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Daria Musk3,679,675*IT'S OUR FIRST HANGOUTIVERSARY* _G+niuses, I'm so thrilled to announce this biG+ concert celebration! Last summer I met you in my first Hangout Concert and you changed my life overnight. Now it's one year later and whether you're in New York City or around the world on Aug 10th, I want to see your faces and sing your praises, like alwayses. ❤ Details below!_ *JOE'S PUB GOES PUBLIC* On August 10th we're going rock out and hangout live from on of New York City's most famous stages - Joe's Pub! It might sound like the name of a little dive bar like the one I was lugging my amps through the rain to play this time last year, but it's actually an incredibly beautiful music spot, widely-known as the best sounding venue in the city. It's a part of The Public Theater (think Shakespeare In The Park). Adele, Bono, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and many more have sung from its stage..._And now we're taking that stage together with a giant on-stage Hangout!_ _It'll be the first live-interactive global show in the venue's storied history. We're crashing the party guys! ;)_ *READY TO CELEBRATE?* Here's details to come be there live in person - _Hugs! Cupcakes! Bubbly Toasts! Balloons!_ and if you can't get to NYC here's the details to join the hangout live and a guest-star on stage. _BE THERE IN PERSON:_ ♬ Get Tickets: www.joespub.com or 212.967.7555 ♬ Address: 425 Lafayette St, NYC ♬ Doors open at 9pm  ♬ Show starts at 10pm ♬ Raise a glass, sing along, rush the stage, celebrate the night away with me and our nyc family _Note: I hope to be joined by some other awesome musicians who you know from Hangouts here! Special guests TBA!_ _HANGOUT FROM AROUND THE WORLD:_ ♬ Comment here to be added to the first-invite circle! (We'll rotate like always) ♬ Find the Hangout on my G+ Page: +Daria Musk and my YouTube page: www.youtube.com/dariamusk ♬ Global Times: http://bit.ly/P0Rwzu *Thank You For The Best Year Of My Life* This relationship is getting serious G+. We've spent every waking minute together for a year. You've changed my life. You've changed my heart. I've written you love songs. You've met my mama. And now it's time to celebrate our first anniversary together. See you there. XO, DariaDaria Musk :::: Hangoutiversary Concert :::: Live In NYC2012-08-10 22:00:00110  

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2015-05-15 11:43:32 (89 comments, 16 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Rohingya - one of the world's most oppressed people

I cannot imagine the suffering that these people have to go through. They are denied citizenship in their country of birth - Burma - because the Burmese government argues that they are "Bengalis"; illegal immigrants that do not deserve to call themselves Burmese. For this, they are subject to sporadic bouts of ethnic cleansing both by the military of Burma and by the ordinary people.

Bangladesh doesn't want them because it is argued that they are Burmese. Besides, Bangladesh has enough problems and can barely support its oversized population as it is.

Their plight is so dark that even the one-time light of Burmese democracy, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, does not speak up for them. But I suppose that is to be suspected. Ms. Suu Kyi is no longer the symbol of freedom and democracy she once was. She is a... more »

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2015-05-15 11:43:32 (89 comments, 16 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Rohingya - one of the world's most oppressed people

I cannot imagine the suffering that these people have to go through. They are denied citizenship in their country of birth - Burma - because the Burmese government argues that they are "Bengalis"; illegal immigrants that do not deserve to call themselves Burmese. For this, they are subject to sporadic bouts of ethnic cleansing both by the military of Burma and by the ordinary people.

Bangladesh doesn't want them because it is argued that they are Burmese. Besides, Bangladesh has enough problems and can barely support its oversized population as it is.

Their plight is so dark that even the one-time light of Burmese democracy, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, does not speak up for them. But I suppose that is to be suspected. Ms. Suu Kyi is no longer the symbol of freedom and democracy she once was. She is a... more »

Most plusones: 55

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2015-06-29 05:34:19 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

The most racist field trip I've ever heard of. The guy, Kendall, has a real talent for story telling.

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2015-07-23 13:58:00 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

This is one of those articles that fund managers in the developed world might read, cluck, mutter "Those crazy emerging markets..." under their breaths, and move on. But it isn't just an "interesting read" for those Malaysians who have experienced real economic consequences from the (bad) decisions vividly described in this article.

Though nothing new -- most of it is well-worn stuff to people who've been following the ins and outs of the scandal -- this article, and the others that have been published in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal (amongst others) all indicate that Najib Razak's goose may finally be cooked. I have no scientific evidence for this except for my "on the ground" view. Based on what I've heard in the streets and seen on Facebook, even school children are spreading memes and taking pot shots at the Prime... more »

This is one of those articles that fund managers in the developed world might read, cluck, mutter "Those crazy emerging markets..." under their breaths, and move on. But it isn't just an "interesting read" for those Malaysians who have experienced real economic consequences from the (bad) decisions vividly described in this article.

