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Noen fakta om den nye paven, blant annet var han tidligere keeper i Derby County

He’s mad! He’s hilarious! He’s Pope Francis I, leader over over a billion Roman Catholics! Little is known about this cardinal from Argentina (apart from the whole pages about him in Wikipedia), so here’s some facts if you’re Pope Curious and don’t know what to do:

Hvorfor noen i det hele tatt gidder å skrive bøker kan man jo lure på. Penger i det er det i hvert fall ikke.

In one more week I was going to be a millionaire.

At least, that was the rumor circulating around my wife’s family. One more week on Amazon’s best-seller list and I would have seven figures in the bank, easily. Her cousin had looked this fact up on the Internet, so it had to be true.

“Please tell them that is nowhere near true,” I said. “But don’t tell them how much money I’m actually going to make.”

“OK,” my wife said. “Can I tell them how many books you sold?”

“Absolutely not.”

“Why?”

De rike er ikke som meg og deg. De har en annen oppfatning av hva som er et rettferdig samfunn, og er naturlig nok ikke særlig opptatt av sånt som sosial mobilitet. I hvert fall i USA er det dem som har innflytelse på politikken, men vi er vel på vei dit vi også?

It turns out he was right. According to a new study by the think-tank Demos ( PDF), the affluent tend to hold a different vision of a just society than the public at large, and it is that vision which tops the political agenda in Washington and in state houses across the country.

The report, authored by David Callahan and J. Mijin Cha, found that “wealthy interests are keenly focused on concerns not shared by the rest of the American public, like keeping taxes low on capital gains, and often oppose policies that would foster upward mobility among low-income citizens, such as raising the minimum wage.”

Pam Grier, der har har du ei dame som fortjener all den hyllesten hun kan få. Uten henne, ingen Ellen Ripley, Sarah Connor, eller Buffy.

Constantin Stanislavski’s An Actor Prepares was her bible, and it appears to have emboldened her. Yet she wasn’t a personal-trauma kind of performer. There’s nothing Method actor-y or melodramatic about her, nothing classical, either. She had two modes: sweet and raw. There was nothing in between, a universe of feelings she never needed to play. She could be ferocious where a lot of the women of the era — excusing, say, Ellen Burstyn and Faye Dunaway — were cool, pensive, watchful. But you didn’t hire Pam Grier to do what Vanessa Redgrave or Glenda Jackson did. You hired her to do what all that training and mannerism get in the way of. You hired Pam Grier to get to the fucking point.

A long time ago, we used to be friends, but I haven’t thought of you lately at all

I had some desire, as a filmmaker, to take Veronica in a slightly new direction and do something adventurous with her. Or, there’s the “give the people what they want” version. And I think partly because it’s crowd-sourced, I’m going with the “give the people what they want” version. It’s going to be Veronica being Veronica, and the characters you know and love. Certainly, I think I can make a fun, great movie out of that, and I’m excited about that, but it was a creative debate I had with myself, and I finally made the decision that I’m happy with it, to go with, “Let’s not piss people off who all donated. Let’s give them the stuff that I think that they want in the movie.”

Ikke lenge igjen før vinteren er over oss igjen. Sesong tre av Game of Thrones. Men hva skjer når TV-folka går tom for bøker å lage TV-serie av?

It’s possible the producers, who know the broad strokes of Martin’s ending for the story, might conclude the show before the last book is released. Not that anyone involved wants that to happen. “Ideally, the books come out first,” Benioff says. “We don’t want to become a show that outstays its welcome and tries to turn each book into three seasons. Part of what we love about these books, and this show, is this sense of momentum and building toward something. If we tried to turn this into a 10-season show we’d strangle the golden goose. There is a ticking clock here.”

 

Hummer og kanari

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wtf

Amerikanerene er klin kokos

Det dukket plutselig opp en lapp i damegarderoben på treningssenteret: ”Please avoid exposing your breasts and genitals” – på godt norsk: Ikke gå naken her. I damegarderoben! Der man vanligvis kler på og kler av, før og etter dusjen.

