelessness — and ­prevent the wide range of health, ­social and physical harms rough sleepers experience — we must be prepared to intervene with real help.. Governments must appoint public guardians to help make ­decisions for rough sleepers, and outreach programs for rough sleepers must include a non-opt-out referral process to ensure the mentally ill receive appropriate treatment.

Mandatory drug treatment also must be expanded for the homeless, and for those at high risk of homelessness, to assist with maintaining stable accommodation and avoid evictions from public housing.

We also need to reconsider the impact of deinstitutionalisation across the past 30 years.

The asylums were shut for good reasons, given some of the abuses that occurred in the past. However, trying to care for the mentally ill in the community has produced mixed results. While it has been successful for some, for others it simply ­has resulted in an inability to meet their basic living needs and treatment requirements.

Long-term care facilities offering high levels of support would benefit the chronically homeless and gravely ill people who will otherwise continue to live and die on the streets “with their rights on”.

Carlos d’Abrera is a psychiatrist and research associate at The Centre for Independent Studies. His report, Dying with their Rights On: The Myths and Realities of Ending Homelessness in Australia, is released Thursday, 13 December 2018.


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General Discussion / Life Over Suicide Project
« on: December 08, 2018, 12:04:03 PM »
Life Over Suicide Project launched for sex and gender diverse Australians


"Too many people from sex or gender diverse groups are taking their own lives because they feel alone, isolated, and rejected."

Laurence Barber — December 4, 2018

Sex and Gender Education (SAGE) Australia has launched the ‘Life Over Suicide Project’ as part of the campaign group’s relaunch.

The project will collect stories by sex and gender diverse (SGD) Australians who have struggled with or contemplated suicide.

 The ‘Life Over Suicide Project’ invites individuals from SGD groups of people who once considered suicide but decided against it to share their experiences and insights into why they chose to stay alive.

The project is currently seeking written submissions for publication on its recently relaunched website.

SAGE was launched in 2001 as a lobby group for the social and legal rights of sex and gender diverse people in Australia.

It was co-founded by Tracie O’Keefe, a clinical psychotherapist and intersex and trans woman, and longtime activist norrie mAy-welby, who won a High Court of Australia case to be recognised as gender ‘non-specific’.

“Over the past 50 years I’ve lost so many trans, intersex, and gender diverse friends to suicide,” O’Keefe said.

“Even though there’s been increased acceptance of sex or gender diverse groups people in society, we’re still marginalised and starting to see moves to deny us our human rights.

“Too many people from sex or gender diverse groups are taking their own lives because they feel alone, isolated, and rejected.

“The Life Over Suicide Project aims to help them consider another option.”

O’Keefe is also currently undertaking research into suicide among SGD communities, with the aim of helping to shape policies and initiatives to support these groups.

SAGE is also running a free newsletter with split membership levels, with one aimed at SGD people aged 18 years and over, and one for SGD youth aged 11 to 17 years.

SAGE’s relaunch comes shortly after staunch anti-LGBTI and anti-marriage equality lobby group Marriage Alliance rebranded as Binary Australia, an organisation which aims to fight against rights for sex and gender diverse people.

For more information on how to submit a story for the Life Over Suicide Project, head to www.sageaustralia.org. You can also read the first two stories published there.

If you or someone close to you is struggling and needs someone to speak to, you can contact one of these services:

QLife: 1800 184 527
Headspace: 1800 650 890
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
Switchboard: 1800 184 527
Lifeline: 13 11 14




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New HIV Decriminalisation Discussion Paper HCAWA1


Don't forget to read our edits to the Sister's OPI Perth HIV Institute of WA's Paper which we wrote. We've fixed the spelling mistakes in the version we've published. See the PDF Download Below.

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Why don't [They] want me telling you they're all in bed together?

We're still waiting to see the WA AIDS Council #WAAC & Rainbow Labour's Peer Review Journal Referenced Papers. Forget about the @TheGreensWA they only do pamphlets and posters.[They] are all about following the money and channeling it to suit their party needs while putting the Consumers aka People, Last.

Please like and share our FB Page at http://facebook.com/ConsumerAllianceWA

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Note for NewComers to WA.

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#FrontPage #News #Headline Acts / World AIDS Day 2018
« on: November 30, 2018, 08:49:37 PM »
World AIDS Day 2018

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HIV Consumer Alliance of WA: An Independent Non-Aligned Research Hub providing Information & Educational Resources for Health Consumers in Perth, WA.
https://www.facebook.com/ConsumerAllianceWA

Tranz4mations AU is delighted to announce on this important day that we have joined forces with a group of concerned community members and allies from the HIV+ and the Trans & Cross Dresser Communities to establish a new "HIV Consumer Alliance of WA. This is the first HIV Consumer Alliance that will have a positive bias towards providing information to the Transgender and Cross Dresser Community.

Tranz4mations hopes you will support this new venture by liking and sharing the page so that together we can un-erase Transgender & Cross Dressers starting on World AIDS Day.

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I didn’t exist’: living as a HIV-positive trans woman... HIV-positive trans women have only ever existed as an 'other'; an invisible subset of gay. This has been the case for years. It is symptomatic of the overt and covert stigma and discrimination that trans people face on a daily basis.
http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=7117.0

The quotes above and below, highlight both how HIV disproportionately effects Trans People and more alarmingly demonstrates how Establishment HIV Organisations have failed in their duty to maintain #equity in service provisions. An example of this in "action" can be seen in the way this year's World AIDS Day posts on social media make mention of Women, Gay Men and Bisexuals while Transgender People with HIV seem absent or erased from the public discourse, as if they don't exist.

It is however an enlightening experience to compare and contrast the vibrant approaches of the Eastern States AIDS Organisations with the dull elitist closed door model used in Western Australia. Over east all this week there have been inclusive events, information stalls, free red ribbons for all, really great educational videos and awareness activities actively encouraging participation of members of the public and clients to get involved and be included. In contrast in Western Australia there's a showy light show, thanks to the City of Perth, a video that had to be hidden as it was panned all over Australia for being offensive, a cocktail party for the StyleAID fashion set but we haven't see anything published or been sent an invitation to any events for positive people, so we can only assume there is nothing on for the most marginal people.

It's ironic a female board member of POWA stated that they don't have capacity as an excuse for their do nothing policies and yet as you can see the people behind this website are both more than capable and have for years been willing to engage with the small clique in charge of everything but have been ignored, had nasty intra-community smear campaigns against us and most recently been banned from attending the WA AIDS Council's AGM.

We can only assume that productive members of the Transgender and Cross Dresser communities are not welcome at the WA AIDS Council which begs the question, are the Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists #TERFS, those who think trans women are men, in charge of the invite list? Perhaps it's time for a shakeup to get rid of the dead wood or perhaps the Minister for Health, currently Roger Cook from the ALP, can indicate to the People of Western Australia just when the AIDS Messiah will come to save us from cliques, and what party will they be from, because there's always got to be a party involved.

The President of Tranz4mations AU stated "Having a partner who has HIV and is now in a aged care home, I am very  concerned that he is given the care and respect he deserves, The number of older trans people that are forcibly erased by so called religious and public organizations that run these homes is inexcusable. The organizations should be more compassionate and accountable to the needs and wants of the aged LGBT+ Consumers". 

To those of us that follow LGBT funding arrangements we know that one of the perennial problems is that by the time the funds collected "our name" are distributed as services and programs first to Lesbians, then Gay Men & Bisexuals there is usually nothing left over other than tokenistic gestures for Transgender and Gender Diverse People. What The Transgender Day of Remembrance and the World AIDS Day Events highlight is that if you are a mature age, over 25 years old, gender diverse person then there is nothing in the way of services from taxpayer funded organisations and this reflects badly upon the WA Government which continues to hand out tax payer funds with little or not oversight as to equity of outcome for consumers. It really is time for this to change!

In Western Australia Transgender People seem to be absent completely from representation within the HIV Organisations which begs the question why is this so? In this era of identity politics where left wing organisations are supposed to be all on the diversity bandwagon, how is it that Transgender & Gender Diverse People are considered unworthy of even a token inclusion? Surely there are plenty of Transgender people who would benefit from one of the many free trips to the East Coast which come with free accommodation in luxurious city hotels. Perhaps the AIDS Organisations haven't looked beyond the established clique of regular frequent flyers.

