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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Links - 1st December 2016

REFUSED! - INTERPOL Rejects Najib's 'Red Notice' Request Against Sarawak Report - "Crushingly, Jurgen Stock added that member countries were further advised not to use Interpol’s channels in this matter and requested them to remove all data from their databases as well – it is a telling indication that the organisation is of the opinion that their processes, which are designed to catch dangerous criminals, had been abused by Malaysia... Fair Trials had taken up the case as an example of what the NGO regards is a worrying trend on the part of certain oppressive regimes to abuse INTERPOL in order to clamp down on legitimate dissenters."

DON'T PANIC - Keep calm and

Toronto professor Jordan Peterson takes on gender-neutral pronouns - "University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson had enough of what he saw as a campus culture where "social justice warrior, left-wing radical political activists" ran rampant. In September he released a video lecture series taking aim at political correctness... At a free speech rally mid-October, he was drowned out by a white noise machine. Pushing and shoving broke out in the crowd. He says the lock on his office door was glued shut. At the same time, the University of Toronto said it had received complaints of threats against trans people on campus. His employers have warned that, while they support his right to academic freedom and free speech, he could run afoul of the Ontario Human Rights code and his faculty responsibilities should he refuse to use alternative pronouns when requested. They also said they have received complaints from students and faculty that his comments are "unacceptable, emotionally disturbing and painful" and have urged him to stop repeating them... "I've studied authoritarianism for a very long time - for 40 years - and they're started by people's attempts to control the ideological and linguistic territory," he told the BBC. "There's no way I'm going to use words made up by people who are doing that - not a chance." Dr Peterson is concerned proposed federal human rights legislation "will elevate into hate speech" his refusal to use alternative pronouns... terms like "gender identity' and "gender expression" are too broad, are the "propositions of radical social constructionists," and are being used to bully opponents into submission. "There's only two alternatives to that," he said. "One is silent slavery with all the repression and resentment that that will generate, and the other is outright conflict. Free speech is not just another value. It's the foundation of Western civilization.""

U of T professor attacks political correctness, says he refuses to use genderless pronouns - "Peterson told the National Post that he decided to make the video and go public with his views after receiving a memo from university HR outlining new mandatory anti-racist and anti-bias training. “That disturbs me because if someone asked me to take anti-bias training, I think I am agreeing that I am sufficiently racist or biased to need training,” he said in an interview. Peterson also said he doesn’t believe there is sufficient research to show these kind of HR practices, which he said may constitute “psychological intervention,” are effective. He said he is concerned the university is consulting groups like the Black Liberation Collective on campus policy matters, noting he respects their right to exist and protest, but questioning their credentials to offer expert opinion... he fears Bill C-16 could lead to legal action against legitimate discussion and research on gender and sexuality, including research on the “biological origins of gender.”... Peterson suggests the “overrepresentation of social justice warrior-type activists” in government may have impacted the tabling of legislation, noting also “our current Premier (Kathleen Wynne) is lesbian in her sexual preference.” He goes on to claim the LGBTI community “has become extraordinarily good at organizing themselves and has a fairly pronounced and very, very sophisticated radical fringe.”"

University of Toronto SJWs Hate Speech Exposed: Cassandra Williams & Smugglypuff - "A video of Lauren Southern being assaulted by a Social Justice Warrior went viral a few days ago... This is part of a larger effort orchestrated by the vice-president of university affairs, Cassandra Williams. She is the first trans person elected to an executive position at the University of Toronto and rose to that position by militarizing the on-campus LGBTQ community. Earlier this year, Williams fabricated a controversy in a debate against her opponent, Andy Edem. When Edem accidentally referred to the former Shawn Williams by the wrong pronoun, Williams pointed it out to him – for which Edem immediately apologized... The seemingly sincere apology wasn’t enough for Williams and this was her/his/ze/its response later on social media... When one of Williams’ cronies stole somebody’s cell phone, she blocked that woman from chasing down the perpetrator too"

