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Fri 29th October 2010

Important Radio Broadcast

Filed under: General — amfortas @ 2:10 am

Our good friend James Williams in the UK has a radio program in Portsmouth, called “Men’s Matters”.

Online at expressfm.com

His current broadcast is exceptional. Please listen to it via the link above and email your supportive comments to the radio station.

Thu 28th October 2010

MY LIE: A True Story of False Memory by Meredith Maran

Filed under: Sex Abuse / CYF — JohnPotter @ 10:03 am

Hello, I’m the author of a new book about my false accusation against my father, and thought you might like to know about it/post it on your site.
MY LIE cover

Here’s the page on Amazon.uk

And here’s my website page with details about the book: meredithmaran.com

Meredith Maran lived a daughter’s nightmare. At age 37, she accused her father of sexual abuse. Eight years later she realized, nearly too late, that he was innocent.

Maran wasn’t alone. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, a sex-abuse panic spread across the country, beginning with the infamous McMartin preschool trial. Tens of thousands of Americans became convinced that they’d repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse, and then recovered those memories in therapy. Hundreds were falsely accused. Families were destroyed.

MY LIE is the story of this modern-day witch-hunt as it played out in one woman’s life and family. It’s also a tightly wound psychological, cultural, and neuroscientific portrait of a shameful time in recent American history.

Wed 27th October 2010

CSAct Impact onto Separated Parenting Relationships

Filed under: Child Support — MurrayBacon @ 6:30 pm

Economics versus Parenting Values

To care for children, at the lowest cost, favours larger family groups and specialising in the provision of services and earning. As separation will incur large additional housing costs, there will be increased pressure to cut other spending, especially on the children.

By contrast, good quality parenting requires that both parents make a fairly large contribution of their time and personal skills to the upbringing of their children. Although specialisation improve economic efficiency, the children benefit from the redundancy in personality and skills of their parents (and wider family too).

Thus, separation increases the conflict between economic pressure and the resources needed for the best development of the children.

The solution which best protects children’s interests, is to facilitate honest, well informed negotiation on parenting issues between the parents, on as equal basis as is reasonably possible. One aspect of this is to have a rebuttable assumption of shared parenting.

Child Support Act – Accountability Between Parents

Filed under: General — MurrayBacon @ 11:45 am

The Child Support Act was ostensibly passed into legislation, to try to stem the rapid increase in the cost of the Domestic Purposes benefit (DPB), by trying to pass on this cost to the fathers of the children.

Rather than directly address the people making the decisions, that led to the DBP being drawn, the Government generalised the tax target to all Non Custodial Parents (NCP), whether in fact they were currently making reasonable financial provision for their ex-spouse and children, or not. The Child Support Act (CSA) mixed together two distinct groups, one where the Custodial Parent (CP) was drawing DPB and the other where the CP was not drawing the DPB.

Mon 25th October 2010

Anti-Feminist Meeting in Switzerland

Filed under: General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 8:50 am

Around the world men are waking up to the fraud of feminism and a gathering snowball of activism is rolling. This European meeting is supported by conscious men in Sweden, long recognized as a leading cesspit of female privilege and male enslavement. The translation is poor but you will get the picture.

Sun 24th October 2010

Greg Meads and the Partial Defence of Provocation

Filed under: Domestic Violence,Law & Courts — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 10:19 pm

Greg Meads killed his wife by shooting her at close range and he has now been convicted of murder. His action was no more acceptable in a civilized society than a wife similarly killing her husband, and Mr Meads deserves appropriate justice. However, the case is relevant to the men’s movement for at least two reasons. Firstly, the story has been used by media as a feminist propaganda device, perpetrating unbalanced claims about domestic violence and painting Mr Meads as a controlling male who subjected his wife and family to past violence. Secondly, under previous legislation this case may have involved a successful partial defence of provocation that would have reduced the conviction to that for manslaughter.

The portrayal, by relatives of the deceased wife, of Mr Meads as a violent patriarch may or may not be accurate. (more…)

Thu 14th October 2010

Child support review submissions high

Filed under: General — Scrap_The_CSA @ 9:28 pm

Fom the ODT

More than 1250 submissions on the review of child support have already been made ahead of the October 29 deadline.

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said there was a lot of interest in the reform of the child support system.

“Contributions received will have a big influence on ensuring that we have a child support scheme that works as effectively as possible for the well-being of our children,” he said.

Most of the submissions expressed dissatisfaction with the current system, Mr Dunne said.

“My aim is to make the scheme fairer and to take into account changes in society since the scheme was originally introduced………..”

Fri 8th October 2010

Women’s Refuge tainted by activist element

Filed under: Domestic Violence — Barbara Faithfull @ 1:39 pm

During the 1996 Women’s Refuge annual fundraising week, Paul Henry, (then) talkback host on Radio Pacific, commented on the disquiet many people feel about that organisation’s political activism. Barbara Faithfull, secretary of the (now defunct) Credo Society Incorporated, wrote to support him.

Dear Paul,
Re Women’s Refuge Movement

Congratulations on your comments on the above yesterday morning; i.e. in your mind, at least, “they are tainted by a sort of activist element” etc.

This is very true. In fact this movement is more than merely tainted; it is an ideologically-driven lobby covertly working for revolutionary social change, while striving to convey a public image of all that is noble, wholesome and socially acceptable. (more…)

Tue 5th October 2010

DomPost Domestic Violence Propaganda

Filed under: General — Scrap_The_CSA @ 7:35 pm

This was in Saturdays DomPost. (Front Page)

Police are preparing for a spike in violence if the All Blacks lose next year’s Rugby World Cup.

This follows surges in domestic violence overseas in similar situations.

Police Commissioner Howard Broad has said the “possibility that the All Blacks will lose has entered into our risk management”, and Superintendent Grant O’Fee, in charge of policing the cup, said police had done extensive research into the effects of test matches on crime rates………

In New Zealand, there was no discernable increase in domestic violence on test-match weekends whether the All Blacks won, lost or drew.

“That’s not to say nothing happens, because the refuge tell us that they definitely do notice a bit of a change but nevertheless it’s nothing like the significance of that one in Scotland.”

Not all violence that was reported to Women’s Refuge was reported to police, he said……..

Women’s Refuge said it had been working with police to counter the potentially negative effect of the World Cup on domestic violence.

International research showed that, when sporting events went wrong, there was a spike in domestic violence, spokeswoman Kiri Hannifin said. “So if the All Blacks, dare I say it, lose next year, those people who have a tendency to be violent, this may give them an excuse to be more violent or to be violent again.”…..

I’m sure someone has the time to pick this up and respond?

I’m too busy digesting Dunne’s attempt to fix child tax.

REgards Scrap

Mon 4th October 2010

Complaints against Women’s Refuge advertising upheld

Filed under: Domestic Violence,General — Ken @ 4:48 pm

Complaints were put in to the Advertising Standards Authority About the women’s refuge print ad and their television ad that ran during their fund raising week in July.
Both complaints were upheld.
The decision of the advertising standards authority can be found here.

10/424 – Womens Refuge Newspaper Advertisement

Decision: Complaint Upheld

10/433 – Womens Refuge Television Advertisement

Decision: Complaint Upheld

Both adds claimed that one in three women live in fear and need help.

Sexual Harrassment

Filed under: General,Law & Courts — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 11:43 am

I have been in Australia recently and this story has received quite a lot of publicity. What do you thnk?

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