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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Links - 27th October 2015

National Sleepy Head Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - "National Sleepy Head Day (Finnish: Unikeonpäivä) is celebrated in Finland on July 27 every year. Traditionally on this day, the last person in the house (also dubbed as the "laziest") to wake up is woken up using water, either by being thrown into a lake or the sea, or by having water thrown on them"

Notable & Quotable: Unfree Speech on Campus - WSJ - "The William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale recently commissioned a survey from McLaughlin & Associates about attitudes towards free speech on campus. Some 800 students at a variety of colleges across the country were surveyed. The results, though not surprising, are nevertheless alarming. By a margin of 51 percent to 36 percent, students favor their school having speech codes to regulate speech for students and faculty. Sixty-three percent favor requiring professors to employ “trigger warnings” to alert students to material that might be discomfiting. One-third of the students polled could not identify the First Amendment as the part of the Constitution that dealt with free speech. Thirty-five percent said that the First Amendment does not protect “hate speech,” while 30 percent of self-identified liberal students say the First Amendment is outdated"

This Dad Had The Best Response When His Son Said He Wanted To Go As Elsa From "Frozen" For Halloween - "“I woke up the next morning and I was like, ‘holy crap it’s been shared a couple thousand times,’” Henson said. “I couldn’t log into my Facebook.” And perhaps best of all, Henson said the messages he’s receiving are almost exclusively positive."
Why is it a good (more than okay - the son is being praised and celebrated) thing to change gender for Halloween but not change race?

"Coca-Cola Singapore Beverages to shut Tuas plant; commits US$100m investment - "COCA-COLA Singapore Beverages (CCSB) will wind down manufacturing operations at its bottling plant in Tuas, with full closure slated for February next year, but the firm has also committed to investing over US$100 million in Singapore over the next five years. "To better position itself for future growth, Coca-Cola is adjusting its strategy in Singapore to focus on high-value added services such as new technologies, innovation and research," said Stephen Lusk, chief executive of Coca-Cola Singapore Beverages & Coca-Cola Bottlers Malaysia. About 200 employees will be affected by the closure of the bottling plant in Singapore. Coca-Cola will be moving its bottling plant operations to Malaysia"
The Malaysians can't put palm oil in our Coke... can they?!

Game of Thrones fans 'responsible for stealing props from a Melbourne theatre' - "Police asked if people had seen 'a trio of aspiring thespians/thieves re-enacting a scene from Game of Thrones with rather realistic costumes?'."

Freakonomics » Are You Ready for a Glorious Sunset? A New Freakonomics Radio Episode - "EMANUEL: If you look at the data on doctors, most doctors don’t want a lot of these interventions for themselves. So there is actually a sort of paradox here that we do this for patients but when you ask us, “How do we want to be treated?” It turns out, “No, that’s not really for me. Leave me alone”...
Reinhardt is from Germany, and that’s where his father was, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
REINHARDT: So I actually called that German physician and I said, “So what are you going to do about it?” And he said, “Nothing.” And I said, “Are you kidding me?” And he said, “No, no, we’ll make him as comfortable as we can, but he will pass away in a couple of weeks.” So I called my Harvard friend and told them, “Shouldn’t I fly my dad over here and you guys can do something?” And he said, “Oh yeah, we could do stuff. We could probably buy him another three, four months, and he’d be in an ICU, full of tubes and a lot of pain.” He said, “I could do that, but do you want me to do that?” And then he said, “You know, this gruff German physician actually did you a great favor by simply communicating to you, ‘don’t even tell me what to do. I’m the doc and I’m telling you for the patient it is not a quality life worth doing that for.’” And here was this American physician telling me, “He’s a very good doctor because he didn’t put that burden on your shoulder. He took it on his shoulder.”"

Men lust for hourglass curves, say researchers - Telegraph - "in the Royal Society journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences, they analyse thousands of examples of British literature from the 16th to 18th centuries with Dr Peter Renn of Harvard University to show once again that what men find attractive today was also true hundreds of years ago: a narrow waist and thus an hourglass shape. "We searched the literature for any reference to a female waist and examined every passage that contained each such reference," said Prof Singh. "As a control, we also searched for the words breast, hip, buttocks, leg, thighs, slim and plump and compared how often the authors referred to these characteristics as attractive"... There was only one reference for large breasts and three for small breasts, whereas 12 descriptions referred to the roundness of the breasts. "Apparently, it is the shape (roundness - a sign of youthfulness)," said Prof Singh. The team also found the hourglass in ancient literature. Two ancient Indian epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana (first to third century), and Chinese sixth dynastic Palace poetry also link attractiveness with a wasp waist"

India porn ban: How the government was forced to reverse course - "India's telecoms ministry ordered internet service providers to block access to 857 websites hosting pornographic content. But not even the government could have predicted the scale and level of outrage that the order unleashed as Indians heaped criticism and scorn on the move... The ban had its genesis in a petition filed in India's Supreme Court by a lawyer seeking a complete ban on porn sites because, he argued, it was socially destructive and promoted violence against women. Watching porn, he said in his petition, puts the country's security in danger. It also propels men to commit sex crimes. The court's reaction was to criticise the government's inability to act against internet sites that promoted child pornography. The government's reaction was to ban porn sites... Indians are believed to be among the largest consumers of internet pornography - number four in a list of countries published by Pornhub, the world's largest pornographic video-sharing website, after the United States, Britain and Canada. In fact, there are suggestions the move may have had the opposite effect. One Indian website, Quint, notes that Google Trends recorded a sharp increase in keyword searches for pornographic content and porn stars over the past week... Some pointed out the irony of the ban in a country that gave the world the Kama Sutra, the ancient text on sexual etiquette and practice. Others wanted to know if the government planned to cover or block access to the country's centuries-old temples and cave art with sexually explicit sculptures and paintings... the government-run censor board came up with a large list of words that could no longer be spoken on screen - these included lesbian and Bombay (the old name for India's financial capital Mumbai)."

