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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

December 10th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by jasmine

One day, Jen and Diana are going to be awesome bridesmaids in my Avatar-themed wedding. And, yes, they’re totally wearing those weird sex-tentacle thingies. [BWE]

Speaking of tentacles…Designer Kaylene Kau’s made a prosthetic tentacle that is awesome–and just a little scary. [Gizmodo]

Shanghai surprise, surprise. Students in Shanghai did, like, waaaaaaay better, on an international standardized test than their US and European counterparts. [NYT]

Mo’ Manny, Mo’ Problems! Manny Pacquiao is being sued by former business partners for a record deal that went bust. [TMZ]

Filipino fashion blogger Bryan Boy pulls in more than $100k per year from his site. Clearly I’m writing about the wrong subject matter. [NYM]

Talk about your high-class problems: Lucy Liu‘s new TV movie, “Marry Me,” is about a social worker who has to choose among three suitors. It airs Sunday and Monday nights on Lifetime. [Zap2it - thanks, Jen!]

Chinese activist, author, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is still in prison, so his medal and citation were placed on an empty chair at today’s prize ceremony in Oslo. HuffPo’s already compared the empty chair to a Passover seder’s chair for Elijah, the prophet “who appears in times of trouble to bring promise of relief, to lift downcast spirits, and to plant hope in the hearts of the downtrodden.” [NYT]

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Finally, Asians Score Well on a Test!

August 26th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The following headline appeared in the Wall Street Journal today:


At first I was like, “Fucking woo-hoo! We rule!”

And yeah, we do rule, as the ethnic group taking the largest strides with rising SAT scores last year.


But then I realized that the numbers tell a darker story: that a generation’s worth of education reform in our country has failed to strengthen the overall performance of all minority groups.

Which means we’ve all failed.

Fuck! Boo.

[WSJ: SAT Scores Fall as Gap Widens; Asians Gain]
[via @channelapa]

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Bobby Jindal

July 3rd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana



“Hello America! I’m Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana. Perhaps you remember me from my
awesomely bad Republican response to President Obama’s February 24 speech? I’ve been super busy in my home state lately–in fact, I just passed some cool new legislation, just this week! See, here’s the thing: all of us here around the office, we’d been thinking–there are lots of dummies around these parts, young adults that grow up unable to do hard stuff like add and read, and that makes us, like us-us, look bad. It’s like we have an educational problem or something.

So we solved it! This new legislation will allow kids to get into high school without taking some dumb, difficult standardized tests. And if somebody isn’t “feeling” high school, they can just get on the “career track” program and have easier requirements! They would’ve “slipped through the cracks” anyway, guys!

Phew! So it’s a win-win for all involved–we don’t need to improve the schooling, the students don’t need to improve themselves, and everyone looks better for it. Mediocrity has never tasted so good!”

[2theadvocate: Gov. Jindal approves new diploma ]

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Thanks, Jasmine!

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