Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Women are not equal to men, Turkish president declares | CTV News

Women are not equal to men, Turkish president declares | CTV News: "ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy on Monday, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers.
Addressing a meeting in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan said men and women are created differently, that women cannot be expected to undertake the same work as men, and that mothers enjoy a high position that only they can reach.
"You cannot put women and men on an equal footing," Erdogan said. "It is against nature. They were created differently. Their nature is different. Their constitution is different.""



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Head found in front of Penang coffeeshop | Malaysia | Malay Mail Online

Head found in front of Penang coffeeshop | Malaysia | Malay Mail Online: "BUKIT MERTAJAM, Nov 25 ― A decapitated head was found on a five-foot way of a coffeeshop in Taman Impian, Alma, yesterday.

The discovery was made by the owner of the coffeeshop.

The head, believed to be that of a foreigner, was found in a plastic bag left under an open umbrella.

The area is a colony for workers from Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

State CID chief SAC II Mazlan Kesah, who visited the scene, said the 35-year-old coffeeshop owner alerted police at 4.30pm.

He said the bloodstained head was believe to have been severed less than 24 hours before the discovery.

“The CCTV footage from the coffeeshop showed two men, believed to be foreigners, dumping the plastic bag at about 9pm on Sunday.

Police are trying to find the body.

On November 6, police recovered a headless and limbless body of a naked woman stuffed in a suitcase at a carpark near the Penang Botanic Gardens.

Two days earlier, fishermen found the headless body of a woman floating in the waters near Pulau Kendi."



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Monday, November 24, 2014

Scientists Solve Mystery Of West Coast Starfish Die-Off · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting

Scientists Solve Mystery Of West Coast Starfish Die-Off · EarthFix · Oregon Public Broadcasting: "SEATTLE — After months of research, scientists have identified the pathogen at the heart of the starfish wasting disease that’s been killing starfish by the millions along the Pacific shores of North America, according to research published Monday.

They said it’s a virus that’s different from all other known viruses infecting marine organisms. They’ve dubbed it “sea star associated densovirus.”"



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Seadevil - Monterrey Researchers Caught Rare Deep-Sea Anglerfish On Camera

Seadevil - Monterrey Researchers Caught Rare Deep-Sea Anglerfish On Camera:

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 "As per the recent reports revealed, a rare deep-sea anglerfish was caught on camera for just about the 6th time in the entire history.

A researchers team carrying out a dive in Monterrey Bay off the shoreline of California have recorded first-ever video of a rarely seen occupant of the deep called the black seadevil. The animal was spotted this week in the dark, deep waters 2000 feet underneath the surface, by scientists of Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Bruce Robinson, MBARI Senior Scientist told the San Jose Mercury News Friday, “We have been plunging around here in the Monterrey Canyon routinely for 25 years, and we’ve seen three.”

Robinson said a luminous “fishing pole” anticipating from the angler fish’s head is a sparkling entice to pull in prey.

Robinson told the paper they caught the fish to study, yet don’t know how long will it will survive."



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Earthquake early alert system ready to expand in California - LA Times

NapaEarthquake early alert system ready to expand in California - LA Times: "The warnings would allow fire stations to get garage doors open before a quake can jam them shut, instruct students to duck and cover, and, eventually, automatically shut off sensitive equipment at private companies and tell surgeons to halt surgery. When the data is more reliable, even amusement parks could have time to shut down rides.

The prospect of expanding the system — which is dependent on federal funding coming through — has brought excitement for both emergency officials and some businesses. Even a few seconds' notice to duck under a sturdy desk could be a matter of surviving a building's collapse, fire officials said.

In Japan, one semiconductor firm that lost more than $15 million in quake damage in 2003 installed machines to automatically shut down sensitive equipment that etches circuit boards. When much larger quakes hit later, the company lost only $200,000."



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If Privilege Was Visual, It Would Look Like This — Everyday Feminism

If Privilege Was Visual, It Would Look Like This — Everyday Feminism: "Privilege can be near-invisible to those who have it. Without a conscious, deliberate effort to be aware of it, it’s almost never on our radars.

And because of this, being told that you benefit from systematic social favoritism can be hard to accept at first. It’s not uncommon to feel that people are telling you that your life is simple and that you don’t work for what you have.

But privilege is more complicated than that. This cartoon provides a useful visualization."



The Straight, Ablebodied, Rich, White Man’s Burden



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Sunday, November 23, 2014

As Ferguson braces for grand jury decision, 2 arrested amid mounting tensions | AL.com

As Ferguson braces for grand jury decision, 2 arrested amid mounting tensions | AL.com: "FERGUSON, Missouri -- Crews erected barricades around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

Tension has been mounting in Ferguson and elsewhere in the St. Louis area in recent days, with many speculating that the grand jury's decision would be announced on Sunday. That seemed increasingly unlikely by late Saturday, although there was a noticeable uptick in the preparations being made."



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