"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Links - 25th November 2018 (1)

The World’s First Immigration Economy – Foreign Policy - "Australia has enjoyed 27 years of uninterrupted growth since its last recession—108 consecutive quarters of economic expansion and counting... Measured in per capita terms, then, Australia’s economy actually shrank for two consecutive quarters... Economists don’t usually bother to adjust quarterly GDP statistics for population growth. For most developed nations, population growth is so slow and steady as to hardly matter on such a short-term time horizon. Not so for Australia. Australia’s population has grown by nearly 45 percent since 1991. No other major developed country even comes close to that rate... 50 years of unparalleled immigration have given Australia the largest foreign-born population of any major developed country in modern times. As of 2016, over 28 percent of people in Australia were not born there... in the United States today, nearly 14 percent of the population is foreign-born. For America, that is nearly a record. The American foreign-born population never exceeded 15 percent even in the 1890s heyday of mass immigration... more people means more demand—for everything, but especially for housing... After minerals, Australia’s largest “export” may well be educational services, represented by tuition fees paid by international students studying in Australia... Roads are clogged, schools are full, power grids are strained, and housing is scarce. Politicians and activists of all shades agree that Australia’s infrastructure is not keeping up with population growth. And then there are the social tensions that result from mass immigration, ranging from the voluntary self-segregation of ethnic communities to outright racism and social exclusion. For more than 20 years, a majority of Australians have consistently preferred lower levels of immigration... Yet, as in the United States, calls for reductions in the level of immigration are repeatedly answered with charges of racism... when a country allows some of the highest levels of legal immigration in the world, twice as much as the United States did in its most immigrant-friendly era, it seems reasonable for people to ask: How much is too much? And beyond the social strain, there is the economy to think about: As Australia’s population grows, the country needs exponentially more and more immigrants in order to continue to reap the same economic benefits. As a result, Australia’s heavy reliance on immigration to float the economy and fund government budgets runs the risk of turning into a giant immigration Ponzi scheme"
Of course the Economist is still starry eyed: What the world can learn from Australia - Aussie rules

Newly-arrived skilled migrants not finding professional jobs: New report - "many occupations like accounting and engineering on the Skilled Occupations Lists are in over supply and therefore most recently arrived skilled migrants to Australia have not found professional jobs...
Career Coach Naishadh Gadani’s four tips to find work in line with your qualifications in Australia:
Learn and understand Australian work culture
Identify your transferable skills to find occupation relevant to your skills than take up a low-skilled jobs
Network. Make as many local connections as possible.
Volunteer. It is a good first step to experience Australian work culture."

Lo-Ping, but spooky on Twitter - "someone educate me on why the npc meme is "fascism""
"People that all talk similar & speak in flowchart form feel personally attacked by a term likening them to a mindless character driven by code and claiming they're being dehumanized after they've spent two years claiming that everyone who disagreed with them online is a bot.
Ironically enough, instead of stopping to meditate on why people are mocking them as automatons, their social "programming" lead them to lash out and label this as """""""fascism""""""" because they really don't know how else to deal with this."

Boys Encouraged to Wear Nail Polish, Massage Each Other at Gender Neutral School - "Elite elementary schools in Iceland are teaching boys to put on nail polish and give each other full body massages while girls are discouraged from crying to counter gendered behaviours. Founded by self-described radical feminist Margrét Pála Ólafsdóttir, the 20 nursery and elementary Hjallastefnan schools in Iceland, which has a population of just 334,000, separate the girls’ and boys’ classes for the majority of the day, so that they can be taught to practice behaviours of the opposite sex... In the higher levels of education, gender studies is compulsory at 27 of the 33 high schools on the Nordic island nation."

How Technology Led a Hospital To Give a Patient 38 Times His Dosage - "Levitt had given the patient not one Septra pill—a tried-and-true antibiotic used principally for urinary and skin infections — but 38½ of them... Though computers can and do improve patient safety in many ways, the case of Pablo Garcia vividly illustrates that, even in one of the world’s best hospitals, filled with well-trained, careful and caring doctors, nurses and pharmacists, technology can cause breathtaking errors."

Share of Muslims in jail bigger than in the population, show NCRB data - "Muslims make up 15.8% of all convicts and 20.9% of all undertrials in jails across the country. This is higher than their share in the country’s population, which is 14.2%. But in some states, this gap is far wider. According to latest data on prisons by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2015, in states such as Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, the percentage of Muslims in the incarcerated population was almost thrice the percentage of Muslims in the overall population."

Martin Daubney on Twitter - "A man handed a woman a note on a train, then got off. It said she "should smile, even if the world is getting you down". She's made it a #MeToo moment. How long before humans cease to interact?"
So much for handing out random notes/performing random acts of kindness. If you're male anyway

