Thursday, 12 February 2015

This 'Deadbeat Dad' is Not Even a Dad

Do you remember the article I published earlier this week? The one where 10% of us are not fathered by the man we believe to be dad? If you don't, I suggest you go read it now.

That article concerned children who thought one man to be their biological father, only to discover that he actually was not. Mothers were deliberately keeping the truth about paternity from their children and the men they duped into believing they were dads.

Now in a new story, Michigan is acting as the deliberate liar regarding paternity for a man named Alexander who says he has lost his job, is almost homeless and could face jail time for not paying child support for a child everyone knows is not his.

DNA tests have proven, without a doubt, the child in question is not his. The mother, a former girlfriend of his, knows the child is not his - she needed help providing for her son and was told that, in order to get welfare assistance, she had to name a father on the paperwork. She decided to put down his name, with his permission, even though they both knew he couldn’t be the father.

All he wanted to do was help her and her son, and now he is facing a paternity case, brought against him by the State of Michigan, to collect money for the assistance that was provided to her.

Years ago, a process-server turned in paperwork, claiming that Alexander was given notice of the case. But the Michigan Department of Corrections says that is impossible since he was incarcerated at the time the process server claims to have served him.

WXYZ says Alexander didn’t find out about the paternity action until 1991, when he was arrested for being a deadbeat dad.

“I’m almost homeless. I’m almost in jail. I am out of work. My money is threatened to be taken, ” he said. “I’m scared.”
The judge for the case said that he won’t go to jail, yet. She put the case on hold until next month so his attorney could have a chance to argue that he shouldn’t be responsible for the child support bill for a child that is not biologically his.

Sadly this is not a one-off case. Many men are being destroyed, and many women are being coerced by a government which, in many states, demands that a woman name a father before she can get any financial assistance (welfare).

It's a system put in place by the government to exact control over society's most vulnerable, and punish them. It puts many women in a desperate situation where the only way they can provide for their child is to drag a man, who may or may not be the biological father, into court. It forces those women who would rather not have named a father on the birth certificate of their child, or pursue any action for child support, for various reasons, to name one and have to face court procedures for money she clearly was not interested in getting. The man is forced, by the system, to pay for a child he never wanted or intended to pay for. It turns peoples lives upside-down, puts children in the middle of a messy situation, all so the state can pay out less in welfare payments to the woman.

Advocates of this system may insist that it saves the state, and taxpayers, money. But the reality is that for every woman the state forces to go to court, it pays all the lawyer fees and court costs. Everything from photocopies, process servers, phone calls, and so-on are paid for by the legal aid system.

In Canada the "total funding of legal aid includes government funding, contributions from clients and legal settlements, and contributions from the legal profession. The twelve plans that provided data (excludes Nunavut) reported receiving funding of more than $736 million in 2010/2011. Government sources contributed the vast majority of this amount at 93% of the total." Of course this is not just for family court matters, but a significant portion of it is. Some estimates are that up to 58% of the funding is spent on civil matters, which includes family court cases.

I am sure the figures are much higher in the USA - The point being, is there really any benefit to be had by forcing mothers and 'fathers' to upend their lives, and the lives of the children involved? Is there any justification for the government to get involved in the personal lives of those that have made their own decisions based on what they feel is best?

Alexander is just one of thousands upon thousands of examples of how the system can destroy someone's life just to save a buck. But what can we do? For starters we can do is keep raising awareness about these terrible situations and lobby for change. We can put effort into serious campaigns to bring these stories to the forefront of the public's awareness. We can stop spending our time hurling constant insults at feminists and writing ridiculous articles that even the Enquirer would scoff at.

People who are truly concerned with Mens Rights need to put away their petty bullshit and start to really band together for some serious change instead of gossiping and nattering on like old hens. The focus needs to be on these types of issues, and to not be distracted by petty arguments or the desire to one-up the other side.