Lappen hadde den elegante overskriften ”Courtesy rule”. Dette var altså høflighet. Det er høflig at andre ikke ser deg naken. Jeg trodde nesten teksten var rettet mot meg. Jeg har aldri vært nøye med dette. Det er den finske kulturarven. I Finland er vi jo nakne hele tiden, ikke minst i badstua. Men det er også et rent feministisk statement. Hvor ellers skal jenter se hele spekteret av kvinnekroppen, hvis ikke i en damegarderobe på et treningssenter eller svømmehall? Kvinner finnes i alle former og fasonger – denne realismen blir man bare kjent med i en damedusj, ikke når man leser et kvinneblad.

Hva slags porno søker vi etter? Her er svaret.

Porn search site PornMD has, for the sake of publicity and social science, collected its most-used search terms for the last six months and accounted them by location—not just in the U.S. but across the world. Is your home state into Teen or MILF porn? What are Iranians jerking off to? All these answers—and more!

Og når vi først har begynt med pornoen er det vanskelig å stoppe. Denne linken er helt trygg å klikke på selv om du er på jobb tror jeg. Det er en hel masse bilder av pornostjerner, med og uten sminke. Hva er budskapet her egentlig? At under sminken er pornostjernene bare vanlige jenter? Eller at med den rette sminken kan også du bli porno-hot? Og selvfølgelig, at det som nå liksom er ansett som sexy, hot, vakkert whatever, er egentlig bare maling?

Nei, vi må komme oss bort fra pornoen. Om enn ikke helt bort fra nakenhet. Playboy har intervjuet Lena Dunham, og spør ““If you woke up tomorrow in the body of a Victoria’s Secret model, what would you do for the rest of the day?”. Slike spørsmål slipper heldigvis vi menn som er noen år og kilo unna idealkroppen. Antagelig fordi journalistene ikke vil ha en på trynet. Men Lena Dunham svarer godt for seg hun altså.

“I’d be really disoriented and wonder what had happened in the night,” Dunham responded. “I don’t think I’d like it very much. There would be all kinds of weird challenges to deal with that I don’t have to deal with now. I don’t want to go through life wondering if people are talking to me because I have a big rack. Not being the babest person in the world creates a nice barrier. The people who talk to you are the people who are interested in you. It must be a big burden in some ways to look that way and be in public.”

Over til vikinger. De er jo på TV nå for tiden. Sannheten om vikingene burde være allmenkunnskap her i landet, men jeg er redd vi har en del huller i kunnskapen vi også. Her er en grei oversikt. Ganske interessant det der med at det antagelig var de yngste brødrene som dro i viking, dem som ikke arvet gården. Det var vel dem som dro til Amerika 1000 år senere også, var det ikke?

In your “On Point” interview you suggest that those who became Vikings were losers in their own land, because if they had succeeded as landowners and farmers, they would have stayed home. Is that right?

Not quite, but the Vikings were looking for opportunities that they didn’t have at home, and I think they were largely younger brothers who wouldn’t inherit property.

Et langt og interessant stykke om søvnforskning. Hvis du klarer å holde deg våken gjennom hele teksten da.

“The consolidated model of sleep is predicated upon the solidification of other institutional times in American society, foremost among them work time,” he writes. It is “largely the by-product of the industrial workday, which began as a dawn-to-dusk twelve-to-sixteen hour stretch and shrank to an eight-hour period only at the turn of the twentieth century.” So many people have trouble getting enough sleep between eleven at night and seven in the morning because sleeping from eleven to seven isn’t what people were designed to do.

Hvis folk skriver gratis for aviser og magasiner, hvem er det da som betaler?

Wealthy musician Amanda Palmer, who last year raised $1.2 million on Kickstarter to produce and release a record, recently used a TED talk to expand on the idea that artists should be willing to work for free. After relaying a story about how she used to be a street performer, Palmer, who is married to a very successful author named Neil Gaiman, told an audience of people who’d paid $7,500 apiece to be there that musicians shouldn’t “make” people pay for their work, but rather “let” people pay for their work. She also explained that she found it virtuous when a family of undocumented immigrants huddled together on their couch for a night so that she and her band could have their beds, because her music and presence was a fair exchange for the family’s comfort. After about 13 minutes of explaining why she is content with people giving her things, Palmer received a standing ovation.

Og til slutt da. De bygger visst ny t-bane i London. Fantastisk!

Det skjer imidlertid mye mer enn jubileer på kollektivfronten i London. Dypt nede, rett under beina på oss, der vi vandrer rundt og shopper i metropolen, bygges det (enda) et kolossalt nytt tilskudd til det eksisterende tube-nettet. Kjære lesere – velkommen til Crossrail!

