Daily Archives: November 7, 2015

Somewhere, a parent is paying for her daughter to learn this stuff

Oppressed woman of color and farm expert, Zillah Eisenstein

Oppressed woman of color and farm expert, Zillah Eisenstein

Ithaca College professorette speaks at Cornel on the oppression of Mrs. Greenjeans

Zillah Eisenstein, a professor politics at Ithaca College, declared in a lecture last Friday that agriculture is “capitalist, racialized patriarchy.”

The lecture was titled “Thinking about Hetero-Racist Misogyny in ‘Agriculture’” and took place at nearby Cornell University as part of a seminar series on gender issues in the practice of agriculture.

Eisenstein also declared that if war and climate change are extinguished, then there will be “room for revolutionary agriculture.”

Though an author of 12 books with titles such as Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism and her memoir Manmade Breast Cancers, Eisenstein has never worked in or studied agriculture. The professor explained that she was speaking as part of a seminar series on women in agriculture by stating, “[m]y point here is you’re thinking agriculture and I’m thinking capitalist racialized patriarchy.”

Most of her lecture was devoted to the concept of intersectionality, or the idea that different forms of discrimination and oppression are interrelated and cannot be understood independently of each other. Eisenstein mostly digressed to philosophical ruminations about capitalism, racism, sexism, imperialism, neo-liberal democracy, and Marxism.

“The idea here is gender… can’t and doesn’t stay static, and yet of course it does,” Eisenstein said. “[T]he whole notion of the sexual division of labor that is both implied in the concept of agriculture and also stands outside it.” A significant portion of Eisenstein’s lecture contained such contradictions in terms, which the professor suggested would aid one in analyzing agriculture.

From there, Eisenstein began to speak more about capitalism and her own political theories, lamenting in particular about how “politics is defined by your position on capitalism [and] never about bodies,” and about the United States’ “fascist democracy.” She turned her critique towards the patriarchy, which she said makes race, gender, and sex invisible to those who regularly practice and study agriculture. Eisenstein said this is the case because the patriarchy is “the flipping of reality [and the] silencing and making invisible particularly women of color.”

Eisenstein challenged the audience to “invert the false universality” of topics such as agriculture and capitalism, and instead focus on more specific ideas, like those intersecting race, gender, and sex. She expressed her dissatisfaction with the Pope on this front for his focus on economic inequality, which she says has the effect of ignoring gender and racial inequalities.

According to Eisenstein, because women are on average poorer than men, the real problem society faces is not the “universal” economic inequality but the “specific” gender inequality. Later, the professor suggested that rather than thinking in universal terms, as man has for most of its modern intellectual history, it would be better to think in “polyversal” terms.

During the ensuing Q&A session, Eisenstein fielded several questions about her views on class struggle, the parallels between the patriarchy’s dominance of the female body and of agriculture, and about encouraging more people of color to study agriculture and food science. In response to some of these questions, Eisenstein delved into even further-removed digressions, such as comparing Guantanamo Bay to Nazi concentration camps. The professor also took shots at the Republican Party throughout her speech, saying towards the end that she prefers working with progressive people of color and “really wouldn’t care to have [Dr. Ben] Carson on my team”.

Eisenstein’s lecture was part of a seminar series sponsored by AWARE (Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education), which is an initiative of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Your child can actually get a doctorate in this fertilizer, should you have the resources, and then she can return home to live, and complain about the refusal of the capitalist system to hire a woman of her talents.


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Cancel the debates, hell, cancel the election; it’s all over – Trump’s won

Withe Peter Tesei safely reelected, August Kreis III turns his attention to the national scene

With Peter Tesei safely reelected, August Kreis III turns his attention to the national scene

Neo-Nazi child molester endorses The Donald.


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I’ll bet some of those Russian passengers would have liked to have known this, before they boarded

We don't want to alarm anyone - they might not visit

We don’t want to alarm anyone – they might not visit

British flight narrowly dodged missile as it approached Egypt two months ago, but authorities kept quiet.

A British plane carrying 189 passengers came ‘within 1,000ft’ of a rocket as it approached Sharm El Sheikh, it emerged last night.

The Thomson flight from London Stansted only took evasive action after the pilot spotted the missile speeding through the air.

The jet landed safely, and holidaymakers were not told they had been seconds from disaster.

The revelation comes amid claims British jihadists had spoken about an Islamic State ‘mole’ at Sharm el-Sheikh airport minutes after a Metrojet plane crashed in Sinai, killing all 224 on board.


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As has been pointed out here before

Arby's "Meat Mountain", or the "Screw you, Mike Bloomberg" sandwich.

Arby’s “Meat Mountain”, or the “Screw you, Mike Bloomberg” sandwich.

The fast food chains like MacDonalds that have caved to the pressure from coastal intellectuals have watched their sales collapse, while Arby’s is booming after it switched its emphasis to meat, meat and more meat.

What’s the mystery? The people that McDonalds is trying to placate don’t eat at its restaurants, or won’t admit to it anyway, while its real customer base doesn’t want a tofu milkshake. Arby’s has figured that out.

Arby’s reached 20 consecutive quarters of same-stores sales growth last week — and the sandwich chain is only getting bigger.

In the third quarter of 2015, Arby’s reported 9.6% same-store sales growth in the US, thanks in large part to traffic growth.

The company is dominating the rest of the industry, outperforming a sample of the larger quick-service chains by 7.4%, according to Arby’s.

In the long term, the chain’s growth is even more impressive, with comparable two-year same-stores sales up 20%.

“The first big uptick from a sales standpoint started with the launch of our brisket in Q3 of 2013 … that was where we saw our first double-digit increase in same stores sales,” Arby’s CEO Paul Brown told Business Insider.

