Saturday, October 31, 2015

Russia and the Curse of Geography, From Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Putin - The Atlantic

Vladimir Putin says he is a religious man, a great supporter of the Russian Orthodox Church. If so, he may well go to bed each night, say his prayers, and ask God: “Why didn’t you put mountains in eastern Ukraine?”

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My son Luke recently got back from observing elections in Odessa. He said lots of interesting things, but as to geography he said the Ukrainian plains were flat like he'd never seen flat before. The endless plains made him feel like he was in some sort of dream-like reality. He was more poetic about it. Anyway, it was really flat.

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Paul Singer, Influential Billionaire, Throws Support to Marco Rubio for President - The New York Times

One of the wealthiest and most influential Republican donors in the country is throwing his support to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a decision that could swing millions of dollars in contributions behind Mr. Rubio at a critical point in the Republican nominating battle.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

A Studied Look: Fall Menswear’s Professorial Style - WSJ

This fall, however, that did not deter some of menswear’s most talented designers—including John Ray of Dunhill, Massimo Piombo, Brunello Cucinelli and Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier—from turning their collective gaze toward midcentury, Ivy-League-instructor style. Even as recently as a couple of seasons ago, updating and refining the look would have meant simply slimming the fit. But as menswear continues to favor more relaxed silhouettes, that approach no longer gets a passing grade. Each of the designers resolved the problem in his own way.

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Chile seizes erotic version of Little Red Riding Hood - BBC News

They were mistakenly distributed to 283 primary schools over the past year.

The book, entitled Little Red Riding Hood Eats the Wolf, is a collection of six short stories with explicit sexual references.

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University president posed for photo in sombrero, poncho - SFGate

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville apologized to the school's entire Hispanic community Thursday after a photo surfaced showing President James Ramsey among a group of staffers at a Halloween party dressed in matching stereotypical Mexican costumes.

They wore bushy mustaches and sombreros, and rattled maracas as they posed for the photo.

Ramsey's chief of staff, Kathleen Smith, issued a statement expressing "deep regret" over the incident.

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Tsk. Tsk.

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Science confirms: Men are comfortable with female strangers touching them anywhere, even their genitals « Hot Air

Men indicated they were comfortable with female strangers touching any part of their body, even their genitals. In fact, a woman they barely know has “touching rights” similar to a parent and more than a sibling, according to the journal Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Sciences.

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I don't think I ever touch anybody at work.

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Understanding Ted Cruz’s Jedi Debate Skills - The Daily Beast

“One of the things Cruz seems to have learned from his debating experience is that it’s powerful to identify shared assumptions with the audience and then use those shared assumptions to your advantage,” said Kate Shuster, co-director of the Middle School Public Debate Program, who once coached a team to the championship of the National Parliamentary Debate Association.

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Study reveals hidden talent of mushrooms: They can make it rain | Fox News

It turns out mushrooms may be better for more than topping pizzas. Who knew? According to a study published Wednesday, mushrooms may actually help produce the rain they need to live.

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Sounds like somebody should try to reproduce this study.

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Cruz Explains the Concept of Winning - The Rush Limbaugh Show

You can cause heart attacks in the Republican establishment.

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After uproar, Walmart pulls Israelis soldier costume, Arab nose - Arab-Israeli Conflict - Jerusalem Post

“The glorification of Israeli soldiers juxtaposed with the mockery of Arab people promotes an anti-Arab racism that is all too common in America. Walmart’s webpage for the item suggests that the nose is ‘perfect for an Arab Sheik,’ perpetuating racist tropes that have long been used to demonize, otherize and alienate Arab communities throughout history,” the group said.

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