Article here. A woman is going to jail after attempting to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband, who had gained custody of their children. He's still afraid of her, and wishes she had been put away for longer. Excerpt:

'The Le Sueur County sheriff and attorney offices last week released video of Blanche Wilson meeting with an undercover sheriff investigator posing as a hired killer.

An acquaintance told authorities Blanche and her mother, Linda Bloom, were seeking to hire someone to kill Shaun after he gained custody of the three children he shared with Blanche. The informant helped authorities set up an undercover operation that led to the arrests of mother and daughter in June.

Wilson was sentenced to 15 years in prison April 15 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder. Bloom pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison in October.

Now that the prosecution is complete, the video and other case evidence are public.'

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Article here. When I think of how automation/AI is going to eliminate millions of jobs over the next 30 years, I think of this story being like two groups of hungry people on the Titanic arguing/competing in the dining room over who will get the best seats. Meanwhile, the ship is heading ever closer to the iceberg. Also, notice the careers that are going to do well: healthcare (an aging population) and computer-related (people programming the computers that replace people at jobs). Kind of a gloomy picture getting painted here. Excerpt:

'If you’re searching for a job, the odds of finding one may depend on your gender.

Overall, occupations that are more than 80% female are projected to grow at nearly twice the rate of jobs that are at least 60% male between 2014 and 2024, according to research out this week from the jobs site Indeed and its chief economist, Jed Kolko. The site researched Bureau of Labor Statistics and found that many are jobs that are traditionally dominated by women — including occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants and nurse practitioners — are growing at the fastest rate. They will grow at about a 40% rate, compared to an overall rate of 6.5% for all jobs.

In fact, all of the fastest-growing jobs for women were healthcare-related.
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Among male-dominated jobs, some are growing faster than others. Indeed tried to find out which traditionally male jobs will grow and found that ambulance drivers and attendants came out on top, with 33% employment growth expected from 2014 to 2024. They were followed by personal finance advisers, with 29.6% growth expected during the same period, followed by web developers (26.6%), emergency medical technicians and paramedics (24%) and computer and informational research scientists (20.9%).'

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Link here. This may not seem like a men's rights issues but in Australia, there are dozens of government subsidised "migrant women's" and "multicultural women's" organisations, most of a western feminist bend (which otherwise has no interest in other cultures and issues affecting migrants) and comprised of "diverse" women who have nothing in common except seeking mutual concessions and continued funding.

Readers knowledgeable about such issues might like to balance their inevitable submissions by making sure the issues and challenges of migrant men are also brought to the attention of the committee.

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'The committee is to inquire into and report on ways of protecting and strengthening Australia’s multiculturalism and social inclusion, with particular reference to:

a. the views and experiences of people from culturally and linguistically diverse, and new and emerging communities;
b. the adequacy and accessibility of settlement and social inclusion services and resources available to individuals and communities;
c. the adequacy of existing data collection and social research on racially motivated crimes;
d. the impact of discrimination, vilification and other forms of exclusion and bigotry on the basis of ‘race’, colour, national or ethnic origin, culture or religious belief;
e. the impact of political leadership and media representation on the prevalence of vilification and other forms of exclusion and bigotry on the basis of ‘race’, colour, national or ethnic origin, culture or religious belief;
f. how to improve the expected standards of public discourse about matters of ‘race’, colour, national or ethnic origin, culture or religious belief;
g. how to better recognise and value the contribution that diverse communities bring to Australian social and community life;

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Article here. Excerpt:

'Disney is selling a new “Feminist Baby” children’s book so parents can teach their toddlers to grow up to be “progressive thinkers” who “smash the patriarchy” and believe gender is a social construct.

Loryn Brantz, the author and illustrator behind “Feminist Baby,” told TIME that her 22-page children’s book aims to make children “liberal and progressive thinkers.”

“They’re not going to take away all the nuances and important parts of feminism necessarily, but it’s important just to have it be in their vocabulary and part of their life rather than discovering it when they’re older,” Brantz explained. “It’s so that they’re aware of feminism and see it as a good thing and not a bad thing."

“They need to grow up with feminism and not be scared of it, and not think that it means they're going to be overpowered by women someday,” Brantz said. “It just means wanting equality for everyone. It’s not something they think they need to fight when they’re older.”'

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Article here. Excerpt:

'Former CBC radio star Jian Ghomeshi betrayed no emotion as he learned he had been found not guilty of all charges in connection with his high profile trial Thursday.

Ghomeshi, who faced four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcome resistance by choking, was acquitted based on Justice William B. Horkins’ assertion that there was “outright deception” in the testimony brought forth by three complainants.

“The success of this prosecution depended entirely on the court being able to accept each complainant as a sincere, honest and accurate witness,” Horkins said in his decision.

