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Wordless Wednesday: Biggest Hole In the Universe

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This is the largest structure in the known universe - a hole that 1.8 billion light years across.

Why I'm Not a Feminist, Pt. 4: But If I Was...

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There are several changes to the feminism movement:

1.  Change the name. Or rather, I'd merge feminism with equalitarianism, because that would include everyone in the movement to social equality.
2. Stop the name-calling, insulting, and condemning of men. There is a standard feminist saying that goes:  it takes one woman to do the work of two men at half the pay.  Many women chortle over this, laughing because of the insult to men, feeling superior by putting men in the inferior position.
Comprising about 50% of the population, men can be wonderfully supportive allies to women working towards social equality.  But only if feminists don't run all the men off with their insistence that all men are predators, pedophiles, rapists,...  Too much time and effort is wasted on putting men down, instead of trying to lift women up.  Not only is this unhealthy for men's mental health, it's also unhealthy for women's mental health.  This behavior is also counter-productive to…

Why I'm Not A Feminist, Pt. 3: The Power of Names

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Today, I want to discuss with you the power of names and naming rights.  To understand the power of names, we first need to understand what a name is.  According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a name is:
1 a : a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing
   b: a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity
2 a descriptive often disparaging epithet <called him names>
3 a : reputation <gave the town a bad name>
   b : an illustrious record : fame <made a name for himself in golf>
   c : a person or thing with a reputation
4 family, clan
5 appearance as opposed to reality <a friend in name only>
6 one referred to by a name <praise his holy name> Such simple words for such a complex idea.  Names are more than simple words; names are how we interpret the world around us.  Helen Keller learns to speak when she understood the hand movements where the name of water.  In ancient times, the Egyptian god Ptah creat…

Wordless Wednesday: Family Reunion???

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Why I'm Not A Feminist, Pt. 2: Rape

Third wave feminists rants and rails against rape, painting a picture of a world dominated by sexually-perverted men who rape women as a means to establish their power and control.   They claim that our society propagates a "rape culture" where it's okay for a man to do what he wants with a woman.  There are even some feminists who claim that #YesAllWomen have been raped.

Let's address their concerns one at a time.
The world is filled with men rape women as a means to establish their power and control. This statement is false, an exaggeration that spreads fear and misinformation.  First, in 2010 only  1.1% of women reported being raped.  That is not a large number, definitely not dominating and definitely not something you need to worry about.  Secondly, in 2010 1.1% of men reported being raped. That's right - women raped men as much as men raped women. Rape is not a female problem; it's a societal problem. The biggest difference between men and women get…

Why I'm Not A Feminist, Pt. 1: Domestic Violence

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Third wave feminism - a term that encompasses the latest trend of feminism and its attendant "battles".  I find myself shaking my head at this movement, because I see woman spouting rhetoric about equality while in reality asking for special treatment.   It's not good enough that woman now have the right to own property, the right to vote, the right to choose her career, even the right to choose what to do when she's pregnant.  No, now society needs to treat every woman like a special snowflake.  Nowhere is this more apparent than Twitter.

The hash tag #YesAllWomen has made the rounds at Twitter, a multitude of third wave feminists haranguing readers with trite messages about domestic violence, rape, harassment, and wages.

The level of arrogance in these tweets astounds me.  There seems to be some base assumptions:
that most men sexually harass or rape womenthat society encourages such behaviorthat men don't work or don't work hard enough to earn their incom…

Wordless Wednesday: The Joker and His Trophies

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Taxes, Taxes, Everywhere! But Not A Penny to Spend...