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Transgender people are at heightened risk for HIV transmission, even when compared to other key populations at high risk of contracting HIV. In most countries, stigma and social factors reduce access to healthcare and HIV services for  transgender individuals. The limited health-related data for transgender persons worldwide are consistent: transgender women (individuals whose sex assigned at birth was male but currently identify and/or express as female) are almost 50 times more likely to be HIV positive than other adults of reproductive age.
http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=7065.0

The, above, quote once again highlights the role Stigma plays as a barrier to accessing HIV support services. A social factor that is not often discussed but which was raised at both The LGBT Health Strategy Consultation & the Department of Health's BBV & STI Consultation was the lack of a culture of confidentiality surrounding HIV in Western Australia. Perhaps if the WA AIDS Council (#WAAC) and the Positive Organisation of WA (#POWA) had cultivated and nurtured this best practice then more people, not just Transgender people, would attend events and volunteer to build capacity, which we note seems rather lacking, especially in the areas of Trans Rights. e.g. HIV+ Trans Women in Men's Prisons which is busily being ignored by those at the top. 

On this World AIDS Day Tranz4mations in collaboration with the HIV Consumer Alliance of WA call for the AIDS Industry to put their money where their mouths are and create cultures that are conducive to maximising participation and capacity. Feminists are quick to tell us that diversity builds capacity so if this is in fact true then allowing Trans People & Cross Dressers to safely participate can only bring organisational rewards.

Below: For anyone who has read the studies on this website these alarming Domestic Violence statistics and their impact on HIV+ people are nothing new. What is a sad indictment on the Leaders of the LGBT & HIV+ Community is that this publication date demonstrates they have known about this major problem since 2012 and nothing has been done, in fact other surveys show that the rates are only getting worse, especially in the Lesbian & #TERF cohorts. The first study of this kind in Perth was conducted by Murdoch University in approx 1996 and yet here we are in 2018 and we have seen no comprehensive interventions to address the harm from Domestic Violence and the Meth Crisis which is crippling the HIV+ & LGBT Communities.

The prevailing excuse that not talking about the issues of Domestic Violence and the LGBT Meth Crisis, which is known to be directly linked to increased risk of BBV & STI transmissions, stems from a desire to not make the community look bad is really false. The truth would seem to be more about Lazy leaders not wanting to highlight their own incapacity to do anything other than write menus for executive cocktail parties.

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In 2012, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released the Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ), and HIV-Affected Communities report. Among the key findings were that transgender people, people of color, gay men and people under 30 were groups that were most impacted by intimate partner violence.  The report found that transgender survivors were two (2.0) times as likely to face threats/intimidation within violent relationships, and nearly two (1.8) times more likely to experience harassment within violent relationships.
http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=6495.0

Below, As Nicola Stevenson, President, Tranz4mations AU states "The disparity between rich and poor and intra-community bullying are very noticeable within the trans community. Economic privilege restricts socialisation and creates a divide between being passable and having to accept physical features that a person has to live with & this is true for Males/Females and can lead to them being institutionalized in a mental hospitals or undertaking suicides because they can no longer live in the original body they where born with".

It seems to be too easy for HIV+ & Trans Leaders to apportion blame and fears of safety to outside community sources. Our Anecdotal evidence suggests that intra-community bullying is the elephant in the room everyone is dodging around. On this World AIDS Day we call for an end to the silence. There needs to be a zero tolerance towards toxic behaviour and peer pressure needs to be exerted upon individuals to ensure that actions/statements which are known to be triggers for suicidal feelings stop being considered acceptable in public and private spaces. 

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Systematic discrimination, alienation, and physical attacks — often unpunished by local authorities — make it hard for transgender women to feel safe expressing their gender identity... The most recent annual US Transgender Survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality found that 29% of 28,000 respondents experienced poverty compared to 14% of the overall US population and 15% of respondents were unemployed compared to just 5% of the broader population.
http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=7061.0

On this World AIDS Day, Trans4mations calls for there to be greater transparency surrounding the WA Health Department's publication of treatment uptake Statistics as it would appear that the public figures are overstated and the reality is the number of people on HIV treatments is lower as stated at the BBV & STI Consultation Workshop.

As the #UEqualsU Campaign demonstrates, HIV treatment with Undetectable Viral load means transmission is prevented. It is regrettable that this stategy, along with a reduce stigma campaign has not been implemented in WA. Is this because AIDS Organisations in WA have long benefited from having fewer complaints lodged by consumers with HIV as high stigma and the real fear of breaches of confidentiality lead to the acceptance of bannings based on personality conflicts with staff, substandard service and people tolerating organisational abuse?

Tranz4mations welcomes the National Association of People with HIV/AIDS' (#NAPHWA) call for a National rollout of the UEqualsU Campaign, though we hope that this time National actually means National and not the usual Eastern States only model with smaller states being considered not important enough to benefit from reductions in stigma and discrimination.

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According to the National HIV Criminalization Survey, 58% of transgender PLHIV believe it is reasonable to avoid HIV testing due to fear of HIV criminal prosecution and general distrust of the criminal justice system.
http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=7058.0

Above, Tran4mations AU notes that there are increasing numbers of people and groups calling for the State Government to implement HIV decriminalisation in Western Australia. This is a real test of WA Labor's commitment to Equity and the most vulnerable and exploitable populations. It is disappointing that it seems that the benefits from having a progressive government have not yet trickled down to HIV+ People including LGBT Positive People who remain the most marginalised and erased from the community.

While we welcome the fact that a number of Reports are said to have been commissioned it is disappointing that the Peak Bodies representing HIV+ people seem to have a recalcitrant attitude to lobbying for reform. Perhaps this State of "go slow wait awhile" might not hapan if the doors of the HIV Leadership Community were open to members of the Trans & Cross Dressing Community who have been knocking "on the door of constructive engagement"!

Maybe the UEqualsU campaign can include an educational video explaining to the regressive left leaders of Perth that the clothing of Transgender People & Cross Dressers is not a threat to National Security. After all the Habits of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were not banned from the Gillard Government's Senate Inquiry into FIFO/DIDO Workplace held up the road from West Perth at Parliament House. But perhaps the real point of the closed doors is that small groups are easier to control?

What we do know is real is as Tranz4mation's President Nicola Stevenson states "Trans women in prisons are generally in a male prison and are vulnerable to rape, violence, drug addiction and spend most of their time in solitary confinement leading to anti social behaviors because of this forced separation from fellow prisoners. Getting trans woman into female prisons leads to more sociable prisoners with the opportunity for rehabilitation as they are with their own kind, for as we all know trans woman are women".

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Today every person living with HIV in a state with laws that criminalize HIV is just one misunderstanding or disgruntled partner away from finding him or herself in a courtroom. A minor infraction of the law or negative encounter with law enforcement while HIV-positive could lead to a felony conviction, a lengthy prison sentence, public shaming and/or registration as a sex offender. http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=7059.0

This World AIDS Day it is important to acknowledge and remedy the failures of HIV Organisations to consult properly with consumers. The imposition of the seemingly negligent, in regards to HIV transmission prevention, HIV medication co-payment and what is understood to be the soon to be implemented "LGBT Health Strategy increase of fees" for service at the M Clinic, decided through back room deals, by in bed together service providers are cases in point.

As Nicola succinctly put it "It is imperative that the HIV/AIDS consultation process involve trans people especially trans women on the margins of the community as a large percentage may have HIV through sex work and abusive relationship sex, as well as those who are in the wrong prison from their gender identity".

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The principle of Meaningful Involvement of  People Living with HIV  and AIDS (MIPA) in all aspects of HIV and AIDS programming, seeks to promote the integration of People Living With HIV (PLWHIV) in the planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of interventions addressing HIV and AIDS. Such an approach is critical to the ethical, efficient and effective response to HIV and AIDS.
http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=7081.0

Tranz4mations and the Health Consumer Alliance of WA understand that on World AIDS Day 2018 the WA AIDS Council will release their very own MIPA audit. We call for this report to be transparently available as a free download on the WAAC website so concerned members of the Community, tax payers who paid for it all and Consumers can access the report.

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MIPA is not just inviting somebody to come to a meeting and vote. It's also making sure you reduce all barriers to their participation. I encourage organizations to consider if they even have protocol for expectations about involvement of people living with HIV, people of color, people who are not cis heteronormative, to be involved in decision-making processes. Does your organization have any sort of mandate around representation on the board? Do you have any protocols about how new programs get designed?
http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=7080.0

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Abbey of the Black Swan Media Annuncio, Said, "My Name is Mary-Jane and as I am only here to help, I have a few questions and suggestions for the Board of WAAC. I would like to know if WAAC's MIPA report is going to be another creative writing PR exercise or will it address the very real  and obvious MIPA failures? For example will the Board answer, is it true that the WAAC AGM only went ahead with the Chair's Proxy forms?

