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Friday, September 28, 2018

Links - 28th September 2018 (2)

Domestic abuse husband 'let down' before his murder - "A solicitor who was abused and murdered by his violent wife was let down by authorities, a report has found. Doctors failed to raise concerns about injuries to David Edwards, according to the domestic homicide review... A perception that men were not domestic abuse victims may have contributed to the situation, the report concluded."
Male privilege!

Daycare provider who hanged toddler sentenced in Minneapolis - "Nataliia Karia received 10 years probation on Monday for hanging a toddler in her daycare and running over two men with her minivan, before attempting suicide. She had faced 13 years in prison. All of the victims of the November 2016 incident survived their injuries."

Drunk seductress, 36, forced herself on boy then falsely accused him of rape - "A female paedophile who had sex with a 14-year-old schoolboy then accused him of rape has been jailed for four years and eight months."
If it were the other way around...

Japanese basketball players in prostitute ‘disgrace’ - "Four Japanese basketball players have apologised for bringing “disgrace” to their nation after they were kicked out of the Asian Games for paying prostitutes for sex. The regional Olympics was hit by scandal after the players were spotted in a notorious red light district of the Indonesian capital Jakarta wearing their national jerseys"

Malaysian professor ‘killed wife and daughter with yoga ball leaking carbon monoxide that was left in car boot in Hong Kong’ - "Khaw Kim-sun, 53, a specialist in anaesthesiology, put the inflatable ball containing carbon monoxide in the boot of a yellow Mini Cooper driven by his wife, Wong Siew-fung, 47"

Who needs democracy when you have data? - "For any authoritarian regime, “there is a basic problem for the center of figuring out what’s going on at lower levels and across society,” says Deborah Seligsohn, a political scientist and China expert at Villanova University in Philadelphia... What information is available is deeply flawed; systematic falsification of data on everything from GDP growth to hydropower use pervades Chinese government statistics. Australian National University researcher Borge Bakken estimates that official crime figures, which the government has a clear incentive to downplay, may represent as little as 2.5 percent of all criminal behavior."

Dozens of men tricked into 'Hunger Games'-style competition via Tinder - "In some kind of modern-love social experiment, dozens of men in New York City reportedly showed up for what they thought was a Tinder date but ended up being in a "Hunger Games"-style competition against each other to win that date... the "most troubling thing" about what he witnessed was that she seemed to target "for lack of a better term, nerdy looking dudes" with "flowers and their shirt tucked in," who may have been earnestly looking for love."

Oxytocin and social norms reduce xenophobia - "the bonding hormone oxytocin together with social norms significantly increases the willingness to donate money to refugees in need, even in people who tend to have a skeptical attitude towards migrants"

Income inequality not gender inequality positively covaries with female sexualization on social media - "Female sexualization is increasing, and scholars are divided on whether this trend reflects a form of gendered oppression or an expression of female competitiveness. Here, we proxy local status competition with income inequality, showing that female sexualization and physical appearance enhancement are most prevalent in environments that are economically unequal. We found no association with gender oppression. Exploratory analyses show that the association between economic inequality and sexualization is stronger in developed nations. Our findings have important implications: Sexualization manifests in response to economic conditions but does not covary with female subordination. These results raise the possibility that sexualization may be a marker of social climbing among women that track the degree of status competition in the local environment."
Feminist theory takes yet another hit

Here's Your List Of Hillary Clinton's 'Accomplishments' - ""If you want to stump a Democrat," Carly Fiorina suggested during Wednesday's GOP debate, "ask them to name an accomplishment of Mrs. Clinton's" as secretary of state. Hillary herself seems just as stumped... Even her fans struggle for an answer. None of the Hillary supporters assembled at a focus group could name one... Politico tried to come to Hillary's rescue after the debate, asking 20 top Democrats to name her "greatest accomplishment." But it's hard to see how the answers help her much, since several on that list came before she became secretary of state, such as the Pediatric Research Equity Act. Remember that one? One listed a speech she gave in China on women. Several did mention sanctions on Iran, which would have been a great accomplishment if they had led to Iran abandoning its nuclear ambitions. Oops. The problem Clinton backers are having is they're looking at it all wrong. Hillary's great achievements as secretary of state are easy to find, all around the world. Just look at the unrest in Syria, the collapse of Libya, the rise of ISIS, the death of a U.S. ambassador, renewed Russian aggression . .. Now that is a long list."

Online Shopping Is Making Us Accumulate More Junk - "Sites like Amazon have made it especially easy to shop. In 1999, the Seattle retailer patented a one-click buying process, which allows customers to purchase something without entering their shipping address or credit-card info. It launched its Prime program in 2005, and now more than 100 million people have signed on to pay $119 a year for “free” two-day shipping. As a result, most other major retailers offer free shipping, too. Returning stuff is a little more difficult—shoppers usually have to print a label and then go to the post office or a UPS or FedEx site to return packages. Many wait too long, or decide the hassle isn’t worth it because the stuff was cheap anyway. A recent NPR/Marist poll found that nine in 10 consumers rarely or never return stuff they’ve bought online."

Woman who complained about noisy mosque jailed for blasphemy - "An Indonesian court has sentenced a Buddhist woman to 18 months in prison for blasphemy after she was accused of insulting Islam. Meiliana, a 44-year-old ethnic Chinese woman, had complained the Muslim call to prayer, which is repeated five times a day, was being played too loudly at the mosque near her house in North Sumatra... Since 2004, 147 people have been imprisoned under blasphemy or related laws, according to monitoring by Human Rights Watch"
What Would Reza Aslan Say?
This isn't even Aceh, the usual retort of apologists


The Islam apologists, including Reza Aslan, smear Sam Harris by misrepresenting his words « Why Evolution Is True - "It takes a certain amount of mendacity to listen to Sam’s words, which are perfectly clear, and distort them to make it seem that Sam wants to stop all Muslim immigration to Europe and the U.S. But we see that mendacity in many apologists for Islam, and most notably in the odious Reza Aslan, whose reputation rests solely on whitewashing religion, especially Islam"

6 times the Strauss family had serious beef with each other - "In September 1907, the last surviving Strauss brother Eduard had several thousand compositions on manuscript paper of his late brother Josef incinerated. Eduard claimed Josef asked him to destroy his unfinished works (possibly including a grand opera) in case they fell into the hands of others who might pass them off as their own. But it’s equally possible that Eduard, to avoid unfavourable comparisons with his brother, found the works and destroyed them after Josef’s death."

'Crazy Rich Asians' plays well to hometown crowd in Singapore - "Some viewers worried the movie ignored the reality of everyday life on the ground. "Not everyone is rich here, a lot of people live normal lives," said retiree Irene Ee, 65. "Now everyone will think we have so much money, we should pay for everyone else's needs.""
Maybe some Singaporeans think Hollywood films are an accurate depiction of the US

1 in 2 Singapore residents do not have a close friend from another race: survey
Since movies have a duty to represent reality, the lack of minority representation in Crazy Rich Asians is good. Indeed this is already implicitly conceded when SJWs bash Singaporean Chinese for being racist

No-deal Brexit myths debunked - ROSS CLARK explains why we WON'T starve and planes WILL take off - "With the Government releasing the first batch of its ‘no-deal’ impact assessments today, Brexit critics are gleefully anticipating dire headlines. They have jumped on outlandish predictions for life after Brexit, from rioting and planes being grounded, to empty supermarket shelves and warnings that a no-deal Brexit would push food prices up by 12 per cent. But what’s the truth? Here, ROSS CLARK analyses claims from proponents of the new Project Fear"

Nurses who failed English test aimed at curbing immigration set for a reprieve - "Language rules introduced to curb immigration are set to be relaxed after they prevented native English-speaking nurses from working in the NHS. The NHS has a shortage of 40,000 nurses and recruiters and NHS employers have been lobbying for looser language requirements so that thousands of nurses from countries such as Australia, India and the Philippines can work in Britain. In June, the Observer uncovered evidence that Australians and other native English-speaking nurses were being turned down because they could not pass the International English Language Testing System test"

Difficulty of NHS language test ‘worsens nurse crisis’, say recruiters - "IELTS has four elements: speaking, listening, reading and writing. To qualify to work in the NHS, candidates need to score at least seven out of nine in each section. Purcell, who spent AU$650 (£386) on the test, managed 6.5 in writing and seven in reading... Native English speakers average just 6.3 in writing and 6.7 in reading, according to the British Council, a joint owner of the test. HCL says foreign nurses who come to the UK to study only need to reach 6.0 to get a place on a nursing degree at universities including Warwick and Gloucester."

The Sex Offender Registry Leaves Female Sex Offenders Open to Abuse
Feminism is about gender equality, which means protecting women by subjecting them to different rules from men

NYU Scholar Accused of Harassment Assails Rush to Judgment as Sign of ‘Sexual Paranoia’ - "The emails between Avital Ronell and her advisee, Nimrod Reitman, were florid and campy, filled with expressions of affection that seemed over the top and inappropriate to the investigators who would scrutinize them years later... It was, she said in an interview on Friday, a rush to judgment in an era when legitimate concerns about sexual harassment can veer off into “sexual paranoia.” Silenced until now by a confidentiality agreement with the university, she said she was tired of being portrayed as a predator when in fact, she insisted, there had been no inappropriate physical contact between herself and her doctoral advisee, and the communications he objected to were freely reciprocated... The final report on the Title IX investigation, excerpts of which were obtained by The Chronicle, supports Reitman’s contention that he felt pressured at times to use effusively affectionate language in his emails to her."

