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“Where to begin with listing the concerns that surround Saturday’s general elections in Zimbabwe?The widely-documented harassment and physical abuse of opposition supporters and rights activists in the months preceding the polls by government supporters and state forces — and the lingering fear cast by even greater levels of intimidation during previous parliamentary elections in 2005 and 2000, and the presidential poll of 2002?
Or, with complaints that the voters’ roll includes thousands of ghost voters who can be drafted into service for President Robert Mugabe and the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), and about a registration process for actual voters that many have described as flawed?
The alleged manipulation of food aid to ensure support for the ruling party, at a time when the United Nations World Food Programme estimates that some four million Zimbabweans are in need of assistance (about a quarter of the population, which is in the region of 13 million)?
Or, with the bias towards Mugabe and ZANU-PF on the part of the state broadcasting services, of critical importance in the absence of independent local radio and television stations — and given restrictions on the independent print media?
The reported shortage of polling stations in urban areas known as opposition strongholds, alongside a redrawing of constituencies in favour of the rural areas said to support ZANU-PF?
Or, with the exclusion of election observers from countries which have criticised the Mugabe government, and of journalists from foreign media organisations who have done the same — even as “repression and surveillance” of local journalists continues, according to a Mar. 21 press release from the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders?
Then there is the disenfranchisement of millions of Zimbabweans who have fled the political and economic disarray in their country, and who might vote for the opposition if allowed to cast ballots abroad. Also: Statements by various branches of the country’s security services indicating that they would not tolerate an opposition victory Mar. 29, allegations that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is not impartial — and a presidential ruling that allows police into polling stations.”
By Ephraim Nsingo and Tonderai Kwidini
So, the last few posts lead me on to a topic of discussion I had on another website. The original subject was about women in power; why there aren’t more of them in this ‘modern world’.
“After the over-throw of the Taliban in Afghanistan and of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, the U.S. made sure that when those two countries held elections, 25% of the seats in their legislatures would be reserved for women. That is a better representation than women have in the U.S. In the U.S. Congress, women account for only 16.3% of the members: 16 of 100 in the Senate & 71 of 435 in the House of Representatives. Eighty-four nations have a greater percentage of female legislators than the U.S., including our neighbors Mexico and Canada, as well as Rwanda, Vietnam and Cuba.”
One suggested, “Old Boys Club'”(gender inequality coupled with economic inequality, both of which have foundations in religious dogma, aka patriarchy)”. This suggestion was given much consideration amongst other agreeable posters.
Another mentioned an article read years ago, from a well educated politcal female figure in India saying, “If you want to raise the standard of living for the people in your country, you must give money to women. If you give it to the man he will spend it on himself but if you give it to a woman, she will spend it to better her family.”
My first considerations, were along the line of that even though the women’s movement has brought about a consideral change in women’s oppression and rights it was more about the freedom of choices. It was about having the freedom to choose the lifestyle they individually wished as men do.
However, athough the modern woman can now choose whether to have a career or study or family or all of the above they still on the majority choose the lifestyles so hard fought by their predecessors to escape from, or at least the rigidity and futility of them.
Now whether ‘they’ choose this because it is still easier than fighting the patriarchal religious dogma generation (would be those still in power today) and I think we have all had enough of the fighting and wars that continue throughout the world daily, or whether it is part of the unfinished evolution of the sexes within the ever-evolving world.
So along that wave of thinking, I concluded that though we may still be in the remnants of an outdated patriarchal system it’s only fair and logical that if women want men to develop more of their female side to be more sensitive and in touch with themself, to be more self-reliant and independant, to be less caveman and dictatorial they need to ‘grow some balls’; be bold and assertive, be more demanding of better circumstances by not accepting anything else and go for what they want. ie. take on more of what was considered male gender traits.
For men to be sensitive, women must be assertive… it’s all in the balance!
Possibly, having derived from the ‘Boys’ Club’, is the brotherhood which all males share. We have seen it in all the reality shows where in competitions which involved developing aliances in order to survive elimination, it didn’t matter how many male / female alliances took place in the beginning, by the end of the competition when it came down to them choosing between their female aliance or their male aliance, unless they were personally involved they ALWAYS chose their male alliance.
Thus it suggests, that if women stopped seeing each other as a threat (this was an important evolutionary-developed trait, certainly not one to be ashamed of) and developed a sisterhood that rivaled the brotherhood in terms of support and encouragement of each other, we would see more of that balance.
