A Chinese shopping centre is being accused of sexism after it designated special women-only parking spots that are 30cm wider than others at the same site.
The parks at the World of Metropolis in the northern Chinese city of Dalian are outlined in pink and “make things easier for women,” according to the mall’s manager, Yang Hongjun.
“It’s not an insult to women at all,” she told the UK’s Daily Telegraph. “If their parking spaces are larger, it’s only for practical reasons. It doesn’t mean that women drive less well than men.”
The incoming Tasmanian Liberal government has moved to silence all protest. About anything. Anywhere that can be described as a workplace. Or roads near a workplace. Or a public place. This is just about anywhere except a private house.
A fortnight ago, the Hodgman Liberal government passed the Workplaces (Protection From Protesters) Bill so fast they gagged debate.
Alexander Borodai, the leader of the Russian separatists in the Ukraine, has compared the MH17 disaster zone to “black humour” in an interview with CNN.
Borodai, the self-styled Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic and leader of the separatists accused of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, was discussing the process of moving the bodies of the 298 victims of the disaster.
This clown claims the Ukraine shot down MH17, not them. THEY DON’T EVEN OWN A MISSILE LAUNCHER. Fucking liars.
“I am telling you again, we have never been in possession of a single BUK [surface-to-air missile] system,” he said.
“I can list all of the means of defence that we have. All of these means of defence are capable of only crashing low flying targets.”
I’m going to make a prediction, they DID shoot it down by accident because they are a bunch of fuckwits. Putin is responsible because he is a greedy, evil turd puppet who’s arming the fuckwits.
I’m embarrassed to be human.
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court officially declared Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional Friday but temporarily delayed the ruling to allow time for a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 2-1 decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinforced the court’s ruling last month in a similar case from Utah.
That ruling effectively made same-sex marriage legal in all six states that are part of the circuit: Oklahoma, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming and New Mexico.
Malaysia Airlines re-routed a Kuala Lumpur-to-London flight over Syrian airspace on Sunday after its usual route over Ukraine was closed, flight tracking data showed on Monday.
Flightradar24 posted a flight map on its Twitter account on Monday showing the change in the flight’s route.
Flight tracking data showed this flight had previously crossed over eastern Ukraine.
After Malaysia Airlines’ Flight MH17 was shot down last Thursday by a ground-to-air missile in eastern Ukraine, airlines began to avoid the airspace below which the Ukrainian military has been fighting with Russian-backed rebels.
We have a new frontrunner in the race for dumbest Christian Right lawsuit. Sara Hellwege, a pro-life nurse, applied for a job at Tampa Family Health Centers (in Florida) this past April. TFHC is a Title X clinic, meaning they’re all about things like family planning, contraception, and birth control.
So when Hellwege mentioned her affiliation with the “American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists” in her resume, the interviewer (Chad Lindsey) asked her if that would be a problem since, you know, conservative Christians + birth control = crazytown.
Hellwege said she couldn’t prescribe birth control since, in her unscientific mind, it caused abortions. Lindsey, knowing that all of the job openings involved prescribing birth control, told her there were no other positions available and that there was no reason to proceed with the interview process.
So she’s suing him.
Aah, courts. They so need a “crazy test” before going into litigation. But I suppose this clinic will win, then win costs and bankrupt the fucker. Well that’s what I would do.
The old bloke wearing the hi-vis mining vest is Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald, a longtime member of Parliament and evidently a bit of a dickhead. Macdonald took to the floor of the Senate last night wearing the vest to show his support for the repeal of the mining tax, which passed the Senate with amendments and is returning to the House of Representatives for another vote.
The vest, emblazoned with “australiansforcoal.com.au” and Macdonald’s name, was kindly provided to Macdonald by the Minerals Council of Australia. The Council sent a shirt to each member of Parliament about two months ago, presumably so they could keep track of their pet politicians to keep them from running off. It is worth noting at this point that Macdonald, who is both Australia’s longest-standing current Senator and a fully-grown man, is perfectly happy to stand in a chamber of Parliament and loudly advertise that he is literally sponsored by a corporation.
