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Unless you are a white male, chances are sexism and/or racism will get you

Ever heard of Muzikillz? No? Don’t feel bad, neither had I. Muzikillz is a successful DJ. That success didn’t come until she became a he. Not a surgical transformation, just a disguise to get bookings.

You see, potential clients loved her demo tapes. As long as they thought she was a man. Once they saw the attractive woman, the response was invariably along the lines Muzikillz describes.

He passed her tape around, without giving her name, and she quickly found herself booked on the strength of her music but then rejected when they found out who she was. “They said, ‘F— that girl, she is sexy, she’s only used her looks to get ahead.’ My publicist was like, ‘It’s her tracks on there – you were going to book her as a guy.'”

Source: Daily Life

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We have a people problem

We have a problem. A people problem to be precise.

As I have been discussing of late, it is clear the human locusts are overgrazing the planet. We need to slow our breeding.

This is all very well and good, of course, but in order to do that we will shift the age distribution of the population. We live longer.

Based on United Nations projections, global population growth isn’t slowing as fast as we need.

Population Projection

Year 1950 1975 2000 2025 2050
Population
(‘000s)
2,519,495.1 4,065,508.1 6,056,714.9 7,936,740.8 9,322,251.2

I have sourced these figures from a report prepared for the 2002 World Assembly on Ageing. There is considerable regional and age data available in that report – I have concentrated on a summary view.

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3D Printed Mud Housing

Team Oyeniyi:

I think this is pretty amazing.

Originally posted on Life is Good:

In Italy, 3D printer builds affordable homes from mud

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WASP are producing a full sized, portable 3D printer which can print mud houses up to 3 metres high.

3D printing is now being used to produce anything from personalized action figuresto tactile maps that help the visually impaired navigate. Now, Italian social businessWASP is developing a full size portable 3D printer which prints bio-architecture houses — combining one of humanity’s latest technological developments with one if its oldest building materials, mud.

In many parts of the world where affordable housing shortages are a growing problem, mud remains the most affordable and widely available raw material. However, building with it is an arduous and labour-intensive process. WASP intend to produce a commercially-available three armed, 20ft portable 3D printer which can be assembled on site, by two people, in two hours and print structures up to 3 metres high. For…

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Will we still be allowed BBQs by Sunday?

Here you go. White with one!

Great coffee - in a soup tureen?

Great coffee – in a soup tureen?

Thanks. You know, I’m so confused. I thought the right wing lot were all keen on small government and free speech and minimal intervention in our lives.

So they say. Why are you confused?

Yesterday I read journalists are being reported to the police for reporting the news. That sounds like government controlling the news to me, or am I just too stupid to understand the political world?

It does seem rather contradictory to the proclaimed belief in free speech, I agree.

Then I read someone tried to lodge an “Application to Show Cause” at the High Court and a registrar quoted a whole lot of legalese at her and said she couldn’t lodge it or file it or whatever they do. That seems like a pre-trial judgement to me. Isn’t that a contradiction in terms?

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The bi-lateral de-rotation osteotomies DONE!

"This is fun!"

“This is fun!”

Some time ago we started on the journey of having a lovely young man’s legs straightened. Mr O Jnr 2 wants to join the army and later the police force. Tripping over his own feet was a physical skill probably not appreciated by either organisation.

Mr O Jnr 2 was originally assessed some time ago and found to require surgery. In December 2013 we attended the Gait Lab at the Royal Children’s Hospital to have a raft of measurements taken and determine where the problem was. Originally it was thought to be his hips and we were looking at really major surgery. We were told he was also highly likely to suffer knee and hip problems later in life – and not so much later either – if we didn’t correct his legs.

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18 Parenting Experiences

Collated over time.

A child's foot after a spot of GREAT surgery

A child’s foot after a spot of GREAT surgery

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Silence on Violence

Team Oyeniyi:

Betty writes relatively infrequently, but when she does her words carry weight and are always a MUST READ. Do I want this sort of future for my daughters? No. Do you? No. It is up to US to make our politicians put this issue on the agenda. Now. Today. Please read the full article on Betty’s web site. This is too important to allow our politicians to sweep under the carpet.

TRIGGER WARNING may be applicable for some readers.

Originally posted on One Voice In The Crowd:

DVholdhand-1Well the Queensland election is now in full swing with both major and minor parties out on the hustings with promises and counter promises announced daily. Asset sales/ leases, new roads, schools, extra teachers, extra nurses, gas & coal mining, saving the Barrier Reef and a plethora of other issues.

Our leaders are busy I know but I cant accept that no-one has mentioned domestic and family violence and the fact that 2 Queensland women have been killed in the first two weeks of 2015. This together with another 4 women killed across Australia and we have a national tragedy. 6 women killed in 2 weeks and no-one is talking about it.

Late last year, Campbell Newman launched a Domestic & Family Violence Taskforce headed by Dame Quentin Bryce to review responses across the State. This Taskforce is not due to hand down its report until late March, well after…

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Manus bothers me – it should bother you too

The media has been diligently reporting on the Manus Island situation.

The new Minister has castigated the media for publishing false reports. Yet the Minister has provided no proof the reports are false.

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Is the Pope having an each-way bet?

I find the Pope’s opinions on two topics in particular, as reported, highly confusing and somewhat illogical.

The Pope leads 1.2 billion Catholics around the world. I was very encouraged to read an encyclical will be issued on climate change.

So too the promised encyclical on the environment will provide both encouragement for, and a call to Catholics to engage with, the environmental movement. It will throw the moral authority of the Catholic Church behind the movement and commit the church to ongoing contributions to the environmental debate.

The focus on climate change may perhaps come as a surprise to Australian Catholics who have been accustomed to the denialism of Cardinal George Pell. While Cardinal Pell’s position was not in the Catholic mainstream on this issue, his outspoken stance led many to think that the Church as a whole was in denial on global warming. This encyclical will dispel that misconception.

Source: SMH

Then, butter me both sides, he denounces artificial contraception again!

In advance of a vast rally on Sunday that could draw as many as 6 million people, the pope called on families to be “sanctuaries for respect for life”, and praised the church for maintaining its opposition to modern birth control, even if all Catholics could not live by such rules.

Source: The Guardian

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Personal Health Update!

This is, as titled, a personal health update for those following the journey I am on to live a normal life and keep working! A little break from politics.

Quick recap. Just before Christmas I started on some medication, Carbimazol, to control my out of control thyroid nodules. Dr Endocrinologist said it would take about two weeks for me to feel better. He was close, it took three weeks. Today is the end of week four. While I struggled over Christmas and learnt a BIG lesson in early January about pacing myself, I’ve managed a week at work feeling pretty normal! I also managed an appearance on the ABC News, relating to the #IveBeenTargeted campaign to save our health system. If you’ve missed those articles, you can catch up from my open letter to Sussan Ley, Minister for Health.

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