Disce aut Discede

 For centuries, women couldn’t protect their own safety through physical, legal or financial means. We couldn’t rely on the law if our safety was threatened. We couldn’t use our own money to escape or safeguard ourselves and our children, because we could not own property. Being likable, or at least acceptable to stronger, more powerful others, was one of our primary available survival strategies. For many women around the world, this is still the reality, but all women inherit the psychological legacy of that history. Disapproval, criticism and the withdrawal of others’ approval can feel so petrifying for us at times — life-threatening even — because for millenniums, it was.

Add to this history what we see in our time: Powerful women tend to receive overreactive, shaming and inappropriately personal criticism. Kirsten E. Gillibrand’s colleagues in the Senate making comments about her weight. Christiane Amanpour being blasted for expressing even a hint of anger about the deaths of children in Syria. Hillary Rodham Clinton for not looking well rested enough while circling the globe. In our Internet age, this criticism often also becomes vulgar, sexualized and angry.

"Our shortsightedness afflicts so many areas of public policy. We spend billions of dollars fighting extremists today, but don’t invest tiny sums educating children or empowering women, even though that’s the strategy with a solid record of success at reducing extremism in the medium term — and even though we can finance at least 20 schools for the cost of deploying one soldier abroad for one year."

WWF-Australia said that the proposals were insufficient and that billions of dollars were needed to restore the health of the reef. It said that the report has failed to set high-enough targets and allocate funds to help farmers cut fertilizer runoff and that the government had failed to minimize dredging and dumping in the World Heritage area, which stretches from the city of Gladstone to the tip of northern Queensland.

An Australian Marine Conservation Society reef campaigner, Felicity Wishart, said the report delivered “no measurable, deliverable action.” While there is a proposed management plan for dredging in existing sites, “there is no ban on dumping silt in the World Heritage area, up or down the coast,” Ms. Wishart said.

Immediately after I try to participate in seminar

This article immediately made me think of Stephen King’s entire body of work (feel free to hate, but the man is a master of characterization): he rarely publishes a book that doesn’t feature a precociously heroic 10-13 year old boy at the center of the action.

Also, it isn’t just about adulthood, but also about how the patriarchal dynamic has evolved over the last few decades. An interesting read whether you agree with all of his points or not.

The trade in illegal wildlife is a $19 billion annual business with ties to the Russian mob and Islamic extremists, and there’s one place the world turns to investigate the crime: a federal forensics lab (and curiosity cabinet) in a hippie town in Oregon.
The lab has been described as “Scotland Yard for animals” and ” ‘CSI’ meets ‘Doctor Dolittle.’ ” A more accurate comparison might be to the midcentury Bell Labs or to the Sandia National Laboratories. It is a hotbed of research, discovery and innovation. It’s a center of cutting-edge science that does double duty as a makeshift natural history museum. It’s also a crime lab — the place to turn to when you’ve collared a perp whose victims are Mexican fish. “We’re proud of what we’ve got going here,” said Ken Goddard, the lab’s director. “It’s a pretty neat little operation.

This is fascinating, I had no idea such a culture/religion existed until they  made news over the last month. Apparently they believe that Satan was forgiven, redeemed, and made into an angel, they function under a strict caste system, and believe they are descended from Adam but not Eve. They blend Zoroastrian and Mesopotamian rituals with parts from Christianity, Sufi Islam, and Judaism.

I don’t point any of this out in ridicule, it all sounds just as reasonable as the beliefs of any other religion, I’m only commenting on it because I was fascinated by how unique and little-known they are. I’ve done a good bit of reading on comparative religions but had never heard of them, wow. This Nat Geo piece provides excellent background and context that the media covering current events hasn’t touched on.