Monday, April 16, 2018

One in five children go hungry

More than one in five Australian children have gone hungry in the last year, according to a new report from food relief not-for-profit Foodbank. The report, Rumbling Tummies, found that cost of living was the main cause of food insecurity, leading to 9 per cent of children going at least one day a week without food. Parents from food-insecure households reported their children were more likely to be unhappy, had difficulty sleeping and exhibited more “outbursts or tantrums” without enough food, while parents were likely to report skipping meals so their children could eat but felt shame at being unable to provide for their families. Foodbank chief executive Brianna Casey said “as a mother myself, I find the picture that emerges both heartbreaking and unacceptable”.

Recently released Census data has revealed almost 11,000 tertiary students are homeless, making up nearly 10 per cent of all homeless Australians. Council to Homeless Persons chief executive, Kate Colvin, told Fairfax “it’s almost impossible for students on low incomes to afford housing”. The figures come amid a renewed focus on homelessness endured by younger Australians. The State of Homelessness in Australia’s Cities report, prepared for the Alliance to End Homelessness by the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Social Impact, found veterans and Indigenous people were more likely to be homeless than the general population, were more likely to suffer from preventable medical conditions, and be victims of assault.

In the United Kingdom, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has criticised Prime Minister Theresa May for ordering air strikes on Syria without consulting Parliament. May and French President Emmanuel Macron ordered their military forces to support United States President Donald Trump’s strikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities, with May saying “it was both right and legal to take military action, together with our closest allies, to alleviate further humanitarian suffering”. Corbyn said the “legally questionable action” risked further destabilising the region, saying “bombs won’t save lives or bring about peace”. Trump ordered the strikes after more than 80 people were killed in a Syrian government chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma earlier this month.

And Channel 7 commentators have criticised the Commonwealth Games’ refusal to let them broadcast footage of athletes during the closing ceremony. Seven Network commentators Johanna Griggs and Basil Zempilas apologised to viewers after the ceremony, with Griggs saying she was “furious” Games organisers did not allow the network to show pictures of athletes entering Carrara Stadium. Zempilas criticised the emphasis on speeches from dignitaries as “self-indulgent”, noting “we’ve never seen a stadium as empty as this, so soon after the conclusion of a closing ceremony”. Aboriginal protesters, meanwhile, were barred from entering the stadium by security, capping off 11 days of protest against the “Stolenwealth Games” at the Camp Freedom tent embassy.

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I’m good enough to represent Australia, but not good enough to have a say? That makes me feel I’m not worthy, or not doing enough.

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Did drinking give me breast cancer?

“The research linking alcohol to breast cancer is deadly solid. There’s no controversy here. Alcohol, regardless of whether it’s in Everclear or a vintage Bordeaux, is carcinogenic. More than 100 studies over several decades have reaffirmed the link with consistent results. The National Cancer Institute says alcohol raises breast cancer risk even at low levels. I’m a pretty voracious reader of health news, and all of this came as a shock.” mother jones

Rhodesia’s dead  but white supremacists have given it new life online

“Not long after Rhodesia ceased to exist, it became morally untenable to mourn its disappearance. As the rest of the world woke up to the injustices of Western colonialism and its system of white-minority governments, the Selous Scouts and their cause became taboo. But late last year, the image of two Scouts began to circulate on Instagram, part of a social-media resurgence of Rhodesia as a source of inspiration.” the new york times magazine

East Africas hip-hop politics

“There is a wind of change sweeping across sub-Saharan Africa ... Today a different kind of freedom fighter is emerging. One of them is Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu. When he’s not performing for adoring fans, Ssentamu works as a Ugandan parliamentarian. He is one of a growing number of famous musicians in East Africa who hold political office.”the outline



How’s the new cookbook from Mark Latham and Alan Jones?

“You can ‘add a new dimension’ to pumpkin soup with a little fish sauce, ginger and lime juice. This is not advice I ever expected to receive from former opposition leader Mark Latham, nor talkback radio star Alan Jones. Yet it’s included, along with plenty of other suggestions (‘Who would have thought maple syrup could be such a good seafood sauce?’) in the pair’s new cookbook, Conversations in the Kitchen.”  sydney morning herald


You’d tell them not to quit their day jobs, except they absolutely should.

“With its softly lit portraits and anodyne conversations, it’s hard to believe Conversations in the Kitchen was ever meant to be a serious culinary offering. A more reasonable explanation would be that it’s an attempt to rehabilitate Latham while glossing over his extreme views and appalling behaviour. Consequences are for people who aren’t Alan Jones’ mates.”  sydney morning herald


and finally:

If male authors described men in literature the way they describe women

Raymond Chandler: Marlowe was the kind of brunette who would make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window, and only half the hole would be from heterosexual panic. The other half would be that look he gave you, under his hat brim, the kind of look you thought maybe you could cash in later in a cheap hotel room, before you saw the headache sticking out of his hip pocket.” the washington post