“Each complainant was revealed at trial to be lacking in these important attributes. The evidence of each complainant suffered not just from inconsistencies and questionable behaviour, but was tainted by outright deception.”

All three complainants were present with lawyers and numerous supporters in the courtroom during Horkins’ reading of his decision, while Ghomeshi’s family sat in the front row behind him.'

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Story here. Excerpt:

'A Maine-based website has released cellphone video of Democrats at a “Values and Vision” community meeting laughing at suicide among America’s white male population.

Video released Friday from a recent event hosted by the Maine Democratic Party features former state senatorial candidate Richard Fochtmann discussing giddiness at news of white male suicide. The incident, shared by Maine First Media and picked up by The Daily Caller soon afterward, elicited raucous laughter from attendees.

“What we need in Maine is we need younger people — take a look. It looks almost like a lecture for Social Security,” Mr. Fochtmann said. “Okay, so that’s one thing. We need to encourage as many young people. We also need more women. Today I saw a thing that said a lot of men, white men are committing suicide,” he continued. “I almost thought yeah, great. Then I thought about it little more and I thought maybe I shouldn’t say that out in public.”

Mr. Fochtmann told the Daily Caller on Friday that his comments were in jest.

“A joke’s a joke, isn’t it?” he said. “I thought the point of the joke is that it won’t be long, and that this won’t be a majority white nation, and I think that’s a good thing.”'

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Article here. Excerpt:

'A male senior student at Cornell University has filed a Title IX lawsuit against the university, a Cornell Title IX investigator and Interim Judicial Administrator Jody Kunk-Czaplicki following an investigation of physical and sexual misconduct allegations.

According to a complaint filed in U.S District Court for the Northern District of New York, the student claims the defendants failed to offer fair and adequate means for the man to defend himself against allegations. The lawsuit states the university wrongfully suspended him and intentionally inflicted a flawed Title IX investigation process that denied him the right to a hearing and due process. Additionally, the lawsuit claims the university refused to investigate the male student's own accusations of sexual misconduct and physical assault against a female student.'

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Article here. Excerpt:

'One of the latest attempts to lift the feminist debate out of the mire and into the fresh air is the call for feminists to be less likeable, more radical, and, for our “male feminists,” to be on guard against the “toxic societal model of masculinity.” There’s only one problem: Modern feminism has never been likeable, because it refuses, as an ideology, to be fact-based and straightforward. No amount of male acrimony or female charisma can save a cause that’s as repulsive as it is factless and misguided.
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Part of the lack of political correctness in the current movement, or any real progress or direction thereof, is due to its ability to function essentially without either goalposts or facts to back up its wild assertions. Thus, modern feminism is left to the emotions of feeling unequal but used, loud yet voiceless, and as a result, it has become anything but likeable or even understandable.'

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Article here. Excerpt:

'A lawyers group is arguing that the federal government’s Title IX guidance deprives college students accused of sexual assault of their fundamental rights.

The American College of Trial Lawyers came to the conclusion after commissioning a report by the Task Force on the Response of Universities and Colleges to Allegations of Sexual Violence.

The ACTL recommended colleges use the “clear and convincing” standard of guilt to discipline students for sexual assault.

“The proposal that colleges and universities apply the ‘clear and convincing evidence’ standard strikes a compromise between the ‘preponderance of evidence’ standard of current investigations and the ‘reasonable doubt’ standard applied in criminal proceedings,” Pamela Robillard Mackey, chair of the Task Force, said. “Our recommended standard diverges from the formal guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, and we expect that it will generate robust discussion and debate, both from victim advocates who may believe it should be lower, and representatives of accused students who may prefer a more stringent standard.”'

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Article here. Excerpt:

'The term “toxic masculinity” is en vogue now, from college campuses to Playboy. But the term implies there’s a problem with masculinity, and teaching our boys and men that their innate wiring is wrong, stupid, and even toxic creates far worse problems. If anything, society doesn’t need less toxic masculinity, we need more men embracing their natural masculinity.

The latest in the explorations and denigrations of toxic masculinity is the University of Regina, a school in Canada. They’re hosting a program called “Man Up Against Violence,” which asks male students to sit in a Catholic-style confessional booth and confess their sin of “hypermasculinity.”

What’s that? You weren’t aware masculinity, hyper or otherwise, was a problem? Well, universities want guys to own it and apologize for it—not just inwardly, but outwardly too. After a female colleague wrote about toxic masculinity, New Zealand’s Martin Van Beynen observed, “Toxic masculinity is the new male burden.” He is also trying to figure out what it means.'

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Here is the latest challenge to PSA test usefulness for Prostate Cancer screening in the USA. Malecare feels you should be empowered to participate in this national health policy issue.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a new guideline, determining that the potential benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening in men ages 55 to 69 years suggest that the decision to be screened should be an individual one.

