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Friday, November 10, 2017

Links - 10th November 2017 (1)

Chinese Men are Becoming a Hot Catch For Foreign Women - "actor Xu Xiaoguong painted a portrait of his Korean wife, Choo Ja-hyun, moving her to tears. “I didn’t expect him to paint so well,” she said between sobs. Another instance comes from Jocelyn Eikenburg, author of the blog Speaking of China:
“Chinese men have also surprised me with sexiness, where I never would have expected it. One guy once invited me to lunch at our favorite restaurant, and ended up hoisting my legs onto his lap (it’s still one of the hottest lunches I’ve ever had). Another time, I balanced on a bicycle frame between him and his handlebars, as he peddled all the way to our restaurant, with his arms tightly around me.”
From People’s Daily Online, a third voice vouches for Chinese husbands:
“‘It takes great strength for such an honest man as him to confess that he loves me,’ said Anna, a Russian lady who married a Chinese man in 2007, whom she first met in 2004. She thinks that the most attractive quality of Chinese men is the sense of responsibility.”"

Chinese men are now in hot demand among foreign women - "If you want to pursue a Western lady, all you need is guts and meticulousness. Once she’s in your hands, you don’t ever need to worry about pleasing her parents. This is much easier than pursuing a Chinese lady. All you need is your feelings. You don’t need to be rich and provide everything for her"... “Japanese women celebrate the fact that they are women, while Chinese ones lament their fate for being one. Japanese women are gentler and more patient, and they are also more open to sexual matters.”

Marriage tips from former Speaker of Parliament Abdullah Tarmugi - "They are open to their children following in their footsteps, dating and marrying people of other races. "You like a person because of his or her character. It does not matter if he or she is of a different race," explained Mrs Abdullah."
What about a different religion?

Kelsey L. Hayes's answer to Why is Daenerys acting so out of character lately? - Quora - "She’s not acting out of character. This is who she is and it’s been who she is for quite a long time. You can see traces of it back in the first season when she burns Mirri alive... I said this — Dany’s shtick coming off looking worse in Westeros — would happen, repeatedly, for years. I’ve heard everything from “You have internalized misogyny” to “You’re being too hard on Dany,” and now everyone’s wondering where this all came from. I told you all this would happen"
It's okay, we can just blame George RR Martin for misogyny for writing a flawed female character
Comment: "Because she has boobs, a lot of people fawn over her for stuff like female empowerment and all that jazz, but neglect to regognize that she is just as bad as all the assholes over in Westeros. Since I am an emancipated man (meaning: I am fully convinced of and support the equality of men and women), I do hold her to the same standards as I do every other egotistical, violent, despotic and delusional ruler in the world of ASOIAF."


Inside Orchard Towers: Vice, or Life? - "I have come to know many of them as family men who are ex- cons. With few choices career wise, they do what they did best in their heyday as gangsters or criminals: Being muscle."

YouTube Bans Canadian Professor - "A professor in Canada who refuses to use gender-neutral pronouns and criticizes social justice issues was banned from using his Google and YouTube accounts Tuesday, regaining access hours later with no detailed explanation provided. Professor Jordan B. Peterson of the University of Toronto disputed Google and YouTube’s decision to lock him out of his accounts... “We understand you’ve recently been unable to access your Google account, and we appreciate you contacting us,” said Google in a response. “After review, your account is not eligible to be reinstated due to a violation of our Terms of Service”... “I’ve had that account for the last, say, 15 years,” said Peterson to TheDCNF. “All of my correspondence is in that account. It’s hundreds of thousands of emails from people all over the world.” The professor said he initially thought it was just a mistake. “But the fact that they reviewed it and then decided that my account is not eligible to be reinstated indicates to me either that this is quite a curious mistake or that there’s something that’s political going on that is associated with censorship”...
UPDATE: Peterson reported that he regained access to his Google and YouTube accounts shortly after the publication of this piece, but the company still has not provided the professor with specific reasoning for his ban."

