March 19th, 2008


on racism

Just read a really interesting post about Obama's most recent speech on racism at Colleen Mondor's blog.

I always find it fascinating how some people can be so dismissive of how other people feel or what their experiences have been, simply because they have not seen or felt or experienced it.

It's just like the guy at work I was blogging about who seriously sat with my team, the rest of whom are woman ranging in ages and backgrounds and experience, and honestly said that he didn't think feminism or women's support groups had any relevance any more. Inequality just simply was no longer an issue. I pointed out that as a white male, he needs to view his own comments within that context. I further went on to say that if you haven't experienced what he is talking about, how can he comment, and then I went on to point out how offensive his prior anti-semitic comment to me was. He again reiterated that he really had no prejudice and that it wasn't meant that way and I replied that if he had no prejudice, he wouldn't have made the comment (about large noses) in the first place.

So in reference to the young white Republican that Colleen talks about, seriously, if race were no longer an issue, why is Barack Obama only the first man to run for the American President and why are we discussing whether or not racism is an issue? If it were not one, it would simply not come up.

From the news archives

I thought it was just experience with having to fix things and deal with a lot all at once, but science backs up my term "Mum Solution":,23599,23402325-29277,00.html

US researchers have told an international mental health conference they have proof that women with children are more visually aware and responsive compared with those without offspring.

Lab tests on rats have shown that there is a "reservoir of hormones" released in pregnancy and giving birth that create permanent changes in the brain.

"The flow of estrogen promotes neuron growth and enhances the plasticity of the brain," said Professor Craig Kinsley, a neuroscientist at the University of Richmond.

"As a result mothers in our animal models have better vision, coordination and memory, stronger survival instincts and go about their tasks more efficiently than non-mothers."

That'll help big companies and their recruitment protocols. (not)

Also this:,23599,23401010-2,00.html
AN 81-year-old man has shot himself dead with an elaborate suicide robot built using plans downloaded from the internet.

The Gold Coast man, who lived alone, left notes of his plans and thoughts as he struggled to come to terms with demands by interstate relatives that he move out his home and into care.

He spent hours searching the internet for a way to kill himself, downloaded what he needed and then built a complex machine that would remotely fire a gun.

He set the device up in his driveway about 7am yesterday, placed himself in front of it and set it in motion.

Whatever happened to pill overdosing or the old car engine fumes?

Schoolyard antics

Anybody actually see footage of this yet and can explain what actually happened here?,23599,23402318-29277,00.html

The Government then, in the face of more Opposition protests, used its numbers to force through Ms Gillard's original motion.

Mr Hockey, the sole member of the Coalition in the chamber at time, yelled "No!" before he was joined by colleagues for a formal counting of the votes.

During the farcical process, Opposition Indigenous Affairs spokesman Tony Abbott complained about Ms Gillard yelling across the chamber.

"I would ... suggest that she stop shrieking at us," Mr Abbott said.

"I can't believe this person is Deputy Prime Minister!" Mr Hockey said.

I *really* gotta stop reading the news

Ahhh... right on the back of that other post about equality:,23599,23401614-13762,00.html

AN 11-year-old boy has married his 10-year-old cousin in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed al-Rashidi and his unidentified cousin would seal the marriage they contracted under the sharia laws of Islam and move in together after a ceremony to take place later this year, Al-Shams newspaper reported today.

"I am ready for this marriage. It will help me study better," Mohammed, who goes to primary school in the northern province of Hail, was quoted as saying by Al-Shams.

"I invite all my classmates to do like me," the boy said.

My emphasis in bold. Why the hell is it gonna help him study better? Surely his mother would be cooking and cleaning for him at the moment? What bonus is a bride? He probably doesn't even know what to do with his schmeckle yet anyway.

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