Things over here in the ole homestead are strange. Well I think it's just me. A very bad family situation has arose over the past week. My older, very healthy sister has a brain tumor. The doctors only found this out when she had a mass removed from her lower intestine.(Also a big surprise) Everyone is in shock. And I don't know who in my family knows exactly what is going on. No one is allowed to talk to my sister. No crying around her. Nothing.It's very F'd up.
And now for something completely different...
My husband and I just tagged team read a book together. It's been a long time since we've done this. I encourage everyone to read "Freakanomics". Super book. I'm usually not prone to reading economic books but this is different. The authors take statistics and breaks them down into facts. Go and put your name on the library list. It's worth it.
One topic discussed-"How Roe vs Wade actually helped crime go down"
A very scary bit of history was brought up. It's the opposite of our Roe vs. Wade.
Under dictator Ceausescu in Romanian, women between 25 and 45, were forced to attend, under Ceausescu's population-growth program, a clinic every three months for a pregnancy test. The officials there were known as the 'menstrual police'. Hefty taxes were paid for having no children.
Can you BELIEVE this? I saw MENSTRUAL POLICE and shuddered. They would even come to your workplace and administer tests.
Now the up side to this is the very same children who were born out of these forced pregnancies in Romania grew tired of the dictator and wanted him over thrown. It happened and on Christmas day 1989, he and his wife were shot.