Friday, August 13, 2010

From around the interwebs...

... some things, and some other things.

Australia tops miser ranking on refugees
"As a nation, we pride ourselves on our competitiveness and seek a top-five finish in the Olympics, the title of best cricketing nation and the prize of the Rugby World Cup. But when it comes to compassion, we appear determined to push the bar as low as possible."
With border protection being one of the hot-button issues at this coming election, law professor John Tobin points out that Australia is ranked 77th in the world for refugee intake for GDP per capita.

Glenn Beck compares Barack Obama to Lucifer
No sh!t, the Fox News host actually went there. Even used flames for effect. I guess calling BO a racist, a fascist and a socialist wasn't dramatic enough. What a c*ck.

Multiculturalism threatens free thinking
Not saying I agree with this, but it's one conservative take on a debate going on in New Zealand, sparked by a Maori leader expressing his preference for his children not to marry pakeha (whites).

The Origins of Ice Cream
Food writer Laura Kelley explores the beginnings of the world's favourite sweet treat, the invention of which is variously ascribed to the Chinese, Persians, Greeks, Indians and Arabs.

These ignorant racists clearly haven't evolved
While overt racism in English football seems to be mostly a thing of the past, black players plying their trade on the continent are still dealing with monkey chants and having bananas thrown at them.

1 in 200 men direct descendants of Genghis Khan
Seriously, check it out. Although it doesn't actually mean the great Mongol leader was the Casanova of his day.

The heart of Lao cuisine
An exploration of the food of Luang Prabang, and the underappreciated cuisine of Laos, by Robyn Eckhardt of Eating Asia fame.

With American lingo, we've imported toxic US culture
As Australian English takes on more and more aspects of US vernacular, how will it impact on our outlook on life as well?

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