Until then, people like Alexander are on their own, scared and waiting for someone to truly care.

Written by Kristina Hansen
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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Weaponizing Alcohol and Infantalizing Women

And so, the infantilization of women continues - this time in the military.

Alcohol is now classified as a weapon that can be used against someone (women) as a weapon in order to rape them. As if rape were not already a serious enough offense, the military now feels that insulting women by implying they cannot make their own decisions about alcohol, and infantilizing them to the point of perpetual victims is an acceptable thing.

"During a November party, Air Force Academy junior cadet Daniel Ryerson allegedly supplied a woman with alcohol until she was unconscious, and then “carried” her to a bathroom where he sexually assaulted her."
 Let the bolded portion of that quote sink in for a moment - a woman was 'supplied alcohol until she was unconscious'. Did he force it down her throat? Did he put a gun to her head and make her drink to the point of passing out? Did he spike it with drugs? The answer to all these is no!

Indeed he committed a crime when/if he raped her, but she is the one who is ultimately responsible for how much alcohol she ingested, no one else. She could have refused the drinks at any time. She did not have to guzzle down every drink he supplied her. She could have used some commonsense at any point - She could have practiced a little restraint herself.

The current feminist culture is to take any and all responsibility away from women and place men in the role of constant caretaker. The feminists are in no way empowering women today - instead they are treating women like perpetual children who need constant supervision and care 24/7. Women are no longer independent individuals with the freedom to choose for themselves.

We teach our children responsibility and how to make good decisions. We teach them valuable life lessons so that they can one day leave home and enter the world as competent, self-sufficient individuals - except if they are female. Once a woman becomes 18 she is told all those lessons of responsibility, independence, and smart decision making can be tossed aside. She can regress into a perpetual state of childhood where none of her actions are her fault, and that she will forever have her hand-held. She is seen as incompetent, inept, and irresponsible for the rest of her life, and so nothing is ever really her fault.

It's pretty simple. We don't let children drink because we know it is dangerous and they cannot make good or safe decisions about alcohol, and will probably do something stupid if they are allowed to consume it. If a child consumes alcohol and does do something stupid, we blame the adults in that child's life and excuse it because they are children who don't know any better. Sound familiar ladies?

Women need to wake up and realize that modern-day feminism is not about the empowerment of women - It's, for lack of a better term and to coin a phrase from the feminists, a tool of the 'patriarchy', or in this case, matriarchy, that seeks to oppress women. Women are now oppressing women on a grander scale than men ever have. If women can't figure out this simple and obvious fact, then perhaps they truly are incompetent and need mens constant supervision and care - someone needs to be the adult here.

Written by Kristina Hansen
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Monday, 9 February 2015

Whose Your Daddy? 10% of us are not Fathered by the Man we Believe to be Dad

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That guy you call your dad may not be - DNA testing has revolutionized medical science, but it also has uncovered the myth of female monogamy. Now doctors are wondering how to break the news to men.
Following article re-posted from the Canadian Children's Rights Council and The Globe and Mail.

They came to the hospital together, a husband, a wife and the little daughter they feared had been cursed by inheritance. Since birth, she had struggled to breathe, and all the signs pointed to cystic fibrosis.

If the girl truly had the incurable disease that clogs the lungs, she had to have received two copies of a CF gene, one from each parent. Tests at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto confirmed the family's worst fears -- and then some.

The girl was indeed afflicted. Her mom carried one of the culprit genes. But her dad, the doctors discovered, was quite a different story. His DNA showed no sign of a CF gene, which means he is not a carrier and he is not her dad.

Hospital staff have felt bound to keep the secret from him. But when they told the mom, it came as no surprise; it rarely does.

"It is probably true in a lot of families, that daddy is not who you think it is," says Steve Scherer, a senior scientist in department of genetics at the Hospital for Sick Children.

It's now widely accepted among those who work in genetics that roughly 10 per cent of us are not fathered by the man we believe to be dad.

