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So the news topic of today is that our State Police Commissioner (whom I'm oddly fond of even though I don't know anything about him as a person LOL He just seems incredibly sensible when placed next to the politicians who employ him) has made a few comments about binge drinking in young people. Amongst the advice he dealt out today was a message to young women, that they should inform each other of their plans before they go drinking so that if a friend spots them doing something NOT on their plans, they can stop them.

The Sun-Herald editorial had this comment about it:
It's a remarkably candid approach to the worsening problem of binge drinking among young women. That someone in such high authority should take it upon himself to lay down behavioural guidelines to members of a generation far removed from his, will raise some eyebrows. His brief is to police, not be a social reformer, it will be argued in some quarters.


Uh. Actually, no. I don't understand how people would see it as any different from the police asking people to lock their doors before they leave the house. The police is not only entitled to give behavioural advice that would protect against crime, they're practically obliged.

It would be like saying people would be shocked about doctors giving advice about preventative measures - like wash your hands after you go to the loo, or STOP SMOKING, or avoid unprotected one night stands - because doctors are there to treat disease, not be a social reformer.

=__________=

Making it more difficult for crime to happen is much better than sorting out a crime after the fact.

....So I couldn't bring myself to read the rest of the article even though I know it's supposed to be supportive Orz



In other news, I finally picked up my bag of Oriental Beauty Tea. Took me a few tries to get the brew right, but now I love it ♥ It has this beautiful fruity aroma whereas the less fermented oolongs tend to have a more high-pitched(??!) floral fragrance. Taiwan has turned me into such a tea nut. Damn them and their delicious $2 teas.
mayoraasei: (Angry)
Like, whut.

I should stop clicking on stuff that screams "I'm gonna piss you off" from miles away.

I have double-lidded eyes (in fact I think they're triple lidded now, so HAH) but my eyes look distinctly Asian. GETTING DOUBLE LIDS IS NOT ABOUT LOOKING CAUCASIAN *FACEPALM* While I don't actually agree with surgery for double lids as I think single-lidded eyes are cute in their own way, the reason why people get it is that it's a fairly small and safe procedures that can open up their eyes dramatically (depending on original eye shape). Again, it's not about looking Caucasian; larger eyes just tend to make people look more awake and energetic.

There are three main descriptors for beautiful eyes in Chinese literature: "phoenix eyes" (丹鳳眼), "peach flower eyes" (桃花眼) and "almond eyes" (杏眼). People often mistake "phoenix eyes" to refer to single-lidded eyes but apparently it only refers to the fact that the eyes have a slight upward sweep at its tail. "Phoenix eyes" are used without (much) discrimination to describe eyes in men and women, as one of the most famous generals in one of the most famous Chinese classic novels (Romance of the Three Kingdoms) was known for his "phoenix eyes".

"Peach flower eyes" are practically the synonym for "sexy" in Chinese. It is supposed to look like "peach flowers" when not smiling, with a greater curvature of the upper lid and a deeper set of the inner corner of the eye. What it's known for, however, is that when smiling it becomes beautiful moon-shaped crescents that combined with sparkling eyes is supposed to take men's breaths away.

Finally "almond eyes" is a descriptor commonly associated with pretty girls and refers directly to large playful eyes, round and dark like almonds. The Chinese, like many other cultures, believed large eyes to be more expressive and innocent, and this is something that's existed for centuries.

As far as the high-bridged nose is concerned, a lot of the northern Asians have high nosebridges. In fact the other reason for these to be desired is that in Chinese face-reading, well-defined noses are supposed to increase money and fortunes in a man (and in a woman it helps the husband increase his fortunes ==;;;), so there may be more than just beauty at stake here.

And finally white skin. I don't know why people automatically assume wanting paler skin means wanting to be Caucasian. The Chinese ideal is an unblemished snowy white, which is not exactly the same shade as most Caucasian skins anyway.

If anything, the rest of the Asian ideals are far from Caucasian-like and which the article cleverly omitted - small "watermelon-seed" shaped face, thin curved "willow-like" brows, small cherry lips, small delicate bone structures and physique...which is probably why Asia as a whole is so much more obsessed with slimness than western countries.

Seriously I get so annoyed when my Chinese friends/relatives laugh at girls walking on the streets who look perfectly healthy weight for being fat...and I'm not talking healthy "BMI 24" type sizes, I'm talking normal size 10-12's (in America that's size 6-8) being considered fat. It's ridiculous.
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So I spent the last few hours reading reviews and watching videos of the new windows OS for mobile, Windows Phone 7. I've been saying since last year that I want a Windows phone (if only because I hate Apple and I'm not madly keen on Google either), but clearly I wasn't paying any attention to the brand I'm supposedly supporting since I totally missed the hype about WP7.