Though nothing new -- most of it is well-worn stuff to people who've been following the ins and outs of the scandal -- this article, and the others that have been published in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal (amongst others) all indicate that Najib Razak's goose may finally be cooked. I have no scientific evidence for this except for my "on the ground" view. Based on what I've heard in the streets and seen on Facebook, even school children are spreading memes and taking pot shots at the Prime Minister. I don't recall any single Malaysian Prime Minister being so universally ridiculed by his people.___

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2015-07-09 14:17:05 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

h/t +Jürgen Hubert 

I'm not so sure about the "along the day" graph since I know for a fact that I don't follow that chart. My productivity craters at around 11 pm - midnight let alone the wee hours of the morning.

But I absolutely wholeheartedly agree with the "effect of a 5-min interruption". I don't think this is just a geek thing, it is any endeavour that requires intense mental concentration. A "quick call" breaks that concentration and it takes me a long time to get back up to that level. 

It is surprising how few people actually appreciate this and get offended when I answer no calls while I'm working and effectively ignore all messages.

How to destroy programmer productivity - I really liked the graph. The article has some good points too.

I also think planning helps to be productive. But sometimes I forget to plan. I have to plan to plan.

http://georgestocker.com/2014/04/15/how-to-destroy-programmer-productivity/___h/t +Jürgen Hubert 

I'm not so sure about the "along the day" graph since I know for a fact that I don't follow that chart. My productivity craters at around 11 pm - midnight let alone the wee hours of the morning.

But I absolutely wholeheartedly agree with the "effect of a 5-min interruption". I don't think this is just a geek thing, it is any endeavour that requires intense mental concentration. A "quick call" breaks that concentration and it takes me a long time to get back up to that level. 

It is surprising how few people actually appreciate this and get offended when I answer no calls while I'm working and effectively ignore all messages.

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2015-07-06 02:27:02 (23 comments, 7 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

The Greeks have voted and said no to austerity. The Greeks need the bailout money but they have said no to the ruinous terms offered to them. It's a gutsy call but I think it is one that might force the Eurogroup to come back to the table and renegotiate more favourable terms for Greece. But it must have been a tough decision to make.

I think the Europeans can and should do better. At the end of the day, the Greeks are only asking for a loan of a few billion euros and restructuring of existing debt.

The proponents of a "yes" vote or those who feel that Greece should suffer because of moral hazard -- the possibility that Spain or other heavily indebted European countries might take this as a chance to press for more favourable terms on their bailout packages -- should remember that the the UK government's bailout of Royal Bank of Scotland alone involved a... more »

The Greeks have voted and said no to austerity. The Greeks need the bailout money but they have said no to the ruinous terms offered to them. It's a gutsy call but I think it is one that might force the Eurogroup to come back to the table and renegotiate more favourable terms for Greece. But it must have been a tough decision to make.

I think the Europeans can and should do better. At the end of the day, the Greeks are only asking for a loan of a few billion euros and restructuring of existing debt.

The proponents of a "yes" vote or those who feel that Greece should suffer because of moral hazard -- the possibility that Spain or other heavily indebted European countries might take this as a chance to press for more favourable terms on their bailout packages -- should remember that the the UK government's bailout of Royal Bank of Scotland alone involved a £50 billion investment in the company's equity while their bailout package for all SIFIs (systemically important financial institutions), i.e. private institutions, totaled £800 billion. I don't recall seeing so much hand wringing over moral hazard then..___

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2015-06-30 14:12:01 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Well, I suppose that's one way to organise a whip-round to help bail out Greece.

Well, I suppose that's one way to organise a whip-round to help bail out Greece.___

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2015-06-29 05:34:19 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

The most racist field trip I've ever heard of. The guy, Kendall, has a real talent for story telling.

The most racist field trip I've ever heard of. The guy, Kendall, has a real talent for story telling.___

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2015-06-26 17:28:47 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

So there have been rainbows in a lot of my stream. I am happy about this because it means a lot to people that I know and like a lot.

I have tried, many times, to think about reasons why gay people should not have a right to marry but I have never been able to find a single reason that is convincing to me.

About the only arguments I've ever heard is "it is against my religion" or "it is unnatural", both of which I don't personally find very convincing.

LOVE WINS! I'M SO SO HAPPY!! #marriageequality  ___So there have been rainbows in a lot of my stream. I am happy about this because it means a lot to people that I know and like a lot.

I have tried, many times, to think about reasons why gay people should not have a right to marry but I have never been able to find a single reason that is convincing to me.

About the only arguments I've ever heard is "it is against my religion" or "it is unnatural", both of which I don't personally find very convincing.

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2015-06-26 03:41:32 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

h/t +John Poteet 

Where it all ends. A flag here, a book there, and it all ends with the People's Liberation Army troops marching down Pennsylvania Avenue.

