Left, Right and Centre: Episode 32 – None of /our/ names are Prince, actually

15Oct09

The Left, Right, and Centre minstrels returned for another hour of radio tomfoolery (all in moderation, of course!), ready to jive their way through the week in politics! Yes, indeed.

Actually, the above was false, as, owing to a rather slow news week, the gentlemen opted to examine one issue not really in the news per se, and another in the news some time ago. But anyway… it was all done in good spirits and the show wasn’t nearly as dirty as the week previous.

Get your filthy hands off my organ(s)!

Inspired by a particularly delightful tutorial attended by both Chris and Mateo, the issue of organ donation came up. Namely, opt-out organ donation (i.e. it becoming the default, with people given the right to withdraw from the scheme). The discussion touched on the delicacies separating consent and coercion, as well as mentioning schemes present in other nations. Opt-out systems in Europe range from:

  • “Hard”, where the views of close relatives are not taken into account, as in Austria; to
  • “Soft”, where the views of relatives are sought, as in Spain (in fact, in Spain the relatives of potential donors are always approached by someone specifically trained for the purpose).

While it may seem a wonderful idea on the surface, there exists no definitively clear evidence that opt-out organ donation systems are responsible for higher rates of donation around the world. Enough to discredit the idea? Let the LRC chaps put it all out there.

Note: Our discussion neglected the mention the interesting system in place in the United States, or ‘required request/referral’. Making it illegal, as well as ‘irresponsible and immoral’ to disconnect a brain-dead individual from a ventilator without first enquiring if the individual’s organs and tissue could be used for transplantation. Fancy that, world-leading ‘Mericans!

 

The curious case of ‘burqinis’ in France

Though being in the news some time before we got around to talking about it, Left, Right, and Centre thought it high time to discuss the ‘burqini’, the curious amalgamation of bikini and burqa that has become the symbolic representation over the debate in France about whether to ban religious paraphernalia in public. Ostensibly, the issue came to a head earlier this year when a Muslim woman was prevented from wearing a ‘burqini’ in a public swimming pool. The woman claimed the ban was for political reasons, whereas the pool management called it an issue of hygiene. The incident represents a rather larger issue of dress for Muslim women in France.

In 2004, the government of Jacques Chirac passed a law banning ostentatious religious symbols or clothing, permitting smaller ones. In June of this year, current President Nicolas Sarkozy called the burqa a sign not of religion, but of subservience. He said that it would never be welcome on the territory of the (secular) French Republic (which one are they up to now…? No revolution for a while) – and at the same speech announced his intentions to eventually ban the burqa. This has been met with general hostility from France’s sizable Muslim minority, and differing reactions from other religions and ethnicities.

Note: Mr. Sarkozy was one of the ~200 people nominated for this year’s Nobel Prize for Peace, won by… find out next week, on left, Right, and Centre!

 

Rapid Fire News

Saltwater crocodile jailed for 3 days for ‘loitering’ in Northern Territory

Bangladesh rewards man who killed 83,000 rats

Man jailed for car theft on first date

‘Pee before you fly policy of Japanese airline

Wisconsin Tourism Federation changes name after penny drops

I auctioned Grandma on eBay

Ralph Magazine’s 100,000 missing inflatable breasts turn up in Melbourne

Miss Singapore World resigns after lingerie fraud

 

Gameshow

Some people don’t like it, it’s systematically rigged against Tim, but we don’t care (well, Tim sort of does).

 

Choons:

Tim played My Name is Prince, by the artist formerly known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince.

Mateo played Andrew by psych-punks Crystal Antlers.

Chris played Minotaur by super-serious Aussie band the Drones.

Chris also played Battery in Your Leg by Blur, as a tribute.

At the time of writing, I seem to remember Casey’s song being cut for being rubbish us not having enough time.

 

Until next time, then.  Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Team LRC out!

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