"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

"This isn't right. This isn't even wrong." - Wolfgang Pauli, on a paper submitted by a physicist colleague

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Exiles: Iran Jews to wear yellow ribbons - "Iranian expatriates reveal that ‘National Uniform Law’ authorized by Iranian parliament includes clause obligating Iranian Jews to wear yellow ribbon; Christians, other minority members to wear colored ribbons as well. ‘If law passes non-Muslims’ lives will become intolerable "
They're gonna be wearing the Star of David soon.

The Simpsons as philosophy - "The Simpsons is more than a funny cartoon, it reveals truths about human nature that rival the observations of great philosophers from Plato to Kant... while Homer sets his house on fire, says philosopher Julian Baggini."

Students see red over Mao send-up - "A mob of angry Chinese students protested at Massey University yesterday after Chairman Mao was lampooned on the cover of the student newspaper... Students said the issue is racist and the last straw, as many have also suffered verbal abuse on the streets of Palmerston North... UCOL student Xing Tang said Chaff staff are ignorant of Chinese culture. "Chairman Mao is like Jesus to us," he said on the verge of tears... Yang Chenglin said students are proud of their Chinese culture. "Mao gave us independence. He's no more a killer than George Washington or George W Bush. "He is the father of China - without Mao, there is no China.""
They've learned their lesson well.

The rise and rise of convenience food - "There is now such a thing, though I couldn't find any at my local supermarket, as precooked, microwaveable bacon. You know what? Regular bacon is microwaveable. And how do they precook precooked bacon? They microwave it. That's right: they're selling partially microwaved bacon, bacon which shaves precious seconds off your valuable microwaving time, bacon which has a six-month shelf-life at room temperature, and which is by all accounts disgusting. How much would you have to despise food to purchase such a thing?"

The junk food smugglers - "She claims that three boys in her year are selling junk food to fellow pupils. And it seems that they are cartelising the market: one boy sells crisps, another chocolate, and the third sweets - "chewy sweets and hard sweets and things like that," says the pupil, who asked not to be identified. "Our school has a healthy eating policy, so the shop and the canteen stopped selling crisps and things. Not long after, these three boys kind of took things over. Now we all know where to go if we want something like that to eat." To avoid detection, the boys deal their goods from their schoolbags, in the toilets or in the furthest reaches of the playground, she says."

Lobo Solitario Español - "Regards the last 4 Lone Wolf gamebooks, I am sure I will complete them at some time as I have already mapped out the adventures. But it is unlikely it will be some time soon as I am now working as consultant designer for a Lone Wolf RPG video game. It is being developed by a company called Ksatria Gameworks who are based in Singapore, and it is scheduled for release in Summer 2007."
Wah.

202 lawyers called to the bar, CJ welcomes increase - "it must not be forgotten that law is not an ordinary occupation but a vocation committed to justice"
So how come no one thinks lawyering is noble, aside from students doing interviews?

How to become a Power Ranger - "Step 1: Be part of a multicultural co-ed group of at least 5 friends. Exception: No Hispanics, Jews, or gays."

Swedish Jews, Muslims join forces - "Swedish Jews have joined forces with their Muslim counterparts to protest laws that outlaw religious slaughter making the production of Kosher and Halal meat illegal. Sweden is the only EU country today where slaughter according to the rules of kashrut and halal is legally prohibited."

Every Breath Bernanke Takes - "Columbia Business School Spring 2006 Follies spoof on The Police's "Every Breath You Take" featuring imitation Dean Glenn Hubbard and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke"

Why We Hate Macs - "Ease of Use -- When it comes to ease of use, Windows XP tops the charts. Not only does it have a layout that's easily understood, the OS includes a comprehensive help database to assist you, and programs to help you with everything from networking to CD burning to installing new programs; something that is yet to be seen in OS X."
The pictures are a hit - SPAM: Students Protest Against Macintosh

Dairy product tie to having twins - "New research suggests that a diet high in dairy products can greatly increase a woman's chances of having twins."

Sex Education in Asia - "Pay close attention to the position of your good friend's anus to avoid mistaken insertions, which will result in unpleasant sensation. Adjust penis to a horizontal position and insert it into the ass crack. Adjust the position to find the most comfortable position. With force, rub forward and backward, until climax. If skin is chaffing, use some lubricant."

Singapore Urban Legends - "The best quote came from the recently deceased S Rajaratnam, then Second Deputy Prime Minister in Papalee's cabinet. Said the man wrote the national pledge: "If this is an attempt by voters to blackmail the government, to compromise on important issues or principles, then we must show them we cannot be blackmailed. No government should succumb to blackmail." That was the most chilling quote from the 1984 election, and it didn't come from Papalee."
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