Cartoon by Patrick Chappatte sourced from genevalunch.com
I had planned to only do these posts once a fortnight but there was just too much goodness on the interwebs this week. Without further ado the best of the links that got me thinking this week...
This whole debate about refugees and how they should be processed is enough to send me into a rage. I hate that the debate is dehumanised and refugees are referred to as illegals or queue jumpers and that statistics are manipulated to mislead the public. This article by human rights advocate Julian Burnside sums up a lot of how I feel about the situation. My favourite quote from the article, "Border protection" is a grossly misleading term, used by both major parties. It implies that boat people are a threat to us. They are not. Our borders are close to watertight. Even if this year's rate of unauthorised arrivals continued (which is unlikely, given our history and geography), 25,000 unauthorised arrivals per year means that border control is effective in 99.3 per cent of cases. That is pretty good.”
There have been lots of mixed reactions to Rolling Stone magazine using Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of their next issue. This opinion piece by Mark Joseph Stern argues that it’s not a glorification of the bomber but smart, unnerving journalism.
This one is just for fun because it encapsulates all my thoughts on the royal baby and is hilarious to boot -"it’s important to maintain perspective. Unless Kate Middleton plans to give birth to a small unicorn made entirely out of glitter whose pointed horn carries the secret to humanity’s existence, all of this has been done before and all this will be done again."
I have only just discovered Brittany, Herself but boy do her articles make me giggle, her article on self acceptance and body love is a particularly good one.
Once again if you have read anything interesting or humerous that is worth a geeze please leave the link in the comments.