Australia’s Shame

Aboriginal deaths in custody remain unacceptably high 30 years after Royal Commission. Aboriginal imprisonment rate remains way above the national rate. 

Australian hip hop artist Briggs, fronting A.B.Originals, released this clip today venting his frustration. 

Hopefully the song and clip will create much noise. 

http://reporttothemist.com/

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Anzac Day: Indigenous soldiers thought ‘when we got back we’d be treated differently’.

Australia’s continued lack of acknowledgment of indigenous soldiers. 

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-25/anzac-day-indigenous-soldiers-shunned-by-society/8468364

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Telling children ‘hard work gets you to the top’ is simply a lie

The pervasive narrative of “if you work hard you will get on” is a complete myth. It’s not true and we need stop saying it. This is because “working hard, and doing the right thing” barely gets you to the starting line. 

No person wants to attribute their success to luck or inheritance preferring to claim “hard work” instead! Would you be where you are today had you been raised in a poor family in a war torn developing nation? 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/14/children-hard-work-social-mobility-estate-background?CMP=share_btn_fb

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Talking in Euphemisms Chips Away at Your Sense of Morality 

Some people make a habit of speaking in euphemisms or even disphemisms. It might be best to speak straight and avoid the confusion! 

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2017/04/indirect-speech-talking-in-euphemisms.html?mid=twitter-share-scienceofus

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A Feminist Biologist Discusses Gender Differences In The Animal Kingdom

  • Patriarchy (as defined above) doesn’t just hurt women by treating them as property. In fact, the worst victims of patriarchy are the low-status, unmarriageable men who do the most dirty, dangerous jobs in society for peanuts. Unfortunately, we’ve done a terrible job at understanding and communicating this, to the point that most men in this situation are convinced that feminism, not patriarchy, is actually the root of their problems. So long as middle-class feminists ridicule and demonize them while enjoying relatively pampered lives, these men will continue to hate us. And who can blame them?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/04/13/a-feminist-biologist-discusses-gender-differences-in-the-animal-kingdom/#e4f810019b50

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Australian Govt Still Avoiding What The People Want

So much for representative government. A new leader and still ignoring the people. 

With 64% of voters telling the Essential report they believe renewable energy is “the solution to our energy needs” and 65% saying they approve of a 50% renewable energy target, and an idea to do even more than that in the palm of his hand, and $2bn (from somewhere or other) in the kitty to pay for it, a prime minister following the olden days’ script for building support for a policy would surely have shouted its virtues from the mountain top.

But even as Turnbull was considering it, the Coalition’s public script was still all about demonising renewables as part of an Abbott-style power price attack against Labor.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/18/its-great-news-but-sadly-turnbulls-hiding-the-greens-under-the-mash

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Satan’s Work Being Done on Earth

“In its dogged pursuit of religious equality, the Satanic Temple has launched After School Satan Clubs in school districts that have after school Christian programs, which promote “a rationalist, scientific, non-superstitious worldview.” It’s also distributed Satanic coloring books in a Florida school district that allowed the distribution of Christian religious pamphlets.”

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/the-satanic-temple-wants-to-save-kids-from-abusive-teachers
“The rationale against child abuse should be obvious to even the dimwitted. Beating children is wrong. Subjecting children to psychological torture is wrong. Neither should be tolerated, much less sanctioned.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/03/16/the-satanic-temple-tackles-corporal-punishment-with-tx-billboard-never-be-hit-in-school-again/

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