"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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Friday, April 19, 2019

Links - 19th April 2019 (1)

Straight, Gay or Lying? Bisexuality Revisited - "Some people are attracted to women; some are attracted to men. And some, if Sigmund Freud, Dr. Alfred Kinsey and millions of self-described bisexuals are to be believed, are drawn to both sexes. But a new study casts doubt on whether true bisexuality exists, at least in men. The study, by a team of psychologists in Chicago and Toronto, lends support to those who have long been skeptical that bisexuality is a distinct and stable sexual orientation. People who claim bisexuality, according to these critics, are usually homosexual, but are ambivalent about their homosexuality or simply closeted. "You're either gay, straight or lying," as some gay men have put it. In the new study, a team of psychologists directly measured genital arousal patterns in response to images of men and women. The psychologists found that men who identified themselves as bisexual were in fact exclusively aroused by either one sex or the other, usually by other men. The study is the largest of several small reports suggesting that the estimated 1.7 percent of men who identify themselves as bisexual show physical attraction patterns that differ substantially from their professed desires."

Being Classically Feminine - Posts - "All men are pigs"
"Women are equal to men"

Valar Morghulis - " Her daughter is small for her age, and will probably remain small. This has affected her self-confidence. Earlier this year, my friend decided to tell her daughter a slightly sanitized version of Arya Stark's journey in GoT, to basically demonstrate how a small girl could learn to be badass.Six months go by, and the daughter turns from 5 to 6. Her mom asks her what she wants for her birthday. The daughter says, "I want to learn how to fight." So my friend, who has zero martial arts experience, looks up a place, and they go there.The moment they get there, my friend is thinking, "This may not be the right place." It's a Krav Maga/MMA gym. Lots of burly dudes beating the crap out of each other, basically. Not your kid-friendly karate dojo.But she doesn't want to tell her daughter that they have to leave because the place is filled with intimidating men -- it would pretty much fly in the face of everything she's trying to teach her. So she says, "Okay. I don't know if they have a kid's class here. Why don't you go ask who the teacher is, and then ask them?... The guy looks down at this wee little girl, and he says, "Uh, well, no, we don't really. Maybe I can talk to your mom and suggest some places for you? This isn't really a place for little girls."Her daughter reaches into her jacket pocket, pulls out a nickel, holds it out to the guy and says, "Valar morghulis."The guy takes the nickel, looks at it, then says, totally deadpan: "Valar dohaeris. Of course I can teach you."The mom comes over and says, "I thought you said you didn't have kid's classes?" The guy says, "We do now. Come into the office and we'll work up a training schedule." The mom: "Do you have any idea how much it'll cost?" The guy holds up the nickel. "She's already paid up.""
So basically to be 'badass' you need to be like a man

Vivian Earons on Twitter - "I am amazed by the amount of people who are coming out of the woodwork to defend abysmal grammar."
"Just a reminder: grammar is often classist and furthers white supremacy in its rules, so people having grammar that is outside the definitions of what modern English defines as acceptable, is not wrong and calling it such furthers those narratives"

When moths come to stay, there’s only one solution - "Call in the killer wasps! As a self-trained expert on moth infestation, I’ve been saying it for years – to derision, mainly. Well to all those sneerers: I told you so. The Natural History Museum, surely expert in such matters, has turned to wasps to eradicate the pest that devours the exhibits in its glass cases and our wardrobes alike: the moth... the museum is deploying Trichogramma – tiny parasitic wasps which eat moth larvae – to give the enemy a taste of their own medicine"

Workday Predicts When Employees Will Quit - "Workday's new software, which it hopes to release next year, works by looking at your career progression and comparing it with other employees who have followed a similar path.So if other people in your position have left the company after an average of two years on the job, Workday could send your bosses a note letting them know you might be getting ready to split.The idea is to be able to give its clients recommendations, like "give Jane a promotion," that would allow them to keep their most talented employees."

