Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Lili's rhetorical political question for the day


What does the federal Leader of the Opposition and leader of the Australian Labor Party Bill Shorten look like today? Most of the premiers of the Australian states and territories, Labor and Liberal alike, have joined in the campaign to demand that asylum-seeker children currently in Australia for medical treatment not be returned to the dangerous and unhealthy offshore detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island. These state premiers have shown their humanity, but our two federal leaders, the Liberal PM and the ALP Leader of the Opposition have failed. 

Is anyone surprised at Shorten's failure? Does anyone care now whether he might join the movement? It is simply time to ditch this hollow man, who won the leadership of the ALP over the political corpses of leaders that he had plotted against, one of them a leader who dragged the ALP from the wilderness of many years in opposition in a landslide election to be ousted in his first term as PM by a challenge spearheaded by Shorten. Shorten's psycho-eyes make it easy to believe there could be something behind the allegations of serious sexual assault that have never to my satisfaction been addressed. Time to take the rubbish out, I say! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lili's photo for the day


In this day and age, otherwise identical scrap books for use in primary school with gender stereotyped cover designs, found for sale in an Australian supermarket? 

Looks like another disappointing example of New wave and old-fashioned sex segregation in everyday Australian life, and around the world


Monday, January 18, 2016

Lili's tip for the day


There's an interview with Darold Treffert in New Scientist, mostly behind a registration-wall. Says something about a new centre opened in his name, or something....

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22930560-500-theres-a-savant-in-you-and-this-man-wants-to-find-it/


Lili's question for the day


I was watching a report on TV about some bloke who was lost at sea and left treading water for days, who experienced many hallucinations before he was rescued, one of them the Virgin Mary. So does that mean that if that happened to me, as an atheist, I'd hallucinate the lovely Richard Dawkins? 


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Lili's recommendation for the day


Brilliant summer reading:

Born to Be Conned.
Maria Konnikova
December 5th 2015 New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/opinion/sunday/born-to-be-conned.html?_r=0


Why bullshit is no laughing matter.

Gordon Pennycook
Aeon. January 6th 2016
https://aeon.co/opinions/why-bullshit-is-no-laughing-matter


Five Reasons Why Gendered Products are a Problem.

Lisa Wade
December 31st 2015 Sociological Images
http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2015/12/31/five-reasons-why-pointlessly-gendered-products-are-a-problem/


The Poor Side of Life.
https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/


Lumosity Ordered To Quit Claiming Their Games Make Users Smarter, Prevent Dementia.
Laura Northrup
January 5th 2016 Consumerist
http://consumerist.com/2016/01/05/lumosity-ordered-to-quit-claiming-their-games-make-users-smarter-prevent-dementia/


RSA Daily.
http://rsadaily.rationalist.com.au/




Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Lili's next thought for the day


It doesn't matter whether you are talking about wearing a wide-brimmed hat in the sun, condoms, beach shark barriers, jail cells or fruit-fly netting for fruit trees, the principle is the same; there's nothing quite like a physical barrier for protection. 


Lili's thought for the day


You know what I'd do if I won lotto? I'd call my aunt and ask whether she'd like me to try to buy back her soul. 


Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Lili's reading list of the day


Worthwhile reading about the research refuting the idea of male and female brains:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/dec/01/brain-sex-many-ways-to-be-male-and-female

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/14126929.Essay_of_the_week__Mars_to_Venus_____is_there_really_no_difference_between_male_and_female_brains_/

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28582-scans-prove-theres-no-such-thing-as-a-male-or-female-brain/

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28584-a-welcome-blow-to-the-myth-of-distinct-male-and-female-brains/


Lili's question for the day


If "girls just want to have fun" then why are there usually no girls or females of any age using any given skate park? 

http://incorrectpleasures.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/new-wave-and-old-fashioned-sex.html


Lili's experience of the day


I recently attended a women-only birthday party at one of those tea-rooms that do high teas, with the OTT flowery decorations. It was a pleasant experience, and I'm grateful for the invitation, but I thought it was quite sad that males had been excluded from this landmark celebration, expecially in light of the fact that the "birthday girl" had a husband and only sons.

http://incorrectpleasures.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/new-wave-and-old-fashioned-sex.html


Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Lili's question for the day


If Australia is a socially progressive country in which women have equal rights and educated white males are victims and political correctness runs riot, why did Michelle Payne feel the need to tell misogynists in her industry to "get stuffed" during her victory speech as the first female jockey to ride a winning horse in the Melbourne Cup? 


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Wowee, Catalyst was really worth watching tonight


Dr Maryanne Demasi continues to cement her reputation as a thorn in the side of the medical profession in Australia, After tonight's broadcast she must be about as popular as a turd in a punchbowl. Unlike an earlier report by Demasi, I was more impressed than shocked by tonight's story, but I'm eager to see what shape the reaction might take. I loved seeing oncologist Dr Ranjana Srivastava, who was a steady beacon of reason on the current affairs debate TV show Q & A a while ago, a much better representative of science than the loud and annoying Neil deGrasse Tyson. If Dr Srivastava was a politician I'd be campaigning for her night and day. I'd even take the time to learn how to pronounce her name. I was delighted to see Dr Melissa Raven making an appearance on tonight's Catalyst, with her calm and carefully-chosen words. I was interested to note how many women were among the professionals bold enough to criticise the way medicine is practiced in Australia, and noted that Dr Peter Gotzsche was thanked at the story's web page for his assistance. Congrats, Dr Demasi. You are one to watch, for sure. 

Lili's opinion of the day


For many Australians, doctors, psychiatrists and assorted helping professionals have replaced priests, gurus, spiritual leaders, pastors and ministers of religion as the people to turn to for guidance in how to live in dignity and decency. Working things out for one's self is a difficult job. It has always been easier to go ask an authority figure. 

Lili's second-thought of the day


Maybe I should apologise for my last blog post. It was rather personal and insulting. Hmm. Nah.