Quotes & Links #21

1) ibtimes.co.uk: Hot shots photos of the day: Earth from space, freezing weather, Christmas lights
Some beautiful fotos.

2) youtube.com: Wir Lieben Überwachung
Etwas polemisch, aber passt.

3) youtube.com: Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person

So we end up with such a poor level of self-understanding, we have no clue who we’d be comfortable with.

While I agree with the “poor level of self-understanding”, I’m not too sure that we have no clue. That’s why it’s kind of important to collect experience prior to the engagement. Although, maybe you will never be able to gather enough to make a right decision. But then again: What are the alternatives?

4) imgur: The Wisdom Of Karl Pilkington

5) fusion.net: Nicaraguan cowboys: ‘Chinese go home, and take Ortega with you!’

“Nicaragua is for Nicaraguans, and not for the Chinese. They need to respect our rights, because the people will defend themselves with guns in hand —and that goes for any asshole who tries to establish a dictatorship here in Nicaragua,” said ex-combatant Carlos Funes. “I might be old, but I’m not stupid!”

Reminds me of similar movements in some African countries, where Chinese are met with more and more hostility.

6) youtube.com: Jetman Aerobatic Formation Flight in Dubai – 4K
Motherf*cking jetpacks.

7) conversableeconomist.com: Focusing Behavioral Economics on Development Professionals

A final example looks at mental models that development experts have of the poor. What do development experts think that the poor believe, and how does it compare to what the poor actually believe?

This is interesting. I wonder what the results would look like if you replace “development experts” by “politicians” and “poor” with “constituency”. Hah, he actually writes it at the end. Damn, you people for always having all the good thoughts first! Also props to WDR for studying this.

8) vox.com: How the CIA used music to “break” detainees
The torture report is horrifying. Despicable.

9) washingtonpost.com: Here’s how irrational flu vaccine deniers are
Yeah, and there are many other subgroups who behave similar. It’s quite sad.

10) cbsnews.com: U.S. infiltrated Cuba’s hip-hop scene to spark change

For more than two years, a U.S. agency secretly infiltrated Cuba’s underground hip-hop movement, recruiting unwitting rappers to spark a youth movement against the government, […].

That does sound like something American secret service would do. Cuba is, after all, a very dangerous military power.

11) washingtonpost.com: No, Americans aren’t ‘fine with torture.’ They strongly reject it.
To be honest, I’m not sure if the numbers support the headline that well. But I’d also like to see a comparison with other western democracies before I judge ze Americans.

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