How To Predict Which Of Your Employees Are About To Quit - "A well-known tech firm that recently worked with my company was losing its precious engineers. Recruiters who spent a lot of time looking for coders on LinkedIn were already in the habit of noticing recently updated “Skills” sections, interpreting that as a sign an engineer might be interested in hearing about new opportunities. So it occurred to the tech company to apply this principle in reverse.The managers realized that their own coders were probably doing the same thing–updating their LinkedIn profiles whenever they were ready to hear from other firms. So the company wrote a simple script to capture the LinkedIn update feed for the profiles of around 2,000 of its top-performing coders. That let managers to react quickly whenever one of those employees added new info. Similar to the call managers, supervisors then swooped in to discuss the career goals and professional-development opportunities with the coders who might be wavering."

The ugly truth hiding behind Canada’s ‘low’ unemployment rate should worry us all - "To properly judge the strength of Canada’s labour markets, it’s crucial to use a more comprehensive measure.We do just that in a recent study comparing the labour-market performance in Canadian provinces and U.S. states from 2015 to 2017. The study calculates an overall score (from zero to 100) for each jurisdiction based on eight indicators including private-sector employment and total employment rates, the unemployment rate, the extent of under-employment (measured as the share of involuntary part-time workers) and worker productivity (measured by the average value of goods and services produced by each worker). Higher-scoring jurisdictions are ranked better.Overall, Canadian provinces significantly underperformed relative to U.S. states, with every Canadian province ranked in the bottom half of the 60 jurisdictions"

This Maths Hack Takes The Pain Out Of Doing Percentages - "x% of y = y% of x"

The Screen - Posts - "Lawrence Summers: Hypothesizes the different availability of aptitude as a cause for the higher proportion of men in high-end science and engineering positions.
Accused of sexism, professors demand apologies, and some call for his termination; ends up resigning."
"Michelle Obama: States outright that "women are smarter than men" at the U.S.-Africa leaders summit.
Audience and the media laugh and applaud."
"It's only ever okay to discuss inherent sex-differences if you use it to say women are naturally superior.
This is your brain on #Progressive politics."

>Feminsts don't hate men, feminists love men >Feminists want to kill men PICK ONE!!! - "Feminist memes: "Amazing how feminists are called man-haters given we are the only group that truly believes in men's capacity to change. We are the only group that argues that men are not born rapists, johns, pimps, batterers, but are socialized into violence via the culture.""
"Feminist memes: *Feminist Steamroller crushing men with feminists onboard cheering* "Wish i had one like this""
">Feminsts don't hate men, feminists love men
>Feminists want to kill men

Feminist campaigner who started #SaggyBoobsMatter campaign sparks furious debate online after - "'Why should I care about male suicide?' Feminist blogger behind the #SaggyBoobsMatter campaign sparks outrage for claiming she has NO concern for men who 'kill themselves because they can't cry'
Londoner Chidera Eggerue, 24, tweeted that she didn't care about men's issues...
Ms Eggerue is known for her Sunday Times Bestseller, What a Time to be Alone: The Slumflower's Guide to Why You Are Already Enough, and was featured on the BBC's 100 Women list last year."

Vida Rz - Women are universally more religious than men, except... - "Women are universally more religious than men, except when it comes to Islam"
Source: "Gender differences in standardized religiousness across groups" from GENDER, RELIGION, AND VALUES: A Cross-National Examination of Moral Justification and Partisanship, a working paper by Landon Schnabel

Hillary Clinton unleashed foul-mouthed tirade in Trump debate prep session - "Hillary Clinton unleashed a “fuck-laced fusillade” on aides in a 2016 debate prep session, according to a new book about the presidential campaign by New York Times journalist Amy Chozick. The candidate was squirming with frustration over lingering concerns about her “authenticity” and racked with loathing for Donald Trump she was determined not to vent in public... Hillary Clinton reportedly “erupted” when Chozick reported in January 2016 that the actress and writer Lena Dunham, a prominent supporter and 29 at the time, told a Manhattan dinner party “she was disturbed by how, in the 1990s, the Clintons and their allies discredited women” who had accused Bill Clinton of misconduct.The former president, meanwhile, was painfully aware of Trump’s potential appeal in territory he thought of as his own, Chozick reports.“By late February,” she writes, “Bill went red in the face on almost daily conference calls trying to warn Brooklyn that Trump had a shrewd understanding of the angst that so many voters – his voters, the white working class whom Clinton brought back to the Democratic party in 1992 – were feeling.” But Hillary Clinton failed to collect many of those voters, skipping their states as she made campaign stops and alienating some with her grouping of certain Trump supporters in a “basket of deplorables”, a line Chozick reports the candidate liked and deployed at big-ticket fundraisers from New York to Los Angeles. “In the Hamptons, Hillary felt loved,” Chozick writes. Clinton, however, grew weary of hearing pollsters report on her lagging favorability."

