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19 Nov 2017: Heather’s Homily (What About the Women) and Tweets

This tweets post should be about the All Blacks winning against Scotland. But I forgot to watch the game. Looking at the score line, I suspect that, as expected, the Scots put up a fantastic fight.

The ongoing saga of Roy Moore being an a$$hole is, as someone who is a #MeToo, taking a lot of my attention. Donald Trump, is busy tweeting against every Democrat who has a history of bad sexual behaviour but he’s ignoring the Moore situation. As so often, given the multiple allegations against Trump himself, the stench of hypocrisy is strong.

What about the women? That’s what I have to say to all those whose tweets are all about whether the Democrats or Republicans are the worst here.

When it comes to the policies of the two parties, the GOP’s policies are the worst when it comes to women. However, that, in general, has little to do with the general behaviour of men. There will always be men on both sides of the aisle, as well as men who aren’t political at all, who don’t treat others with respect.

We can’t change what happened in the past, though we can seek justice for those who want it. We can do our best to change the culture moving forward though. People learn and grow throughout their lives, and the current focus of sexual harassment and abuse can be an opportunity to change.

When I was a child, a man beating his female partner wasn’t assault, it was, “Just a domestic.” (No man could ever even admit to being the victim of domestic violence without being labelled some sort of weakling. The idea of a man raping his wife was laughed at by most.Β Smacking children was routine.

When I was a teenager and in my twenties, a majority of the people around me were not accepting of same-sex relationships. Today, most of them are. A lot of those people are, of course, the same people. They have come to recognize that when some people fall in love, it’s with a person of the same sex, and the way they feel is just the same as those of us who fall in love with someone of the opposite sex.

When I was in the workforce thirty years ago, off-colour jokes were the norm. Women were expected to put up with all sorts of sexual comments and innuendo in the normal course of things. And we did. Most of those same men stopped talking like that as the years went by. That sort of behaviour became unacceptable, as it should always have been.

Our culture constantly evolves and changes, and that’s mostly a good thing. What’s happening now gives us the opportunity to make it okay to talk about being a survivor of some sort of bad sexual behaviour. The more that happens, and the more people understand what so many people, mostly women but some men too, have had to deal with, the easier it will be to stop it happening in the future.

We all need to all do our best to ensure our children learn to treat others with respect in all situations. The way to do that is to model that behaviour ourselves.

But when children see our leaders not only behaving badly, but getting away with it, it sends a bad message.

 

 

Political Tweets

Excellent!

 

It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out.

 

SO much for MAGA!

 

FFS Judge Jennine! If there’s an uprising, it will be because of people like you getting the deplorables all worked up! The kind of people who were in that video on WEIT today!

 

This is important!

 

Human Rights Tweets

Was Moore’s wife a victim too?
(Via Ann German.)

 

All allegations of sexual harassment, abuse, and violence must be investigated, including these ones.
(Via Ann German.)

 

Well said!

 

I’m glad to see this being re-visited. This is someone else who should be expected to resign given the weight of the allegations against him.

 

History Tweets

All the pomp and ceremony of a presidential inauguration, except those cost more and are every four years.

 

I like it!

 

This is amazing!

 

Scenic Tweets

Another place I’d love to see in real life!

 

Funny Tweets

I’ll never turn my face up to the rain again without thinking of this!

 

Entertainment Tweets

A whole year to wait for this! But it will be fabulous!

 

Donald Trump does not want these pics used, so you need to know which ones not to use.

 

I’ve gone off Hitchcock since someone here told me what he did to that woman with the lion. (I know what I’m talking about even if you don’t!) So I didn’t re-tweet this one. But it’s a cool pic nevertheless.

 

I like this picture.

 

Art Tweets

Cool pic!

 

Ha ha!

 

Very cool!

 

As always in the US, all the faces are young and attractive. Let’s see some faces with character! Otherwise, cool.

 

Very cool indeed!

 

Science Tweets

Science is cool!

 

Science is cool. And the robot takeover is coming. Sarah Connor managed to slow them down, but she has more work to do!

 

Marine Tweets

Very cool!

Name the octopus at the London Aquarium.

 

Other Animals Tweets

You may recognize the first clip in ‘Cute News’ as the baby crocodiles I posted a few days ago!

 

Ann German sent me a link to an article about Roi, an elephant calf whose mother was poisoned by ivory poachers. That led me to this video about her rescue.