Hummer og kanari

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nam

Facebook er på nedtur blant ungdommen. The Age of the Brag er over:

At some point, adding these details, like hundreds of photos from a recent vacation and status updates about your new job amounted to bragging — force-feeding Facebook friends information they didn’t ask for. What was once cool was now uncool. Worse yet, it started to feel like work. Maybe the burden of constantly constructing immaculate digital profiles of ourselves is tiring. “I find it boring, and I don’t really care about knowing all my friends’ details anymore,” my fifteen-year-old cousin Neah Bois wrote to me. “I think it’s stupid when people post a lot of pictures about their lives and all that stuff… I go on to talk to family and connect, but really I only go on once a week or so.”

Eller som CNet skriver:

With more than 1 billion users worldwide and an unstated mission to make more money, Facebook has become a social network that’s often too complicated, too risky, and, above all, too overrun by parents to give teens the type of digital freedom or release they crave.

Og hvis du nå er overbevist om at du skal kvitte det med Facebook-kontoen din, les dette først:

If you’re serious this time about deleting your Facebook account, escaping the social networking giant can be a lot more complicated than you would think. There are necessary steps you should take before pressing that delete account button.

Det er vel noe sånt som 65 år siden Guthrie skrev teksten til Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos). Dagens trivia-kunnskap er dette: Når vi kommer til 2014 vil Obama ha deportert flere mennesker enn alle de andre presidentene. Til sammen.

These numbers are unprecedented: by 2014 President Obama will have deported over 2 million people – more in six years than all people deported before 1997. However, there is more to this trend than these numbers. The content of policies has also changed. There have been relatively low numbers of returns as compared to removals, a reflection of a focus on interior enforcement. There has been a shift towards the deportation of convicted criminals. With these trends, unprecedented numbers of people have been separated from their families in the United States. Obama has not only deported more people than any President; he also has separated more families by focusing on interior enforcement.

Dette er egentlig en gammel sak, men den er interessant synes jeg. Om valget i 1964 mellom Lyndon B.Johnson og Barry Goldwater.  Hvordan ville verden sett ut om Goldwater hadde vunnet? Jeg er ikke helt stø på denne perioden av amerikansk historie, det er vel antagelig noe riktig i at Goldwaters store nederlag ble starten på den konservative revolusjonen som ga oss Reagan i 1980. Men var valget i 1964 også starten på den nye måten for Demokratene å føre kampanje på? I tett symbiose med de ikke helt nøytrale massemediene? Men er denne historien sann, eller er det bare tull? 

Journalists on the campaign trail saw Johnson drunkenly board a plane armed with nuclear weapons and then accidentally drop them on the United States. Luckily, by the grace of God, they did not go off. None of this was reported, while newspapers editors worked in overdrive to portray Goldwater as eager to push the button.

Noen mener at Holocaust bare er tull. Andre finner ut at det var verre enn de hadde forestilt seg.

When the research began in 2000, Dr. Megargee said he expected to find perhaps 7,000 Nazi camps and ghettos, based on postwar estimates. But the numbers kept climbing — first to 11,500, then 20,000, then 30,000, and now 42,500.

The numbers astound: 30,000 slave labor camps; 1,150 Jewish ghettos; 980 concentration camps; 1,000 prisoner-of-war camps; 500 brothels filled with sex slaves; and thousands of other camps used for euthanizing the elderly and infirm, performing forced abortions, “Germanizing” prisoners or transporting victims to killing centers.

Beware of The Nasty Effect!

Those exposed to rude comments, however, ended up with a much more polarized understanding of the risks connected with the technology.

Simply including an ad hominem attack in a reader comment was enough to make study participants think the downside of the reported technology was greater than they’d previously thought.

While it’s hard to quantify the distortional effects of such online nastiness, it’s bound to be quite substantial, particularly — and perhaps ironically — in the area of science news.

Hummer og kanari

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ikke klikk!

Har du hørt eventyret om Ten Little Suffergets?

In the story, ten little girls, each with hair ribbon, black strap shoes and knee-length dresses, carry protest signs supporting women’s suffrage, as well as Equal Rights, No Home Rule, Down with Teachers, Down with the Men, Cake Every Day, and No More Spanking. It’s The Little Rascals in pinafores, with an attitude, Darla Hood and Miss Crabtree on the march against Spanky, Alfalfa, Wheezer, and Farina, those pre-pubescent male chauvinist pigs.

