By UN Watch Global Research, April 24, 2017

The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch condemned the U.N.’s election of Saudi Arabia, “the world’s most misogynistic regime,” to a 2018-2022 term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the U.N. agency “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

“Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. “It’s absurd.”

“Every Saudi woman,” said Neuer, “must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars.”

“I wish I could find the words to express how I feel right know. I’m ‘Saudi’ and this feels like betrayal,” tweeted a self-described Saudi woman pursuing a doctorate in international human rights law in Australia.

via No Joke: U.N. Elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights Commission, For 2018-2022 Term — Uprootedpalestinians’s Blog

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“Barely a quarter into 2017, year-to-date retail store closings have already surpassed those of 2008.”

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(Zero Hedge)  “Thousands of new doors opened and rents soared. This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst.”

        – Richard Hayne, Urban Outfitters CEO, March 2017

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The devastation in the US retail sector is accelerating in 2017, and in addition to the surging number of brick and mortar retail bankruptcies, it is perhaps nowhere more obvious than in the soaring number of store closures.

While the shuttering of retail stores has been a frequent topic on this website, most recently in the context of the next “big short”, namely the ongoing deterioration in the mall REITs and associated Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities and CDS, here is a stunning fact from Credit Suisse:“Barely a quarter into 2017, year-to-date retail store closings have already surpassed those of 2008.”

According to the Swiss bank’s calculations, on a unit basis, approximately 2,880 store…

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Two-thirds of Americans think the Democrats are out of touch — including nearly half of Democrats themselves.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

The news just keeps getting worse for the Democratic Party.  Not only have they suffered the landslide defeats of the 2010 and 2014 midterms, their humiliating loss in the 2016 presidential election, and the severe ass-kicking Republicans have dealt them in state and local elections all across the country, new polling results show that the once-mighty political party of the center-left to be in the death-throes of an existential crisis.

Normally in America’s two-party system, the opposing party benefits – through increasing popular support – when the party in power goes off the rails of moderation by enacting extremist policies.  In theory, then, Democrats should be unifying as well as drawing support from independents and even some Republicans right now considering that the rampaging megalomaniac Donald Trump is leading the nation from the White House.  However, that expected trend doesn’t appear to be happening.  A new…

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Next week, according to sources, seven black Fox News employees plan to join a racial discrimination suit filed last month by two colleagues. The original lawsuit alleged that Fox News’s longtime comptroller, Judy Slater, subjected members of Fox’s payroll staff to racial insults for years.

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What has been obvious to a lot of observers for a long time, with the Faux News Network constant stream of on-air racism and vitriol is that it had serious problems, Not just with its on-air personalities, buy down in the very structure of the company.

Bigots hire bigots…and sexual molester stick together.

Bill O’Reilly Is Gone, But Fox News’s Legal Nightmare Continues

The Murdochs hoped firing Bill O’Reilly would signal a changing culture at Fox News. “We want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect,” Rupert and his sons, James and Lachlan, wrote in a memo to Fox News employees on Wednesday. But the dismissal of Fox News’s highest rated host isn’t going to end the crisis at the network. The toxic culture, fostered for 20 years by former CEO Roger Ailes, is proving far more difficult to…

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Patriarchy, Civilization, Militarism and Democracy

Gwynne Dyer (1994)

 

This documentary traces the development of patriarchy around 5,000 years ago, which Dyer links to the consolidation of agricultural villages into empires. Simultaneously in Mesopotamia, Central and South America and China, hierarchical political systems formed under a single male dictator who controlled their subjects via absolute terror.

This transition from autonomous villages into heavily militarized states was always accompanied by strict control of women’s behavior. Dyer maintains the ultimate goal of controlling women was to increase the birth rate and produce more male subjects for the rulers’ armies. In Mesopotamia, the formation of new religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) glorifying a single male god was the crowning achievement of patriarchy.

According to Dyer, Egypt was the last ancient empire to fully adopt patriarchy. Owing to natural barriers (the Sinai desert and the Mediterranean) that protected it from foreign invasion, it was the last ancient empire to militarize and adopt strict laws restricting women’s freedom.

The 40 minute film is divided into four parts. Parts 2-4 start automatically when the prior part concludes.

 

Personally, I thought I’d never live to see the day this happened! One of the top news networks having an intelligent news anchor discuss vaccine issues and not pejoratizing the messenger! Kudos and hats off to Fox News Network and Tucker Carlson, in particular, for your willingness to break the Pharma stranglehold on not discussing valid vaccine issues on network media. I for one, salute you!

Here’s the 5 minute vaccine discussion Tucker Carlson had with Robert F Kennedy Jr., which I hope can become a routine media.

 

via Kudos To Fox News For Addressing Vaccine Questioning —

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“Everyone agrees that US bombs must be dropped on far-away people, but correctly placing these bombs is a bit of a nuisance. Isn’t there a Google App for this? There definitely should be.”

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Kindergarten Geography Skills Continue to Hinder America’s Ability to Bomb People

Bombing people is easy and fun. But finding where they live, on a map? This requires difficult book-learning. Major bummer

Bombs away!
Bombs away!

Donald Trump’s fake “show of force” against North Korea has resurrected an ancient question that many wise philosophers have pondered for thousands of years: Can Americans actually locate on a map the countries that they so desperately wish to bomb?

We apologize for the rhetorical question.

Of course, the North Korea “incident” was not due to poor navigational skills; it was nothing more than a fear-mongering distraction to boost television and approval ratings.

But it does beg the question: Can Rachel Maddow and her army of lobotomized potatoes actually find Moscow on Google Maps? Because that is the first step, at least in theory, if you want to bomb it.According to science, the answer is a resounding “no”.

Several years…

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