More horrendous sexism (and other links)

Another woman targeted with death threats (from back in March—I may have posted it before). I can understand feeling the two guys behind her got a raw deal (based on the account as presented) but the response is batshit disproportionate (there is no situation in which rape threats are proportionate) like the mess I blogged about yesterday.
And notice the squeals that the victim’s behavior (in making the original complaint) reduces the chance of the tech industry hiring more women. Because, of course, she can’t possibly be an individual, so every other women will react the same way. The thing is, if you don’t want women in your little playpen (which seems to fuel a lot of this) then anything that happens is proof the industry shouldn’t hire women. If she’s hot, that proves she used sex to get ahead. If she’s part of anything even remotely resembling affirmative action, that proves she must be unqualified.
In the same vein, even though mass shootings are a male thing, Echidne catches a politician explaining that shootings like the one yesterday are women’s fault for taking men’s jobs. Not, of course, Wall Street and big banks for tanking the economy or American industry for outsourcing. But then, it’s not like he’s the first to blame it on women.
•Speaking of the economy, an Objectivist writing for Forbes claims that the rich owe society nothing, it’s we peons who owe the rich! And the way to pay that debt is to eliminate the tax rates that keep the rich down! Wouldn’t America be better if the head of Goldman-Sachs were free of any taxes?
Yes, the same Goldman-Sachs whose mortgage-backed securities contributed to the financial collapse? (Matt Tabibi is even more scathing here). That Goldman-Sachs. LGM asks a very simple question (at the first link): “What would the public lose, exactly, if [Goldman CEO] Lloyd Blankfein’s taxes went up?” Nothing I can see.
Of course, being an Objectivist, it’s not about fairness, it’s about the fact we should kneel and worship Blankfein and men like him: “magine the effect on our culture, particularly on the young, if the kind of fame and adulation bathing Lady Gaga attached to the more notable achievements of say, Warren Buffett. Or if the moral praise showered on Mother Teresa went to someone like Lloyd Blankfein, who, in guiding Goldman Sachs toward billions in profits, has done infinitely more for mankind.” I’m not Mother Teresa’s biggest plan, but compared to Goldman-Sachs, she really is a saint.
Digby adds more. And here’s Montana’s Dem Senator, Max Baucus, insisting less regulation and lower corporate taxes will create even more jobs! Because that’s worked so well in the past.
•Scott Lemieux discusses the myth that corporations have religious rights.
•The NSA not only scoops up information on innocent Americans, it shares it with Israel. But not any communications between government officials, of course.
•Someone is arrested for pot possession more than once a minute.

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  1. Pingback: Undead Sexist Cliche: Feminism is tyranny | Fraser Sherman's Blog

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