Apples and Pears are not Strawberries

11 Aug
A word of advice in dealing with cultural differences summarized in the 2 concepts of “Rudeness” and “Civilized/Primitive”. Because these are recurring complaints. There’s one very easy way to stop suffering from those things: not comparing to foreign standards.
 
These 2 concepts are invalid ways to judge a foreign culture. My advice lies in the answers to why I am calling them invalid.
 
Referring to Israelis as rude and judging us by how civilized or primitive we are – especially referring to Mizrachim and Arabs – boils down to you judging us by where you come from. You’re mice judging hamsters as having too short a tail.
Manners/mentality and the civilization/primitiveness of a people are dependent on culture, ie. country, especially the perception of those factors! They are different everywhere:
 
Japan – it’s rude to eat while walking and to refresh your lipstick on the subway. But pushing you in the back to stuff you on an overcrowded train, that’s totally okay and so is your boss putting you down as a person rather than an employee. Polite sentences often end in a “…but” so you can allow for the other person to feel okay with disagreeing. As in “But that’s just me”. Often they apologzie for so much as receiving a basic service or being asked to move out of the way. To me, all that politeness and apologizing seems ridiculous but it’s natural to the Japanese.
 
Arab world – better not greet people with your left hand. Who of you (non-Arabs) cares what hand you’re greeted with? I mean, we do a lot of “icky” stuff with both hands other than wiping our butts with our left…
 
Germany, many parts of the usa – God forbid you use sarcasm.
 
France, England – good table manners are everything, while I think food is to be eaten, not shown off, and not licking the plate clean is a waste of good sauce.
 
Western world – no eating moist meals with your fingers. Sri Lanka? Totally cool.
 
Most of Europe – it’s considered nice to smile at your face and sneer at your back. Honestly? I’ll take a fist in the face over all that fake niceness any day.
 
usa – terms of endearment towards non-dear people are often NOT considered condescending while I want to roundhouse-kick any stranger calling me “honey” because I feel patronized 99% of the time.
 
Belgium, France – first meetings are often done with a real or fake peck on the cheek. I freaked out when this first happened to me because where I come from, you don’t kiss strangers.
 
Much of Europe – any degree of assertiveness without “Um excuse me, might I” tends to be considered rude while I believe getting to the point without wasting breath and time is a great courtesy. Why waste a cashier’s time with “Um and I would please like the dead cat cologne please if you don’t mind” if you can say “And the dead cat spray”? Or even worse, when people consider a simple “No” rude and prefer a huge beating around the bush, excuses, “Umm”, “I’ll think about it”, and apologetic grimaces. What’s wrong with “No”? People have been so offended when I replied with those 2 letters to requests to draw them something…
 
Many parts of Africa – I’ve known Africans to be relatively loud, lively, and move-abouty. Most Europeans I’ve observed, prefer to avoid drawing attention to themselves, and consider overt liveliness in adults “primitive”.
 
Japan – tattoos are considered a sign of delinquency while in Israel, every other banker has some ink on their body. Don’t get me started on bleaching your hair, though that might be outdated.
 
Arab and African world, India – I can’t look at an African man just in order to acknowledge his presence, without him thinking I want him to ask for my number. This is a typically African, Indian, and Arab thing in my experience, and probably totally normal to them.
 
Muslim world – up to four wives. Most of the West frowns upon this, while there shouldn’t be anything wrong with polygamy if all partners are treated well. I wouldn’t mind being in one. Having 3 experts on gossip about my man, sounds awesome. And whenever I got a headache I can tell him to ask the other one.
 
Arab world – livestock for wives, but seriously, how is that any worse than Jewish weddings where people aren’t invited unless they bring a cash envelope, or those families deciding for their daughter that only a wealthy man is acceptable?
 
Fact: we judge other cultures on how primitive, civilized, or rude they are, by the standards of the culture WE grew up in. But why should one culture live or be judged by the standards of another? Which culture is right, which is wrong? No culture needs to care about how well it fits the standards of another, because why would the standard of culture A apply to culture B? Makes no sense!
 
