December 21st, 2005

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A Solstice Poem

A Nocturnal, upon Saint Lucy's Day, being the Shortest Day

By John Donne

'TIS the year's midnight, and it is the day's,
Lucy's, who scarce seven hours herself unmasks ;
The sun is spent, and now his flasks
Send forth light squibs, no constant rays ;
The world's whole sap is sunk ;
The general balm th' hydroptic earth hath drunk,
Whither, as to the bed's-feet, life is shrunk,
Dead and interr'd ; yet all these seem to laugh,
Compared with me, who am their epitaph.

Study me then, you who shall lovers be
At the next world, that is, at the next spring ;
For I am every dead thing,
In whom Love wrought new alchemy.
For his art did express
A quintessence even from nothingness,
From dull privations, and lean emptiness ;
He ruin'd me, and I am re-begot
Of absence, darkness, death—things which are not.
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How unsafe am I?

"Slut-o-meter evaluates the web address you enter by comparing the number of Google search results with and without "safe-search" enabled. A complete slut would return unsafe results and no safe results. Alternatively, a clean web site should produce the same number of safe and unsafe results. The "promiscuity" percentage we give you is:"

communicator.livejournal.com = 73.17% unsafe

I looked through their 'recent statistics' and the only site with a similar rating was called 'Free Sex'. Humph. It's all metaphysical poetry in this blog, honest.
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Daughters

Research at Warwick University has discovered a statistical relation between being left wing and having daughters.

The results, drawn from examining 65,000 declared voting intentions over a 13-year period, 1991-2000 ... after factoring out age, education and income, the researchers found that having a daughter shifted allegiances to the left. They checked their unexpected findings against an even larger data base in Germany - and found the same thing.

Also I would guess there will be a relation with having a disabled child, or having a child who is in some other way 'disadvantaged' in the dog-eat-dog world we currently inhabit.

I often think the maniacs saying women are 'asking for it' in rape trials, or that single mothers are sluts (etc. etc.) will change their tune when they have a daughter of their own whom they love and cherish. In fact any man who loves any woman will find it hard to espouse a ruthless right wing ideology IMHO.

Hmmmm, well obviously right wing men can love their wives, but then part of that love is to cocoon the woman inside a protective domestic sphere. I think the thing with daughters is that they have to go out from the family home, into the wider world, and if that world is all about money and rigid gender roles and violence then you start to question those values. You start to put value on things that can't be bought with private money.

Or as they put it women "derive greater marginal utility from public goods like community safety".
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My Christmas Card to you

Well, I'm not going to get Christmas cards out on time. So I decided to do something else instead.

This is specifically for my livejournal friends, in lieu of a Christmas card. I've bought 200 school dinners for African children through oxfam unwrapped christmas donation service. Because I friend about 200 people on livejournal. Including people who comment here, people who friended me long ago and probably don't read my posts any more, and people who haven't even friended this blog, but whom I enjoy reading.

As any teacher will tell you, it’s easier to feed hungry minds if you’ve fed hungry mouths first. As well as providing nourishment, meals encourage children to attend school and help them to concentrate and learn better. This donation will buy a dinner for 200 children. Now that's food for thought.

And I hope that makes you feel as nice as getting a card off me, because realistically I'm not going to manage it this year. But I do appreciate you in my own way.