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Ho Ho Ho. Merry Christmas! Hope everyone is getting some good R&R. 2014 is going to be a huge year for men's issues. 2013 wasn't so shabby either but 2014 is going to be better!
It's getting quiet on this forum.
Youtube wants me to use my actual name as the Youtube name. As I have received multiple Youtube messages containing death threats from feminists, it does not seem advisable.
So I changed my Google name and adopted that as my Youtube name. This should help with my personal safety, but I am still not able to make comments on videos. When I try, a page is displayed and disappears before I can read it. It appears to be blank anyway.
I notice that few other people have changed to their personal names. How are they getting away with it?
Any ideas. Please....
Annie Meyer murder: Melissa Miller pleads guilty to 2nd degree murder, faces up to 20 years
Last Updated: 3 hours ago
Nine months after LeAnn "Annie" Meyer disappeared from her Wheat Ridge home, her roommate, Melissa Miller, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Park County court.
The plea deal stipulates a 20 year sentence plus five years of mandatory parole for Miller.
Miller also agreed to pay restitution to Meyer's family and friends.
"Today is all about Annie getting the justice that Annie deserves," said Margaret Coughlan, one of Annie's friends gathered in a small hotel room in Fairplay on Tuesday.
Friends and family traveled from all over the country to Park County because it is where Annie's remains were found last July after months of searching.
"We didn't want to go through a trial," said Pat Meyer, Annie mother. "We just felt that she [Miller] has lied about so many things that if we had a trial, maybe a juror would believe some of her lies."
"Ten days before we found my sister's remains, I was with Miller. And she lied and she fake cried," Mark Meyer, Annie's brother said Wednesday.
The judge sentenced Miller in today's hearing as well.
Pat Meyer said she didn't think 20 years in prison is enough, but it is the best they could hope for.
"Melissa, you have taken Annie away from us," Pat Meyer said in court Wednesday. "How could anyone be so evil?"
"I hope you suffer for what you have done, and I will never forgive you," Pat Meyer said.
"When it's time for her parole eligibility I want Ms. Miller to look at the people around because we will all be here," Mark Meyer said.
"If she gets out she will do it again," said Mark Meyer. "We want you to lock her up and throw away the key."
After Meyer's family and friends spoke, Miller's supporters had their turn.
"This group of friends is always fighting and stealing each other's girlfriends," said Maris Paris, Miller's sister.
"She is not a killer," said Miller's friend Julie Cesa. "I love her to death. She is not a monster or a psycho."
At that point, a friend of Meyer said, "She pled guilty." The judge demanded quiet in the courtroom.
"The saddest part was having taken Annie's life, she persisted in spending Annie's money, for no other reason than to spend it at the casinos," said District Attorney Kathy Eberling.
The judge accepted the plea agreement and gave Miller credit for the 135 days she has served since July 16.
We know that men in the UK are still dying four years sooner than women, on average; that 12 men each day take their own lives; that 90% of rough sleepers are men; that 95% of the prison population is male; that seven out of ten murder victims are male; that girls are outperforming boys at every stage of education; that women are a third more likely to go to university than men; that young men account for 70% of long-term youth unemployment; that male graduates are 50% more likely to be unemployed; that men in their twenties are earning less than their female peers; that 96% of people who die at work are male and that men accounted for 84% of suicides linked to the recession.
If women and girls were experiencing any one of those problems at the rate that men and boys are, it would be grounds for an international day in its own right - so why are we so indifferent to the various problems that are more likely to impact the male half of the population?
she is apparently complicit in her subjugation, both present and future
A textbook example of false consciousness. That's why consciousness raising has lost none of its importance over the years.
Wow. Isn't that shocking? And shocking that it's not shocking, if you know what I mean.
In total, Raj listed 14 characters from kids' cereal boxes, every one a male.
Before you scoff at this blatant sexism as Raj's friends did, remember: these characters are designed to appeal to your kids. Huge companies poured millions of dollars into creating these guys, to make them into household names. So why are female characters completely missing from this line up?
Can you imagine shopping at Safeway with your kids and seeing shelves lined with cereal box after cereal box, all featuring images of an all female a cast of heroes and villains? Do you think you'd notice? Do you think your kids would?
Why is it so normal for parents and children to see an imaginary world where girls go missing?
I moved to Japan in my mid-twenties. I had no idea how much I had instinctively come to expect preferential courtesy from Western men until it suddenly disappeared from around me. It honestly blew my mind. Elevator doors would open, I'd go to step in, and be blown back by all the Japanese men rushing to get on while women waited patiently for them. Men went through all doors first. Men were served first at bars. Men took seats on trains while women stood. Anywhere women get preferential treatment in Western countries, men do in Japan.
I'm not saying the reverse is right. I'm saying I was honestly shocked by just how much I expected the reverse, without even thinking about it. I sent a group mail apologising to all my male friends for never noticing before. And now I see women everywhere expect it, the same way I did, and get the shits on the rare occasions it doesn't happen. I do consider that sexist.
EDIT: To clarify, I mean benevolent sexism. I'm talking about door-opening, for fuck's sake. This is not some kind of comment on wider matters of privilege (for which the pendulum, in all countries, still firmly swings up on the side of men - there you go, there's the wider comment), and the MRA tools in here who have used it to start whining about the wimmins and their eternal sucking of the poor mens into the fires of hell can kindly fuck right off.