Same goes for “primitive vs. civilized”. Most of the time, these judgments are passed by white people on “cultures of color”. Well, but… You got your white culture, and you got your black, brown, green culture..? How does one get to judge the other by its own standards? What makes white culture better or more desirable, when clearly, many cultures don’t care to attain it? Why do so many white people think that they should? Why should black women relax their hair, why should Arab men be less macho, why should south american tribesmen not have loud dances in the forest rather than get drunk at some club until they need a cab?
 
A culture would be neither primitive nor civilized if it weren’t judged by such standards which are largely White West concepts. The night isn’t black. We call it that because we perceive it that way from our own point of view. A dog’s smell is only unpleasant when a person sensitive to it, sniffs it. The dog himself, more often than not, doesn’t mind. Hell, homosexuality would never have been considered “wrong” if too big a bunch of people didn’t screech it was – another judgment of none-of-your-business, just as black culture is not white culture’s to judge. Are green beans really disgusting, or only by my individual judgment? And is a size 6 really huge, or is it just too big for your size 4 butt? Either get a size 4 pair of pants, or stop complaining that your butt keeps showing in the size 6. A German Shepherd is huge when you ask a Chihuahua, and tiny when you ask a Great Dane. Only compared to other German Shepherds can you neutrally say whether he’s big or small (compared to his breed’s average).
 
There would be nothing wrong with being “uncivilized”, “primitive” or “not modern” if there weren’t a bunch of people saying it’s wrong. There would be no “uncivilized”, “primitive” or “civilized” without people clinging to the concepts. But what validity has the judgment of a Frenchman when he’s addressing Africans? Why should those Africans strive to meet French standards? Those concepts are MADE UP. Oh so we have gadgets and burocracy and formalities… so civilized, so impressive and great… Ew, look at that person all happy sitting on their sheep skin in a tent in the savannah and eating a roasted turtle, let’s judge them and throw a Bible, a bottle of whiskey, a computer, and some literature at them because THAT is the right way to be a human!
 
Now apply to Israel. We Israelis may be rude for american standards. But most are not for Israeli standards. Now why would american standards matter anywhere outside america, and likewise, who should care about Israeli standards outside of Israel? Stop judging us by the norms of your country of origin and you’ll feel a lot less bothered. You will also be able to tell truly rude Israelis from regular Israelis who would be rude only by foreign (non-applicable) standards.

I believe the concepts of civilized/primitive are overrated. We all just want to live they way we, by our own individual and cultural standards, believe is best. If nobody gets hurt, why not let each one of us?

 
Trust me, it helps not to judge apples by pears.

Dead Baby Parts for Sale

29 Jul

These idiot pro-lifers yapping about Planned Parenthood illegally selling dead baby parts without the poor, poor mothers’ consent… I don’t know if it’s legal; the information here is conflicting all over the internet, but let’s switch off our Jesus and switch on our Brains for a sec:

1. When you consent to an abortion, you are effectively and willingly killing your baby. Circumstances are irrelevant.

2. Killing your baby is discarding both it, and your motherhood and thus, your rights as a mother.

3. Discarding your baby and your motherhood, is like throwing a bottle in the trash. You do not get to bitch about someone else fishing it out and doing whatever with it. You should be glad it wasn’t a complete waste.

4. You consented to the death of your baby, do you really get to oppose the idea of that wasted life being used to improve or save lives by being sold or donated to science or medicine?

5. Legal shmegal. The mom wants the baby dead, and science and medicine are doing a lot of good, so illegally or not, those forwarded baby parts can be a great contribution to progress we will all benefit from. Many things in medicine are illegal, while they would save so many lives. Illegal isn’t always the same as unethical, and often the opposite. It is illegal to hand out prescription meds to people without a prescription, but what if they have no money or no time to get one, and are suffering horribly? I remember being unable to walk on with the debilitating pain of a cystitis no doctor took seriously – bless the pharmacist who let me beg him into giving me the strongest RX drug. Euthanasia is often illegal – let the poor person suffer a prolonged inevitability? Lock’em up when they try it themselves? Medicinal or freely procured marijuana is often illegal, while the healthiest AND most effective choice for many sufferers of horrible pain. Fuck your legal.

