Monday, January 21, 2013

Equal Pay for Equal Work

The Feminist movement has pushed the "Equal Pay for Equal Work" for many years. It's still needed today with so many pay discrepancies in our work force between the genders. 

However, it's the Tennis that has got me puzzled.

A normal game of Women tennis is to play best out of 3 matches.  A normal game of Men's tennis is to play best out of 5 matches.  Last night, Novak Djokovic was the victor in an epic 5 hour match with Stanislas Wawrinka.  Would the women's matches ever reach that duration?  

No matter what round they exit, no matter if Women play 2 or 3 or the Men play 3 or 4 or 5, they get the same prize money. 

I did the maths, that's not equal pay for equal work.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Zero Dark Two - Years

Australian & other coalition troops are still in Afghanistan.  We're there help create stability in the country, empower people to take democratic control of the country.  Our troops are there to ensure that the Taliban are not in control & to prevent them from resurging. 

It's been just short of 2 years since Osama Bin Laden was killed.  Since his death, 566 soldiers were killed in 2011 and last year, 405 soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, 44 of them were Australian.  As Australians, we knew& heard about every time when one was killed, it happened too often.

The movie "Zero Dark Thirty" was recently released in the US, with Australia's premier to follow soon.

My understanding of the movie & what the previews tell me is that this movie is about the lead up to & the 'capture' of Osama Bin Laden.

The 405 deaths last year tell me that something is still happening in Afghanistan. Sure, the Taliban leader, Osama Bin Laden is dead, however his followers or people who agreed with his views are still around.  Still around & causing harm to our troops. Our troops who are still there, present in Afghanistan.

To release a 'Hollywood' movie, to celebrate the capture & killing of a leader who still has clout in Afghanistan & some other Middle-Eastern countries makes me think that our troops could possibly be in more danger. It's a bit like rubbing it in their faces in it.  We also saw what happened last year when an Anti-Muslim You Tube clip was released.

I think its too soon to have a movie based on or about the whole thing. 
Our troops are still present in Afghanistan.
At present, I'm boycotting.

Soldier deaths taken from: