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Monday, September 26, 2016

Links - 26th September 2016

Google Maps v9.25.1 Adds Batch Photo Submission, Puts Contact Addresses In Your Places, And Gives Suggested Searches On Location Pages - "Another addition has been made to the Contribute screen, again putting focus on submitting photos for others to see. But this isn't just a little reminder or helpful hint, it's basically the grand poobah of batch submissions. Google is making it easy for people to snap dozens, or even hundreds of pictures for local establishments and submit them en masse. Just look for the new "Add your photos to Maps" card on the Contribute page. This leads to a screen with photos taken recently. The whole list loads automatically in multi-select mode and photos are grouped based on location. Suggestions for the associated business are given, but they can be changed using a dialog with a list of other nearby establishments. Captions can also be added to photos once they've been selected."
It's amazing how a few articles talk about the Google Maps Batch Photo Submission feature, but only this actually shows you what it looks like and how to use it

Travellers' Health & Vaccination Clinic (THVC) - Tan Tock Seng Hospital - " Adjunct Associate Professor Lim Poh Lian
Deputy Clinical Director, Communicable Disease Centre, Senior Consultant
Language(s) spoken
English, Malay, Cantonese
Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith
Consultant (Public Health)
Language(s) spoken
English, German, Dutch, some Mandarin
Dr. Shawn Vasoo Sushilan
Language(s) spoken
English, Mandarin, dialects"

Is it true that periods synchronise when women live together? - "In the 1970s when this paper came out, feminism was emerging as an important movement. Alvergne thinks this may be one of the reasons the idea became so popular. "I find that sometimes 'society values' are hiding in hypothesis. And from a feminist point of view, the idea that females would co-operate in the face of male domination is attractive"... "I've got a classic beta womb. My friend Suzanne has an alpha womb. She will bring anyone on within a 10-mile radius. She walks in menstruating, everyone is reaching for the tampons."

Two-Party System Killing Democracy? - "instead of voting to put someone in the White House, Americans are voting to keep someone out of it. Interestingly, fear is a chief influencer this election cycle. According to a recent USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, 80% of Trump supporters and 62% of Clinton supporters report that they would be “scared” if the other candidate won. Conversely, the percentage of people who would be “excited” about their own candidate’s victory rings in at a paltry 27% of Clinton, and 29% of Trump, followers.

Brown University Providing Tampons in Men's Bathrooms Because 'Both Sexes Menstruate' - "He also claimed the initiative would help “low-income students [who] struggle with having the necessary funding for food, let alone tampons,” and that it would “set a tone of trans-inclusivity” that trans people are “an important part of the population.”"
Comments: "There are so few trans men that even menstruate. Hormones are supposed to make you stop having your period. That's an even smaller minority than there are trans men. Jesus Christ."
"Throw them in the toilets to clog them all up. They won't think of putting them in there again"
"Maybe because they realized that it's the pussy generation that's getting admitted into their campus."
"At least they said "both" [genders] and not "all". They didn't hit APEX degeneracy yet"
"As a trans man i don't have a period lmfao fuck off"
"It's for nose bleeds, David Beckham does it"
No minority is too small to be catered to!

North Korea bans sarcasm because Kim Jong-un fears people only agree with him ‘ironically’ - "Officials told people that sarcastic expressions such as “This is all America’s fault” would constitute unacceptable criticism of the regime.""

How curiosity can protect the mind from bias - "smarter people shouldn’t be susceptible to prejudice swaying their opinions, right? Wrong. Other research shows that people with the most education, highest mathematical abilities, and the strongest tendencies to be reflective about their beliefs are the most likely to resist information which should contradict their prejudices. This undermines the simplistic assumption that prejudices are the result of too much gut instinct and not enough deep thought. Rather, people who have the facility for deeper thought about an issue can use those cognitive powers to justify what they already believe and find reasons to dismiss apparently contrary evidence... the results hold for issues in which political liberalism is associated with the anti-science beliefs, such as attitudes to GMO or vaccinations."

Multiculturalism and the Illusion of Diversity - "‘multiculturalism’ is not the same as cultural diversity. In political theory it refers to an approach that states adopt in order to negotiate the relationship between specific cultures and other members of society. Multiculturalism as a political ideology grew out of a rejection of modern Enlightenment values, which historically extended civil rights and liberties to blacks, Jews, gays and women. Multiculturalism is rooted in the belief that universal citizenship, equality before the law, and equality of opportunity (based on merit) are insufficient and that citizens in liberal states must be obligated to recognise and respect members of a cultural minority, should not be permitted to offend them, and must actively support the protection of their cultural beliefs from insult or criticism... Amartya Sen (2006) has developed a substantial attack on what he calls the 'solitaristic' theory underpinning multiculturalism, according to which human identities are assumed to be moulded by membership to a single group or monoculture. If people identify only with their own monoculture, this diminishes cross-cultural understanding and creates “ghettoization” and insularity. Those who stress “intersectionality” have distorted Sen's concept by prioritising the individual's membership in multiple sub-cultures of oppression, domination, or discrimination to the exclusion of membership in groups of privilege and power. A Muslim man from Pakistan may share both the oppressed status of an ethnic minority in a European host culture, while also enjoying huge male privilege both in his own culture and in his Western European host culture. Therefore, a Western European Christian woman may identify more strongly with a Pakistani woman than with a Western European man. Intersectionality seems to overlook this... As J. S. Mill perceived, cultural or social tyranny can become as formidable as any oppressive state apparatus, because it inserts its tentacles into the minutiae of personal life and leaves no part of it untouched... the politics of cultural recognition and assertion undermines the idea of a common humanity. This limits peoples’ sense of moral responsibility to members of their own cultural community"

Pokemon Go in Indian court for 'hurting religious sentiments' - "Augmented reality game Pokemon Go has landed up in an Indian court over allegations it is hurting the religious sentiments of millions of vegetarians. The high court in Gujarat state was asked to ban the game because its images of eggs in places of worship were "blasphemous" to Hindus and Jains."

Study: 10 Percent of U.S. Youths Cause Sexual Violence - "Nearly 10 percent of survey respondents reported perpetrating some form of sexual violence in their lifetime, with 4 percent reporting attempted or completed rape. In fact, teenage boys and girls increasingly instigate sexual violence—and many convicted perpetrators of sexual crimes began at young ages... Sexual violence is fairly common in the teenage years, both from a victim and perpetrator standpoint... females and males had carried out sexual violence at nearly equal levels by the age of 18. Of the survey respondents who reported being perpetrators, 48 percent were female and 52 percent were male. Interestingly, females tend to assault older victims, while males are more likely to choose younger victims. Females are also more likely to engage in "gang rape" types of activity and act in groups or teams (1 in 5 females reported this type of activity, compared with 1 in 39 males)... The four classifications of sexual violence considered were foresexual (or presexual) contact, coercive sex, attempted rape, and completed rape. Gender differences emerge in types of sexual violence. "Foresexual contact is similar for females and males," Ybarra said, with females slightly edging out males in this category (52 percent and 47 percent, respectively). "But when you get into coercive and attempted rape, it does seem to differ"—with males committing 75 percent of these crimes, compared with 25 percent committed by females. But they also found that completed rape is predominantly a male crime—a finding that is in line with general attitudes about rape... while females don't commit rape at the same rates as males, they are just as likely to coerce a male partner into foresexual contact"
Expanding the definition of sexual violence means that women are no longer the victims

The vibrating Little Rooster alarm clock that gives you an orgasm as you wake up - "The device is currently sold out worldwide as it's been so popular"

9/11 memorial stirs debate over 'Islamic terrorists' | - "The Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier worries the wording could encourage hatred towards Muslims living in the city, painting all Muslims with the same brush, they say. Donald Castellucci, town supervisor for the city of Owego, says he doesn't see it that way. "I don't live in a politically-correct worldm" Castellucci says. "I live in a historical fact world and cross terrorism, whether it's American homegrown, Christianity, Islamic, you call it what it is." Castellucci also says the town "doesn't whitewash things," and think the monument is accurate in its description of those responsible for the attacks on New York and Washington. The Islamic group asks the monument change its description to read simply "terrorists" or even "al Qaeda terrorists.""
Is it Islamophobic to say the Taliban are/were Muslim?

Babysitter Jade Hatt who had sex with 11-year-old boy won't go to jail
Comment: "Where are the equality campaigners...utter hypocrites. They would be mouthing off by now if this was the other way round."

Air China magazine condemned over 'racist' guide to London - "MPs have urged China’s UK ambassador to intervene in a row over racist comments reportedly issued by a Chinese airline about ethnic minority areas of London. An image of text from an inflight Air China magazine posted on social media prompted outrage after it warned passengers that “precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people”. The text, tweeted by Beijing-based producer Haze Fan of US news channel CNBC, added: “We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when travelling”... “I have invited representatives of Air China to visit my constituency of Ealing Southall to see that a very multicultural area is safe, and would be of great value for those visiting London to see. “I will await their response, and if an appropriate one is not forthcoming I shall feel forced to question whether Air China is a fit company to operate in the UK.""
According to, Ealing Southall had 1,035 crimes in June 2016 out of a residential population of 98,980, making for a rate of 1.05%. Richmond upon Thames, identified by the BBC as still being majority white, had 654 crimes in the same period - despite a residential population of 186,959, for a rate of 0.35%

Radical Feminists and Conservative Christians Team Up Against Transgender People - "the surprising nexus between radical feminists and Christian Right culture warriors has been with us a long time. In the 1980s, anti-porn feminists like Catherine McKinnon and Andrea Dworkin teamed up with anti-porn conservatives like Edwin Meese, leading to the passage of laws censoring sexual speech in the name of protecting women. In the last decade, anti-prostitution feminists have joined forces with fundamentalist Christians to prosecute sex workers under the aegis of sex trafficking laws. And now, some essentialist feminists – pejoratively nicknamed TERFs, for “Trans-Exclusive Radical Feminists” – have provided the pseudo-philosophical basis for fundamentalist Christians’ anti-transgender laws"
The distinction between good and bad feminists is all too convenient
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