The legalization of marijuana is the topic which keeps returning like a boomerang in all discussions about legalizing this substance in Poland, causing controversy and disagreement between politicians and citizens. Interestingly enough, the discussions about marijuana are increasingly associated with the need for legalizing this drug for recreational purposes.
“Women are weaker, are smaller and less intelligent” and should be paid less – is the gender pay gap really justifiable?
On average, women are paid 18-24% less for the same job than men; and it should not be so.
The statistics have it: as full-time workers women are paid on average only 76-82% of what men are paid for the same kind of job. The recent sexist tirade of Janusz Korwin-Mikke, a Polish MEP, about women being inferior to men and deserving smaller pay has met with an outburst of protest in Europe. But should it be so? Should the pay gap be sustained on the basis that “women are weaker, are smaller and less intelligent” just as Korwin-Mikke said in the EP? No, it should not; nobody should be paid less for the same amount of work, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or disability.
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Despite its controversial politics and bizarre practices, PETA remains the largest animal rights organisation in the world which takes great care of animals’ well-being and everybody should acknowledge its contribution.
This year the Eurovision Contest is cloaked in a scandal unfolding around the Russian contestant. The Russian Eurovision participant, Julia Samoilova, should be banned from entering the territory of Ukraine as the Eurovision 2017 host country. And while Russia tries to dictate its rules, Ukraine has to deal with Eurovision attacks.
Recent transformations in the structure and coverage of public media is a result of the political interference of the ruling Law and Justice party. The implemented changes, rather than cherishing the mission of public service, show a huge disregard for the basic values of impartiality and pluralism the public broadcaster should adhere to.
Polish national media are increasingly climbing the rankings of the least reliable sources of news in democratic Europe that not only breach the basic principles of objectivity but also threaten democracy. With the bill giving full control over the appointments of the most important people in the state media signed by President Andrzej Duda, Polish national TV has become an official channel for the government’s ideology. The bill also automatically removes the previous board members, leaving the offices for the agents of Poland’s current reign. The regulation puts the PAP news agency and Polish national radio and television in the same row of fully controlled organizations as other state-owned cultural institutions, including the Polish opera or museums. This attack on objectivity has faced a lot of criticism and generated considerable confusion among the public.
With the second weekend of Coachella 2017 drawing to an end, it’s time to ask the question what makes people go to this major festival, or more importantly, what makes others not.
At first sight, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, seems like the place to be. Palms, great weather, fashionably dressed people walking around the festival grounds, famous musicians performing on multiple stages and the view of the famous big wheel, which looks great during the sunset, are the things that make Coachella very attractive and popular around the world.
Transwomen are women. Yet, still to this day many deny them access to belonging in this category. We are slowly noticing some signs of trans visibility in the media but the progress is slow, just like in our society. Now that the trans topic has been brought into discussion, many question the legitimacy of Trans people. What are they? How should we treat them? Which gender are they in reality? How do we get past the idea of their assigned gender and accept them in their present one? All of these questions are discussed but rarely with Trans individuals themselves. We should start questioning why it is for us to choose someone’s validity (or rather it isn’t). Continue reading
It is common knowledge that people have started to make smart food choices. The pervasiveness of buying locally is especially visible on social networking sites, city billboards, local newspapers and the like. People simply crave good quality product, to which one can include local products. For many, good quality has ample meanings, and it is difficult to decide what the word quality stands for.
Words like freshness, sustainability, taste or even proximity may match the definition. Many people agree unanimously that the closer the food is produced, the better. Local food, by definition, is produced near its point of consumption. Unquestioningly, a hallmark of today’s food quality is: proximity. Many people would, therefore, promote buying local food. However, some people take a dim view of buying local food.
However, there is more to this seemingly reasonable explanation of not buying local food than meets the eye. Therefore, we should forget for a moment about this fuddy-duddy idea of not buying local and take a fresh look at a different perspective. In my consideration, people should buy local food for the sake of the economy, health and ultimately the environment.
The Dark Restaurant is the only restaurant in Poland that gives you a unique opportunity to eat dinner in inky blackness. Located in Poznań, the locale seems to be an interesting alternative to regular eating places. Unfortunately, apart from the experience, it does not have much to offer.
The concept of space exploration and aliens residing on other planets easily boosts people’s imagination and creativity. That’s why it’s a recurrent theme in the cinema, coming back every now and then, usually in a couple of movies in a row. In 2016, filmmakers regaled space fanatics with productions such as “Arrival” or “Passengers”, which were relatively light productions, with the former one being a nostalgic story of friendship between humans and aliens and the latter a rather cheesy romance set in space. However, last week Hollywood released a piece that falls into the thriller/horror-like category of si-fi movies. Although, the film is not too brutal and there is no major bloodshed, it certainly triggers the feeling of anxiety and it may even make you jump out of your seat two or three times.