How will WAAC MIPA explain how exactly does banning Clients & Members of the Trans and Cross Dressing Community from the AGM fit in with maintaining the integrity of the MIPA Principles? How does calling the Police on the Sister's "Make The AIDS Council Great Again" "No More fees" & "Get Trans Women out of Men's Prisons" Protest, done with Police permit, fit in with MIPA? Can anyone iron out my confusion, the Police said they were called by WAAC but the CEO, who as the footage shows, was not in the office when the Police arrived, states they were just passing by, who is really correct? How exactly can three fat old nuns on the footpath block 5 car bays or was it all about hiding the exclusive gourmet catering van?

My suggestion to the WAAC Board is if they really want to look like MIPA is important then they should come down out of their Swiss Banker Style Towers and actually meet and greet with the people whose lives are effected by their decisions? Perhaps they might find that the riff raff are not so revolting up close and personal. If that's too hard then perhaps they could send a Board Member to client events who talks to everyone as per the previously mentioned "Feminist's diversity & inclusion policy" and when will the "WAAC email out system to ALL Clients be fixed" so that the riff raff get invited to the tax payer funded events or would they like the new HIV Consumer Alliance of WA to manage that like NAPWHA in Sydney manages POWA's emails?

If it's about capacity and providing consumers with the best possible service, then is it time for that proposed Merger of the ALL BBV & STI NGOs into the 'One Stop Shop' Perth Sexual Health Clinic?"     

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Australia's peak Aids organizations and scientists have announced an end to the Aids epidemic, as the country joins the few nations in the world to have beaten the syndrome.
http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=7043.0

On this World AIDS Day, The above quote reminds us of George Bush standing on the deck of an aircraft carrier announcing Mission Accomplished when the truth is nothing but yet another glorified PR campaign. People are still getting, living and dying with HIV or abandoned by state services in federally run old people's homes, in this brave new era of "out of sight out of mind" health care and consumer protection.

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There are a variety of ways that domestic violence may put victims of domestic violence at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS; ways in which abusers use their own or the victim's HIV+ status as a weapon of coercion; and additional obstacles to health and safety that exist for HIV+ people who are also victims of domestic violence.
http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=6494.0

The President of Tranz4mations puts it well when she says "As the LGBT+ population ag's and moves into retirement homes, the hidden issues will become more apparent, Living with HIV and being Trans in an aged care facility run by a narrow minded religious organizations and poorly managed unaccountable 'homes' can sometimes lead to forced de transition by uncaring staff. Gender dysphoria is real and the pain so great that self harm may be the only option because of the distress associated with it. There is still Stigma and fear surrounding HIV and many gay and trans people are left abandoned and lonely and vulnerable by Family's and loved ones, even in some cases using a trans person's dead name on the death certificate when the end finally comes".

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Where is the vision for leadership in the HIV community? People who have been doing amazing work for decades who are verging on retirement... What is the challenge in cultivating leadership? Is it a fear of sharing power?... Organizations can set up systems that allow for new voices, that provide for constituent feedback, that allow leaders to grow into positions. Other fields do this, actively -- but not HIV.
http://tranz4mations.net.au/index.php?topic=7079.0

We would like to acknowledge and Thank the Margaret Court Community Outreach Program for their Emergency Food support given to HIV+ People, including those from the LGBT Community, which is not available from the funded AIDS Organisations in WA. It is easy to criticise someone for their religious beliefs, but it should be recognised that although during the Marriage Plebiscite Mrs Court was extensively bullied and smeared by "the gays in charge" for exercising her right to speak her opinion, the MCCO has never banned HIV+ and LGBT people, when they have sought emergency food relief.

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Below are some quick facts on MCCO:                               

    MCCO supports around 550 families and individuals per week
    Provides 3,000 meals (20 tonnes) every week
    Assists over 10,500 people annually including those suffering from various
    forms of physical, emotional and mental distress and illness.
    Cares for broken and hurting people Provides Crisis Care and Counselling
    Had a dedicated team of over 70 volunteers and 12 consultant personnel

https://mcco.org.au

The HIV Consumer Alliance of WA and Tranz4mations AU would like to wish everyone a Happy, Safe and Inclusive World AIDS Day for 2018, where ever you may be.


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This is how #feminism, (aka TERFS) hides the truth about domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Awareness Australia 29 November 2018
@domesticviolenceawarenessaustralia


This is a very important post.

Please read and share.

Let’s go through the seven ways one by one.

1. Suppress evidence.

The first type of deceit that Dr Straus (the most experienced domestic violence researcher in the world) describes is suppressing evidence. The researchers would ask questions about both men and women but only report on the answers from women. The half-story would leave readers with the impression that it was only women who were victims even though the researcher had the surveys of male victims on hand they simply didn’t report it. The data on male victims was simply buried while the data on female victims was reported. Straus discusses the Status on Women report from Kentucky in the late 1970’s that was the first to use this strategy. They collected data on both male and female victims but only the female victims were discussed in the publications. Scientific method is dependent upon creating a hypothesis and testing it. If you get data from your test that is contrary to your original hypothesis this is just as important as getting data that affirms the hypothesis and can be used to adjust your original hypothesis. To ignore ones own data that contradicts the hypothesis is the epitome of disregard to the foundations of scientific inquiry. It leaves the realms of research and enters the realms of propaganda and shaping the outcome to mislead.

2. Avoid Obtaining Data Inconsistent With the Patriarchal Dominance Theory.

The second method described by Straus was that of simply not asking the questions when you didn’t want to hear the answers. The surveys would ask the women about their victimhood and ask men about their perpetration but failed to inquire about women’s violence or men’s victimhood. If you ask questions that address only half the problem you are certain to conclude with only half the answers. Straus highlights a talk he gave in Canada where he evaluated 12 studies on domestic violence. Ten out of the twelve only asked questions about female victims and male perpetrators. If you don’t ask the questions you will never get the answers. Publishing half the truth is intentionally misleading.

3. Cite Only Studies That Show Male Perpetration

Straus reveals a number of situations where studies or official documents would cite only other studies that showed female victims and male perpetrators. He uses the Department of Justice press release as just one example where they only cite the “lifetime prevalence” data because it showed primarily male perpetration. They omitted referencing the “past-year” data even though it was more accurate since it showed females perpetrated 40% of the partner assaults. Straus shows journal articles and names organizations such as the United Nations, World Health Organization, the US Department of Justice and others who used this tactic to make it appear that women were the primary victims of domestic violence and men the primary perpetrators.

4. Conclude That Results Support Feminist Beliefs When They Do Not

Straus showed an example of a study by Kernsmith (2005) where the author claimed that women’s violence was more likely to be in self defense but data to support the claim didn’t exist. Apparently he had made the claim even without any supporting evidence. Straus shows that the self defense category was primarily about anger and
coercion and not about self-defense at all but this didn’t stop the researcher from claiming the erroneous results which of course could be quoted by later studies as proof that such data does indeed exist.

5. Create “Evidence” By Citation

The “woozle” effect is described by Straus as when “frequent citation of previous publications that lack evidence mislead us into thinking there is evidence.” He lists the Kernsmaith study and a report from the World Health Organization as examples. Both made claims (without evidence to back it up) that women’s violence was largely in self-defense. The claims were quoted repeatedly and people eventually started to believe that the claims were correct.

6. Obstruct Publication of Articles and Obstruct Funding Research that Might Contradict the Idea that Male Dominance is the Cause of Personal Violence

Straus mentions two incidents that illustrate this claim. One was a call for papers on the topic of partner violence in December of 2005 from the National Institute of Justice where it was stated that “proposals to investigate male victimization would not be eligible.” Another was an objection raised by a reviewer of one of his proposals due to its having said that “violence in relationships was a human problem.” He also stated that the “more frequent pattern is self-censorship by authors fearing that it will happen or that publication of such a study will undermine their reputation, and, in the case of graduate students, the ability to obtain a job.”

7. Harrass, Threaten, and Penalize Researchers who Produce Evidence That Contradicts Feminist Beliefs

#Straus provides details of a number of incidents where researchers who found evidence of gender symmetry in domestic violence were harassed or threatened. He described a number of instances such as bomb scares at personal events, being denied tenure and promotions, or “shouts and stomping” meant to drown out an oral presentation. He relates being called a “wife-beater” as a means to denigrate both himself and his previous research findings.

