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[Anabelov Info] Pinkillers

Article on opioid epidemics.
While it is really an issue, problem do seems to be a bit overblown.
In these kind of cases I blame how in western countries journalists like first hand experience.
You can never find a report in press generally describing an issue. Informing you on overall matter. It is always have to be accompanied by interviews with real simple folks who got into it.
Of course it gives the problem a human face, something to relate to. But often it creates biases. As people tend to believe testimonies more than to careful analysis.

[Anabelov Info] Gender equality

If at some point government decides to enforce the rule that every workplace has to have exact 50/50 distribution of male and female workers. What you can do to maximise your employment chances?
When they bring you a questionnaire, in line for sex you put none, and declare yourself gender-fluid or gender-neutral. That way your employer can hire you at any quota.



Though for this strategy to work best they have to enforce transgender laws as well. So that at any scrutiny they wouldn't be able to use your birth certificate against you.

[Anabelov Info] History

VV Shulgin is a person with very interesting history. He was Russian nationalist, monarchist, constitutional monarchy advocate and one of the members of white movement (called white as opposed to red,old Russia anti-bolshevik movement). Was a member of all sessions of Duma (first Russian parliament). He was among those who accepted abdication of Nicholas II.

So, conservative, nationalist and one who was fighting communists, after all in 1920 wrote this (highlights are mine):


...our ideas jumped over forefront...they (bolsheviks) rebuild Russian army... It might be terrible to acknowledge that, but it's what it is... Bolsheviks raised the Flag of United Russia... Communist International appeared as weapon... to expand Russia's territory...and Moscow power... no one can deny, russian language again rules over 1/6 of the world and all that in the name of Communist International... bolsheviks: 1) rebuilding Russian army; 2) restoring Russian borders... 3) preparing the return of Russia's Tsar.

Valuable lesson here: Some people may appear wise and insightful, by just being narrow minded. It just happens sometimes that time steps on the same tracks with your narrow point of view. Never for long, though.

[Anabelov Info] Past

He said that only 1 out of 3 smokers die from smoking related illnesses. 30% chance. Almost the same as predicted chance of Trump winning the presidency.

I have only one problem with this article. When do this stupid ganre "he said it -- years ago and still didn't correct himself" end?

http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/mike-pence-the-us-vice-presidentelect-has-said-he-doesnt-believe-that-smoking-kills/

[Anabelov Info] Cambodia

Some thoughts about Cambodia.
Money



That was tough experience converting between Riel and USD. And I think they should ban using dollars. It makes everything more expensive. I mean most stuff costs $1, because it's hard to split it further without using local money. Like in Thailand, $1 is about 60 baht. So you can conveniently split dollar at least by 6.

Beggars


People constantly begging for money almost everywhere. Victims of war, mothers with babies or children with big eyes. Striking thing was not that I never seen it before. I've seen lots of stuff like that back in Russia. It was that I haven't noticed anything like that in Thailand. Still mistery for me.
Sometimes it is interesting what things remind me about my motherland. When I talk with Chinese (esspessially mainland and HK) they remind me Russians by their lifestyle choices and maybe a bit of temperament. And now beggars in Cambodia.

[Anabelov Info] Random thoughts

God created everything in 7 days. Which is usually called as 6 days creation. Where a day is one rotation of Earth around the sun. But because Earth appears only on "second" day, after sun (light) it should be called 5+ days creation.

[Anabelov Info] Climate

This is interesting.

So apparently, Exxon accuses Rockefeller to plot a climate change conspiracy against them.

Interesting times indeed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/science/exxon-mobil-rockefellers-climate-change.html

[Anabelov Info] Pronauns

Peterson is right that legislature on the subject of pronouns is bad idea. It is rather silly that I can butcher person's name, but must use right pronoun. But he's wrong about being so stubborn on his refusal to call people whatever way they want. At the beginning of term every teacher takes students list in his or her or zie or per class and establishes how students want to be called.



And I have the same issue as Peterson, having a hard time to remember students names. But if there is no law forcing me do so whole pronouns story doesn't make much difference. I can't remember names of 90% of students (well ok, people), but now in addition to that I won't be able to remember their pronouns. In most cases names I remember are students who perform well in class or ask a lot of questions. If student makes those efforts in class, I will make an effort to remember names, nicknames, pronouns etc. I feel it is feir enough.

[Anabelov Info] Mozart - Requiem

This is one those thing which staed with me since childhood.
An amazing piece of music from first minute till the last.

[Anabelov Info] Russia

Putin threatens to suspended Plutonium treaty. He want US to withdraw forces from Eastern Europe and cancel sanctions against corrupt officials and ones related to annexation of Crimea.
Considering that US recently cancelled negotiations with him on Syria issues it looks quite interesting. Basically, he's showing that he's wants new negotiations.



Putin clearly demonstrated in recent years that for him process of negotiations and all this hassle with Americans on the global stage is more important than solving issues on the table. Basically for him longer it lasts the better. Americans realized it long time ago, but only recently started to be practical about it. They started to do the worst! They started to ignore him. And I think it is right thing to do. As one the main rules of internet says: "Don't feed the trolls!".



Biggest problem though, it is absolutely impossible to say what Putin's reaction will be.


http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-nuclear-idUSKCN1230YN

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