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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Links - 26th May 2012

"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life." - Immanuel Kant


Put Away The Bell Curve: Most Of Us Aren't 'Average' - "Human performance, by this account, does not often fit the bell curve or what scientists call a normal distribution. Rather, it is more likely to fit what scientists call a power distribution... a sizable number in the group were superstars. These superstars, moreover, accounted for much of the success of the group as a whole. The vast majority of the others in the group, Aguinis said, were actually performing below the mathematical average"
Most people are mediocre

STOMP - Singapore Seen - Chivalry is dead? Not a single man offered us women a seat, says female commuter
Comments: "I guess the men in the mrt car were all staunch supporters of women's EQUAL RIGHTS. HaHaha"
"When females act like ladies gentlemen will act like gentlemen. Saying please thank you excuse me and be lady like, expect to be treated like a lady. Otherwise your just annoying."
"Chivalry IS dead.... Women killed it."
Of course, AWARE is not going to comment on this

Queen owns a McDonald's - "Among Her Majesty's most recent acquisitions was a retail park in Slough - which encompasses a drive-through McDonalds"

Zimbabwean MPs to be circumcised as part of AIDS campaign - "All 150 male members of the 175-strong group have all committed to being circumcised, while its female members are encouraging their husbands and boyfriends to undergo the procedure."
At the same time, the females should also get circumcised and the men should urge their wives and girlfriends to do the same

That Mitchell and Webb Look - Diana Assassination - YouTube

Bust-Reducing Bras See Strong Sales In Japan, Women May Prefer Slim Figure Over Big Breasts - "According to a survey conducted by Wacoal in September 2011 asking women aged 20-40 what they look for when choosing a bra, 10% answered they want a bra that makes them look slimmer, with some women citing that a big bust makes them look fat."

How To Win A Culture War And Lose A Generation « Thought Catalog - "one of the top reasons 59 percent of young adults with a Christian background have left the church is because they perceive the church to be too exclusive, particularly regarding their LGBT friends. Eight million twenty-somethings have left the church, and this is one reason why"

Hong Kong Glued to ‘Bride Wannabes’ - "Hong Kong’s demographics means a lot of potentially lonely female hearts: women outnumber men 10 to 9, according to 2010 UN statistics. The number of single, unmarried women in Hong Kong has been on the rise: between 1996 and 2009, the number of such women jumped by nearly 50%. “Hong Kong is facing a great sense of crisis among both men and women”... it’s since spread to the mainland, where the number of single, college-educated, financially independent women has been on the rise. In Shanghai for example, the number of unmarried women between ages 20 and 50 has experienced what the nationalist tabloid Global Times calls “ominous growth,” to the point that today, there are over half a million of them. (Unlike Hong Kong, the gender ratio on the mainland is heavily skewed with a glut of men: 108 men per 100 women, according to the UN)... “After watching this show, narcissistic materialistic girls will become even more narcissistic and materialistic, and those who aren’t will be brainwashed to become that way”"

UK police to investigate Muslim scholar's call for martyrdom - "A controversial Islamic scholar told an audience in Manchester this week that it was it was right to fight Israel and that "martyrdom" in Israel was just. Azzam Tamimi, director of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought and a leading member of the Muslim Association of Britain, was speaking at the Expo-Islamia, which was attended by more than 8,000 people at an arena in central Manchester. The daylong event on Sunday, entitled, "A Call To Humanity," was designed to "present Islam to Muslims and non-Muslims, to call for the promotion of the common good for humanity and clarify the role and responsibility of Muslims living as minorities in the West"... Ahmed Khabir, spokesman for Expo-Islamia, said before the event that individual views held or professed in the past had nothing to do with the event and that speakers would not stray into "extremist subjects." In BBC interview eight months before the 7/7 terrorist attacks on London in 2005, Tamimi made it clear to journalist Tim Sebastian that would be prepared to go to Israel and carry out a suicide attack... Other speakers at the expo included Dr. Zakir Naik, president of the Islamic Research Foundation in Mumbai, India, who has reportedly said it was blasphemous for Muslims to wish Christians a Happy Christmas, as it acknowledges Jesus as a son of God. Also among the speakers was leading Respect Party member Yvonne Ridley, a journalist who was incarcerated by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 1994 and is now a Moslem convert and political editor of Muslim Channel, the biggest Muslim satellite channel in Europe. In June she caused controversy when she called for Muslims to "boycott the police and refuse to cooperate with them in any way, shape or form"... Organizers said the expo was a multifaith event, with other religious groups invited to attend. However Jewish community leaders were not invited and representatives of other faiths said they had not heard of the event"