This Woman Lost An Internship At NASA For The Most Hilarious Reason Ever - "in a scene pulled directly from your nightmares, the jubilant poster had unwittingly tweeted obscenities at her brand-new boss."

Ian Miles Cheong on Twitter - "NASA engineer Homer Hickam deactivated his Twitter after a sustained harassment campaign from members of the furry community following a brief interaction with a would-be NASA intern (a furry) who spewed profanity at him. He also deleted his blog defending the furry"

Swearing on social media really could cost you your job - "poor spelling and grammar is more damaging to a candidate’s reputation than drunken photos."

Outrage over a safe sex guide calling vagina a "front hole"
Biology - and science more generally - is only endorsed when it suits the liberal agenda

Healthline changes their website then says 'front hole' claims are untrue.

On blaming others for your problems

Humans of New York:

"“I’m studying human development. A few years ago I came across an article that said there were no successful black nations in the world. It really angered me. I thought: ‘Some fellow is trying to run us down.’ But then I discovered the author of the article was Nigerian. And the more I read, the more I realized it was true. And I started to think that maybe we should be mad at ourselves. I always hear my friends complaining about the politicians in this country. I tell them: ‘Imagine that lightning strikes and suddenly you’re the president. Would you know enough honest people to form a government?’ And they freeze. Because our culture doesn’t ascribe a premium to honesty. People will laugh at you for being honest and broke. Nigeria has the highest concentration of black people in the world. So this is where it should happen. But development doesn’t begin with things, it begins with people. I’m not saying that self-criticism is the answer. But it’s the beginning of the answer. Maybe we should be a little less proud and a little more discontent. Maybe we should stop blaming our immorality on poverty. I grew up in the slums and I don’t want to hear it. Don’t blame it on colonialism, nepotism, racism, or any of the ‘isms.’ And don’t blame it on the slave trade. Because slavery didn’t begin with white people. White people purchased slaves from our shores—that’s true. But black people did the selling. And we were paid for what we sold.” (Lagos, Nigeria)"

Links - 28th September 2018 (1)

EU food safety agency says aspartame poses no risk for consumers
Given that this is Europe where they're terrified of GMOs and don't have chlorinated chicken, this is a strong statement indeed

Revelation: Anthony Bourdain Was Defending Asia Argento, Attacking Harvey Weinstein, At the Same He Was Helping “Navigate” Settlement with Underage Actor - "Anthony Bourdain committed suicide on June 8th. His death was a shock until some associated his abrupt decision with tabloid photographs of girlfriend Asia Argento cavorting with a young Italian journalist. But now this comes to light: Bourdain and his attorney were helping Argento navigate a settlement and $380,000 pay off to an underage actor she allegedly raped. It’s mind boggling. Bourdain had been Argento’s steadfast supporter, speaking out against her alleged rapist, Harvey Weinstein. He was fully committed to her cause, to #MeToo, and loyal to his girlfriend"
Looks like it's not just male feminists who do protest too much

Asia Argento denies sexual assault of 17-year-old, says Anthony Bourdain made payment to accuser - ""I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false," Argento said in a statement to reporter Yashar Ali on Tuesday morning, referring to an article published on Sunday in the New York Times... The Times reported that it received documents that included a selfie of Argento and Bennett in bed. It also reported that three people familiar with the case had said the documents were authentic."
Asia Argento was representative of #metoo when she was seen as a victim, but not now that she's revealed to be a predator. Meanwhile, anti-gay men found doing strange things in public toilets with other men prove that anti-gay men are all closeted gays

MeToo actress Asia Argento now admits to sex with under-age boy - "Asia Argento, the Hollywood actress and "MeToo" activist accused of sexual assault on an underage boy, has privately admitted having sex with the fellow actor despite issuing a public denial."

Asia Argento sent unwanted topless video to comedian and then 'freaked out' when he got upset

Asia Argento Says 17-Year-Old Jimmy Bennett Sexually Assaulted Her - "As for her statement after the story broke -- "I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett" -- Heller says she was being honest because it was a one-time only encounter and not a relationship... The attack against Bennett is odd ... because Argento has spoken out against shaming alleged victims in sexual assault cases."

Asia Argento Gives Rose McGowan 24 Hours to Retract Assault Comments - "Asia Argento is threatening legal action against Rose McGowan. On Twitter, Argento gave McGowan 24 hours to retract claims she made detailing how she discovered that Argento had reportedly paid off actor Jimmy Bennett, who alleges the actress assaulted him when he was 17 years old."
Female solidarity!

America’s Empty-Church Problem - "Secularism is indeed correlated with greater tolerance of gay marriage and pot legalization. But it’s also making America’s partisan clashes more brutal. And it has contributed to the rise of both Donald Trump and the so-called alt-right movement, whose members see themselves as proponents of white nationalism. As Americans have left organized religion, they haven’t stopped viewing politics as a struggle between “us” and “them.” Many have come to define us and them in even more primal and irreconcilable ways... culturally conservative white Americans who are disengaged from church experience less economic success and more family breakdown than those who remain connected, and they grow more pessimistic and resentful... For decades, liberals have called the Christian right intolerant. When conservatives disengage from organized religion, however, they don’t become more tolerant. They become intolerant in different ways. Research shows that evangelicals who don’t regularly attend church are less hostile to gay people than those who do. But they’re more hostile to African Americans, Latinos, and Muslims... White Democrats who are disconnected from organized religion are substantially more likely than other white Democrats to call the American dream a myth"

Sir Patrick Stewart quits Labour Party and reveals 'awkward' encounter with Jeremy Corbyn - "Sir Patrick Stewart, one of Labour’s most high-profile members, has abandoned the party he has supported for 73 years after saying he no longer knows “what it stands for”. The Star Trek actor, who attended his first Labour event when he was five, said: “It doesn’t feel like my party any more” as he attacked Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership."

The Forgotten Story of How "Punching Up" Harmed the Science-Fiction/Fantasy World - "It relies on crude and often skewed definitions of power, privilege and oppression—so that, for instance, Jeong, a Harvard Law School graduate and successful journalist from a minority group with higher income and lower incarceration rates than white Americans, can outscore an unemployed white high school dropout in “oppression points.” (Or so that Jeong supporter Rani Molla, another journalist with an elite degree and from a thriving demographic, can deride “whiny” rural white workers at a chicken processing plant.) However, the normalization of “punching up” can also do more immediate and tangible harm. In many cases, it can enable and excuse abusive behavior supposedly motivated by righteous anger or “anti-oppression” activism... the sci-fi/fantasy world was rocked by revelations about the bizarre online past of a much-praised young author in the field, the Thai-born, Hong Kong-based Benjanun Sriduangkaew, one of that year’s finalists for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Sriduangkaew was outed as a notorious social justice “rage-blogger” known by the fitting moniker “Requires Hate” (a shortened version of the title of her blog, “Requires Only That You Hate”), whose vitriol-soaked takedowns and callouts of “problematic” works and authors had sown fear in the SFF community since 2011. What’s more, Requires Hate also doubled as a prolific troll and cyberbully who mainly went by “Winterfox” but sometimes used other handles."

The incoherent, divisive dogma of cultural appropriation outrage - "Richard Wagner declared that unconverted Jews could never authentically belong in Europe’s folk-cultural life, because of their appearance, their avarice and their inability to master European languages. In arts such as music, he believed Jews could only produce inferior copies of the great German composers’ works. The popularity of Jewish composers in his time, Wagner raged, was a sign of the terminal decay of European music: Jews were its scavengers, like a “swarming colony of insect life” dissolving a corpse’s flesh. Within a century, such ideas were rhyming to the tramp of jackboots."

6 months with BlueSG electric vehicle car sharing: My driving experience - "At this point of time, BlueSG’s appeal is very selective and it really depends if 1) there are stations near your residence and your destination spots, 2) you don’t mind driving and all its related hassles, 3) you don’t mind playing Russian Roulette."

Instagram Stories At Two: What Price Have We Paid For Recording Everything? - "The downside of having a virtual guest list is that it soon instilled the constant need to throw a party... more than a third of millennials have intentionally posted misleading photos to make their holiday seem better than it is and 65% of those do so specifically to make others envious... "I have definitely seen my friends acting up for the camera"... A 2017 study found Instagram to be the worst social network in terms of its impact on mental health, linking it to depression and anxiety"

Why It's Not OK to Hate Men - "misandry – the unapologetic hatred of men as an undifferentiated group – is nothing new. Radical feminists like Andrea Dworkin and Valerie Solanis (founder of the Society for Cutting Up Men and shooter of Andy Warhol) were the most famous man-haters in the 1970s, but were pretty much disavowed at the time by many more mainstream feminists and later by third wave feminists. Misandry went out of fashion during the 1980s and the idea that feminists were all ‘lesbians and man haters’ was rightly ridiculed. Now it’s back – and much closer to the mainstream than it was 50 years ago... “You can’t hate all men can you? Actually I can,” writes Suzanne Moore, a British feminist, in the New Statesman in 2016. “As a class, I hate men.” Men are not a class but this doesn’t deter Moore from continuing her peroration. “I think any intelligent woman hates men,” she continues. She even comes up with a hash tag in the hope that this blanket condemnation will catch on – #yesallmen... Power is everything – which tells you something, perhaps, about the status anxiety of this theory’s most fanatical adherents... Hating men is not going to advance the cause of gender equality. On the contrary, if you tell someone that you hate them, simply because they have a penis, they have two basic alternative responses (other than ignoring you, which is probably the most sensible response). They can cringe and apologise – as many liberals do in the face of such onslaughts, hoping in vain for rehabilitation. The Maoists and their show trials did a lot to reveal the intrinsic human propensity to confess to imaginary sins. Alternatively, and more dangerously, you can respond with, “If you are justified in hating me then I am justified in hating you.”"
This is what a feminist looks like

Malaysia’s secret ‘hell’: victims of violence, extortion and abuse of power in immigration detention centres tell their stories - "more than 100 foreigners in Malaysia’s immigration centres had died in the preceding two years as a result of “various diseases and unknown causes”. More than half of the victims were ethnic Rohingya refugees escaping persecution in Myanmar."