Sam Harris States the Obvious about Islam, Enrages Ben Affleck - "'Liberals have really failed on the topic of theocracy. They’ll criticize white theocracy, they’ll criticize Christians. They’ll still get agitated over the abortion clinic bombing that happened in 1984. But when you want to talk about the treatment of women and homosexuals and free thinkers and public intellectuals in the Muslim world, I would argue that liberals have failed us. . . . The crucial point of confusion is that we have been sold this meme of “Islamophobia,” where every criticism of the doctrine of Islam gets conflated with bigotry toward Muslims as people. . . . We have to be able to criticize bad ideas, and Islam is the mother lode of bad ideas... I agree that all condemnation of ISIS [Islamic State] is good. But what do you think would happen if we had burned a copy of the Koran on [that night’s television] show? There would be riots in scores of countries. Embassies would fall. In response to our mistreating a book, millions of Muslims would take to the streets, and we would spend the rest of our lives fending off credible threats of murder. But when ISIS crucifies people, buries children alive, and rapes and tortures women by the thousands—all in the name of Islam—the response [among Muslims] is a few small demonstrations in Europe and a hashtag'"

Segments of Random Thoughts - Posts - "How far right wing does an Asian have to be before its okay to call him a gook and a chink? You cease to be a person when you're a Nazi in my eyes, which is why I don't get upset when uncle toms are called out (cause that's what they are)."
"People ask me why I, a "person of colour", go out of my way to criticise the regressive Left's identity politics and all the white privilege nonsense. This is why. They're driven by their hatred of the West and its enlightenment values such as free speech, private property, sovereignty of the individual etc. That's their primary motivation, NOT empathy for minorities or the oppressed. So as soon as a minority doesn't play ball, they don't hesitate to go after them with vicious attacks. The only thing they truly care about is their anti-West ideology."

Hirsi Ali: “You grew up in freedom, and you can spit on freedom” - "Interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali... You grew up in freedom, and you can spit on freedom, because you don’t know what it is not to have freedom. I haven’t. I know there are many things wrong with America, and I know that there are many things wrong with Americans, but I still believe it’s the best nation in the world"

The Cost of Satisfaction: A National Study of Patient Satisfaction, Health Care Utilization, Expenditures, and Mortality - "higher patient satisfaction was associated with less emergency department use but with greater inpatient use, higher overall health care and prescription drug expenditures, and increased mortality"

Christoph Rondeau's answer to Is it better to move to Canada or Australia? - Quora - "Another good thing about Canada is what we’re connected to. We have the US directly under us, which is gigantic and rich and has loads of interesting places to see, and the majority of Canada lives less than 100 miles from the US border. In Australia, if you’re going to another country, it’s either NZ, which is beautiful and amazing, but quite similar to Australia and far smaller, or the next closest stop is Indonesia. For that, its a 12+ hour flight to get to a country that is so extremely different than yours, and much poorer and more dangerous. It actually takes a similar cost and duration to get from Melbourne to Indonesia, as it does to get from Vancouver to England."

Ulzii Nergqui's answer to Is Australia a good country to work and settle? - Quora - "I am cleaning cinemas, where i get paid 26.36$ per hour. However, Asian students work at restaurants getting about 12–13$ per hour. That is like a joke. My Chinese roommate works as web-designer and getting less money than me who is doing vacuuming...
Stop smoking immediately. Here one pack of cigarettes is more than 20$.
Visit dentist in your country. It might ruin your finance if you visit dentist in Australia.
Learn as many things as possible in your country such as driving.
Australians are friendly people. I suggest you to work with Australians...
I would say that never ever hired by someone who was not born in Australia. They will most likely over-exploit you.
Do not stick to your compatriots when you spend thousands of dollars to come here to start a new life."
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