It's not set to be released until October this year, and I'm guessing it won't actually hit the shelves until November, and Australia being removed in space and, for some reason, time from the rest of the world, we probably won't see it until Christmas. And obviously, because it's Microsoft, it's going to be full of glitches and crashalots and patches that only end up opening more backdoors and I don't think there's even a Ctrl+Alt+Del and why exactly did I want a MS phone in the first place? =/

But from the February conference when they unveiled the system, it seemed to receive a lot of glowing reviews. Admittedly, the most glowing and thorough reviews I've read are on Gizmodo, which got totally kicked in the teeth and screwed over by Apple over their iPhone "leak" that I wouldn't be surprised if there's some biased touch-ups going on.

Nevertheless, I had thought the best I'd settle for is some patchy poorly done Windows OS, but it turns out WP7 is a completely new "done from scratch" operating system that reworks the idea of a mobile OS and is innovative and fun and interesting. Is this really Microsoft we're talking about? O_o

To be honest when I saw pictures of the system, namely, this:

I thought, ugh, why does Windows always beat Windows in looking ugly and boring.

But then I watched a few videos of it being in action and it actually...looks cool. But I still hope we can change those ugly colours. They're so ugly...and Windows-like.

It doesn't sound as intuitive as the iPhone (and I think the Android is based off a similar organisation as iPhone) but I think it has the potential to be a lot more...well, what were the pretty words Gizmodo used...more human? More interactive? Something.

It organises applications and tasks into "hubs", which my measly Win98 brain translates into "folders" - I think this is the contention point for a lot of people. Some people like the organisation of the iPhone where you can scroll in and see everything, whereas with the hub system you will have to navigate through a tree to get to what you want.

But I'm the kind of person who leaves my computer desktop empty and puts practically every document into a folder, so it's exactly what I wanted but what the iPhone didn't have ♥

The hub system is customisable, so - like the desktop - you can stick a task/application/even a person on the main page. It is the phone for stalkers everywhere, because it automatically updates every word and every movement and every action...about a person, from their Facebook or Myspace or (presumably in the future) Twitter. This is for you, Twitlight fans.

The lack of intuitiveness may count against it. Kids like us who've grown up playing new gadgets will love the quirky navigation (and its cool flipping effects *_*) but the adults who took an hour figuring how to swipe the iPhone to answer a call will...take a long time.

I'm really looking for a phone that gives me functionality without the clunkiness of the Blackberry, so while the iPhone is fun as a time wasting device while on public transport, the fact that Windows mobile includes Office AND PDF READABILITY is a huge plus in its favour.

The few things that might turn me away would be:
1) Application (non)availability. That's my main reason for getting a smartphone in the first place. I'm not after 2803 iFart and 38927 iDrink applications, but I want to be able to load my medical texts on it (YES HOW SAD). Previously with WM6.5, you could install applications downloaded from external developers, but with WP7 you must download through their Windows "Marketplace", and they need to be re-written in Silverlight? There's some muttering between Microsoft and Adobe about Flash, so we still don't really know if the functionality will be supported...not that it matters, at this point.

Anyhow, all I really need is MIMS and possibly one or two clinical handbooks, a reference like Harrison's, and maybe a dictionary, so they're not difficult asks (and they're currently available on all three mobile platforms anyway). I'm really looking forward to this hub thing because it seems to have the potential for such an integrated experience...but it really depends on whether anyone will bother developing for that. Nevertheless imagine...searching up a disease puts you through to an entry in Harrison's...then in the investigations it puts you across to Oxford Handbook...then you wonder about management and you're taken straight to MIMS.

Ah...one can dream. LOL.

2) No sync with PC. This is really unfortunate, I think, and goes too far in pushing this phone towards social networking and removing its functionality as a...well, pretty much, a pocket PC. You can move movies and music through Zune, but apart from that you can't dump stuff onto it like a USB storage, which is really a shame, given that it has Office installed and I INTEND TO USE THEM.

3) No cut and paste. This, seriously, makes no sense. Start up a table in Excel and want to put it into your Word? YOU CAN'T DO IT. Wrote up something in Word and want to send it as an email without attaching, YOU CAN'T DO THAT EITHER. Because some douchebag in Microsoft thought that "our users won't need clipboard functionality". That had better change in the near future.....

