NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

16th March, 1907 : As women in Britain continue their struggle for the vote, women in Finland had a real taste of political power today when they won their first seats in the Finnish Parliament. The deputies-elect belong mostly to the majority Social Democratic Party, but come from all social classes. Finland became the first European country to give women the vote last year. The Finnish women’s triumph is expected to add momentum to the suffragettes’ campaign in countries like Britain and America.

[ Figures for 2005 released by the state statistics agency showed alcohol killed more people aged 15 to 64 than cardiovascular disease or cancer. Almost as many women died of alcohol-related causes as breast cancer last year. About 2,000 Finns died of alcohol-related causes last year – 150 more than in previous years. Each Finn drank on average the equivalent of 10.5 litres (22 pints) of pure alcohol in 2005. Alcohol was also found to be a contributory factor in suicides, and intoxication is involved in nearly one in four deaths caused by accidents or violence, the figures showed.]

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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