#truth  ___h/t +John Poteet 

Where it all ends. A flag here, a book there, and it all ends with the People's Liberation Army troops marching down Pennsylvania Avenue.

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2015-06-25 02:22:52 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The thing that really gets me about this is that neither MCMC (the communications regulator) nor the police have a task force to monitor for horrible things like child porn. However, they do have task forces that commonly trawl Facebook and Twitter for posts that might "offend royalty or religion".

Priorities?!

The thing that really gets me about this is that neither MCMC (the communications regulator) nor the police have a task force to monitor for horrible things like child porn. However, they do have task forces that commonly trawl Facebook and Twitter for posts that might "offend royalty or religion".

Priorities?!___

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2015-06-22 09:08:37 (11 comments, 4 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

English is just one of those languages that has to be different.

English is just one of those languages that has to be different.___

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2015-06-18 00:58:48 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I've been seeing a bit of Speedtest sharing in my feed, so here's my Internet connection speed: 3.48 Mbps down and 0.41 Mbps up.

All for RM140 per month (US$37.51 or EUR33.00).

I've been seeing a bit of Speedtest sharing in my feed, so here's my Internet connection speed: 3.48 Mbps down and 0.41 Mbps up.

All for RM140 per month (US$37.51 or EUR33.00).___

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2015-06-16 15:49:42 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Unfortunately, I don't understand Punjabi because the lyrics are supposed to be especially poetic. But I don't have to understand Punjabi to appreciate the masterful vocal control and the coordination between all members of the orchestra.

Unfortunately, I don't understand Punjabi because the lyrics are supposed to be especially poetic. But I don't have to understand Punjabi to appreciate the masterful vocal control and the coordination between all members of the orchestra.___

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2015-06-13 11:43:10 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The sad thing is that an entire region of people still feel that barbaric punishments like this for "moral crimes" like "spending time alone together" are appropriate.

The sad thing is that an entire region of people still feel that barbaric punishments like this for "moral crimes" like "spending time alone together" are appropriate.___

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2015-05-25 07:01:47 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Writing is more interesting when you come to the realisation that the purpose of writing is not to convey understanding but to inhibit it.

Writing is more interesting when you come to the realisation that the purpose of writing is not to convey understanding but to inhibit it.___

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2015-05-18 02:42:36 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

This is why I dislike New Age pablum

Imagine being born somewhere where you are a member of a despised minority that the government and the majority population would rather you not exist. You either live in the filthiest grottoes that exist or get herded into concentration camps where you are fenced off and the police beat, rape, or murder your people regularly.

So you collect what paltry possessions you have and pay off corrupt officials and human traffickers to load you, and 900 other people, in a rickety boat and cast off into the unknown where you risk starvation, dehydration, extortion by pirates, or simply being thrown still alive into the sea because you might be too ill to make the rest of the trip.

If you finally do arrive in your destination, your fate is to work in a construction site without a harness or a hard hat and to sleep with a dozen other people in... more »

This is why I dislike New Age pablum

Imagine being born somewhere where you are a member of a despised minority that the government and the majority population would rather you not exist. You either live in the filthiest grottoes that exist or get herded into concentration camps where you are fenced off and the police beat, rape, or murder your people regularly.

So you collect what paltry possessions you have and pay off corrupt officials and human traffickers to load you, and 900 other people, in a rickety boat and cast off into the unknown where you risk starvation, dehydration, extortion by pirates, or simply being thrown still alive into the sea because you might be too ill to make the rest of the trip.

If you finally do arrive in your destination, your fate is to work in a construction site without a harness or a hard hat and to sleep with a dozen other people in a shipping container. I don't think I need to tell you what it feels like to be crowded in a shipping container in the tropical sun. You have to pay off corrupt cops and customs officials who may threaten to deport you because you don't have the proper paperwork... but hey, at least they aren't beating, raping, and murdering your people. You consider yourself lucky.

It's not the fate of a small group of people. There are more than a million people with similar stories to this living in Malaysia - we depend a lot on them for the low wage jobs that need to be done in the country.

Why do they deserve such misery? Did they not "believe in themselves enough"? Did they not put in enough effort to "rise above their circumstances"? Was their thinking not positive enough that they don't get benefits from the "Law of Attraction"?

If anything, this illustrates the limits of human agency in changing the world around you and the social circumstances in which you were born. The only thing that separates me from the people who suffer these terrible fates, is that I was fortunate enough to be born into the middle class. I know that I don't have every opportunity in the world to do anything I choose, but at least I have some small comfort in knowing that I have enough of a safety net to never be a 21st century slave.

There is some small comfort in that....___

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2015-05-15 11:43:32 (89 comments, 16 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Rohingya - one of the world's most oppressed people

I cannot imagine the suffering that these people have to go through. They are denied citizenship in their country of birth - Burma - because the Burmese government argues that they are "Bengalis"; illegal immigrants that do not deserve to call themselves Burmese. For this, they are subject to sporadic bouts of ethnic cleansing both by the military of Burma and by the ordinary people.

