IMDB or the Internet Movie Data Base is famous as the go to location to find everything about movies. The amount of detail is incredible and it makes anyone with an Internet connection an automatic movie guru. One of the top features of the IMDB site is its ranking system which allows millions of its users to rank the databases movies. This has created a list of the best movies…
Sequestered on a 50-acre, wooded compound in East Texas since jumping bail more than a decade ago, Gray and his clan have effectively outlasted the administrations of four local sheriffs, all of whom have decided that John Joe’s arrest is not worth the risk of a violent confrontation.
Ulrich is an elite endurance athlete and ultrarunner. He’s completed the Seven Summits, including Mt. Everest. He’s run clear across the United States — last year, at age 58, he ran 3,063 miles, the equivalent of 117 marathons; it took him 52½ days. But that’s not how a lot of people know him.
If you go by the depictions in the news and movies, Iran is exclusively made up of experimental nuclear weapons, angry bearded mobs, and silent, oppressed females. And while the country may indeed have its fair share of all three of those, the reality is a far cry from what you’d expect. I spent almost a year in Iran, and I was amazed to discover …
If you’re a white English speaker, you can get a job teaching private English classes in China. Many schools will hire you without any prior experience, teaching credentials, or a working visa. Sometimes you don’t even need to apply for the job. In Urumqi, in China’s northwest, my writing partner and I were offered our first teaching gig at a roadside noodle stand. We had been in the country less than a week.
Take the case in January 2006, when financial advisor Hideaki Noguchi was found dead in an Okinawa hotel with knife wounds. Noguchi was a close associate of Takafumi Horie, the brash founder of the Internet company Livedoor, which had just been the target of a nationally televised police raid and seen most of its multibillion-dollar value evaporate.
But despite being a central figure in a sensational criminal investigation and privy to Livedoor secrets, police declared Noguchi’s death a suicide. They did not ask for an autopsy, and the body was cremated.
Or take the suicide in April of Agriculture Minister Toshikatsu Matsuoka, who was found hanged in his Tokyo apartment. Matsuoka was embroiled in a scandal involving the misappropriation of political funds that suggested a broad system of organized influence peddling. Even though Matsuoka’s troubles were destabilizing the government and his death occurred just hours before his scheduled appearance to answer questions before a parliamentary committee, no autopsy was conducted to ensure that he had not died from something other than hanging.
A day later, Shinichi Yamazaki, a businessman implicated in the same scandal, plunged to his death in a parking lot outside his Yokohama apartment. No autopsy was conducted in that case either.
"The police said it was suicide," says an incredulous Saikawa, "because he had left his shoes placed neatly together on the balcony."
In a story that dates to 1774, Thai fighter Nai Khanomtom found himself in a Burmese prison where he was forced to fight nine Burmese champions in a row for King Mangra. Khanomotom defeated every opponent and the Burmese king was so impressed that he granted his freedom along with two wives - giving birth to a tradition of pardoning outstanding fighters.
“Firstly, male porn stars are paid on a guaranteed system, which is paid in cash each day. For a beginner in the industry this amount can be as low as ￥1000 ($10), but quickly builds up to ￥10,000 ($100).”—tokyodesu
“See, if the hijab worked, I would be one of the first adopters. If all it took to make people listen to the words I say instead of stare at the person saying them was a piece of cloth, I would be all over that shit. Sign me the fuck up! It would actually become a selling point for Islam in my book. That’s the whole reason I love reddit: people evaluate my comments based on their own merit, instead of whether I’m wearing makeup.
But from what I’ve seen, veiling doesn’t snap shallow people out of that aesthetic judgement and remind them that all humans are equals. In Muslim countries, it dehumanizes women. It tells men they are not expected to control themselves, and tells women that they must fear male attention. It turns each gender into the other. In the West, it becomes a shallow show of faith, much like how Christian girls where I grew up all wear cross necklaces. It is an effortless and often vain display of superior piety, adopted far more commonly by hypocrites than by true believers. It dilutes the power of the symbol, and makes the religion bitter in the mouths of outsiders.
I’m afraid I have to pass.”—Lazy_Scheherazade