‘Beauty’ Category Archives

7
Aug

AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION CREDIBILITY SELF-DESTRUCTS: ideology trumps facts in AMA statement on same-sex “marriage”.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Ethics, Family, Health, Politics, Science

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has issued a 2017 “position statement” claiming, amongst other things, that:
(1) “LGTBIQ-identifying individuals” having the highest rates of suicidality of any population group is “a consequence of discrimination and stigmatization…rather than a symptom of the orientation itself.”
(2) There is research highlighting that health and psychosocial outcomes for children raised in same-sex parented families are “on a par with, and in some aspects comparatively better than, children raised in heterosexual parented families.”
Ex-AMA head, Prof Kerryn Phelps, commented, “I don’t think the religious, cultural right-wing conservatives now have anywhere to hide….”
Conservatives probably don’t want to hide.
What they might like is to get some media space to demonstrate that:
Claim (1) relies on one only piece of 14-year old research which is based on statistically-unsound methodology and ignores other more recent research suggesting the opposite.
Claim (2) likewise is based on selective samples of research while ignoring other peer-reviewed research evidence whci shows that “the longer social scientists study the question, the more evidence of harm is found….”
An 18-page “Medical Critique” of the AMA Position Statement prepared by a groupf doctors headed by Dr Chris Middleton, former AMA State President, can be accessed on the internet.
https://critiqueama.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/medical-critique-of-the-ama-position-statement-on-marriage-equality.pdf

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21
Jul

“ASSISTED DYING” TO BE LEGAL IN VICTORIA? thinking about the un-thinkable.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, crime, Death, Ethics, Prayer

The Victorian government plans legalising “assisted dying” for the terminally ill who request it.
They call the new laws “conservative” because they include 68 “safeguards” to prevent abuses.
Such arguments have emotional appeal but are not based on reason.
The traditional Christian teaching should be our guide:
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….
“Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of “over-zealous” treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted….
“The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable….”
(Catholic Catechism, paragraphs 2277-2279)
Caring for the dying and disabled can be expensive in terms of money, time, love and compassion.
Do we care enough to make the effort – refusing to resort to intentional killing?

6
Jul

THE THOUGHTS OF BERNARD TOMIC: are they words of wisdom, after all?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Money, sport

Bernard Tomic may sometimes be annoying, but let’s listen again to his words.
They remind us that professional sport is intrinsically evil.
Not the worst evil in the world, perhaps — but evil nonetheless.
Evil in at least two ways:
(1) It creates rich parasites. They mightn’t mean to be parasites but don’t they take big money out of the system while doing nothing to help feed, educate, house or in any other way enhance anybody’s real life?
“No need to ever work”, as Mr Tomic said.
(2) “Get fit by physical training for the next 4 months,” recommends John Newcombe.
That’s a beauty, Newk.
Focus on your body. Sell your soul….
Once upon a time, Ron Clarke tripped and fell during the 1500 metres final at the 1956 Australian National Athletic Championships.
Fellow runner, John Landy, stopped and doubled back to check that Clarke was OK.
Clarke got up and they both started running again.
Too late….
But Landy’s attitude has won a place in the admiration of all Australians.
That was a different century — and a different world.
It wasn’t a perfect world then.
But it’s worse today, isn’t it?

11
May

ENSLAVED NEW WORLD: occasional new slogans but inwardly just more of the same?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Ethics, Lifestyle, Media, Politics

Head of state: a deranged, amoral, self-absorbed, survival-obsessed psychopath?
Media: a lying, brain-rotting tool of corporate wealth?
Traditional culture: a hypocritical, enfeebled, decaying carcase?
Youth: promiscuous, social-media-group-think-addicted narcissists?
Name me one nation on earth where the above doesn’t apply.
Fair-go-mouthing Australia? Great-again America?
Hardly.
Do I, perhaps, exaggerate?
Anyway, if any renewal of goodness is to happen anywhere, it will have to start small.
In our own personal decision-making. In our families. In our church(?)
Now and then there are signs of hope.
But don’t wait for somebody else to do something.
Repeat these words regularly:
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as in heaven….”

15
Apr

GOOD FRIDAY: over for 2017, what was it all about?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Entertainment, God, Lifestyle, sport

Last week, some (Fairfax) newspapers carried an article about “how Good Friday in Australia compares to the rest of the world”.
Saying that, “Good Friday just got slightly more lively in Australia”…referring to the (yawn) AFL football match.
What could be more un-lively than large sweaty men brawling for possession of a ball?
And that, “still the quietest day of the year…Good Friday is no big deal”.
Incorrect. Quietness is a very big deal – a scarce commodity, worth cherishing where it survives.
Quiet minds become full of thoughts – about life, about purpose, about meaning, about God….
Yet, mostly, don’t we avoid quiet, preferring distractions — about food, about feeling good, about kidding ourselves we look good…?

22
Feb

“SAME-SEX MARRIAGE”, WHAT ABOUT IT? is it a serious debate or is it a leg-pull?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Common Sense, Contemplation, Family, Lifestyle, Truth

The proposed law to legalise “same-sex marriage” is dishonestly worded.
Even its title, “Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill”, is a deception.
The term “Same-Sex”, in this context, is meaningless – intentionally so.
“Sex” is something defined in terms of anatomical structures – chromosomes within body cells, genital organs, breasts, whiskers etc. – definable things.
“Gender” is more about how you feel and identify (at least for the moment) — which is un-definable.
Gender-talk is complicated by endless arbitrary variations and name-confusions.
A while back, Facebook was listing up to 58 “gender” identities for customers to choose between.
If this bill ever passes, pressure will immediately be applied to expand it to include transgender-identifiers.
Realistically it won’t be “Same-Sex Marriage” it will be “Same-Sex-And/Or-Today’s-Choice-Of-Gender-Label Marriage”.
The whole project is a plot against personal responsibility and an insult to everybody’s intelligence.