Friday, December 23, 2011

The Brat Before Christmas

It was the night before Christmas
and all through the house,
I couldn't hear myself thinking,
there were kids in the house.

Hmmm, not sure I want to continue with this idea :-)

I hope you all have a great Christmas, holiday season or whatever it is you choose to have at this time of year.

On Christmas Eve we'll be going to the movies and then down the road from our house for the neighbor's traditional BBQ and booze up. Home is a short walk but my head doesn't recover like it used to from alcohol.

None of our family live in the same state as us so we'll be having an orphan's Christmas lunch at a friend's house.

If we are lucky the Christmas Platypus will make an appearance to distribute the $10 Chris Kringle.

Before that though we'll have had breakfast at another friend's house and afterwards we'll be having dinner (yeah right) at another neighbor's house.

I am not sure I am going to survive the day. I suspect I may explode. I will be pacing myself but suspect the lovely goodies available will be my undoing.

All our presents have been shipped (ages ago now) so the recipients should have them under their trees, unopened, awaiting the excitement of opening them on Christmas day (oh dear).

It sounds like quite an amazing and busy Christmas to me. :-)

And they say you need kids to appreciate Christmas. Bah Humbug!!! ;-)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Swedish parenting at its finest...

By Sandra...

And, in the latest news, in the country where paid maternity leave is sooooooo wonderful, here is an example of Swedish parenting at its finest:

Yes Sweden. The greedy-breedies love pointing at Sweden as an exemplar of leading edge social policy big wads of cash for breeders.

“Ooooh,” the breeders coo in unison, “in Sweeeeden mothers get two years paid maternity  leave!  If Sweden does it, so should Australia!” (eg <>)

Yep. What a rational and logical way to support a position. They do it, so should we!  Anyone who has studied policy analysis – or more correctly – has an ounce of common sense knows that just because a policy works in one jurisdiction does not mean that it will work in another.

Hang on.

Does the paid parental leave in Sweden actually work? Sure, it exists, but does it WORK? Does the policy achieve its objectives (other than a regressive redistribution of income from the childless working poor to the childed professional middle classes).

Well, what should paid maternity leave do? The greedy-breedies really want it only so that they can have their baby and pay off their mortgage without having to actually get off their newly stitched up behinds and getting back in the office. We know that already. But, in an effort to find problems to justify their preferred solution, the greedy-breedies claim that paid parental leave MUST be available to two years to address ALL kinds of social ills. Apparently paid maternity leave will allow or even encourage people to have a kid or two, facilitate mother-child bonding which – apparently – prevents problem-children/adolescents in the future (wow!), brings about equity for women….and unicorns and rainbows and rivers of chocolate.

Yep. Paid maternity leave is often presented as some kind of holy ark of the covenant that will catalyse gender equity, yet after 30 years of paid parental leave Swedish women are not equal to men in terms of earnings or representation in executive positions, the birth rate is not much higher than Australia’s and less than 18% of men bother to use their paternity leave. Meanwhile, working class Swedish women are better off on sick leave than going to work. As a social policy, the child-maker lobby can forget about the nebulous claims that somehow, paid parental leave is some magic panacea that will transform society into some kind of huggy-kissy utopia.  Sweden has the same problems with juvenile delinquency as Australia, the divorce rate is the world’s highest (despite marriage being more difficult to dissolve there than in Australia) and their suicide rate is higher than Australia’s. There has been one advancement for gender equity; incarceration rates of Swedish women has increased 50% over the last 5 years. It's probably not the kind of policy outcome that was in mind. And yes, perhaps none of this anti-social phenomena is linked at all to paid parental leave –  but no more so than spurious claims that very generous paid parental leave is the magical silver bullet that brings about a social utopia.

Sandra is a policy analyst who looks to bonafide evidence-based policy rather than faith-based solutions created to justify confected policy problems.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mummy as a victim...

