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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Links - 10th September 2016

Women Banned from Wearing Burqa When Entering ISIS’ Security Centres - "within the past two years, the ISIS used to force women in Iraq and Syria to wear burqa and niqab; however, now the group has no choice but to prevent women with burqa from entering its security centres... The decision, according to the source, came after some fully veiled women killed a number of ISIS commanders and members in the past months"

Ancient Roman-inspired restaurant Roma to open in east London - "Food – including cuts of meat and homemade dishes such as tapenade ‒ will be cooked using what are said to be traditional Roman techniques, including cooking meat with hay. The wine list will encompass choices from across the old Roman Empire, include vintages from Italy, France, Macedonia and Spain – with some said to be from vineyards that have been traced back to Roman times."

StandWithUs - We ♥ LOVE ♥ our supporters of Israel from around the... - "We <3 LOVE <3 our supporters of Israel from around the world! This week we received this message from a family in Singapore"
Comments: Zaki Omar (225 likes): "My Muslim bros and sisters. We all know what will happen to the Jews ultimately. When the time comes, even a rock will reveal if a Jew is hiding behind it. So don't worry. Make ur prayers. Allah is on our side. Allah sees and hears. Allah will respond. Allah never breaks promises."
Mohd Azhar Mohd Sani (166 likes): "Theres no land or country called israel... Shame on u zionist rapist killers n terrorist...puiiik"
Eliaz Trazaguet (37 likes): "Zionist scums & 7 idiots in the picture. I didnt know this idiots exist in Singapore..Supporting Terrorism is a crime!"
Mariam Solehah (262 likes): "isreal terrorists have killed Palestinians .. .. And confiscated land not theirs .. Isreal is one of the most evil .. Their nature is the same , namely, to rob the rights of others and can not see any other advanced nation and religion .. Remember God 's promise is sure .. israel is a nation of liars .."
Hidrir Hamid (13 likes): "THOSE are not SINGAPOREANS! Thier Families CAME FROM CHINA Real Born original Singaporeans doesnt stand with Terrorist country like ISRAEL! MURDERER!"
Andrew To: "Suddenly the people from the religion which always emphasize love and peace are calling others with different views dogs, idiots, dumb, moron, if they teach you to be so intolerant, maybe their teaching is not that peaceful after all."
Rex Timothy Ang: "I just like all the Muslims and anti-Israelis here cursing the Singapore Family just because their belief is Christianity and they support Israel. If you look into the history, you should know how much favor we owe Israel. They built our military against aggressive countries and they helped Singapore become an economic power. Thanks for destroying Singapore's reputation as a multiracial and multireligious country."

Malay man did a Amy Chong racist comments - "Wow Hoa Sai Liao..... He 1st bring in Chinese, now he bring in Christian... Good show coming up."
Someone made a police report in July 2014, but nothing happened. In fact the person made his own police report. I guess it's okay for "minorities" to be racist and religiously discriminatory

I dare you to read this and still feel good about tipping - "the restaurant industry has the highest rate of sexual harassment of any industry in the United States. It’s actually five times the rate of all other industries. Seven percent of American women work in restaurants, but thirty percent of sexual harassment complaints from women come from the restaurant industry. It's the single largest source of sexual harassment complaints of any industry in the United States. Our research shows that all of that sexual harassment—from customers, coworkers, and management—can be traced back to this whole culture of forcing women to make their income based on pleasing the customer."
The genetic fallacy about black people and slavery is annoying though

Tipless restaurants: The Linkery’s owner explains why abolishing tipping made service better. - "When we switched from tipping to a service charge, our food improved, probably because our cooks were being paid more and didn't feel taken for granted. In turn, business improved, and within a couple of months, our server team was making more money than it had under the tipped system. The quality of our service also improved. In my observation, however, that wasn't mainly because the servers were making more money (although that helped, too). Instead, our service improved principally because eliminating tips makes it easier to provide good service... in almost every industry, it's expected you'll be able to do your best work if you're not constantly distracted by compensation issues. Why don't we want that for restaurant servers?... Studies have shown that tipping is not an effective incentive for performance in servers. It also creates an environment in which people of color, young people, old people, women, and foreigners tend to get worse service than white males. In a tip-based system, nonwhite servers make less than their white peers for equal work... in many instances employers have allegedly misused tip credits, which let owners pay servers less than minimum wage if tipping makes up the difference... the most notable opponent we encountered who wanted to cling to the tipping model was our local city attorney. In spite of our posted signs and check stamps and menu text and blog posts that outlined the service charge, his office accused us of trying to deceive consumers with it, and threatened me with fines and jail time. I thought this made me a special kind of outlaw, until this year when the same city attorney tried to stick one of my neighbors with 13 years in jail for writing protest slogans on the sidewalk using water-soluble children's chalk"