For men age 70 years and older, the Task Force found that the potential benefits do not outweigh the harms, and these men should not be screened for prostate cancer.

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Article here. Jump the paywall by Googling the first paragraph. Excerpt:

'The expulsion of a male student from a State University of New York campus after he had a sexual encounter with a female student that may have been consensual was too harsh, a divided state appeals court ruled Thursday.

The 3-2 majority of the Appellate Division, Third Department, panel said in Haug v. State University of New York at Potsdam, 522632, that many aspects of the disciplinary process at SUNY-Potsdam as it was applied to Benjamin Haug "give us pause," beginning with the fact that the female student's account of the encounter as presented at campus disciplinary proceedings was hearsay.

While she initially reported the incident as a sexual assault to campus police within a few hours after it happened on Sept. 7, 2014, Justice Eugene Devine noted that the woman acknowledged that she had not declined to engage in sex with the male student nor provide any "gesture saying that [the encounter] wasn't welcome."

Nevertheless, the court noted that Haug was found guilty before a campus disciplinary board of sexual misconduct, suspended for the remainder of the semester and made to take an alcohol evaluation and treatment program. When Haug appealed, the campus disciplinary appeals board increased the penalty to expulsion and Potsdam president Kristin Esterberg affirmed Haug's dismissal.'

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Story here. She's actually kind of cute if you can get past the sociopathic dark blank stare of her eyes. "Sociopaths are sexy," it has been said. Even Charles Manson had women sending him their panties when he was in prison. Lesson to be learned: Women, too, can be violent sociopaths. Excerpt:

'An Ohio woman has been charged with raping and robbing a male taxi driver while an accomplice held the victim at knifepoint, according to investigators.

Brittany Carter, 23, was named this month in a two-count felony indictment charging her with aggravated robbery and rape in connection with the alleged attack earlier this year in Findlay, a city about 40 miles south of Toledo.

According to cops, “two black males and a white female” called for a cab to pick them up at a TownePlace Suites hotel around 4:25 AM. During the subsequent trip, police allege, passenger Cory Jackson, 20, pulled out a knife and placed it against the 29-year-old driver’s throat.

While the victim was being held at knifepoint, Carter allegedly performed a sex act on the Trinity Express Cab Service driver. Before fleeing the vehicle, Carter and Jackson took $32 from the victim’s pocket, police charge. The driver, cops say, was not injured during the incident.'

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Article here. Excerpt:

'DEAR CAROLYN: My husband has a tendency to “mansplain.” Recently, when I asked him if he had heard of any U.S. military action planned against North Korea, he began his response by telling me the name of the leader of North Korea, the fact that the North Koreans have been doing nuclear-weapons testing, who Rex Tillerson is, etc., all of which I knew already and wasn’t really the answer to my question, was it?

When I call him on it by commenting that he is mansplaining, he becomes angry and says he only knows one way to talk. Am I wrong to call him on this?
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DEAR T.: Depends on how you define “call him on this.”

If it means saying to him, “When you give me all that background information, I feel like I’m back in kindergarten” — and asking that he please assume you have knowledge of geopolitical basics — then it is not wrong.

If instead it means using the lingo du jour to call him a patronizing sexist blowhard, then, yes, that is wrong.

Not that the facts of the accusation are wrong, necessarily; he may be all of those things. Or not. I don’t know.

But you’re supposed to be life partners: Slapping a label on him is not the most constructive way to improve that bond, or to make your point.'

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Article here. Excerpt:

'Earlier this week, Patrick Borum, a 20-year-old student at Grand Valley State University, questioned one of higher education’s most dearly held dogmas: the existence of a “rape culture,” where society “normalizes and trivializes” sexual violence.

“Rape culture isn’t real,” Borum posted on his personal Facebook account Tuesday. Cue the outrage.

Since then, other students have accused Borum of being a supporter of rape and even a possible rapist; his peers have slammed him with messages on social media calling him “a piece of shit,” “a piece of dirt,” and worse; he’s been a central subject in a campus town hall meeting on sexual assault; and his fraternity and the student senate have publicly denounced his comments as ignorant and offensive, prompting his resignation from both.

“My comments went absolutely viral on campus, and everyone was pissed off about it,” Borum told Heat Street. “I’m being ostracized in my own community. … I 100 percent feel like I’m being bullied.”

The controversy began earlier this week, when members of campus fraternities were told to take a mandatory survey, administered by a third party, about Greek Life and sexual assault, Borum said. He and other students noticed with dismay that almost all of the questions seemed to imply that alcoholism, misogyny, harassment and assault were commonplace in fraternities.

“The questions were all leading,” Borum said. “There was no correct answers you could post, so it seemed like you were a danger to women.”'

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