The Crackdown Continues: Twitter Suspends Libertarian Accounts, Including Ron Paul Institute Director

Women's Studies 101: It's So Cool! If You Use Your Imagination You Can Blame Men for Everything!

FACT CHECK: Was Arnold Schwarzenegger Forced to Sleep Outside a Hotel He Had Helped Open? - "Social media users love to share words of inspiration and wisdom — if you can pair a profound (or at least vague) life lesson with a striking photo of a celebrity, all the better. That was the case in early 2018, when a photograph of California’s former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared along with an elaborate, but false, back story...
'when he was governor of California he inaugurated a hotel with his statue. Hotel staff told Arnold, “at any moment you can come and have a room reserved for you.” when Arnold stepped down as governor and went to the hotel, the administration refused to give him a room arguing that he should pay for it, since they were in great demand.'"

Sweden rape: Most convicted attackers foreign-born, says TV - "the total number of offenders over five years was 843. Of those, 197 were from the Middle East and North Africa, with 45 coming from Afghanistan. "We are very clear in the programme that it is a small percentage of the people coming from abroad who are convicted of rape," chief editor Ulf Johansson told the BBC. He pointed out that the number of reported rapes in Sweden was far higher, so no conclusions could be drawn on the role of immigrants in sexual attacks... A former police officer born in Afghanistan told the programme that some young Afghans who had come to Sweden in recent years had views that differed significantly from Sweden's idea of sexual equality."
Presumably this is clear evidence of xenophobic/racist bias in the Swedish court system

Nobody Should Listen to Twitter Mobs - "Mobbing people over “bad” tweets and hounding them out of jobs is a good way to create a new norm that discourages people from being forthright on social media. It threatens to turn Twitter from a place where people are freewheeling and unfiltered into an environment where people stay on message and work to promote their personal brand. If that happens, Twitter will just be Instagram."

Move over ‘monkey Jesus’, China’s technicolour Buddha joins the wall of shame for botched repair works - "Most restorations are believed to have been done by “Buddhist believers who voluntarily pooled small amounts of money they saved from cheap groceries or discounts … they believe they were protecting the relics and had good intentions,” the internet user wrote... “Relics are called relics because they look old, showing their historical value,” Xu said. “Restoration work may show the faith of a Buddhist believer, but if the restoration covers up the marks of the original relics, then they are turned into idols for worship, not relics any more.”"

Botched Chinese temple fresco restoration sparks outrage - "The new frescoes in Chaoyang’s Yunjie Temple are definitely bold and colorful – too bad they don’t look a thing like the delicate historic originals they were meant to restore. They were painted directly onto the nearly 300-year-old original ones using bright colors and bold lines, with almost no stylistic similarity to the originals... destroying cultural relics is quite common in China."
Many Singaporeans would say that if you can't do better you have no right to criticise the restoration

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Links - 27th September 2018 (2)

The Scientists Who Starved to Death Surrounded By Food - "As the invading German army poured into the city looting and destroying anything of value, a group of Russian botanists holed up inside the vault of the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry with a precious collection of seeds and edible plants. This collection, containing seeds from nearly 200,000 varieties of plants of which about a quarter was edible, constituted one of the world’s largest repositories of the genetic diversity of food crops. Among them were plenty of rice, wheat, corn, beans and potatoes, enough to sustain the botanists and see them through the worst days of the siege. But the scientists hadn’t barricaded themselves in the vault with food grains to save their lives, but rather to protect these seeds from the Nazis as well as from the starving people plundering through the streets in search for anything to eat"

(GC) - "Colorado is ordering Jack Phillips to bake a Pro-LGBT Cake. Again"
"I think it’s weird that there is only one baker in all of Colorado."

How Title IX Became a Political Weapon - WSJ - "As long as Title IX’s victims were wrestlers or swimmers from low-revenue men’s sports that were jettisoned to achieve participation-parity with women’s sports, nobody much cared. But now that the law is being turned into a tool to suppress free speech on college campuses, even liberals are starting to cry foul... “The very idea that a professor could be hit with a Title IX investigation over an opinion article she wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education is so palpably ridiculous that there is simply no need to go further.”... The case brought against Brown University in the early 1990s by a coalition of feminists and trial lawyers set the stage. It alleged that Brown—which offered more women’s sports teams than men’s at the time—had violated the law by downgrading two women’s teams. The university produced reams of data showing that women at Brown had more opportunities to play sports than men, but more men than women played intramural sports by 3 to 1 and club sports by a whopping 8 to 1. To the applause of the Clinton administration, the court ruled that such data didn’t matter. The responsibility of the school wasn’t to provide equal opportunity to participate in sports—it was to educate women to be interested in sports. In effect the ruling said that Brown women didn’t know what they wanted. They only thought they were dancers or actors or musicians. They had to be taught that they were really athletes. They didn’t know what was good for them but the government did... If colleges couldn’t produce enough actual female bodies on the playing field, the schools were forced to cut male athletes until the participation rates of both sexes were the same... The new demands to combat what federal education officials also call a “rape culture” on campus are so excessive that even current and former Harvard Law professors have publicly complained that their school’s attempt to comply has undermined due process and is “overwhelmingly stacked against the accused.” But for Ms. Kipnis, it is the reduction of women to helpless, permanent victim status that has roused her and other feminists to anger."

An Alt-Right No-Show - WSJ - "The anticipatory media coverage of the event didn’t quite reach Super-Bowl hype levels, but it was close. And the number of white supremacists who showed up for the Sunday rally? Not 200. Not 100. About 20... In the last 12 months, the left—abetted by some in the media—has transformed Charlottesville into “Charlottesville”—a one-word symbol of civic and racial strife presumably at large in Donald Trump’s America... We wish Mr. Trump was more adept at navigating through this minefield. We also wish we didn’t have to read in the second paragraph of the New York Times coverage of Sunday’s microscopic rally that “even with the low turnout, almost no one walked away with the sense that the nation’s divisions were any closer to healing.” Even no news is bad news these days."

Long Hair on Men: Only for the Young? - WSJ - "“People seem freer about their appearance,” he said. Though it may sound implausible, Mr. Keefer has found long locks easier to maintain than a cropped cut. “I’ll condition my hair, but I mostly just run a brush through it before I shower and wash it”... Still, it is worth noting that in many workplaces (if not, say, the Senate), long hair is no longer verboten; none of the men I talked to had faced any censure at work"

The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens - "teens perform joy on Instagram but confess sadness on Tumblr. The site, he said, is a “safe haven from their local friends. … On Tumblr they tell their most personal stories. They share things that they normally wouldn’t share with their local friends because of the fear of judgment. That has held true for every person that I’ve met.”... A study by Priceonomics found that Tumblr is the top source for BuzzFeed’s viral content... The outrage clicks were so powerful, Lilley and Greenfield decided to experiment with “negative attention.” Haters are more loyal than fans, so they promoted the bad hacks. The worst hacks brought in thousands of followers, and that’s how Lifehackable built the bulk of its audience. “Tom knew what was happening, and so then he was more incentivized to actually not do his job right,” Lilley said. “And in sucking, he succeeded.”"

For a pittance, Kenya is mortgaged to China :: Kenya - "the Chinese nationals who ‘own’ the SGR, run operations like masters on a slave plantation. Kenyan workers who spoke to Wafula said that they experience “racism and blatant discrimination.” Kenyans can’t eat at the same tables as Chinese. And when they’re being dropped off from work, they can’t ride in the same vans either. This sounds more like apartheid than industrialisation to me. And the segregation is made worse by the fact that the lingua franca on SGR precincts is Standard Chinese. Notice boards are printed in it, and records are kept in it"

Westminster crash: Salih Khater named as suspect - "The man arrested on suspicion of terror offences after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament has been named as Salih Khater by government sources. The 29-year-old British citizen, originally from Sudan, has also been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, Met Police said. He came to the UK as a refugee and was granted asylum.... as of the end of June 2018, there were 676 live investigations into potential terrorist plots. Since March 2017, 13 Islamist plots and four far-right plots had been foiled, he added."
Strange that they obsess so much about the "far right" when the threat is so minor

BBC Cast a Black Woman as a Historical English Queen. - "The new series of the 'The Hollow Crown' on the BBC has cast a black woman (Sophie Okonedo) as Margaret of Anjou. This is an actual historical figure who was the wife of Henry VI and thus was Queen of England from 1445-1461 and from 1470-1471... The only reason I post this is because there always seems to be an outrage when movies/tv shows are supposedly 'white washed'. For example, more recently, Scarlett Johansson was cast as an Asian character in a Hollywood adaptation of a Japanese anime franchise: 'Ghost in the Shell'. There was outrage because this was apparently 'yellowface'... That is just a fantasy character however. The difference with this is that it's a real historical figure being represented inaccurately. Just imagine the outrage if someone like Martin Luther King was cast as a white guy."
Being subject to double standards based on race is white privilege!

