Socks are not enough.

Socks are not enough: Social justice lies upstream from charity |

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There is a parable called Upstream Downstream that has guided me in my work as a street nurse. It’s about visiting health care workers in a developing country. Standing by a riverbed they suddenly see bodies floating down the river. Frantically, they start pulling the bodies out and begin resuscitation. When they look up they see a continual flow of bodies down the river. They call for help and keep pulling the bodies onto the riverbank and apply CPR. Finally, one of them asks: “Who or what is upstream pushing the bodies into the river?”

This time of year people are always asking me what they can do to help the homeless. Where can they help to serve a Christmas dinner in a shelter? What organization can they collect socks for? Is it okay to hand out sandwiches or bags with toiletries to homeless people who are lying on the sidewalk downtown?

I have a formula to help answer those questions and it’s based on the notion that social justice involves more than charity. Socks are not enough.

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Hong Kong’s realistic approach to policing sex work

Hong Kong’s realistic approach to policing sex work | South China Morning Post

Source: Hong Kong\’s realistic approach to policing sex work | South China Morning Post

“Instead of prosecuting sex workers and their clients, the focus should be on tackling exploitation and abuse. A trafficked woman, after all, is not a sex worker exercising free choice, but a crime victim.”

While there might be moral issues about prostitution, there will always be sex workers and those who profit from them. But it seems weird to police the matter on the basis of moral objection.

What in fact is justifiably criminal? Surely it is any deliberate harm that is done to any person. Which is, in the case of the sex trade, any activity forced upon anyone and/or any mental, emotional or physical abuse of anyone.

Morality derives from faithful love of each other’s well-being, not from fear of worldly punishment. Thus Hong Kong seems to have the right idea in the application of law and order regarding sex workers.

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Paris attacks illustrate the power of mockery

At my secondary school in Malta, I was privileged to learn the modern history of Europe at a course that used the satirical cartoons of Punch magazine. We also learned English history with reference to the pamphleteers of the Tudor era.

From Mr. Doug Saunders’ article in today’s Globe and Mail (see link below):

But, as we’ve seen over and over recently, it is mockery, far more than rhetorical or logical criticism, that reaches its target and drives its wounded victims to paroxysms of revenge.

Mockery travels faster than news or analysis. While Charlie Chaplin’s Interview-style mockery of Adolf Hitler in The Great Dictator was not considered a major part of the arsenal against the Fuhrer in that predigital era (and certainly didn’t provoke violence), the instant spread of disrespectful imagery is capable of threatening entire edifices of authority overnight.

Free speech is an essential of real freedom. Rude, disrespectful satire, traditionally in outrageous cartoon form, is a powerful, effective form of that free speech.  – – –  JE SUIS CHARLIE.

via Paris attacks illustrate the power of mockery – The Globe and Mail.

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Je suis Charlie

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Gravatars! Blavatars!

I’ve banished Miss Punkerbell.  –  Miss Mirror Tattyhead is now my WordPress blavatar as well as my Internet gravatar.

There are blavatars and gravatars. It’s a WordPress technical thing and it’s  taken half the afternoon to discover that and learn how to use and change them!

But mustn’t complain; I enjoy being a techie really. 🙂

P.S. to other WordPress users:  Gravatars are changed using the widget and blavatars are changed using Settings / General within the Classic Dashboard.

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BBC News – Toplessness – the one Victorian taboo that won’t go away

BBC News – Toplessness – the one Victorian taboo that won’t go away

My own assets in that regard are, well, unremarkable (B cup). And anyway, in Toronto, where I live, that debate was held years ago and women are free to be topless if they wish. As it happens, not many of us actually exercise that right.

However, being an older lady, I frequently discover that there is still a prejudice against legs; a prejudice expressed usually by my own female, older contemporaries.

I frequently wear short skirts; I like the look and feel. Almost certainly, though, one of my neighbours, friends or acquaintances will make some pointed remark. Or, actually, they used to do so. My uncaring cheerful, reply might now be starting to influence them.

One of them was wearing a nifty little skirt last week, albeit also with some quite severely conservative tights. Nevertheless, legs were admitted to exist  and she looked very smart and presentable and feminine.

via BBC News – Toplessness – the one Victorian taboo that won\’t go away.

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Is Quantum Entanglement Real? –

Is Quantum Entanglement Real? –

I feel that we are near a breakthrough; that Einstein will be shown to be relevant but no longer wholly valid. Or put the way I feel, “Entanglement Rules!”. – and thus we break the Light (Space  Time) Barrier. Exciting!

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