Friday news picks

Posted on 5 November 2010

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Here’s some of what I found interesting this week. Click, comment, argue. You know I love it.

Facebook created a chart showing when most relationship break ups happen.

Call-girl/writer talks about the evolution of the politics of female pubic hair.

A friend of mine who recently released a family memoir gave a speech on the notion of the Australian family at a conference and the transcript is here. I especially like this bit:

Kids deserve to be supported in whatever family they belong to, whatever their family looks like. When we lobby for legislation or create community networks to support—or legalise—particular kinds of families, we’re not doing it to socially engineer what families look like. We do it to give these families legal protections and proper support—because these families already exist.

Found this site and learned a lot: whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com

Women at the peace table by a guy who’s involved with the Israeli–Palestinian negotiations says

Women (and children) often bear the costs of conflict in disproportionate ways, but their contributions to conflict resolution, peacekeeping and peace-building are grossly unrecognized and under-utilized… This is not about tokenism or identity politics. Bring women to the table and you discover that certain issues will present themselves in a different light.

Apparently the Iraq war is both over and considered a success. Here’s a rundown of what various newspapers had to say about Obama’s ‘war is over’ address. Check out the very bottom for a great reminder of how insane hard core American conservatives are.

George W Bush has released a memoir. The New York Times reviewed it:

…how many works in the [presidential memoir] genre start as a sort of evangelical, 12-step confession (“Could I continue to grow closer to the Almighty or was alcohol becoming my god?”), include some off-color jokes and conclude with an aside about dog poop?

In relatedish news, Donald Trump has decided he’s seriously thinking about running for President.

American football is trying to create a market in Europe. Mmmkay.

A group of people who cared for injured Australian soldiers in Papua New Guinea during World War II have been honoured with a national day of celebration in their home country. They’re still calling them the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels which seems a tad racist.

Speaking of racism.

Professor Joseph Stiglitz tells how a Robin Hood tax would work. He is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank so he probably knows some stuff about it.

A story of what it was like for one little family in Gaza this September on the last day of Ramadan.

And Germany ordained its first female rabbi since WWII.

Happy weekends everybody!

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