Dec 10, 2008

No Fundraising for Exclusive Diseases [LINK]

The Canadian National Post, November 25, 2008:

The Carleton University Students' Association has voted to drop a cystic fibrosis charity as the beneficiary of its annual Shinearama fundraiser, supporting a motion that argued the disease is not "inclusive" enough.

Cystic fibrosis "has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men" said the motion read Monday night to student councillors, who voted almost unanimously in favour of it.

(via Critical Mass)

Dec 4, 2008

Call it what it is [LINK]

A letter to my local paper, The Concord Journal:

An article concerning a CD release by local musician Robert Grappel describes the autoharp inaccurately as "an American folk instrument that looks like a trapezoidal box with strings across it." Correction: in fact, an autoharp is a trapezoidal box with strings across it.