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Friday, June 18, 2010

I thought Waiwai was dead

"Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few." - George Bernard Shaw


Anri Suzuki offers sex as compensation for Japan's war crimes


A Japanese adult-film star, Anri Suzuki, says she has been giving out free sex sessions to Chinese students as a way of giving back for Japan's World War II sins.

The bizarre situation was revealed today in the "Korea Times" newspaper.

24-year-old Anri Suzuki studied history at University, holding a Doctorate in the discipline.

Suzuki focused on the Japanese invasion of China, writing the paper, "The History of the Japanese Invasion into China."

Anri Suzuki said she was so shocked to learn about her nation's past that it was time to make up for her country's early 20th century wrongs by giving back, one man at a time.

Anri Suzuki told the Korean Times: "We have to respect history and cannot obliterate it. I want to cure the wounds of Chinese with my body."

"I think it is psychological compensation to them. Actually, Chinese students treat me more friendly and comfortably than Japanese."

Between 1937 and 1945, China and Japan fought the Second Sino-Japanese War, resulting in the deaths of approximately 23 million people, including 18 million civilians.

Japan invaded China in the late 1930's, the result of a decades-long Japanese imperialist policy aiming to dominate China politically and militarily.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Links - 17th June 2010

"If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee -- that will do them in." - Bradley's Bromide


Apple bans Gizmodo from wwdc - "If a free press needs to behave, then it is not free at all. The job of a free press is to get the story that a company, a government or another official company spokesman is trying to stop the public from knowing... It is a shorter route than you think from banning Gizmodo from a trade show to banning Fox News from a While House News Conference or a field press member being prevented from covering a war atrocity somewhere"

Apple turns sour on free speech - "Ulysses has now been declared obscene again — this time by Apple... Daryl Cagle, the cartoonist, had a series of gags on Tiger Woods refused in April, again because the work “contains content that ridicules public figures”. Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University, says the media are not used to “news kiosks telling us what to write. The idea that ridiculing public figures is not appropriate pretty much means the entire media industry isn’t appropriate”.... Campaigners point out that the company praised the Dalai Lama in a 1997 ad campaign, but in 2009 PC World reported that apps mentioning the Dalai Lama are banned from Apple’s Chinese App Store... Padraig Reidy of Index on Censorship, the campaigning group, says Apple is a “monopoly in the making, a monolith which is forcing the media to tailor its products to the taste of one massive corporation”. He sees it as creating “a bland landscape where media tries to avoid controversy and breaking controversial stories”"

The Perils of Studying Economics - "On some issues people who study undergraduate economics are more doctrinaire free marketers than professional economists... Ph.D. economists were... more likely than economics majors (or, frankly, any majors) to think that income inequality should be reduced and that government spending should not be reduced, and they were somewhat less worried about federal budget deficits... it’s somewhat eye-opening to come to college and learn that free markets lead to maximum societal welfare and taxes impose a deadweight loss on society — the pictures are so simple and compelling... But when you learn more about principal-agent problems, information asymmetries, and so on, you learn that those simple pictures are simplistic to the point of being misleading. That’s why Joseph Stiglitz argues in Freefall that understanding economics is crucial to understanding why free markets often lead to suboptimal outcomes"

Sewage plant plays Mozart to stimulate microbes - "Sewage operator believes chords and cadences of compositions speed up way the organisms break down biomass... So far Stucki's preferred composition is The Magic Flute"

Daniel Klein: Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? - "Who is better informed about the policy choices facing the country—liberals, conservatives or libertarians? According to a Zogby International survey that I write about in the May issue of Econ Journal Watch, the answer is unequivocal: The left flunks Econ 101... the left has trouble squaring economic thinking with their political psychology, morals and aesthetics"
Addendum: So much for liberals mocking conservatives as ignorant

Feckblog: Male vs Female Privilege - "What I'm trying to do is refute the notion that either sex is privileged over the other. Of course, I don't deny that there are certain privileges given to men that are not given to women. What I reject is the concept of Male Privilege: The idea that men are unambigously privileged over women. In reality, women have their own privileges, and very often privilege and obligation go hand in hand... Which sex has the better package of privileges and obligations is largely a matter of personal preference. Yes, most feminists think men have it better, but that's because modern feminism, having little left to offer a woman who relishes her role as a full-time wife and mother, disproportionately attracts women who think they're getting a raw deal. This may also explain why lesbians tend to be overrepresented among feminists--denied male privileges and unable to take advantage of those female privileges tied to heterosexuality, they really do get a raw deal... a common feminist tactic is to cast any attempt to point out female privileges as whining by men afraid of feminism's challenge to their own privilege. Of course, talking about Male Privilege is speaking truth to power, not whining."