I don’t care how you got pregnant, or why you want to terminate. I am pro-choice and you can sleep around and abort around as much as you like; I only oppose late-term abortion in many circumstances for obvious reasons. Unless carrying to term endangers the mother’s life, and so on. Yada yada, irrelevant to this specific post.
But once gotten rid of, it is no longer yours. You no longer have rights to it unless you demand otherwise up front, like “Put it in a jar for me”. Why would you be fine with your baby being crammed in a trashbag, but not with making the best of it? Seriously, some people…

Open Letter to Angela Merkel

17 Jul

Open Letter to Angela Merkel concerning Reem, the Palestinian refugee who was told to her face that she’s gonna be deported back to her filthy, starving, shitty-ass Lebanese refugee camp.

Dear Mrs Merkel,

I saw the broadcast with the Palestinian refugee girl, and her plight has touched me very much. She is not “from Lebanon”, she is from Israel, Palestine, whatever you call it, where my government and my army, my taxes, and the vote of my people, have seen her family uprooted and removed. Once ISIS takes root there, may God have mercy on them, and God has left the region, so…

Germany has room. Germany has room for cinemas and malls, but not for a dignified refugee home? And employment? There is employment, there is even the option of working for foreign employers through the Internet.

If you still “must” deport Reem and her family, I implore you to negotiate their return to Isreal. Theirs and that of other Palestinian refugees. Born here = entitled to live here. It should be that simple. We, this disgustingly embarassing country of “acceptance and equality”, are to blame for their plight. Our moneys, misinvested in military, settlements, and propaganda, are to blame. Our numbskulled Netanyahu-voting majority is to blame. The unending incitement against Arabs is to blame. Israel owes these people asylum, and it owes Reem a spot in college. If I still have any aliyah privileges, which I got by being a Jewish re-immigrant rather than an Arab native, and if they are transferable – Reem can have them.

But I want Israel to pay for their plight. I want that Israel, Germany’s pampered protegé, to answer for not giving some of its natives little to no chance to lead a fulfilling life because they’re not Jewish. Jews are paid to leave their good lives abroad and come to Israel, while Arab natives are pushed back and oppressed, and yes, removed.

STOP TOLERATING THIS!

If anything, the Holocaust guilt should sensitize you to all oppressed human beings, not just to Jews. The Holocaust was not essentially about Jews, essentially, it was about all those it hurt: those ridiculously and helplessly proclaimed an enemy of a nation so strong it insults itself for fearing those minorities. There are as many Arab terrorists, as there are Jewish rapists. If not, fewer. Stop tolerating Israel’s pathetic excuses, hold Israel accountable, and give us sanctions worthy of their name, for fuck’s sake.

And get this child a home. It is illegal in Germany to abandon one’s dog. But Germany gets to abandon thousands of people to certain death, or miserable lives. Think about it tonight, and the next, and the night after that.

Regards
Anna Giladi

Dear Tumblr, NO.

17 Jul

11376501_883049091760910_1866599960_nI was told I was harsh and had a stick up my arse with a stick up its arse, to describe a certain type of Tumblr user as an utter brain amputee for their increasing tendency to write without punctuation or in all caps, on purpose, apparently in an attempt to sound urgent or excited. I guess authors of bestsellers have all bought and fellacio’ed their way to the top with all their periods and commas. I get it on Twitter. There, it is almost an art to maim your message so it’ll fit within the character limit, while still keeping it legible. But Tumblr? Oh, so those are kids. So was I when I won that short story competition at age 5, in my third goddamn language (English).