Joseph Fiennes 'shocked' to be cast as Michael Jackson - "Some fans have reacted angrily to the casting, but Fiennes said he thought Jackson was "probably closer to my colour than his original colour". Sky Arts said producers had "creative freedom" in the casting. Fiennes said he believed Jackson - who died in 2009 - had a "pigmentation issue" with his skin, so the issue of race should not come into play"
If they'd cast a black actor and lightened his skin...

Superheroes Don’t Wear Ponytails, and Yes, It’s Sexist - "why don’t Black Widow, Gamora, Scarlet Witch, and Mantis — and even superheroines beyond Infinity War, from Wonder Woman to Jessica Jones, Elektra, Storm, and She-Hulk — ever seem to take a second to throw their hair into a chic chignon (or, more likely, a half-assed messy bun like the rest of us do before an activity as simple as getting on the elliptical)?... The simplest answer is that comics are a visual medium, and a bunch of long, flowing hair swirling around during an already epic fight scene looks pretty cool
SJW logic: If you don't have a problem with people having superpowers you shouldn't have a problem with story logic bent for diversity ends (e.g. MaRey Sue [Rey in Star Wars]). But we need realistic hair physics on women

Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four Describes the Authoritarian Left Better Than It Does Trump - "Consider the Junior Anti-Sex League, the prudish youths in Orwell's story who think the "sex impulse" is dangerous and devote themselves to spying on interactions between the sexes. "Eroticism was the enemy," they believed. "Desire was thoughtcrime." If this prissiness finds its echo in anyone today, it isn't in the creepily oversexed, pussy-grabbing Trump—it's in the stiff buzz-killers of the campus feminist movement. These radical wallflowers demonize drunk sex, bossily insisting all sexual interactions must be "sober, imaginative, enthusiastic, creative, wanted, informed, mutual and honest." (Even the Junior Anti-Sex League didn't come up with such a thorough list of what counts as acceptable sex.) They drag male students to campus kangaroo courts for allegedly doing sex the wrong way. Student officials in Britain have banned the making of "animal noises" in the student bar lest they arouse sexual bravado in men, and sexual dread in women. Fortunately, it is curable. Some universities make freshmen undergo diversity training, inculcating them with the correct mindset on all matters racial, religious, and social. The University of Delaware, going full O'Brien, referred to its diversity training as "treatment" for incorrect attitudes. The New York Times reported last year that more and more students think diversity training "smacks of some sort of Communist re-education program." The modern campus, as devoted to treating moral infection as to imparting knowledge, could adopt O'Brien's cry as its slogan: "Shall I tell you why we have brought you here? To cure you!" And of course there's thoughtcrime. The Party punishes anyone who dares to hold a point of view it disagrees with. Not unlike modern P.C. warriors who will brand you a "denier" if you're not fully eco-conformist and a "misogynist" if you criticize feminism. Witness the doublespeak of today's leftist lovers of censorship. They create Safe Spaces, they speak of "the right to be comfortable". These are darkly Orwellian euphemisms for censorship... how about Newspeak, the Party's made-up, minimalist language that it pressures people to adopt? That finds expression today in the Pronoun Police, who demonize the use of "he" and "she" as potentially transphobic and invent Newspeak pronouns in their stead. Some campuses now want everyone to use "ze" as a default pronoun. "Ze" might be the most Newspeak word ever: a strange small word you must use if you want to be considered morally good. Then there is the war on history, the demolition of ugly or inconvenient historical ideas and symbols. In Nineteen Eighty-Four, old things that have fallen out of favor are plunged down the memory hole. Today, P.C. zealots demand the tearing down of statues of old colonialists or the renaming of university halls that are named after people from the past who—shock, horror—had different values to ours. The Year Zero fervor of Orwell's Party is mirrored now in the behaviour of intolerant culture warriors."

After the bitcoin boom: hard lessons for cryptocurrency investors - "eight months later, the $23,000 he invested in several digital tokens is worth about $4,000, and he is clearheaded about what happened."

Horror and disgust shouldn’t be our only response to pedophilia - "Sexual attraction to children is associated, on average, with lower IQ, a greater number of head injuries during childhood, and differences in the organization of the brain, suggesting that it is the result of neurodevelopmental disturbances. As a result, this is a preference that is hard-wired and not something that can be changed, exemplified by the fact that pedophiles (and likely, the priests in question) will have hundreds of victims over the course of a lifetime. One study estimated that a child molester who abuses boys will have, on average, 150 male victims... Roughly 1 per cent of the population is pedophilic, translating to 76 million people worldwide. Statistically speaking, every one of us knows at least one person who is a pedophile... Fact-based discussions will help us protect children by identifying at-risk individuals before they offend. But for some people, the fact that pedophiles exist at all forecloses on rational conversation. Shutting the discussion down out of discomfort, as many of us would understandably prefer to do, doesn’t eliminate the problem, but only sends it underground."

The myth of a New Nazism - "the collapse of the Weimar Republic happened in the midst of the worst economic crisis of the 20th century, when a third of the potential workforce was unemployed. Nothing on the scale of that economic calamity is happening today... The Weimar Republic also fell because the fascist movement used mass violence on the streets and decimated democratic and socialist, left-wing political forces. We have not seen anything similar to that today... the analogy between today and the rise of the Nazis obscures far more than it illuminates... The rise of fascism was an explicitly right-wing response to the rise of militant Communism. And that makes it very, very different from the rise of populism today... the Nazis never actually managed to win a majority in free and open elections. The largest share of the vote they ever received, in 1932, was about a third. The reason they were able to secure power was because of the active support of conservatives, the aristocrats and militarists, who sided with them in parliament, and, most importantly, because they were using mass violence and intimidation, exiling and murdering their opponents. This is how they came to power, through ruling-class support and force, not because of free and democratic elections... what prompted Professor Bessner and me to write this piece was that the over-reliance on the fascist analogy would lead us down the same path taken by pro-democratic and anti-fascist thinkers in the 1940s, like Hans Spier and Karl Loewenstein, both of whom fled Germany to the US in the 1930s. They came to the conclusion that fascism proved that democracy could not be trusted. And that for democracy to survive, the state had to curtail some freedoms. This line of thinking, this idea of militant democracy, which proved very influential in the US, led to the creation of very undemocratic, unaccountable institutions like the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council in the US. It was an ideological tendency that also led to the dramatic limiting of political horizons in postwar Europe... the so-called left [is] moving more and more in the direction of technocracy, and trying to achieve progress through technocracy, rather than through more popular control of the economy. And I think that is born of a deep disappointment with the masses, and a belief that the masses cannot be trusted to make the right economic decisions. And that tendency developed and deepened right through to the Obama administration, which was very much defined by technocracy."

How Accurate are Self-Reports? An Analysis of Self-Reported Healthcare Utilization and Absence When Compared to Administrative Data - "Results: Self-report and administrative data showed greater concordance for monthly compared to yearly healthcare utilization metrics. Percent agreement ranged from 30 to 99% with annual doctor visits having the lowest percent agreement. Younger people, males, those with higher education, and healthier individuals more accurately reported their healthcare utilization and absenteeism.
Conclusions: Self-reported healthcare utilization and absenteeism may be used as a proxy when medical claims and administrative data are unavailable, particularly for shorter recall periods."
Self-reporting isn't inaccurate

Who should we commemorate?

Who should we commemorate? - History Extra

"Speaking as a historian, what worries me in a case like this, is the destruction of very important evidence from the past. We wouldn't go into an archive and rip up the letters of a leading historical figure and I think one has to be very careful that one doesn't destroy the built fabric and do a similar kind of violence. So if you ask me as a historian, Rhodes’s statue is part of the historic fabric. It's a piece of historical evidence and I think it has to stay...

It's often authoritarian or totalitarian regimes that set about changing history and removing names or changing names. And I think that anyone growing up in a liberal democracy would be rather nervous or chary about going down that kind of route where somebody is no longer considered to be ideologically sound or acceptable and suddenly they disappear from history. There are some very painful echoes of that in 20th century history, and I think we would be very careful about going down that route...

Once you've taken the statue down or you've changed the name, then that person and the complex deeds that they may have been involved with are almost lost to history...

I think you'd be hard put to find anyone - probably anyone on the planet, who doesn't have a debit side to as it were balance against the credit side.

Almost by definition any great political leader, any great statesperson, any great cultural figure will have done things that can easily be used on the debit side and all those figures that you mentioned, in their ways, in different perspectives, from the perspective of different people - Cromwell appears to the English rather different than he appears to the Irish for example.

So it's always going to be a balance, and I think that's what we have to take into account. The danger, I think, in taking offence against monuments, in pulling them down, is that we then present history as a kind of moral pageant.

The only people we're going to remember are those who are wholly good, wholly on the right side, and that runs not only against the nature of history but also the nature of our own moral lives on a day-to-day basis, because we know that no one is perfect. And that if we're going to be accurate, not only to the past, but the present, we need to reflect all sides of a personality...

