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I look for you

Desperate to find my anchor

But this thing or that thing gets in my way

Like a cloud that blocks out the sun

My vision disrupted

My thoughts hacked

Where are you!

This isn’t right: UK minister might get 6-month paid maternity leave, a policy not offered to the public

Warrington vs Leeds, 13March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

The Guardian reports the UK parliament is about to rush into a law a bill that will give select female politicians six months of full paid maternity leave. If you think all women throughout the UK are given the same rights, you’re fooling yourself.

According to the Guardian, there’s widespread criticism of the plan.

“What message does it send to the thousands of pregnant women facing redundancy and job insecurity in the pandemic or any of those considering entering public life at any level, if parliament treats maternity leave as a bonus like a company car to be given only to those at the top?”

Now, let me be crystal clear: I have no objection to women being given this extended time away after having a baby with full pay. (It would be good to give fathers such a benefit, as well.) I think it’s terribly unfair the plan is for only a limited number of women, specifically Cabinet ministers.

If I understand British law correctly, Cabinet ministers have benefits separate from the public. Nevertheless, their service to the country cannot be seen as having a benefit that all women should receive.


Darkness looms

We know where it is

Some choose to deny it

Where racial bias by police appears worst in the U.S.

FiveThirtyEight.com reminds us that in most major U.S. cities, blacks are more likely than whites to be arrested or killed by the police. But in some cities, the data are stunning.

Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago and Milwaukee had some of the largest disparities in policing outcomes between Black and white residents. In these cities, Black residents were policed at high rates while white residents were policed at relatively low rates. Police arrested Black people at several times the rate of white people, even for offenses like drug possession which have been found to be committed at similar rates by Black and white communities. And police in these cities also killed Black people at substantially higher rates than white people, even after accounting for racial differences in arrest rates.

NBC News: Israel begins razing Palestinian Bedouin village for second time

Hmmm…That ain’t nice!

NBC News: Israel begins razing Palestinian Bedouin village for second time.