Straus concludes that a “climate of fear has inhibited research and publication on gender symmetry in personal violence.” His words help us to understand the reasons that our public is so convinced that women are the sole victims of domestic violence and men the only perpetrators. It has been years and years of researchers telling only half the story and when we get only half the story and consider it the whole truth we are likely to defend our limited version of the truth and ostracize those who may offer differing explanations. The matter is further complicated due to the media having acted as a megaphone for the half story that has emerged so the “common knowledge” that has emerged from the media for many years has been half the story and due to its not telling both sides of the story, it is basically misinformation.What this tells us is that we need to stay on our toes when it comes to social science research. Straus’s paper has helped us immensely in seeing how research can be set up to appear to tell the truth but fail miserably in doing so. While the researchers are not technically lying, the end product is similar since it produces only a partial image of the reality of domestic violence and leaves people without the details to fill in the reality of the situation. It is likely a good idea to have a look at the way each study gets its data, the exact nature of the people being used as subjects, and the conclusion drawn and if they are congruous with the data that was gathered. Next we will look at a study that uses Straus’s first example, ignoring ones own data.

#DVAA #DomesticViolence #Feminism #TERFS #Research


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Domestic Violence [New] / Stop Aggressive Women and Avoid Domestic Violence
« on: November 27, 2018, 09:07:55 PM »
Stop Aggressive Women and Avoid Domestic Violence
NCFM Member Tim Patten, November 12, 2018


Clinical Psychologist’s and researchers have identified the poisonous behavior of aggressive women who resort to verbal assault through gossip, innuendo and character assassination used against other female friends and coworkers. But when women become verbally aggressive against the man, she is falling in love with or dating, the cultural equation is toppled and the relationship reels towards becoming dysfunctional. Female aggression can cause long-lasting harm and even lead to death to you and other young men, regardless of race, background or position on the gender binary.

In fact, when the toxicity of female aggression interacts with healthy masculinity, it often triggers an explosive reaction that can undermine your search for romance and love, especially if you have not learned how to overcome it. As Phillip Calvin McGraw, popularly known as Dr. Phil, the well-known American television personality, author and psychologist recommends; if you do not elevate your relationship out of this situation, you may eventually spiral into darkness and despair, and even have your life placed in jeopardy.

The fact is, while most men have at least some familiarity with physical altercations, including punching, slugging, and other such threats, few have been trained to fight back against the weapons used by women’s aggression and their verbal assaults. But men can learn.

Unfortunately, if any man were to so much as mention female aggression, in the politically correct world we live in, it usually gets mangled and misconstrued. It is not viewed as something that needs sorting but is viewed as a criticism and an attack on women. More often than not, your efforts to cope with the widely recognized threat of female belligerence will be labeled as misogyny, and as blatantly sexist.

This is not a great cultural value. If you said, for example, that soldiers should not be taught certain ways of defending themselves because some of these tactics might be discriminatory, most reasonable people would probably be responding by saying, you are being ridiculous. But when it comes to helping men deal with the bad behavior exhibited by members of the opposite sex, an altogether different logic applies. Society is apathetic.

In other words, even though research – like that featured at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology annual conference in Glasgow – demonstrates that women are more likely to be verbally aggressive toward their partners than men, any effort to address this issue is dismissed as sexist. Because of this, men are left dangerously vulnerable and unable to navigate such situations.

But a growing number of individuals, including clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson, are increasingly willing to speak out, despite attempts to keep the issue under wraps. In a recent video interview with Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor at The Economist, Dr. Peterson went into great detail about the nonphysical but nevertheless aggressive actions that women regularly engage in. With the cover of political correctness blown away, Ms. McElvoy was visibly shaken by the realities he brought to light.

Like many people in our anti-male world, Ms. McElvoy might also have been shocked to learn about the extent to which females exhibit dangerous behavior towards men. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), women are to blame in 55% of homicides stemming from intimate partner violence and a recent Harvard study said that 70% of domestic violence is initiated by women. Despite this, feminist organizations and society at large tend to focus almost exclusively on men as the aggressor of domestic violence, ignoring or discriminating against victims of verbal female aggression who happen to be male.

Modern Romance

If you are like most young men, you’ve probably been attracted by the outer appearance of women– flashy painted faces, false eyelashes, and glossy hair extensions. At some point – and maybe even recently – you have spent or are spending a considerable amount of time and money seeking female friendship. Sooner or later, though, friendships become mesmerized by her manipulations and you begin to feel helplessly in love. You date her and yes, you encounter the ecstatic physical intimacy. Eventually, you are in a monogamous relationship, in what might seem like a dream at first.

Then one day, something shocking happens. Suddenly, she starts ranting, hurling abuse in your direction. She screams, “I can’t believe you did this to me! You call yourself a man! You’re just a child! I hate you! I’m done!” As a man, you’ve been taught – or, perhaps, learned the hard way – that you can’t say a word back, or else you’ll find her ratcheting up the volume and attacking you with a slew of morally righteous arguments, such as “You don’t know how to treat a woman!”

At that point, you realize that she is no longer the person you fell in love with – she is unrecognizable. You go silent and breathlessly consider every word you said or everything you did that day or sometime earlier that might have initiated this fit of rage. Your pulse races, wondering what you should do now. You cannot simply treat her like a man – you know if you fight back as you should, you will suffer any number of consequences, and you will invariably be seen by all as the bad oppressive and violent male.

If you are like a great many men, you will feel like you have little choice but to succumb and accept your lot in life. You hunch your shoulders and become a prisoner, a drone worker to her the all-powerful “queen bee.” She has relegated you to “disposable” status, knowing full well that others are lining up to take your spot. Not surprisingly, you feel vulnerable as well. You realize that anything you say will be used against you and that you are destined to lose any argument you might have with her. Your heart stops and you draw your limbs in like a frightened puppy who only wants to escape. Finally, you simply do your best to get through it, hoping that the hostilities end and your feelings of anxiety and dread will go away.

Possible Result of Female Aggression

Unfortunately, this kind of aggressive behavior is probably indicating a rocky roadmap for any relationship moving forward, including if it leads to marriage and children that come along. Heed this “red flag” as a call to action to avoid violence that may lay ahead. Female aggression will not just lead to your own emotional or health-related problems. Based on FBI statistics, nearly 500 husbands are killed by their wives each year, while over 4,000 infants annually suffer a similar fate.

Research suggests that these nonphysical assaults often set the stage for physical violence. Dr. Penny A. Leisring, a clinical psychologist, has found that nonstop haranguing can push a man to the breaking point. You may become violent and suffer societies consequences.

Furthermore, should you marry her and have children, but the marriage ends in a split-up; surveys show us that nearly 20,000 divorced fathers commit suicide each year.

Take Responsibility

To avoid such a fate, you need to be responsible, take a leadership role and make a change. Whether you are already in a committed relationship with her or risk being in one soon, you need to step back and consider where things may be heading. Female aggression represents a crucial life moment and the choices you make at this point will have consequences for your future for a very long time. It is true that her outburst will end, and sex is likely to return to the relationship, but male biology and the promise of what can only be described as a sexual addiction cannot be your only guide.

Instead, it is time to reach deep inside and harness your natural masculinity to make a plan that leads you away from this harmful relationship. Seek safety and freedom. You must place your hands firmly on the steering wheel and guide your life towards autonomy and healthy relationships.

To begin with, you must draw boundaries that aggressive women can never disrespect again and eradicate any thoughts of winning back the love and trust of someone who has abused you. You should ignore the natural urge to comfort her injured emotions. You must move firmly forward – by getting away.

To reach a better place, and to experience freedom and genuine joy, you must sever all ties with such toxic individuals. You must build walls and completely block this person from being part of your life, in the flesh or online, directly or indirectly. Unless you end all contact and interactions with her, you risk having her destroy your life.

Conclusion

Life has never been better for men and to make the most of your opportunities, you need to straighten your spine and critically evaluate your relationships with women. There is no hurry to marry so be al that symbolizes good and fully engage with life, meeting others. Integrate the lessons you learn from each person you meet in order to shape your future with the virtues of masculinity you inherited from your ancestors, which is responsibility, strength, willpower, and action. Over the centuries, these attributes have lifted millions out of poverty, created great civilizations, and inspired mind-boggling innovations.

After a short break from women – and, perhaps, discussions with those who can guide you along the way, including a life coach or those you’ll find at Men Going Their Own Way discussion sites. Men have no political or advanced education support but can straightforwardly learn from each other. Make your journey an adventure, explore the world and discover what makes you ‘tick’. Soon you will look forward to finding a great life teammate. There are women in this world that you can definitely partner with. Understand that there is someone who you will love and they will love you in return.

