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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Links - 25th July 2018 (2)

Upset Over Sexual versus Emotional Infidelity Among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Adults
- "We examined upset over sexual versus emotional jealousy among 63,894 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual participants. Participants imagined which would upset them more: their partners having sex with someone else (but not falling in love with them) or their partners falling in love with someone else (but not having sex with them). Consistent with this evolutionary perspective, heterosexual men were more likely than heterosexual women to be upset by sexual infidelity (54 vs. 35 %) and less likely than heterosexual women to be upset by emotional infidelity (46 vs. 65 %). This gender difference emerged across age groups, income levels, history of being cheated on, history of being unfaithful, relationship type, and length. The gender difference, however, was limited to heterosexual participants. Bisexual men and women did not differ significantly from each other in upset over sexual infidelity (30 vs. 27 %), regardless of whether they were currently dating a man (35 vs. 29 %) or woman (28 vs. 20 %). Gay men and lesbian women also did not differ (32 vs. 34 %). The findings present strong evidence that a gender difference exists in a broad sample of U.S. adults, but only among heterosexuals."

Man, 46, given 8 years’ jail and 12 strokes for sexually assaulting teenage boy - "Samsugani began talking to the victim, and usually teased him about his weight, calling him “gundu” (Tamil for fat). On one occasion, the Indian national also invited the victim to his house for a massage that would supposedly help him lose weight, which the victim rejected."
I always thought gundu meant stupid

Trans Woman Finds Love With Man Who Initially Rejected Her - "A transgender woman knew she was born in the wrong body from a very young age. Erin Anderson, 22, approached her now-boyfriend Jared Norris, 28, after messaging him on Facebook according to Caters News Agency. Initially, according to Erin, Jared rejected her when she was living as a man named Aaron. However, just two short years later, the two would become matched in a story-like fairytale ending"

Fontana delle Tette – Treviso, Italy - "Every autumn, when a new Podestà (mayor) was elected, the fountain flowed with celebratory free wine. Red wine streamed from one of the woman’s breasts while white wine poured from the other"

Surabaya attacks: 11 killed in Indonesia church bombings - "More than 90% of Indonesians are Muslim, but there are also significant populations of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists. The attack is the deadliest since 2005, when three suicide bombings on the resort island of Bali killed 20 people."
It's all their fault for invading Iraq and discriminating against Muslims

Situation Involving Fresno State Professor Gets Significantly Worse - "Professor Randa Jarrar ignited controversy with a series of offensive tweets celebrating the death of Bush and the pain that the family is experiencing as a result of her death. Jarrar even bragged about how much money she made as a tenured professor, saying, "I will never be fired." Jarrar has since locked her account after racist and anti-Semitic tweets were discovered. "I can't wait for the old white guard of literary writers and 'critics' to die. Their time is f**king up, too"... Perhaps the most problematic tweet from Jararr the administration must now address is one from last night in which she posted a phone number she claimed belonged to her but is actually the number to Arizona State's 24-Hour emergency crisis line. An official who works on the crisis hotline told The Daily Wire they have been receiving an extremely high number of calls due to her tweet. Jararr's tweet containing the number to the crisis hotline was so outrageous that far-left activist and physician Eugene Gu called her out over it."

Southern Poverty Law Center Deletes List of 'Anti-Muslim' Extremists - "The Southern Poverty Law Center has removed the “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists” from their website after attorneys for Maajid Nawaz, a practicing Muslim and prominent Islamic reformer, threatened legal action over his inclusion on the list. The report, which had been active on the SPLC’s website since it was published in December 2016, was intended to serve as a resource for journalists to identify promoters of hateful propaganda; but it included a number of liberal reformers such as Nawaz, a former Islamic extremist who has since dedicated his life to combating the hateful ideology... Nawaz — informed by his experience as a former member of a global terror organization and a political prisoner in Egypt — routinely criticizes the fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that gives rise to terrorism. As a result of that work, the SPLC and a coalition of partner organizations that helped create the list accused him of “savaging Islam.”"
If the SPLC says an Islamic reformer is an anti-Muslim extremist, does it mean that Islam is inherently violent?

Hackers once stole casino database through lobby fish tank thermometer - ""I saw a bank that had been hacked through its CCTV cameras, because these devices are bought purely on cost."... "It's probably one area where there'll likely need to be regulation for minimum security standards, because the market isn't going to correct itself""

Erdogan rejects ‘moderate Islam’ as a Western tool to weaken Muslims - "The idea of ‘moderate Islam’ was invented by the West and is being used to weaken the ancient religion, Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has said in reference to Saudi Arabia’s reforms, while also lashing out at the EU’s “discrimination” of Muslims"

Transgender woman files human rights complaint against Windsor spa - "the spa did not offer Brazilian wax services on male body parts... A local transgender woman claims she was denied services based on her gender identity and gender expression and is seeking $50,000 for “immense harm to my dignity.”... the female employee working that day was a practising Muslim who refrains from physical contact with males outside of her family. He further explained the only staff member he had who did male waxing was off on a sick leave and there was no one else."