Bangladesh doesn't want them because it is argued that they are Burmese. Besides, Bangladesh has enough problems and can barely support its oversized population as it is.

Their plight is so dark that even the one-time light of Burmese democracy, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, does not speak up for them. But I suppose that is to be suspected. Ms. Suu Kyi is no longer the symbol of freedom and democracy she once was. She is a... more »

Rohingya - one of the world's most oppressed people

I cannot imagine the suffering that these people have to go through. They are denied citizenship in their country of birth - Burma - because the Burmese government argues that they are "Bengalis"; illegal immigrants that do not deserve to call themselves Burmese. For this, they are subject to sporadic bouts of ethnic cleansing both by the military of Burma and by the ordinary people.

Bangladesh doesn't want them because it is argued that they are Burmese. Besides, Bangladesh has enough problems and can barely support its oversized population as it is.

Their plight is so dark that even the one-time light of Burmese democracy, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, does not speak up for them. But I suppose that is to be suspected. Ms. Suu Kyi is no longer the symbol of freedom and democracy she once was. She is a politician now and faces a very real chance of being Speaker of the House of Parliament or even the President in the next elections. And there are very few votes to be won from people who are denied citizenship.

What kind of life is it when they see giving their life savings to a seedy human trafficker, assuming ruinous debt afterwards, and then risking death by drowning or starvation after being overloaded onto a rickety boat and shoved off into the Andaman Sea as their only hope?

Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand have a human responsibility to take them in, feed them, clothe them, and care for them until they can stand on their own. They are rich countries with plenty of land and resources. Even if 100,000 refugees were to come asking for help from Malaysia, and it takes US10,000 a year to support them, that's ONE BILLION DOLLARS a year. Frankly, Malaysia wastes a few orders of magnitude more every year in corruption. We can afford it. So can Indonesia and Thailand.

Apart from the human argument, if Burma's neighbours do not do it, someone like Islamic State or a local al-Qaeda affiliate may come in and render humanitarian aid. It doesn't take them a lot; a bit of rice, water, food, and medicine, and it might win over quite a few converts.

Then we'd all have a problem on our hands...___

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2015-05-10 01:47:54 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

It isn't really a "selfie" if you have a photographer tagging along with you and taking the picture. Anyway, a company El Camino Tours is offering a tour package with a photographer thrown in to provide just the right snaps to show off to your followers on Instagram.

shakes head People sometimes....

It isn't really a "selfie" if you have a photographer tagging along with you and taking the picture. Anyway, a company El Camino Tours is offering a tour package with a photographer thrown in to provide just the right snaps to show off to your followers on Instagram.

shakes head People sometimes....___

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2015-05-09 15:23:48 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I guess the Brits aren't going to complain about this because... you know... they did vote for it.

The Conservatives will move swiftly to strengthen the online surveillance powers of the police and security services now that the block placed by their former coalition partners has been lifted, the home secretary has indicated.

I guess the Brits aren't going to complain about this because... you know... they did vote for it.

The Conservatives will move swiftly to strengthen the online surveillance powers of the police and security services now that the block placed by their former coalition partners has been lifted, the home secretary has indicated.___

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2015-05-08 07:14:57 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The people of the UK have made their choice and it's very likely to be David Cameron again for the next five years with a larger majority than before.

The City thanks you....

The people of the UK have made their choice and it's very likely to be David Cameron again for the next five years with a larger majority than before.

The City thanks you....___

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2015-05-04 14:34:34 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

h/t +Kate Savage 

I'm not usually religious but......

___h/t +Kate Savage 

I'm not usually religious but......

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2015-05-04 03:03:48 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

I know quite a number of awesome people from Texas here on G+. Reading this though, I have to ask myself, what the heck is wrong with Texas?

See children, this is what happens when you live in Texas - dumb becomes the norm. ___I know quite a number of awesome people from Texas here on G+. Reading this though, I have to ask myself, what the heck is wrong with Texas?

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2015-04-29 02:14:56 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

None of the pleading or the diplomatic moves could save their lives.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo can now engage in some nationalist chest thumping about how his administration stood up to "Western neo-imperialist powers". On the Australian part, I expect a few days of emotional soul searching before the declaration that the "Australian-Indonesian relationship is more important" and that they need to move on.

The big losers in all this, as usual, are the victims and their families.

Indonesia has executed eight prisoners overnight, including Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.___None of the pleading or the diplomatic moves could save their lives.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo can now engage in some nationalist chest thumping about how his administration stood up to "Western neo-imperialist powers". On the Australian part, I expect a few days of emotional soul searching before the declaration that the "Australian-Indonesian relationship is more important" and that they need to move on.

The big losers in all this, as usual, are the victims and their families.