4) No multitasking. This is really a step backwards from their previous system, but since WP7 is redesigned from scratch, I guess it's not surprising it will be missing a few things on first release. Nevertheless...that's going to count against it.

I'm kind of uncertain how they're going to market this. It's got at least five or six companies tied in to produce the hardware for it, but the new WP7 system has very strict hardware requirements, down to the type of buttons and screen resolution and camera resolution. I wonder how the phone makers are going to differentiate themselves from each other and compete.

I am looking forward to pretty shapes and pretty colours =D

Source: A B
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The title of this article is "Zhejiang 'temporary rape case' to be reopened" and I went...wtf?? Temporary rape? As opposed to permanent rape?

And when I read it, it was even more wtf...so I decided to share with you the wtfness of the Chinese legal system. (My legalese is terrible so I'm sorry if I got some of the legal terms wrong.)


Due to pressure from the community, the strongly criticised case of "rape of temporary nature" in Zhejiang Nanxun has experienced a change of fate. After reviewing the case, Zhejiang Province Huzhou Intermediate Court conceded there was an error with the original sentence, that it was too light, and will set a date to reopen the case.

According to "Chongqing Evening Newspaper", on 10 June this year, two police assistants in Nanxun [TN: they cover some police duties but are not officially part of the police force], Qiu and Cai, took two fresh high school graduates Chen and Shen out for dinner. During the meal, all four drank lots of alcohol. Chen, who had low tolerance for alcohol, was knocked out by the time dinner finished. After the dinner, Cai drove everyone to a hotel in his own car and booked a room. While in the room, the two men raped Chen while she was unconscious and unable to resist.

On 19 October, Nanxun court found "according to the facts of the crime, in light of both persons having committed 'a reckless offence of temporary nature', with no premeditation, and voluntarily turning themselves in afterwards, and being able to obtain the forgiveness of the victim; in view of these circumstances, the sentencing will be reduced", and sentenced both men to 3 years.

The sentence caused a huge wave of dissent online, with netizens demanding, "What sort of concept is 'rape of temporary nature'? Are rape crimes divided into 'official and unofficial' and of different durations? The two men took turns raping the victim while she was unconscious, why was this not gang rape? How did they 'obtain the forgiveness of the victim'? Did they 'seal her mouth with money'? If this sentence sets a precedent, then from now on are all 'reckless offences of temporary nature' going to have their 'sentencing reduced'?"

Netizens pointed out that to get a high school graduate drunk, and then to take her to a hotel and rape her, is clearly a premeditated crime, and not "of temporary nature" at all. People joked that if this becomes a trend, things like "murder of temporary nature", "bribery and corruption of temporary nature", "drink driving of temporary nature", "robbery of temporary nature" are going to appear...if all crimes use "of temporary nature" as an excuse to reduce the sentence, it's easy to see that an era of "of temporary nature" will soon be upon us.

In response to the criticism and denunciation from all corners of society, Zhejiang Province Huzhou Intermediate Court reviewed the case and conceded there was an error with the original judgement, that the sentence was too lenient, and will reopen the case some time in the future.


Original article in Chinese here.
mayoraasei: There is no such thing as coincidence (Default)
It's heartening to read stories like these, considering we have so many diseases in which there is no magic pill.

I wonder if they've found what its side effects are (cardinal rule of medication: there are no such thing as no side effects). It would be nice if it had even less complications than insulin.
mayoraasei: (OTZ)
What use is a sinologist if s/he can't speak the language? LOL

But thanks to whoever it was that "vetted" this, we have one of the most (unintentionally) humourous cover to ever grace a scientific magazine:
studying physics for hot girls!

Now I'm not really good at reading squiggly emboss-type font like that, especially when they're that small, but it said -
重金禮聘長駐日場
加美/KK主任親率青春玉女
儀態萬千北方佳麗
身材惹火住家少婦
風騷迷人即日登場

You'd have to be pretty Chinese-illiterate to NOT see that as an ad for.....well, invitations to visit certain services.

I mean it starts off okay..."With high salaries we have employed [people] to be present during the day at all times" and then it goes completely........well, obvious. "Director KK (*) personally presents nubile maidens (#) / Northern beauties of thousands of persuasions / Stay-home young wives with bodies to ignite your desire / Sensual and bewitching, soon to be here"

Like. Seriously. "Open to interpretation" my ass. The interpretation's pretty obvious.