Is it harsh to cringe at how low the use of language has fallen? It seems too obvious that books are losing relevance with all the Netflix and what-have-you, while it’s known that reading books, not staring at a screen, enhances intelligence. And intelligence is what makes us homo SAPIENS, man of thought, and elevates us from Neanderthals. So allowing your intelligence to wither by not reading or otherwise minding your language (use and perception), basically equates the desire, or the acceptance, to rewrite humanity to the level of aforementioned apes.
Mind you, I am not putting down people with legitimate mental deficits. What the people my beef is with, are doing, is deliberately rotting their brains. Like you can’t help cursing when you have tourettes, but don’t get to call people names when you can help it.

Seriously, this isn’t cute, it isn’t funny, it isn’t deep, it isn’t special, and it isn’t edgy. It’s cringeworthy. Hell, try writing an SAT essay that way and see if any university worth it salt wants you.

Beyond intelligence, language is everything. Calling 911 won’t save you from impending death if you don’t manage to express yourself. The very act of dialling, is language. Language is what happens between people even when they don’tspeak, and still know all they need about their relationship. Language is basically what keeps us alive, because a mute baby is a starving one. Language is what gets life-saving meds out there. Language is how we learned of electricity and plumbing upon their invention. An air raid siren is language. So don’t tell me not to judge people for not worshipping and polishing LANGUAGE when they are neither dyslexic, nor otherwise excempt from responsibility.

Some say, “OMG it’s just casual writing vs. formal writing!”. This is me writing casually. I do not see the issue in not looking like a professional dodger of coat hangers. When you dress “casually”, do you wear your skid-marked undies, 20 weeks unwashed shirt, and moth-eaten pants? No? Why write casually on that exact same level?

Am I being a language Nazi, or is it really going to sh..?

Food insecurity is not a future concern.

19 Jun

Israeli startup takes a bold step forward in dealing with world food shortages. Food insecurity is a major global concern for our growing planet. Research shows that by 2050, the world will have to produce 50 percent more food to feed Earth’s population.

Some Idiot on Facebook.

That’s adorable. “Earth’s population” is not being fed as it is, and the part that is being fed, has nothing to worry about for the foreseeable future.

It’s adorable people worry that 7+ billion people cannot be reliably fed in the near future. Why are there over-eating morbidly obese people in huge quantities, I ask you, if we have a shortage problem? There is no fucking shortage of food. There won’t be for a long time. There is a fucking shortage of sensible distribution, because sensible food distribution would require food to cost less or, in some places and cases, nothing in order to feed more people.

Food is already being overproduced and thrown away by literally millions of tons per (developed) country, per year. If people are still starving, it’s because you’re not allowed to live on this planet unless you have a full wallet. If food were produced responsibly and distributed affordably/fairly, we could feed 7 to 10 billion people so fat we could then butcher and eat them, too. Rainforests are destroyed for cattle and soy, most of which will never be consumed because funding encourages overproduction. Funding encourages unbalanced import and export strategies, where locally grown food becomes more expensive than imported stuff, local growers starve, and Nestlé needs to blow another crater to hoard their money in.

This startup’s vertically grown food will not solve world hunger, because it’s a profitable asset, and assets are never mass-produced or painstakingly innovated, only to end up cheaply sold or even given, to the poor.

Drop the fucking halo.

You won’t be feeding anyone other than those who already have, and likely continue to have, more than enough, because money. Just like Truvada, PEP, and condoms are not being made freely available in sufficient quantities in HIV hot spots, because, God forbid one misses out on a profit from one more dick sleeve rather than giving it to some Kenyan to stop him from spreading death to 1000 more people by proxy.

Food insecurity has always been a major concern for millions of people. It will continue to be, because their problem could’ve been fixed a million times over were there such a thing as justice and compassion among those who have all the money and all the food to feed the world – and there are those people, except they don’t have those qualities. Because, compassion and justice don’t buy you no yacht.