Slavehandel var ganske lukurativt back in the days, men det viser seg nå at det var ganske lukurativt for noen at slaveriet ble opphevet og forbudt i Storbritannia også. Mange fikk sinnsykt mye penger i erstatning for tapt eiendom.

The British government paid out £20m to compensate some 3,000 families that owned slaves for the loss of their “property” when slave-ownership was abolished in Britain’s colonies in 1833. This figure represented a staggering 40 per cent of the Treasury’s annual spending budget and, in today’s terms, calculated as wage values, equates to around £16.5bn.

Her er det en stor samling fantastisk flotte fotografier fra Afghanistan. Et bilde sier mer enn tusen norske forsvarsministre?

(…) right now we are working on this huge story about the Afghan security forces. The last 3 years we have travelled to all parts of Afghanistan working with the border police and the Special Forces in all kind of situations from demonstrations to terrorist attacks. We have been everywhere and tried to cover all aspects of the military life. We want to show the capacity of the Afghan national security forces and then it is up to the viewers to judge if the forces are capable of bringing peace and security after the coalition forces leave.

China Mieville er en forfatter jeg gjerne låner både øre og øyne til. Her har han laget en liste over femti SF og Fantasy-bøker som han mener alle sosialister bør lese.

This is not a list of the “best” fantasy or SF. There are huge numbers of superb works not on the list. Those below are chosen not just because of their quality—which though mostly good, is variable—but because the politics they embed (deliberately or not) are of particular interest to socialists. Of course, other works—by the same or other writers—could have been chosen: disagreement and alternative suggestions are welcomed. I change my own mind hour to hour on this anyway.

Sakte og umerkelig har Internett forandret seg. Før var vi alle anonyme på nett, man snakket med folk, ble venner med folk, fra alle kanter av verden. Så kom Facebook og ødela alt. Nå er vi oss selv på nett, og det er sikkert mye godt med det også, men jeg savner litt den tiden der man var det man skrev. Dette skal jeg skrive mer om senere, om jeg får tid, men ikke hold pusten. Les dette stykket i stedet:

When someone asks me how I know someone and I say “the Internet,” there is often a subtle pause, as if I had revealed we’d met through a benign but vaguely kinky hobby, like glassblowing class, maybe. The first generation of digital natives are coming of age, but two strangers meeting online is still suspicious (with the exception of dating sites, whose bare utility has blunted most stigma). What’s more, online venues that encourage strangers to form lasting friendships are dying out. Forums and emailing are being replaced by Facebook, which was built on the premise that people would rather carefully populate their online life with just a handful of “real” friends and shut out all the trolls, stalkers, and scammers. Now that distrust of online strangers is embedded in the code of our most popular social network, it is becoming increasingly unlikely for people to interact with anyone online they don’t already know.

Er Europa egentlig “vesten”, eller “vestlig”? Jeg likte denne teksten om Europa, Tyskland, Japan, Asia, vesten og østen.

I often wonder why I can’t easily get my tongue around the words “Western” and “Eastern.” I have nothing against the word “European,” even if I seldom use it because at times it does not say very much. Is there any such thing as European food? Spaghetti? Have the Europeans, for example, the Norwegians, contributed more to the tradition of Italian pasta than the Chinese? I do say “European” literature, if I am too lazy to list off the individual countries. The word “German” also doesn’t correspond to reality. Is it possible today to talk about German literature? And what about German cuisine? Didn’t the potato come from South America? Nevertheless, I like the words “German” and “European” better than “Western” because they force me to think more concretely. The term “Western” on the other hand contains an insidious concept. It tries to wrap up an ideology in a geographic packaging: whoever is in favor of democracy, freedom and individualism is considered Western in their orientation. And, if that person originates from the geographic west then they belong to their own tradition. If not, they have left their own tradition. They may well be modern but they are not completely themselves.

