What do Chinese feel about the anti-China protests?
When the time came for the smiling Tibetan monk at the front of the University of Southern California lecture hall to answer questions, the Chinese students who packed the audience for the talk last Tuesday had plenty to lob at their guest. (...) As the monk tried to rebut the students, they grew more hostile. (...) A plastic bottle of water hit the wall behind the monk, and campus police officers hustled the person who threw it out of the room. (...) Scenes like this, ranging from civil to aggressive, have played out at colleges across the country over the past month, as Chinese students in the United States have been forced to confront an image of their homeland that they neither recognize nor appreciate.
Over the weekend of April 19 and 20, thousands of anti-French demonstrators took to the streets in cities across China. They were apparently of the belief that French authorities had deliberately left security lax when the Olympic torch transited through Paris--out of a desire to humiliate China and interfere with Beijing's hosting of the 2008 Games. The anti-French protesters are not simply a noisy, hysterical minority; many Chinese are deeply angry about what they see as a global conspiracy to blacken their nation's good name and ruin the Olympics. (...) Chinese are immensely proud of what their country has achieved in the past two or three decades and of the prestige conferred by the Olympics. But many are still insecure about the permanence of China's new position in the world and haunted by memories of past humiliations by foreigners that have been drummed into them since childhood by a government increasingly dependent on nationalism for its legitimacy.
Do I really have to know it?
It's the end of "unguilty" pleasure: the new New Yorker law, that demand every fast food restaurant to let you know how many calories you are taking, starts working today.
Dear Charles Manson
In 1998, posing as a 10-year-old boy, pop culture historian Bill Geerhart wrote letters to iconic politicians and murderers, and they all wrote back including Charles Manson, Dick Cheney and Oprah Winfrey. The collection of letters is published at the latest issue of Radar Magazine.
Just move your butt!
You know that exercise is good for nearly anything: it can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, dementia, osteoporosis,gallstones, diverticulitis, falls, erectile dysfunction,peripheral vascular disease and 12 kinds of cancer. But what if you already have one of these conditions? Or an ailment like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis,Parkinson's disease, congestive heart failure or osteoarthritis? How can you exercise if you're always tired or in pain or have trouble breathing? Can exercise really help? Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York University says yes! You just have to learn how to do it. So, enough withexcuses: get out of this chair and start moving yourself!
Hundreds of children are still being born with birth defects as a result of the world's worst industrial disaster 23 years ago in the central Indian town of Bhopal, say campaigners.
Some people believe Harry Potter may be Jewish. Explained by a half-blood Jew, Jews, are the wizards. The non-Jews are the muggles. And Israel's wizards are engaged in a kind of invisible spiritual warfare (just like in Rowling's books) that most muggles can't even see, much less understand. Harry's spells are talmudic prayers; Hizballah are the Death-eaters; converts to Judaism are muggle-born wizards; and so on.
The absurdity of pastuerized milk: Selling unpasteurized milk for human consumption is currently illegal in Canada and in half the U.S. states and to enforce this law farms are being raided and truckloads of unpasteurized milk destroyed all in the interest of health care.
But the very thing that makes raw milk dangerous -its dirtiness - may make people healthier, and pasteurization could be cleansing beneficial bacteria from milk.