Saturday, January 22, 2011

Woman



Najib’s Nubiles vs Blair’s Babes and Gaddafi’s virgin soldiers
Written by Mariam Mokhtar, Malaysia Chronicle

It is nice to know that Prime minister Najib Abdul Razak is joining the international arena of ‘women’s power’, just like UK’s Tony Blair, Libya’s Gaddafi and Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi.

Former British PM, Tony Blair had 101 female Labour Party MPs in his administration after the 1997 general election. They were known as “Blair’s Babes” and were full of hope and high expectations.





Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, is fond of young and pretty women. He manages to appoint them as ‘ministers’ and one former topless model and beauty queen became equal opportunities minister in his new cabinet. Silvio has at least four women ministers. His opponents have criticised him for selecting young, attractive female candidates—some with little or no political experience—to represent the party in the European Parliament elections.

When it comes to personal protection, Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is normally flanked by 30 blue-uniformed females, all supposedly virgins, dangling their guns from their shoulders as they give him 24-hour protection. All wear nail varnish, perfume and lipsticks, and sport trendy hair styles.

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We Are What We Eat

My beef isn't with beef: why I stopped being a vegetarian
To be vegetarian is to be a pacifist, avoiding the fight against animal cruelty. Eat meat from sustainable farms, and we will win.

I was a vegetarian for a long time – the bulk of my adult life, actually. When I realised how most of the steaks got to my plate (and how pumped-full of antibiotics and growth hormones they were), I put down my fork and took a vow to never be a part of that system again. My research into the brutal American factory farm system and its effects on the environment was a life-changing stumble down into the rabbit hole; I discovered a twisted world of assembly-line death camps, crippled animals, radiated carcasses and festering diseases. I don't have to get into the specifics, but clearly it wasn't a compassionate way to get my suggested 46 grams of protein a day. So I stopped eating meat, cold Tofurkey.

Nearly a decade later I'm no longer a vegetarian. In fact, I couldn't be further from the produce aisle. Nowadays I own and operate a small farm where I raise my own chicken, pork, lamb, rabbit, turkey and eggs. I had a serious change of heart, and it happened when I realised my aversion to meat wasn't solving the animal welfare problem I was protesting about. My beef, after all, wasn't with beef. It was with how the cow got to my plate in the first place. One way to make sure the animals I ate lived a happy, respectable life was to raise them myself. I would learn to butcher a free-range chicken, raise a pig without antibiotics and rear lambs on green hillside pastures. I would come back to meat eating, and I would do it because of my love for animals.

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