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Tomorrow is the American Tax Day, a date when most Americans turn in their income tax forms with either relief (because they either owe little money or qualify for a refund) or dread (because they owe a LOT of money).  But it matters not how much you get back, the complexity of the forms and tax law creates a constant undercurrent of unease as questions whisper in the background:  Did I fill out the forms correctly?  What if the law changed?  What if I misunderstand and get audited?
The tax law is hard to understand and open to misinterpretation.  The IRS provides a tax guide for 2014, an almost 300 page publication that covers the basics of how to file taxes.  While I applaud the tax guide, I still think that taxes take too much time and effort for everyone, with loopholes galore for people with the time and money to find them.
The answer, I believe, is to redo the tax system and remove all the tax credits, deductions, and complicated law.  Instead, all employers should pay taxes fo…

Book Review: "The Unleashing" by Shelly Laurenston

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The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"The Unleashing" begins a new series by Shelly Laurenston. Set in the same universe as "Hunting Season", this story follows Kera Watson from when she first awake as a Crow to when she finally gets the hang of her second life.

A little background for those who haven't read "Hunting Season". In this universe, the Norse gods, goddesses, and other divine entities are alive and kicking. These beings recruit humans to belong to the Clans and work for the Gods. Odin recruits pure-blood Norse women as Valkyries and pure-blood Norse men as Ravens, his current day warriors. One of the Norns (Norse fates), Skuld, offers murdered women of any heritage a chance for a second life, provided she pledges her loyalty to Skuld. Skuld is a derivative of the Old Norse verb skulla, which means "that which should become or needs to be". The women are known as the Crows, and they fly around collecti…

Book Review: "Boundary Crossed" by Melissa F. Olson

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Boundary Crossed by Melissa F. Olson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Witches and Vampires and Werewolves - oh, my!

(Okay, there are no actual werewolves in the story, but the number of vampires and witches makes up for it.)


Disclaimer: I received this book as part of the Kindle First program.  I've never read anything by Melissa F. Olson before, so picking this book felt like a bit of a gamble.  But the gamble paid off big time, because I read it in one sitting, in one day.

"Boundary Crossed" is a wonderful novel about a woman who wants to save her dead sister's daughter from vampires who want to kidnap her. Melissa F. Olson created a new world, one where vampires, witches, and werewolves live hidden among foundings, or regular humans. Most of the time, those of the Old World limit their interactions with humans. But some vampires suddenly take interest in a little 18 month old girl, and her aunt Lex takes an interest in the vampires.

As a reader, you go with Lex on a journe…

Freaky Friday News: April 3, 2015

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This week on Freaky Friday news, we have feature women who make a difference in their world.  It's not feminism per say; just good old fashioned human nature at work here.

Indian Woman Stands Up to Assailant Amidst Crowd of Apathy A few weeks ago, 23-year-old Pradnya Mandhare waited for a bus after a morning of lectures and studying.  A drunk man started to grab at her while a crowd of people ignored him.  Pradnya tried to move, but the man followed her.  Determining that she was on her own, Pradnya  hit the man over the head with her bag.  He attempted to retaliate, but was too drunk to actually hit her.  But the drunk man didn't stop his groping.  So Pradnya grabbed her assailant by his hair and dragged him to the nearest police station.
When I first read this story, this is the point where I did a happy dance.  It takes time for a society and its attendant culture to change enough for a woman to feel empowered to handle her own safety.  And clearly Indian society is changi…

Book Review: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

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Rock Hard by Nalini Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of "Rock Hard" from Netgalley.

Nalini Singh nails it again with the second installment in her Rock Kiss series. "Rock Hard" stars Charlotte Baird, best friend of Molly from "Rock Addiction" and Gabriel Bishop, Charlotte's new boss and former professional rugby player. In fact, this story overlaps with "Rock Addiction" so you also get scenes with Molly that correlate events between the books.

On the surface, the novel involves Charlotte and Gabriel forming a close bond, becoming a couple, and hopefully living every after. But underneath the cover is a much more complex story.

Charlotte was a victim of a horrible crime, one that almost took her sanity and self-confidence. Now she battles everyday just to get out of bed and go to work.

Gabriel comes from a broken home with an abusive, alcoholic father who he never forgave.

This is a story about personal gro…

Wordless Wednesday: April Fool's Edition

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Officials at Cern confirmed the existence of The Force in a press release today.

“The Force is what gives a particle physicist his powers,” said CERN theorist Ben Kenobi of the University of Mos Eisley, Tatooine. “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us; and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.”

Wordless Wednesday: Smoking Fish???

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