Food insecurity is present; it’s called the Third World. Unless you plan on making them a priority, you’re not really impressing anyone. Wanna revolutionize the food industry? Feed a country or two full of sick, illiterate, unmodern, useless black or brown people.

Food insecurity is not a future concern. It’s a current mass murderer and we’re all enabling it.

Service dogs out and about

17 Jun

As a social experiment, we took a small, friendly service dog (for an invisible but legitimate handicap) various places to see how welcome handicapped people truly are here, in this case, Israel.

A certain airline: let the person and the dog board, no questions asked, no humiliation, no nothing. Extremely friendly and helpful.

Various no-dog chain stores including food: 50/50. So in half those, a handicapped person cannot shop. What if they need food, clothing, or anything else a person needs, but need their service dog? Are they to dehydrate because they’re not allowed to enter a supermarket real quick to buy a drink?

A certain bus company: 2 out of 3 bus drivers allowed the dog to board without a muzzle; the third had to get yelled at by a planted bystander in order to show some humanity.

The railways presented no problem boarding the train with an unmuzzled service dog. No questions asked other than innocent curiousity.

A certain mall entrance security firm… Now here’s a quite appalling incident. The guard refused and kept refusing the handicapped person to enter with the dog, even though they said they just needed something from the pet shop right behind the door. Our person had to loudly make it known that they were handicapped and needed the dog, and that refusing the dog meant refusing the handicapped whatever they need at the mall, and that the guard can either let them enter, or explain to the company why they have a discrimination lawsuit waving.
Eventually the guard called the manager, but only explained on the walky-talky that the dog was, well, a dog, no word of service/handicap, so the manager wasn’t entirely convinced he should bother. Our person yelled at the phone “SERVICE DOG!” repeatedly.
A coworker of said guard got involved, and we thought he was the manager. He interrogated our person, the most offensive of all his gum-flapping being: “Yeah, but you’re not blind”. So only blindness is a legit dog-requiring handicap now? Or are only obvious handicaps acceptable? We were quite appalled to see people so openly and humiliatingly question a person’s handicap when they just want to do something at the mall LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.
The manager eventually came, asked what the dog was for ONCE, and without further ado, let us in.
Shame also on the dozens of people witnessing the incident, for not opening their mouths, something Israelis are so great at at any other time.

When you refuse a handicapped person with a service dog entry, remember:
This person has the same everyday needs and desires as a healthy person. They want to shop, they need to buy things and go places. Their plans and errands are no less important than yours just because they are handicapped and may need assistance in the form of a dog, a stick, a wheelchair, patience, whatever. We haven’t gone as far as trying to get into a cinema, but let’s be fair – can a dog really outnoise those idiots  blappering and texting through the movie? After the 3D do-over of The Lion King in 2011, I doubt a dog can do worse. And how many trained service dogs bark uncontrollably, anyway?
When you tell a handicapped person that they cannot enter with the dog they NEED to be safe, you’re basically saying you don’t want the handicapped person, or at least you are diminishing their participation in society. I mean, you can’t tell a paralyzed person that the wheelchair needs to stay out. Regulations my ass, regulations should be made to fit people, not the other way around. After all, what are they for if not society’s convenience?
You are denying the handicapped person their basic, humble participation in everyday life.

And when you interrogate a person with a service dog on the legitimacy of their disability, remember:
Our society, no denial, is ableist. Handicapped people get looked at and treated differently. You can apply in a sit-all-day job in a wheelchair and still go fuck yourself in most cases, I bet you. I nearly stared when I saw a severely handicapped man in a wheelchair in a certain retail shop, because – how often do you see an obviously handicapped person getting employed? In – gasp – public?
Once you reveal that you have special needs, you become a pity party at best, you get stared at, you get overlooked and many people even feel so awkward around the disabled that they downright ignore them.
And with all of that, you’re gonna flap your gums, “You don’t look handicapped, whatcha need the pooch for?”, seriously? Have we not all gone to school and learned that not all handicaps or diseases are visible? Epilepsy, anxiety, diabetes, autism, there is an endless list of invisible ailments and conditions people may need assistance for – and one way to assist them, can be a dog. Don’t humiliat them by doubting their problem and forcing them to tell the whole world what that problem is. I used to suffer from severe epilepsy and I don’t want to have to buy my right of passage into a fucking mall by explaining “Oh, I just twitch and spasm like crazy, hit my head, and piss my pants” in front of people. Seriously?

