His commitment to sustainability is not restricted to academic life, he is the scientist who also “walks the talk”: his cell phone was hip ten years ago, he avoids flying (which can be a challenging principle to follow at times) and actively encourages his environment to explore the joys of green living.
Miklós Antal, ecological economist, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He now studies macroeconomic aspects of sustainability transitions. Previously he was engaged in energy modeling at the Central European University in Budapest. He got his PhD in economics and MSc in engineering-physics at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
“Besides “Frozen”, there’s “Brave”, “How to Train Your Dragon”, “The Lord of the Rings”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” — the list goes on. Why couldn’t the main characters in these films have been a panoply of diversity? The beauty and ease of diversity in fantasy is that it requires no explanation.
Relax people! Not everything is politically correct.
On November 7, I stumbled on this article in the Tribune: “Why are fairy tales so white?”By Amina Lugman.
“Besides “Frozen”, there’s “Brave”, “How to Train Your Dragon”, “The Lord of the Rings”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” — the list goes on. Why couldn’t the main characters in these films have been a panoply of diversity? The beauty and ease of diversity in fantasy is that it requires no explanation. It’s fantasy, after all. Just as you don’t have to provide a metaphysical explanation for the existence of a talking snowman, neither would you need to explain why one sister in “Frozen” was Latina, the other white and their dead mother Asian…a fantasy world just is. The strength of the story is all that matters.
Well, Amina Lugman, if it really does not matter for kids who is black and who is white, why does that matter in your case?
So I think that the “Frozen” characters should be changed according to politically correct standards.
The King is a gay and the Queen is a lesbian. They adopted two daughters. Anna is a black transgender and Elsa is an Asian paraplegic.
Kristoff is an environmentalist, deaf mute and communicates with his reindeer, Sven, using sign language.
Sven grew up in an abusive family and is on an endangered species list.
Hans, instead of the “Prince”, should be a community organizer that fights local oil drilling.
And snowman, Olaf, is a white straight guy whose nose is an organic, locally-grown carrot.
According to Mrs. Lugman the racial representation in fairy tales should reflect the actual population in the country where it is written.
So the brothers Grimm tales are not acceptable anymore considering today’s racial diversity in Germany; and in the US because American kids are reading these tales. Where are African Germans? Asian Germans? How about sexual orientation?
Have you read about any Muslims characters in these fairy tales?
Oh..my apologies! In the “Arabian nights” they are all Arabs! Even the genie is an Arab! My wild guess is because the tales were written by Arabs in an Arab country.
I would like to ask the author of the Tribune article to do research to determine if all fairy tales are reflecting all diversity in the world. And please don’t forget Native Americans and gender neutral people.
And on more suggestion to Mrs. Lugman: Why don’t you write politically-correct fairy tales? Lead by example so to speak? You are a writer, Mrs. Lugman. Why don’t you write a story with all the diversity you can imagine? After all it will be a fairy tale. Kids wouldn’t be asking questions like why are there two mommies? And where is daddy? And of course the children would take it as a given that in your story these mommies have black and Asian and maybe even white kids.
While I was writing this, a disturbing thought crossed my mind. I am Jewish. I remembered all these fairy tales like “Frozen” and “How to Train Your Dragon” and I do not recall seeing any Jewish heroes. Not even a reindeer! No one wearing a kippah!
Would kids be questioning if Kristoff or even Olaf wears a yarmulke? After all it is not any stranger than a black or Asian Norwegian princess.
Few Americans are probably aware that law enforcement authorities are free to seize their property even when they’ve done nothing wrong. But it’s a growing racket that needs to be shut down now.”
“Police Nabbing $5 Billion A Year From Legal Racketeering Called “Civil Forfeiture ” – See more at: http://truthyism.com/police-nabbing-5-billion-year-legal-racketeering-called-civil-forfeiture/#sthash.8GnFaZjF.dpuf
“Hey, here’s a great crime-fighting idea: Let’s give local police and prosecutors the authority to seize cash, cars, homes and other property from private citizens – without a court convicting those citizens of any crime. Without, in fact, even charging those citizens with any crime. Then let the authorities sell the goods and keep the proceeds for themselves.”
“Takings: Few Americans are probably aware that law enforcement authorities are free to seize their property even when they’ve done nothing wrong. But it’s a growing racket that needs to be shut down now.”
“In recent years, policing for profit – which looks a lot like a criminal enterprise -has raked in the spoils. The Justice Department’s forfeiture fund has gone from $94 million in 1986 to more than $1 billion today. State and local authorities also benefit richly, but it’s hard to know to what extent, as not all report their ‘profits’. We do know Philadelphia alone takes in about $6 million a year.”
Read More At Investor’s Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/081314-713180-policing-for-profit-needs-to-be-ended.htm#ixzz3G2idEfRJ
So my friends please be safe and don’t take money with you if you are on the road. Just in case you might be robbed or stopped by the police. If I would have to choose the lesser of two evils, I would prefer to be robbed. At least you can call 911!
Criminal inhumane policy of Turkey toward Kurdish minorities is inexcusable.
Turkish President Erdogan is accusing the world of not doing enough to fight ISIS while doing nothing to fight ISIS while keeping the Turkish Kurds from helping the Kurds in the border citry of Kobani Syria. All the while keeping Turkish tanks idle on the border.
Bad news, my fellow Americans. As if Global warming and the Tea party weren’t enough!
People are getting stupider. “Man’s brain has been gradually shrinking over the last 20,000 years, according to a new report.”
as they age, but when we compared brains from today with brains from the 1930s, 1960s and 1990s, we noticed an alarming trend – human brains are shrinking. ”People in the fields of politics, entertainment, blogging and the legal professions are experiencing even more shrinkage." http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/36154/human-brains-shrinking-at-alarmSo the brains of politicians, lawyers and entertainers are shrinking at an accelerated rate. I am sure you all can find some other examples.So my friends, if the trend continues, soon we'll be living on the planet of the apes.Just great.