Geneticists have stumbled upon this phenomenon in the course of conducting large population studies and hunting for genes that cause diseases such as cystic fibrosis. They find full siblings to be half-siblings, fathers who are genetic strangers to more than one of their children and uncles who are much closer to their nieces and nephews than anyone might guess. Lumped under the heading of "pedigree errors," these so-called mis-paternities, false paternities and non-paternities are all science jargon for the unwitting number of us who are chips off someone else's block.

The proverbial postman seems to be ringing twice in everyone's neighbourhood. Non-paternity is believed to cut across all socio-economic classes and many cultures. Factor it into genealogical attempts to trace ancestry and it can snap entire branches from a family tree. Considered in light of long-held views about sexual behaviour, it exposes the myth of female monogamy and utterly shakes the assumption that women are biologically driven to single-mate bliss.

The widespread use of DNA analysis has presented science and society with all sorts of new ethical problems, and now it's pulling this naked truth out of the closet and into the courtroom. Men who call themselves "Duped Dads" are looking for legal redress to protect themselves against paternity fraud, raising questions about the definition of fatherhood. Several U.S. states are considering legislation that could exempt non-biological fathers from having to pay child support.

Even the most learned among us are grappling with the implications. Last month, the 10-per-cent non-paternity rate was cited during a science seminar for judges in Halifax.

"The judges were just shocked; they really couldn't get over how many people this would affect," Dr. Scherer said. "They kept saying things about all those poor people who might be misled -- never realizing that one of them might actually be among them!"

The notion of a woman carrying the child of someone other than her partner is older than the Christmas story itself. No geneticist believes non-paternity to be purely the product of modern immorality; they have been tripping over the infidelities of earlier generations for decades.

Cheryl Shuman, director of genetic counseling at the Hospital for Sick Children, said that 15 years ago, when genetic tests were less powerful, researchers had to draw blood from a child, his or her parents and both sets of grandparents. "Sometimes we'd get a call from the grandmother, and she'd say, 'Listen, my son, or my daughter, doesn't know that their father is not their real father. . . .' "
In the interests of maintaining family peace, Ms. Shuman said, the tests would be dismissed as "uninformative."

Over the years, the hospital has relied on the advice of lawyers and ethicists to develop policies for handling the situation. For example, its consent form now warns what a genetic test can reveal. Parents "will sometimes giggle in the waiting room when they read the paragraph about non-paternity," Ms. Shuman said. "But then we get the phone call later, forewarning us as to what we might find."

When a test disqualifies a father, "most women do express some surprise, but then there is a resignation, or an acceptance that they were kind of half anticipating this was going to happen. But then all this is followed very quickly by panic and questions as to whether or not we will betray their confidentiality."

If the case involves an expectant mother, Ms. Shuman explained, the hospital's legal obligation is clear: The developing baby is considered part of the mother and the results of the tests therefore belong to her.

After birth, the course of action is less clear, she said, but lawyers advise that the child is to be considered the patient, whose needs trump those of the parents. Since telling the father could trigger a breakup and leave the child without proper support, the hospital keeps the secret. Sometimes it can be a whopper.

In one family with four daughters, the DNA analysis was so surprising that counselors asked the mother to explain. "It turned out that the daughters had three different fathers," said Peter Ray, a scientist at the hospital. "We cannot make any conclusions based on the family structures as they are presented to us." 

In the research world, when scientists come across a father in a mismatched family, they toss the sample. If pedigree errors are not caught, Dr. Scherer said, they can wreak statistical havoc with a study: "People have made careers designing software to catch these kinds of things."

Sample mix-ups can skew results, as can an extremely rare condition discovered in 1989 in which a child inherits two copies of the same chromosome from one parent, obscuring the contribution of the other. But as the number of gene hunts and diagnostic tests has grown and grown, the leading cause of these anomalies has proved to be mistaken fatherhood.

