Night Music: Vincent

March 30, 2020

 

To celebrate the birthday on this day in 1853 of Vincent Van Gogh.

 


Nowruz Mubarak 1399!

March 20, 2020


It’s Spring Again!

March 19, 2020


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2020

Even though most celebrations have been cancelled, Guinness can still produce an ad to carry us though.


Happy Pi Day 2020!

March 14, 2020

Image: Sainsbuty’s Ltd.


Happy Holi Day 2020!

March 9, 2020


For International Women’s Day

March 8, 2020

To me, it is a no-brainer that women should be — and should be treated as — equal to men in all respects.  Arguments against this thesis — whether by religionists (of any faith), GOPers, Tories, and other misogynists — do not rise above the thinking of Neanderthals.  For anyone with a whit of common sense and a whiff of humanity it should be obvious, I would have thought. Unfortunately, that is not the case in many parts of the world.

In 2015, Pew Research conducted a Global Attitudes survey in 38 countries that revealed significant differences of opinion. I doubt the figures have changed much since then.

[select image for a better view]

Even in countries, like Canada, the US, and the UK, which appear to score well in this survey, women are still not treated as equals when it comes to pay and opportunities in management, the professions, and science.  The 2016 US Presidential election revealed a continuing deep distrust (at best) regarding the possibility of a woman taking the top job.

There are structural gender issues that have to be fixed in all societies but that doesn’t mean to say we should leave the fix for politicians to deal with.  Far from it. If, as individuals, we all are careful to treat every other individual as a human being rather than as a member of some group or other, then we can solve this unhappy situation far quicker and more completely than any legislation.