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As seen on the Book of Face

Wednesday Open Thread

By Their Hairdos Ye Shall Know Them

A series of YouTube videos titled “100 Years of Beauty” shows the evolution of a country’s fashions over the last century in about a minute each. It’s a fascinating window into each nation’s history, and Iran’s is particularly illuminating. Note the sudden change after the 1970s:

You can see more videos in the series […]

Due Process, what a concept

As if I didn’t loathe the media’s disgusting predilection for steering rush-to-judgement false narratives already, but ESPN’s latest 30 for 30, “Fantastic Lies,” about the Duke lacrosse team, solidified it even more last night.

Scary enough analogies to the Penn State and Jerry Sandusky events as the doc unfolded, but what interviewee Jay Bilas says […]

Ain't got a thing if ya ain't got that swing

The Finns apparently still have a thing or two to learn about anti-rape videos. Here’s the latest Taki’s Mag piece from David Cole Stein to tell you more [TRIGGER-WARNING: For those with an aversion to male cheerleaders not named George W. Bush, the video parody Dave and I produced referenced within].

“[A] young blond […]

Burn, Hollywood, Burn

In the wake of Ms. Knowles’ halftime, er, extras yesterday, figured I’d share an interesting incident on the LA “subway” (quotation marks in deference to my Long Island wife, who mockingly chuckles whenever hearing “subway” outside the context of NYC’s) this past Friday, an experience which still leaves me shaking my head at how […]

Immoral Relativism

“Child Bride: Through the Looking Glass” by Sharooq Amin

Influential (and cultural relativist) early 20th century anthropologist Ruth Benedict once wrote:

“Mankind has always preferred to say, ‘It is morally good,’ rather than “It is habitual,’ and the fact of this preference is matter enough for a critical science of ethics. But historically the […]

Thursday Open Thread

In my Humanities course yesterday we started talking about the Enlightenment… laying the foundation with Locke and Montesquieu which of course lead to a brief presentation on the importance of the concept of natural law and natural rights.

Wednesday Open Thread

Last night in my international law seminar we discussed obligations towards foreign nationals and the 1994 Singapore caning of widdle Michael Fay for vandalizing cars was discussed. 13mm thick rattan cane, 1.5m long and he was sentenced to 9 strokes and they negotiated that down to 3.

Monday Night Mashup: The Trooper Believer

Iron Maiden meets The Monkees in one of the better mashups I’ve seen.