At this time of year in this big brown land of ours a national debate about Australia Day is rekindled. You know the thing- is it the right day celebrate the birth of our nation or are their other dates that better represents the essence of what it is to be Australian? Well let’s have a look at Australia Day and some of the alternatives.
I wrote the other day that something has changed in society; my own American society anyway, for sure. Have people always been this deranged? Are the people changing, or are the methods?
Fox News more than any other network speaks to heart of America's gun culture and has a chance to abandon the blind idealogy that has tarnished this debate over several generations
In the wake of the (newest) mass shooting in America, this one at an elementary school which killed 20 young schoolchildren (preliminary reports indicating many may have been kindergartners) by a 20-year-old gunman who then shot and killed himself, something feels different after this one.
Michael Specter raises an important issue regarding the role of science in society. He is right in the sense that we have made tremendous progress insofar as health is concerned - indicated by an increase in the average lifespan of humans today. He points to the potential and the possibility of an optimized use of science today. The example he gives is injecting vitamin A into rice and feeding famished countries. And in part, I agree that science can help these global concerns. The barrier to this optimization of science, for Specter, is what he calls science denial; the denial of facts. We are in an epidemic of fear and reject the progress made in science. But I think he oversimplifies the problems surrounding the matter
It may be recalled that Troy Anthony Davis was executed sometime back, and so have many others been all around the world. While hundreds of people continue to wait on the macabre sounding 'death row', it calls for a closer scrutiny of one of the most primitive forms of punishments meted out to humans. No matter what the crime is, if the punishment susses out the life of the person who is being punished, it is murder. Murdering criminals (or those who are assumed criminals, without enough proof to establish the crime like in Troy Anthony Davis' case) is an inhuman act, and not a punishment.
I'm still a hopeless romantic. Making this statement leaves me in shock. I am 33 years old, my parents have always hated each other I and have an outstanding list of failed relationships with stories that fit perfectly in the script of any Sex and The City episode. From a Rock Star marriage of two years to a disappearing act with no explanations after a whole month of dating to a three year absurd game of push and pull with a spiritual version of Mr. Big, I have seen it and experienced it all and I'm still fearless when it comes to love. The next one comes and I forget all past experiences and start giggling like a 14 year old at a Justin Bieber concert.
What was it with Aunt Deanie and bowls? Most of the time she ate out of a bowl and she made me do the same. They were very pretty bowls, but bowls all the same. Good thing I am not one of those “oh no my peas touched my cornbread!” kinda folks because by about midway through dinner you couldn’t tell where your peas ended and your cornbread began.
Turning on the faucet to wash your hands at Aunt Deanie’s was a no no. Every morning Aunt Deanie filled her big blue bowl, which I now proudly have on display, with water. She then placed the bowl and a bar of soap on a towel that she had laid on the counter. This setup served as the hand washing station and the water was not to be changed until she deemed the water “dirty.” Normally the water wasn’t “dirty” until late in the afternoon.