Racism or Faulty Logic?

The Guardian had a headline which read “Black male headteachers in England’s state schools number just 30” and the rest of the article was even worse than the headline. The headline implies that there are only a handful of black male headteachers in the State School  System. They seem to forget that a) the teaching proffession does tend to be female oriented (and they do actually quote that there are 127 black females headteachers and b) the indigenous British race happens to be “white”.  

Personally I believe that a headteacher should be chosen based on ability and not colour and the reality is that the choice of  staff is dependant upon the applicants that actually apply for the post. I would not expect them to pluck a black guy from the street to do the job just because he is male and black!

Earth Day

Earth day started in 1970 by a senator from Wisconsin after he visited the site of a massive 1969 oil spill off the coast of California. Since then it has been celebrated globally in 175 countries and more than 500 million people celebrate Earth Day. Especially considering recent events such as the Earth Quakes in Japan, the fighting in Afghanistan, Libya and the Ivory Coast, and who knows what else, it is nice to for a change pull together. And today, virtually anyone with an internet connection can speak globally.  Running today from 7AM EDT and running for 24 hours, the global chat will cover a range of topics, feature prominent expert panelists and hopefully oganize global action towards peace and environmental stewardship.

Masonary in Malta

I was reading a post or two about Freemasons in Malta. Honestly! I have never seen so much misinterpretation. Admittedly Freemasonry seems elusive but this originally occurred during the prohibition when clubs were prohibited and they had to go underground.

I must start by pointing out that I am not a Freemason but I see no reason to be out for the kill. After all, I am not part of my local football club or my local bridge club so why should I be a member of my local Freemason’s club!

Meanwhile, I thought I should state that I personally think that Mr Joe Zahra is a hypocrite and a low life. Whatever the reason he fell out with the lodge, he broke an oat he made to them when he “secretly” filmed their cermony. He obviously has no concept of respect and honour. Is it not also illegal to film someone against their wishes. Is it not morally questionable to break an oat and broadcast a private session?

As for Martyn Attard, he is correct, if they make good men better… well Mr Attard did not stand a chance, because the basis is that he was already a good man! He speaks about leading a lifestyle of sex, power and money yet he was so naive he “fell” for the masons. Perhaps the alcohol and drugs finally got to him and he now sees askew. Maybe it is his family who are still living in the dark ages and “pray” for him so that he is enlightened, as though you cannot be both a Catholic and a Freemason. If fact they expect you to believe in a God / have a religion and you are to maintain your religion throughout your membership with the masons!

And to point out the obvious…  the masonic family need not necessarily be rich but could be a) generous and/or b) many in number – hence the large sums donated to charity. Is this not a good point?

Finally, being a mason is a choice.. you don’t have to belong and you can choose to leave. So what is the damn issue?
Yes it may be a society with secrets… but so is say Cadbury’s. See if they will give you their recipe to their chocolate?
Talk about being blinkered!

Ideologies

People seem surprised by the fact that Hitler was a vegetarian and a teetotaler. I am not saying that I agree with Hitler’s philosophies or ideologies, far from it. However, I feel that showing surprise that Hitler had principals is being rather ignorant of the historical facts. The truth is that Hitler wanted perfection, what he called an Arien Race. A race of perfect people. The fact that he defined who was perfect and who wasn’t (especially considering the fact that he himself did not fit his description of his ideal being) was a tad loopy, especially as he went by hair colour, religion and who your grandparents were despite perhaps their death before your birth. I guess the point is that he actually saw the people who were not “perfect” to be of less value than animals.

Mind you perhaps his ideas were not completely bad, because sometimes I think people who can torture kids, rape them and kill them deserve a slower more painful death than gas chambers! But then again, that would not fall within his theories…. just my own!!

Wedding Favors

HSBC stepped on many people’s toes when they launched a set of adverts about cultures. They irritated the Mexicans when a European went to Latin America and found a lack of space, they irritated the Chinese with the European eating the Eel, and they irritated the Maltese with the wedding favors adverts where the guests take the presents! Needless to say some adverts were barely shown…. the number of complaints received was high. They stepped on peoples toes. Their idea was to try to reduce the cultural gap but with the fact that they were actually oblivious to the true cultural differences – they messed up big time.

They took cultural traditions and (possibly without intending too) made fun of cultural differences. Would that not also fall under racism?

Freedom of Speech

I thought that freedom of speech was a basic human right but apparently there are exceptions to every rule.

Rules have been passed against people saying what they think on T-shirts as it may cause annoyance or inconvenience to some people!

They will soon tell me that I am not allowed my Carper Diem on my blog as it might annoy or be inconvenient to some people.

 

British or American?

I don’t mind watching American movies though I generally prefer? British films. What I cannot abide is a mixture in one film / movie. More so when it is supposedly? an educational program.

Brilliant Baby seems to have just got this entirely confused. It seems to have been made by an American company for the English market. They have a whole series of “edutainment” films. Their idea of making the film for the British Market is to have a British narrator.? Excuse me, but that alone? does not make it suitable for the British market.

They use American children with their Americanisms. They indicate that 4th July is a national holiday, except that it is only a holiday in the USA. It is almost unheard of in Europe. They speak of Pumpkin Pie as though everyone knows it, yet is? something that is hardly known in the western world. I think the biggest error of all is when they speak of Autumn but write Fall. Excellent way to confuse children.

I can hardly believe they managed to pick up so many awards. Has no-one of the bodies dishing out the awards actually noticed the discrepancies? Perhaps the awards should be taken with a pinch of salt.

I am not saying that it could not have worked. In fact they are reasonably well laid out. They have just mixed up whether to be a British production or American.

Let’s Ban Heterosexuals!

Let’s Ban Heterosexuals! Let us also get legislation to allow us to do so!

You read correctly. A pub in Australia has been legally granted the ability to ban heterosexuals from their pub.

I would love to see a pub being allowed to ban homosexuals from a pub! Not that it really makes a difference to me as I hardly ever frequent pubs, but I thought we were living in a politically correct world where sauce for the goose was also sauce for the gander. But apparently sauce for the gander is not also sauce for the goose!

Oh and the other point…. how do they intend to identify sexuality?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6697469.stm