Geraldene Beirne

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Geraldene Beirne
Posted about 2 years ago
If it was allowed would an arena with gladiators fighting to the death prove popular in modern times?
Hi everyone, I know this is a little off topic, but I live in KL, Malaysia. Apparently it is 'unsafe' here, if you asks the locals. The radio (I listen to a declared femiinst station) is always offering tidbits of advice like' ladies, always check your vehicle before entering' and 'never take you eyes off your kids, even for a moment'. I don't subscribe to the 'fear'. I have not educated my children about 'stranger danger', or indoctrinated them with any other sort of bias towards humanity, and unfortunately that means mostly men- just look at your local airline unaccompanied minor policy. I bet it states the child cannot be sat next to a male. his doesn't mean I don't want them to be mindful of there safety, or responsible for their belongings, it just means I don't put a human face to the reasons. Ie. don't leave your bike out the front because the garbage man might take it. There will be base, opportunistic people everywhere, and that will never change. Reporting EVERY SINGLE EVENT on mass media doesn't mean it is worse than it ever was.
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Geraldene Beirne
Posted about 2 years ago
If it was allowed would an arena with gladiators fighting to the death prove popular in modern times?
Geez Ajay, I'm not sure the 'children of today' are any different than 100 years ago. I distinctly remember being asked to 'get my head out of that book and go outside'. Substitute a computer and you've got the kids of today. Same as it ever was...or 'you can't put an old head on new shoulders' Mathew, I'm quite sure the reality of what people would be seeing would appeal to a chosen few, but not the majority.
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Geraldene Beirne
Posted over 2 years ago
Can one teach young people to be moral? Is morality something that must be taught in the home? Is it innate?
Dear Ellen, I'm eves-dropping on this conversation at the moment, but this comment I just had to reply to. Thank you for helping me feel a little bit more normal about being a parent. It seems I am the only one who is happy to admit that doing homework is a conxtant shouting/ begging/ bribing struggle in our house. I seem surrounded by mothers whose children 'just know they need to do it'. Hmmm. If your daughter can be human too, there is hope for me. I'm sure she's brilliant, it's the damn cut and paste- too easy with the internet and computers. When I did my papers, it was hand writing. On topic, I think humans are essentially 'moral', but ethics will vary between cultures etc, including within jobs (think bankers vs doctors) I currently live in SE asia, and I think it's pretty unethical to push in front of my young children to get on a train, but not the little old ladies here. I was raised in a different culture.
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Geraldene Beirne
Posted over 2 years ago
What does the average citizen need maths for?
I think you've touched on a good point Gordon. I'm not sure, but I suspect the whole imperial measuring system, as opposed to the logical metric one, was designed to confuse and cheat the lower classes, who probably never benifitted from many years of formal maths education. A modern example would be trying to compare deals between different telco/ electricity providers. Nearly impossible, and I have university level maths education. The other benificial aspect is the way it teaches you to think. It is teaching you how to compare numerically. How could I work out whether the S2.50 jar of 500g pasta sauce is better value than the S3 750g jar. I use maths everyday.
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Geraldene Beirne
Posted over 2 years ago
What is the definition of having a "Right to drive" or other "Rights" as to opposed to having a "Privilege to drive" or other "Privileges"
Hi Robert, What an excellent topic for thought. I think pretty much everything is a privilege, including being alive. In law, you may talk of rights to this or that, but for me, only in the context of a contract, which is constructed. Take the example of a well-known organisation that bangs on about 'rights' to own personal weapons of mass destruction, like automatic firearms. Surely this is only a 'privilege' and construct, and one that should be easily removed in a sensible society, as others' privilege to life would take a precedent. Well, i think that makes sense anyway.
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Geraldene Beirne
Posted over 2 years ago
Solving gun violence in the US in today's insane political climate requires a solution that makes it painless for everyone.
Hi Rob, I'm actually Australian, so I know we held the record for worst mass shooting by a lone gunman there for awhile. Nothing to be proud of to be sure. But it was over 20 yrs ago, and not a single one since. You know what the first thing the government did after it happened? Declared semi-automatic weapons illegal-any kind of automatic weapon or handgun already was. They had a buy back scheme and an amnesty for handing them in. The police will/ do turn up at your house, unannounced and check that you have your guns and ammo in separate, locked cases. Very few people complained because to be honest, they didn't want to look irrational in the aftermath of what had happened. Australia is a rural place, with lots of feral animals, so guns are common. But it's the culture that varies so much from your own. A gun is a 'tool' for doing a job, not a personal weapon for defense or otherwise. No one would even consider having a loaded gun laying around. IT"S DANGEROUS. And shooting someone is so cowardly.
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Geraldene Beirne
Posted over 2 years ago
Solving gun violence in the US in today's insane political climate requires a solution that makes it painless for everyone.
Lovely response. Many countries deal with overcrowding (Singapore), social/racial injustice (my own current country Malaysia), and all sorts of other strife and mayhem on a regular basis. They don't however have the huge problem with lone/dual shooter massacres that the USA has. Maybe a mass media cultural shift that I suggest may help? Very best of luck with the problem
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Geraldene Beirne
Posted over 2 years ago
Solving gun violence in the US in today's insane political climate requires a solution that makes it painless for everyone.
There is something fundamentally 'wrong' with your countries society that these things keep happening. No, it is not the guns, or mental illness, or any other singular factor. It is a cultural problem, that exists for you alone in the 'developed', 'western', world. You alone. As they say, it takes 2 generations to truly change attitudes. Attitudes to what is accepted behaviour. Where did you go so wrong with that one? You seem to love a good war metaphor. Well how about this one: Someone who uses a gun is a COWARD. Pure and simple. It is the most cowardly of weapons. Distant, safe, clean. These mass shootings don't seem to happen at gun expos do they? Try that as a public message. Nothing else is working. Rob, your ideas are great.