‘Traditional masculine values’ are evolving, not dying

The supposed crisis of masculinity is largely a crisis in economics and employment, education and social policy, health and social service delivery. Those are not issues that can be solved with an introspective healing circle.

This goes a long way to explaining why men vastly outnumber women in the figures for hazardous alcohol and drug abuse. It is why so many men in psychological crisis end up in a police cell rather than a GP’s surgery. At the sharpest end, it may be why men are around three times more likely to take their own lives than women.


VIDEO: Decaying area of Detroit transformed into ‘world’s largest urban farm’

  • 150 acres of land are being transformed as part of a bid to stabilize the bankrupt city’s downward spiral 
  • The land, in the centre of the city, once had over 1,000 houses and is now abandoned
  • They hope the new farm will help surrounding homes keep their property values level
  • Plans are to start by planting trees, then raise crops and even livestock in the future


Turned Out – Sexual Assault Behind Bars: Documentary about homosexuality in prison

In 2003, there were more than two million Americans serving time in the nation’s prisons. Over the course of their time served, one in five of those inmates will be “turned out,” sodomized by their fellow prisoners and forced into sexual slavery.

Puff, puff, pass: Dolphins chew puffer fish to get high together

Experts have found evidence that young dolphins purposefully and carefully chew puffer fish to get high.

The behavior was captured by filmmakers during the creation of the BBC One documentary series Dolphins: Spy in the Pod, which used spy cameras hidden in fake turtles, fish and squid to film more than 900 hours of the aquatic mammals in their natural habitat.

Puffer fish release a toxin that can be deadly in larger amounts, but it can produce a narcotic effect in smaller doses.


Scientists found that dolphins apparently had learned just how much of the toxin would safely intoxicate them, and they carefully chewed the fish and then passed it among themselves.

The dolphins then entered what appeared to be a trancelike state.

“This was a case of young dolphins purposely experimenting with something we know to be intoxicating,” said Rob Pilley, a zoologist who worked as a producer for the series. “After chewing the puffer gently and passing it round, they began acting most peculiarly, hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection.”

Pilley said the behavior was reminiscent of human attempts to seek biological highs.

“It reminded us of that craze a few years ago when people started licking toads to get a buzz, especially the way they hung there in a daze afterwards,” he said. “It was the most extraordinary thing to see.”

The REAL Rebels of the Civil War? Black women, men, and children who refused to be enslaved

The real rebels were the hundreds of thousands of black men and women who, in what was arguably the most successful slave uprising in world history, did more than simply resist slavery: they actively, militantly, violently, killed it.

Black Northerners had developed a political culture that equated respectable personal conduct with activism. For them, enlistment, even in light of white Northern racism, was the ultimate form of a rebellious activism. Black southerners who had escaped to the north sharpened black radicalism. The first wave of black enlistees, mostly free Northerners, were freedom fighters looking to deliver a mortal blow to an institution that had been a fundamental part of labor systems around the world for thousands of years.

They were quickly joined by hundreds, then thousands, then hundreds of thousands of men and women who had rebelled against their masters by running to Union lines. Nearly 150,000 of the men turned right around: wearing blue, carrying guns, arming cannons, setting their souls against the society that had so recently owned and demeaned them. They made up the bulk of the 180,000 black soldiers who fought alongside 20,000 black sailors to form one of the largest armed slave rebellions in history.

Crucially, tens of thousands of black women — most also formerly enslaved — “enlisted” as unglamorous but vital domestic laborers, and occasionally as spies. Harriet Tubman, who had been rebelling for years, became a guerrilla warfare leader, helping Union troops ransack Confederate land in South Carolina.


How Argentina ‘Eliminated’ Africans From Its History And Conscience

It has been alleged that the president of Argentina from 1868 to 1874, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, sought to wipe out blacks from the country in a policy of covert genocide through extremely repressive policies (including possibly the forced recruitment of Africans into the army and by forcing blacks to remain in neighborhoods where disease would decimate them in the absence of adequate health care).

But blacks did not really vanish from Argentina – despite attempts by the government to eliminate them (partially by encouraging large-scale immigration in the late 19th and 20th century from Europe and the Near East). Rather, they remain a hidden and forgotten part of Argentine society.

Ironically, Argentina’s most famous cultural gift to the world – the tango – came from the African influence.  The first paintings of people dancing the tango are of people of African descent.


The Black Church Perpetuates the Enslaved Mindstate

If you notice, white churches don’t hero worship their pastors like black churches do.

White people go to church, not to a man who holds court in the church. See what I mean?

We go to church and God “moves” and we still leave slaves because in a majority of black churches there is not enough sharing of valuable information that translates into something tangible the way God intended it.