Mother forces her 10 year child to strip nude on Skype in front of a stranger to win "mother-daughter bikini contest"....and when she is arrested for child endangerment, she claims SHE is the victim!

I'll victimize her arse! Unfrickenbelievable!

Read the story here:
A 41-year-old Massachusetts mother is facing child endangerment charges after she allegedly forced her daughter to pose nude in front of a web camera. Ann Lussier, of Attleboro, says that a man impersonating a Florida photographer used the Internet phone application Skype to dupe her into thinking s...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Strictly no kids! Woo-hoo!

From the forum:

"Hey all,
I just came across this:

Strictly no kids! Woo-hoo!

Here are some more CF holidays in Australia:>

Just a note, I would probably avoid the ones in northern Queensland until after the cyclone (typhoon) season ends around May."

Family Friendly means stay away

Family Friendly pubs means "stay away <insert your name here>"...

Here's a chapter from our book one "Child Free Zones" :-) Enjoy, David

Child-free zones
Most child-free people do not go out of their way to avoid contact with children. However, most appreciate the opportunity to enjoy adult company without them. As Fiona, 32, put it: ‘We avoid family restaurants and G rated films – though we both love a good toyshop.’

‘I avoid situations where I might encounter [children], for example picnic grounds or holiday venues outside school terms,’ said Kate, 55.

Last year we were looking forward to treating Mum to a nice birthday lunch at a beachside restaurant with a reputation for excellent food. We were seated at a table for three in the centre of the restaurant, surrounded by large tables, each with a small child or baby in a carrier. Each of them screamed throughout our lunch and totally ruined the experience. Parents will talk of the need to be tolerant and understanding, while non-parents may feel that their needs and feelings are disregarded. It is considered poor form to complain about the poor behaviour of children or their parents.

‘I think that a lot of parents are very inconsiderate when it comes to taking their children out in public places,’ said Jan, 34. ‘They should think about where they’re taking the kids and how their behaviour can affect other people. I don’t want to listen to a screaming child when I’m at a nice restaurant, at an art exhibition, watching a movie or when I’m at band practice. Small children playing chasey around expensive musical instruments is a recipe for disaster and yet it seems politically incorrect to say anything.’

Public places such as restaurants cannot advertise themselves as ‘child-free’ and not allow children, probably due to anti-discrimination laws. Lynch’s Restaurant of Melbourne caused a stir when it displayed a sign in the window saying that babies were not allowed. A couple took them to court over the issue and they made prime time news with their child-free stand. The result could not be technically called a win for Lynch’s as discrimination was found to have occurred. However, Lynch’s didn’t have to pay any court costs and didn’t have to alter their policy. They were advised to put a sign in the front window indicating that they reserved the right to refuse service to people under the age of 12. Lynch’s told us that they received over 400 letters of support, endless congratulatory phone calls and only two letters that were opposed to their stance. One of our survey respondents kindly sent us a postcard from Lynch’s that features a cartoon of a screaming baby and the words ‘Baby Free Zone’ on the front.

The manager of a tourist facility in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales wrote that they simply note on all promotional literature that they have ‘no facilities for children’. She says that during the school holidays, they are always fully booked with schoolteachers. ‘Word has got around that we offer adult accommodation, and it is greatly appreciated by all our guests. This is not easy to do – in fact I am technically breaking the law, so I have to be Very Careful with my bookings.’
Some of the more exclusive Barrier Reef island resorts cater specifically for couples and make it clear that they do not cater for children under 16. An increasing number of bed and breakfast style guesthouses do the same.

As some of our survey respondents pointed out, there are ways to enjoy activities without the interference of misbehaving children. After all, when you are there you don’t have a choice in the behaviour of the children who also happen to be there. It is easiest to avoid all of them.

We have learnt to not even contemplate taking holidays during school holidays. This has an added bonus of being cheaper than peak times and the roads are considerably safer with less traffic.

