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As Georges S Patton said: "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."
As Georges S Patton said: "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."

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Grapes of Complacency - meh
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"What will they say about you? Maybe they'll say you exceeded all expectations." That's the hopeful slogan behind the new Nike ad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9li2g3xSto (Those of you who read Arabic could get a better sense of the range of reactions posted in the comments on YouTube) discussed here http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arab-women-nike-idUSKBN1620I7?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt.

Now having just finished reading the book "In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom" https://www.amazon.com/Land-Invisible-Women-Doctors-Journey/dp/1402210876 I'd have to say that Saudi Arabi would have had to have changed drastically from the author's last visit for women who live there to be able to run and puruse other sports in public. The author does mention going to an all female gym, and there they would be able to move about more freely. Yet, even in some all fremale spaces -- like when she was in her tent on the Hajj, merely allowing one's ears to show can elicit shouts of "Haram." She also includes several incidents of women being harrassed for having their head scarves slip back in public even while dining in the women's only section.

Though it really would have benefited from editing. "In the Land of Invisible Women" is worth reading, if only for the account of 9/11 and institutionalized anti-Semitism (something she touches on in earlier sections of the book )in Saudi Arab. That's near the end of the book, and at that point, the author departs from her unfortunate tendency to gush and expatiate in more eloquent and focused account of her clash with the views there. Dr. Ahmed's account of her Hajj is also interesting and revealing about the boundaries of class and race that prevail in that part of the world, though it is not nearly as tightly written as the chapter on 9/11.



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"By looking at international adoptees — babies who were adopted soon after birth and who grow up hearing a different language than what they heard in the womb — researchers can see how what babies hear before and soon after birth affects how they perceive sounds, giving new meaning to the idea of a “birth language.”

Experts have known for some time that newborns prefer to listen to voices speaking the language that they’ve been listening to in the womb, said Anne Cutler, a psycholinguist who is a professor at the Marcs Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University, in Australia.

Newborns can recognize the voices they’ve been hearing for the last trimester in the womb, especially the sounds that come from their mothers, and prefer those voices to the voices of strangers. They also prefer other languages with similar rhythms, rather than languages with very different rhythms. "
from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/21/well/family/language-lessons-start-in-the-womb.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nythealth&smtyp=cur&_r=0

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For people who really can't accept reality, there's a site that offers them an alternative universe: http://www.hillarybeattrump.org/. For real.

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HT +John Lewis
Think for yourself, no ideology is perfect!
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