Turkey transgender activist's death highlights rise in hate crimes - "Emirhan Deniz Çelebi, the director of SPoD, a national LGBT organisation based in Istanbul, joined other LGBT associations in condemning what they believe is deliberate silence by the country’s mainstream media in the wake of the activist’s death... Kader’s murder comes less than two weeks after the beheading of a gay Syrian refugee whose body was found not far from where Kader was discovered... “Since the coup-attempt, a number of my transgender friends have called me and talked about how they were discriminated against because of their ID Cards and appearance”"

I was reported for gender misconduct for calling myself handsome in class - "The teacher sat next to me on a bench outside the classroom and told me that I made a comment in class that upset someone. Consequently, I had been reported to the Gender-Based Misconduct Office... “Even if I agree with you, I obviously couldn’t say anything…” I had the impression that she was too scared to challenge Columbia’s extreme politically correct culture... This experience taught me one thing more than any other: the human toll of “triggered” culture is a serious matter. I cannot help but feel for those who are deeply embedded in it, or rely on it for food and shelter. Furthermore, by reporting my innocuous statement, serious matters like sexual harassment and assault are trivialized and victims end up neglected. That is unacceptable... I told friends in the class about the experience and they were shocked I had been reported. Later that week, in Chinese class when my teacher was having us use a new sentence structure to talk about things that make us upset, my sentence was: “I get upset when I get reported to Gender Misconduct by my classmates (OK, I may have used a little bit of English to get the full phrase out). I probably shouldn’t have done that but it was just too damn funny not to."

Former Amnesty International gender head Gita Sahgal accuses it of supporting terror groups - "It (Amnesty) gives space to Hamas supporters rather than secular and human rights voices from Palestine”

Don’t laugh: I have a serious reason for raising my cats gender-neutral - "The cats’ lives wouldn’t change, I reasoned, and it would help me learn to use plural pronouns for my friends, neighbors and colleagues who individually go by they, their and them. Even though using they, them and their as singular pronouns grates on many people because it’s grammatically incorrect, it seems to be the most popular solution to the question of how to identify people without requiring them to conform to the gender binary of female and male. It also just feels right to refer to people as they wish to be referred to... friends would ask me: How is your cat? “They’re better” or “The same. The vets don’t know what’s wrong with them,” I’d say. “Wait a minute—are they both sick?” people would reply, confused."
Comment: "This takes the meaning of crazy cat lady to whole new heights...."

Why women’s education doesn’t always improve equality - "Educated women in sexist nations are less likely to get married—and in a sad Catch-22, consequently are less likely to have children who can change their country’s attitudes"

Man stabbed with Legend of Zelda Master Sword in serious condition - "The ex-husband was taken to hospital following the altercation, but not before he, in true Zelda fashion, smashed a pot (a flower pot, over the head of Thompson)."

Gender equality? TV censors blur out male nipples in footage of traditional Javanese wedding - "Just when we thought it couldn’t get anymore ridiculous than when TV censors blurred out parts of Puteri Indonesia 2016 pageant contestants wearing the traditional Indonesian kebaya, it appears that men’s body parts are equally yucky and must be censored too."

Indonesian netizens shocked by "Doraemon" censorship on TV - "The following tweet from Twitter user Andika Tri Saputra features a screenshot of “Doraemon” playing on local channel RCTI in which the character Shizuka, who is a 9-year-old girl, has the bottom half of her swimsuit blurred out."

Tajuddin: Dr M, Jews working together, have same agenda - "Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad shares a common agenda with certain Jewish-controlled media, claims Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman"

Q'iswa Chaka - Wikipedia - "Q'iswa Chaka (Quechua q'iswa a rope of twisted dried maguey or ichhu, chaka bridge, "rope bridge", also spelled Keshwa Chaca, Keswachaka, Q'eshwachaka, Qeswachaka, Q'eswachaca, Q'eswachaka, Queshuachaca, Queswachaka), consisting of ropes made of grass and spanning the Apurimac River near Huinchiri, in Quehue District, Canas Province, Peru, is the last remaining Inca rope bridge"