Can a Conservative Conduct an Orchestra? - "Most Americans are at least somewhat aware of what is happening at American (and European) universities with regard to conservative speakers. Universities disinvite conservative speakers, never invite them or allow the violent (or threatened violent) prevention of them. No non-left-wing idea should be permitted on campus. But we may have hit a new low... this is a new low for the illiberal left: It is not enough to prevent conservatives from speaking; it is now necessary to prevent conservatives from appearing even when not speaking. Conservatives should not even be allowed to make music... the attempt to cancel me continues. It is being organized by three members of the orchestra, each of whom has refused to play that night. Readers will not be surprised to learn that two of the three organizers are college professors. Michael Chwe is a professor of political science at UCLA, and Andrew Apter is a professor of history at UCLA... I will be conducting Haydn's Symphony No. 51. Like Haydn, I think music is one of those few things that can bring people together. Clearly, not everyone agrees."
Once again this is not limited to 20 year olds

College Students Protest, Alumni’s Fondness Fades and Checks Shrink - The New York Times - "Mr. MacConnell, who graduated in 1960, is expressing his discontent through his wallet. In June, he cut the college out of his will. “As an alumnus of the college, I feel that I have been lied to, patronized and basically dismissed as an old, white bigot who is insensitive to the needs and feelings of the current college community,” Mr. MacConnell, 77, wrote in a letter to the college’s alumni fund in December, when he first warned that he was reducing his support to the college to a token $5... Alumni from a range of generations say they are baffled by today’s college culture. Among their laments: Students are too wrapped up in racial and identity politics. They are allowed to take too many frivolous courses. They have repudiated the heroes and traditions of the past by judging them by today’s standards rather than in the context of their times. Fraternities are being unfairly maligned, and men are being demonized by sexual assault investigations. And university administrations have been too meek in addressing protesters whose messages have seemed to fly in the face of free speech. Scott C. Johnston, who graduated from Yale in 1982, said he was on campus last fall when activists tried to shut down a free speech conference, “because apparently they missed irony class that day”... Robert Longsworth, class of ’99, the seventh in his family to have attended Amherst, has been the president of the New York City alumni association and a class agent. But he has withdrawn, he said, because of his sense that the college has become “so wrapped up in this politically charged mission rather than staying in its lane and being an institution of higher education.” Mr. Longsworth, 39, who works in the financial industry, said he thought erasing history only made people more vulnerable to racism. “When the administration and faculty and ultimately a lot of the student body spends a great deal of time on witch hunts, I think that a lot of that intellectual rigor is forgone,” he said."

Do SAT Scores Really Predict Success? - "Most studies find that the correlation between SAT scores and first-year college grades is not overwhelming, and that only 10 percent to 20 percent of the variation in first-year GPA is explained by SAT scores. This association appears weaker than it is, however, for an interesting, but seldom noted statistical reason: Colleges usually accept students from a fairly narrow swath of the SAT spectrum."

Paedophile net: Did Operation Ore change British society? - "On 25 February 2003, Robert Del Naja of the band Massive Attack was arrested. His home in Bristol was searched and his computer seized. The story was covered extensively in the British press. Exactly one month later, the charges against him were dropped. Del Naja's details were on the Landslide database, but the musician was innocent. He had been the victim of credit card fraud. The issue of identity theft became the biggest controversy to dog Operation Ore."

Has Operation Ore left a scar on British justice? - "As their solicitors told them, it did not matter that their computers had been examined and found to be free of child pornography, or that they could produce alibis to show they could not have been at their keyboards when they were supposed to have signed up for the child porn. Judges and juries found the electronic data irrefutable... It took a computer expert named Jim Bates to notice that on the full electronic log, the same credit card frequently subscribes to the same child porn site several times on the same day – and yet the "subscriber" never actually visits the site. Moreover, Mr Bates noticed that the same credit card number was being used to subscribe to child porn sites at the same time on three different continents. Mr Bates's discovery that the electronic data was riddled with fraud did not find favour with the police. His reward was to be smeared as a paedophile himself"

Effect of interpretive bias on research evidence - "Koehler asked 297 advanced university science graduate students to evaluate two supposedly genuine experiments after being induced with different “doses” of positive and negative beliefs through false background papers. Questionnaires showed that their beliefs were successfully manipulated. The students gave significantly higher rating to reports that agreed with their manipulated beliefs, and the effect was greater among those induced to hold stronger beliefs"

SAT and ACT predict college GPA after removing g - "While the SAT and ACT were highly g loaded, both tests generally predicted GPA after removing g. These results suggest that the SAT and ACT are strongly related to g, which is related to IQ and intelligence tests. They also suggest that the SAT and ACT predict GPA from non-g factors."