Some peg the range at 5 to 10 per cent; others, such as Jeanette Papp of the University of California at Los Angeles, feel that 15 per cent is reasonable for the Western world, even if there is no hard evidence. "It's hard to do studies on these things for ethical reasons," says Dr. Papp, director of genotyping and sequencing in UCLA's department of human genetics. "I mean, how do you tell people what you're really looking for?"

A British survey conducted between 1988 and 1996 by Robin Baker, a former professor at the University of Manchester, confirmed the 10-per-cent figure. That seems high to skeptics such as Dalhousie University geneticist Paul Neumann, although even he admitted that "my colleague, who's a woman, tells me women have no trouble believing it. . . . It's the men who can't."

Bernard Dickens, a specialist in health law and policy at the University of Toronto, said that in another British example, the non-paternity rate was three times that.

In the early 1970s, a schoolteacher in southern England assigned a class science project in which his students were to find out the blood types of their parents. The students were then to use this information to deduce their own blood types (because a gene from each parent determines your blood type, in most instances only a certain number of combinations are possible). Instead, 30 per cent of the students discovered their dads were not their biologically fathers. 

"The classroom was, of course, not the ideal place to find out this information," said Prof. Dickens, who is often consulted on ethical issues by geneticists at the Hospital for Sick Children.

He feels, as do many researchers, that culture can determine whether false paternity is very high or very low. For example, in Muslim Egypt, the integrity of lineage is so important that neither sperm or egg donation nor adoption is permitted, let alone sexual indiscretion.

But false paternity causes obvious problems for anyone who values a clear pedigree and makes it a statistical impossibility to trace the true identity of our ancestors back more than a few generations.
Robert Moyzis, a molecular geneticist at the University of California at Irvine, recently had to break this news to a friend who had spent considerable energy and resources compiling a family history that stretched back 1,000 years. "I had to plug the numbers into a computer model and prove it to him. The chances that he was related to the ancestor he thought were zero."

Logistically, it may seem that only men are naturally programmed for multiple partners. After all, they can produce sperm by the thousands 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and do it well into their retirement years.

Women, on the other hand, are limited to the eggs they were born with, maturing one a month and not much past their fourth decade of life. The precious few shots that women have at reproduction may drive them to seek the best mate for prospective offspring -- though the decision might be wholly unconscious.

This notion is bolstered by the "sperm wars" theory, in which Britain's Dr. Baker has noted that sperm of two different men can effectively battle over the spoils of fertilizing the egg in a woman's reproductive tract.

In 1999, a questionnaire in Britain found that most women tended to be unfaithful to their long-term partners around the time they were most fertile.

That same year, researchers at St. Andrew's University in Scotland concluded that women seem to desire different types of men at different times of the month. When they are most likely to conceive, they are attracted to men who have very masculine features, preferring more feminine men when they are not ovulating.

The researchers suggested that women may subconsciously feel that beefy men may make a better biological contribution to a baby, but softer features may signal a better father.

And strangers may have a biological advantage. "There is actually data from Britain," said sexual-behaviour expert Judith Lipton, "that suggests a woman may be more likely to conceive with a fresh partner because a woman can essentially develop antibodies against her regular partner's sperm, so that she may be more likely to be impregnated by fresh sperm."

Between 30 and 50 per cent of women cheat on their partners, compared with 50 to 80 per cent of men, said Dr. Lipton, a psychiatrist with the Swedish Medical Center in Washington who last year co-wrote The Myth of Monogamy with her husband, David Barash.

"This jibes with the idea that as many as 10 per cent of these relations may result in pregnancy," she said, explaining that women may cheat as an escape from a bad marriage, for revenge on a cheating partner, to find a better provider, or just for fun.

All this messing around might have been predicted by animal behaviour, but it has been only recently that researchers learned just how hard faithful females are to find in any species.

