31 July 2008

Poikien ympärileikkaukset aiotaan sallia Suomessa

“Poikalasten ympärileikkaukset aiotaan sallia Suomessa. Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö valmistelee lakiehdotusta, jonka mukaan ympärileikkaus olisi hyväksyttävää silloin, kun sen tekee lääkäri vanhempien toiveesta ja lapsen suostumuksella.”

Ai oikein “lapsen suostumuksella”? Ikävää että Suomessa lähdetään heikentämään lasten oikeudet, mutta päätös on tarpeellinen kun jotkut uskonnolliset barbaarit nykytilanteessa pahoinpitelevät lapsensa ilman oikean lääkärin apua.

Man decapitates passenger aboard Greyhound bus in Canada

“While we were watching the door, he calmly walks up to the front with the head in his hand and the knife and just calmly stares at us and drops the head right in front of us”


Morning Radio Show Name Generator

Visitors can add new names.

[via:You Look Nice Today]

30 July 2008

Here Be Dragons: an introduction to critical thinking

Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking
by volleybrian

“Here Be Dragons is a free 40 minute video introduction to critical thinking. It is suitable for general audiences and is licensed for free distribution and public display.”

The movie is said to be well suited for e.g. in school environments and can be downloaded for free in various formats or watched directly on the site in high definition or on Google Video.

Undermining certainty and conviction as products of reason

“On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not” by Robert A. Burton seems to provide an interesting scientific summary on why you as soon as possible should forget the traditional concepts of objective thought and free will.

The book’s concepts are summarized in an easy to understand way on a recent episode of Brain Science Podcast.

28 July 2008

Flat Earth News: lies, distortions and propaganda in journalism

“In Flat Earth News [book], award-winning journalist Nick Davies takes the lid off newspapers and broadcasters, exposing the mechanics of falsehood, distortion and propaganda; naming names and telling the stories behind stories.”

See also: book review in The Guardian and the author’s comments on his research for the book.

[via:Tuhat sanaa]

27 July 2008

WTF: jarruttomia polkupyöriä liikenteessä?

“Nuorten keskuudessa suosiotaan kasvattava fiksipyöräily saa ankaria pyyhkeitä poliisilta. Virkavalta ei hyväksy pyöriä, joista on riisuttu kaikki ylimääräinen jarruja myöten. [..] Helsingissä monet pyörälähetit suosivat fiksipyöriä, mutta poliisi ei ole tavannut jarruttomia yksilöitä.”

Muualla: Fixed-gear bicycle (Wikipedia)


High-definition nature footage from Death Valley

If your machine is up to the task of displaying high-resolution flash video, make sure you click the HD button.

Currently, there’s a lot of similarly relaxing HD stuff on Vimeo’s HD channel, such as this fine summery sample of the Danish coast.


26 July 2008

Meat commercial from Soviet-era Estonia

The words being chanted are “chicken” and “meat“, kanahakkliha=chicken minced meat. Edit: Harry Egipt, the man behind this and many other.. powerful Estonian tv ads has been discussed in-depth elsewhere.


62-year-old Catholic monk and heavy metal rocker

“62-year-old Friar Cesare Bonizzi is a Roman Catholic monk by day and heavy metal crooner by night. Known by the stage name, “Fratello Metallo,” he and his band just released their second album.”

The above news story has a video attached to it. A terrible sounding handheld bootleg live recording can be found on Youtube.

[via:About Altreligion]

Randy Pausch, professor behind the “Last Lecture” passes away

Dr. Pausch held his “Last Lecture” on how to live life last September knowing he had little time left. Watching the freely available video recording of his speech is time well spent for anyone planning to treat people, including him or herself in a proper, non-asshat fashion.

Pausch’s memoirs have been released in book form under the title “The Last Lecture” (review).

25 July 2008

NASA opens up huge photo and video archive for public use

The site is a collaboration between NASA and the Internet Archive. The collection is not copyrighted and can be used freely.


Russian government to regulate Emo and Goth culture?

“Last month the State Duma held a hearing on “Government Strategy in the Sphere of Spiritual and Ethical Education”, a piece of legislation aimed at curbing “dangerous teen trends”. There, without a clue in the world, social conservatives lumped “emos” together with skinheads, pushing for heavy regulation of emo websites and the banning of emo and goth fashion from schools and government buildings.”

Beijing 2008 Amnesty International ad

Amnesty International (Hungary) ad: Beijing 2008 - Stop the China's World Record of Executions

Amnesty International ad: Beijing 2008 - Stop China's World Record of Executions

Full size and more info on Ads of the World.

UK Police department releasing stupid emergency calls on Youtube

The most mind numbingly stupid of these must be the call in which a woman asks what year the Internet started, but other fine examples include a man complaining about his wife leaving him without food and another man being angry at insufficient public transportation.

The Avon and Somerset Police Youtube profile.


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