"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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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

"There is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income." - Edmund Wilson

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Why Are Christians Having Better Sex Than the Rest of Us? - "Once you factor out venereal diseases, there’s almost nothing better for you than regular sex. Judging from the many studies on the subject, a daily romp is healthier than yoga, a five-mile run, and a handful of multivitamins combined. Sex has been shown to ameliorate memory, posture, depression, anxiety, insomnia, menstrual cramps, digestion, bladder control, dental health, and the sense of smell... The most comprehensive study of American sexual behavior ever undertaken (published by the University of Chicago and marketed under the notably non-arousing title The Social Organization of Sexuality) found that, in fact, “having a religious affiliation was associated with higher rates of orgasm for women.” The devout are actually having better sex than the rest of us. So maybe it’s worth listening to the megachurch pastor. Ed Young says compulsory, scheduled sex will improve your marriage."

girls in military uniforms - "It's finally done! You are looking for the most BEAUTIFUL or IMPRESSIVE WOMAN in MILITARY UNIFORMS Representing NATIONS all over the world. Relax because this is a NON SEXUAL site, NO NUDITY at all. Sit down and enjoy."

Beyond Suspicion? - Review - "FRANCIS Seow’s third book is a savage and unmerciful critique of Singapore’s judicial system. He provides convincing evidence that the Singapore court system is basically the play-thing of former Prime Minister (currently Minister Mentor) Lee Kuan Yew, through which he toys with and destroys his enemies at his leisure; corrupting the Bench, the legal profession, the police and the profession of journalism on the way through."
Time to sue some people... Unfortunately this is also in the NUS and NLB catalogue, so those institutions must be taken down for contempt of court too!

Ugandan men warned of 'booby trap' after chloroform attacks - "Several were knocked out by chloroform smeared on women's chests by criminal gangs... "You find the person stripped totally naked and everything is taken from him. And the victim doesn't remember anything. He just remembers being in the act of romancing."... Mr Enanga added that the police had first came across the practice last year, when they apprehended a thief called Juliana Mukasa, whom he described as "a very dangerous lady.""

Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard - ""Just press both sides of the wheel concurrently, centre click and there - you have an alphabetical listing of every file in your hard drive. Everything is just a few hundred clicks away." Apple's calling the Macbook wheel the most intuitive product ever designed... "I'll buy almost anything that's shiny and made by Apple"... [He] spent 45 minutes typing an email to his friend... ... It remains to be seen if the Wheel will catch on in the Business World where people use computers for actual work and not just dicking around"

Scientists dismiss 'detox myth' - "The charitable trust Sense About Science reviewed 15 products, from bottled water to face scrub, and found many detox claims were "meaningless". Anyone worried about the after-effects of Christmas overindulgence would get the same benefits from eating healthily and getting plenty of sleep, they said."

MM Lee says S'pore needs more diversity to cater to different strengths of students - "Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has said the country needs to become a more diverse economy, providing students with different outlets that fit their strengths and interests."
I'm sure there's some Chinese proverb about how the way things are at the bottom following how they are at the top.

YouTube - 爆笑ローションカーリング - "大笑い"
Middle-aged man slides over a long row of slippery, bikini-clad women lying on the floor. The women then stuff mens' shorts with apples. Maybe this is what a Soapland is like. Damn Japs.

Disneyland with the Death Penalty. - "In truth, Singapore is one of the most dystopian places in the world, in light of the government policies enacted and its leaders' choice of action. And nothing displays it more than this comic strip over here"

Holes give edge to new MoD armour - "Unexpectedly, the MoD team has given the armour a protective advantage by introducing holes into it. According to scientist Professor Peter Brown, these perforations help deflect incoming projectiles... "You shouldn't think of them as holes, you should think of them as edges. When a bullet hits an edge, it gets deflected, and turns from a sharp projectile into a blunt fragment - which is much easier to stop. It doubles the ballistic performance and halves the weight.""
This is incredibly fascinating because it is so counter-intuitive

The Nature-Nurture Debate, Redux - "If sociologists ignore genes, will other academics — and the wider world — ignore sociology? Some in the discipline are telling their peers just that. With study after study finding that all sorts of personal characteristics are heritable — along with behaviors shaped by those characteristics — a see-no-gene perspective is obsolete... It is even possible to identify sociology departments in which gene-environment interactions amount to a subfield: Chapel Hill, for one. Its department boasts at least five tenured scholars who write on the subject, and it offers a graduate seminar on genes and society... sociologists may shun genes because they secretly fear that genes are more powerful than they actually are... Just two years ago, in his presidential address to the American Sociological Association, Troy Duster, an eminent sociologist at New York University, went so far as to suggest that any sociologist who embraced genetic approaches was a traitor to the discipline... Why spend millions searching for a predisposition to alcoholism among Native Americans, he asked, when their mistreatment and oppression offered explanation enough?... Nothing makes it easier on "imperializing" fields that already disrespect sociology, Freese writes — he mentions economics and behavioral genetics — "than an incisive, significant, and easily explained flaw shared by an entire literature.""
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