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Dear Bloggers: A Request

Here's something I'd like to see from my fellow bloggers. If abuse of any kind—violent, sexual, racial, child-abuse, marital abuse, bullying and so on—forms a major theme of any post you make, consider that it's highly possible that at least some readers will be interested in the topic because they're looking for help. I think, therefore, that it's a good idea to add a link and maybe a phone number to a relevant organisation, where such help may be found, to the end of the post. Obviously I can't tell anyone to do this, but I would ask you to consider it.
Daz

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Long-time readers may remember that I have something of a personal history with this subject. (Trigger-warning for description of child-abuse at that link.) I therefore offer a link to Amanda Marcotte's thoughts on this, without comment from myself.
Daz

Children and young adults looking for help in the UK can visit Child Line or phone them on 0800 1111.

If you're worried that a child might be being abused, please contact the NSPCC. You can remain anonymous, if you so wish.

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Euthyphro: At The Sharp End

A classic from Mitchell & Webb.
Daz

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With apologies to Pink Floyd…

We don't need no contraception.
We don't want no birth control.
Don't want children? Don't have sex, then.
Dontcha know your body's not your own?

Hey! Women! Your body's not your own!

All in all you're a dirty slut and a whore.
Yeah.
All in all you're just a- nother slut and a whore.

We don't want to hear opinions.
We don't want you having a voice.
A walking womb, you've got no rights, you're
Pregnant or celibate, that's your choice.

Hey! Women! You got no rights or choice!

All in all you're a dirty slut and a whore.
Yeah.
All in all you're just a- nother slut and a whore.
Just an incubator, you're not a person anymore.
Yeah, just another filthy slut and a whore.
Another filthy slut and a whore.
Just another filthy slut and a whore.
Repeat to fade.

Daz

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Another Bob Hutton post has been perpetrated.

A heads-up: I'm only going to add notification here of another two or three posts on the Hutton Delusion blog, and maybe an occasional one thereafter for new readers. I figure most regular readers of this blog who want to know what's going on over there will have subscribed to that one by then.
Daz

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I had cause to mention Dr Feelgood in an email, and in the course of the many-related-videos rabbit-hole journey that is You Tube, I ran across this. And I felt like sharing it, so, erm… I'm sharing it. Pure rock-and-blues flavoured, pub-rock gold at its rough-edged, grimy-suited bestestness.
Daz

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It's something of a truism, Gentle Reader, that conservative types, and especially religious conservative types, tend to think that society should be returned to the state it was in during some supposed golden age. In Britain it's most often Victorian Values™ which get touted. That's the Victorian world of great engineers and inventors and the focus on loving families and espousal of sexual virtue, you understand. The Victorian era of slums, rampant prostitution, opium dens, sweat-shop labour and so on is conveniently forgotten.

In the U.S., on the other hand, it tends to be the nineteen-fifties which gets harkened back to. An era when prosperity was high, the only enemy (commie-nism) was external and almost laughably un-nuanced, authority was respected and "God-fearing Christian" was an unchallenged term of respect. Swept under the rug are the open and systemic racism, the organised crime, the blatant sexism, the almost completely unfounded McCarthy-driven paranoia and anything else which might sully the impression of a prosperous, white, Pat Boone paradise.

So you'd think, wouldn't you, that when seventeen-year-old Tiana Ramos opened her own business (entrepreneurialism, yay!), a nineteen-fifties, rockabilly themed doughnut shop, in Front Royal, Virginia, conservative Christians would have been cheering her on, right? Continue Reading »

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