If women took the time to understand themself, through their intuition and guidence shared in that sisterhood, they may realise the very thing they fear in other women are the parts they misunderstand in themself. That through healthy communication they can close those fear-producing misundertood gaps.
If women realised, that they only hold themself back by placing too much confidence in MAN as if HE were GOD and put it back in themself and their relationships. If women look for the answers from within themselves instead of placing too much reliance in their doctor, priest, boss etc. For example; I have often been to a male doctor till I finally realised he really doesn’t know that much about my body as a woman except what he’s studied in books but then I thought well how can he? He’s a man and will never know what it’s like to be a woman, no matter how many books he studies!
If women discovered the MAN within woMAN and saw themself as beautiful instead of needing confirmation from man who can barely see their woman inside the MAN to take care of himself, this evolutionary rivalry would lessen and the sisterhood would flourish.
At this suggestion, I was hit with comments from other female members of the forum saying well it’s tough to get through that ‘Boys Club’. But I say, that’s not where the challenge lies exactly, the challenge is because of how they are made. To be female is to be sensitive; to be in touch with your emotions because as mothers they need to be. They need to be sensitive to their children’s needs!
I know personally, being a highly sensitive person and woman myself, that when I’m emotional ALL logic shuts down; I just can not think logically! Just as men can only do one thing at a time, generally speaking, when women are in an emotional state they can not think logically, at that time.
Someone once told me, a long time ago that all the answers were inside me… as much as I hated hearing that at the time HE WAS RIGHT!
At 8pm on March 29, cities around the world will turn off their lights for one hour to show that it’s possible to take action on global warming.
All households, communities and business are being invited to turn their lights off for one hour at 8pm on March 29, 2008.
About Earth Hour:
“On March 31 2007, for one hour, Sydney made a powerful statement about the greatest contributor to global warming – coal-fired electricity – by turning off its lights. Over 2.2 million Sydney residents and over 2,100 businesses switched off, leading to a 10.2% energy reduction across the city. What began as one city taking a stand against global warming caught the attention of the world.
In 2008, 24 global cities will participate in Earth Hour. Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis. It is about simple changes that will collectively make a difference; from businesses turning off their light when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.”
I saw this for the first time, the weekend past. I was sure I’d seen it before when I was younger but on seeing it this time I realised if I did I didn’t remember it and was much too young to really watch it, so it was good to see it with adult eyes.
As I told a friend of mine that I was setting down about to watch it she said “ooh, it’s quite old”, as a warning to it’s old-fashioned ideas and values. Knowing me quite well she also said “the male lead is quite horrible and harsh, but I would love to hear your critique afterwards”.
So darling, here it is.
I already have a penchant for the ‘classic’ movies as it takes me back to my mother’s era for one, a time when I was young, where sentimental memories hold dear but I also love them for their historical factor.
I am also quite the Audrey Hepburn fan; my favorite movie being Breakfast At Tiffanys as her character Holly Golightly, in both personality and life resonates in many aspects with mine so I was quite delighted with anticipation for her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle.
As suggested, Rex Harrison’s character the professor is quite the man of the day in 20th Century London displaying all the charm of the class distinction back then, especially his misogynistic expressions as a bachelor, to his Colonel friend. Yes, my friend was right it was quite harsh and bold and very much a one-sided point of view but I believe generally speaking, it is a great representative of the ideas and attitudes held by the male population then and still today!
Aside from the obvious sexist themes and remarks and old-fashioned notions there was his one ‘argument’ in particular of why women can’t be more like men. In my opinion, this isn’t just a line in a movie, this is an idea that as well having experienced it myself, has been pushed on women since man first realised women are a different sex to them. And I will boldy venture to say that generally speaking, they have yet to FULLY ACCEPT that.
Of course, I personally believe in the evolution of the sexes meaning that we are evolving from being total polar opposites of each other to a ‘complete package’ or at least our awareness of ourselves is but I do know that to know where you’re going, you have to understand where you’ve come from.
Instead of making an effort to understand females and work in harmony with them as co-inhabitants of earth, males up to this point in time have blindly controlled, dominated and yes, continue to try to make the female more like themself – male but they are not, they are FEMALE and they are female for at least the very simple reasons that they are.
Of course it stems from the instinctual drive within the make-up of the male psych in order to ensure survival of the human species but as we evolve those out-moded instincts must die in order for the new to become.