Feminist Group Demands Spotify's New 'Hate Content' Policy Be Applied to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem - "When Spotify introduced its new "hate content and hateful conduct" policy—which promises to suppress songs for violent or hateful lyrics or offstage behavior—I predicted that the streaming service would soon be caught between users wanting easy access to popular music and activists demanding that artists be scrubbed from the platform. Sure enough, the feminist group Ultraviolet has now sent a letter to Spotify thanking it for the initial steps of removing R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from official playlists— and asking that the company go further. "These two men are not the only abusers on your platform," writes Ultraviolet's Shaunna Thomas. "We implore you to take a deeper look at the artists you promote." She goes on to call for the company to exile Eminem, Nelly, Don Henley of the Eagles, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Chris Brown, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, Ted Nugent, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers... at least two out of four Beatles—John Lennon and Ringo Starr—were domestic abusers. Needless to say, just because this kind of behavior is common in the music scene doesn't make it OK. But it does raise the question of what a music streaming service can really be expected to do about it. Indeed, blacklisting these bands may make many of Spotify's features functionally useless. What classic rock playlist would exclude the Beatles?... Acting as the moral arbiter, as its new policy requires, will only erode the value of its service while leaving individual listeners less able to make moral judgements for themselves."
Why appeasing feminists and SJWs is a losing proposition

Spotify will officially roll back its hateful conduct policy - "The backlash among artists, labels, and management was swift. Reports surfaced that many, including Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar, accused the company of racial bias in their implementation of the policy"

BBC Radio 4 - Thinking Allowed, Port Cities; Middle Class Alcohol Use - "Ian Salsbury, not entirely unpredictably, detected a possible benefit arising from the underfunding of the Arts:
Dear Laurie, if a reduction in the largesse extorted from the hapless taxpayer means that the Arts Establishment will have to put on plays we want to watch, concerts we want to hear and exhibitions we want to visit rather than to continue to gratify self-indulgent whims then surely it is a consummation devoutly to be wished"

Opinion | In Search of a Good Emperor - The New York Times - "One of the hard truths of human affairs is that diversity and democracy do not go easily together. In the Middle East today as in Europe’s not-so-distant past, the transition from authoritarianism to popular sovereignty seems to run through ethnic or religious purges. Worldwide, many of the models of successful democratic government are effectively ethno-states, built on past cleansings or partitions or splendid isolation. And in the West in recent years, both mass immigration and cultural fragmentation have brought authoritarian temptations back to life. This pattern runs deep in our species’s history. A new paper from the economists Oded Galor and Marc Klemp finds a strong correlation between diversity and autocracy in pre-colonial societies, with a legacy that extends to today’s institutions as well. The authors suggest that authoritarianism emerges from both bottom-up and top-down pressures: A diverse society seeks strong central institutions for the sake of cohesion and productivity, and internal division, stratification and mistrust increase “the scope for domination” by powerful elites.... In one common pattern, authoritarian rule evolves as a way for a majority or plurality group to hold power against the claims of diverse minorities, and to impose a kind of uniformity on weaker ethnic or religious groups. The Erdogan regime in Turkey and the Saudi monarchy’s Sunni authoritarianism offer obvious examples; so does the Han-Chinese chauvinism of the Chinese Politburo, the Orthodox-Christian Russian nationalism of Putin, and many more. In another pattern, an authoritarian leader — sometimes from a minority group himself — casts himself as a protector of diversity, promising to shield minorities who would be threatened should a majoritarian populism take power. This is the pattern of the Assad family’s rule in Syria, which has drawn support from its own Alawite sect as well as Syrian Christians and others fearful of what Sunni rule might mean for them. The Egyptian military regime, likewise, promises to protect urbanites and Coptic Christians from the Islamist order that democracy might usher in."