* This line didn't make sense even in Chinese. Director KK? Director KK and Director Jiamei? Or Canadian-American Director, named KK?
# These days I don't think 玉女 even has the virginal meaning any more. It's sad. Jade was always meant to be unsullied.

I can't believe a major scientific magazine didn't even bother to choose something appropriately scientific, but just slapped on what they thought was "classical Chinese characters in a non-controversial context". It's not like the Chinese civilisation has done nothing but twiddle their thumbs and write poems for the last five thousand years. It shouldn't be difficult to find appropriate illustrations or texts with scientific nature. And they obviously stole it from somewhere because apart from that one line, everything else not only made perfect sense, but was succinct, descriptive and efficient in explaining its.....very clear message.

And what's the point of consulting a sinologist who can't read Chinese? Orz

心寒

29 Oct 2008 11:24 pm
mayoraasei: There is no such thing as coincidence (Babbo)
相信住在悉尼的各位不可能沒聽説那名四川女孩和她的韓籍男友在被挾持後從四樓跌下,僅僅18嵗的女孩就那樣慘死異鄉。

本應在變態小説中才出現的劇情,光天化日在悉尼市中心上演。發生的所有經過現在也還不清楚,只是知道一名不似認識、持刀的男人,以挾持在場的一名女孩,逼他們做出連警方都不願詳述的事情。

不認識被害者,也不認識罪犯,他們的人格先放在一邊再説。當然,事件還在調查中,所以證詞的可靠性也先別提

但是,爲什麽對於這個消息,竟然那麽多中國人在網上說“活该,让她找韩国人”

中國人的民族意識到底瘋狂到什麽程度??爲什麽連最基本的同情都可以抛棄,僅僅因爲跟另一個國家的人戀愛就可以被姦、可以被殺???爲什麽身為“中國人”,就不用做“人”?“人性”的話就不能說?!

四個人竟然對一個惡人沒轍…………答案不是很明顯嗎?? (現在警方也確定)就是因爲那個犯人挾持一人當人質所以沒人敢輕舉妄動

只是覺得那個男孩子很可憐。死者固然可惜,但是活下來的人豈非更痛苦?

希望早日找到犯人

Rough rewording of above:
A few days ago, a naked couple fell from their balcony in Sydney, the girl (Chinese) dead and the boy (Korean) with severe fractures. It's emerged that prior to this, a knife-wielding man broke into their apartment and forced them to have sex, before they somehow either climbed over the balcony and fell or jumped.

It's been a bit of a mystery as to why FOUR people in the room were helpless against one man - well, it just so happened that the man got inside the room by holding his knife to their friend's neck.

The answer by now should be obvious to anyone who has half a braincell left to think. How can one person make 4 people do exactly as he asks? By holding one of them captive. It's the staple of the term BLACKMAIL.

It's not like the poor Korean kid didn't try. He wrested the knife off, but the criminal found another knife in the room.

It's all very sad and all that, and it's even more depressing when half the comments on Chinese forums (especially by those people IN China) says "Sucked in, it's your fault for dating a Korean guy."

That's why I said Chinese people are the most fucking racist race in the world.

No...must...calm...down................

Okay, let's not generalise.

I feel ashamed.

I feel disgusted.

I'm ashamed and disgusted that our Chinese identity is used in this absurd defence of utter apathy for someone else's misfortune.

I don't care if you're a depraved, heartless jerk who doesn't give a damn that these kids just lost everything in their lives. DON'T DRAG BEING CHINESE INTO IT. LEAVE ME OUT OF YOUR IDIOCY.

I really feel sorry for the guy. On top of his survivor's guilt, by the sound of his injuries he'll probably never be able to run again...if he can walk again.

I wish people could just tell him that "it's not your fault".

It really isn't. Yes, maybe he could have done different, maybe they all could have, maybe WE all could have.

But it's not his fault.

It's the guy who walked in the lift with a knife and set out to destroy four lives.

I hope they get the bastard soon.

And I hope "using ice" never becomes the excuse to lower his sentence.
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We've started on our second "block", kind of like a new topic, and the first two weeks have been filled with lectures and tutorials and case studies and otherwise on illicit and licit drugs.

I feel so incredibly sheltered in my tutorials, being the only one who sits there looking blandly befuzzled as everyone else recites personal anecdotes of drug use and alcohol consumption >__>;;

It seems like an issue that one is bound to have strong opinions on, but for some reason I haven't quite decided what that should be. Maybe because illicit drug users are often such an invisible part of society. Maybe it's easier to direct your distaste against that guy lighting up his ciggie upwind of you at the bus stop.