He added that the brisket “launched us on the higher growth trajectory that we’ve been on ever since. That was our first really premium sandwich that was along the lines of our internal vision of ‘deli inspired deliciousness,’ that was really great protein, great quality meats, combinations of sandwiches that you certainly can’t easily make at home.”

According to Brown, the company realized that in 2013, while demand for quality ingredients and transparency were increasing, much of the quick-service industry had been focusing on bread and vegetables.

Two years ago, the chain began developing products and marketing that put protein front and center. Last July, the company launched the “We Have the Meats” campaign, putting this vision in all-capital letters for consumers to see.


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No no no!

"We have to pass the bill so we can find out what's in it" Now we know

“We have to pass the bill so we can find out what’s in it”
Now we know

Pelosi, Reid and their minions pushing to repeal the Obamacare “Cadillac tax” on generous union health plans, and the Republican House is reported to be willing to go along with it. Are they kidding?

What don’t the Republicans understand bout politics (or, put another way, do the Republicans understand anything about politics)? Obamacare was entirely the creation of the Democrats, passed exclusively with Democrat votes, and was drafted and enacted by the very leadership now seeking to undo the harm it is about to wreak on union workers. Onerous provisions like the Cadillac tax were deliberately postponed, pushed down the road, so the Dems could get past the immediate elections, but the end of the road is approaching, unless the Republicans help them out. F**k’em.

This week, Obama killed the Keystone pipeline project, at a cost of 42,000 union jobs. because the zero carbon crowd wanted him to.

UNION: OBAMA THREW WORKERS UNDER THE BUS: “LIUNA represents about 500,000 workers in the construction industry, one of the sectors hardest hit by the 2008 economic collapse. Keystone, which was expected to create 42,000 construction jobs, has been awaiting approval for about seven years. [Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America] said that Obama’s attempt to minimize job gains demonstrated his ‘utter disdain’ for blue-collar workers.”

“No Country For Burly Men

As far back as June, 2009, Christina Hoff Sommers wrote an essay for the Weekly Standard, describing what Obama did to the male workers in our country:

A “man-cession.” That’s what some economists are starting to call it. Of the 5.7 million jobs Americans lost between December 2007 and May 2009, nearly 80 percent had been held by men. Mark Perry, an economist at the University of Michigan, characterizes the recession as a “downturn” for women but a “catastrophe” for men.

Men are bearing the brunt of the current economic crisis because they predominate in manufacturing and construction, the hardest-hit sectors, which have lost more than 3 million jobs since December 2007. Women, by contrast, are a majority in recession-resistant fields such as education and health care, which gained 588,000 jobs during the same period. Rescuing hundreds of thousands of unemployed crane operators, welders, production line managers, and machine setters was never going to be easy. But the concerted opposition of several powerful women’s groups has made it all but impossible. Consider what just happened with the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Last November, President-elect Obama addressed the devastation in the construction and manufacturing industries by proposing an ambitious New Deal-like program to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. He called for a two-year “shovel ready” stimulus program to modernize roads, bridges, schools, electrical grids, public transportation, and dams and made reinvigorating the hardest-hit sectors of the economy the goal of the legislation that would become the recovery act.

Women’s groups were appalled. Grids? Dams? Opinion pieces immediately appeared in major newspapers with titles like “Where are the New Jobs for Women?” and “The Macho Stimulus Plan.” A group of “notable feminist economists” circulated a petition that quickly garnered more than 600 signatures, calling on the president-elect to add projects in health, child care, education, and social services and to “institute apprenticeships” to train women for “at least one third” of the infrastructure jobs. At the same time, more than 1,000 feminist historians signed an open letter urging Obama not to favor a “heavily male-dominated field” like construction: “We need to rebuild not only concrete and steel bridges but also human bridges.” As soon as these groups became aware of each other, they formed an anti-stimulus plan action group called WEAVE–
Women’s Equality Adds Value to the Economy.

The National Organization for Women (NOW), the Feminist Majority, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and the National Women’s Law Center soon joined the battle against the supposedly sexist bailout of men’s jobs. At the suggestion of a staffer to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, NOW president Kim Gandy canvassed for a female equivalent of the “testosterone-laden ‘shovel-ready’ ” terminology. (“Apron-ready” was broached but rejected.) Christina Romer, the highly regarded economist President Obama chose to chair his Council of Economic Advisers, would later say of her entrance on the political stage, “The very first email I got . . . was from a women’s group saying ‘We don’t want this stimulus package to just create jobs for burly men.’ ”

No matter that those burly men were the ones who had lost most of the jobs. The president-elect’s original plan was designed to stop the hemorrhaging in construction and manufacturing while investing in physical infrastructure that is indispensable for long-term economic growth. It was not a grab bag of gender-correct programs, nor was it a macho plan–the whole idea of economic stimulus is to use government spending to put idle factors of production back to work.

The Republicans have ignored the anti-male, anti-union issue for the past 6 years, while at the same bemoaning their inability to appeal to workers. Yesterday a FWIW reader asked when the unions would wake up to the Democrats’ antipathy towards them. It sounds as though they finally are, and the Republicans should make sure those workers feel the pain caused by the Jackass Party. Letting the Democrat’s Obamacare program strip them of their health care is a great place to start.


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In New England, this would be a fatal ad.

Things get ugly in the Louisiana governor’s race, assuming they care about Tom Brady down there; who knows?



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At Avis, they try harder

Heading back to the

Heading back to the “Fun City” era

Of course, harder then the NYPD apparently is a low hurdle. After searching robbery suspect’s car, NYPD cops return it to Avis, where workers immediately find the stolen handgun the cops had been looking for. It was next to the battery.

“I think it’s a little unfair to blame us,” Officer  Joe Bolton explained to FWIW. “Those hood releases are tricky, and we’re not staffed with the type of experts Avis uses.”


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