Legally Obliging Filial Piety - "One attempt to evade the common requirement of volition in legal relationships – in the case of Singaporean parents and their children – has been to liken this peculiar relationship to the special relationship between the individual and the state... this analogy fails to account for the fact that in any democratic state, citizens can choose their governments through the election process, collectively remove them from power, and even relocate abroad. Children, if unhappy with their parentage, do not have similar powers to ‘choose’ their parents... Parents have a direct, personal and universally recognised fiduciary obligation to care for their children. The state’s obligations to its citizens are far less clear. In essence, the Singaporean state is imposing a debt on a person to provide care against his or her will, following the provision of care by his or her parents, who had a fiduciary duty to do so, anyway... It embodies a particular Singaporean phenomenon, where whenever a person runs out of explanations for a particular policy – whether it is a proposed bill or a canteen rule – they will scratch their heads and simply say: “You don’t get it, it’s Asian values lah”... after a month of hearing this rebuttal, I began to suspect that it was merely a convenient strategy to protect poor policy from criticism, under the mask of cultural sensitivity. When one dares to probe further, it becomes evident that the Act does not serve, and perhaps may even circumvent, its professed aims... A cynical observer will argue that the Singaporean Government is trying to pass the buck of elderly care to those who can be culturally pressured into accepting it. With the cost of healthcare, property and general living in Singapore escalating, it is a convenient political tactic to scapegoat responsibility for providing for the elderly"

Actress Felicia Chin: S’pore men are shallow and arrogant - "she thinks that local men materialistic and shallow... Well-known etiquette consultant Teo Ser Lee felt that Chin's comments were "a sweeping generalisation" [as] she has met many Singaporean men over the course of work who are "down-to-earth, humble, and work hard for every dollar". "I don't know who are the people she (Chin) hangs out with"... "It's unfair to label Singaporean men as that. There are also women who only know how to buy big handbags." Popular radio deejay Lin Pei Fen said the traits described by Chin are not specific to just Singaporean men. "Male species of any kind need to be suitably arrogant in order to fight for survival, lead or attract mates," the 30-year-old reasoned. Besides, she said, arrogance, when portrayed correctly, can be a plus point. "I am attracted by men who can be arrogant when he needs to be." As for Chin's charge that some local men in their 20s are too pre-occupied with "wealth and what they have on the outside", Lin felt that this is necessary trait for "living in Singapore". Another local deejay, Dennis Chew, defended Chin, saying "women are by nature, more mature than men". Chin is one of Chew's godchildren. On reports in Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao which quoted Chin describing local men as being "fond of gossip", Chew, 38, reasoned, "It could be the men she's met. There may be more such men in the entertainment circle, due to the nature of the industry""

Pourquoi les femmes n’atteignent pas le Panthéon des cinéastes - "Cette étude se base sur les 250 films les plus populaires de 2011. Les femmes y représentaient 5% des réalisateurs seulement, et 18% de l’ensemble comprenant réalisateurs, producteurs exécutifs, scénaristes et autres directeurs de la photographie"
Si je ne réussis pas l'examen, c'est la faute du professeur

Pam seeks millionaire and says: I’m ready to lose my virginity at 70 - "Pam explained she does not believe in sex before marriage. And as she has stayed single there was no question of losing her virginity... "My standards are still very high, though. I’m hoping to bag a tall, dark and handsome millionaire""

Child Porn Decision Turns On Downloading Intent - "Child pornography cases should interest us all because they are at the cutting edge of electronic evidence cases. We will see the most salient legal issues tested in those cases first before the principles are applied to other areas of the law. People v. Kent demonstrates the necessity of analyzing the legal issues rather than focusing on the visceral recoil we experience at the offense. It is a good case to look at because the defendant was guilty in part and not guilty in part. The court held that some of the child pornography on his hard drive was possessed knowingly — the images in unallocated space — but the images stored in cache — in temporary Internet storage — were there without his knowledge and therefore not unlawful"

Un patron peut lire ''Mes documents'' - "Un fichier informatique intitulé "Mes documents", dans un ordinateur de bureau, n'est pas un fichier dont l'ouverture par un tiers entrainerait une atteinte à l'intimité de la vie privée"

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