Well it’s no surprise that our government is there to serve the corporations and us second, at least we have some visibility now.
Online daily dealing shopping site catchoftheday.com.au has written to its customers to advise them that some of their details may have been compromised … three years ago.
Catch of the day is an Australian retail site listing items available for purchase at reduced prices for one day only, following a trend started by sites like Woot and Zazz.
Yesterday, 18th July 2014, Catch of the Day wrote to its users to advise them “data security is very important to us.”
As security is important to Catch of the Day – which we know, because the email tells us so – the site wishes its users to be aware that “an illegal cyber intrusion” occurred which targeted Catchoftheday and other online retailers. The email states this intrusion “compromised names, delivery addresses, email addresses and hashed (encrypted) passwords.”
The email states “We do not store a full credit card number” but elsewhere states “In some cases credit card data was compromised.”
What is the point of telling customers 3 years later to change their password? Morons.
Daytona Beach police have arrested a man who they say was caught sexually battering a child under 12 years old by the victim’s father.
According to police, Raymond Frolander, 18, is a family member of the victim, and was left in a position of custodial authority by the child’s parents.
Officers responded to a call regarding the sexual battery of a juvenile just after 1 p.m. Friday.
When law enforcement arrived, they spoke with the victim’s father, who told them he walked in and caught Frolander sexually battering his son.
The father told police he took physical action towards Frolander to prevent him from leaving the scene before police could arrive. Police observed Frolander laying on the living room floor with bruises on his face, and bleeding from his mouth.
Russians take time out from shooting down civilian planes to explore the mystery hole!
Russian scientists got their first look inside the mysterious crater in Yamal, Siberia on Wednesday, July 16, while the Siberian Times took a helicopter ride to get another look down into the hole.
Based off of the original video of the crater, it was estimated that the crater could have been up to 80 meters wide. However, Andrey Plekhanov of the State Scientific Centre of Arctic Research told The Siberian Times that the hole is about 30 meters wide and the outer portion that includes the soil emission is around 60 meters in diameter. The researchers were also able to get their first look at the icy lake that exists at the bottom of the 70-meters-deep hole. Soil, air, and water samples have been taken in order to help determine the cause.
Another video in the read more
It sounds like a classic urban myth, the sort of thing that would be shared wildly until counteracted by Snopes. However, Taiwanese undergraduate Lian Kao really has been blinded as a result of not changing her contact lenses.
The space between contact lenses and the eye is well suited to allowing microorganisms that don’t like oxygen to breed, and worse still, feed on the cornea. Acanthamoeba represents the main threat, and in Kao’s case six months of not removing her lenses gave it ample time to become established.
Nude photos intercepted by the National Security Agency (NSA) are regularly passed around by young employees as a “fringe benefit”, Edward Snowden has revealed.
The whistle-blower and former NSA employee was speaking from Moscow in an interview with The Guardian in which he also dismissed claims that he was a Russian agent and called for professionals such as doctors, lawyers and journalists to take more care to safeguard their clients’ information.
Snowden made the allegations when responding to a question about which specific examples of American surveillance had troubled him.
Information on how to get a job at the NSA here.
A Bendigo businesswoman behind a vehement anti-mosque Facebook page has lost a tribunal bid to stay anonymous.
In a tearful and rambling appearance at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal today, Monika Evers, a co-administrator of the Stop The Mosque in Bendigo page, claimed she had been ‘‘villified’’ online by people who supported the Bendigo mosque proposal, feared for her safety and wanted her name kept out of the media.
But VCAT deputy president Mark Dwyer said there was ‘‘insufficient evidence’’ to support her claims of being threatened and that Ms Ever’s ‘‘perception’’ of biased, pro-mosque media reporting was not grounds to have her name suppressed.
When he announced his decision Ms Evers, a business consultant, withdrew her planning objection to the mosque. Her advocate Andrew Moyle told the tribunal: ‘‘She does not think she can carry through with this. To her the fears are real.’’
Woke up to this shit-house news. Apparently it looks like Russians in the Ukraine decided to shoot a passenger jet out of the sky. Being Russia, we have footage of the murder.