 

Cool creature!

 

I don’t have enough pigs on here.

 

Someone has to tell me what these are because I’m not entirely sure.

 

Bird Tweets

What a lovely wee thing!

 

Dog Tweets

There are some breeds of dog I love, and this is one of them.
(Via Ann German.)

 

This made me laugh!

 

I think this is a dog?

 

Nice kitty!

 

The cat’s on top!

 

Cat Tweets

I think this is the same kitten I posted a couple of days ago. What a sweetie!

 

This moggie doesn’t look too happy, but it’s not moving so it must like it!

 

Lovely.

 

Note for Jerry: You’re supposed to put them in the ‘Hili Dialogue’ after I post them here, not before! πŸ˜€

 

Just looking at it makes you feel better!

 

I’ve posted this one before, but it’s a cool pic.

 

Wow!

 


 

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14 Responses to “19 Nov 2017: Heather’s Homily (What About the Women) and Tweets”

  1. GravelInspectorAidan says:

    Trump “walked in on Miss Universe changing room”. Not disbelieving at all but it says something about the idiots ignorance. If he’d had any sense, he’d have had a live video feed (with recording) set up.
    The way I read the mailshot from CAH, they were going to do a re-run of the bullshit episode. This sounds like something new. Might be interesting to see – some of their stunts have been great (“bullshit”), others more “Meh” (when in a hole, stop digging).

    Someone has to tell me what these are because I’m not entirely sure.

    Bats – most likely mother and baby, but luncher and lunchee is also a possible interpretation.

  2. ratabago says:

    I’m going to disagree with the good GravelInspector. I think these are colugos, a close relative of the primates, and not bats. They are the most accomplished of the gliding mammals. Sometimes they are, incorrectly, called flying lemurs. But they are not lemurs, and they don’t fly. This is probably the sunda colugo (on wikipedia).

    On a personal note, as a ten year old growing up in Malaya I used to watch these critters zipping from tree to tree. They may not have powered flight, but they are gloriously airobatic.

    • Jenny Haniver says:

      I’d never heard of colugos before but looking at images of them, I concur with ratabago’s identification.

      • nicky says:

        Yes, clearly not bats -there is no actual wing- , but colugos indeed.
        Colugos are closely related to primates, so ‘flying lemur’ is not that bad a description (although they are not lemurs and rather glide than fly indeed).

        Active flight is kinda rare, only originated 4 times, (insects, pterosaurs, birds and bats), while gliding is much more common, originated at least 6 times in mammals alone:
        – 3 times in marsupials (phalangers, feather-tailed possums and the greater glider)
        – 2 times in rodents (flying squirrels and scaly tailed flying squirrels)
        – Colugos (that is six)
        Lemurs like the Sifaka , with long hairs and a small skin fold could be argued to be gliders, but I’d rather think of them as incipient gliders, since compared to the others they are not really good at it.

  3. ratabago says:

    While on the subject of Malaya, I thought i recognized the style in the picture you like. So I looked it up. It is indeed by a Malaysian artist named Chong FeiGiap, who has a page on Deviant Art here. Bring your adblocker. It’s sure to be infested with banner ads.

  4. Lee Knuth says:

    Loved the video of Make America Great Again. It certainly pointed out all the miserable aspects of past years. As to Trump, isn’t there a saying about casting the first stone? I think the hypocrisy of this man matches his ego.

    • That’s what makes this the most galling for me – the hypocrisy. Republicans complain that they get criticized more over sexual misconduct, but the reason for that is the person engaging in it has invariably run on a “family values” platform (whatever that is!).

      • Linda Calhoun says:

        It’s not hypocrisy.

        It’s only hypocrisy if you believe that they mean what they say.

        It IS dishonesty, though. What’s going on is that they believe that the end justifies the means. They want to win, so they take whatever side of an argument suits them at the moment. They have no principles, in what is commonly meant by that word. They value greed and the lust for power, and whatever they can do in the service of acquiring more of that is fine with them.

        I have been saying for years that, deep down in their heart of hearts, they don’t really want to live in a democracy. They are authoritarians, and are perfectly willing to use whatever tactic is handy.

        L

      • nicky says:

        Well, I think it is obvious what those ‘family values’ are: the Woman in the kitchen and looking after the brood, the Man earning the bread and philandering on the way. Easy peasy.

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