Og til slutt noe for å dra inn Google-klikksa. Er du på jakt etter etisk porno? Queer-porn, eller hva man nå skal kalle dette stebarnet? Kanskje er du det, selv om du ikke visste at du var det? Da trenger du hjelp, og den finner du her:

I’ve reached out to some people making ethical, feminist porn: Hayley Fingersmith (a performer for Courtney Trouble’s Queer Porn TV), Pink and White Productions (the production company behind Crash Pad), Maggie Mayhem (a queer porn performer and guerrilla porn producer), J-Bird (a queer porn performer extraordinaire), Courtney Trouble (a self-proclaimed fat feminist queer pornographer whose works have been recognized by the mainstream AVN Awards as well as the indy, woman-run Feminist Porn Award) and Jiz Lee (a porn superhero who produces Karma Pervs, a super ethical way to get off, and who wants you to follow them on twitter) with three questions. And may I urge you, as Hayley Fingersmith says, to “Let go of preconceptions about what kind of porn is going to turn you on.”

Let’s go on an ethical porn adventure together!

Hummer og kanari

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hodeløst

Fr.Martinsen slår fast det vi alle egentlig vet, at folk får mer enn de kan bære, ja så mye at det hender de dør av det.

Jeg prøver å tenke at folk får snakke med nebbet sitt, de prøver bare å være greie når de deler statuser på Facebook om at de skal bo 12 måneder i Las Vegas, så artig, ikke si det til menn, dette er vår hemmelighet. Knis? Er vi småjenter? Kreft er ikke en gøyal lek. Og hva godt tror de det skal gjøre, dette? Et annet år var det fargen på BH-en, eller tenk hvis vi skriver hvor vi liksom setter håndveska og så tror andre det er hvor vi puler. Jeg orker nesten ikke skrive disse bokstavene.

Hvis du søker på Wells Tower på bloggen her, finner du ut at han har skrevet en novellesamling jeg likte godt. Når han ikke skriver noveller jobber han imidlertid som journalist. Her er en sak der han følger pornostjernen James Deen tett over noen dager. Fascinerende saker, jeg tror jeg blir i Telekiosken en stund til.

Allie joined the industry six months ago after fleeing the family farm in upstate New York. With the exception of Steve Holmes, she’s the only person on the set who flaunts her zeal for the erotic when the camera is not rolling. She roams the mansion with her shirt hiked up over her breasts. While the other scenes were being shot, neither Deen nor any of the other talent were the least bit interested in watching the action, but Allie liked to perch on the sidelines, insouciantly masturbating and checking her Facebook page and also chewing the heck out of some gum.

Og siden vi allerede er i pornobransjen (sorry for det dårlige selskapet her Fr.Martinsen), alt du aldri har lurt på om pornobransjen kan det finnes svar på. F.eks er den typiske kvinnelige pornoskuespilleren ca 165 cm høy, veier 53 kilo, og bruker BH-størrelse 34B. Hun er brunette, hvit i huden, og begynner i bransjen når hun er 22 år gammel. Vanligvis blir hun bare i bransjen i tre år, og sjansen for at hun heter Nikki er relativt stor. Og spørsmålet jeg vet dere alltid har fundert på, men ikke turt å spørre om: Hvor gammel er en gjennomsnittlig MILF?

Just how old is the average woman who appears in a MILF-themed porn flick? Well, I found out by sampling 100 movies from the database and viewing the profiles of the women who starred in them. The average age of a MILF in porn is thirty-three. 20% of the ‘MILFs’ were 20–25 years old, 7% were over 40, and 4% were over 50.

Okay, dette er litt mer seriøst. Et langt og interessant stykke om opposisjonen i Syria. Hver mann, sin bataljon. Og driver amerikanerene opprørerene til jihadisme?

We in the Middle East have always had a strong appetite for factionalism. Some attribute it to individualism, others blame the nature of our political development or our tribalism. Some even blame the weather. We call it tasharthum and we loathe it: we hold it as the main reason for all our losses and defeats, from al-Andalus to Palestine. Yet we love it and bask in it and excel at it, and if there is one thing we appreciate it is a faction that splinters into smaller factions. Yet even by the measure of previous civil wars in the Middle East, the Syrians seem to have reached new heights. After all, the Palestinians in their heyday had only a dozen or so factions, and the Lebanese, God bless them, pretending it was ideology that divided them, never exceeded thirty different factions.

 Og til slutt i denne runden med linker: Se opp for falske og dårlige Kraftwerk-kopier!

But did you know there are a number of fake Kraftwerks doing the rounds? DO NOT BE TAKEN IN BY THESE CHARLATANS*.

 

 

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