April 30, 2008

My article on women in academia

SEWELL, Martin, 2008. Gender (sic) equality (sic). Opticon1826, (4).
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:51 AM

April 24, 2008

Waste, fraud and abuse in Iraq

Out of Control Fraud
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:38 PM

Lynchings in Congo as penis theft panic hits capital

'Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.'
Lynchings in Congo as penis theft panic hits capital - Yahoo! News
Posted by Martin Sewell at 6:04 PM

EI exclusive: a pro-Israel group's plan to rewrite history on Wikipedia

'A pro-Israel pressure group is orchestrating a secret, long-term campaign to infiltrate the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia to rewrite Palestinian history, pass off crude propaganda as fact, and take over Wikipedia administrative structures to ensure these changes go either undetected or unchallenged.'
ei: EI exclusive: a pro-Israel group's plan to rewrite history on Wikipedia
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:27 PM

Chinese Student in U.S. Is Caught in Confrontation

'If you return to China, your dead corpse will be chopped into 10,000 pieces'
Chinese Student in U.S. Is Caught in Confrontation - New York Times
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:20 AM

Did China Stage Tibetan "Attack" On Wheelchair-Bound Woman?

'Image shows culprit marching with Chinese flag-waving friends prior to incident'
Big Lizards:Blog:Entry “Forget It. It's Chinatown... Big Lizards Breaking Bombshell News!”
Did China Stage Tibetan "Attack" On Wheelchair-Bound Woman?
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:36 AM

April 23, 2008

Trevor Phillips warns of immigration 'cold war'

'Mass immigration has led to a racial "cold war" among rival ethnic communities, the head of Britain's race relations watchdog has warned.'
Trevor Phillips warns of immigration 'cold war' - Telegraph
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:50 PM

April 17, 2008

Father and daughter have a baby together after 30-year separation

'A father and daughter confessed on television last night to spending seven years in a sexual relationship and conceiving two children.'
Father and daughter have a baby together after 30-year separation | the Daily Mail
Posted by Martin Sewell at 9:28 PM

April 14, 2008

Washington diary: China's crisis

'One day, bus loads of Chinese tourists in Mao uniforms arrived. They lined the dirt road to the monastery and laughed openly at the monks and pilgrims who were approaching on their knees as custom dictates. Some shouted abuse. Some even spat. I asked them why they had done that. "Look," a woman with thick, black-rimmed spectacles wearing a blue Mao suit told me. "They are like cave people."'
BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Washington diary: China's crisis
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:37 AM

April 7, 2008

Tibet

Since 1950, there have been 400,000 deaths in Tibet, 90,000 have fled the region and those who remain have been subject to what has variously been described as apartheid or 'cultural genocide'.

It is true that Tibet has historically been a part of China, but Poland has historically been part of Germany, yet few would condone Hitler's later invasion of Poland. More relevant is the fact that Tibet enjoyed de facto independence from 1913 to 1950. Although history, per se, is not important, what really matters is the future and human nature (which is unchanging). Evolved in-group/out-group biases cause men to have a strong sense of identity with men of their own culture/ethnicity, and tend to act so as to exclude others. Tibetans, historically of northern Chinese origin, are a homogenous group from the point of view of linguistics and religion and are genetically closer to the Butanese and Japanese than their Chinese neighbours. Tibetans might prefer to be ruled by other Tibetans rather than by Chinese.

Tibet boasts a rich culture, religion is extremely important to the Tibetans and they have their own language, all of which are being destroyed. It is not necessary to romanticize the former feudal regime to denounce the Chinese occupation. It is true that the Tibetans were a backward culture, but the West now recognize that even primitive tribes in the Amazon or New Guinea deserve to be left alone, with their culture intact. Nor can China blame the Dalai Lama, the recent unrest erupted in spite of his frequent calls for restraint. Tibet is full of ethnic conflict and rich in mineral resources, another Iraq without even the pretence of a democracy. I hope the Chinese government watched the Olympic protests (thanks to censorship and the government's control of the media, the rest of China can not) and take note, otherwise Tibet is doomed.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:53 AM

April 4, 2008

Vatican: Islam Surpasses Roman Catholicism as World's Largest Religion

"Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world's largest religion, the Vatican newspaper said Sunday."
FOXNews.com - Vatican: Islam Surpasses Roman Catholicism as World's Largest Religion
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:40 PM

April 1, 2008

How a sudden blast of Rick Astley became a hazard of the internet

"Unless you're one of the 13m internet users apparently duped into watching the video for Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up in recent weeks, the phenomenon of "rickrolling" may require some explanation. Mischievous parties post an ostensibly enticing link - alas, KEIRA KNIGHTLEY UPSKIRT PHOTO appears to be a popular choice - that instead redirects the user to footage of the 1987 transatlantic No1. The practice has even spilled over into real life: in the US, people have started disrupting sports events by singing the song, while protesters at an anti-Scientology demonstration also gave it a blast."
Alexis Petridis on the phenomenon of 'rickrolling' | Pop | guardian.co.uk Music
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:21 PM

Immigration is not a benefit to the economy and should be cut, say peers

"Immigration should be capped, according to a parliamentary report published today which concludes that record numbers of new immigrants have had “little or no impact” on economic well being."
Immigration is not a benefit to the economy and should be cut, say peers - Times Online
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:02 PM

Good sexual intercourse lasts minutes, not hours, therapists say

"Satisfactory sexual intercourse for couples lasts from 3 to 13 minutes, contrary to popular fantasy about the need for hours of sexual activity, according to a survey of U.S. and Canadian sex therapists."
Good sexual intercourse lasts minutes, not hours, therapists say
Posted by Martin Sewell at 2:15 AM