‘There was a campaign by present donors to Oriel college in Oxford saying, we may stop funding this college if you take down a statue of Rhodes because they’re then worried how future generations might potentially judge them’...

‘We give in good faith and we expect the institution to respect our gift in good faith. If you behave in this way toward Cecil Rhodes, that's in our view bad faith. And we would worry about what would happen to our gifts in the future. You can expand that, I think, to dealings with almost any institution, any charity... History is a very fickle beast... I'm not sure that we would be able to guess what the world might look like in 50 or 100 years’...

‘I think it's not so much about the future as the present, so that what this business, these interesting debates, these controversies perhaps point to is thinking more seriously in the here and now, about what we're doing. Then at least we could say to those who come after us, we thought carefully, we made a considered decision. This is reflective of the values and the views of our contemporaries. Meddle with it at your peril. At least we would pass on to the future a clear view of what we thought at this stage. The argument perhaps about monuments from the past is that they were not democratically arrived at. Nobody, as it were, consulted a wide range of people. They were often the enthusiasms of individuals or particular institutions.’"

Links - 27th September 2018 (1)

MagicGate: game culture’s new civil war - "Jeremy Hambly’s UnsleevedMedia channel has become prominent in part due to his criticism of WOTC’s incorporation of identity and sexual politics: WOTC has reduced the attractiveness of female character designs, uses ‘they’ as the second-person singular pronoun in official texts, and uses explicitly ‘inclusive’ language and tone-policing at MTG events. After Hambly made negative comments about a female cosplayer (someone who dresses up as a fictional character at public events), he was accused of ‘harassment’ and banned for life from participating in WOTC-sanctioned tournaments and online play. He became the first MTG player to be banned for life without the possibility of appeal without having cheated or committed a crime. It seems that Hambly’s severe punishment was due not to a violation of MTG guidelines, but to his unpopularity among some fans and his criticism of WOTC policies. Hambly’s supporters are often described as bigots and misogynists intent on making MTG a space ‘unsafe for female players’. They are dismissed as insincere ‘trolls’. But matters became more serious when he exposed a number of criminals convicted of sex crimes who were, at that time, not banned from MTG events. A number of paedophiles had ‘judge’ status and therefore had access to child gamers through game stores and sanctioned tournaments. His vlogs named the individuals using data in the public domain and contrasted their MTG accreditation with his lifetime ban. (Later on, WOTC did ban some of the individuals he named.) The decision to ban Hambly led to a division in MTG fandom, dubbed ‘MagicGate’, with those who had also tired of its identitarian drift siding with Hambly. Activists began to describe these critical fans as ‘dangerous’ ‘Nazis’ and ‘harassers’ intent on making MTG an ‘unsafe environment’. They began equating their criticism and mockery with actual violence. The meme of ‘punch a Nazi’ has circulated widely among left-wingers for years, with their definition of ‘Nazi’ seemingly being anyone critical of identity politics. (A Kickstarter is currently trying to raise funds for a comic advocating political violence called Always Punch Nazis.)... a man asked him if he was Jeremy Hambly. When he said yes, the man repeatedly punched him while holding his shirt, yelling that he was going to kill him. Hambly broke free and went inside the bar. The attacker was prevented from entering and punched a window before leaving. According to witnesses, the alleged attacker was another convention attendee and professor, whose social-media profiles proclaim he ‘punches Nazis’. In a tweet before the altercation, the suspect said that he would ‘fight’ anyone who objected to the attendance of noted feminist Anita Sarkeesian at GenCon. (Hambly posted a negative comment about her presence before the attack.)... some have even taken his attacker’s side. Chelsea Pendragon, who writes for the website ‘Comic Crusaders’, wrote an op-ed (later removed) in which she advocated violence when persuasion and boycotting do not generate obedience... if you exercise your freedom of speech you will be assaulted. Verbal criticism is now ‘repeated acts of terrorism’."
Presumably it's a moral duty to not just punch but kill "Nazis"

BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, 'Islamophobia is a form of racism' - "Just to put this into some context, most people think of veiling or covering in any sense as something that was brought into by Islam or originated from Islam, but actually it's much older than that. We see veiling or covering of women amongst the Hittites, the Greeks, the Persians, Romans, and there was a gender as well as a class aspect to this, so that women who were the elitist women in society generally tended to be secluded from society based on their class and social standing. The sense was that noble women would have far more to lose if they were dishonoured. And it's in this context that you have verses from the Koran in seventh century Arabia as well, where there's already a sense that women wore loose clothing. Some women would have their head covered. Some women, men and women actually, because even today, you have some men who, in North Africa, who refuse to show their face fully because they have it covered... you have verses in the Koran that say that prophets' wives should be asked for something behind a screen, and that's where you get the context of hijab from. You also have verses that say tell the believing women to draw something upon their front so that they're not displaying their beauty to all and sundry. And these are the kind of verses that have led to a diversity of expressions...
'There's a lot of diversity and dress across the Muslim world.'...
'There is absolutely. And I think that's one of the issues that most Muslim women and men have. Is that why has the niqab and the full face veiling, even the burka become, even if it's only a small minority, become such an issue, an increasing issue. When actually there is a huge diversity of how Muslim women choose to dress. And if the Koran and post-Koranic traditions were so clear on what women had to, how women had to dress then you would have uniformity. Having said that, I would argue that there is an increasing sense of homogeneity now amongst lots of Muslim women. That they feel there is only one way to dress modestly. So, modesty itself has been reduced to how you cover'...
Do we have a useful definition of hatred of Muslims and is Islamophobia the right term?"

BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, Boris' burka jibe - "'Other people on social media and other places have documented how in a pension, in a GP surgery, pensioners stood up and used Boris Johnson's terminology when there was a woman wearing a niqab sitting there... We need to have accountability'...
'This article was written in support of women being allowed to wear the burka'...
'I think this seems to be a divergence from the concern that has been raised. The concern is not the raising of the issue, the concern is about the dehumanising of Muslim women by using terminology that is deeply, deeply concerning. That is the problem, the use of words which a politician recognizes would have a certain impact and appearing to deliberately use them to stoke up this hatred... there are consequences to the words that are used'"
Yet we are told at the same time that Death to America doesn't mean Death to America. Go figure - only certain people's words count and need accountability
Apparently it's not dehumanising to wear a burka - but it is to comment on how you look


I back Boris on the burka, and so do millions of Muslim women like me - "Morocco is sealing shut the factories which weave the fabric to make burkas. Turkey strictly forbids the niqab (the veil that leaves all the face covered apart from the eyes) and even the hijab among its judicial and military personnel. Yet in 2018 Britain finds itself mummified within the niqab... I fully back Boris’s right to objectify the veil because the veil itself is an instrument of objectification. Unlike him, however, I would ban the niqab from British streets altogether. Its true purpose is to demarcate the wearer and the secular world, to overshadow the public space. It derives from misogyny. Islamism views women as a threat to society, so it is best that they are seen and not heard. Some women even remain veiled inside their family homes. My religion does mandate modesty, but there is no basis in Islam for the niqab. The reaction to Boris’s comments, particularly the false accusation of Islamophobia, plays into the Islamists’ hands. It masks the diversity of Muslim opinion, treating voices like mine as if they do not exist, and aided by pseudo-intellectual liberals in the West, allows Islamists to falsely present their dress code as the only true face of Islam... [In the West] these differing opinions are tolerated as part of each of our personal expressions, and experiences, of Islam. They are not tolerated by the Islamists, as I have found myself, having received threatening and vulgar abuse for speaking out. If we do not defend our public spaces as secular shrines to pluralism, not only will public discourse on these issues
be extinguished, but it will become that much harder for anti-Islamist Muslims like me to speak out. That’s why I back Boris."

Boris Johnson burka row: Sky Data poll finds majority back former Foreign Secretary - "60 percent did not believe Mr Johnson’s controversial comments in a newspaper earlier this week amounted to racism while 33 percent thought it did."

Boris Johnson’s burka ‘joke’ was a ‘pretty good one’, Rowan Atkinson says as row over remark intensifies - "All jokes about religion cause offence, so it's pointless apologising for them. You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required."

BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, Corbyn reacts to Netanyahu - "'He's a man who speaks about dialogue and peace making. But you don't need to attend terrorist memorial events to do that. If he's serious about dialogue and peacemaking, where is his record of dialogue with the Israelis? He's now in a tweet war...
When you say he opposes all forms of violence don't you find it odd that he has so often been on stages and at places where people who support violence, whether it's against Jewish people or homosexuals or whoever it's against, where they happen to be?'...
'I can't answer that question. It's an absurd question'"

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, The Mexican-American War - "Manifest Destiny... Mexicans weren't ready to govern themselves, is at the heart of Manifest Destiny. It's an assumption that white Anglo-American Protestants should govern North America, because they were superior and liberty-loving and superior to both the native peoples... and the Mexicans... it was manifest destiny. It's obvious, it's manifest and its destiny, it's determined by God, that the United States should over-spread the continent...
'The brutality with which some Americans respond to that... there's a great deal of opposition among some of the soldiers. The Mexican War has the highest desertion rate of any war in American history. Over 8 percent of the soldiers in the American forces desert during the conflict... many of them are Catholic'...
'There is that fear with the creation of St Patrick's Battalion, a group of deserters that were mostly Irish Catholic, but also other immigrants and some escaped slaves and they join the Mexican side... fight very fiercely against the Americans... that brings the fear that can these Catholics in our midst be trusted to be loyal to the United States.'"
Maybe that's why they detained the Japs during World War II

BBC Radio 4 - From Our Own Correspondent Podcast, Warfare - the Soundtrack of Their Lives - "This social phenomenon has been given a name in Korean... the Sampo generation, which is said to have given up three things: dating, marriage and having children... South Korea has the lowest fertility rate in the world. The average woman here is expected to have one point zero five children in her life. That's exactly half the rate needed to maintain a stable population...
I spot a sign outside the ladies' reassuring students that there are no hidden cameras in the loos. There are whole websites dedicated to showing the result of that particular form of invasive voyeurism. I even hear about a subgenre of this phenomenon in which men post videos they've secretly recorded of themselves having sex with their girlfriends. The horrifying twist is that these videos are popular because the women have gone on to take their own lives, as a result of the videos being put online"

BBC World Service - The Food Chain, Jeremiah Tower: My Life in Five Dishes - "Thank God kale has disappeared... Kale is winter food for cows for god's sakes. I hate all the shows: Gordon Ramsey's trying to get somebody to cry and no no that's not what our industry is about at all. Like Jamie Oliver right now. He just went too far...
'But it's the chef's job to innovate.'
'Yes, but innovating what? Innovating presentation? I mean now every plate in the world, in any restaurant you've heard of it, it all looks the same. Whether it's in Sydney or Tokyo, London, Paris, you know, there's that dot dot dot dot dot, the little sauce around the plate. Are you supposed to taste each of those dots in order? And therefore, in which order? They should give you a little diagram of how to eat this dish. And then that sort of smear of stuff across the plate which I've recently described as somebody took a cat's *beep* and wiped the plate with it... The only American thing about American cuisine now is this stupid plating presentation"

2410 The Battle for Dorking and Spy Fever | The History Network - "The home office would routinely request proof that a naturalized British citizen of German origin had relinquished all rights to German citizenship. With the outbreak of war in 1914, the State organized the rounding up and internment of German nationals. Naturalized British citizens of German origin were asked to sign a declaration showing their commitment to Britain. The first wave of internment occurred in August and September 1914, but this only amounted to 10,000 Germans. It was not until the anti German riots in May 1915 that it was decided that all Germans of military age should be interned... spy fever, with the outset of war had turned into open Germanophobia"
Strangely, British Germans are not complaining about this today, unlike Japanese Americans

Low-background steel - Wikipedia - "Low-background steel is any steel produced prior to the detonation of the first atomic bombs in the 1940s and 1950s. With the Trinity test and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, and then subsequent nuclear weapons testing during the early years of the Cold War, background radiation levels increased across the world. Modern steel is contaminated with radionuclides because its production uses atmospheric air. Low background steel is so called because it does not suffer from such nuclear contamination. This steel is used in devices that require the highest sensitivity for detecting radionuclides. The primary source of low-background steel is ships that were constructed before the Trinity test, most famously the scuttled German World War I battleships in Scapa Flow"

Why forgetting is really important for memory: U of T research - "Richards says there are two very good reasons why you may want to forget at least some of the information you come across. For one, in a constantly changing world old information becomes outdated and not as important to remember... The other important reason reflects a concept used in models for artificial intelligence known as regularization. This principle aims to get computer models to learn how to make generalizations based on large amounts of data. In order to do this, there must be some forgetting of details in the data involved in order to prioritize the core information that is necessary for decisions"

Starship Troopers: One of the Most Misunderstood Movies Ever - "Starship Troopers is satire, a ruthlessly funny and keenly self-aware sendup of right-wing militarism. The fact that it was and continues to be taken at face value speaks to the very vapidity the movie skewers."

Redcore CEO admits ‘100pc China-developed browser’ is built on Google’s Chrome, says writing code from scratch would ‘take many years’

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Links - 26th September 2018 (2)

Halfway to boiling: the city at 50C - "It is the temperature at which human cells start to cook, animals suffer and air conditioners overload power grids. Once an urban anomaly, 50C is fast becoming reality"

Spies through the ages - History Extra - "What Ivan the Terrible did was use it to exterminate not merely all his opponents, but everyone he thought might be one of his opponents, most of whom weren't, and that's what Stalin it. And that is why, one of the things that Stalin did when he came to power was to ask the greatest filmmaker of the age Eisenstein to make a film on Ivan the Terrible, and to show that the purges and the killings which Ivan the Terrible had been responsible for were actually essential to the survival of the Russian state, which they weren't. And that's what Stalin said about his own purges, and they weren't necessary then either...
[On forgetting what was learnt about espionage] 'Quite often it's a bit like talking to economists who have never heard of the industrial revolution.'
'Something I found really interesting was your suggestion about ideology, and that when we saw the rise of extremist Islamist terrorism, that the security services weren't prepared to grapple with the ideology, and they didn't understand the consequences of that.'
'That's something which, at the end of the 20th century, we were worse at than we had been during the Cold War [and] the Second World War... people in intelligence services knew about Nazi fascist ideology, people in the Cold War knew about Communist ideology in its style and its form amongst others. But the problem with Islamist extremism is that this is religious extremism, and what you need to understand that is not political scientists. You need theologians. And it never occurred... that they should have hired theologians... understanding Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda and for that matter, Islamic State without understanding their ideology is a bit like attempting to understand Stalin without knowing about communism, and a bit like attempting to understand Hitler without bothering to read Mein Kampf...
Non-Muslims have a very feeble understanding of the Koran and what is in the Koran. So far as Mohammad is concerned, those biographies of Mohammad that are most widely read by Muslims in England and elsewhere, I'm thinking of the single most popular one, a very good one in many ways, describe him as the greatest General in the world. Well, if the account in the Koran is to believed, which all Muslims believe is to be believed, that's absolutely right. He won all 27 battles that he fought and he was engaged in lots of smaller conflicts. And one of the things that he used, as any good general would have done, was military intelligence. So the idea that there is an intelligence dimension to the life of Mohammed I think would surprise most people."
If you think Islamist terrorism is a reaction to Western Foreign Policy, you conveniently have no need to hire theologians

Britain’s refugee camps - History Extra - "The refrain that I heard constantly while I was doing the research for the book was, we left with 55 pounds in a suitcase, because that is what Idi Amin allowed people to leave Uganda with. And then within one generation, we had become entrepreneurs and successful business owners in Britain, so there's a very strong Ugandan Asian narrative as well as a white British narrative about the Ugandan Asian expulsion and it's very much a narrative of success and upwards mobility and entrepreneurship."
Some people respond better to adversity than others

Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life - History Extra - "Blacks could do the under-coat when decorating or painting a house, but could not do the top coat. Black building workers could pass a brick to a white bricklayer but could not lay the bricks even though they're quite capable of doing it themselves...
The history of the Afrikaans people is a very interesting one, and quite a tragic one. They were themselves oppressed by the British. Remember, the first ever concentration camps were not in Nazi Germany. They are actually during the Boer Wars when the British fought the Afrikaaner whites for dominance and control of the gold fields and the mines and so on. That is about the traditional colonial objective of plundering the assets of the country, and it resulted in two bloody wars and concentration camps, I think 25,000 Afrikaans women and children were killed, and then died in miserable, horrible unsanitary conditions in those concentration camps. And that's very much part of Afrikaaner folklore, that this will never happen to us again. And therefore we have to have a strong state that defends our people...
They came to see [Mandela, who took the trouble to understand them] not as the Prisoner, the terrorist only but actually as a person and as a formidable person and then beyond that is actually somebody that could save them from the fate that South Africa was beckoning for it... He went into prison as a burly freedom fighter, and with a touch of arrogance and vanity and he became increasingly humble, but strong...
The irony is people tend to forget... There was... more violence in between him walking out of prison and him becoming President in those four years, than at any time under apartheid, the previous fifty years... because De Klerk... still believed they could hang on to power despite some accommodation to the black majority... deliberate divide and rule policy"
Too bad Mandela didn't just yell at them for being racist

Rethinking 20th-century Britain - History Extra - "The United Kingdom as an economic, political, ideological unit separate from, that emerges from the British Empire. So, the basic idea of the book is just like as India or Australia, or Canada, had become independent from the British Empire, so does the United Kingdom. It is a genuinely post-imperial nation that emerges after 1945...
One of the most remarkable things about the history of 20th century Britain is that we don't have nationalism. We have perhaps some idea that was some great national feeling in 1940, this perhaps the idea that Enoch Powell or Margaret Thatcher were nationalists, but nationalism as a notion doesn't exist. Nationalism in British history is the ideology of opponents whether Nazis or Italian fascists, or Irish Republicans, or Indian anti-imperialists. You can't really be a British nationalist in the British way of thinking about nationalism... ... the dominant ideas for at least the first half of the 20th century were either Imperial in which the British empire encompassed lots of nations or liberal in which the idea of nationalism was repugnant. Nationalism implied breaking up the world economy into national economies...
Many people think that Brexit is nostalgia for Empire and I think that's wrong. If there is a nostalgic element it's a nostalgia for a national economy, where the nation's politicians control the economy, control industry. Now that's, gone has gone since that since the 1970s and the people who voted to remain in the EEC in 1975 are the people who today have voted to leave. People that were brought up in a national economy, and I think don't much like the new liberal economy...
That welfare state was actually remarkably un-generous in the 1940s... the moment of its glory was the 1970s. And while Thatcherism has made the welfare state much less generous, less universal, it is the case that welfare spending today is higher than it's ever been in both absolute and relative terms. So we are living peak welfare."

