Woman leaves wallet on plane, disembarks, then goes back to empty plane at NY airport, triggers alarms, confesses to airport personnel.. Nothing happens!
When I do, he shakes his head. Let me get this straight, he says. Unauthorized, you open the gate door to the airplane. You set off a very loud security alarm. You wait a few minutes, and then take it upon yourself to enter the empty aircraft. You spend some time moving around its interior. No one sees you there. You leave of your own accord. You exit the way you came and you stop the alarm from ringing. And you confessed this, chapter and verse, to airline personnel and nothing happened?Well I am not sure why nothing happened, but would it be different if the person in question was Muslim?
Yes, I say. Exactly so.
Oh and do you feel secure already with how easy it was for her to get to the plane?
I read this piece in the NY Times Sunday mag after *A* pointed it out to me. It’s short and I did not want to copy and paste it here. It is about the attempts of an American born and bred woman who is Indian by ethnicity to try and find a match for her pretty, well educated Indian cousin (Neet) from India. It talks about how the author and her dad set about trying to find her a suitable match based in the US under the notion that helping her come here would broaden her opportunities (this despite the author Chandra Prasad being against arranged marriage).
I did smile when one of the prospects was described as “healthy” which is code for being large. I can recall the first few years after being married on visits to India, how some well-meaning relatives were concerned that I did not look “married”. That was their way of saying well you have not put on weight.
I tried to explain to them that for me staying in shape was more important than getting to the rather common sight of paunchy Indian men "looking happily married".
I could also identify with Chandra’s feelings of guilt at having tried to find a suitable match for the cousin (Neet) who seemed reluctant or in no rush to get married. I understood the well meaning part of the whole thing, trying to get her a chance to seize opportunities that many here take for granted.
It also reminded me of the time when we received a picture and a brief letter from *A*’s aunt. The picture was of her daughter (who incidentally is a stunning and smart young woman). Her letter requested us to help find a suitable match for her here in the US. As someone who is not a believer in “arranged marriages” I was naturally reticent to do anything. That coupled with the fact that we were not plugged in to the local Indian community made it easy for us to not do anything.
I am not sure I could have vouched for anyone in particular had I even known them either. Incidentally they found a match for her in India and she is married and has a kid now too.
Pork Flavored Stamps
Stamps released in China to celebrate the Year of the Pig taste of sweet and sour pork. When you scratch the front of the stamps, it smells of the popular chinese dish and when the back of the stamp is licked it tastes of the dish too.
And This Might Totally Turn You Off Eating Pork/Beef..
Link via Boing Boing
The Daily Mail has an article about "farmyard freaks" -- livestock that has been genetically engineered to make them totally docile.
Factory farming techniques, most commonly used with pigs and chicken, often involve keeping animals confined in cramped conditions.
For pigs, who are highly intelligent, these conditions can lead to stress and aggression.
However, GM scientists are actively investigating ways to remove the stress and aggression gene from animals, effectively turning them into complacent zombies.
The professor said it might become technically possible to produce "animal vegetables" - beasts which are "highly prolific and oblivious to their physical and mental status".