UK pay rises – nurses: 1%, MPs: 11%, bankers: 35%

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

The government has just announced an average increase of 0%-1% in pay for doctors, nurses and other public sector workers:

Pay decisions announced for NHS staff and other public sector workers

This comes after bankers got an average of 35% (not even including their bonuses) and MPs gave themselves an 11% pay rise:

average UK pay rises

Interestingly, the police got nothing at all.

Punishment for plebgate perhaps?


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Lebanon featured in All Love is Equal | Interview

Hummus For Thought

gl_52aff93f-4f2c-47c5-86f9-211e0af4b6c2 The Lebanese picture that was featured in Braden Summer’s “All Love is Equal” Photoshoot

A couple of weeks ago, we were all surprised to see that Lebanon was among the locations used by Braden Summers in his “All Love is Equal” photoshoot showcasing 15 LGBT couples from around the world. The Lebanese one features two beautiful women modeling as a Lesbian couple in a traditional Lebanese house. I was curious to know more about it so I got a hold of Braden and asked him a couple of questions.

How did you come up with the idea of All Love is Equal and what are you hoping to achieve with it?

“All Love is Equal” is a photographic series that challenges the social construct of “iconic romance.” It is meant to call attention to the lack of commercial imagery that focuses on the idealization of same-sex couples. A…

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Afghan Women’s Writing Project | She Is …

She is …

Not to be sold, used or exchanged,

Not a piece of paper or clean, white fabric to become soiled.

Put yourself in her place,

just for an hour. Wear the burqa.

Walk on Kabul’s streets. Feel

how difficult it is to be an Afghan woman. Think

about those days when you harassed her for no logical reason.

She is not a commodity to be hidden,

under black Hijab.

Worthless people do not know the worth

of others.

By Saifora

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | She Is ….

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New Hampshire Is On Track to Repeal the Death Penalty – The Wire

Three House members whose relatives had been murdered maintained their support for the bill. Rep. Renny Cushing, whose father and brother-in-law were killed in separate incidents, said, “If we let those who kill turn us into killers then evil triumphs, violence triumphs and things just get worse.”

via New Hampshire Is On Track to Repeal the Death Penalty – The Wire.