Catholics in Elizabethan England - History Extra - "Elizabeth's reign has more recorded torture than any other in English history. It's not something we necessarily associate with her, but her name is on the warrants. You see her signature, that beautiful signature on the torture warrants"

Britain’s foreign policy secrets - History Extra - "When Britain wanted to use propaganda against the IRA, which they did, and the examples include famously trying to portray the IRA as satanic worshipers by constructing upside-down crosses in fields in Northern Ireland... This was particularly controversial because it was so close to home, and the Foreign Office justified this by trying to play up the foreignness of the IRA. So they're playing up the links to Ireland, playing up the links to the Soviets, saying Soviet inspired, and perhaps most oddly playing up the links to Vatican City... they're foreign inspired, and therefore they can be subject to British covert operations"

BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, 'Predators are attracted to aid work' - "'It would appear that the reputation of the organization has been put first, ahead of the protection of the vulnerable, and that is completely unacceptable. It has to stop'
'They tried to cover it up, because we saw that happening after the Times... story on Haiti'...
'[Hopefully] this time we don't just have a flurry of interest in this, in 2018, and then it quiets down... This wasn't addressed properly in the first place... the vast majority of people who work in aid are not involved in sexual exploitation and abuse but we do know, and we were told this in evidence that predators are attracted to aid organizations'...
[Since] Haiti... there has been a seemingly endless stream of stories exposing incidents of abuse across the world in many of the big international aid charities. Today, a committee of MPs in Westminster is delivering a report that says sexual abuse in the aid sector is endemic across organizations, countries and institutions and there has been an abject failure to deal with it. There has been complacency verging on complicity"
The Catholic Church is not unique

BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, The UK's gender pay gap - "'Looking at the data though, isn't it possible that some of it could be misleading? That's certainly the view of the think tank the Institute for Economic Affairs. They say that it leads to worthless statistics because it rather than making comparisons with like-for-like roles they instead measure pay across organizations altogether irrespective of different roles, age or hours worked.'
'That's exactly what the statistics are doing. They are looking at the average pay in organizations and seeing where it's going'
'That's the point being made by the IEA'
'I know, but yes'
'Be more forensic about it than being so broadbrushed'
'But you can't do that sort of analysis of looking at every individual job. We already have legislation fifty years ago, that legislated for equal pay, but we're taking half a century later there is still a page of almost 20 percent and what this data is showing is that in organizations, most of the wages are going to men. There's a whole variety of reasons for that, but now that this data is out there, it gives women an opportunity to say to their bosses, why aren't we being paid as much as men?'...
'Smaller businesses complain often about how much red tape, bureaucracy, they have to deal with.'"
Looks like feminists like generalisations and broad statistics when they suit their agenda
Feminist logic - a male CEO must be paid as much as a female janitor


BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, Could human beings be hacked? - "I don't know if people believe that without nationalism, we would be living in some kind of liberal paradise but much more likely we would have been living in tribal kills. Nationalism makes you care about millions of complete strangers whom we, you have never met before, and this has been quite good for humankind, until today... until today, most of our major problems could be solved on the national level, but this is no longer the case. The three biggest problems facing humankind in 21st century are nuclear war, climate change, and technological disruption, and you simply cannot solve any of these problems on the national level."

BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell - "'The fear of falling foul of US sanctions is so powerful that almost literally anything the European Union does won't have much effect'...
'The so-called blocking legislation which has been in force since the mid 90s but this is the first time we see it's extended. And it's specifically now as of today going to prohibit EU businesses, or anyone else subject to EU jurisdiction from complying effectively with the US secondary sanctions'...
'Sort of a double jeopardy. If you comply to US sanctions you might fall foul of the European Union'..
'In the UK it's a criminal offense'
'It's a criminal offence to obey US sanctions'"

BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, British Identity at the V&A: Boscobel Plaque of Charles II - "They effectively preserved the monarchy putting their own lives at risk, and also foregoing the possibility of enormous riches because there was a thousand pound reward for anybody giving information for the capture of the king after the Battle of Worcester. They kept him alive, he was there to come back and take the crown. Five brothers got a hundred pound pension to be paid in perpetuity, going to the eldest son of the eldest son, and I believe until recently, it was still being paid. Sadly, not Index linked"

BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, Trump reimposes Russia sanctions - "'More than 20 nations around the world, not just Britain, not just the United States: Norway, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden. I could go on, have all held Russia responsible for the attempted murder and the use of Novichok.'
'They're making this under the pressure, and I want to repeat, if you want. Russia would cooperate with you, with Great Britain, United States in colonial style, it's exactly as China cooperated with the British and France in the beginning of 20th Century. It will be no.'"

BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, A tale of two birds - "'Let's go back to the name, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Crows are birds. If they want to be a curlew protecting organization, then be clear about that.'
'So in other words you'd be happy to have the curlews wiped out by the crows'
'No, absolutely. Well, yeah. Well, absolutely, if that was necessary... we would welcome them protecting curlews, not at the expense of a native species, which is the crow... Animals aren't aware of whether they face extinction. They're aware if they're suffering'"
Extinction is a good thing in certain contexts apparently

BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, 'End immigration targets after Brexit' - "'Even as she [from Poland] worries about her own future Paulina wants tougher rules for new migrants. She thinks Britain can for EU citizens be a soft touch.'
'At the moment there's no control like immigration and I fully understand that. Maybe because I have just classed UK as my home, but the UK government is too easy.'"

50 Years of the Abortion Act

BBC Radio 4 - Moral Maze, 50 Years of the Abortion Act

"It was Christopher Hitchens who said that if you accept that the concept of a child has any meaning then the concept of the unborn child has to have meaning... the most fundamental human right is the right to life...

‘I don't think there's any more appalling thing that could be done to a person than sexual crime, but we live in a society that holds as an objective value human life.

We don't allow the victims of sexual crime to execute their attackers. So it seems to me that we're placing a greater value on the human life of the attacker than on the child.

And it seems to me that if you are going for abortion in cases of say rape or incest, you are basically saying, well, it's okay to visit the crimes of the father on the child, but not on the father himself...

I believe that every person should have the right over their own body, but I would take a sort of John Stuart Mill's approach of your right to wave your fist stops just short of the end of my nose. A woman's right over her body is absolute to the extent that it doesn't cause the death of another'...

'I think that the question of rights always exists in a hierarchy and the Right to Life, I think, is the highest right. So for example, if a woman or a man is found by their flatmate having ingested a lethal dose of pain killers and having written a persuasive and eloquent note on why they want to end their own life no one would fault the flat mate for calling the ambulance, no one would fault the doctor for treating them, even though they've exercised their right to do what they want with their own body.'...

‘I fear our society is not honest about the reality of abortion. Now, Professor Savage, I was astonished when she said that perhaps the reason why many doctors would rather not carry out an abortion after 12 weeks was because of squeamishness. Well they’re not squeamish about removing a liver are they? No.

They’re squeamish about abortion, because particularly after 12 months (sic), it requires the dismemberment of what, when you look at it, is very clearly a human being, and that is the reality of abortion... let us not either hide it behind clinical language behind closed doors or try and obfuscate'...

'If we are conscious of the person who, and the rights of disabled people, does it not affect their rights, their personhood that 90 percent of babies which are diagnosed in the womb as having Down’s syndrome are aborted - does that not have some clear impact upon grown, disabled people's own sense of personhood, rights that people like them can be so discarded in the womb on the grounds of their disability.'"

Links - 26th September 2018 (1)

Massachusetts Republican beats trans driver’s license bill by forcing votes on all 73 genders - "Lyons told Carr he settled on demanding recognition for 73 different “genders,” as that was the number he reached by tallying the number of custom gender options Facebook offers. Knowing that his liberal colleagues couldn’t rule any of the genders out of order without undermining the logic of transgender ideology, Lyons introduced each as a separate amendment to the bill the evening of July 31, each requiring 10 minutes of debate and three minutes to vote on."

Beer Ramen Is Now A Thing In Canada And We Don't Know How To Feel About It - "the noodles aren’t actually doused in frothy beer. Instead, the “beer” is a refreshing cold broth made from bonito flakes. And the layer of foam on top is simply a combination of egg whites and gelatin"

Welfare dependence from one generation to the next - "Although an extensive literature has documented intergenerational correlations in welfare receipt, there is little evidence on whether this relationship is causal. Do benefit schemes create a culture of dependency within families? This column finds that children of parents in the Netherlands who were pushed out of disability insurance following a reform were less likely to participate in the programme as adults. The fiscal spillovers from these intergenerational links have a sizable effect on the government’s long-term budget."

WATCH: NSW Police tell Lauren Southern she's not allowed to walk down a street with a Mosque on it: 'You're not welcome...' - "A NSW Police Inspector has told Lauren Southern not to approach a Sydney Mosque because her presence would likely cause a “breach of the peace.” When Southern asked the Inspector why her presence would cause a breach of the peace, the officer said “because it’s highly religious down there.” “Would it be me causing a breach of the peace or would it be the people there?” Southern asked."

Female Home Office staff refuse to use £36,000 gender-neutral toilets - "Women have been avoiding new £36,000 gender-neutral lavatories at the Home Office because men are leaving their cubicle doors open while they’re inside... ‘By attempting to be inclusive towards a very small number of trans-identifying people, companies and public authorities have actually made conditions significantly worse for women – as nearly everyone predicted would happen. ‘We hate to have to state the obvious, but men and women – and boys and girls – need separate, single-sex toilets. This is something women fought hard for in the past – and still fight for in parts of the developing world today.’"

