Monday, January 26, 2015

BBC News - The Sikh Captain America fights racial stereotypes

BBC News - The Sikh Captain America fights racial stereotypes: "Most office workers stick to wearing a shirt and trousers. So why has a Sikh man in his 40s been talking to strangers in New York while dressed as Captain America?

"I want to challenge people's perceptions, I want them to have a mind freak when they see me."

So says Vishavjit Singh, a mild-mannered software engineer by day and passionate cartoonist by night."



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BBC News - Where do the wealthiest 1% live?

BBC News - Where do the wealthiest 1% live?: "As the business and political elite met at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, there was much talk of rising inequality, and many references to the "wealthiest 1%". The phrase conjures up images of billionaires living on private islands - but is that who the 1% really are?"



Map showing where the wealthiest 1% live



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California considering plan to replace gas tax with charge per mile driven - San Jose Mercury News

California considering plan to replace gas tax with charge per mile driven - San Jose Mercury News: ""There are pros, there are cons. We have to pay for roads," said state Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar. "This is a way that might be part of that. "

California has more than 100,000 electric cars on the road now. That's less than 1 percent of the 23 million cars in the state. But electric vehicles -- whose owners pay no gas tax -- represented 3 percent of new car sales last year. And federal mileage standards on gasoline cars continue to require better fuel efficiency.

As a result, the amount of gasoline sold in California peaked in 2003, at 15.9 billion gallons. It has fallen steadily since then, despite population growth, to 14.6 billion gallons in 2013, a drop of 8 percent. And as people have bought less gasoline, state gas tax revenues have fallen from $2.87 billion in 2003 to $2.62 billion in 2013.

Critics skeptical of government are wary of the new approach."



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Friday, January 23, 2015

Double standards of celebrity humanitarianism | WhyDev

Double standards of celebrity humanitarianism | WhyDev: "In her response to the public backlash that followed, Johansson insisted that she “never intended on being the face of any social or political movement, distinction, separation or stance.” This illustrated her failure to grasp the fact that poverty is not a natural occurrence, but a fundamentally political phenomenon. Moreover, it highlighted an unwillingness to seriously commit to social change and a decision to instead adopt a cynical soft approach. The lack of conviction of many such celebrity endeavours is beautifully illustrated by Johansson, who made clear that, when push came to shove, profit came before people."



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Ford Opens New Silicon Valley Research Center Led By Former Apple Engineer - Forbes

Ford Opens New Silicon Valley Research Center Led By Former Apple Engineer - Forbes: "At the 25,000-square-foot facility today, Ford CEO Mark Fields was there to made it clear the car maker was hunting for the latest and greatest technology out there.

“As we think about coming to Silicon Valley, we want to be viewed as part of the ecosystem here,” Fields said. “Silicon Valley is a marketplace of ideas and it’s important to be here and be a part of that. The research center is another proof point of that.”

Ford has had a research center in the area since 2012, but this represents a major uptick in the company’s presence. The old office used to house only eight employees, while this new one currently has 20 engineers—mostly in software—and with plans to increase that number to 125 this year. That’ll makes Ford’s research center one of the biggest among car makers, according to Ford."



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BBC News - The women who must make Delhi safer

BBC News - The women who must make Delhi safer: "It is a short walk from my office in the heart of Delhi to the nearest underground station - just 10 minutes. But it is a nervous 10 minutes.

Especially on dark wintry evenings, I set out with a sense of unease. I ask myself if I am being paranoid. However, few women are around at that time and Delhi has a poor reputation for safety.

I am not the only one asking this question, and in less than a fortnight several women running for office in India's capital will need to answer it.

Delhi has been without a government for roughly a year but, on 7 February, voters will choose members to fill the 70-member state assembly.

The three major parties - Bharatiya Janata Party, Aam Aadmi Party and Congress - are fielding some high-profile women, and some fresh faces."



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Dozens dead, 7,000 arrested as political violence rocks Bangladesh - CNN.com

Dozens dead, 7,000 arrested as political violence rocks Bangladesh - CNN.com: "Thirty-one people have been killed and more than 7,000 arrested in weeks of political unrest in Bangladesh, as the country's opposition mounts mass protests demanding fresh parliamentary elections.

The dead were mainly killed by arson attacks on buses and cars, police said. The two most recent victims, who died of their injuries in hospital Thursday, were victims of bomb blasts.

The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), along with 19 allied parties, called for general strikes and a nationwide blockade on road, rail and river transport on January 5, the first anniversary of disputed elections."



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