Foreign doctors with unapproved medical degree found working in polyclinics

'Murica - Imgur

The Political Ideologies of American Lawyers - "American lawyers lean to the left of the ideological spectrum... This places the average American lawyer’s ideology close to the ideology of Bill Clinton... This confirms prior scholarship and journalism that has argued that the legal profession is liberal on balance. To our knowledge, however, this figure represents the most comprehensive picture of the ideology of American lawyers ever assembled... although the fact that few American lawyers hold extreme ideological positions may suggest that lawyers are generally moderate, it is worth noting that there are relatively few lawyers in the middle of the distribution... the ideological distribution of lawyers falls exactly in the middle of these seven professions. The distributions for technology workers, journalists, and academics are skewed further to the left. This perhaps confirms existing beliefs about the types of individuals who are attracted to these professions (see, e.g., Mariani and Hewitt 2008). Lawyers as a whole are much more liberal, however, than three of the professions presented. Indeed, the median lawyer is well to the left of the respective medians for accountants; bankers and financial workers; and medical doctors. The difference between those in the legal profession and those in the banking or finance industry is particularly revealing, as corporate law firms and finance firms tend to be centered in comparable metropolitan areas and perhaps draw from the same underlying pools of potential candidates... technology workers, journalists, and academics are all professions with a sizable percentage of members with a CFscore of less than –1.0. The legal profession on the other hand, albeit liberal overall, has a much lower percentage of outlier members who are extremely liberal or extremely conservative... all fourteen top law schools have distributions that lean to the left"

Man claims he paid $3.7m to have sex with celebs - ""It was agreed that if (Mr Xu) paid the sum of A$3.7 million, (the agency) would provide Megan Fox, Candice Swanepoel and Angelababy as escorts for sexual services," Mr Xu's statement of claim said. It is not suggested that the women are escorts."

Meet Balmuda, the $230 Toaster From Japan - "Using steam and carefully calibrated heat cycles, it transforms store-bought bread into something that smells, tastes and feels like it popped out of a baker's oven"

How my dream gap year in Africa turned into a nightmare - "But I soon learned that Africa is rife with hidden danger. I witnessed random acts of violence, contracted malaria and had close encounters with lions, elephants, crocodiles and snakes. As monsoon season came and went, the Hutu-Tutsi conflict in neighbouring Congo began to escalate and then spill over into Zambia with repercussions all along the lake. Thousands of people were displaced and we heard brutal tales of rape and murder. Then one day, without warning, armed rebels descended on our bay"
Maybe someone will scold her for perpetuating racist stereotypes

How a parrot who may have witnessed a murder could change the way we think about animals - "prosecutors are trying to figure out how they might be able to use the bird’s reported eyewitness account as evidence. This is obviously pretty unprecedented in the American legal system. But the case is significant for another big reason: if Bud “testifies” and the prosecution is successful, experts say it could prove to be a game changer when it comes to the representation of nonhuman species in the courtroom—and that it could help change the way we think about how animals contribute to society in general."

Kids Are Master Manipulators. So Use Game Theory Against Them - "Screaming “Don’t make me turn this car around!” never works. That’s what Zollman calls a noncredible threat—kids see through it, because they know it means you’ll suffer too. So pick punishments that benefit you. Like: “Stop punching your sister or we’re going to Grandma’s instead of the movies.”"

Horrifying mob of 5,000 attacks Christians for BUILDING CHURCH shouting ‘Egypt is Islamic’ - "Coptic Christians have long struggled to legally build churches in Egypt, despite a growing Christian population. A new church can only be built by presidential decreers, which is only issued once a year. Villagers reported police officers attended evening Muslim prayers in front of the Christians’ homes and used loudspeakers to broadcast the service... There have also been reports of Christian women being abducted and forced to convert to Islam and marry older Muslim men."

Elite K-8 school teaches white students they’re born racist - "An elite Manhattan school is teaching white students as young as 6 that they’re born racist and should feel guilty benefiting from “white privilege,” while heaping praise and cupcakes on their black peers. Administrators at the Bank Street School for Children on the Upper West Side claim it’s a novel approach to fighting discrimination, and that several other private New York schools are doing it, but even liberal parents aren’t buying it... a number of leading private schools across the country also have segregated students by “race-based affinity groups”... The program, these parents say, deliberately instills in white children a strong sense of guilt about their race. Some kids come home in tears, saying, “I’m a bad person.” They say white kids are being brainwashed into thinking any success they achieve is unearned. Indeed, a young white girl is seen confessing on a Bank Street video: “I feel guilty for having a privilege I don’t deserve.”"

Raped German politician Selin Gören admits lie over her attackers' nationality - "A young left-wing German politician has admitted she lied to police about the racial background of three men who raped her in case it triggered reprisals against refugees in her country... Selin, who has visited refugee camps in Iraq where she was shocked at the squalor people are living in, did not want to stoke 'more hatred against migrants ín Germany.' To help her cope she wrote an open letter to a fictional refugee and posted it on Facebook. It read in part: 'I am really sorry that your sexist and line-crossing treatment of me could help fuel aggressive racism... She now says people must never 'twist the truth' even if it is politically expedient to do so."

