Blog Fodder: Assortment of Delights


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Sean Tan


      • What is Racism? Do they know that racism is not just overt prejudice and discrimination? Are they aware of any assumptions they may have made about other races? Have these assumptions been tested, if so how? Do they consider that racism exists both in the intention and the interpretation? What knowledge and understanding do they have of the perspectives of people who experience, confront, interpret and/or combat racism on a daily basis?


      • Cat Nap of the Day: Meanwhile, Shanta the lioness takes a cat nap with her keeper body pillow, Steve. 

                        -OMG Raaaaaawr. 

      • Go Back to Where You Came From The series could not be more timely. Australia is embroiled in an acrimonious debate over a plan to send asylum seekers to Malaysia for processing, a move that has drawn criticism from the United Nations. Although asylum seekers arriving illegally by boat, mostly from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, have traditionally accounted for tiny fraction of the overall number of refugee applications here, their numbers have risen sharply of late, attracting headlines that blare of a supposed deluge of “queue jumpers” and “boat people.”

              -If you missed this incredible series, you can watch it online here. 


      •  Two Whole Cakes: The Sun wants your Noodz Dear, that’s not a diet. That’s an eating disorder. I know, what’s the difference, right? Joking aside, being unable to stretch a single can of tuna over three days does not mean you love food “far too much”. It means that it is really difficult to starve yourself. And you know what? It’s supposed to be. Wanting to eat more than a single can of tuna in a 72-hour span does not signal weakness in the face of an overwhelming face of an overwhelming love of food, it rather signals the human body’s persistent instinct to survive. And damn, thank the maker that instinct exists, because some women’s brains sure are failing to logically process the idea that starvation is unhealthy.


      • A Worldwide Day’s Worth of Food: The authors used a typical recent day as a starting point for their interviews with 80 people in 30 countries. They specifically chose not to cover daily caloric averages as they wanted to include some extreme examples of eating, like one woman’s diet on a bingeing day or the small number of calories a herder in Kenya ate during extreme drought. The texts in the book provide the context for the photographs, detailing each person’s diet, culture, and circumstances at the moment they were photographed: a snapshot in time. A complete methodology is available in the book.

                   – A Photo Essay.


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