Working women are 'ultimate multi-taskers’
Women really are better multi-taskers than men - according to a study showing that they spend nearly half their time doing at least two things at once.
7:00AM GMT 01 Dec 2011
Working mothers multi-task for more than 40 per cent of their waking hours, researchers found.
The study showed that mothers spend 48.3 hours per week multi-tasking, compared with 38.9 hours for their partners.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the researchers found that most of the women described multi-tasking as a “negative” experience, which creates stress.
The researchers also believe that multi-tasking – particularly at home and in public – is a more negative experience for working mothers than for fathers because mothers’ activities are more susceptible to outside scrutiny.
Barbara Schneider, co-author of the study and a sociology professor at Michigan State University, said: “At home and in public are the environments in which most household and child care related tasks take place, and mothers’ activities in these settings are highly visible to other people.
“Therefore, their ability to fulfil their role as good mothers can be easily judged and criticised when they multi-task in these contexts, making it a more stressful and negative experience for them than for fathers.”
Working fathers do not typically face these types of pressures, according to Prof Offer. “Although they are also expected to be involved in their children’s lives and do household chores, fathers are still considered to be the family’s major provider,’’ she said.
The study was published in the American Sociological Review.
Dads are doing more, but moms are more stressed, study finds
A study of 500 dual-earner families finds that fathers and mothers are spending roughly equal amounts of time doing paid and unpaid work, but mothers are spending nine more hours a week multitasking.
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
November 30, 2011, 10:59 p.m.
With growing evidence that the American dad has stepped up his game when it comes to housework and child care, U.S. households would seem to have been swept clean of gender inequity. But a new study finds that women outpace men in doing more than one task at a time — and they are paying an emotional cost for doing so.
The findings, published Thursday in the American Sociological Review, come from a two-year study of 500 middle-class, dual-earner families from eight urban and suburban communities across the country. They show that while fathers and mothers log nearly equal time performing paid and unpaid work combined, mothers spend nine more hours per week multitasking at home and work than do their husbands.
It also finds that men and women respond differently to the challenges of multitasking — not so much at work, where both sexes find it stressful, but at home and in public places. While multitasking men tend to get that heady "superdad" feeling while juggling kids at the playground and a client on the BlackBerry, multitasking women are more likely to report feeling stressed, pressed for time and guilty about not spending more time — or more quality time — with their families.
In an age when parenting has become "more intensive," as the study puts it, the challenges and rewards of raising children have become a matter of growing research and national debate. Researchers consistently find childless Americans to be among the happiest, and have documented a drop in mental well-being among parents that does not lift until the kids leave the nest.
"We have this cultural belief that children are the key to happiness and a healthy life, and they're not," said Wake Forest University sociologist Robin Simon, who in 2005 found that no parents — irrespective of their kids' stage in life — were happier than adults who had no children. Simon called the latest study "fascinating."
'Because I said so': Modern mums impart exactly the same words of wisdom as their own mothers
Survey reveals we're repeating the well-worn phrases from our own childhood
Two thirds admit stopping mid-sentence when they realised what they were saying
By KERRY MCQUEENEY
Last updated at 10:46 AM on 1st December 2011
It's often said women end up turning into their own mothers.
And a survey appears to reinforce this theory after it was revealed modern mothers are coming out with exactly the same well-worn phrases which were once used on them.
'Wait and see', 'Because I said so' and 'Ask your father' have come out on top as the things most often said to children in a survey of 2,000 British mothers.
Failure to solve Ku Klux Klan-linked murder prompts anger, 47 years on
Family of Frank Morris, black shopkeeper burnt to death in Louisiana in 1964, demand to know why justice still eludes them
Ed Pilkington in New York
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 30 November 2011
NOVEMBER 30, 2011 · 5:52 AM
David Duke Arrested In Germany, Faces Deportation
David Duke, a notorious American white supremacist, has been arrested in Germany and is facing deportation, according to his website and German media.
Duke, 61, is one of the United States’ most prominent racists, who has served in the Louisiana state legislature and is a former leader in the Ku Klux Klan. He has gained a huge following on the internet, where he promotes “white nationalism” and anti-Semitism.