 The flexibility of child-free travel, both internationally and domestically, can provide considerable savings for a variety of reasons. Recently we visited Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This destination may sound like a total mistake for the child-free, child-avoiding couple. After all, these places are made for kids. Despite this we were determined to satisfy the children within us.

We visited the park in the off-peak season so crowds were at a minimum. When we went to the theme parks we went very early in the morning, before most families could get organised, or late at night when most families were worn out. We managed to avoid queuing for all but one major attraction. It was amazing.

We exhausted one theme park per day. Families we spoke to were on their third and fourth visits to a single park, and told us that they needed that many visits to cater for the slower progress made by larger family groups.

We were also able to apply some strategy to our visit. We knew that we were only there for a short time so we pushed the sleep envelope. We did everything we could all day every day, planning to do our catch-up sleeping on the way home in the plane. You can’t do this with kids. When they get sleepy and whiney there is nothing you can do but let them rest.

Another simple strategy we have is to avoid ‘family’ restaurants where possible. Not only is this label an indicator that vast numbers of children will be present, but it also tends to be a flag as to the quality of the meals available.

There are coach trips and cruises that advertise themselves as catering for adults. We suspect this is to do with the licensing laws and free availability of alcohol more than the intention of catering for adults who don’t want to interact with children. If the world is your pub then everyone has to be of drinking age.

Often our stamina alone eventually provides us with the sort of child-free experience that we appreciate in public places. For example, most parents with children will leave a restaurant well before we need to.

The true ‘child-free zone’ is very rare. Many adults are far more childish than children, and not in a particularly flattering way either. Many of our survey respondents have pointed out to us by that they are happy to interact with well behaved children, just as they prefer to interact with well behaved adults. It is fine to choose who your adult friends are, but when you try to choose your children friends you are in big trouble. You have to love them all!

We’d like to provide a list of child-free facilities, restaurants, activities, organisations, clubs and holidays, but few of these facilities are advertised as such in guides or brochures. Many generate awareness through word of mouth.

If you have some information that may be of benefit to child-free people in this regard, please contact us via any of the methods outlined in the back of this book. We are happy to collect this information and use it for future revisions of this book or put it on our web site.

Turds squared - John Howard and Ian Pilmer
CLIMATE sceptic Professor Ian Plimer is arming children with 101 questions for teachers, in his new book How to Get Expelled from School.
I heard this on the radio this morning. What a pair of turds (Ex Prime Minister John Howard was there too). Luckily it will be their kids, not mine, living in the world they create.
I've said it before and I no doubt will say it again, science is as flawed as every human endeavor.
However, climate change is not about science, it is about taking a huge risk with the only planet we have.

Your turn breeders, do you really want to fuck up the only place your kids have to live?

I don't care, I'll be dead before the shit really hits the fan.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

From the CFZ forum:
"Here's a great article explaining how you've got to be careful when you read "studies"
because you shouldn't interpret the findings as they appear first hand ....... you'll
understand when you read the article.

ie. What came first ..... the chicken or the egg?"
"The study itself has been published.

They did make this caveat:

Although this pilot project has provided valuable insight into these childless women’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, it is not without its limitations. This pilot study was based on a small

convenience sample of childless women in Victoria, Australia, thus these findings must be considered with caution and cannot be generalised to the wider population of childless women. Accordingly, the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the women could not be compared by the types of childlessness. However, it is possible that there are physical and mental health and wellbeing differences between the types of childlessness [40], which are masked in the current analysis.

What I liked about this study is that the writers acknowledged the stigmatisation and marginalisation of women who are childless. The researchers were not setting out to say to women “have babies or else suffer the consequences you deserve” like so much of the anti-abortion/pro-natalist medical literature. Instead, it looks as though the writers are seeking to promote social acceptance of female childlessness to treat causes of depression et al.

See the published study (which has been highly accessed, apparently) here

and the provisional pdf here"
P.S. I like the way the "childless" woman is completely on her own on the beach. You know, on the barren sands alone FFS!