Grab’s acquisition of Uber Southeast Asia drives into problems - "Aside from a small number of employees (estimated at around 50 people), Uber’s Southeast Asian workforce is not permitted to move internally to a different Uber region. Some said they were told they are forbidden from even applying for other jobs within the company. The restrictions all but force Uber’s employees to move over to Grab — whether they want to or not. The strong-arming doesn’t end there. Terms for exiting staff also push would-be former Uber staffers into Grab’s orbit, according to details supplied to TechCrunch... Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has yet to make direct contact with the Southeast Asian staff. Several who spoke to TechCrunch were disappointed that they were not part of an internal all-hands video call with Khosrowshahi — which only included Uber’s “surviving” staff in Southeast Asia. “His arrival was billed as a positive change in culture for Uber, yet he hasn’t bothered to visit the office or even get in touch. Travis Kalanick did both when Uber China was sold to Didi,” one departing Southeast Asia-based Uber employee told TechCrunch... In Thailand and Singapore, the drivers had already crossed over to Grab, but they complained about the experience. Chiefly that the app is inferior, that they are making less money and that they felt like they had no choice... “One of the nice things about competition, is that it keeps these companies in check when it comes to fighting for drivers and treating them well. There’s a reason why many drivers opted for Uber in the first place... customers themselves are having to get used to Grab instead of Uber. Many have been vocal with issues that range from subjective claims, such as a perceived inferior experience on Grab, and also more quantifiable concerns that include higher pricing and longer waits for a ride.”
So much for #deleteuber

Uyghur Muslims: Victims of the Worlds Largest Ethnic Cleansing : China - "this definitely isn't a religion issue. hui Muslims are considered model minorities in china and are extremely well integrated WHILST fully practicing Islam. hell I even saw that post the other day that the local government is building a mosque over an old cemetery in Suzhou. isn't that crazy? not really because the hui look almost identical to the Han. without the white prayer hat you wouldn't even tell the difference."
"Xinjiang was only ever a part of China during the two big foreign dynasties the Yuan and Qing. prior to that the area that was Xinjiang was shared between the Mongols and Tibetans. hence the Uyghurs original religion was Lama Buddhism. most Uyghurs know this and are in fact extremely lax in their practice of Islam. modern China just follows the map of the old Qing dynasty which was primarily a multi-ethnic state, ruled by a minority race. as there was no Han supremacy the Uyghur subjects at that time at least had a measure of autonomy."
"even the manchurians when they first set up the qing dynasty were completely different to the han and disdained their culture. yet towards the end of the qing dynasty they found themselves to be near indistinguishable to them."
"Worth noting that, even though the Manchu were entirely assimilated by the end of the Qing, they still were largely seen as foreign."

American, European, and Belgian Pralines // What's the Difference? - "The cook of Marshal du Pleases-Praslin created the praline consisting of caramelized sugar and almonds at the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte...
The Belgian Praline is basically a soft-centered chocolate...
The American praline resembles a chewy cookie"

Israel's Arab soldiers who fight for the Jewish state - "Ten times as many Israeli Arabs - Muslims and Christians - are joining the IDF compared to three years ago... Mahmud and the other new recruits take the oath of allegiance to Israel. His parents and fiancee are there to see him swear on the Koran as he is given his own gun... In contrast to many of his friends Mahmud gets a good salary as a soldier. Unlike Jewish recruits he can apply for a grant of land to set up his own home."
Apparently they didn't get the memo that Israel oppresses Arabs

WATCH: Palestinian Urges IDF to Shoot His Son on Camera; Soldier and Boy High-Five Instead - "A video emerged on Friday showing a Palestinian man urging Israeli soldiers to kill his toddler son so he could capture the shooting on camera. The father is seen shoving the young boy toward an armed soldier, who responds by giving the child a high-five. The father continued egging the boy on, instructing him to throw rocks at the soldiers. Eventually, the child walked to the side and threw rocks away from the troops. Leibel A. Mangel, who first posted the video on his Facebook page, said the child was identified as 3-year-old Muhammad Suroor. This is not the first time that footage emerged of Palestinian parents pressing their children to confront soldiers so the troops’ response can be photographed and filmed. In 2012, a young Palestinian girl — Ahed Tamimi of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank — was filmed as she yelled at and shoved armed troops, seemingly in an attempt to provoke a reaction. Another young boy was forcefully pushed against an armed soldier during the same demonstration in the hopes of getting a response... Palestinian children are often encouraged to honor those who carry out attacks against Israel, and to participate in such attacks themselves. Such incitement has long been tied to acts of terrorism by Israeli authorities and experts. During the past school year, some Palestinian children wore military fatigues and held toy guns while performing in plays that depict the abduction and killing of Israelis. Over the summer, more than 50,000 Palestinian kids in the Gaza Strip attended three-week-long military training camps, which aim “to raise a generation of Palestinians who love the resistance and the liberation of Palestine and the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” according to the Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas. More than 10,000 Palestinian teenagers graduated from such camps in 2015. Palestinian children have also been seen brandishing weapons while participating in rallies alongside adults; footage from an October rally in Rafah, Gaza, showed a number of youths — including toddlers — holding blades as a sprawling crowd called for terrorist attacks against Jews... Multiple surveys of Palestinian public opinion have found widespread support for terror attacks against Israeli civilians, as well as negative perceptions of Jews. A poll conducted by a Ramallah-based firm over the first three months of 2016 found that more than 60 percent of Palestinians approve of “armed attacks against Israeli civilians inside Israel.”"
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