Waterloo 200 special | Podcast | History Extra - "Tim Blanning: Most of the bad things that happened in the 20th century derived from the destruction of the Holy Roman Empire which Napoleon was responsible for. He was a war criminal who should've been put on trial, not just sent off to exile"

Episode 0: Trailer - "I know some people sneer at this rewriting of history and call it 'Revisionist History' but, that's just silly. History is always changing, because when we find new information, when we find new perspectives, when we find new ways of understanding the past, we rewrite the history to take it into account

Episode 1: Introduction and Origins - "One such myth that governments perpetuate is the idea that a country's borders are natural, logical and represent a unique nation. That somehow the nation perfectly overlaps with the state, and that they are one and the same. And equally, that this Nation, that the National Identity, also has something timeless and inherent about it. To a great extent, governments have to perpetuate this idea. After all, a government cannot call its own borders into question. But in pursuit of a coherent national identity, Governments often take the shortcut of suppressing and erasing other visions of national identity, especially those of minorities, or the marginalised, or the weak and powerless, rather than the more difficult but constructive path of building a new civic identity out of the diversity of the nation. And in the case of former colonies, we often overlook the fact that both these national borders and these national identities are the products of colonialism that were constructed out of the compromises that were made during the process of decolonisation, and were designed to perpetuate the influence of the colonial power long after decolonisation. And so it is with Singapore and Malaysia"

‘They don’t want to integrate’: Fifth night of youth rioting rocks Stockholm - "Youth gang riots in the Swedish capital Stockholm have entered fifth straight night. Hundreds of mostly immigrant teenagers tore through the suburbs, smashing windows and burning cars in the country’s worst outbreak of violence in years... “In Sweden you’ve got welfare, access to the educational system – up to university level, you got access to public transport, libraries, healthcare – to everything. And still they feel that they [immigrants] need to riot through stones and Molotov cocktails. It’s ridiculous and a bad excuse,” Swedish Democrats MP Kent Ekeroth told RT. “Police can put down these riots in five minutes – if the politicians were to allow them,” Ekeroth added... For years, Sweden – one of Europe’s most tranquil countries, famous for its attractive immigration policies and generous welfare system – has been accepting an influx of immigrants, which now make up about 15 per cent of its population. These migrants have failed to integrate into Swedish society, and are only in the country to enjoy the country’s social benefits system, Swedish journalist Ingrid Carlqvist told RT. “The problem is not from the Swedish government or from the Swedish people,” the editor in chief of Dispatch International said. “The last 20 years or so, we have seen so many immigrants coming to Sweden that really don’t like Sweden. They do not want to integrate, they do not want to live in [Swedish] society: Working, paying taxes and so on.” “The people come here now because they know that Sweden will give them money for nothing. They don’t have to work, they don’t have to pay taxes – they can just stay here and get a lot of money. That is really a problem,” Carlqvist added. “The police could do so much, [instead] they have told the public that they mean to do as little as possible. But they could go there and use water cannons, they could not let people out onto the streets at night. There are so many things they could do within the law – but they don’t do it,” she said."

Porn Site Offers $25,000 Scholarship for Answering ‘How Do You Strive to Make Others Happy?’ - "Pornhub.com, a leading pornography site with 78.9 billion online video views per year, has announced a $25,000 college scholarship, awarded partially based on a video an applicant submits answering the question, “How do you strive to make others happy?”... Feminist and sexual-violence groups quickly pounced on the scholarship, criticizing it as a way to get young women unable to afford college to make sexually explicit videos of themselves... Pornhub’s vice president, Corey Price, replied that people who are against pornography should reconsider applying, saying, “You don’t have to film a porn to be a winner.”"
Comment: "Why do they immediately assume that this is for young women to apply?"

MYANMAR EMBASSY, SINGAPORE - "The meditation visa applicant has to duly fill and signs the application form and affixes the two white colour background photos on it. The meditation visa is valid for (3) months. Period of stay in Myanmar is 90 Days from date of arrival"
Meditation Visa?

Father’s Day Makes Single Mothers Furious
This is why we can't have nice things

A Year In Mongolia: What side of the road do people drive on in Mongolia? - "Mongolians do drive on the right side of the wheel as we do in the states, but......some of their steering wheels are on the left, some are on the right. That's because a full 90 percent of cars in Mongolia are bought second-hand, and they are bought second-hand from all over, including countries that drive on the left side of the road. This is only one of the many many reasons that sitting in a car in Mongolia or trying to cross the street are dangerous enterprises."
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