However, to choose correctly, you will need to make sure you remain fully cognizant of your vulnerabilities and the potentially deadly allure of the merely physical, sexual attraction and making poor choices. Only by knowing the person you with, can you shape the life you truly deserve.

About the Author

Tim Patten’s latest book Masculinity Is Our Future is also available in audio format. He has published the handy investment guide: MGTOW, Building Wealth and Power. And MGTOW Why I Cheat– 11 campfire stories for men’s ears only. All his books and articles are a celebration of masculinity and pay homage to the modern men’s liberation movement.
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General Discussions / Salvation Army gag order on LGBTQ isssues
« on: November 27, 2018, 09:00:53 PM »
Salvation Army slaps ‘gag order’ on employees so they don’t talk about LGBTQ issues
By Bil Browning Tuesday, November 20, 2018

“If you run into a Salvation Army bell ringer this Christmas season, don’t strike up a conversation about President Trump or gay marriage,” warns FOX News host Todd Starnes is telling his audience.

Starnes says employees “have been told to stop posting their opinions about gay marriage, abortion or anything political on social media because it might reflect poorly on the organization.”

The far right pundit says he has leaked copies of internal memos from the home office to staffers instructing them to keep mum about controversial topics.

The religious charity has come under fire in the United States over the past decade for their atrocious record on LGBT rights. To attempt to stem the ongoing outrage over the group’s previous stances on LGBT issues, they started a public relations campaign to deny that they are anti-LGBT while never acknowledging their history.

In short, they’ve tried to sweep their past under the rug when they could end the whole thing by simply apologizing and promising to do better. Without the apology, any attempts they make will be met with skepticism.

Instead, the Army has now apparently instructed employees to simply not talk about their opinions or beliefs on the subject.

Related: Salvation Army busted discriminating against transgender people (again)

“Political or social opinions (such as hot topic issues like LGBTQ Marriage, Officer Housing, or Abortion) should not be included in profiles, and officers should refrain from posting anything that expresses a political view,” the guidelines for Salvation Army officers state according to Starnes.

“This is a threat to our reputation, our fundraising efforts, and ultimately our ability to serve people in need,” read an email to staffers.

In 2014, our sister site, Queerty, exposed two internal Salvation Army USA documents that laid out exactly how the religious org planned to battle the negative publicity. The memos described their plan for a “strategy of containment” that included whitewashing their past, confusing potential donors, and refusing to take responsibility for their horrendous history of discrimination.

Of course, Starnes’ report has the religious right up in arms with his report. Not because the group is trying to brush their anti-LGBTQ history under the rug and protect their fundraising, but because they won’t talk about “sexual sin” in front of the red kettles.

The Army has pussyfooted around the issue because while their anti-LGBTQ history has potentially cost them millions in donations over the past decade as queer folk and allies boycott the red kettles, they also don’t want the religious right leading a boycott of them for being too LGBTQ-friendly.

Until the Salvation Army takes a public stand once and for all on whether or not they support LGBTQ people with more than words, the whiplash between the religious right and civil rights activists will continue.

As their savior told his followers, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”


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7 Things You Should Never Use Your Mental Illness As An Excuse For
By Maya Kachroo-Levine, July 13th 2015


1. As an excuse to trump someone else’s hardships

We’ve gotten to the point where we’re actually trying to outshine each other in terms of who has a worse mental illness or personal situation. We’re perpetually in competition to prove that we’re more damaged than everyone else on the Internet or in our lives. Share your experiences, but do not try to prove that your upbringing was harder, your struggle was more intense, you’ve faced more adversity or your mental illness is more pronounced. It completely negates the fact that talking and writing about mental illness is supposed to encourage support and make people feel less alone.

2. To be flat out rude to other people

You don’t have an open invitation to behave poorly or be an asshole to everyone else because you’re going through a hard time. You have every right to excuse yourself from certain situations, or voice your opinion if someone is being deliberately offensive. But treating people with unnecessary disdain just because they don’t understand what you’re going through is going too far. Guilting someone solely because you have a mental illness is not okay.

3. An an excuse to shut people out of your life entirely with no explanation

It is completely fair to say that having depression (for example) is overwhelming. Certain mental illnesses can make you space out completely and forget you had plans. They can also make you want to not be around people because you don’t feel up to a casual chat or leaving the house. When that happens, the best thing to do is tell friends and loved ones that you are going through something difficult and need some time to yourself, without shutting out the people who are trying to help you.

4. Blaming your family because you need to blame something or someone

Of course everyone’s circumstances and family situations are different and it is not for me to say how your upbringing contributed to your mental illness. If you were treated poorly, you have every right to hold your family accountable. However, if your family is doing everything they can to be there for you and to make sure you’re getting help, it is not fair to pin everything on them and be overly hard on the people who love you and are trying to support you.

5. To get extra attention and sympathy

There are unobtrusive ways to bring up the fact that you found something offensive because of the illness you’re struggling with. But using your mental illness as a crutch in conversation to get attention (or even pity) is going too far. If you’re with people that are specifically making themselves available to talk about what’s going on with your anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, etc. etc., then of course that’s what your conversation will center around. But in the middle of the conversation that is miles away from the subject of you or your mental illness, it shouldn’t be used as an attention grab.

6. To rub your challenges in someone else’s face just to make them look bad

Your mental illness is not an excuse to say, “You have to be nice to me because I’m going through a hard time right now.” If someone’s being rude to you, that’s a problem simply because they’re being rude, not because you have a mental illness. You cannot control people around you and what they’re saying, but you can try to understand that they’re not deliberately trying to victimize you.

7. To detract from someone else’s difficulties

Suffering from a mental illness isn’t boastful, it’s personal. When someone approaches you to talk through their own struggles with mental illness, it can often be helpful if you share that you’ve been through something similar. In fact, you will be able to provide much more support and better advice because of that. Constantly relating their difficulties back to your own just to prove that you’re more damaged or have experienced worse isn’t bringing anything positive or productive to a conversation. It’s just dissuading that person from confiding in you.


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Liberal White Guilt Has Done More Harm Than White Supremacy
by Jeffery McNeil
Posted on November 22, 2018 by Chad P. Quigley, Founder   

I never saw myself as a Conservative, I always viewed myself as a natural-born skeptic. I really don’t care what the mouth says, it’s what people do. I’m fifty years old, I dealt with every special interest of the Democratic Party from labor bosses to ACLU lawyers. Since the sixties, Liberals haven’t  changed their message, they just repackage them. It’s always the same nonsense of government intervention, tax and spend, and the race card. When that doesn’t work, they promise free college and medicaid for all. Do you ever wonder why liberals never openly run on issues they are passionate about. Although there are many activist groups that defend a woman’s right to choose and LGBT rights, why do liberals run to the courts instead of trying to pass legislation? Why cant abortion or gender transitions be done through Congress and signed by the president. Isn’t this Democracy? No matter what liberals say, Donald Trump will go down as the most effective president in history. In two years he has nominated nearly 300 Conservative judges so even if a Democrat gets elected president, they won’t be able to use the courts to overturn Democracy.

As a Black not African, because I was born in America, I yearn for our own Black Donald Trump. Someone who will teach African Americans how to do things for themselves instead of looking for friends and allies. Instead of focusing on what we don’t have and in the words of Lyn Collins. “We gotta use what we got to get what we want!!!”  I truly believe liberal White Guilt has done more harm than white supremacy. You don’t help someone by patting them on the head and saying you poor thing. I want African Americans to have pride and dignity and not be reduced to begging others for their existence. You can tell who your friends are by if they accept you being independent? Liberals come as friends, but the minute you take charge they show their true colors. You’ll find out liberals are control freaks that want to shame, bully, and intimidate. When you say no they become Snowflakes and are reduced into having hissy fits and temper tantrums.

I don’t mind being the villian. I’m not moved by liberals.  I heard every sad story and sob song. While I believe in rugged individualism and free markets, I consider myself a Republican that’s compassionate. I serve my church and feed the homeless but I’m not a liberal hypocrite and  I have no need to virtue signal about the good works I do. I believe in giving someone a “Hand Up not a Hand Out.”  I disagree with Trump when it comes to building a wall, but I also disagree with the Left for putting the interest of foreigners over the interest of America’s. Walls are not racist. There are walls everywhere. Your computer has a wall to block malicious software, because  you wouldn’t want your finances to be insecure. Your body has an immune system to block cancerous cells so why would anybody be against securing your borders unless you’re a Democrat.