Dr. Barash, a zoologist and professor of psychology at the University of Washington, explained that while it was generally known that most mammals are rarely monogamous, certain species were held up as paragons of virtue. Scientists believed, for example, fidelity was definitely for the birds. "But not even the swans are monogamous, and they were the poster children for monogamy. Despite their waterfront property, they still sneak around with the neighbours."

With the 1980s advent of DNA fingerprinting, a quick molecular test that, among other things, tells scientists whether two creatures are genetically related, researchers have realized social monogamy has little bearing on sexual monogamy in the animal kingdom.

"A lot of hanky-panky goes on even if two creatures set up house together," Dr. Barash said.
Despite thousands of hours of observation, birds managed to fool not only their mates into thinking they were faithful, but their observers. Yet DNA tests show that 10 to 50 per cent of birds are fathered by a male other than the one sharing the nest.

"We always knew the possibility was there for males to be available and receptive to EPC -- extra-pair copulation -- but what was not known was that the mated females would do the same thing," Dr. Barash said.

In part, researchers figured females would be deterred from cheating since they had more to lose than a male by fooling around -- their mate might stop foraging to feed the hungry offspring, cutting off the animal equivalent of child support, or worse, turn violent. Yet this, he said, seems only to have inspired females to perfect the art of secrecy and deception: They persistently sneak off in search of stronger genes, better feeding grounds, good providers and protectors.

These trysts may have been overlooked, said Frances Burton, an anthropologist at the University of Toronto, because the researchers were often male. "There is a weird double feedback thing that goes on when it comes to observing animals, particularly non-human primates. We impose upon the observations human prejudices . . . it can obfuscate whatever truth there is."

Even the fact that female animals actually derive enjoyment from copulation wasn't fully accepted until 1971, when Prof. Burton showed that female monkeys stimulated with an electric toothbrush did in fact reach orgasm. "Though they rarely did with male monkeys," she added, "because the males did not engage them for long enough periods."

Now the hope that fidelity is compatible with wildlife has all but vanished. DNA testing is crossing one species after another off the list. Of 4,000 mammalian species, only 3 per cent are still considered candidates. Birds, bees, snails, snakes, fish, frogs . . . not even mites are monogamous. You have slide well down the food chain before Dr. Barash will put his money on a contender: Diplozoon paradoxum,a parasitic flatworm found in the gills of freshwater fish. The first time two worms mate, their bodies are fused together for life.

None of this should imply that humans are incapable of monogamy, he added. "Saying something is natural is often used to justify unacceptable behaviour. It's natural to poop on the floor, but we spend a lot of time becoming house broken."

His wife, however, said the moral transgression of infidelity cannot compare with the deception of lying about paternity. She thinks paternity fraud should be considered a crime of the highest order.
"Reproductive deception is morally similar to rape," Dr. Lipton said. "If you trick someone into raising a baby not his own, and he puts 20 years of his life into an endeavour based on a falsehood, that is appalling.

"If I were the queen of the world, birth control, of any form, would be available to any woman who wants it and DNA testing would be available for all the men so that they would know who their babies are."

There are certainly those -- the "Duped Dads" among them -- who would agree with her.

Morgan Wise remembers how in 1999 the doctor rose from his chair, walked around the desk and sat down in front of him. Mr. Wise's youngest son had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis years earlier, but a medical test showed Mr. Wise did not carry a CF gene.

"My first thought was that they must have misdiagnosed my son," the 40-year-old railway engineer from Big Spring, Tex., said in an interview this week.

But then the doctor looked him squarely in the eye and said: "Morgan, do you have any reason to think this boy might not be yours?"

The possibility seemed outlandish. He had been married to the same woman for 13 years and they had had three boys and a girl before they broke up in 1996. But for peace of mind, he decided to go ahead with paternity tests.

In March, 1999, the results arrived by mail -- a creased piece of paper telling him that not one of the three boys was his.