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2015-04-17 09:19:48 (12 comments, 12 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

The perils of wearing a t-shirt in a language you do not speak.

+François Bacconnet +Marie Hélène Visconti +Laura Manach +Zaid El-Hoiydi  will probably get a kick out of this...

The perils of wearing a t-shirt in a language you do not speak.

+François Bacconnet +Marie Hélène Visconti +Laura Manach +Zaid El-Hoiydi  will probably get a kick out of this...___

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2015-04-17 05:26:35 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

This is the best headline I've seen all day and it isn't even from the Onion.

This is the best headline I've seen all day and it isn't even from the Onion.___

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2015-04-15 04:15:08 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

h/t +Elias Mårtenson 

What this also tells me is that it helps a great deal to be in a place where your nearest and most significant neighbour is not the world's premier superpower hell bent on pursuing a neo-imperialist agenda in the countries that surround it including imposing a draconian economic embargo that's lasted far longer than logic would dictate.

But what do I know.......

It would be nearly impossible to find two world leaders in living memory whose influence is more inextricably linked to the countries they presided over than Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away last week at the age of 91.___h/t +Elias Mårtenson 

What this also tells me is that it helps a great deal to be in a place where your nearest and most significant neighbour is not the world's premier superpower hell bent on pursuing a neo-imperialist agenda in the countries that surround it including imposing a draconian economic embargo that's lasted far longer than logic would dictate.

But what do I know.......

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2015-04-15 03:00:11 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I didn't realise that there was still the option of not vaccinating in Australia. In France, as is the case in Malaysia, there is no option and no space for anti-vaxxers. You will vaccinate or you will go to prison.

In my country France, not vaccinating is illegal.
You can get up to a 3 750euros fine and 6 months in prison.
We don't fuck around with antivaxxers here.
#vaccines  ___I didn't realise that there was still the option of not vaccinating in Australia. In France, as is the case in Malaysia, there is no option and no space for anti-vaxxers. You will vaccinate or you will go to prison.

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2015-03-26 01:53:47 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Queues of thousands of people waiting to pay their last respects to the man they credit for building their nation. Even in the wee hours of the morning. Amazing stuff.

Queues of thousands of people waiting to pay their last respects to the man they credit for building their nation. Even in the wee hours of the morning. Amazing stuff.___

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2015-03-23 02:07:23 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

When I was younger, I did not like the man. Singapore under Lee Kuan Yew was not exactly a democratic paradise. His government owned all the press. He would use the courts to run down anyone who challenged his authority, foreign journalists included. He detained his political enemies without trial, some for decades.

But I've come to believe that through it all, he did what he did because he felt that it was necessary and for the good of Singapore. And the results are there for everyone to see. What was once a port city of little note in a precarious geopolitical position is now one of the most safe and prosperous nations in the world with one of the most educated workforce in the world, universal healthcare, very high employment, and is the envy of most throughout Asia.

So, now I have some admiration for the man who did not follow all the rules but did what he thought was the right... more »

@ChannelNewsAsia: Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew has died aged 91: PMO. http://twitter.com/ChannelNewsAsia/status/579736461756399616/photo/1

Condolences Singapore___When I was younger, I did not like the man. Singapore under Lee Kuan Yew was not exactly a democratic paradise. His government owned all the press. He would use the courts to run down anyone who challenged his authority, foreign journalists included. He detained his political enemies without trial, some for decades.

But I've come to believe that through it all, he did what he did because he felt that it was necessary and for the good of Singapore. And the results are there for everyone to see. What was once a port city of little note in a precarious geopolitical position is now one of the most safe and prosperous nations in the world with one of the most educated workforce in the world, universal healthcare, very high employment, and is the envy of most throughout Asia.

So, now I have some admiration for the man who did not follow all the rules but did what he thought was the right thing. And it worked.

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2015-03-19 09:52:36 (27 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Malaysia's politics has gone just a little loony. Kelantan's state government has just unanimously approved amendments to the state's sharia criminal code to include compassionate punishments such as

- Crucifixion of robbers who kill their victims in the act.
- Stoning of adulterers.
- Whipping of accusers of adultery without the requisite number of witnesses.

These are amendments to the state that require amendments to the federal constitution. It's not like to pass the Parliament since I believe the majority of federal MPs are against the idea.

It's a shame, the Islamic Party (whose idea this is) was getting quite some national support until they went off the deep end and starting pushing for this..

(picture by Azlan Zahari of Malaysiakini)

Malaysia's politics has gone just a little loony. Kelantan's state government has just unanimously approved amendments to the state's sharia criminal code to include compassionate punishments such as

- Crucifixion of robbers who kill their victims in the act.
- Stoning of adulterers.
- Whipping of accusers of adultery without the requisite number of witnesses.

These are amendments to the state that require amendments to the federal constitution. It's not like to pass the Parliament since I believe the majority of federal MPs are against the idea.