He is said to have been living off and on for the last two years in Austria, which he has used as a base for his regular speaking appearances before extremist gatherings in Europe, including in Germany.
But according to the daily Die Welt newspaper, Duke was picked up by German police last Friday while trying to speak at a neo-Nazi gathering just outside Cologne. He was later released and has remained in Germany while authorities here institute deportation proceedings.
According to Die Welt, Duke was trying to talk to a gathering of about 60 extremists. But police had advance knowledge of the event and conducted extensive identity checks on attendees in order to disrupt it.
[Source: The LocalGermany]
極右 白人至上主義 職務質問
It's official: More than half of adults in the UK are not married as changing face of the UK's relationships is revealed
Just 48 per cent of UK adults now married
Trend follows pattern of decline in marriage since 70s
Trend towards 'freemales' choosing careers over family
By STEVE DOUGHTY
Last updated at 12:37 AM on 30th November 2011
The statistics also highlight the rise of the so-called freemale, revealing that almost one in three women have never wed.
'Porn obsessed recluse' who had 10,000 images of child abuse on his computer is spared jail
By LEON WATSON
Last updated at 1:47 AM on 30th November 2011
オタク ひきこもり 変態 幼児ポルノ
Tram passenger who allegedly hurled racist abuse arrested
Woman's complaints about ethnic minorities living in UK filmed by fellow passenger on London tramlink route and put online
Staff and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Monday 28 November 2011
A woman has been arrested for allegedly making racist comments to other passengers on a packed tram. The incident was filmed and posted online, prompting police to investigate.
The clip (which contains explicit comments some viewers may find offensive) had been viewed more than 124,000 times by Monday afternoon after being uploaded to YouTube on Sunday, and shows a woman with a child on her lap shouting abuse at passengers. The incident happened on the Croydon to Wimbledon tramlink. British Transport police said a 34-year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.
The video footage, which sparked a Twitter trend with the hashtag #MyTramExperience on Monday, shows a woman complaining about ethnic minorities living in Britain. She starts by saying: "What has this country come to? … with loads of black people and a load of fucking Polish. You ain't English either. None of you are fucking English. Get back to your own fucking, d'you know what?
"Sort out your own countries. Don't come and do mine. Britain is nothing now. Britain is fuck all."
One of the passengers on the tram asks her to mind her language, saying: "There are little kids on the tram." The woman points to the child on her lap and says "I've got a little kid here."
My tram experience' is shocking – but should it be cause for arrest?
29 Nov 2011: Sunny Hundal:
Occupy Wall Street's anarchist roots
The 'Occupy' movement is one of several in American history to be based on anarchist principles.
David Graeber Last Modified: 29 Nov 2011
Democracy in America?
According to the official version, of course, "democracy" is a system created by the Founding Fathers, based on checks and balances between president, congress and judiciary. In fact, nowhere in the Declaration of Independence or Constitution does it say anything about the US being a "democracy". The authors of those documents, almost to a man, defined "democracy" as a matter of collective self-governance by popular assemblies, and as such they were dead-set against it.
Democracy meant the madness of crowds: bloody, tumultuous and untenable. "There was never a democracy that didn't commit suicide," wrote Adams; Hamilton justified the system of checks and balances by insisting that it was necessary to create a permanent body of the "rich and well-born" to check the "imprudence" of democracy, or even that limited form that would be allowed in the lower house of representatives.
Why Naomi Wolf got it wrong
In the US, political repression - such as the crackdown on Occupy protests - doesn't require top-down coordination.
Corey Robin Last Modified: 29 Nov 2011
The US is somewhat unique in how decentralised it is in terms of both policing and politics. In much of Europe you're dealing with national police forces and national political parties that have real influence over local mayors - neither of which is true in the US. Local police in the US will take resources from the center and at times advice and even some coordination, but they are generally loath to give up any real autonomy. And they are quite capable of coming up with their own harebrained initiatives based on primarily very local politics. Much of the Oakland crackdown came in the wake of pressure from local business improvement associations that had little to do with national politics.
