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

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Links - 13th March 2019 (1)

I,Hypocrite on Twitter - "Feminist: "Stop objectifying me!"
Literally anything: [happens]
Feminist: [removes clothing]"

Doctors Saved Man's Life by Pumping 15 Cans of Beer Into His Body - "The 48-year-old, Nguyen Van Nhat, fell unconscious and was taken to a hospital in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri on December 25 where doctors found that levels of methanol—a dangerous form of alcohol—in his body were more than 1,000 times over the recommended limit... Over the course of the day, doctors transfused a total of 15 cans of beer into the man’s body at a rate of about one every hour. This slowed down the rate at which his liver processed the methanol, allowing doctors to save his life... Administering beer—which contains significant quantities of ethanol—to a patient suffering from methanol poisoning can halt the process of formaldehyde being converted into formic acid. This is because the liver always prioritizes breaking down ethanol over methanol. In the case of Nguyen Van Nhat, this gave doctors more time to perform dialysis and remove the alcohol from his system completely"

Women's March Co-Founders Won't Condemn Farrakhan, Revealing the Hollowness of Intersectionality - "Intersectional progressives claim that all sources of oppression are inherently linked, and it isn't enough to just oppose sexism: Allies aren't allies unless they also oppose racism, transphobia, anti-Muslim bigotry, and so on. I question whether this is a wise strategy for single-cause advocacy. But if the left is going to insist that only the most strident and consistent enemies of bigotry are welcome in their ranks, one might expect some consistency. Yet for some reason, anti-Semitism got left off the list of approved evils"
Power relations and punching up means anti-Semitism is good

United Nations Discovers Most Human Traffic Perpetrators are Women - "Women are the majority of traffickers in almost a third of the 155 nations the U.N. surveyed. They accounted for more than 60 percent of the human trafficking convictions in Eastern Europe and Central Asia."
Keywords: Human trafficking

Japan’s robot hotel lays off half the robots after they created more work for humans

Cafe in Japan Hires Paralyzed People to Control Robot Servers - "The OriHime-D can also be used by people involved in childcare, nursing care or other activities that prevent them from leaving home or a certain location. “Even those who can’t go out can work through this alter ego and have a role in society”"

Dating agency aims to match single S’porean guys with Japanese women - "This match-making agency specialises exclusively in matching up Japanese women with Singaporean men.Destini IS was founded by a group of Japanese expats who have resided in Singapore for some time... if you do manage to get married, Destini IS also offers two years of free counselling services... they believe that Singaporean men are kind, sincere and slim with nice bodies.They also think Singaporean men are masculine, smart and are well-organised gentlemen."

Japan’s ultimate wagyu beef bento is back, now with a Guinness World Record under its belt - "The Giga Size Tottori Wagyu Beef “Entirely for Yourself” Bento is back again, and this time with a new credential to its name. This bento, made of 4.5 kilograms (9.9 pounds) of 10 different cuts of premium Japanese beef, was created last year to commemorate Tottori Wagyu’s placement as the number one highest quality wagyu beef in the country, and retailed for a whopping 292,929 yen (approximately US$2,500)."

An0maly - Posts - "Bing vs. Google for “Why is the media” suggested searches. Interesting, no?"
Bing: "why is the media so anti-trump/liberal/against trump/anti-white/awful"
Google: "why is the media called the fourth estate/important/called the press"

Accused of promoting pork in magazine, MAS says sorry... but it was actually beef - "Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has apologised after it was accused of publishing an image of a pork dish in its January edition of inflight magazine Going Places. The national carrier said that although it was an international airlines carrying passengers of all backgrounds, it did not mean to offend anyone with the promotion of a restaurant featuring pork on its menu... The statement came after criticism claiming that it was being insensitive by publishing the image of a pork dish."
Even pictures of pork are haram

MAS apologises over 'pork image' in magazine, but says it was beef - "MAS' statement came after several NGOs slammed the national airline for being insensitive by publishing the pork cuisine.Yesterday, Abd Aziz Abdul Rahman, former MAS managing director, was reported as saying such a move was inappropriate as MAS carried the national image."

Stunning images of snowy owl caught by Montreal traffic camera - "The snowy owl has special significance in Canada, where it has legal protection from hunters and is the official symbol of Quebec."

Slate.com - Posts - "Newly Engaged Chris Pratt Has Been Getting Super Evangelical and Maybe You Didn’t Even Notice"
"Remember that time Pratt spent Easter weekend erecting an enormous cross on a friend’s ranch in Texas?
Comments: " #Tolerance #YesItMeansForEveryone #EvenChristians"
"How dare he hold spiritual beliefs. The *monster.*"
"Remember that time we elected a Muslim into congress. Totally gross also."
"Articles like this is why Trumpkins are so defensive. Let Chris Pratt be a goof ball for Christ."
"I am a super liberal atheist... And this pisses me off to no end. He seems to be a damned good, genuine guy ---stop trying to make his faith out to be newsworthy or something to be apprehensive about. He's allowed to be religious and it doesn't matter which faith so long as he's not using it as a tool against anyone else to hurt them. Leave him be."
"Yes, it's called freedom of religion. Found in the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights."
And they say media bias is a paranoid conspiracy theory


