Happy Friday! It’s been quite a busy week so not too many links this week. Seriously, I have been running around, except on Wednesday when a migraine just left me for dead!
First up, Hilary Clinton is the official Democratic candidate for President. I like Hilary, more to the point people (ok the one person) I know that have worked with her, like her. And this is a moment. I can’t say that I’m thrilled with the UK’s 2nd female Prime Minister but it, and this, is a big deal. I remember reading a book as a teenager were two characters were discussing what would come first a women or a black man as President. Well we know the answer to that now but a women as President may come straight after.
Hilary Clinton accepts the nomination And it was a great speech, especially considering who her warm up acts were.
Khizr Khan’s message to Trump. I’m always suspicious of politicians who are eager to go to war. I read somewhere that in 1938 at least three quarters of MP’s had served in the armed forces or had children that had served in the armed forces. McMillan was injured 5 times during WWI! My point being it’s harder to send soldiers to war if you have personal experience of what you are asking them to do and/or the consequences of it. Trump has no personal experience and no empathy, it thinks it’s a game.
Hilary just won’t stayed throwed. Fabulous
Stephen Hawking is a genius, this is one of the most sensible things I have read in ages.
Honour’ killing may not be in your culture, but the problem belongs to us all. Does it though? It would have never occurred to my dad or to my grandad, to my brother or my uncles that my sex life and who I married or if I married had anything to do with them. So the idea that there are men that do believe their daughters and sisters suffering is less important than some strange definition of family honour, is hard to wrap your head around. It’s also hard to challenge these ideas and actions when so many of the community will go all out to protect the criminal behaviour of members of their community and ensure that it’s not prosecuted. Personally, I’m all for the Charles Napier school of dealing with this but how would that go down? Don’t know what I’m going on about? From Wikipedia:
A story for which Napier is often noted involved Hindu priests complaining to him about the prohibition of Sati by British authorities. This was the custom of burning a widow alive on the funeral pyre of her husband. As first recounted by his brother William, he replied:
“Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.”