Or maybe because it's such a diverse group - from homeless junkies to highly-paid professionals to Lindsay Lohan =P

Sure, on the one end of the scale are the people contributing to petty theft but on the other end are the wealthy white-collars who snort their cocaine at home and never be a bother to anyone else.

And sometimes it's hard to work out the morals associated with illicit drug use. If you are a successful businessman who can amply pay for your hit, and who can use it sparingly and you never have a violent trip - does that make you more morally reprehensible when, say, placed next to the retrenched alcoholic who drinks until he passes out every night and beats up his kids and wife?

But stereotypes exist for a reason - and it remains a fact that the most visible drug users in society are those that get entangled with the law because of their habits. Theft. Break-ins. Robbery. Prostitution.

We keep getting told that as health professionals, we should treat drug users like everyone else.

And yet, at the same time, we are told stories of the drug users who "doctor shop" for morphine to satisfy their heroin cravings or to sell (and of course, if they overdose, the doctor gets sued); of people coming off (or having a bad trip on) methamphetamines screaming and tearing down hospital hallways; of people who overdose on heroin and the first thing they do after they are treated with antidote is punch the nurse in the face for taking them off the high...

It's hard, when someone sits in a room with bruised puncture marks on their arm, to treat them just like any other person. It's hard not to be wary. They can be violent - if they've just had a drug; they can be manipulative - if they need their drug; they can be unfriendly, desperate, frightened, irrational...even schizophrenic.

Not that they're not capable of rational thought. Not that they can't maintain perfectly healthy and honest relationships with their loved ones. But how do you know, when that person is still a stranger, how much you can trust? How do you know how much is still them and how much is the drug speaking?

Should we feel pity for them, when some of them are perfectly in control of their lives? Who feels no need to give up their habits?

But can we not pity them, when snorting cocaine has put a necrotic bleeding hole in their nose? When they get so desperate for sites of injection that they shoot up arteries in the groin and neck? When the young teenage girl comes into emergency and delivers a full-term baby she didn't even know she was pregnant with because she was so lost on drugs?

Is it okay to moralise, coming from a sheltered middle-class, two-parent, well-educated household to someone whose mum died from an overdose, whose dad is a violent alcoholic, who was gang-raped in high school and has since dropped out - to say that it is wrong for them to feel the need to escape?

But how easy is it to not moralise when the kid sitting in front of you neither goes to school nor plans to work, whose only contribution to society is by adding to the crime rate, who lives on the few grand he gets from bag-snatching or stealing from his parents and spends $150 a day on his hits?

On the other hand, out of all drugs (legal and illegal), tobacco remains the biggest drain on the health system.

Smoking kills!!!


Edit:

Muahaha, just a few days ago our tutors mentioned that the government was considering legalising cannabinoids (marijuana derivatives) for use in terminally ill patients, and this news came out today. Legal pot! XD

Well, I guess morally it's the same as using morphine (opium derivative) for pain-killer, although morphine seems to be more reliably effective at what it does =/
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Oops, one baby too many

A lesbian woman felt violated and devastated when she learned she was pregnant with twins, after she had told a Canberra obstetrician she wanted only one child through IVF, a court heard yesterday.

....

The birth mother, now working in Melbourne as a social research and planning consultant, wept as she told the ACT Supreme Court how hard it had been to cope with the unplanned twin pregnancy.

"I remember sitting on the couch and feeling devastated, absolutely devastated," the 40-year-old mother said.


Violated and devastated, what the hell?!

I'm not exactly sure how clear the doctors were in explaining IVF procedures to her (probably not too clear, by the sound of her hysterics), but normally at least two embryos are implanted due to the high natural abortion/miscarriage rate. It was even down on paper that up to two would be implanted in the procedure. It's basically the most normal of all "back-up" duplicates.

.......God, she's earning more than $100 000 a year, just cope with it.

Feel sorry for the kids. I mean, how would you feel if you found out in a few years that 1) you're born artificially and 2) oops, your parents didn't want both of you.

It's like their entire existence was at the whim of their parents.
mayoraasei: (OTZ)
People who know me probably knows how pedantic I am about English and writing in general.

Which is why I couldn't help but snigger at this paragraph in The Department of Immigration and Citizenship's media release:

The second associated challnge is the ageing of our population. We have an ageing population because two things are happening. One is we're living longer, which is a great outcome, the other is that we've not been reproducing ourselves for about 40 years. The combination of those factors means year by year, the average age of the population grows older and that's compounded by a third factor, namely that the last great demographic shift in Australia was the baby boom from the end of the Second World War.

