Poem: Whosever room this is should be ashamed!

A random one: a poem about a messy room by Shel Silverstein (found on familyfriend poems).

Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
His underwear is hanging on the lamp.
His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,
And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.
His workbook is wedged in the window,
His sweater’s been thrown on the floor.
His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,
And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.
His books are all jammed in the closet,
His vest has been left in the hall.
A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed,
And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall.
Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
Donald or Robert or Willie or–
Huh? You say it’s mine? Oh, dear,
I knew it looked familiar!

Today I Learnt

TIL: My great aunt - who recently died - knew, and once had dinner with, Albert Einstein o_O

Birthday Gecko!

I really liked this drawing of a green gecko with a birthday cake. Or as the description says on the Zazzle page says:

“A cute green reptile wearing a birthday party hat sticks its tongue out whilst smiling happily to wrap it around a birthday cake.”

birthday gecko

Nothing to hide, nothing to fear.... No. Stop.

My response to comments like "Knock yourselves out - track me all you want. I don't care what you see, hear or keep. I've got nothing to hide from anyone. If it helps establish patterns of behaviour that could lead to stopping a terrorist attack or solving a crime then go right ahead. " by Peter to an article about mobile phone tracking in Brisbane's Queens Street Mall.

To those repeating the 'nothing to hide, then nothing to fear' argument. Please. You might think this is innocent. You might think it is not targeted at you. You might think you've done nothing to warrant attention. This is not the point.

There is already camera surveillance, now tracking phones. Once anyone has a taste of power, they will want more. It will be abused. It is quite possible to make trouble for someone even if they have done nothing obvious wrong. Nothing to hide argument. First they came... Censorship by another name.

"First they came for our privacy, and I didn't speak out because I'd done nothing wrong. 
Then they came for the bikies, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a bikie.
Then they came for [something I care about], and there was no way left to speak."

A Quote on Feminism and Humanism

I wholeheartedly agree with this.

Way late to this, but as a secular humanist AND a feminist, I find it doubly offensive when people say "'Feminism' is too exclusionary, I'm a 'humanist'" because it's an inaccurate use of "humanism," which is a secular worldview that suggests that our "moral" values should come from our life experiences rather than religious dogma, and that life can have meaning and value without belief in a higher power or afterlife. Humanists generally do believe in equal rights for all people, but that's not what "humanism" is about. Humanism IS NOT an alternative to feminism, it is a complex world view. — belongsomewhere commenting on Faq: Why "Feminism" And Not Just "Humanism"? Or "Equalism"? Isn't Saying You're A Feminist Exclusionary?.