PlayFlash 32bit :: Add-ons for Firefox - "Flash player plugin - unofficial xpi repack for 32bit browsers.
Use when official plugin installer is not suitable."
Addendum: Alternative - Flash Player plugin XPI v28.0.0.137

Men Who Do More Housework Have Less Sex - "married couples in which men take on a greater share of the dishes, laundry and other traditionally female chores had sex less often than average, which in this study was about five times a month. Yet couples in which men confined themselves largely to traditionally male chores such as yard work enjoyed sex more frequently than average. Taken to the extreme, men who performed all the traditionally female chores would have had sex 1.6 times less often than men who did none of them. The study authors, from the Juan March Institute in Madrid and the University of Washington, arrived at the correlation by crunching data from the National Survey of Families and Households (NFSH), which gathered survey information from 4,500 U.S. married couples. The researchers ruled out any kind of coercion on the part of the “manly” chore-performing husbands by looking at data from the same survey on sexual satisfaction: they found that women from households with more traditional divisions of labor felt no less happy with their sex lives than women in more gender-neutral ones"

Women believe men should take out bins and mow lawns - Telegraph - "The list of 'his 'n hers' chores emerged following a study of 5,000 adults into which sex is responsible for everyday jobs around the house. Women also ruled out getting things out of the loft, removing sticky lids from jars and unblocking the lavatory. Meanwhile men believe women's jobs include remembering birthdays and anniversaries, organising the social calendar and replacing the toilet roll when it runs out. A spokesman for, which carried out the survey, said: "There is a very clear divide between the chores men and women will do, but at least it shows that both sexes are responsible for the running of the household. "There seems to be a general trend that women are responsible for the day to day chores, such as keeping the house clean and tidy. "But men make sure things are fixed and in good working order. Neither sex is afraid of getting their hands dirty. "We're sure that in some households there will be a point where a man is forced to do a pink job, and a woman finds herself carrying out the odd blue job"

Column: Why millennial women don't want to call themselves feminists - "could it be that some women shun Clinton because of competitiveness? This phenomenon, in which women simultaneously hold other women to higher standards, and then penalize them for reaching those standards, often plagues highly successful women. We see this kind of thing all the time in academia, where female professors routinely get lower teaching ratings than their male colleagues, particularly from female students. But my reading of this phenomenon is more forgiving of millennials. I think their distrust actually represents an indictment of modern day feminism...
1. The current generation has rarely experienced institutionally and legally sanctioned sexism.
2. The term “feminism” has been hijacked by a minority of vocal extremists who have redefined it as “gender feminism,” claiming that gender is a patriarchal social construct created in order to oppress women.
3. “Feminist” has come to mean “careerist” — competing with men in the workplace on men’s terms.
This implies that stay-at-home mothers cannot be feminists and that women must put career ahead of family in order to compete. This phenomenon can be traced to a shameful chapter in second-wave feminism. Shulamith Firestone declared “Pregnancy is barbaric.” Ellen Willis admitted that “I saw having children as the great trap that completely took away your freedom.” Gloria Steinem described her mother as spiritually broken by giving up her career as a journalist to raise her children... today’s two-income family earns 75 percent more money than its single-income counterpart of a generation ago, but actually has less discretionary income once their fixed monthly bills are paid. This is because higher family incomes triggered a ferocious bidding war for housing and education among the middle class"

"Home" by Warsan Shire - "no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well"
economic migrants
do not exist

I accidentally slept with a Donald Trump supporter - "He said, “Hope you’re still not upset over politics LOL.” I explained that it’s hard for me to remain attracted to someone whose views are so different from mine, and who believes in bigotry and xenophobia—which sucked, because the sex was amazing. Then he said, “Not accepting other people’s beliefs is the definition of bigotry.” So apparently it was my fault"

'CU in the NT' is quite possibly the wildest tourism slogan ever - "There's something in the water in Australia's Northern Territory a.k.a. the NT. f you've ever had the pleasure of reading the always-entertaining NT News, or checked out the "fun" tourist activities on offer, you've probably figured out that Territorians have more of a rough (and sweary) vibe than other Australians."
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