Dateline: Paris — The protesters are not appeased by Macron’s suspension of odious carbon-tax hikes.
“The Latest: French protests ahead despite Macron concession,” dated 05 December 2018: “Students opposed to a university application system remained mobilized, trucking unions called for a rolling strike and France’s largest farm union threatened to launch protests next week.”
The sides are popular socialists who want as much welfare respect as the elite, and the elite. The plebs have already lost. Socialism is a transitional stage into authoritarianism, most naturally Communism. They want security provided by government. Soft communism works only for the first few generations, ill-raised suckers.
Ben Franklin covered this academic exercise 200 years ago: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Though the riotous protesters are against increased taxes, they are for the government system of taxation for their benefit, as I understand it. There are many perspectives of course, but the French are still French, and the minimum wage is given as an issue.
So let me reduce this fight a la Sun Tzu. The native French masses want to play the largess game with government running the show, but those who run government are superior at playing the largess game. The French peasants are useful idiots if they don’t specifically want property rights for producers. Useful idiots must by design become useless eaters. They only delay the inevitable until they become philosopher-warriors, and I’m not holding my breathe. I almost certainly have no dog in that fight. The enemy of an enemy may be a useful idiot but does not make a useful friend.
Dateline: The Western Workplace — Careerist white women past their primes and so unthinkably undesirable are finally starting to crack, which means suicide. Women are narrative players to the bitter end and would have it no other way.
This caught my attention on the Drudge Report: “BBC radio presenter found dead after walking out during show, inquest hears,” dated 05 December 2018 and by Gareth Davies. The highlights, she was a pretty fake blonde, lately age-adjusted, and:
Shropshire Coroner’s Court was told that Vicki Archer, who left work during a drivetime show, had a history of depression and had made two previous attempts on her life.
The 41-year-old, who had emailed a colleague at BBC Radio Shropshire saying she was feeling upset, was found hanged in her house in Woodcote Way, Shrewsbury, on August 6 this year.
Coroner John Ellery was told the divorced mother of three, who left work at about 5pm, was found by her stepfather, Lee Holyoake, around three hours later, after knocks at her door went unanswered.
In a statement issued after the inquest, members of the presenter’s family said: “We still cannot believe that Vicki’s not here.
“Her zest for life was infectious, she was a wonderful mother and daughter, and her charm brought a smile to all those who knew her. She could light up a room.
“While we will always miss her, we want to remember and celebrate everything that she achieved, which is why, in the spring, we are planning a memorial celebration of her life.
“But in the meantime we want to thank everyone for their support and kindness helping us through our immeasurable loss.”
My intuition asked me, “Is this a trend?” My Web search suggests yes.
“Kate Spade and the Troubling Rise in Female Suicides,” dated 06 June 2018 and by Tanya Basu:
On Tuesday morning, news of fashion designer Kate Spade’s suicide shocked the fashion world—and her many admirers around the world.
But while details of her death and the important legacy she left behind have been covered thoroughly by the press, one demographic detail has remained largely quiet: That she is among a growing number of women to commit suicide.
According to Julie Phillips, a sociologist at Rutgers University, the spike in the suicide rate among women can be traced back to about 2000. The rate is highest today for women aged 45 to 64 who lack a college degree, which might be the result of weakened social interactions among Baby Boomers, experts say.
That Spade occupied such an integral part of the fashion industry and women’s lives means that her death must be handled carefully—particularly because of the contagion effect that can occur. In the year immediately after Marilyn Monroe’s suicide, for example, relentless, tawdry national coverage of Monroe’s death led to a 12 percent jump in suicides the year after, according to The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. That contagion is especially strong because media has a “triggering” effect for vulnerable populations.
“People might think, ‘Well, gosh, that very successful woman who had a lot of things going for her and was a celebrity did it, this is a sign I should do this too,’” Swartz said. “The contagion effect is a very real phenomenon, and one of the big issues for the contagion effect is reporting on suicide without it being in the context of mental illness, by glorifying or romanticizing it.”
Just wow. She was attractive, age adjusted. The Wiki says she hanged herself at age 55. Fashion and the herd mentality, like peanut butter and jelly. Who knew?
“U.S. Suicide Rates Are Rising Faster Among Women Than Men,” dated 14 June 2018 by Rhitu Chatterjee:
“Typically there’s between three and four times as many suicides among males as among females,” says Dr. Holly Hedegaard, a medical epidemiologist at the NCHS and the main author of the new study. In 2016, about 21 boys or men out of 100,000 took their own lives. On the other hand, just six girls or women out of 100,000 died by suicide that year.
But when Hedegaard and her colleagues compared the rise in the rates of death by suicide from 2000 to 2016, the increase was significantly larger for females — increasing by 21 percent for boys and men, compared with 50 percent for girls and women.
There’s “sort of a narrowing of the [gender] gap in rates,” Hedegaard notes.
The biggest change was seen among women in late middle age. “For females between the ages of 45 and 64, the suicide rate increased by 60 percent,” she says. “That’s a pretty large increase in a relatively short period of time.”
Scientists don’t yet know the reasons behind the steeper rise in the number of girls and women taking their own lives, says Kaslow. “We’re really just beginning to see these differences, and so people are just now beginning to look at this.”
Suicide is increasing in both males and female in the United States, and the women are surging to catch up. I too am baffled.
A woman is designed to chase happiness until she drops dead as a winning process of evolution. Her restriction to sequential resource-intensive reproduction and a specialized baby-making physique unsuitable for violent imposition turns her to manipulation of male violence with her sexual value. The State made a man of her, victorious, and golly gee, she’s not HAAAAAPPPPPPPPYYYYY! I think the low-hanging male fruit of the workplace is gone, but the debt-slavery treadmill will keep her warm for daddy gubbermont.
We might hope that white men will be welcomed back to the workforce to fill any void left by the have-it-all super duper grrl power Ms. Fishes, but we know that won’t happen. The white women are finally manning up like the men they’ve shamed into mental health problems. Happy trails. You’re a better man than I was ever able to become in this fvcked up world. Let me know when women off themselves as readily as men, and I won’t have a tear to shed then either. Bad times make hard men.
—‘Reality’ Doug, 05 December 2018