I have one more video. It’s of the crash site and I must warn you, it is extremely gory. Click the Read More to see it. Continue reading →
This morning I got an email from the Sydney Opera House informing me that I could buy tickets to “the world’s favourite comedy festival.” I love comedy, I thought. Indeed, I perform comedy. This is the festival for me!
Except it isn’t.
Like so many comedy festivals, events, open mic nights and variety shows, ‘Just for Laughs’ has just announced an exclusively male line up. Now, I’m not saying that Bill Bailey, Trevor Noah, Rhys Darby, Jim Gaffigan and Dave Thornton aren’t funny, I am just completely fed up with the exclusion of women in Australian comedy.
Leaving aside the regular uproar over male comedians presenting sexist comedy (rape jokes, anyone?), let’s just play the numbers game. Why did no one in the ‘Just for Laughs’ programming room say ‘hey guys, see this billboard full of dudes, why don’t we chuck a woman on it? We won’t go overboard, we aren’t crazy feminists or anything. Let’s just add one or two.’
Wow, just wow.
I need to bullet point this. Because I like lists.
- Rape is not exclusively for females. Rape happens to both genders.
- Rape jokes can be funny. It’s called Dark Humour. You don’t have to like it,but it’s part of the genre.
- Should women be included just because they are women? How is that fair?
- I’m pretty sure gender wasn’t the deciding factor on who they put on the line up.
- This list is cool.
- Look I’m a point!
- Guys, I know the women have stopped reading this by now. Science says they have little tolerance for lists and are probably looking at pictures of Leonardo DiCaprio’s bottom by now. So, FARK! They are on to us! This was point #43 on the great Plan To Put Wimmin Back In The Kitchen To Make Us Sammiches Plan by us men blokes. Who fucked it up???
NSW and federal law enforcement agencies have been given the power to access the travel history and home addresses of hundreds of thousands of commuters using the new Opal card.
Without a warrant, agencies including the police, Centrelink, the Taxation Office and even local councils have the ability to request access to personal information kept on databases linked to the card when investigating crimes like murders, welfare fraud, tax evasion or even littering.
Already in Queensland and Victoria, authorities have asked transport departments for access to records kept on smartcard systems for their investigations.
Shit, even the RSPCA has access to the data. Privacy. You have none.
A Texas actress who sent ricin-laced letters to US President Barack Obama and the New York City mayor then tried to blame the crime on her soon-to-be ex-husband has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
“After he left the house, I printed the mailing labels for President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Mark Glaze with The Raben Group,” she said in the document. At the time, Glaze was director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Bloomberg’s group advocating for tougher gun control.
The letter to Mr Obama read, “What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what ive got in store for you mr president,” according to the document. “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face.”
After mailing the letters, she admitted to trying to blame her husband and lying to authorities.
Richardson had minor roles in the television series The Walking Dead and the movie The Blind Side. She also is the mother of six children – including one born prematurely while she was in custody.
Abusing marijuana blunts the brain’s ability to respond to dopamine, the neurotransmitter that’s responsible for our feelings of pleasure, motivation, and reward. The effects of that “high” might actually lead to depression and anxiety, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week.
Despite its prevalence, we know surprisingly little about the effects of marijuana abuse on the brain. Many abused substances stimulate brain dopamine signaling — the mechanism underlying the rewarding effects of drugs, food, and sex. But while studies have shown that cocaine and alcohol, for example, increase dopamine release in the brain’s reward region, this relationship hasn’t been demonstrated consistently for marijuana.
Australian airline passengers will be affected by tightened airport anti-terror checks on electronic gadgets, the government has confirmed.
Tests on mobile phones, laptops and tablets that had been limited to passengers flying from the UK to the US will now be massively expanded to cover destinations around the world.
Although the extra measures will not be in place at Australian airports, passengers travelling through affected terminals will have their devices tested, creating possible delays.
Oh and if you think “I’ll just chuck them in my baggage” well, you’re not allowed to do that anymore either. You must have all your devices on you (rethink those sex travelling toys!).
If you fall foul of any of these rules you’ll have the device(s) confiscated and could be arrested. A resounding win for the terrorists. Well played terrorist scum, well played.