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Gone Hiking

August 10, 2009


We’ll be back in a few days or so.

  1. atheistwoman permalink
    August 10, 2009 7:11 pm

    Lucky duck, enjoy. And that critter is some kind of cute.

  2. August 11, 2009 11:28 am

    Does anyone know what happened to feminist reprise?

  3. August 11, 2009 4:22 pm

    I’m afraid not, The Menstruator. You should email Amy.

    And, yeah, AW, very cute indeed.

  4. August 11, 2009 9:22 pm

    “The Menstuator” is quite the cool handle.

    But I will have to go into my (very fake) lament of “you are oppressing me with all your menstuation!!!”

    Actually, I am rather glad that I don’t. Come, join us of the post-menopause, it’s a great little cult we have going here… 😛

  5. August 11, 2009 9:24 pm

    Oh yes, and you can just “go hiking” without ever having to worry about taking any “feminine hygiene products” (gawd I hates that phrase)

  6. August 11, 2009 9:31 pm

    Have fun!!!

  7. Mary Sunshine permalink
    August 12, 2009 6:14 pm

    I’ll use this as an open thread to give you this one:

    Clinton puts Congo rapists on notice

    Jeffrey Gettleman in Goma, Congo
    August 13, 2009 – 12:32AM

    THE US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, came face to face with the consequences of brutality in eastern Congo when she met a Congolese woman who had been gang-raped while she was eight months pregnant.

    The foetus died, Mrs Clinton said, the woman was gravely injured and since there was no hospital nearby, villagers stuffed the woman’s wound with grass to keep her from bleeding to death.

    ”I’ve been in a lot of very difficult and terrible settings,” Mrs Clinton said later. ”And I was just overwhelmed by what I saw.”

    ”It is almost impossible to describe the level of suffering,” she said. Congo’s rape epidemic, was ”just horrific.”

    Mrs Clinton used her unprecedented visit on Tuesday (she is the first US secretary of state to venture into the war zone) to unveil a $US17 million ($20 million) plan to fight Congo’s appalling sexual violence, a problem she called ”evil in its basest form”.

    She announced that the US Government would train doctors, supply rape victims with video cameras to document violence, send American military engineers to help build facilities and train Congolese police officers, especially female police officers, to crack down on rapists.

    ”This problem is too big for one country to solve alone,” Mrs Clinton said after meeting Congo’s President, Joseph Kabila. Her visit was part of a seven-nation Africa tour intended to strengthen relations with strategic African countries.

    Eastern Congo is home to the worst war on the continent, an intensely predatory conflict driven by a mix of ethnic, commercial, nationalist and criminal interests, in which various armed groups often vent their rage against women.

    The United Nations calls Congo the rape capital of the world and says hundreds of thousands of women have been raped in the past decade.

    Nothing so far – not 18,000 peacekeepers, not various regional peace treaties, not other high-level diplomatic visits – has stemmed the violence.

    Recent Congo-Rwanda military operations along the volatile border may be making things worse. The operations have spawned revenge attacks that have driven more than 500,000 people from their homes. Dozens of villages of have been burned. Hundreds of villagers have been massacred. And countless women, and recently many men, have been raped. Often the rapists are Congolese soldiers.

    Mrs Clinton said she urged the Congolese Government to prosecute offenders in the Congolese military. ”I spoke at length with President Kabila about the steps needed to be taken to protect civilians,” she said.

    ”We believe there should be no impunity for the sexual and gender-based violence, and there must be arrests and punishment because that runs counter to peace.”

    Mrs Clinton also confronted some of the conflict’s root causes, including Congo’s illicit mineral trade. Its mines were often the unlawful prize of armed groups, and Mrs Clinton said the world needed to take more steps to regulate the mineral trade to make sure the profits did not end up ”in the hands of those who fuel the violence”.

    From the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mrs Clinton flew to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, for talks with leaders on ways to curb corruption. The US is the leading investor in Nigeria.

