Just a thought…

In which RVA thinks about people in cages…

14 Characteristics of Fascism.

  1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism
  2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
  3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
  4. Supremacy of the Military
  5. Rampant Sexism
  6. Controlled Mass Media
  7. Obsession with National Security
  8. Religion and Government are Intertwined
  9. Corporate Power is Protected
  10. Labor Power is Suppressed
  11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
  12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
  13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
  14. Fraudulent Elections

This list was compiled by Dr Lawrence Britt in 2003.

There are times I struggle to remember what life was like a few years ago.

RIP Judith Krantz

In which RVA remembers one of the greats…

Western society has a long-standing disregard and even disdain for anything that brings women pleasure.  Misogyny and patriarchal subjugation comes in many forms, but in the arts, it often comes in the brow-beating and belittling of women-created and women-centric works.  Often, this can be spotted whenever you see a film or book described as ‘loved by fans, reviled by critics’.  And there is perhaps no greater example of this than the work of Judith Krantz.

Odds are, you are familiar with one of Judith Krantz’ novels.  You’ve seen her work, often at the grocery store or any place where you find ‘romance novels’.  Best-known for her first work, Scruples, Krantz pioneered the female-driven fantasy novels.  High fashion, decadent style, and of course tantalizing sex scenes.  Her books were women empowerment before that was a term and focused on bold women with powerful personalities having it all.  So naturally, they were denounced as trashy.

And trashy is another name for terrific.

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OMAD or U Mad?

In which RVA discusses eating for mental health…

Over the weekend, I stopped fasting.

I switched my diet from the OMAD protocol (One Meal A Day) to the athletically more common frequent meal programs.  Three snacks and three meals, eating once every two or three hours.  I’m sure there’s a catchy little acronym for it but hell if I’ve found it. Continue reading “OMAD or U Mad?”