The End of Men - "Feminists [claimed that] “There’s no question that there exists a universal preference for sons”... couples were requesting more girls than boys... “It’s the women who are driving all the decisions... Women live longer than men. They do better in this economy. More of ’em graduate from college. They... do everything men do, and sometimes they do it a whole lot better”... Women... now hold a majority of the nation’s jobs. The working class, which has long defined our notions of masculinity, is slowly turning into a matriarchy, with men increasingly absent from the home and women making all the decisions. Women dominate today’s colleges and professional schools—for every two men who will receive a B.A. this year, three women will do the same. Of the 15 job categories projected to grow the most in the next decade in the U.S., all but two are occupied primarily by women... Women are also starting to dominate middle management, and a surprising number of professional careers... female CEOs... outearned their male counterparts by 43 percent, on average, and received bigger raises... marriage has disappeared because women are setting the terms—and setting them too high for the men around them to reach... the more women dominate, the more they behave, fittingly, like the dominant sex. Rates of violence committed by middle-aged women have skyrocketed since the 1980s, and no one knows why"
This won't stop feminists from complaining that women are oppressed

YouTube - lee enfield sniper rifle (lego)

Hippopotamus on menu at Beijing zoo - "After watching the beasts in their cages, diners at the zoo's restaurant can gnaw on the webbed toes of a hippopotamus, chew a kangaroo tail, nibble a deer's penis or slurp down a bowl of ant soup... In the past, notices on each of the zoo's animal cages included information about which parts were the tastiest and most useful according to traditional Chinese medicine. Those details have now been omitted"
Another reason to go to BJ - tout de suite!

The Case for Calling Them Nitwits - "It’s fair to say that the Taliban employ the world’s worst suicide bombers: one in two manages to kill only himself. And this success rate hasn’t improved at all in the five years they’ve been using suicide bombers... In Afghanistan, as in many cultures, a manly embrace is a time-honored tradition for warriors before they go off to face death. Thus, many suicide bombers never even make it out of their training camp or safe house, as the pressure from these group hugs triggers the explosives in suicide vests... One video, captured recently by the thermal-imagery technology housed in a sniper rifle, shows two Talibs in southern Afghanistan engaged in intimate relations with a donkey. Similar videos abound, including ground-surveillance footage that records a Talib fighter gratifying himself with a cow... Many laptops seized from the Taliban and al-Qaeda are loaded with smut. U.S. intelligence analysts have devoted considerable time to poring over the terrorists’ favored Web sites, searching for hidden militant messages"

Films featuring smoking to be given 18 certificate in bid to stop children taking up the habit - "Films including 101 Dalmatians, Pinocchio, Peter Pan and numerous James Bond classics would all be considered adult-only movies. More recent productions including Titanic and Lord of the Rings would also be affected by the plans put forward to Plymouth City Council by health officials."

The rules that phone sex workers have to follow

"Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it." - Alfred North Whitehead


delanceyplace: delanceyplace.com 6/15/10 - phone sex

"There were many mothers [among the phone sex workers]. All were great women, and talking with them during the slow periods was the best part of the job. Let's just say odd jobs collect odd characters to work at them, so the stories they had were great. ...

The first call [I received] was on the one-nine-hundred number, which requires the workers to follow special rules. The one-eight-hundred number involves the use of a credit card to talk to a woman, so the age of the caller can often be verified, but many callers who use the nine-hundred line are under eighteen. We had a fiber optic Big Brother occasionally monitoring the phone calls to make sure we followed the rules. So we needed to make sure that we obeyed the rules and didn't verbally give any hard-ons to minors (without them really working for it).

In addition, the rules for phone sex lines out of California in the late '90s, as explained by my supervisors, specified that there could be no talk of bestiality, underage sex, or incest. This was taken so seriously that we couldn't even use phrases like 'Daddy's little girl' or 'Let me be your sex kitten' without verbally clarifying that we were over eighteen and not related to the callers, or that we weren't actually feline. Do you know what a c**k block it is, during a naughty-high-school-cheerleader-being-disciplined-by-the-principal story, when you have to stop and explain twice that you are an eighteen-year-old high school cheerleader?

