News To You – February 8th, 2012
Grab a cuppa and take a few minutes to read the justb. take on what’s making news today:
So, I’ve decided to tackle this news roundup in a different way. I’m going to give you more of “me”. I’m going to tell you what I think about what’s making news. You don’t need a rundown of what’s going on – you’re savvy enough to read the newspaper or click on your favourite news site. You want a talking point. From this moment, let’s make this a space to talk about news. I need your help though, I need you to let me know what news makes you tick, what news ticks you off and what news do you want to hear?
First off, I have a message for the Reserve Bank of Australia who did not cut rates yesterday. What were you thinking? I was counting on that smidge off my mortgage to put a downpayment on a pair of tan suede boots I’ve had my eye on for ages. The cruel part is the Australian dollar shot up, but my spending ability remained the same. All those shoes and bags are taunting me. All those US online stores…
Do the right thing RBA, aka the dream breakers, and lower rates when you next meet in March, OK?! And to the big four banks, don’t even think about raising them.
On a different matter, there’s this brave Tasmanian teen Laura Connors I want to tell you about. She has shown much strength of spirit after being embroiled in a three year court battle against her former (and first ever) boss who has been ordered to pay her $12,000 for sexual harassment. Here’s the thing, the payout is not nearly enough to compensate her ordeal and doesn’t even cover her court costs, she deserves more, but she feels vindicated.
“It was just seeing that the people in the court understood my pain and they believed me, it was so amazing they believed me,” she told news.com.au. “It’s not the money, not winning, it was that they knew he was wrong.”
The harassment she was privy to was wrong. She was a young girl in her first job and should not have had to deal with such behaviour. I remember working in my first job over 20 years ago. It was a supermarket. I was in high school. The culture was sexually charged. To be honest it was run by smutty, loser men. They used to make us, the “check-out chicks” in our short uniforms, sweep the aisles after the shop was closed and they would stand behind us and watch, sniggering. It was foul. At the time I didn’t really know what to do about it. And to be honest, it was different back then. I have three girls now and when they grow up I hope they never have to encounter such workplace behaviour, but if they do I hope they have the courage to stand up for themselves, like Laura did.
I also hope they protest against organisations that ban photos of women breastfeeding (seriously, whether you breastfeed or not, Facebook is being ridiculous). I also hope they never film someone as they are washed to their death, like some bystanders in Roma did last week. Makes my heart ache, it does.
And lastly, Beyonce stepped out last night to support her husband Jay-Z, who was performing at Carnegie Hall. All the focus, of the Daily Mail story I read, was on her post-baby body (she gave birth one month ago!). I refuse to show the photos. Haven’t mothers got enough pressure on them already?
What do you think about it? Anything grab your attention?
Have a fab day,
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