Of course, anyone can dress their dog up as a service dog and say they have an invisible handicap. But more often than not, people with a service dog are legitimately handicapped and with all the difficulties that come with that, don’t deserve more shit. To them, there is no doubt that they are handicapped, because life insists on reminding them and they don’t need YOU to remind them as well. Those dogs who aren’t legit, are unlikely to bring about the apocalypse if allowed to pass, so just leave them ALL alone, thank you very much.

Open Letter to Chuck Norris

16 Mar

Dear Chuck Norris,

With all respect, as an Israeli who has to live in Netanyahu’s idea of Isreal, I can tell you that you have seen a speech and bought into him like some people see a yoghurt TV commercial and buy the goop the next day.

Yes, Netanyahu is an amazing public speaker. I used to believe in him. Then I stepped outside my happy, Hasbara-brainwashed Zionist cocoon. And no, he is not concerned with all of the people. Only those with money, and preferably only white Jews with money.

You do not live here. You do not see the struggle of the working class on a minimum wage as low as $4 while the cost of living corresponds to that in the usa. We dumpster-dive for return bottles because all the money goes into settlement constructions which violate international treaties Israel has SIGNED.
You do not see the daily institutional racism against Arabs, blacks, but also Middle Eastern Jews.
You do not see how Netanyahu exploits us to spoil his family (this is nepotism!), and how he is a war and fear mongerer to make sure we’re preoccupied with Iran and Syria rather than address the blatant social injustice he so happily ignores. Poverty will kill us before Iran does!
He has also done little for the security of Israel, and nothing another PM wouldn’t do – though perhaps not in the same way. He has wasted the lives of soldiers and of Arabs through ground operations that were poorly planned, for a mere show of force. The previous war could have been avoided had he not done all he could to escalate the situation in the West Bank in response to which Hamas, whom I am by no means defending, started firing missiles. When you respond to 3 indeed horrific murders by bulldozing everybody ELSE’S houses, arresting and beating hundreds, and collectively punishing everyone within a 5 kilometer radius of the murder suspects, you are not solving problems – you are creating them. Israel has military control over the West Bank, yet no political or social involvement, and you think that can work? HA!

As a descendant of someone who was involved in the foundation of the state, and who has a lot more insight than you, I can only say that while I love my country, its alleged innocence in the conflict is a blatant lie. We would be a lot safer had our government not had/still having this perpetual tradition of treating the Palestinians like animals. This country was not founded on deserted land. We have driven people out, empoverished them, bullied them, killed them. And now we’re bitching that they’re pissed. Good one! We have a chance, every single day, to break this cycle and try what has not been tried before: humanity. I am not naieve, I am no bleeding heart hippie, but look at our history and tell me how the current and past way of handling things has helped anyone? Yeah. Oh, so we’re still standing. But at what cost.

So no, this man is not worthy to lead us anywhere other than our self-destruction. He keeps pouring oil on the blaze with the Arab world, while we wither in poverty because he doesn’t give two shits about us.
That, Mr. Norris, is the reality as viewed by someone done with Hasbarah and sugarcoating, born and living in Israel. Screw Netanyahu’s speeches. Try living here. With your eyes and your mind wide open. And without your fancy money, but on the kind of job you get here when you don’t put your real name on the CV. First you do that for a couple of years, then you get to tell us whom to vote for, because it will be YOUR ass joining me in diving for refundable bottles. From your fancy estate somewhere out there, those big words are way too easy, and based on way too little, Mr. Norris.

Recommended read: Naeim Giladi, Ben Gurion’s Scandals. Read’em and weep.