So, to make sure the callers were eighteen or older, we played the math game: We had to get the callers to give us not only their age, but year born and year graduated from high school. There was a chart of corresponding years so the phone sex workers wouldn't have to do the math. If callers messed up on the math, they failed, and not only did they not get any 'Baby, give it to me, give it to me hard:' but their coded phone numbers were put on a list. If any number appeared on the list more than three times, our supervisor would call the parents. Yes, the phone sex line would turn you in, junior.

Along with Minor Math, we had to play Feed Me the Line. We couldn't use any sexually explicit words or phrases till the caller used them first. We couldn't actually talk dirty to callers till they talked dirty to us, and strangely enough, getting a very horny man to talk dirty to you isn't as easy as it seems. Most of the callers are slightly socially retarded toward women. If they were able to talk to women about what they wanted, they would be getting laid without Ma Bell playing madam. The typical caller expected you to be an easy verbal lay: Just dial the number and instant orgasmic satisfaction. But I couldn't give them what I knew they wanted without them 'feeding me the line.' So it was a conversational tug-of-war: 'Talk dirty to me.' 'Tell me about what you want me to do for you.' 'Talk dirty to me.' 'Come on, baby, tell me your fantasy.' 'I want you to talk dirty to me.' 'Tell me exactly what you want me to talk about.' 'Talk dirty to me.' And so on and so on."

--- Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys / David Henry Sterry and R.J. Martin, Jr., Editors, from a contribution by Lilycat

More SDN events (June 2010)

"There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?" - Woody Allen


Event 1:

"Make Yourself Irresistible to Successful Men

A dynamic and heartfelt workshop by Inqueenz Founder and ex-Beauty Queen, Genecia Luo who will share with the participants her personal journey of meeting and dating successful men. Learn from the insider on how to bring out your inner magnet and attract the Right Men!"

(I can't access the event on the SDN website, but that usually happens to me anyway)

From elsewhere, we learn that:

1) The one-hand-on-waist, one-leg-forward pose is supposed to be attractive

2) The event is for women only (SDN promotes Family Values!)

3) There is a corresponding event called "Make Yourself Irresistible to Successful Men! (For Females Only)"

I guess that that, by posing the corresponding question for women, answers the original question for men: to be Irresistible to Successful Men, be a Beautiful Woman; to be Irresistible to Beautiful Women, be a Successful Man.

Event 2:

"Show your enthusiasm and win great prizes by dressing as a Pixar animated character! You could come as a cowgirl, spaceman, chef, superhero or boy scout, as long as it is a Pixar film character. Imagination is your only limitation!"

I was tempted to register for this event and come as one of the following:

Rex (Toy Story)

Kevin (Up)

Remy (Ratatouille)

Sure, I wouldn't get any dates but it'd be fun!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

"Humorous Books" and Pearl Necklaces

The above is the Twitter profile image of @HumorousBooks, few of whose latest tweets have anything to do with books, of which none have anything to do with Humorous Books.

In other news, I find women wearing pearl necklaces amusing. Especially when (as above), a pearl necklace seems to be *all* that they're wearing.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Front page of the Singapore Expat Meetup:

Cats and Women

"Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge." - Scott Adams


Cats and Women

1) Cats do what they want.
2) They rarely listen to you.
3) They're totally unpredictable.
4) They whine when they are not happy.
5) When you want to play, they want to be alone.
6) When you want to be alone, they want to play.
7) They expect you to cater to their every whim.
8) They're moody.
9) They leave hair everywhere.
10) They drive you nuts and cost an arm and a leg.

Conclusion: They're tiny little women in cheap fur coats.

Monday, June 14, 2010

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Kai Kai and Dar Dar

May they find other people's toes to suck. And have sex for 210+ times.

On faux "diversity"

Comment on: What I got wrong about women in science - Boing Boing

""Diversity" for the sake of diversity is just as pernicious as intentional discrimination. It says to the person "I'm only including you because I need a token, not because you deserve it on merit. The true test of enlightenment is when you can look past the color of someone's skin without purposely excluding OR including."
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