"I felt anger toward [my first wife] and sadness, and I felt so sorry for my kids," Mr. Wise recalled. "I told my boys, 'I love you all, you'll always be my sons, the only difference is now I'm not your birth father.' "

Despite this revelation, a district court judge ruled that Mr. Wise had to continue paying child support for the three boys. Based on a 500-year-old common law, most states operate on the presumption that a husband is the father of any child born to his wife during a marriage.

Mr. Wise took his case to the media, hoping to generate political support and contact other men in a similar situation. Instead, he angered the judge, who revoked his visitation rights to the children but left him responsible for $1,100 (U.S.) in monthly support.

"This," Mr. Wise warned, "could happen to anyone."

The Wise verdict has become a flashpoint for men who discover that their children are not their own. Many are actually eager to find out, ordering paternity kits over the Internet. (The American Association of Blood Banks reports that 30 per cent of men who suspect they are not biological fathers are right.)

Men have set up support groups and begun to lobby to change what they see as archaic laws. Three states have bills pending that would take paternity fraud into account and at least three others have already passed similar legislation.

The Wise case also has focused legal minds and ethicists on the definition of fatherhood, and the prevailing view appears to be that dad is the man who reads you bedtime stories, not necessarily the man who shares your DNA.

In Canada, there has been no case in point. But Prof. Dickens at U of T said a recent ruling suggests that Canadian courts would discount DNA evidence over the best interests of the child. A few years ago, he said, a man tried to win visitation rights for a child he believed he had fathered with a woman who had since married someone else.

The court ruled that the former boyfriend's biological contribution did not outweigh the risks of compromising the bond the child had forged with the mother's husband. "If you have acted in a fatherlike way toward a child, then you are the father," Prof. Dickens said. "Fatherhood is a social reality, not a genetic reality."

He firmly believes that people who undergo genetic tests to find out about paternity are entitled to such information. But those being tested for a genetic ailment or some other inherited trait cannot expect the same: "It's not for geneticists to spring this information upon them. The point is, when you are testing for a particular trait, it's either there or it's not there, and there is no need to say why it is or why it isn't."

Some fathers, of course, feel differently. Stacy Robb, founder and president of the support group DADS Canada, said that "it's unfair because the doctors come across this information and they don't tell the man listed as the father on the birth certificate. It's a disregarding of men's rights. The point is mothers and fathers are not treated equally."

And as the staff at Hospital for Sick Children are learning, keeping secrets can backfire. In one case, a father who tested negative for a gene that his sick child had inherited wrongly believes himself to be both a carrier of a genetic disorder and the child's natural father.

Ms. Shuman said counselors have never told him otherwise, even after his marriage broke up. But recently, he contacted the hospital again to say he has a new partner and wants to come in for further testing. He assumes that any child produced in his new relationship also may be at risk.
Telling him there is no risk would reveal the truth about his first child. Going ahead with the test denies him the truth about his own DNA.

Prof. Dickens suggests testing the new partner. If she turns out to be a non-carrier, there is no need of further discussion. But Ms. Shuman said that also may leave counselors with some unwanted "moral residue."

"He hasn't come back in yet," she added, "but we may have to reveal the results . . . It all gets messier than you might think. Welcome to my ethically charged world."

Written by Kristina Hansen
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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Why do I 'Care' About MGTOW? - Requested Article

One of my viewers on YouTube sent me the following request in the comments section of my 'How to be MGTOW' video:

Video Request: Hi Wooly, I would like to see a video on why you care about MGTOW? Why do you care what a small, loosely affiliated, group of men with no political or economic power does or calls itself? I think that would be fascinating.

This is a very good question that deserves a thoughtful reply since, having been asked this question, I have been giving this question quite a bit of thought.