Merkel is the real Martyr

15 Jan

“Including a picture of a woman into something so sacred, as far as we are concerned, it can desecrate the memory of the martyrs and not the other way around,”

-Binyamin Lipkin, editor of HaMevaser

So editing out all women from the Paris March because they “desecrate the memory of the martyrs” is freedom of speech now… We desecrate the memory of people for being women, like having a massive poop-eating and pig-fucking orgy in a church, desecrates the House of God? Okay. Gotcha.

If it’s freedom of speech to wage a blatant war on women, deleting our image as if we’re a disease that needs to be wiped, and slandering us as a stain on peoples’ memory for our sex, then the next acceptable thing, I guess, is to caption pictures of the victims of police brutality with “This nigger got what he had coming, shoulda picked the cotton and be quiet” or make the Westboro Baptist’s slogans the next source for headlines. Or how about “This kyke right here, should have been gassed before he got on TV”.
Yeah, not so cool suddenly.

And Angela Merkel, deleted by Israelis, of all things? Who has been supplying Israel with weapons, warships, endless money, and two blind eyes upon the mess we are making, the crimes we are committing, such as the construction of settlements which is illegal as per the Geneva Convention, signed by Israel, just saying… Who has been a relentlessly reliable ally to the country that houses, feeds, and clothes the people who have now deleted their benefactor? Binyamin Lipkin, the editor of HaMevaser, the hate paper (if you delete women, you are no less of a hate group than are the Westboro Baptists) that published the anti-women image, should be licking Merkel’s rear end because her contribution is part of the reason why his estimated 45 welfare-mooching, unworldly children have clothes on their backs and an army to shield them from the reality that the likes of their father is perpetuating.

The comment about the eight-year-old makes me cringe. The eight-year-old should be encouraged to look at women in an appreciative way and worship us – after all, that kid came out of a brave woman’s bleeding, agonized vagina, and every time a woman gives birth, she risks her life. Only to dedicate all of it to that kid once it’s out. The eight-year-old should not be shielded from the (undistorted) sight of us. On the contrary. See women everywhere to be reminded why you’re in this world, and who changed your diapers, who feeds you, who loves you unconditionally, who cries for you, who would happily die for you. Look at us, you little shit. Same goes for your dad, the big shit.
Deleting women from the public image is no better than saying we should actually, literally, disappear. You don’t systematically delete something from view if you respect, much less value it. Deleting someone to protect “the children!” or the memory of martyrs, is a gesture of shame and disgust.
This IS a war on women, it is NOT just religion, it has nothing to do with a religion that dictates such oppression in no way. People screeching that this is free speech, miss the fact that this deletion of women represents an attitude that women have to suffer in real life. It is really no different than forcing a burqa on a Muslim woman. They want us invisible. They make us invisible. And we just have to suck it up? This oppressive behavior is not the only one in a series of legal – some now illegal – crimes perpetrated in various forms and by all kinds of entities against the female collective and to reduce it to free speech, “no harm done”, is insane and dangerous.

Somehow, tolerance for sexism and gender-based oppression is a lot higher than it would be for racism or anti-semitism, and this I do not understand. Had a black man been edited out because “his presence tarnishes the memory of the martyrs and an eight-year-old shouldn’t see such a thing in public”, no one would play the free-speech-card. Except the unfortunate few who would see their addresses published for lynchings. Why do we need to tolerate our deletion from the public eye, but telling a black person to sit in the back of the bus is a hate crime? Why is it okay to treat us women like either property to subject to man’s standards and demands (even if ever so subtly by distorting our bodies or telling us to hate and change them painfully in order to be more pleasing to penises), or like something that should not even exist, or at least not have its existence acknowledged and treated as equally valuable as that of men?

Why does this seem okay?

2014 in review

30 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Israel’s 2014 in Review

30 Dec

The year 2014 in Israel: same old, same old.

