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Posts by ShawnH  

Joined: 2 Jul 2009 / Male ♂
Last Post: 31 Dec 2020
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ShawnH   
19 Jul 2013
Life / English Speaking Doctors (Psychiatrist) in Poland? [14]

There was a link on the PF page that would have brought you to the Synapsis Group. If you can't make use of their services in Poznan, they may be able to refer you to somebody who is in Poznan that can service you in English.

en.synapsis.pl/Our-Psychotherapists-and-Psychiatrists-Proficient-in-English/
ShawnH   
13 Jul 2013
News / Poland -- an Indonesian's eye view [7]

My perspective would be probably closer to the authors, compared to a native or a long term resident who truly feels the vibe of the place on a daily basis.
ShawnH   
12 Jul 2013
History / Polish archaeologists unearth 'vampire grave' [18]

According to The News:

The last recorded instance of a vampire burial within current Polish borders was in the village of Stare Mierzwice, Masovia, in 1914. A corpse was dug up in the village, and the head was cut off and placed between the person's legs.

ShawnH   
11 Jul 2013
Travel / Rihanna complains about lack of privacy on Polish beach [150]

I would be more inclined to believe

Well, not being a professional etymologist, I will still stay away from the term unless I really want to be offensive. Why take the chance?

More importantly, If Rih-rih really wanted to have seclusion on a Polish Beach, where would she have gone?
ShawnH   
11 Jul 2013
Travel / Rihanna complains about lack of privacy on Polish beach [150]

Firstly the piece in the link was written in 2002, and as you know language and race relations, being as dynamic as they are, have a habit of changing as noted in the same piece. I think it is a stretch to say it is the most important part, however.

CBC's policy is to avoid mentioning skin colour, ethnic background, and so forth in news stories unless it's relevant. Racist and other insulting language is also shunned. But the corporation's Journalistic Standards and Practices handbook doesn't try to list objectionable words and phrases because, as noted in section 4.1 on Good Taste, "public acceptance in this area is always changing." A key question, then, is whether mulatto is intrinsically offensive.

Furthermore, it goes on to say that unless you are bi-racial, it may be wise to avoid the use of the word:

On the other hand, it may be best to avoid describing people as mulatto in news stories, not merely because the term originally meant mule but because it shores up pseudo-scientific attempts to classify us by blends of skin colour. People who identify themselves this way, of course, have every right to do so. But others have an equally valid prerogative to steer clear of the word, the same way they would give quadroon or octoroon a wide berth.

If one were to have a look at the Understanding Slavery Initiative website, they say the following:

Mulatto

Comes from the Spanish or Portuguese term for 'young mule'. A mule is a hybrid mix of a horse and a donkey. This term is derogatory in its use to depict people of mixed race or people of dual descent, most often of an enslaved Black female and a White man; mixed race women were often more privileged than the enslaved from Africa but still treated as second-class citizens; the term 'mulatto' was commonly used in the 18th century but is now considered derogatory and unacceptable today.

Suffice to say, not being a person of mixed-color multi-ethnicity, I am steering clear of the term mulatto.
ShawnH   
10 Jul 2013
Travel / Rihanna complains about lack of privacy on Polish beach [150]

There is virtual consensus on the origins of mulatto. Most lexicographers believe it comes from Spanish and Portuguese words for mule, which in turn are based on the Latin term for the same animal, mulus. The word was first used about 400 years ago to label children who had one black (African) and one white (European) parent. A mule, of course, is the offspring of a horse and a donkey.

I can understand why it might be considered offensive.
ShawnH   
9 Jul 2013
Travel / Rihanna complains about lack of privacy on Polish beach [150]

I don't know what the above has to do with this thread

It has nothing to do with the thread itself, but it now has a lot to do with the way the thread has developed. Smurf suggested the usage of the word "black" to describe Rhianna was racist on the part of the author.

You have said

Maybe in your part of the world mullato/mixed race is offensive, not in my mine part of the world

I am suggesting that "racist terms" are not necessarily interpreted the same way by all people in all cultures. Your acceptance of the term mulatto is akin to the use of the term zyd by these football fans. Both usages can be offensive to many people.
ShawnH   
9 Jul 2013
Travel / Rihanna complains about lack of privacy on Polish beach [150]

Maybe in your part of the world mullato/mixed race is offensive, not in my mine part of the world

So then the use of zyd in a football context shouldn't be offensive? Just a bunch of fun loving guys pro-jew and anti-jew having a lark over a game of footie?
ShawnH   
9 Jul 2013
History / 70th Anniversary of Sikorskis Death (Newark) [30]

And why did they secure the promise of free and fair elections in Poland (the same elections which Poles didn't bother to hold for 44 years)?