The word 'care' when applied to MGTOW would not really be fitting here. I care about many things, but MGTOW is not something I really 'care' about. However, MGTOW is indeed something I find very interesting from many different perspectives such as those in the psychological, biological, neurological and genetic fields. I find it quite fascinating to observe the similar patterns of behavior and personality traits of the MGTOWs on-line, mostly those on YouTube where you can observe their physical and oral behavior more in-depth.

There is something to be said for the observable prevalence of comorbidity within the on-line MGTOW 'community', and I think it could be a very interesting field of study for those in areas like psychology, biology, genetics, neuroscience, etc... I think much can be learned here, and I think we will find that many of those men that identify as rigid MGTOWs have deep-seated psychological and mental issues that are currently being ignored by society, which leads to a segment of the population that is currently being overlooked by professionals and society as a whole - primarily because they are men.

While I find it all very interesting from a purely educational point of view, I also must admit that I find it amusing that the on-line MGTOW 'community' is as 'delicate' as it is. The need to constantly justify, explain, and rationalize their positions to both themselves and others, all the while attempting to shout-down, shame or denigrate those that do not agree with them or adhere to their narrow world view is quite telling on many levels. The old adage 'misery loves company' is quite fitting here. They lash out at anyone they feel has 'harmed' them, which can be for a myriad of reasons they feel are justifiable - the primary one being women - for either rejecting them, or for having had a woman that caused them some sort of emotional or physical pain in their lives at one point or another. To deal with their pain they feel almost compelled to inflict it on others.

Perhaps amusing is not the best word to describe it? Perhaps sad or even pitiful is more fitting. Either way, sometimes we cannot help but be captivated by disasters and marvel in the awesome destruction of all that surrounds them. Sometimes we stand there, knowing that what we are seeing or hearing is not something we should be entertained by, but we are none-the-less because of our tendency for finding entertainment value in whatever we see or hear, no matter how much we hate or refuse to admit it to ourselves.

Thanks to LifeAfterWomen for starting this discussion, and I hope this answers your question.

Written by Kristina Hansen
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How to be MGTOW

The MGTOW contradiction of having rules, a rigid community, and central 'philosophy' while saying you are truly going your own way. Maybe this video will help the slow learners get the point.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Thank You to a Fan - Barbarossaaa!

This is just to thank @barbarossaaaa for his continued support of my work. What an awesome fan!

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

My Mailman Deserves an Award for his Bravery

So I open the door to get the mail today and see that my mailman has left me a little note to advise me that my front walk is dangerously snow covered and icy:

Granted, it snowed last night, and the city came to a screeching halt. Schools were closed, roofs were buckling under the weight of the snow, vehicles were piled-up in massive crashes, and people could only get around if they wore snowshoes or skis. It was a disaster of epic proportions out there. Just look at the horrific picture I took of my front walk that had my mailman at complete risk of horrific injury because I did not shovel it in time:

See! What a perilous journey he had! Look at the waist deep snow and ice he had to slog through to get to my front door. I am surprised he made it at all. He must have had to use a dog-sled team to get him through the harrowing journey to my mailbox. Oh the humanity of it all! What a brave man he is. I should commend him on his dedication and perseverance tomorrow. I know, I'll bake him some cookies to thank him.

He truly deserves all our respect for his journey of terror. To have made it up my walkway without breaking a bone, suffering internal injuries, or dying, is simply amazing. He should try to scale Mount Everest next - I am sure it will be a cake walk for him after dealing with this.

If you are my brave mailman, and you are reading this, I send you my warmest and sincerest respect. What would we do without people like you risking your lives to make sure we get our bills and junkmail? I think you truly deserve a special award for your tremendous bravery in the face of danger:


For anyone wondering how much it actually snowed, it was a whopping 2-3cm in total! Yet my kids made the perilous trek out there to go to school way before my mailman attempted to scale my treacherous front walk. One of my kids almost lost a limb from exposure and the other two were chased by arctic wolves. But they all arrived at school none the less. What brave souls they all are!

Written by Kristina Hansen
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