How many guns are too many guns? What’s wrong, what’s right, and why it matters.

By Ruth Limkin I’m intrigued. Today I read the following statement by a NSW Greens MP, David Shoebridge, “It is simply wrong that individuals can accumulate an unlimited number of deadly weapons with next to no scrutiny.” Shoebridge is introducing legislation into the NSW parliament to limit the number of guns that can legally be owned. It seems the magic figure is three, although why he … Continue reading How many guns are too many guns? What’s wrong, what’s right, and why it matters.

Cotton On, porn isn’t acceptable

Published in the Courier Mail 18 Jan 2012 By Ruth Limkin Australian students gained a brand new case study on business ethics and public relations last week. Typo, the stationery store owned by Cotton On, had a back to school sale but customers looking for school stationery were also confronted with a “Porn is my Saviour” travel mug. Typo also had an A4 notebook with … Continue reading Cotton On, porn isn’t acceptable

Things Typo taught me this week

What an interesting week it’s turned out to be, far more so than I would have guessed. After a week of ignoring customer complaints – including mine – Typo have finally, happily, emailed me. A spokesperson from their parent company, Cotton On Group, said: “I can confirm we are undertaking a voluntarily withdrawal of the below products- Campus A5 notebook / BULLSEYE Iphone sticker / BULLSEYE … Continue reading Things Typo taught me this week

Dear eight year old girl. I saw you in Typo.

By Ruth Limkin Dear eight year old girl, I saw you three days ago but never got to meet you. We were both in Typo. I was there to talk to the store manager. I imagine you were there to buy stationery. After all, Typo had been advertising a back to school range. I ended up pointing you out to the store manager. You see, … Continue reading Dear eight year old girl. I saw you in Typo.

“Why are you doing this to me?”: The anguish of a 6 year old

By Ruth Limkin Warning: the following is hard to read. Don’t plunge into this post without first readying yourself to do so…. Her name is Srey Pov.  When she was 6 years old, she was sold to a brothel. The brothel owners spread her legs apart, tied her naked to a bed, and sold her virginity  to a Western man. Recalling her rape that night, … Continue reading “Why are you doing this to me?”: The anguish of a 6 year old

Weeping softly: why we should never abandon women

By Ruth Limkin The tragedy is almost too much. Perhaps it actually is. The heartbreaking news from a Melbourne hospital detailed an abortion that took the life of a healthy twin at 32 weeks gestation. It had been meant to take the life of the twin whom doctors had diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. The article read: A friend of the woman said the … Continue reading Weeping softly: why we should never abandon women

The slavery of freedom: what a 19 year old’s virginity teaches us about ourselves

By Ruth Limkin I was disturbed as I read the article. A young woman was being offered to the highest bidder for four days. Four days of sexual servitude. Four days in which she will lose her virginity as a commodity to a man who has little interest in loving her. Four days in which she is effectively bonded to him, because he has money … Continue reading The slavery of freedom: what a 19 year old’s virginity teaches us about ourselves

The biggest problem with boat people

By Ruth Limkin Sometimes it seems there’s so many issues in the world, with so little time to learn about them. We know that there’s more than meets the eye, and that relying on mainstream media soundbites and headlines rarely makes for a well informed view. For many of us, the arrival of ‘boat people’ – better referred to as asylum seekers – is one … Continue reading The biggest problem with boat people

Not what you think: the real revolution from Steve Jobs

By Ruth Limkin I saw the news that Steve Jobs had passed away on my iPad. It was sad to hear of a man who met his end early, leaving behind a wife, children, and friends. Much has already been written about his innovation, and his ability to create products that people loved. There’s no doubt he was a brilliant creator. While I was someone … Continue reading Not what you think: the real revolution from Steve Jobs

Nothing to complain about, much to consider – reflecting on Somalia

By Ruth Limkin My comfortable Sunday afternoon was afflicted. I have been aware of the enormity of the famine in Somalia, like most of us who have internet access, although I suspect that I largely fail to comprehend it. How can I imagine the pain of starving to death, when I live in Australia and have the luxury of choosing what to eat? I have … Continue reading Nothing to complain about, much to consider – reflecting on Somalia