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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

January 6th, 2011 | 2 comments | Posted by jasmine

For some reason, people are getting all worked up over President Obama wearing flip-flops while on vacation in Hawaii. Come on people. What else is he going to wear? Crocs? [Racked]

Toyota is being sued by seven insurance companies to recover damages they paid to people involved in accidents caused by “sudden uncontrolled acceleration.” [Consumerist]

Fashion designer Vera Wang is now blogging! For her first post, the designer wrote about the late great Jackie O and the importance of having a personal uniform. Maybe for her next post she can talk about appropriate leisure footwear for sitting presidents? [Vera Unveiled]

Hardass Asian Blogger? Elizabeth Jayne Liu has promised not to go shopping for an entire year. She’s been chronicling her exploits at her blog, Flourish in Progress. [AdFreak]

Is Dear Leader turning into Colonel Sanders? A chain of North Korean restaurants opens an outpost in Dubai. [Gawker]

Meet our new boyfriend: Taiwanese model Godfrey Gao has the distinction of being the first Asian male model to appear in ads for Louis Vuitton. [Racked]

Philippine politician Reynaldo Dagsa took this picture of his family on New Year’s Day. Also in the photo? His murderer. [Washington Post]

T.V. Carpio is replacing Natalie Mendoza in Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark. Mendoza dropped out of the troubled (cursed?) production last week after getting a concussion. Who knew musical theater was so dangerous? [Vulture]

The Daily Beast asked a panel of MacArthur Fellows (recipients of “genius grants” from the MacArthur Foundation) to compile a list of its smartest people of 2010. Included on the list are: Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen, educator Michelle Rhee, Microsoft Kinect inventor Kudo Tsunoda, and Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai. [The Daily Beast]

Amazian alert! First Lady Michelle Obama has a new Chief of Staff, and it’s Chicagoan Tina Tchen. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Happy Birthday Hayao! Legendary artist, director, and animator Hayao Miyazaki turns 70 years old today. [Wikipedia]

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Rocking the Vote Bhutanese-Style

March 24th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

The first parliamentary election was held today in Bhutan, ending one hundred years of absolute monarchy in the tiny Himalayan nation. I’ve been to Bhutan once, in 1999, the same year that television was made legal there, although no one I met at the time actually owned one. It was a magical trip, because the country is so removed from the rest of the world and, thus, so different. The trip was also, with its 8 straight days of trekking and camping, the most grueling adventure I’ve ever been on, lazy, indoor cat that I am. It turned out to be a wonderful way to see the country and meet the people, even though I was hampered for much of it by food poisoning, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration and altitude sickness. Me and the mountains–we really don’t mix. So when I heard that 65 year-old grandmother Tshewang Dema (pictured above) hoofed it for 14 days and 380 miles just so that she could cast her vote in the country’s first democratic election, I was blown away. And then I thought, there isn’t a reason in the world why we shouldn’t vote. Not one.

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