German prosecutors probe Yazidi woman's claim about IS man - "German prosecutors said Saturday they are taking seriously a Yazidi refugee’s claim that she ran into her former Islamic State captor twice in Germany, but say they need more information to identify him. The case of 19-year-old Ashwaq Haji Hami made headlines this week after she was quoted telling the Iraqi-Kurdish news portal basnews that she returned to her homeland of Iraq for fear that her alleged tormentor could harm her in Germany. Several reports in foreign media suggested that German authorities were unwilling to act on the woman’s claims."

Starting a business much harder than 'entrepreneurship porn' seems - "many ambitious young Americans today would be better off working for an established company than trying to build their own business. And yet many of these young Americans are hypnotized by stories of entrepreneurs who, against the odds, made it big. Even if they're not prepared — personally or professionally — to launch a business, they forge ahead anyway... passion can mislead you into thinking you're readier to start a company than you are, or make you believe that your idea is more valuable than it is. "

Beethoven: An unlikely hero in China - ""Beethoven's story matched Chinese ideals of perseverance, and "fit into Chinese culture -- [for example] my parents always said, you have to 'chi ku' -- only if you eat bitter, you can be better"... the end of the Cultural Revolution was signaled to the country in 1977 via a live radio broadcast of a Chinese orchestra playing a Beethoven symphony."

Thailand airports open new VIP lanes for Chinese tourists, but not for visitors from HK or Taiwan - "Netizens from Hong Kong and Taiwan have actually applauded the move. “I don’t have to worry about people cutting in line or getting knocked over by suitcases anymore,” one web user celebrated. “I’ve never been more happy about not being able to use a VIP line,” commented another."

Toronto man denied subsidized housing for not being Muslim - ""The vision of this community includes providing housing for households in which at least one person is a member of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at. This means if none of the individuals of your household are a member … you will be removed from the waiting list."... Gosgnach said the same provision allows other groups to do the same “including seniors, artists, aboriginal, homeless/hard-to-house, individuals with AIDS and ethnic and religious groups including Christian and individuals of Lithuanian, Macedonian, Greek, Chinese, Hungarian and German origin.”"

Utah teacher Brianne Altice defends relationship with teenage student - "A teacher who was jailed after she admitted sexual contact with three of her students has reportedly defended her relationship with one of the victims, saying she helped to improve his grades... The original complaint alleged that the school’s management was told about Altice’s inappropriate behaviour with her male students, but did not act on the information. The school has denied officials had any knowledge of what was going on."

Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship over no handshake - "A Muslim couple have been denied Swiss citizenship after they refused to shake hands with people of the opposite sex during their interview, officials say. They confirmed the decision on Friday, further citing the couple's failure to integrate and respect gender equality. The couple, interviewed months ago, also struggled to answer questions by members of the opposite sex... "The constitution and equality between men and women prevails over bigotry," said Pierre-Antoine Hilbrand, who was part of the commission that interviewed the couple. This not the first time refused handshakes have stirred controversy in Switzerland. In 2016, a Swiss school decided to exempt two Muslim boys from shaking both male and female teachers' hands after they refused to shake hands with a female teacher. The news caused uproar and led to the family's citizenship process being suspended. In neighbouring France, an Algerian woman was denied citizenship after refusing to shake the hand of an official during her citizenship ceremony."

Sweden Muslim woman who refused handshake at job interview wins case - "A Swedish Muslim woman has won compensation after her job interview was ended when she refused a handshake. Farah Alhajeh, 24, was applying for a job as an interpreter when she declined to shake the hand of a male interviewer for religious reasons. She placed her hand over her heart in greeting instead... handshakes are traditional in Europe... The interpreting company in Ms Alhajeh's home town of Uppsala had argued that its staff were required to treat men and women equally and could not allow a staff member to refuse a handshake based on gender. But the discrimination ombudsman said she had tried to avoid upsetting anyone by placing her hand over her heart when greeting both men and women. Sweden's labour court found the company was justified in demanding equal treatment for both sexes - but not in demanding that it be in the form of a handshake only."
Looks like Switzerland is more feminist than Sweden (while de jure non-discriminatory her form of greeting was clearly motivated by not wanting to shake hands with men). Maybe the company can sue clients who don't want an interpreter who won't shake hands

Muslim job applicant who refused handshake wins discrimination case in Sweden - "if she is meeting only with women, she might shake hands, she said... In 2016, a Muslim member of the Green Party withdrew his candidacy for a seat in the party's leadership after he was publicly criticised for refusing to shake hands with women, including a television journalist who was going to interview him. "I stand for equality among people," Stefan Lofven, the prime minister, told Parliament in April 2016, according to the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. "For me, it's the same as women and men having the same opportunities. It also means that in Sweden, we greet each other. One shakes hands with both men and women.""
Here we can see that her de jure non-discriminatory form of greeting was obviously motivated by discriminatory impulses

Angry Protesters Keep Heat On Brooklyn Nail Salon: 'Black Dollars Matter!' - "Several dozen demonstrators called on Flatbush residents to put their dollars into black-owned businesses and sign a petition to permanently shut down a nail salon where a grandmother and her two granddaughters were seen on video beaten with a broomstick and doused with acetone after a payment dispute... More than 50 protesters, most of them African-American and led by community activist Carol Branch, gathered outside the still-shuttered storefront seeking 3,000 signatures for a petition calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to permanently shut down the business. On August 3rd, Christina Thomas, her grandmother and another relative were attacked by multiple salon workers for refusing to pay $5 for a botched eyebrow waxing... Thomas, 21, was also arrested for punching, slapping and dragging another salon worker across the floor... State Assemblywoman Diana C. Richardson, whose district includes Flatbush, went on Facebook Live on Tuesday morning and classified the altercation as a "hate crime."... A handful of demonstrators caused a brief ruckus when they stopped at another unrelated nail salon calling on those customers to leave and put their money into black-owned businesses."
It seems "anti-blackness" is expecting black people to pay for services consumed and anti-racism is about patronising businesses because of race

Why shouldn’t straight actors play gay characters? - "Who exactly are the media referring to when they refer to the LGBT community? Two stories this week confirm that, usually, they just mean a few hysterical types on Twitter. It has been reported that ‘the community’ is appalled by the casting of two actors in gay roles. The actors haven’t even learned their lines yet, but LGBT people are already supposedly ‘threatened’ and ‘upset’... Without having seen a second of the film, some seem to have decided that Whitehall will be playing an offensive caricature, and that it would be far better for a gay man to play that offensive caricature. Then it was announced that Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose is going to play Batwoman in a new TV series. Batwoman has been a lesbian in the comics for some time. But while Rose is gay, she’s also ‘genderfluid’, leading some enraged tweeters to insist she’s not ‘gay enough’ to play the role. Others took issue with the fact Rose isn’t Jewish, as Batwoman is. Rose left Twitter this week, in response to the non-stop vitriol she received. The comments have been remarkable. People are honestly arguing that only gay people can play gay roles (that is, if they’re ‘gay enough’). But the whole point of acting is pretending to be, and empathising with, someone you are not. What’s more, demanding that LGBT roles be played by LGBT people will only ghettoise acting, making type-casting for LGBT actors more, not less, likely. After all, if a straight man can’t possibly understand what it is like to be a gay man, doesn’t that cut both ways?... There is a recent trend whereby blockbusters hype up queer characters purely for the headlines and progressive cred. Often, audiences then find out that a character isn’t even as gay as they were led to believe. Lando Calrissian (from the new Solo film) was said to be pansexual, the Yellow Power Ranger in the latest Power Ranger movie was supposed to be a lesbian. But in both cases their sexuality only ever amounted to a couple of nods and winks. Studios are now being bitten by their own identitarian PR strategy. But, in the end, most LGBT people, like most people, have far bigger things to worry about than some Hollywood casting decisions."
Of course, it is good for straight characters to be played by LGBT characters. And that LGBTs are overrrepresented in the industry

There may be some truth to the ‘gay jobs’ stereotype - "There is an unusually high concentration of gay or lesbian workers in certain occupations. For example, both gay men and lesbians and are overrepresented in psychology, law, social work, and university teaching. And there are real occupational patterns behind some popular stereotypes, from the gay flight attendant to the lesbian truck driver."
Of course, this is explained as a response to discrimination

Anne Hathaway's comments on white privilege are dividing opinion - "White people- including me, including you- must take into the marrow of our privileged bones the truth that ALL black people fear for their lives DAILY in America and have done so for GENERATIONS."
"You're wrong. I don't fear for my life every day, and it is disingenuous for you to make such statements on my behalf. However, I DO fear running out of coffee every day. That shit is terrifying. In the future, please speak for yourself only. Thanks."
"This white savior complex has got to stop guys please stop please please make it stop."
"News flash #annehathaway “ALL black” people don’t fear for their lives daily. You don’t speak for me. I don’t have a victim mentality. And stop it with the white guilt. Listen up Hollywood liberals this white v. black rhetoric has gotten old, it’s past the expiration date"

Detroit Rep. Bettie Cook Scott on Asian opponent: 'Don't vote for the ching-chong!'
Friend: "reminds me of how the only racism i ever experienced in my time in England was from a black teenager."
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