We’ve had one “major” (as in, involving more than one small town beyond the Green Line) “war” (as in, avenging a bitch slap with a chainsaw massacre), some 70 Israelis and 3000 Palestinians dead, many more homeless. A rather impressive 4000 rockets were fired into Israel. Ashkelon Beach kinda lost its attraction to me by an explosive 90%. Bada-BOOM-ah!

Three Jewish boys were killed by about as many Palestinian terrorists. As a results, hundreds of Palestinians, related or not, got harassed and abused by police, military, and other entities, and quite a few ended up homeless. None of them the culprit, but who cares.
In revenge, 6 Jews murdered a Palestinian child by burning him alive. They were arrested and investigated by the book, respectfully, with all the necessary insanity and other pleas to help them stay out of jail. No neighbors had their houses bulldozed or their asses beaten by police.
So the exchange rate in Israel has remained rather stable: 1 Jewish life is worth at least 50 Arab lives. I’m not just counting the lives literally lost in revenge for one another, but also those stripped of humanity, dignity, and not least of all, basic civil and human rights.
So yeah, one Jew buys you 50 Palestinians or more. I should get me a couple Jews. Need some house staff. 1 for the litter boxes, 1 for walking the dogs, 1 for general cleaning, 1 for the kitchen. Wait, I think one Jewish kidney will buy me that much.

What else… Ah yes, some 70 Israelis lost their lives. Most of them soldiers. Because as tragic as that is – and it sincerely strikes me with grief – Israelis don’t die in rocket barrages. They start dropping like flies once they enter Gaza to deliver payback for rockets most of which only cause property damage. For every Israeli killed by a rocket, 20 died in Gaza. Soldiers are not scarecrows. They are just as human and just as alive, and craving to stay so, as civilians. So why sacrifice even one soldier to protect one civilian, let alone 20 per capita? I’m not saying the barrages should be tolerated… But sending those kids in there on foot or in ground vehicles, uh…
Also, there are ways to stop the barrages that Israel hasn’t tried yet. After all, our “war” with the Palestinians is not a religious one. On neither side. The fact that they invoke Allah in their warfare, doesn’t change that fact. All fighters, terrorists, and soldiers, who believe in any God, turn to him in times of warfare and confrontations with death. Some may try to make this war religious, but in essence it is not. So what Israel might try, and hasn’t yet, is to allow the Gaza Strip to thrive to a degree the people can live with dignity and humanity. Hamas may abuse some funds, but that is only part of why Gazans are poor and angry. Now don’t give me “but we ship them food and materials”. Yeah, prisoners also get two or three meals a day, and electricity, yay them!
So, what is my suggestion? Let them construct, let them build an industry and an economy, and after thorough background checks, grant free passage to individuals and groups. Anyone who abuses this, can still be taken out. Also, enough with the collective punishments and excessive force. Treat Palestinians as equal human beings, is my suggestion. Their quarrel with us is about how we treat them. You can’t keep kicking a dog and then complain that it’s dangling off your throat. We have been kicking this dog for way too long. To all Palestinians reading this: I am not saying you are dogs. I am just using the first allegory that comes to my dog-loving mind.

The Jewish Nation State bill. Ah, yes. After firing the two remaining sane major MKs, Lapid and Livni, Bibi goes and says: “Yall, let’s declare those Gentiles second class citizens and make this a Fourth Reich!”
Yeah, no, that isn’t gonna pour oil on the Palestinians’ blaze, nah, and it’s also totally not gonna alienate the Israeli Arabs, including Christians, Druze, and seculars. Nah, I see no problem with that.

I predict that in 5 years’ time, the Gaza Strip and the Best Wank won’t be the only Arab ghettos. I don’t believe there will be gas chambers, but I do totally count on Israel to cut down resources.

Yeah, 2014 has been a great year for Israel, full of no changes for the better, the usual death toll for both sides, and more chikanery to keep the Arabs pissed. If you are a conservative Zionist and would like things to stay this way, vote Bibi or Lieberman or Bennet NOW!