It's a shame, the Islamic Party (whose idea this is) was getting quite some national support until they went off the deep end and starting pushing for this..

(picture by Azlan Zahari of Malaysiakini)___

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2015-03-12 11:02:04 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

h/t +John Hardy didn't vote for Abbott 

My dear American friends, we in the rest of the world don't really hate you. Frankly, according to the survey, we kind of envy you because

US, Canada and Australia are the countries where most people would like to live if they could

But boy are we scared of you. After all, you're the only ones in the world who:

1. Have used a nuclear fission device in battle;
2. Regularly use drones to bomb targets in faraway countries;
3. Have been known to start wars in faraway countries on the flimsiest of prospects;
4. Prop up brutal dictators who make lives for millions of people a misery because it suits your own national interests;
5. Still spend a considerably greater amount on your military each year than most of the rest of the world combined.

The list goes on. We don't necessarily... more »

Poll across 5 continents, in 68 countries with 66,000 respondents.
Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today? (2013)
The US was the overwhelming choice (24% of respondents) for the country that represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today. This was followed by Pakistan (8%), China (6%), North
Korea, Israel and Iran (5%)
Source: WIN/Gallup International’s annual global End of Year survey
http://www.wingia.com/en/services/end_of_year_survey_2013/global_results/7/33/  
If I were an American citizen would be very angry with my government ...___h/t +John Hardy didn't vote for Abbott 

My dear American friends, we in the rest of the world don't really hate you. Frankly, according to the survey, we kind of envy you because

US, Canada and Australia are the countries where most people would like to live if they could

But boy are we scared of you. After all, you're the only ones in the world who:

1. Have used a nuclear fission device in battle;
2. Regularly use drones to bomb targets in faraway countries;
3. Have been known to start wars in faraway countries on the flimsiest of prospects;
4. Prop up brutal dictators who make lives for millions of people a misery because it suits your own national interests;
5. Still spend a considerably greater amount on your military each year than most of the rest of the world combined.

The list goes on. We don't necessarily hate or even dislike America but we sure are shit scared.

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2015-02-26 13:17:05 (29 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Liberated from a private share.

ISIS doing what it does best and playing its role as the anathema of civilized, thinking folk around the world.

Liberated from a private share.

ISIS doing what it does best and playing its role as the anathema of civilized, thinking folk around the world.___

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2015-02-26 02:45:24 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

h/t +Shawna Bergen 

This is... a cunning plan! It is as cunning as a fox who's just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University.

Hah... genius.___h/t +Shawna Bergen 

This is... a cunning plan! It is as cunning as a fox who's just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University.

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2015-02-24 10:43:48 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Once a "New Labour" grandee who was one of only a few ministers to serve as a member of the Cabinet throughout the New Labour era, Jack Straw's just suffered an ignominious fall from grace.

It's perhaps a measure of the deep cynicism with which I hold politicians that my first thought at reading this was, "All this just for £60,000 per year?" But then again, I come from the developing world where we are used to stories of graft that run into the billions of dollars and where "leaders" impoverish entire nations for generations.

I suppose though that Mr. Straw will have to do with remaining Mr. Straw for the rest of his days if the allegations are true. So much for that peerage...

Welcome to Monday. Jack Straw MP and former foreign secretary has suspended himself from the Labour party... Oh and Malcom Rifkind MP seems to have been at it too.

"At one meeting, Mr Straw is said to have described how he operated "under the radar" to use his influence to change European Union rules on behalf of a commodity firm which paid him £60,000 a year.

He was also said to have claimed to have used "charm and menace" to convince the Ukrainian prime minister to change laws on behalf of the same firm.

The meetings to discuss possible consultancy work were said to have taken place in his House of Commons office - a potential breach of Commons rules.

Sir Malcolm, who chairs the parliamentary committee which oversees Britain's intelligence agencies, was said to have claimed that he could arrange "useful access" to every British ambassador in the world because of his status."

Roll on May___Once a "New Labour" grandee who was one of only a few ministers to serve as a member of the Cabinet throughout the New Labour era, Jack Straw's just suffered an ignominious fall from grace.

It's perhaps a measure of the deep cynicism with which I hold politicians that my first thought at reading this was, "All this just for £60,000 per year?" But then again, I come from the developing world where we are used to stories of graft that run into the billions of dollars and where "leaders" impoverish entire nations for generations.

I suppose though that Mr. Straw will have to do with remaining Mr. Straw for the rest of his days if the allegations are true. So much for that peerage...

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2015-02-23 16:30:52 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Gosh. Not what one would expect from a body supposedly *promoting" women's rights. But I guess things work differently in China....

Meanwhile, the All China Women’s Federation, a government body founded to promote women’s rights, published an article in 2011 titled “Leftover Women Do Not Deserve Our Sympathy.” Girls might “hope to further their education in order to increase their competitiveness,” the article declared. “The tragedy is, they don't realize that as women age, they are worth less and less. So by the time they get their M.A. or Ph.D. they are already old—like yellowed pearls.”