As we are evolving and especially because we are evolving, there is a continually growing mutual frustration as women also can not understand why males are not more like females. I believe it grows even worse as we evolve because we experience some of the evolved other sex; the sensitive male, the bold, assertive female and adapt to it but it is not complete, far from from complete so when we come up against the unevolved there is a mixture of rude shock and disappointment.
“Million of youngs girls and women each year, suffer the pain of unbearable torture and sometimes death, each year.
Not only in Muslim countries because this cruel ritual began before the advent of the Islamic cult. However, it is a ritual performed predominantly in Islamic countries, even though the Koran does not specifically mention this disgusting, male chauvinistic custom. It does, however, support the Koranic brutality towards women. Nor does the Bible mention it, although in some pseudo-christian sects, females still suffer because their society demands that they be deprived of all sexual feelings while males in the community exploit women with impunity.
Some women are re-sewn up with no anaesthetic, after copulation so that the husband may be sure his wife has been faithful. Tragically, many Islamic clerics are NOT informing their female adherants of the Faith; that this practice has NOTHING to do with the Koran.”
Following on, in relation to my last post, I’m sure all have been frustrated by this time and time again. So in case you have wondered why or just plain need reminding when the frustration becomes all too much:
“A male brain is configured to concentrate on one specific, dedicated task at once and most men will tell you they can only do one thing at a time. When a man stops his car to read a street directory, what’s the first thing he does with his radio? He turns it down (most of them at least)!
Most women can’t understand why this happens. She can read while listening and talking so why can’t he? Why does he insist on turning down the TV when the telephone rings?
The answer is that a man’s brain is configured for one thing at a time because of fewer connecting fibers between the left and right hemispheres, and a more “compartmentalized” brain. Take a brain scan of his head when he’s reading, and you’ll find he is virtually deaf.
A woman’s brain is configured for multi-tasking performance. She can do several unrelated things at the same time, and her brain is never disengaged, it’s always active. She can talk on a telephone, at the same time as cooking, reading the new recipe and watching television. Most of the time she would be able to pay attention to all of those things. But if a man is cooking a recipe and you talk to him, he is likely to become angry because he can’t follow the written instructions and listen at the same time. If a man is shaving and you talk to him, presumably, he’ll cut himself. Most women will have had the experience of being accused by a man of making him miss a turn-off on the highway because she was chatting to him at the time.
Because women use both sides of their brains, many find it more difficult to tell their left hand from their right. Around 50% of women cannot instantly recognize which is which, without looking for a ring or a freckle first. Men, on the other hand, operating in either the left or right brain, find it much easier to identify left from right. As a result, women all over the world everywhere are criticized by men for telling them to turn right – when they really meant left.”
Saturn – The Demanding Duty towards Past & Present
Virgo – Perseverance in Every Detail
The 6th House – Work; Health; Life in Detail
I was first introduced to astrology at the age of about 15yrs by an older sister. She had bought the book Sun Signs by Linda Goodman and highly recommended it to me. Being quite close in our ideas, especially back then, I soon-after picked it up and read the section of my supposed starsign and loved it immediately!
Growing up in an extremely sheltered home, I was an intensely shy person yet with youthful will I was just beginning to try to understand who I was and what I wanted from life. It was reading the description of my starsign that struck a cord within me and created a desire to begin the unravelling of who I might be and what I was worth. My worth in particular was something I had always believed in inside but it was certainly not encouraged by my ‘family’ at all. No, it was something I would have to discover myself.
I related well with my sun sign for many years since then but it did not relate quite that accurately; there were conflicting sides within me that didn’t quite add up! It wasn’t till about ten years later that I returned to astrology for more understanding.
It was at my job at the time, the office girls would log onto Jonathon Cainer’s website each morning to read their daily sign’s predictions. Well I’d heard of this astrologer previously, as I would read his weekly predictions on occasion, found in the the back of The Good Weekend magazine also recommended by the girls at that job at the time. So, I would log on and read my prediction. Not one to really believe in a prediction I was curious to know more so when his site offered to do the astrological chart for free I thought why not?!
I must say when I first discovered what my ascendant and moon sign was I was quite surprised as they were not what I had suspected! Interestingly though, I wasn’t too far wrong as the the sign I thought those planets (or at least one of them) were in ended up being the sign a majority of the rest of my planets are in including mercury! Ha!