There is a conservative vein that runs deeply in the black community. Truth is, many African Americans are Conservative, but don’t know it.. Deep down African Americans know abortion is immoral and  they believe in strong families where the Father is the breadwinner. They know men should be playing physical sports, not wearing lipstick and makeup!!! They want their daughters marrying a man that can provide, not hold hands with someone that just got out of jail, can’t keep a job, and has his pants hanging off his ass. There are many African Americans that  don’t subscribe to the victim rhetoric spouted by Al Sharpton and Michael Eric Dyson. They are not interested in poor inner city African Americans lifting themselves up, they need African Americans wounded, aggrieved and  dependent on liberal white guilt and government, because that’s how they how they stay relative in the Black Community.

Everyone needs help, however, I believe in teaching people how to be  self-sufficient, rather than depend on “Massa” or Big Government for your daily bread. I grew up in some of the worst  projects in Camden New Jersey and Philadelphia. I slept in tunnels and grates. I been evicted and fired. Tough Times Never Last But Tough People do.  I saw miracles; I saw single mothers leave their abusive boyfriends and go to college and get PHD. I was a drug addict, a  junkie, did a stint or two in jail. I was angry and I blamed the white man for everything. I thought I was smart, but I was never organized or read any books. When I learned to read and write my life changed. I quit being a sissy or snowflake and became a man that took personal responsibility for the decisions I make.

If I kept listening to the victim philosophy peddled by regressives I would still be sleeping in a shelter waiting on free housing and a minimum wage job. Struggle is essential to the human condition I like working my ass off. I like messes and problems. They give me a reason to get up the morning. Liberals like to complain, while I like solving problems. Capitalism is harsh and cruel, but in order to be a winner, you first must learn how to handle failure and disappointment. I believe organizations such as Street Sense work way better than anything coming from Washington. I don’t  believe the best way to end inequality is to have everyone miserable and unhappy. I believe in freedom and prosperity. It’s my opinion and if you disagree, I really don’t care!!!


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General Discussions / Dr Miriam Adelson on Drug Addiction
« on: November 25, 2018, 04:05:59 PM »
Analysis Mock Trump’s Decision to Honor Miriam Adelson All You Want, but Don’t Underestimate Her Power

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Editor's Note
This unusual article is presented in full to provide the context for the quote about drug addiction highlighted in quotes in it's original placement below.

It is a pity the policy makers and the those in the AIDS BBV & STI Industry handing out free needles in Western Australia with the efficiency of a military industrial operation aren't open minded enough to read this quote and increase treatment and prevention programs.

After all getting Gay Men hooked on drugs leading to the #GayMethCrisis & increasing #LGBTDomesticViolence via the "Party for AIDS" Culture seems to be the single biggest "outcome" of the AIDS Industry in WA.

The news that Trump is awarding Miriam Adelson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom was greeted with mockery. But she is not a mere stand-in for her husband.
Allison Kaplan Sommer
Nov 11, 2018

Under any other circumstances, news that one of the highest honors bestowed by the president of the United States was being given to an Israeli-American physician, scientist and philanthropist would trigger unbridled celebration, both in Israel and among American Jews. 

But the announcement that President Donald Trump is presenting Miriam Adelson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom was instead greeted across the board by a mixture of surprise, disbelief, disgust and outright mockery.

Certainly, there is a fair argument for raising a skeptical eyebrow – or two – at Trump’s choice. It is nearly impossible to attribute his decision to anything other than the hundreds of millions of dollars that have poured into the coffers of Republican politicians – in some cases directly to Trump himself – from the fortune of her husband, billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson were easily the highest donors to midterm election campaigns, giving an estimated $113 million to the GOP effort.

The Washington Post headline made no bones about the transactional relationship between the honor and the donations: "Miriam Adelson gave the GOP Millions. Trump is giving her the Medal of Freedom." 

The Adelsons are not just big donors. They are on intimately friendly terms with the president, mainstays of the Trump inner circle, and were among the group enjoying mini-hot dogs, burgers and pizza in the White House on Election Night as the results rolled in on television – most likely on Fox News.

Ridicule following the award's announcement was inevitable, particularly given that the list of honorees is such a bizarre grab-bag of names. It includes three posthumous honorees and three who made their names as sports heroes. Adelson’s fellow medal winners include Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth and quarterback Roger Staubach.

Still, while the honor for "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors" is generally associated with heroes or public servants like Helen Keller, Mother Teresa and John F. Kennedy, Trump’s choices are not utter anomalies.

The Medal of Freedom has previously been given to entertainers and sports figures. President Barack Obama, in particular, bestowed the medal on a substantial number of celebrities – several of whom were reliable Democratic Party supporters and donors such as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand. Still, in such cases, political support appeared to play a secondary, not primary, role in their selection.   

The idea that Adelson is the single woman on the list – the only female Trump could think of, living or dead, who deserved to be recognized for their contribution to the country – adds an extra dose of outrage.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, for example, tweeted that the award was being given to someone “who has done nothing for her country besides being the wife of a Trump-friendly megadonor.”

In this, Krugman is off base. Women can also bristle at such criticism which portrays Miriam Adelson as a mere stand-in for, or accessory to, her husband.

Whether or not Miriam Adelson’s personal accomplishments merit such a high honor is certainly debatable. At the same time, she is undeniably a force to be reckoned with. Her donations to charity and politics, as half of a powerful couple, are motivated by a strong conviction that she is making the United States and the world a better place. And while she plays a minor role in the casinos and hotels that produce the family billions, by all accounts she is not only equal but often dominant when it comes to her husband’s donations, both political and philanthropic.

A 2012 profile in Fortune noted that Miriam Adelson was “no less accomplished – or powerful – than her larger-than-life spouse.” The couple, the article noted, doesn’t spend even a day apart. Miriam Adelson told the interviewer that they “share the same vision and beliefs,” and “are in full agreement on the causes we support, whether they are helpless people, drug addicts or young people looking for roots in Israel. We don’t have arguments, or long discussions.”

As Dr. Miriam Ochshorn (her maiden name was Farbstein), she worked as a scientist specializing in drug addiction. She was an early proponent of the idea that addiction was a disease, not a life choice. When she met Adelson on a blind date while living in New York, she was a divorced Israeli physician working at Rockefeller University on a research exchange program. Soon after she wed Adelson in 1991, she put her newfound fortune to work for her chosen field, founding a substance abuse center and research clinic at Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center, followed by the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Research Clinic in Las Vegas.

Adelson said in the Fortune interview that she far preferred wearing her lab coat to designer suits, adding that she valued money as a means to an end – particularly when it came to addiction treatment and research.

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“Saving a drug addict is the equivalent of saving about 20 people. Treating one drug addict reduces his criminal activity, reduces his arrests, reduces his appearances in court, reduces his time sitting in prison, reduces his injecting drugs, reduces him being infected with HIV & Hepatitis C while sharing needles, and reduces his infecting others if he is already infected. It also improves his general medical condition, improves his behavior at home and in the environment, improves his work habits, and has a positive impact on his family by having a normal person around them. By treating one person, we can save many lives, and a mission like that is very much fulfilling.”

Democrats, of course, would be quick to point out that the GOP candidates backed by Adelson advocate health care policies that make drug addiction treatment less affordable and accessible – and that, conveniently, her work with addiction does not include gambling addictions, which are encouraged by the practices of the casinos from which her husband makes his fortune.

And then there’s Israel. Before meeting and marrying his wife, Sheldon Adelson's views on Israel were that of a typical American Jew, with strong ties to his heritage but few signs of the strong connection to the Jewish state that the couple’s activities reflect today. It is highly unlikely that a Miriam-free Sheldon Adelson would have made such massive, multimillion investments in causes like Yad Vashem, the Holocaust remembrance center, Birthright Israel, Friends of the IDF, and numerous schools and centers for senior citizens. And without her, it is also unlikely he would be so deeply involved with Israeli politics and politicians, epitomized by his founding of the Israel Hayom newspaper, of which Miriam is publisher.

It is Miriam – not Sheldon – Adelson's background that contributes to Israel being at the top of their priority list when it comes to choosing which politicians to support. Born in British Mandatory Palestine in 1946 to a family that fled the Holocaust, she served in the Israeli army.

