QueenBee's Journal

To the moon ....

Wednesday 6th December, 2006

NASA announced recently that within 2 decades they will have a team of astronauts living and working on the moon in a permanent moon base.

Now the announcement itself is great I think, but it got me thinking why has it taken so long?

NASA first landed a man on the moon in the 1969 with Neil Armstrong. Since then nothing has really happened (in regards to the moon, I know the mars exploration has been progressing, albeit slowly). Anyway my point is NASA's behind the times!! We should all be taking holidays to the moon by now if all the sci-fi movies ever made can be trusted (and we all know movies never lie wink.gif )

Politically Pointless

Saturday 12th August, 2006

Recently there have been so many examples of people embracing PC to the extreme. People have lost their sense of humor in exchange for trying their best not to possibly offend. Personally I think its hilarious, if you can't take a joke as a joke (if its obviously not meant in an offensive manner) then what's the point? Plus most of the PC terms are just pretentious.

Here's some of the best examples of PC Extremeness I've found:

  • Thought Shower or Word Shower substituting for brainstorm so as not to offend those with brain disorders

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep (the nursery rhyme) is now Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep

  • Fanny and Dick in Enid Blyton novels have had their names changed to Franny and Rick

  • Deferred Success as a euphemism for the word fail.

  • Presbyterian Church (USA) decided to make the Holy trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) less offensive, proposals included: "Rainbow of Promise, Ark of Salvation, Dove of Peace", "Fire That Consumes, Sword That Divides and Storm That Melts Mountains" and "Giver, Gift and Giving

  • Crime Rate - street activity index

  • Gas Station Attendent - petroleum transfer technician

  • Homelessness - Mortgage-Free Living

  • Housewife - domestic engineer

  • Plagiarism - Previously Owned Prose

  • Noddy no longer has Gollywog friends

  • And finally changing the spelling of women to Womyn

RIP Hipsters

Saturday 29th July, 2006

It's official, it has returned ....

One of the worst fashion tragedies of the 80's (and there are so many to choose from!!).

The high waisted jeans/pants

RIP hipsters .... welcome back big bums

The Gift of Life

Tuesday 25th July, 2006

A question that's been plaguing me recently is that of organ donation, and why the rate of donation is so low. I have a family member on a waiting list for a kidney (he has long suffered from a genetic kidney disease) and the medical community can not guarantee that he will ever receive a kidney.

There are a number of factors that contribute to the situation but overall Australians seem to be averse to donating their organs.

In my opinion the major contributor to donor refusal is that the final decision of organ donation is left up to the grieving relatives. The decision to donate needs to be made relatively quickly and the family members are generally not in a state where they are thinking clearly. This leads to situations where the family goes against the patient's wishes and refuses to donate.

An exception to this national trend is South Australia. The national donor rate in 2002 was 10.2 donors per million of population (dpmp) whereas in SA the rate was 20.7dpmp. The increase is contributed to the SA government's adoption of the "Spanish Model" of donation. The Spanish Model places an independent donation team in each hospital to be responsible for raising the number of donations. (Spain adopted this method in 1997 and has raised the donation rate from 13 dpmp nationally to 33.5 dpmp by 2001)

By increasing the number of donation nationally to the same level as SA the number of Australians on waiting lists could be dramatically reduced.

As a personal choice I am an organ donor. My thoughts on the matter are that once I die, I won't need then so who am I to deny someone else my kidney or my heart or my lung, especially if it allows them to continue living.

If I was to be in a position where I was placed on a waiting list of decades for a new organ - say a kidney I know I would expect there to be a kidney available for me - and I don't think I'd be the only one

One dramatic way to solve this problem is to make organ donation a default - and then give people the option to opt out if they do not wish to donate. This "opting out" would have to occur while the individual they were still alive and could not be decided by the family after death. This would remove the decision from the family and place it back onto the individual.