Skye Thomas

Skye Thomas
Writer, Rebel, and Soapbox Ranter

Monday, June 20, 2005

Self-Confident Images vs Reality

Today's articles all involve people wanting to come across as self-confident and what it takes to make that a reality....

Prevent Early Bald Spots
If there is one non-life threatening medical condition, other than impotence, which all men have a mortal fear of, it is baldness. Hair loss can cause many psychological problems in men, ranging from high stress levels, to low self-esteem and depression. Thankfully for most men, modern medicine provides new treatments that help delay hair loss. The important thing to remember is that by understanding some of the causal factors, one can actually take precautionary steps to prevent premature hair loss.

Exercise Boosts Breast Cancer Survival
If you have breast cancer and have undergone treatment for it, there's one more thing you can do to increase the odds you'll survive the disease: exercise. The good news is that you don't have to run marathons to reap the benefits: Women who spent three to five hours of walking or two hours of jogging a week cut their risk of death from breast cancer by 50 percent, according to a study in the May 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Outside View: Women as minorities
In spite of the bloody events and worrying transformations that many countries in the Middle East are suffering because of the Western campaign against Arabs and Muslims, important issues in Arab development process are being raised. The issue of women as a social gender is one raised not only by Arab women not only through their strife for equal opportunities; but also through important activities such as the World Economic Forum in Jordan and Women in Business International Forum in Damascus. These events coincide with the success of the Arab women in Kuwait in restoring their right to vote. Obviously, the issue of women, like any other issue in the world, has its true protagonists who believe in it because of religious, social and political reasons; and has, on the other hand, people who trade with it as a kind of propaganda for their regimes, countries or policies.

Dealing with sex assaults
Her first thought was to laugh - not a typical reaction when about to be raped. But Rebekah, a college student from Wixom, could not believe what the man was trying to do.

Heeding the Past As She Looks To the Future
As she ran for Senate as a sitting first lady in 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton was facing an obstacle that her advisers found a bit awkward to discuss in her presence. Her husband's impeachment and the sexual affair that precipitated it were still recent memories. Now, that scandal was causing a headwind for the candidate as she found her own values questioned by a key segment of New York voters. This was the delicate subject on the table one evening at a White House strategy meeting, several participants recalled. The president gazed intently at poll data and then turned to his wife. "Women," he announced, "want to know why you stayed with me."

The Bush in the bubble
I once visited the "map room" of Philip II, King of Spain, and ruler of the (more or less known) world in the second half of the 16th century. Wandering this large chamber filled with maps from Philip's time in his grim, crusader palace-monastery, El Escorial, I found myself trying to imagine how he might have conceived of the New World his soldiers had claimed for him. Somewhere, thousands of miles beyond his sight, beyond what could possibly be imaginable in a 16th century Spanish castle, untold numbers of the Indian inhabitants of his New World realms were dying the grimmest of deaths - and this, not so long after Catholic thinkers had been arguing over whether such beings even had souls capable of conversion from heathenism. Mine was, of course, an impossible exercise, but the rulership of that one man, of that one mind locked within those stone walls and his limited universe, must even then have been an exercise in fiction, no matter that the results were painfully real.

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