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The most racist field trip I've ever heard of. The guy, Kendall, has a real talent for story telling.
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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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Nicely done there Luke :)
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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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Here in Spain, I can go with a fibre optic package that gives me 50Mbps theoretical down, plus mobile and landline. The fibre portion would cost 24€ and change (vs. a 'slower' 16Mbps theoretical ADSL that currently costs me only 18€). I'm still trying to convince my landlord to switch. ;)
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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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+Georg Tirebiter
No connection with Yoko's avant-garde style whatsoever. This is highly developed classical/traditional style of singing.
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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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Why do you think lawyers are required to be wordsmiths?
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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...
A reporter from The New York Times, aboard a vessel next to the boat with hundreds of Muslims fleeing Myanmar, heard cries of “Please help us!” No country has agreed to take in the migrants.
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lewis htay you seem duplicated the idea of Dr.Aye Chan who blindfoldly said that Roangian were Arakanese Buddhist.
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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  
In a landmark victory for gay rights, a divided Supreme Court ruled that state prohibitions on same-sex marriage violate the Constitution.
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+Georg Tirebiter most of my connections are quite liberal but it is interesting to watch those who are conservative (specifically Christian) struggle with the realization that this isn't an attack on the sanctity of marriage but an acknowledgement of rights such as the filing of joint taxes, widowers benefits, life insurance beneficiary, next of kin, and health insurance benefits. They seem to miss the technical side of marriage completely. 
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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?!
PETALING JAYA: There is no team in the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission that currently monitors the Internet for websites with child pornography content.
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Of course! Royal or religious dignity is much more important child rape and exploitation..
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English is just one of those languages that has to be different.
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you know it that is why you love us +U-Ming Lee 
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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.
Men and women, aged between 18 and 23, hit several times for being together alone in violation of province's strict law.
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With the crackdown on female anime figurines recently, I think the government wants us all to go gay for porn. 

http://cilisos.my/3-super-dodgy-conclusions-from-malaysias-pornhub-stats/ --> also the most conservative states have the longest porn times.
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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....
KUALA LUMPUR: “Please help me contact my family. They have no food or water, they will die soon.”
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Already read this at dinner yesterday +Michelle Cameron. It is a good blog post indeed. :)
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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....
Have you really had an amazing vacation if you don't have a drool-worthy Instagram feed to prove it?
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+Georg Tirebiter  That's a great idea. Spend some time in Nicaragua or on an island somewhere, taking pics of the pretty young things playing. And then drinks with the other photographers when they've gone off to party, or something.
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I like music of all sorts, but particularly classical music and jazz, and I can be found on the Internet a lot talking about the various things that do interest me - politics (only sometimes!), economics (I'm still learning), science, philosophy - but ultimately enjoying most trading anecdotal stories and "folksy" wisdom just to get a feel of how things are around the world and across the generations. Result of this so far: we are certainly not as different from one another as we think we are!
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