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Campaign for promoting falls awareness

The Health Promotion Board (B?ojiàn cùjìn jú ?????) of Singapore has launched a campaign to promote awareness of falling.  Here's the poster they circulated in conjunction with the launch: (Source) The poster quickly began to circulate on the internet, with people criticizing the Chinese translation as saying the opposite of what was intended.  (Note that […]

10 Good Reasons to Learn French

When I was thirteen years old, I finally graduated from the “kids’” table at my family outings. This was a huge deal to me. I was so excited for the privilege of sitting next to my cool, older cousins at dinner. Things were going great, until one night when it came time to order dessert. Show More Summary

Mongolia’s opposition party won 85 percent of the seats in parliament with only 45 percent of the vote

On June 29, Mongolia held its seventh parliamentary elections since transitioning to multi-party competitive rule in 1990. The preliminary results are now in. The main opposition, the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), has won a landslide victory, securing 65 seats in the 76-member parliament, the State Ikh Khural, with “only” 45 percent of the popular vote. […]

I’m a Loner, Dottie. A Dwarf Galaxy.

Poor UGC 4879. Doomed to wander the Universe forever, alone. Or is it? Dun dun dunnnn. UGC 4879 is a dwarf galaxy, a small collection of stars, gas, and dust located about 4.5 million light years away from us. The Milky Way, our galaxy, is part of a small clutch of galaxies called the Local Group, which is a few million light years across. Show More Summary

The Trauma Myth, Revisited

The Trauma Myth may be one of the most misunderstood books of the past decade. Based on its regrettable title, pedophiles erroneously believe it minimizes the harm of child sexual abuse; in the opposite c orner, some misguided anti-abuse crusaders have demonized the Harvard-trained author as a pedophile apolog ist. Show More Summary

Follow-Up: Jupiter’s Moons Dance As Juno Approached

Last night, for the first time in nearly two decades, humanity added a new moon to Jupiter: The spacecraft Juno successfully entered orbit around the giant planet, beginning a nearly two-year-long mission to study Jupiter’s interior and determine its origin story. You can read all about that in my post from last night. Show More Summary

When will the United Kingdom invoke Article 50?

Or will it at all? With the resignations of Cameron, Boris Johnson, and now Farage, it seems few leading politicians are keen to “own” Brexit and its consequences.  If those individuals wish to step back from accepting the consequences...Show More Summary

She calls herself Angelababy

That's what practically everybody else calls her too. There's a great article by Qian Jinghua in Sixth Tone (Fresh voices from today's China) titled "Call Me Angelababy, Maybe:  Ban on foreign names in Chinese-language press reveals fear of cultural fragility." (6/30/16) It's about a phenomenally popular 27-year-old actress, model, and singer whose Chinese name is […]

American songs to celebrate

1. Paul Simon, American Tune, live version, solo live version here. 2. Woody Guthrie, This Land is Your Land. 3. Marvin Gaye, Stubborn Kind of Fellow. 4. Medley from Oklahoma! 5. Aretha Franklin still has it. Happy Fourth of July! The post American songs to celebrate appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Links & Reviews

- Jennifer Schuessler reports for the New York Times on some excellent new discoveries about Shakespeare and heraldry by Heather Wolfe, curator of manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library. See the documents at Shakespeare Documented.-...Show More Summary

Saturday assorted links

1. Communist Youth League short propaganda video about China, Straussian. 2. “Despite a long-term decline in the size of the working class to just 25%, the proportion of the [British] public who identify themselves as working class has remained stable over time, says the survey. Show More Summary

Physics Week in Review: July 2, 2016

It's Fourth of July weekend, and sure, you're all out enjoying the long holiday, but there was also lots of cool physics stuff that happened this week. Among the highlights: everyone's eagerly awaiting the Juno spacecraft's orbital insertion maneuver this...

LOTEs in the Election: your guide to linguistically-talented candidates (2016 edition)

It's election time again! But where have all the LOTE-speaking candidates gone? And why are they hiding? Allie Severin takes a look at the linguistic talents of this year's candidates for the Federal Election. The post LOTEs in the Election: your guide to linguistically-talented candidates (2016 edition) appeared first on Fully (sic).

Jupiter Looms Ahead for Juno

On July 5, 2016, at 03:18 UTC (July 4 at 11:18 p.m. Eastern US time), the Juno spacecraft will ignite its main engine. It will burn for 35 minutes, and when it’s done the spacecraft will be doing something a NASA mission hasn’t doneShow More Summary

Private probably

The following two images come from Graham and Kathleen's video diary of a trip to the Daitoku-ji temple complex in Kyoto. The two images occur at 8:21 and 8:29 in the video. Kutsu no machigai ni go-chuui kudasai!! ?????????????? "Be careful not to take the wrong shoes" Kasa wa kasatate ni irete kudasai. Innai shiyoo kinshi ?????????????? ??????? "Please […]

Brexit might undermine Europe’s democratic order

Since Britain voted to leave the European Union, there has been much discussion of Brexit’s economic and financial implications as well as its political consequences for Britain. What will happen to Labour and the Conservatives? Does this mean the end of the United Kingdom? Less thought, however, has been given to Brexit’s effect on the future of […]

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