In discovering out those two major planetary influences in particular, did I really start to discover more about myself in an indepth way. Now I had an explanation for the obvious two seemingly different sides to my personality, for the conflict in my behaviour between extroversion and introversion, for the many different mannerisms and ideas.
It was also through these discoveries that I found my tongue. Up until then I was quite shy and tongue-tied and confused as to how to express myself in that I both wanted to but wasn’t sure how. I found that it was in understanding myself that helped free that part of me.
So that brings me to just a few years ago where my side study of astrology through various websites was increasing to the stage of planetary transits. It was just prior to Saturn transitting my natal Leo that I met up with a brother I rarely saw to discover that he was reasonably well read in astrology also. I quite forget who first brought up the knowlege of the foreboding transit but I do remember asking him whether I had much to worry about in it’s upcoming transit of my leading sign (It was like I knew what was about to happen). If only he could tell me that much, I do believe he assured me that no matter what all would be well.
Ha, I since learnt that I had much to be ‘concerned’ about as my world was literally turned upside down! In the wisdom of hindsight, as only hindsight can bring about, it was the best thing to happen! Deep down I had wanted changes in my life but at that point in my life I wasn’t sure to the point of frustration as to how to make them happen.
So it was a storm to be weathered but I can honestly say (also with hindsight), the worst of it happened in the leading up to it as if my soul could hear it’s call long before it hit. (Maybe I will give the story about this transit in another post) It was towards the end of the transit; I had had enough by that stage and longed for my sun to come out again from the shadow of Saturn, that in my continued learning of my chart I realised that it was due to transit Virgo next and to my horror I had a STELLIUM OF PLANETS IN VIRGO..!!!
Ahhhhh..! What more must one endure…???! I was also, being of that age, having my first Saturn Return..!
Thankfully, I first learnt that being a fellow earth sign Saturn would be more ‘at home’ in Virgo than Leo so I relaxed somewhat. Then as I began to consider it more, I began to actually look forward to it as I started to realise that even though Saturn in Leo had changed many aspects of my life my thinking and ingrained actions was still the same! So that is why the adjustment was so harsh..! Here I was with my new improved lifestyle but my framing of it and attitude towards it was still holding much of the beliefs of my past – it did not match!
I can honestly say that when it transitted my Saturn in Virgo I FELT IT. Even before it began to transit my mercury next did I feel my thinking start to change. To even begin to describe it; it is like all my internal desires inside, all my soul wishes were being shown a way. All that I had learnt along my journeys in life, that I had previously stored, my wishes to be and do but didn’t know how was suddenly given a light to see how to fulfill itself..!!!
When I lost my sense of self through the adjustment of Saturn in Leo the clarity came with Saturn in Virgo and so returned my new and improved sense of self. True to my Scorpy ascendant; first came the death of the self then came the rebirth to something greater.
It makes me wonder with anticipation what the next transits will bring; I have first Venus then Mars then my North Node to come.
I must address, that being somewhat aware of these processes not only helped me through them but allowed me to take full advantage of their gifts.
I can now say that Saturn is my friend.
Jonothan Cainer’s website: http://cainer.com/
Free astrological charts: http://www.astro.com/
Having lost enough relatives to this disease, including my mother, this topic is very close to my heart. So when I stumbled across this website I just had to pass it on.
Not really knowing my much about the way of life in Europe, probably due to not having travelled there yet, a sister who has a friend over there says their approach to health is much different to say ours here in Australia and the United States. I do know enough to acknowledge their world-class health-care systems and maternity leave practises.
My own company, with it’s head office in Norway has an excellent HSE requirement and places high priority on a good work-life balance for all its staff.
I mean one does wonder where all the money for charity, given to the many cancer organisations goes and still not one word of progress is reported???
“Do not let either the medical authorities or the politicians mislead you. Find out what the facts are and make your own decisions about how to live a happy life and how to work for a better world” Linus Pauling (two-time Nobel laureate-Chemistry & Peace)”
Here are a few of my own learned anti-cancer tips:
Cook with coconut oil. As opposed to ALL other oils including olive oil as they are can not stand the heat and turn carcinogenic when done so.
Don’t drink from plastic bottles that have been heated. ie. water bottles left in cars.
Avoid preservatives & additives. Choose to eat mostly fresh & Organic food.
Drink white & green tea for their antioxidants.
Reduce your meat intake and eat Organic meat where possible.