Outraged woman crusades against dog park ‘patriarchy’ - "A Stockholm resident wants to build a new dog park with one rule: no (dog) boys allowed. In the Swedish capital, it’s socially verboten for female dogs in heat to frolic in dog parks... The pooches aren’t partitioned without cause: It’s a widely held opinion that female dogs in heat shouldn’t be in close quarters with unneutered male dogs, who may get riled up from the interaction. But artist Carola Kastman, owner of 5-month-old border collie-Doberman-Rottweiler mix, Coco, thinks it’s downright discriminatory that pups like hers are barred from Stockholm’s dog runs for the roughly three months per year they are menstruating. “I could never have believed that patriarchy had entered the dog parks,” she tells StockholmDirekt.“This is a major political issue. I will not be happy until there’s at least one sex-separated dog run for female dogs in every neighborhood.”... Emelie Draper — a local breeder, doggie-daycare worker and rock DJ — opined to the paper that Kastman’s idea is good in theory, but not practice. “I’m afraid there would be total chaos,” she writes, explaining that female dogs in heat may fight aggressively with each other... Kastman wrote on her personal blog that she feels like she’s the target of a “witch hunt.”... this canine conundrum runs contrary to Sweden’s typically progressive policies. The country, she says, “is at the forefront of gender-neutral policy and animal rights. It’s incredible that there are not any such places, and Sweden should be a role model.”... Kastman is ready to fight for a dog run where Coco — who has her own Instagram account — and other female dogs can find “peace and quiet,” she adds. “Even when they do not have their period, the males are on them all the time.” “I will continue to question this ‘invisible rule,’ where the males have the power,” she wrote for News24. “It is very interesting and scary that the gender roles in society are reflected in the cultural animal world. It is time for a change.”"
And people were mocking the dog rape grievance studies paper.
Maybe the fact that 'patriarchy' can be found in the animal world suggests that it is more 'natural' than feminists think


Meng Hongwei: China confirms detention of Interpol chief - "China has confirmed it is holding the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei. Beijing said he was under investigation by the country's anti-corruption body for unspecified breaches of the law. Mr Meng, also a vice-minister of public security in China, was reported missing after travelling from the city of Lyon in France, where Interpol is based, to China... Mr Meng is the latest high-profile disappearance in China, where a number of top government officials, billionaires and even an A-list celebrity have vanished in recent months."

Deconstructing the evidence-based discourse in health sciences: truth, power and fascism. - "Drawing on the work of the late French philosophers Deleuze and Guattari, the objective of this paper is to demonstrate that the evidence-based movement in the health sciences is outrageously exclusionary and dangerously normative with regards to scientific knowledge. As such, we assert that the evidence-based movement in health sciences constitutes a good example of microfascism at play in the contemporary scientific arena... health sciences are colonised (territorialised) by an all-encompassing scientific research paradigm - that of post-positivism - but also and foremost in showing the process by which a dominant ideology comes to exclude alternative forms of knowledge, therefore acting as a fascist structure... The Cochrane Group, among others, has created a hierarchy that has been endorsed by many academic institutions, and that serves to (re)produce the exclusion of certain forms of research. Because 'regimes of truth' such as the evidence-based movement currently enjoy a privileged status, scholars have not only a scientific duty, but also an ethical obligation to deconstruct these regimes of power."
Published in Int J Evid Based Healthc. Depressingly it got 31 citations, so this sort of nonsense is not fringe
Time to return to homeopathy and faith healing, which are preferred by marginalised groups


Faceless sex: glory holes and sexual assemblages. - "According to our previous research, the use of glory holes in public venues such as saunas and bathhouses is very popular. The popularity of glory holes is due in part to the anonymous sex that these architectural elements allow. This post-structuralist theoretical reflection seeks to understand the specific nature of anonymous public sex among bathhouse patrons, focusing on the links between desire-architecture-place-sexual practices"
Published in Nurs Philos

Toronto Against Abortion - "two Toronto Against Abortion team members were attacked while engaging in civil discussion about abortion with pro-choice counterprotesters at Ryerson. Gabby Skwarko, a member of the Ryerson Reproductive Justice Collective and last year's Faculty of Arts Director at the Ryerson Students Union, approached Blaise Alleyne and Katie Somers from behind and launched into an attack on them and their property. Another member of the Ryerson Reproductive Justice Collective attempted to block one of the cameras from filming the attack. Police and EMS were called. Katie Somers suffered injury, including bruising to her leg. An investigation is ongoing, but charges have not yet been laid. Free speech is under serious threat in Ontario, and especially at Ryerson, where people are being assaulted for peacefully and civilly sharing their beliefs. While we are always peaceful and civil, we face violence and illegal activity often at Ryerson. This is one of many incidents our Ryerson Team has had to endure over the past two years from the student unions and the Reproductive Justice Collective. We continue to reach more and more people in the Ryerson community with the pro-life message every week, despite attempts by the Ryerson Reproductive Justice Collective to censor and stop us through assaults and thefts."

Amazon sends cash to charity founded by 'extremist' who supports child marriage - "Amazon is funding an ‘extremist’ charity whose founder supports child marriage and stoning people to death as punishment for adultery... the Muslim Research and Development Foundation (MRDF) – described as ‘the main Salafist organisation in the UK’"

Prominent Christian Legal Group Barred From Amazon Program While Openly Anti-Semitic Groups Remain - "Amazon has barred prominent Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) from participating in its Amazon Smile charitable program, which allows nonprofits to recoup a small fraction of the money their supporters spend through Amazon. ADF, which specializes in First Amendment law and has won cases at the Supreme Court, is barred from Amazon Smile on account of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, which labeled ADF a “hate group.”... The SPLC is known for labeling pedestrian conservative organizations as “hate groups” and calling critics of political correctness “extremists.” The SPLC deleted four articles in March and April alone, after the articles were challenged as inaccurate, and the SPLC threatened with lawsuits... Unlike ADF, hardline Islamic groups are allowed to participate in Amazon Smile. That includes the Islamic Center of Jersey City, whose imam called Jews “apes and pigs” and requested Allah’s help in killing them “down to the very last one,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is able to take part in Amazon Smile, despite a 2009 federal court ruling the U.S. government has “ample evidence” of ties between the group and Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas... TheDCNF identified several branches of the Nation of Islam, which the SPLC recognizes as an openly anti-Semitic organization, participating in Amazon Smile"
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