“I need to learn to work with people who disrespect me”

The above words came out of my mouth the other night as I was unloading after a particularly stressful day in the office. They were followed by this:

I feel like my need for respect is holding me back. As a woman, it’s inevitable that sometimes I’ll have colleagues who disrespect me. At the moment I get really tense when I don’t feel respected, and I feel like that could be hurting my career. After all, I have to work with these people, and they’ll never respect me anyway. Being assertive to them will just make me seem like a bitch.

Not sure if internalising misogyny or being internalised by misogyny

Auckland DHB seeks to abuse liquor licensing law

Liquor licensing is a pretty sensible policy. Authorities can manage many of the costs of alcohol use – drunken behaviour on streets, availability to underage drinkers, availability in the community as a whole – by granting or declining licenses on a case-by-case basis. There’s no need for blanket restrictions that will inevitably fail in some key edge cases. Instead, those in charge can just say “sorry, there are enough bars/off-licenses in that block already”.

What liquor licensing is not good for is encouraging individuals to make healthy choices for their families. So why is Birthcare maternity hospital having to fight to renew its liquor license?

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Because we know your life better than you

Today’s news brought one of those amazing statements by a person who just can’t stand to see other people having fun.

Stuff reports that the average New Zealander drank 115 liters of sugary drinks last year, “despite constant lobbying against sugary soft drinks”.

Anyone who believes people can think for themselves would conclude that consumers had seen the lobbying, considered the health costs and reached their own conclusions, which add up to around one tall glass of fruit juice a day. Unfortunately the lobby group in question doesn’t see things that way (emphasis added):

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Mourning a colleague: Bernard Maris

One of the victims of the attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was an economist, Bernard Maris. He wrote a column under the name Oncle Bernard.

I didn’t know Professor Maris. I never heard of him until today. His Wikipedia page shows him to be prolific and multidisciplinary – he’s written novels, stood for local office, worked at the Bank of France, been in films and engaged extensively with media. It was this last that got him killed.

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Teaching financial literacy via the Tooth Fairy

Chilhood myths such as Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy don’t usually do much for a child’s education. Beyond a small encouragement to critical thinking (how does Santa visit every house in only one night?), all they really do is delay telling kids how the world really works.

Jenny Trout has hit on a better way: she’s using the Tooth Fairy to help her daughter understand that there are two sides to every market. Way to go!

What other practical uses have you heard for these myths?