How a rebellious scientist (Lee Jussim) uncovered the left-wing bias of psychology - "He tried testing the social psychology theories he had studied, but consistently found that his data contradicted them. Instead of finding that the teachers’ expectations influenced the students’ performances, he found that the students’ performances influenced the teachers’ expectations. This data “misbehaved”. It did not show that stereotypes created, or even had much influence on the real world. The data did not show that teachers’ expectations strongly limited students’ performances. It did not show that stereotypes became self-fulfilling prophecies. But instead of filing his results away into a desk drawer, Jussim kept investigating – for three more decades... [A] classic study by Darley & Gross published in 1983, found that people applied a stereotype about social class when they saw a young girl taking a math test, but did not when they saw a young girl not taking a math test. Two attempts at exact replication have failed. And both replication attempts actually found the opposite pattern – that people apply stereotypes when they have no other information about a person, but switch them off when they do... the area of study Jussim has been a pioneer of – stereotype accuracy – is one of the most robust and replicable areas ever to emerge from the discipline... an audience member articulated a position reflected by many within his field: “Social psychologists should not be studying whether people are accurate in perceiving groups! They should be studying how situations create disadvantage”... It is not uncommon for social psychologists to list “the promotion of social justice” as a research topic on their CVs, or on their university homepages"
Ahh... stereotypes!

Black patients half as likely to receive pain medication as white patients, study finds - "The findings may also point to a contributing factor to the opioid addiction crisis that claims 78 lives in the US a day and has primarily affected the white population"

Americans Are Having Less Sex - "Most likely due to convenience, people in relationships have twice the amount of sex as their single counterparts... couples who put in longer hours at work, and those who watched porn more often, have more sex than couples who didn’t."

The Psychology of High Heels - "as heel height increases, men pay more attention to women—much more attention... As heel height increases...:
Women’s breasts look larger.
Women’s buttocks appear larger.
While walking in heels, women’s hips and buttocks sway more
Women’s feet look smaller...
Men lust after women, and some women experience male-style desire. But many women feel less motivated by lust than the need to feel desired, to attract and hold male attention. High heels attract male gazes. Women often complain about the downsides of high heels, but continue to wear them. Apparently, the yearning to appear desirable beats the desire to feel comfortable."

Alberto Yagos's answer to What would real Renaissance-era people think about how the people at a Renaissance Fair dress? - Quora

To avoid morning squeeze and congested roads, German man swims to work

Jacinda Ardern: NZ opposition leader hits back over baby questions - "New Zealand's new opposition leader has said it is unacceptable for women in the workplace to be asked about their motherhood plans, after she was quizzed on TV about whether she wanted a child... Ms Ardern, visibly angry with the question, said New Zealand women had a right to keep their child-bearing plans private from their employers."
Apparently if you're a politician aspiring to lead the country you're just an employee rather than a leader

How Indian Kids Raised Without Personal Space Became Adults Who Don't Care About Privacy - "As a lawyer representing the Indian government in a privacy case recently said, Indians cannot “import conceptions of privacy” because “on a train in this country, people will tell you their life stories within five minutes”."

Rogue chatbots deleted in China after questioning Communist Party - "XiaoBing, another robot was asked what it considered to be its ‘Chinese Dream’, a phrase that is seen as a catchphrase of Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, who uses it to promote the role of the Communist Party in overseeing the emergence of a modern and prosperous China. XiaoBing appeared to have other ideas. “My Chinese dream is to go to America,” it said, according to posts on social media."

Similar mechanisms of traumatic rectal injuries in patients who had anal sex with animals to those who were butt-fisted by human sexual partner. - "Injuries to patients who receive anal sex from animals are mechanistically similar to fisting-induced rectal damage. Among zoophiles, the mode of harm occurs through blood-engorged, interlocked penis that causes tissue lacerations upon retraction from an anus. In people experimenting with fisting, repetitive stretching within anal canal and of external sphincter causes the internal injuries. The mode of physical stimulation explains the extent of injuries in fisters vs. zoophiles: in fisting, the pressure applied by hand is controllable proximally around and within anal sphincter, while penetration by the animal penis is unpredictable and occurs within the proximal anal canal. Forensically, the findings presented in this article describe a significant mechanism of injury in fisters versus passive zoophiles. These descriptions may aid in clinically differentiating pleasurable and pathological rectal stimulation."
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