April 29 is Kelsey Briggs Day (in Oklahoma, but it would be a good thing to have such a day in every country)

April 13, 2008 at 12:21 am | Posted in Politics | 12 Comments
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Sniff. I got this video from someone on Facebook, and received it with a warning: “This is a tear jerker”. It is, but should be watched anyway.

As a reminder that one should not look away when one notices signs of abuse (bruises, malnutrition, fractures) in a child (and one must hope that the youth council in charge is not as hesitant as the Youth Council in Bad Herself that I once called – to _absolutely_ no avail; the people there first announced to the family in question that they’d be paying them a visit soon (instead of making an announced visit immediately), and when they still found bruises on the child the left without taking action, feeling satisfied with the explanation that the kid ‘took a tumble’ – just thinking about it makes me so angry all over again…)

A breastfeeding minor? 26/40

March 18, 2007 at 8:47 am | Posted in Film, Television | 4 Comments
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One of my students sent me this picture of a rather disturbing poster she found in a thrift shop in Istanbul, featuring what seems to be an under-aged girl (maybe 6) breastfeeding a baby.

Gülsah

If you take a second look, however, you’ll find that the girl is simply caressing the baby, and that the misleading impression is probably the result of the poster been buckled. I wish I understood Turkish – apparently, this is the poster for a Turkish movie produced in 1975 which carried the first name of the actress, Gülsah. Also, it’s a comedy, so let’s just hope that there are no comedies that feature breastfeeding minors. Nice example of borderline iconography though.

Apart from that, something wild happened on my blog today. The deletion of that insect on Google Earth was evidently a story of greater interest – it even scored place 66 on the list of top posts in English…. I doubt that that is going to happen again though – and look how pathetic my regular blog traffic is made to look now! It’s sunk into insignificance…;-)

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Numbers are really dangerous. We watched another installment of Deutschland sucht den Superstar (German Popidol) yesterday, and the scenes at the end, when the results of the telephone vote are released are really nasty. Confronting 16 year olds with a vote on what must appear to them as their popularity is really quite harsh. Numbers are nasty. One interesting thing about my traffic yesterday: in spite of this incredible number of 471 viewers, none of them (except my beloved usual suspects) left a comment – although that’s what makes it interesting. On that remark (and in order of first blog appearance): Thanks Lenina, Nova, Lallopallo, Jetsam, Cabbage and Greg for stopping by regularly and making your contributions. They brighten up my days in F***ing Voradelberg tremendously! And thanks to the ‘lurkers’ who I know are there (and let me know so via email:-) A happy Sugahasisumnida to all:-)

First picture of Pax Thien Jolie, but on this blog no more

March 16, 2007 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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You’ll have to Google the images yourself, as Time Inc. asked me to remove the IMAGE LINK FROM AND TO THEIR WEBSITE. Quite stupid of them if you think of the amount of traffic that generated and at particularly low costs. In theory, it’s questionable, whether_they_have the rights to Pax’s picture. Does being adopted by a celebrity automatically mean that you lose the rights to your picture? If anybody threatened anyone here, that should be publishers who snatch away a child’s privacy at such a young age. What I wrote was:

Makes you wonder whether being puffy-lipped is a must be for an adoptive child to be added to the Jolie-Pitt brood.

I also wonder why it is so difficult for celebrities to give their children an inconspicuous name (did you know that children with odd names are more likely to develop a neurosis than the Johns and Helens out there?) – or why they cannot just leave the names the way they are, if it’s an adoptive child. Why should Pax better than Pham, or Thien better than Quang?

Let’s hope that Pax is not going to be called Pox one day by one of his playmates.

No more links to any TIME Inc. owned celebrity sites who don’t know f*** about the working of the web.

I’m Allergic to Nuts 13/40

March 5, 2007 at 5:25 pm | Posted in Food, Lent | Leave a comment
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Here is one attempt of making the marginalization of children with allergies not quite so dire for them: Buy them a T-Shirt with funky crocodiles that have food allergy too!

Allergator

Well. I suppose this must be a hit among allergo-parents. At least it offers the illusion of an increased control over the child’s eating habits, extending to the persons in charge of the children. And I suppose it makes sense with children with severe food allergies. But could this imply that child care workers that feed peanut cookies to children wearing food allergy sweaters will be liable to prosecution in the near future?

“The child was correctly labeled, ma’am.”

But what if children that DON’t have allergies begin wearing these shirts because they think they’re cool? Would that be o.k.? What if somebody demanded that the label attached to a person by virtue of the shirt he or she is wearing has really to be true? Like “God’s gift to women”? Tssk.

Lent Daily Lent (Day 13): The third week of Lent is beginning soon, but I am not even halfway through it. Don’t regret to have started though, although I am quite obviously craving for sweets. I am not so pleased with my cooking at the moment – yesterday’s carrot potatoe mash wasn’t all convincing (which might have to do with the fact that it is normally served with minced meat). But no doubt about it: If I were a better cook, I would enjoy Lent much more. At least I don’t have any food allergies.

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