It's not surprising that, faced with the crackdown on Occupy protests, Wolf would immediately turn to a theory of national, centralised repression. It's part of our national DNA, on the left and the right, to assume that tyranny works that way.
The Century of the self - 1of4 (English subtitles)
Sweden Democrat: 'a negro is a negro' to me
Published: 28 Nov 11 16:42
According to the paper there have been many reports to the Swedish Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen, DO) pertaining to the word and several companies and government agencies have been made to pay damages to people who feel discriminated against when that particular word has been used.
But Rydh told the paper that it is not the word but how it is used that is important.
“It shouldn't be an insult to be called a negro. There is the red race, the yellow race, and then there's me, who is of the white race. A negro is a negro. There is nothing demeaning with that,” Rydh told Smålandsposten.
“No, I don't know many negroes, there aren't that many in our area,” Rydh told the paper.
She retained the firm belief that it is the context that should determine when it is acceptable to use the term, and if someone feels insulted they should just say so.
Annika Rydh is one of two Sweden Democrats on the municipal council in Älmhult.
プロバガンダ PR 消費主義
'Swedish society forces 'immigrants' to emigrate'
Published: 28 Nov 11
Swedes possess, aside from their reputation as the Scandinavian Japanese (quiet, polite, punctual, conflict-shy, nature-lovers) a characteristic which ethnologists continually return to: Sweden is the country where similarity is appreciated more than anywhere else.
This peculiarity causes us trouble when faced with that which constitutes the contrast to similarity: difference. People who differ - for example, immigrants, emigrants, returning Swedes, odd personalities, those with high ambitions or unwillingness to adapt to the social regulations - are at high risk of being met with negative attitudes.
In New York, there are currently around 25 other Swedes who meet to play football. Not as a pros, but as happy recreational amateurs. The team is called Blatte United, and consists mainly of Swedish-born guys who, when they lived in Sweden, were regarded as immigrants (sometimes classified into second or third generation...).
We lost them to foreign shores, because they diverged from Swedish norms and were never given a chance.
They thus chose to build their lives elsewhere. Today, they run lauded, world-renowned restaurants and advertising companies, or hold senior positions within banking and finance. Some of them can, without exaggeration, be called “Zlatans” within their respective fields.
We hold them up as Swedes who have succeeded internationally, but the truth is we bullied them away and showed them the door.
NOVEMBER 29, 2011, 9:32 AM SGT
In Singapore, a Tangled Web of Race and Religion
NOVEMBER 29, 2011 · 6:48 AM
US Singer Attacked By Neo-Nazis In Czech Republic
The Czech Press Agency reports that singer Tonya Graves of the band Monkey Business has confirmed that a group of racist promoters of the ultra-right extremist Workers’ Social Justice Party (DSSS) attacked her on Saturday evening after a rally in Vimperk.
“I encountered some people from the Workers’ Social Justice Party at the restaurant. I was alone and it was unpleasant, they were not glad to see me there. They started shouting racist slogans at me, pulling me by the hair and spitting at me,” the dark-skinned singer, who has been living in the Czech Republic since 1995, told the Czech Press Agency.
Graves went on to say that even though two police officers were in the restaurant, they were apparently not on duty and did not assist her. Some of the other customers and a waiter came to her aid.
“The police who arrived on the scene when everything was over told me that they couldn’t do anything about it because the people who had assaulted me were not locals,” the singer says.
The Czech Press Agency is still waiting to hear from the Vimperk Municipal Police as to whether that was the case.[Source 1: Romea CZ]
European Parliamentarians Condemn White House Treatment of Bradley Manning
Representatives of Several Political Parties call on Obama to Allow Meeting with UN Torture Investigator
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — Speaking at a press conference this morning at the European Parliament, elected officials representing a broad spectrum of political parties expressed their strong concerns about the mistreatment of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning. They released a letter signed by dozens of Members of Parliament to officials in the White House and U.S. military, which read in part:
“We are troubled by reports that Mr Manning has been subjected to prolonged solitary confinement and other abusive treatment tantamount to torture.”