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/143163/clarissa-sebag-montefiore/chinas-boyfriends-for-hire?cid=rss-rss_xml-chinas_boyfriends_for_hire-000000&utm_source=digg&utm_medium=email___Gosh. Not what one would expect from a body supposedly *promoting" women's rights. But I guess things work differently in China....

Meanwhile, the All China Women’s Federation, a government body founded to promote women’s rights, published an article in 2011 titled “Leftover Women Do Not Deserve Our Sympathy.” Girls might “hope to further their education in order to increase their competitiveness,” the article declared. “The tragedy is, they don't realize that as women age, they are worth less and less. So by the time they get their M.A. or Ph.D. they are already old—like yellowed pearls.”

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2015-02-21 10:13:10 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Kevin Smith called it. No word on whether God looks like Alanis Morissette, though.

"God is great and almighty despite being a woman."___Kevin Smith called it. No word on whether God looks like Alanis Morissette, though.

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2015-02-18 10:10:27 (23 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

There is science and then there is "Saudi cleric science".

Saudi cleric claims Earth is ‘stationary and does not move’

Given Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari’s most excellent critical thinking skills, one might think he was a Republican running for office in the U.S...___There is science and then there is "Saudi cleric science".

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2015-02-14 11:12:01 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The "witch doctor" who made a name for himself when MH370 disappeared is now back to exorcise the evil spirits that threaten Anwar Ibrahim.

+Emeelea Sani This seems right up your alley.

The "witch doctor" who made a name for himself when MH370 disappeared is now back to exorcise the evil spirits that threaten Anwar Ibrahim.

+Emeelea Sani This seems right up your alley.___

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2015-02-11 17:20:46 (22 comments, 10 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

According to this "learned" Saudi historian, women in Britain, in America, and in the rest of the Arab world drive because they are OK with being raped. But wait, it gets better!

In Saudi Arabia, women are treated like queens because they are chauffeured around by their fathers, brothers, uncles, and other male relatives. But is it not true that this may still cause problems?

The historian admits it and comes up with a solution that leaves the host with her palm firmly planted on her face.

I won't spoil it for you. Watch it.

According to this "learned" Saudi historian, women in Britain, in America, and in the rest of the Arab world drive because they are OK with being raped. But wait, it gets better!

In Saudi Arabia, women are treated like queens because they are chauffeured around by their fathers, brothers, uncles, and other male relatives. But is it not true that this may still cause problems?

The historian admits it and comes up with a solution that leaves the host with her palm firmly planted on her face.

I won't spoil it for you. Watch it.___

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2015-02-11 03:11:00 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

In the news once again for all the wrong reasons.

Malaysia in the prime time news for the very wrong reasons once more.

"Five years prison for homosexual acts" - while the speaker said a political campaign is more likely...___In the news once again for all the wrong reasons.

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2015-02-10 11:39:00 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Mohammed Tuaiman, whose father and brother were killed by American drone strikes, spoke a few months ago of his fears and nightmares about drones. He was himself killed later in another drone strike.

The CIA and Pentagon were both asked to comment on whether the teenager had been confirmed as an al-Qaida militant. Both declined to comment.

Mohammed Tuaiman, whose father and brother were killed by American drone strikes, spoke a few months ago of his fears and nightmares about drones. He was himself killed later in another drone strike.

The CIA and Pentagon were both asked to comment on whether the teenager had been confirmed as an al-Qaida militant. Both declined to comment.___

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2015-02-10 04:14:02 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Anwar Ibrahim's been found guilty of sodomy. 5 years jail and his seat as MP of Permatang Pauh must be vacated. It's probably the end of his political career.

Damn...

Anwar Ibrahim's been found guilty of sodomy. 5 years jail and his seat as MP of Permatang Pauh must be vacated. It's probably the end of his political career.

Damn...___

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2015-02-09 11:40:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Oh dear, France.

Oh dear, France.___

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2015-02-09 00:29:21 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

When you have a system that incentivizes rising property prices, and you have an entire supply chain of lawyers, accountants, bankers, company secretaries, brokers that have incentives to ask no questions, is it any surprise that a significant proportion of the top real estate in New York City ends up in the hands of funny money?

The New York Times does a extensive review, after a year of investigations, of how shell companies are being used to hide property ownership in the Time Warner building. Owners include your usual collection of Russian oligarchs or Chinese real estate developers with "colourful" histories.

When you have a system that incentivizes rising property prices, and you have an entire supply chain of lawyers, accountants, bankers, company secretaries, brokers that have incentives to ask no questions, is it any surprise that a significant proportion of the top real estate in New York City ends up in the hands of funny money?