How Big of a Problem Is Overpopulation? - "Unwarranted panic about overpopulation is a big problem that has led to human rights abuses and much pointless suffering... By the 1970s, overpopulation hysteria came fully back into vogue. Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich published The Population Bomb in 1968, which opened with the lines, “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.” Shortly thereafter, in 1972, the Club of Rome issued a report called The Limits to Growth. It bolstered the old argument that population growth would deplete resources and lead to a collapse of society with evidence from computer simulations based on dubious assumptions. Those jeremiads led to human rights abuses including millions of forced sterilizations in Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Indonesia, Bangladesh and India, as well as China’s draconian one-child (now two-child) policy. In 1975, officials sterilized 8 million men and women in India alone. Were these human rights abuses necessary? No. Instead of facing widespread starvation and resource shortages, humanity managed to make resources more plentiful by using them more efficiently, increasing the supply and developing substitutes.Today the population is at a record high, and famines have all but vanished outside of war zones. Even in Sub Saharan Africa, the poorest area on the planet, the food supply now exceeds the recommended 2,000 calories per person per day. Yet overpopulation fears still exert a powerful hold on the public imagination. Earlier this year, a survey by Negative Population Growth found that “American high school students are very worried about overpopulation.” Many prominent environmentalists — from Johns Hopkins University bioethicist Travis Rieder to entertainer Bill Nye “The Science Guy" — support tax penalties or other state-imposed punishments for having “too many” children. Bowdoin College’s Sarah Conly published a book in 2016 through Oxford University Press advocating a “one-child” policy, claiming it is “morally permissible” for the government to limit family sizes through force to prevent overpopulation."

Street seller cheats death after Buddhist monk stabs him to prove lucky amulets are powerless - "A Thai street seller cheated death after a Buddhist monk stabbed him in the neck to prove that the lucky amulets he was hawking had no supernatural powers."

Why We Should Never Limit Our News Source to One Side - "In one shocking video released, dozens of news stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest owners of local news stations, were revealed to have all been given the exact same script to read on-air about the perils of fake news. Astonishing irony aside, the incident illustrated what many critics of mainstream media news have known for decades - that news outlets, like almost anyone else, have an agenda to push and powerful higher-ups to report to. And furthermore, in 2013, just 7% of journalists identified as Republicans, down from 18% in 2002. And in one analysis of 2016 campaign contributions, the Center for Public Integrity showed that 96% of the journalists who disclosed campaign contributions gave money to Hillary Clinton’s campaign... instances like CNN telling its viewers that it’s illegal for them to read Wikileaks themselves (it’s not), or the Boston Globe reporting that Elizabeth Warren is somewhere between 1/32 and 1/512 Native American (the results ran on South American DNA actually showed between 1/64 and 1/1024 heritage) were obviously, at the very least, mistakes. And while, of course, everyone makes mistakes, the partisan nature of these errors combined with the rather quiet nature of the corrections issued by the networks and publishers should make us question the objectivity of major media outlets, as well as individual reporters... the current focus on trivial stories, while ignoring real issues, in hopes of going viral has unfortunately been detrimental to the public discourse. Whether it’s the President taking two ice cream scoops instead of one, or the debate over whether Melania Trump’s shoes were appropriate, the chase for clicks has meant that more substantive stories, like those relating to the economy or healthcare, have been forgotten. Additionally, misleading and pessimistic narratives about the state of the country have been popularized, like the constant coverage of crime in a society where crime has been on the decrease for decades, or the disproportionate focus on police force against black people (even though police force against white people is much more common)... while the media are profiting off of the sad truth that division and negativity are more popular than progress and unity, the good news is that people seem to be waking up to how many reporters have gone from reporting on narratives to weaving their own. More than seven in ten Americans think the media are “dividing Americans” and spread "hate and misunderstanding" according to a new poll"

Nancy Pelosi is lying about the State of the Union - The Washington Post - "Pelosi is using her faux security concerns as a pretext to do something unprecedented and outrageous: deny a president of the United States the opportunity to come to Congress and deliver his State of the Union address. Never in the history of our Republic has the House speaker invited, and then disinvited, a sitting president from addressing a joint session of Congress. Yet all those who constantly decry Trump for shattering of presidential norms seem to be perfectly fine when Pelosi is doing the norm shattering — and lying about why she is doing it... Right now, Democrats are brimming with confidence because polls show that a majority of Americans blame Trump for the shutdown. But according to a recent Hill-HarrisX poll, 70 percent of Americans want both sides to compromise, including 61 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of Democrats. Right now, Trump is the only one talking compromise, while Democrats are demanding unilateral surrender... to add insult to injury, Democratic lawmakers took a junket to Puerto Rico on the very day that federal workers stop receiving their paychecks. They had time to sun themselves on the beach at an exclusive resort with more than 100 lobbyists and executives and hang out with the cast of “Hamilton,” but they could not be bothered to accept Trump’s invitation to meet with him at the White House on Tuesday to find a way out of the crisis."
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