    The New York Times, Bloomberg

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  8. August 13, 2009 12:08 pm

    Many years ago, it was believed if you bled on the ground there’d be no crops… I say if you’re bleeding and camping (oh i wish i could camp) bleed all over the ground and test out this theory. Meanwhile… this place really filled with the menopausaled? Because I’m actually inducing menopause for health reasons right now. And my mood swings are killing me. not to mention hot flashes that cause me to lower the central air temp.
    alas, I am concerned about feminist reprise, i saw something about a broken heart? I hope that her girlfriend and her are ok. I enjoyed her words greatly.

    • Mary Sunshine permalink
      August 13, 2009 12:54 pm

      Hi Menstruator,

      I’m definitely post-menopausal (I’m 65), but I can attest to how much houseplants adore mentrual blood. I used yo use the Keeper, and saved it for the plants. Just dilute with the water you’re using to water them.

      Blood meal (powdered blood) from slaughterhouses is an old-time organic fertilizer. One thing I used to do when I was using the Keeper was to make sheets (wafers, really) of dried menstrual blood, and then crumble it to powder. It can be used for spell-casting.

    • August 13, 2009 12:57 pm

      Yes, come join us, the bemenopaused! 😛

      The hot flashes and night sweats are a bit rough, but they pass.

  9. August 13, 2009 12:16 pm

    Also, I’m not sure if this article mentions it as I’m stomping around cleaning cat puke and trying to prepare for the day, I’ve read recently that in Congo they are starting to rape men for power in war. Of course it could be blamed on the low cleavage that the men in congo can often be found to wearing.

    • Mary Sunshine permalink
      August 13, 2009 12:49 pm

      Well, if they start raping men maybe somebody (male) will start taking it seriously.

  10. August 13, 2009 3:09 pm

    Thanks for the menses blood info. I’m in the midst of finding odd spells to do with it frankly.
    I’m forcing myself into menopause, with synarel, for medical purposes. So I’m going through this at 34.

    On the congo men raping men tactics, gives a new meaning to congo line. (OUCH) bad joke. Meanwhile, the men that get raped are crying that it makes them powerless. REALLY? Who knew.
    Also, gang rape is the only outlawed form of rape in the Congo.

    • Mary Sunshine permalink
      August 13, 2009 4:26 pm

      Also, gang rape is the only outlawed form of rape in the Congo.

      Well, theoretically it’s also outlawed here in North America, and also in Australia. But in practise? Hah!

  11. Mary Sunshine permalink
    August 13, 2009 9:35 pm

    Love this headline ….

    Man charged after so-called date rape of woman in Calgary-area community


    Last Updated: 13th August 2009, 1:40pm

    CHESTERMERE, Alta. — A Calgary man is accused of using a so-called date rape drug to sexually assault a woman he met through a personal classified ad on the Internet.

    RCMP say the woman made contact with a man on Aug. 6 through an ad called Exchange House with Good Time.

    Subsequent Internet contacts led to them meeting in Calgary before travelling to a residence in Chestermere, east of the city, where the woman was allegedly drugged unconscious.

    Police say she was sexually assaulted over a number of hours before she regained consciousness and called police.

    Mounties say other women may have answered the same ad and suffered similar assaults.

    Ramanjit Singh Dhaliwal, 32, faces charges that include sexual assault and is to appear in court Sept. 15.


  12. August 14, 2009 12:45 pm

    “so called” If that’s not that it is, what is it?
    Why not say perhaps instead? Women, perhaps raped with date rape drug.
    Or she was just a slut? yeah. Come the F on already with the media. I’m surprised it’s canada.

  13. Mary Sunshine permalink
    August 14, 2009 12:50 pm

    I took it as “so-called date rape” – as in, “yeah, yeah, as if there’s any such thing as date rape”, or males lampooning the concept of date rape.


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