A promise is only as good as the person giving it. If more Poles had of turned out for elections in 1947 (at least those that weren't being actively persecuted / executed) it may have been harder for Stalin's goons to rig the election. But by jailing 80K people and "disqualifying" vast number of candidates, Stalin's thugs were able to report an 80% victory well before the election results were tabulated.
ShawnH   
9 Jul 2013
Travel / Rihanna complains about lack of privacy on Polish beach [150]

There is gawking and then there is being intrusive and disrespectful, I have noticed Poles do tend to get all weak at the knees when anyone famous comes to town, all common sense seems to go out of the window. I guess it all still quite new for them.

True both for Poles and for the Genteel folks of Paris...
youtu.be/Zx1RpHIkFFo
Or of London....
youtu.be/4W5qchY3Aro
Or of New York
youtu.be/aEHQY5lMo3w
ShawnH   
9 Jul 2013
Travel / Rihanna complains about lack of privacy on Polish beach [150]

Could you imagine a decent newspaper detailing such irrelevant information?

Firstly, the blog referenced in the OP is not pretending to be a "credible newspaper" It is just some guy's blog.

mulatto

I find this term highly racist. I prefer the terms bi-racial. incidentally, her father is the bi-racial one in the family. I believe she could be termed "of mixed heritage" if we are going to get all PC.

The Polish fans behaved without respect

How so, she should have been ingnored completely? Name one normally crowded beach in any Edit: largely mono-ethnic country in the world where she wouldn't have been gawked at.

she still deserves "me time"

If it was that important she should have bought a helicopter and gone some place a little more secluded.

Why is it needed?

I am not in the author's head, but I can imagine that since it is likely that "Marek" may be from Poland, a largely mono-cultural country, writing for a blog about Poland, to put her visit to the beach and the reaction her presence drew into some sort of context.

And why so many times?

See-above, and I disagree that twice is so many times. Got kids? When they ask for something they don't get it after the eighth time, that would be so many times. Twice? not so much.

Her race has nothing to do with the story. Simple as that.

It is simply contextual.

Racism is indeed the accepted norm here :(

I think at best, it may be a cultural sensitivity issue, more so than race.

TBH this isn't even a story.
ShawnH   
9 Jul 2013
Travel / Rihanna complains about lack of privacy on Polish beach [150]

Why does it emphasize her ethnicity and that of her minders/bodyguard so much and so often

From the linked news item:

2/ There are not many black girls in Poland so when one turns up on one of the busiest beaches in the country during the tourist season AND then brings her entourage with her AND that black girl happens to be one of the most famous women in the world then it suggests there's something of a disconnection between you and reality.

It uses the word "black" as an adjective. How much effect, and how truthful and how nonsensical would the following sentences have been: " There are not many girls in Poland". None. I am sure a white girl showing up at the beach would not have aroused much attention, even if she were famous (or infamous in Ri-ri's case). It doesn't even mention the race of her bodyguards / entourage, and they only get one mention.

Could you imagine a decent newspaper detailing such irrelevant information?Of course not.

I can't imagine too many newpapers considering this news at all. Woop-dee-doo, a "star" can't get a break from the throngs of fans / paparazzi.

Much ado about nothing.
ShawnH   
6 Jul 2013
News / Polish Dreamliners grounded again!? [27]

We prepared!:

Looks like Polish Air defence is in conjunction with some NATO Allies. Isn't Amerika in NATO too?
ShawnH   
6 Jul 2013
Life / Professional feminists' of Poland meet-up [630]

With the way things are going soon people will be able to marry their pets

Or maybe a foreign bridge?
metro.co.uk/2013/07/04/i-pronounce-you-bridge-and-wife-woman-marries-600-year-old-french-bridge-3869214/
ShawnH   
6 Jul 2013
News / Polish Dreamliners grounded again!? [27]

At least we are capable of building airliners who actually do fly.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
youtu.be/-cv2ud1339E
What do you mean "will"... I thought they were already?
ShawnH   
5 Jul 2013
Travel / Poland in photo riddles [3134]

What and Where?

My brother in law showed me this one time but my Memory isn't what it used to be. It looks like it is from around the 1800's. It is seems Italian influenced

I bet Mr. Grunwald knows what it is.
ShawnH   
30 Jun 2013
Travel / Poland in photo riddles [3134]

guess times, nationalities, units. Or whatever you can

you said yesterday you could see planes from where you live and that you wouldn't probably go. So my guess is they were taken some time today. Their nationality would likely be Polish, and they are young people.
ShawnH   
30 Jun 2013
Travel / Poland in photo riddles [3134]

Based on a review of the picture, one can find a person dressed in a German uniform behind the couple walking away from the photographer and could then surmise that she was a part of a re-enactment, as there are likely no longer active German forces garrisoned in Krakow. If one were to google re-enactments taking place in Krakow, one would find a picture dated June 26th, 2010.

One could assume then that the re-enactment takes place annually on the last weekend in June as part of the Aircraft Picknick, in Krakow.

Ergo, she would be a participant in a re-enactment of the invasion of Poland.
ShawnH   
29 Jun 2013
Travel / Poland in photo riddles [3134]

Final Answer is: Museum of Warsaw Uprising

You get a point.

Edit: make that two points because you found the photo upon which image on the bell was created!