In a 2008 deep dive into Adelson in The New Yorker magazine, as his dominance of the business and political realms was first becoming clear, journalist Connie Bruck wrote that according to those people who know Adelson well, Miriam shifted his political views on Israel substantially to the right. Recently, the couple's support for Israel went as far as to provide financial “bonuses” in the form of extra campaign support for House members who opposed the Iran nuclear deal. 

And it is Miriam who is deeply invested in Trump, praising him effusively on the day of the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem in May: “I am euphoric today – as an Israeli, as an American, as a human being who wants a better world. I feel privileged to be a witness to the bold leadership evinced by President Trump. Thank you, Mr. President. You have done the right thing. You have worked miracles.”

There are those who say the decision to single out Adelson is done with an eye to the 2020 campaign. The critics may be right: The choice of Miriam is undeniably more a gesture of self-interest than one driven by genuine admiration for her accomplishments. But the decision cannot be seen as one directed only at her husband. Sheldon Adelson is a chronically ill 85-year-old who uses an electric scooter to move (he suffers from peripheral neuropathy). Considering that Miriam Adelson is a robust and determined woman of 72, in whose hands the couple’s fortune will remain when he is gone, granting her a Medal of Freedom is a wise investment in the future by Trump.


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I don’t like Safe Schools, so I’m a transgender traitor
Libby DownUnder 14 May 2018

As a transsexual woman, I have been accused of betraying the trans ‘community’, just because I oppose Safe Schools. I didn’t leave the trans ‘community’, rather, the ‘community’ left me. They left me, once I realised that the trans activists have taken the ‘community’ for a postmodernist ride to attempt to socially normalise and cultural demedicalise gender dysphoria in Western society.

Like all wild joyrides, this one will end in a car crash. It’s not a matter of if, but when, because this joyride has given rise to the pending car crash known as rapid-onset gender dysphoria or ROGD. This is why I oppose Safe Schools. This is why I am disturbed by the valourisation and glamourisation of trans people, especially trans children, whether in the mainstream or social media.

ROGD describes apparent dysphoria where “teens and tweens suddenly [come] out as transgender without a prior history of discomfort with their sex”, and where the “young person’s coming out as transgender is often preceded by increased social media use and/or having one or more peers also come out as transgender”. This has coincided with the recent, and strangely exponential, increase in the number of children and teenagers seeking medical treatment for gender dysphoria. Doesn’t this sound a bit like the Recovered Memory Syndrome and Multiple Personality Disorder social contagions of the 1990s?

And yet they say we need Safe Schools, the same indoctrination program that’s inflated the percentage of the general adolescent population who identify as transgender from 1.2 per cent to four per cent. The 1.2 per cent figure is questionable, and for Safe Schools to then teach that one in twenty-five children are transgender is laughable. To the best of my knowledge, of all the 200-and-something kids in my grade in high school who turned out to be trans, I’m the only one. Inflating the 1.2 per cent figure is an attempt to justify Safe Schools for grooming schoolkids to ‘transtrend’, which trivialises gender dysphoria. It is clear that the social engineers behind Safe Schools and similar programs are happy to see my medical condition go contagious — the thought of that is sickening.

And what has been the mainstream healthcare response to this phenomenon? Today’s psychotherapeutic practice involves “immediate affirmation of a young person’s self-diagnosis, which often leads to support for social and even medical transition”. Not what I would call psychotherapy proper, and such affirmation practices have limited scientific evidence to show for it. Of course, adults and children with genuine and acute gender dysphoria have existed arguably since time immemorial (think Elagabalus), but as was the case decades ago, real gender dysphoria is rare, and the Great Gender Dysphoria Inflation is harmful.

Most harmful is the push for trans children to be allowed to have gender transition-related surgeries under the age of 16, noting that the minimum legal age for smoking, drinking and voting in Australia is 18. It’s also worth mentioning that conventionally, trans teenagers, don’t start on cross-sex hormones until the age of 16. But the unfortunate reality is that there is also the push for these teenagers to be allowed access to those hormones at the age below the minimum age of sexual consent. This is happening all whilst the scientific jury on the safeness and reversibility of puberty blockers to ‘buy time’ is still out.

The truth is, puberty can cause body discomfort for teenagers in general, so this isn’t a phenomenon exclusive to gender dysphoria. And probably the most inconvenient truth for the trans activists to swallow is that for a myriad of underlying reasons, many children with apparent gender dysphoria can grow out of it precisely because their dysphoria was not real to begin with — this truth is supported by the official bible of psychiatry, DSM-V. Such conditions may relate to social awkwardness, homosexuality, anxiety, depression, self-harming, anorexia, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, or dissociative identity disorder.

In my teenage years, I had at least one of these underlying conditions. In hindsight, it was the result of my gender dysphoria, that my dysphoria was not masking another problem that’s real. But that’s just me, and unfortunately not every gender dysphoria patient out there avoid disaster. Since at least 70 percent of people with gender dysphoria also experience psychiatric comorbidity at some point, prudence must trump rashness, because sometimes hindsight is just too late to unravel the damage done. There was a time when the gender dysphoria diagnosis was well guarded against misuse to deal with unrelated pain and distress. The 1998 Harry Benjamin Standards of Care states reasonably that:

    Adolescents should be dealt with conservatively because gender identity development can rapidly and unexpectedly evolve. They should be followed, provided psychotherapeutic support, educated about gender options, and encouraged to pay attention to other aspects of their social, intellectual, vocational, and interpersonal development. Because an adolescent shift toward gender conformity can occur primarily to please the family, it may not persist or reflect a permanent change in gender identity. Clinical follow-up is encouraged.

    Adolescents may be eligible for beginning triadic therapy as early as age 18, preferably with parental consent. Parental consent presumes a good working relationship between the mental health professional and the parents, so that they, too, fully understand the nature of the GID. In many European countries 16 to 18 year-olds are legal adults for medical decision making, and do not require parental consent.

    The age at which adolescents who consistently maintain an unwavering desire to live permanently in the opposite gender role should be permitted to begin the real life experience or hormonal therapy is 18 years.

Today’s trans activists would deride this common-sense healthcare approach as transphobic. Maybe it is transphobic, but a 20-year-old document could do with an update without throwing common-sense and family values out the window. But alas, the postmodernist approach is now the establishment it seems, and the trans activists expect me to be part of this new establishment. “It’s 2018, and you must defend the new establishment we’ve built for you using Safe Schools and the like”, they say to me (paraphrase). I will not acquiesce, however, because my transgender contagion must come to a grinding halt.

There are many good reasons why Australian parents must win back their right to protect their children from Safe Schools, but the transgender contagion reason gets little airplay. I’m not in the healthcare profession, and many in the same profession are afraid of speaking out about my contagion, almost as if the trans activists have them on their payroll. Will you support me and my petition to stop my transgender contagion? https://www.change.org/p/world-professional-association-for-transgender-health-wpath-bring-back-gatekeeping-to-stop-my-transgender-contagion-before-it-s-too-late


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Libby DownUnder is an Australian video blogger and writer on social media (mainly Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Libertarian.AU and Twitter https://twitter.com/LibertarianInOz). She’s in her early thirties, and she transitioned to female in her early twenties.


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How to 'Christine Blasey Ford-Proof' Your Son
By Megan Fox September 22, 2018

I never thought I would be the mother of a son. Boys just don't run in our family. My grandmother has thirteen grandchildren, all of them girls. So when my son came along it was like a dream (a weird, crazy dream with a penis no one knew what to do with) and what a blessing he is! My little boy is so precious to me. He's sweet and loving and loud and crazy. He eats dirt. He's MUCH different than his sisters in his aggressive and fierce expression of love for "his girls," as he calls us. Male affection is just different and it's been that way from the beginning. Perhaps that's why mothers and sons have a special bond.

Mothers of sons everywhere should be terrified by the constant destruction of men by duplicitous, lying women and an overzealous and political Senate confirmation process. All a scheming broad has to do these days is claim that your son touched her inappropriately more than two decades ago and she can derail his career. Worse, if your son ever happens to end up in front of the Senate, U.S. senators may drive his wife to suicide. The Senate confirmation hearing for Miguel Estrada, a Bush choice, was so stressful that Estrada's wife had a miscarriage, developed a drinking problem, and overdosed on pills and died, according to The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/08/08/minority-retort
     
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For Rove, the most painful example was Miguel Estrada, who had worked in the Solicitor General’s office, and who was Bush’s first appellate-court nominee, in 2001. Estrada withdrew his name twenty-eight months after being nominated. During the confirmation struggle, Estrada’s wife miscarried; in November, 2004, she died, of an overdose of alcohol and sleeping pills. The death was ruled accidental by the medical examiner. Rove said that Mrs. Estrada had been traumatized by the nastiness of the process.


