Really Grim News
I was listening to Stuart Varney today and he put out some statistics that are truly bad news, and I mean truly bad news long term.
While the overall unemployment rate is around 9% the unemployment rate for men is about 20%.
The high school drop out rate for men is double that of women (somewhat skewed by very high male drop out rates in some minority communities.)
Women dramatically outnumber men in colleges and universities. At the mid size state university our son went to 59% of the undergraduates were women.
There were other really bad cultural signs he spoke of but the male/female unemployment/education gap is truly disturbing, at least to me.
The rise of the "househusband"
And I wonder why men (fathers, especially) are routinely portrayed as bumbling boobs on TV. I guess there's the answer, if the stats quoted above are born out as accurate, over time.
One thing about stats is that they're easily manipulated to support whatever position one wants to take - sorta like a good lawyer can do (and I'm NOT trying to turn this into a lawyer-bash!).
I was watching a program about one of the minorities and if you were female you were going to probably go to college and if you were a male you were probably going to prison. If you look at the Disney shows for young people the girls are always dressed to the nines and the boys always play idiots. I think kids watch this stuff and use the characters for role models. In my community the boys either want to dress like a gang banger or a Mexican Mafia Drug dealers and the girls dress like whores. Its really a time we need parents to be parents and get the kids under a little control.
Years ago my friend was a US Marshal and his job was to track down people that were on the run. He stated that the biggest threat to America wasn't drugs but the break down of the family. A lot of times he needed to contact parents about their children and no mom or dad were at home. Both parents were out living their lives and not watching junior leaving him to fend for himself. Again look at the Disney shows. The kids run the house and no mom and dads are in charge of the household.
A few years ago a woman named Christina Sommers wrote a book called "The War Against Boys" detailing how natural male behavior is being increasingly discriminated against, especially in the schools. I never read it but in the light of some of the interview with Varney and some of the stuff I've seen, especially in my "educator" days I think it's going on my "to read" list.
Originally Posted by gpw_42
Last edited by Art; 07-25-2011 at 02:34.
The majority of all farmers are women now. That one surprised me a bit.
The company I finally retired from based the manager's annual bonus on how many non-white male employees they had in their department. The fewer, the higher the bonus. Being a white male, I was told many times when looking for another job was "you are the wrong sex/gender/and not gay".....chris3
"The majority of all farmers are women now. That one surprised me a bit." God help us as the only one I know in my area schedules her cultural practices by the phases of the moon! I'm serious.
We have some female organic farmers around our area. I presume they have never heard of cross pollination. A quick DNA test of their products would quickly diminish their claims.
Most of the area horse farms are run by women, and they are some kind of mean b*t*hes to deal with. If you spoke to most of them, you would think they are all horse whisperers, but most of them know crap about horses. I told one of them that the technique used by Robert Redford in "The Horse Whisperers" was an old Jesse Berry trick that Redford should have used on day 1. She looked me dead in the eye and informed me that Robert Redford was the best horse trainer on earth and I didn't know what the hell I was talking about. I picked up a horse apple and tossed it to her and told her that it was her brain on steroids. She grabbed a barn rake and came after me. I had to lock myself in my truck, and she still broke off my mirror.
Another one saw me scratching my cajones one morning while I was helping her trim horses, and told me it was very crass to perform such acts in public (just me and her in the barn). She is one good looking, rich lady, but a real peckerhead. I told her I had gotten into a bunch of redbugs and my cajones looked like they had been shot with birdshot. She told me to soak them in alcohol, and I told her to bring it on (smiling all the while). She went into the barn and came out with a bowl of alcohol and told me to drop my pants. Without hesitation, I dropped trou and she stuck that bowl over my cajones. It took about 3 seconds for me to realize whatever was in that bowl wasn't alcohol. After doing the dance of the hyperventilating eagle for about 10 minutes, screaming obscenities at the crazy b*t*h, her laughing her pretty a$$ off the whole time, she told me it was hydrogen peroxide they used to wash out horse wounds. It killed the redbugs alright, but they were sure tender for a few days. The next time I went into the local feed store, the ladies behind the counter whipped out a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and burst out laughing. I think she had told everyone in town and even flagged down a few passing motorist for a chat. You gotta love 'em, even when they are bat f'ing crazy.
Thats a scam........
Most farmers list their wives as the owner of the property and business because they can claim it as a "minority owned business" on their tax forms!