read in conjunction with this:
One pair of anthropologists, for example, actually crunched the numbers, concluding that the average human adult provides 66 pounds of edible food, including fat, connective tissue, muscle, organs, blood, and skin. Protein-rich blood clots and marrow are said (by the rare connoisseur) to be special treats.
Why Social Security is not a Ponzi Scheme.
Does this chart convince you? Actually I didn’t care much about SS but now that Mother Jones, of all groups, put this chart out in order to convince me it’s not a Ponzi Scheme, I’m starting to doubt and wonder if it IS a Scheme of some sort. This chart making me fearful!
(Source: Mother Jones)
Gender distribution in various social media networks.
Directives from Ministry of Truth : Wenzhou High Speed Train Crash
The following examples of censorship instructions, issued to the media and/or Internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to those instructions as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.” CDT has collected the selections we translate here from a variety of sources and has checked them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.
The following orders were sent out after the high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, Zhejiang. As reported by Reuters, the directives issued by the central government this time did not seem to work very well to contain public outrage. Heated discussions are still active on micro-blogs, social networking sites, discussion forums and many other online communities.
Central Propaganda Department: In regard to the Wenzhou high-speed train crash, all media outlets are to promptly report information released from the Ministry of Railways. No journalists should conduct independent interviews. All subsidiaries including newspaper, magazines and websites are to be well controlled. Do not link reports with articles regarding the development of high-speed trains. Do not conduct reflective reports.
Additional directives for all central media: The latest directives on reporting the Wenzhou high-speed train crash: 1. Release death toll only according to figures from authorities. 2. Do not report on a frequent basis. 3. More touching stories are to reported instead, i.e. blood donation, free taxi services, etc. 4. Do not investigate the causes of the accident; use information released from authorities as standard. 5. Do not reflect or comment.
Reminder on reporting matters: All reports regarding the Wenzhou high-speed train accident are to be titled “7.23 Yong-Wen line major transportation accident.” Reporting of the accident is to use “ ‘in the face of great tragedy, there’s great love’” as the major theme. Do not question. Do not elaborate. Do not associate. No re-posting on micro-blogs will be allowed! Related service information may be provided during news reporting. Music is to be carefully selected!
Seven days after the 9.0 quake, donations to nonprofit organizations have reached about $87 million, according to a tally by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, a newspaper covering nonprofits. In comparison, one week after the earthquake in Haiti, donations totaled about $275 million. In the case of Hurricane Katrina, it was over $522 million.
Yet we are still seeing this disaster evoked on mass media, from Lady Gaga’s recent visit and sale of wristbands to people making designs and selling t-shirts. Just recently this bag was created by Rachel Roy - for sale about 4 months after the disaster. More corporate money from businesses in Japan. But what’s the reason for all other celebrities and graphic designers for the continuous love, over Katrina or Haiti?
Death toll, although it’s irrelevant because don’t think people take this into account since money above is for first seven days and the designs many came out immediately after before final number confirmed. But just for interest because I believe rarely anyone follows up a few months later to see the actual destruction…it’s the images on the screen and emotions of the moment? So what truly tugs our hearts and pulls our purse strings?
Cute pie chart. An intellectual study of what the Ramones and the Misfits truly want.
Can’t recall where I grabbed this from - please let me know to credit you if you finds me.
Big lover of Harper’s Index, probably the easiest set of random numbers plopped together in the east reading format. Always enjoy the “logical” flow of information. Page grabbed from http://fmitawak.blogspot.com/2011/01/harpers-index-february.html
Wow F! Just lost the entire rant I dedicated to Hsu Chi. Crap!
Ok, Number of Spawn: 0 ZERO
This stunning 35 year old beauty, like all my other current ladies of beauty, has had hard luck in the land of love. Born in Taiwan and starting out her luck armed with good looks very much like dear Vivian Hsu in Category III films, this talent has managed to cross her way over the big screen as a way serious actress, garnering awards within Asia and even a judge at the Cannes Film Festival.
Crossing the line from nudity to her level is extraordinarily difficult once you realize that the end point ( a serious actress with talent ) doesn’t quite exist for many Hong Kong movie stars and definitely not at this age for females. Beautiful and sexy girls have always have a tougher time of making it but Hsu Chi has stood her ground.
Captivating in real life too this creature oozes charisma and commands the attention of the room. Yes that hair (omg have you seen SO CLOSE?)! The hot bod! The notorious lips! The skin! She has a unique look and classic beauty that stands her out in a multi-billion waves of Asians! Perhaps there is only going to be one in this generation left from the OG HK movie days and that’s probably Hsu Chi. Yes, this is another fascinating beauty that spawns heaps of Hsiao wannabes, most of them just attribute having full lips; rare is the instance that a 15 minute fame model actually looks like her except in approx 3 photographs. The only one to have outlast 15 minutes of fame and the closet to looking like her (in approximate 10 photos, yes TEN) ironically, is Gaile Lai who eventually married Leon Lai (our darling’s ex boyfriend).
66 credits to her filmography and she was the original actress Lee Ang, the Taiwanese director, wanted to cast for CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON which she unfortunately turned down due to film timing conflicts. As we know the story goes, the part went to Zhang Ziyi. Imagine the possibilities! Active since 1992 and I can’t recall where I first noticed her but 1998 is the first year that comes to mind on those endless mIRC chats and some triad films, with or without Ekin? Internet photos first though, for sure!
Real Name: Lin Li-Hui (林立慧)
Place of Birth: Hsindian City in Taipei, Taiwan
Date of Birth: April 16, 1976
Height: 168 cm
Blood Type: AB