The confirmation process for the Supreme Court should not be killing people and yet, here we are again in the nastiest battle yet. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is being put through the wringer by a bunch of political assassins who couldn't care less if lives are destroyed as long as they get their way. So far his wife seems to be holding up admirably, but for how much longer, no one knows. She's got the vicious press camped out in her yard where her children used to play. If it were me, the cupcakes I would be making for them would be laced with Ex-Lax.

The best video on the internet this week is this panel segment on CNN where a bunch of women are asked what they think of the detestable Christine Blasey Ford and her allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. The responses were not what CNN expected or they would never have aired it.

It is no surprise to me that the mothers of America have had enough of this nonsense. They aren't just women. They are mothers of sons. And as any mother of a son can tell you, we love our boys at a level that is hard to put into words. It's why sitcoms have always featured invading mothers-in-law hovering over their precious sons who can do no wrong. It's a thing. We love them and we want to kill THOT who tries to hurt them. (For the uninitiated in teen speak, check the urban dictionary for THOT. https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Thot

The press has underestimated the mothers of America who are watching this process of destroying a good man with horror and anger. What can we do as mothers to make sure this doesn't happen to our sons? It begins with training them from a young age to protect themselves from unscrupulous girls. A long time ago the worst you had to worry about was a girl trapping your son by getting pregnant. Now it's much worse. Here are a few ideas with which to move forward in this terrifying #MeToo era.

1. Take him to church and make sure the lessons stick

Make sure your son knows how to treat others, what his moral obligations to himself and his family are, and to follow God's laws in regards to dating and marriage. Try to impart the importance of saving sex for marriage. What can happen to him if he fails to do that (poverty, child support, disease, death, false rape charge) isn't worth it.

2. Train him to document any unusual circumstance

If something happens to your son at school or elsewhere involving a girl that might be misconstrued or even if he just feels uncomfortable with it, teach him to email it to himself with details, dates, and witnesses. These emails are admissible in court. It will also solve the problem of not being able to remember details years later if accused.

3. Teach your son to assume he will one day have a position of high importance and encourage him to live accordingly

This is the Mike Pence school of behavior that will serve him well. Do not be alone with a woman who is not your wife if you are married. If you are not married, then try to have witnesses when dealing with women. Double-dating may soon be the only smart thing for a man to do when looking for a mate to protect himself from dangerous women who would like to hurt him. Teach him that anything he might say or do today could affect him and cost him a job 30 years from now. Show him what's happening to Brett Kavanaugh. Teach him to choose his friends wisely, to stay sober, and to stay away from shenanigans that could come back and haunt him.

4. Don't trust women

Sorry to say it, but my sex offends and horrifies me. Between Stormy Daniels and Ford, women are a disgrace. Contrary to the saccharine platitude that "women don't lie," women lie all the time. They lie like crazy. The younger they are, the more they lie and scheme. It's probably the rage of hormones and insecurity that contribute to it, but most women lie and scheme. Teach your sons to search out morally upstanding girls and to avoid drama queens. The religious ones are usually better. Stay very far away from party girls and girls who use drugs or drink underage. Those girls are momentarily fun, but ultimately trouble. Teach him to stay away from those girls.

Even if a man does all these things there's no guarantee some lying hussy won't try to screw up his life over a romantic poem, but it should help to give him evidence with which to fight back.


 

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Domestic Violence [New] / Growing number of men reporting domestic violence
« on: November 24, 2018, 01:15:15 PM »
Growing number of men reporting domestic violence to police, ONS figures reveal
Charles Hymas, Home Affairs Editor Patrick Scott , Data Journalist
22 November 2018 

Record numbers of men are reporting domestic abuse by their partners to police - as the proportion of women victims turning to police has fallen, official figures have revealed.

The proportion of male victims who told police about their domestic abuse increased from 10.4% in 2014-15 to 14.7% this year as charities said more men were shaking off the stigma of talking about their suffering.

However, the figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed it coincided with a sharp drop in the proportion of women victims reporting their abuse to police, down from 25.8% to 18.4% over the same period.

Campaigners suggested one reason could be increasing delays in over-stretched police forces being able to send officers promptly to domestic abuse incidents, giving the perpetrators more time to bully their victims into not making a complaint.

Just over one in 25 men (4.2%) of men said they had suffered domestic abuse - which includes violence, a similar level to the previous year. The proportion of women who experienced domestic abuse rose slightly  from 7.5% to 7.9%.

However, the number of recorded domestic abuse offences of both sexes saw a big rise to almost 600,000, an increase of 23% in a year, although the ONS believed “improved recording” methods could have played a part.

Mark Brooks, chairman of the Mankind Initiative for male victims of abuse, attributed it to men’s willingness to open up to friends and family about their suffering.

“More men are finding the courage to go to the police, often supported by family, friends and  work colleagues,” he said.

“The police have thankfullly also  moved a long way from the stereotypical view of domestic abuse that it was only a crime affecting women. They are far more inclusive in their approach.

“The challenge still remains in ensuring men are actually referred to local domestic abuse services and that they are well funded to cope."

According to the charity, a third of domestic violence victims are male yet only 0.8% refuge beds are reserved for them.

While there are more than 3,600 beds in safe houses for women, there are only 20 for men in the whole of England. There are no refuge beds for men in London, said the charity. Research suggests one in six men experience domestic abuse but only one in 20 report it to police.

Steven Allan, Trustee and Secretary of Men's Aid, said: “Generally speaking, abuse directed against men is getting more noticed but there is still a bias against men. When you see a stock image depicting domestic violence, it's always of a woman cowering from a man.

“We still have an inequality in the funding of domestic abuse charities. The resources available to tackling abuse against men are very small. We're on our knees as a charity - we just don't have the resources."

The ONS data shows the proportion of complaints resulting in a charge are also falling, down from 18.2% of crime reports to 14.7% this year. It is estimated as many as 50% of those abused withdraw complaints against their partners, with figures for 2016 suggesting 160,000 victims.

Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said it was shocking that police made only  38 arrests per 100 domestic abuse-related crimes recorded.

"This is a major concern. We know from our work with survivors that it often takes a woman a lot of courage to report domestic abuse to the police and it is rarely the first incident of domestic abuse that she has experienced,” she said.

“This failure by the police to consistently protect survivors is a major concern and is likely to damage the survivor’s trust in the police.”

Delays in police responses to domestic abuse incidents were highlighted by the chief inspector of constabulary, which Ms Ghose warned compromised the chances of an effective investigation but also poses serious concern for survivors’ safety and access to justice.

She said the “significant decrease” in the proportion of women victims reporting to police meant domestic abuse services had to pick up the pieces. “Yet in recent years, they have been faced with a funding crisis which has meant that some services have been forced to close or reduce their support provision,” she said.


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Mother Psychotica of the Holy Bitch Psychosis is Elevated to Blessed Mother of the Great Southern Land!


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As Media Annuncio and Senior Sister it is my pleasure and duty to announce that at a Nuncheon of Members an election for Mother of the Great Southern Land was held and this was won unanimously by Sr Psychotica of the Holy Bitch Psychosis. (Nicola Stevenson)

To this end Mother Psychotica is entitled to use the title The Blessed Mother of the Great Southern Land. She is authorised to carry out all functions of the Order including ordaining new Novices and Black Veil Sisters.



As an added bonus Mother Psychotica has also been made the Order's Spokesnun for the Transgender Community. This is great news and Mother Psychotica joins the Abbey of the Black Swan's very own Spokesnun for Transgender Issues, Sr Chaos & Mayhem, (Rebecca Praetz) as champions of the OPI in WA.

Please join me in a rousing cheer of Happy Pride to wish her well for the future!

Mary-Jane Singleton
Media Annuncio & Senior Sister
Abbey of the Black Swan



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Domestic Violence [New] / ASSAULTS BY WOMEN ON THEIR MALE PARTNERS
« on: November 23, 2018, 08:30:46 PM »
REFERENCES EXAMINING ASSAULTS BY WOMEN ON THEIR SPOUSES OR MALE PARTNERS: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Martin S. Fiebert
Department of Psychology
California State University, Long Beach
 
Last updated: June 2012

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SUMMARY:  This bibliography examines 286 scholarly investigations: 221 empirical studies and 65 reviews and/or analyses, which demonstrate that women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners.  The aggregate sample size in the reviewed studies exceeds 371,600.     

To See the Original Article go here: https://web.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm

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