Sunday, September 11, 2011


In his column in the August 22 issue of Maclean's, Scott Feschuk quotes exerpts from his 12 year old son's letter home from camp. I wonder how James felt about that? I hope there wasn't a big fight in the Feschuk household when James got home and found out what his father had done.

The August 29-September 5 issue of Maclean's contains an article about all the problems the European Union is facing. Many experts think the EU might break up. Daniel 2 44 says the Roman empire will never be reunited. Try as EU politicians might, the present European Union will crumble. A new European Union will probably emerge consisting of just the western nations of the Roman empire.

An article in the same issue talks about lack of mechanical skills among young people. The article cites reasons for this including the digitization of our culture and dads not doing hands-on things with their children at young ages.

It isn't only a matter of parents not showing children how to work with their hands; so many parents don't do anything with their children these days. The parents are so busy having "me time" or more likely having to work harder than parents of previous generations to put food on the table that mothers and fathers don't have time to do crafts or bake or even play as much with their children. This results in many children not getting a lot of the life skills they need.

Incidentally, if the rule is "righty tighty lefty loosy", how come corkscrews and can openers don't follow this principle?

Another article in the same issue talks about how so many Dutch women work part time and are happy with those working hours. Predictably, ardent feminists are saying Dutch women are unfulfilled. One feminist bitch even goes so far as to say "happiness is overrated." Ah feminazis, what would a hack humour writer do without you?

Answer me this question: These modern superwomen working ten hours a day, doing all the housework, trying to slot in some time with their offspring while also going back to school: do they look happy?

Another article in the same issue talks about home births and how dangerous they can be. The fact of the matter is, there are no studies to say for sure whether they are or aren't. Personally, I think if you are planning on having a home birth, you should check with your midwife or doctor to see if there are going to be any particular complications with your labour. If there aren't, you should put a plan in place to insure that if complications arise during the delivery, you can get to a hospital in plenty of time. Aside from that, I think it is a good idea to have a home birth or to even employ free birth, that is just give birth alone.

Of course, when you get to the hospital in plenty of time to save the baby, that's only half the battle. You'd better hope that by some astounding occurrence the doctor actually sees you and gets you on the table within a short period of time. You get to the hospital and you have to track down some nurse or janitor with the interpersonal skills of a wolvereen to wheel you into the delivery room. You tell the doctor to hurry because you don't want to loose the baby and he and all the other staff act like they'd rather be breaking rocks on the dark side of the moon.

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