Orz

Nope, there's been no children born for the last 40 years. The obstetricians and paediatrician department have been closed down, and Westmead Children's Hospital is now defunct and used as a storage facility for disused surgical masks.

Orz

(I know what they mean, but it's just a really awkward way of saying it.)

But wait! There's more!

More than 39,000 (80%) of the 2006-07 family stream were spouses, finances or interdependent.

Either my understanding of immigration policy is failing me, or there are no such things as finances seeking to get a permanent visa through the family scheme. Guardians, okay. Fiances, better. Financers, hmm. Finances??

Orz

hp drugs

15 Jul 2007 08:19 pm
mayoraasei: (OTZ)
ECSTASY tablets bearing the Harry Potter logo have hit Australia again.

"Harry Potter is seen as a brand of quality and that's why people are putting it on ecstasy tablets," Mr Dillon said.

................A WHAT?!

SEEN AS A WHAT?!?

A BRAND OF WHAT?!?!

*Goes and barfs*

PFFFFFFFT

11 Jun 2007 12:43 am
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No wonder they say that a generation gap is about 3 to 5 years, because for me, Paris Hilton is fair game for ridicule.

........An icon and role model, WTH =______=; This is a girl who appears in the news only because she's a) drunk, b) drugged, c) been in a bitch fight, d) flashed her vagina at the world, e) asked who Tony Blair was, f) flitting in and out of jail, or g) she's done all of above simultaneously, like Lindsay Lohan.

She has created her own empire and in areas teen girls aspire to work in: television, acting, music, nightclubs and fashion labels.

....Erm, except she doesn't seem particularly successful at any of them?

I remember she went on Veronica Mars for one episode and slunk her slutty way through the entire 50 minutes, and in the end the director said he'd never, ever, ever work with her again.

Unlike Lindsay Lohan, who actually has some acting talent to speak of.

So this particular author thinks that teen girls aspire to be someone completely talentless flying the high life.

Typical. *rolls eyes*
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This is like so sad.

PFFFT. "Brisbane is the place to be, Sydney knows that. We won the State of Origin and I think that Brisbane is the capital."

Ummmmmm yeah, okay. A bunch of sweaty, dumb, violent men rushing at each other for a few hours until one team scores enough points (or occupies enough stretchers) qualifies a city for the capital. Riiiiiiiiiight. Let's set up a gladiator ring while we're at it.

I think Iemma has the crux of it: "Sydney is the capital of Australia in the sense it's Australia's only global city and it's the best city in the country. The administrative capital of Australia is Canberra; that's where Parliament is. It would be terrific if we could pull it off, but I can't see that happening."

Sorry dude, Brisbane is like the biggest hole ever. It's an even bigger hole than Canberra because with Canberra you at least expect that to be a hole.

I have to say, Washington D.C. is about the thing I like about America. It's the culture capital of the states (okay, NY has some pretty good places as well, but D.C. is pristine and people there are much more cultured). While it sounds like fun moving the capital to Sydney, I'd rather do without that stress, thank you. If every time a dignitary shows up, we're going to have another roadblack...no thank you. If every time a dignitary shows up, someone's going to gas the train station or bomb the city tower...no, thank you.

And why move the national capital to, well, I presume, the crime capital of Australia?
mayoraasei: There is no such thing as coincidence (Default)
A pill that magicks away periods!

Okay, while I'm one of the whatever percentage of women who suffer from debilitating period cramps (although for the last year I've been abnormally free from cramps *crosses fingers*), and a life without needing to wear diapers for 7 days every 6 weeks (my periods are long, heavy and far apart, 'kay?) is infinitely appealing...

I echo the sentiment of the lady at the end of the article: "For women in that situation, I certainly can understand the benefits of taking these kinds of medications, but for most women menstruation is a normal life event - not a medical condition," said Elson, who researches the sociology of gender and medical sociology.

"Why medicate away a normal life event if we're not sure of the long-term effects?"


There are pills to ease menstrual pain. It's never a good idea to meddle with something as complex as hormone systems, because we know so little about them and a little tweak can have a long chain of ramifications...blood clots, emotional imbalance, cancer...

(PS: I envy the girl who looked at me when I complained of cramps and said, "Huh? I don't feel anything when mine comes." ARGH. Blessed she be.)

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