The New York Times does a extensive review, after a year of investigations, of how shell companies are being used to hide property ownership in the Time Warner building. Owners include your usual collection of Russian oligarchs or Chinese real estate developers with "colourful" histories.___

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2015-02-07 18:24:55 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

h/t +Steve Harlow 

I've been trying to keep clear of anything mildly politics-related since it's late but this came up on my stream and I can't resist.

Just a coincidence?___h/t +Steve Harlow 

I've been trying to keep clear of anything mildly politics-related since it's late but this came up on my stream and I can't resist.

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2015-02-06 17:17:35 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

It's like these guys are competing with one another to see who can alienate the most voters. I mean... really?

Beautiful? ___It's like these guys are competing with one another to see who can alienate the most voters. I mean... really?

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2015-01-29 11:26:55 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

When it just might be better to leave that lost password lost.

You better make darn sure you never lose that password. Hahaha

Porn Tech Support: http://youtu.be/QSKBoO5hBHk___When it just might be better to leave that lost password lost.

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2015-01-27 02:30:48 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Two Beijing-based photographers, Stefen Chow and Lin Hui-Yi, started a project called The Poverty Line in which they invite residents of several developed and developing countries to take pictures of the amount of food a person living at the official poverty line can buy each day. In the Malaysian case, that's the amount of food you can buy for US$1.36 per day (the equivalent for the US is US$4.91).

The result is a visually powerful reminder of the challenges of poverty. The initiators of this project want their work to encourage discussion, so discuss away.

Two Beijing-based photographers, Stefen Chow and Lin Hui-Yi, started a project called The Poverty Line in which they invite residents of several developed and developing countries to take pictures of the amount of food a person living at the official poverty line can buy each day. In the Malaysian case, that's the amount of food you can buy for US$1.36 per day (the equivalent for the US is US$4.91).

The result is a visually powerful reminder of the challenges of poverty. The initiators of this project want their work to encourage discussion, so discuss away.___

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2015-01-24 16:01:28 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

h/t +Sordatos Cáceres 

Life for the "have nots" in one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

There is massive privation for people suffering from poverty everywhere but it is especially hard in the developing world. Inadequate as they are, the developed world at least has some form of social net (or, at the very least, stricter building codes) that try to provide some level of support for the poor.

I don't know how the rat tribe of Beijing or, for example, the migrant workers who toil in the desert sun putting up tall buildings in Dubai manage it but I admire their resilience.

The rat tribe of Beijing___h/t +Sordatos Cáceres 

Life for the "have nots" in one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

There is massive privation for people suffering from poverty everywhere but it is especially hard in the developing world. Inadequate as they are, the developed world at least has some form of social net (or, at the very least, stricter building codes) that try to provide some level of support for the poor.

I don't know how the rat tribe of Beijing or, for example, the migrant workers who toil in the desert sun putting up tall buildings in Dubai manage it but I admire their resilience.

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2015-01-21 00:02:04 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

h/t +Jürgen Hubert 

Presented without comment because, well, the article says it all really.

"I knew going into the movie that he would be glorified and sanitized for mass consumption. What I was not prepared for is the outrageous lengths to which the film goes to erase US criminality in Iraq while portraying the local Arab population, including small children, as violent irrational monsters."___h/t +Jürgen Hubert 

Presented without comment because, well, the article says it all really.

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2015-01-20 14:33:15 (19 comments, 2 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

In Hong Kong

In Hong Kong until the end of the week. First impressions: I was completely prepared for the stereotyped rude Hong Kong service (it's my first time in Hong Kong in decades) and I was surprised to find that most Hong Kong service people were actually quite nice and helpful.

Then I went to this char chaan teng with the most lackadaisical service I've ever met and where the young staff didn't even know enough English to differentiate between rice and noodle. WTF? Hong Kong was a British colony for centuries. Fortunately, between my shit Cantonese and their non-existent English, I got what I wanted. +Dragon Pak What is wrong with your people? ;)

Photo was from an excellent lunch earlier in Wan Chai, one of the best pork knuckle noodles I've ever had.

To my Google+ friends, I haven't completely disappeared.... more »

In Hong Kong

In Hong Kong until the end of the week. First impressions: I was completely prepared for the stereotyped rude Hong Kong service (it's my first time in Hong Kong in decades) and I was surprised to find that most Hong Kong service people were actually quite nice and helpful.

Then I went to this char chaan teng with the most lackadaisical service I've ever met and where the young staff didn't even know enough English to differentiate between rice and noodle. WTF? Hong Kong was a British colony for centuries. Fortunately, between my shit Cantonese and their non-existent English, I got what I wanted. +Dragon Pak What is wrong with your people? ;)

Photo was from an excellent lunch earlier in Wan Chai, one of the best pork knuckle noodles I've ever had.

To my Google+ friends, I haven't completely disappeared. I just have a habit of showing up again when I'm in a strange city...___

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