Friday, September 09, 2016

Shall I wed an aged man

Fol. 228. The evils incident to marriage between January and May form one of the commonest themes of the ballad-writers : cf. no. XXVI, stanza 4 ; no. LXIV, stanza 23.

The complaint of a widdow against an old man.

To the tune OF Trentam's Toy.

SHALL I wed an aged man,
that groaneth of the Gout,
And lead my lyfe in miserye,
within doores and without?
No ! I will haue a Batcheler,
of lyvely bloud and bone,
To cheare me in my latter dayes,
or els I will haue non.

For yf I take a Batcheler
that can both skyp and springe,
Then he will be my comforter,
to giue me every thinge.
If I be sad, or sorowfull,
at boord or els at bed,
A youngman will be pittyfull,
and help to hould my head.

An aged man is testye,
and set to hoorde and hyde;
With lame legges and restye,
bewayling back and syde.
A young man he is beautyfull,
couragious, trick, and trim ;
And looketh with a merry cheere,
when aged men looke grim.

Better is a Batcheler,
of bone and body sound,
Then is an olde leacherer
with twentye thousand pound.
Who is so bad a market-man,
that buyeth flesh or fishe,
But lightly choseth for to haue
the yongest in his dishe?

Young bloud renueth olde,
as Phisicke doth expresse ;
And age is ill to be contrould,
but cursse where they should blesse :
But yf I haue a young man,
and chaunce to catch the quacke,
He will provide me delicats,
and cheare me vp with sacke.

An aged man is quaffinge
in every cup or can,
with ioynts and synnewes shakinge,
much like a deadly man.
But looke vpon a young man,
in him yow shall espye
A good face, and a iollye cheere,
a pleasant rowlinge eye.

His countenaunce is chearfull,
at bed and eke at boorde;
His talke is never sorrowfull,
but Heigh ! at every word.
An old man's coate it is beraide,
all overthwart the brest.
A young man is well-favored,
well-browed, and finelye drest.

An aged man comes drooping home,
as on that wanteth lyfe. A young man sayes, when he comes in,
' Come, kysse me, gentle wife !'
And yf I take a young man,
although his wealth be small,
If that he vse me honestlye
he shall be lord of all.

Behould the little Spanniell,
and every beast in briefe,
Will likke, and leape vpon, their feete
by whom they find releife.
Much more then will a witty man,
whom natur's worke hath wrought,
Must loue the woman faythfullye,
that maried him of nought.

Therefore I am determined
I cannot liue alone,
But I will haue a Batcheler,
or els I will haue none.

--- Shirburn Ballads, No. LXVI / Anon

In modern English spelling:

SHALL I wed an aged man,
that groaneth of the Gout,
And lead my life in misery,
within doors and without?
No ! I will have a bachelor,
of lively blood and bone,
To cheer me in my latter days,
or else I will have non.

For if I take a bachelor
that can both skip and spring,
Then he will be my comforter,
to give me every thing.
If I be sad, or sorrowful,
at board or else at bed,
A young man will be pitiful,
and help to hold my head.

An aged man is testy,
and set to horde and hide;
With lamey legs and resty,
bewailing back and side.
A young man he is beautiful,
courageous, trick, and trim ;
And looketh with a merry cheer,
when aged men look grim.

Better is a bachelor,
of bone and body sound,
Then is an old lecherer
with twenty thousand pound.
Who is so bad a market-man,
that buyeth flesh or fish,
But lightly choseth for to have
the youngest in his dish?

Young blood reneweth old,
as Physicke doth express ;
And age is ill to be controlled,
but cursed where they should bless :
But if I have a young man,
and chance to catch the quack,
He will provide me delicats,
and cheer me up with sack.

An aged man is quaffing
in every cup or can,
with joints and sinews shaking,
much like a deadly man.
But look upon a young man,
in him you shall espy
A good face, and a jolly cheer,
a pleasant rolling eye.

His countenance is cheerful,
at bed and eke at board;
His talk is never sorrowful,
but hey! at every word.
An old man's coat it is beride,
all overthwart the breast.
A young man is well-favored,
well-browed, and finely dressed.

An aged man comes drooping home,
as on that wanteth life.
A young man says, when he comes in,
' Come, kiss me, gentle wife !'
And if I take a young man,
although his wealth be small,
If that he use me honestly
he shall be lord of all.

Behold the little Spaniel,
and every beast in brief,
Will lick, and leap upon, their feet
by whom they find relief.
Much more then will a witty man,
whom nature's work hath wrought,
Must love the woman faithfully,
that married him of nought.

Therefore I am determined
I cannot live alone,
But I will have a bachelor,
or else I will have none.
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