Can I take Your Bag, Sir?

If immigration rules benefit an economy, society and culture, then every international airport should give out promotional envelopes to tourists, including something along the lines of this.

More info on these options here.

Update: Comments mention the E-3 Visa for Australians, a H1B but without limits to how many people can apply. A 2 year indefinitely renewable visa with an intent to return back to home country.

I Could Listen for Years

A record player modified by Bartholomäus Traubeck, that converts the rings of slices of wood into piano music.

When the Right is Right

The New York Times asked several prominent liberals what it was they considered Republicans often got right (interestingly, Republicans asked the same question were less able to give clear answers). Gary Jacobson’s were particularly lucid

It recognizes “the importance of material incentives in shaping behavior, and the difficulty in keeping bureaucracies under control and responsive to citizens.”

It is skeptical of “the application of social science theories to real world problems” and cognizant of “human fallibility/corruptibility.”

It places a high value on “liberty/autonomy.”

It places a similarly high value on “good parenting.”

It acknowledges “the superiority of market systems for encouraging efficient use of resources.”

Jonathan Haidt, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, also explains why Conservatives are not against all change (e.g. the internet), rather the effects of changes. And other authors weigh the relative strengths and weaknesses of both camps. You can read their notes here.


Freedom vs. Freedom

Libertarianism is a tricky beast, but George Monbiot does a great job of tackling those who would use the term “Freedom” as an excuse to behave appalingly.

As Berlin noted: “No man’s activity is so completely private as never to obstruct the lives of others in any way. ‘Freedom for the pike is death for the minnows’.” So, he argued, some people’s freedom must sometimes be curtailed “to secure the freedom of others”. In other words, your freedom to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. The negative freedom not to have our noses punched is the freedom that green and social justice campaigns, exemplified by the Occupy movement, exist to defend.

You can read the rest of this great and much needed piece of logic here.

Delicious Ghost

Delicious Ghost has more tasty video clips than it would be healthy to watch, check out this sample from this week. Somehow they’re all related, in a 2010 kinda way.

Jonathan Meese on Art

Artist Jonathan Meese on why art is more powerful than religion, politics, or anything else.

Hidden Messages

The last copy of News of the World was closely read by lovers of acrostics – the fine art of hiding secret messages in a proper newspaper article, or other text.

Despite two senior executives from outside the Screws’ newsroom scanning the paper for defiant missives before publication, journalists successfully hid their revenge on Rebekah Brooks in the crossword.

“Disaster”, “tart”, “menace”, “stench” and “racket” were among the answers, while clues included “Woman stares wildly at calamity”, “criminal enterprise”, “repel odd change that’s regretted” and “mix in prison”, with “Brook” and “lamented”, “stink” and “catastrophe” lobbed in for good measure.

The Guardian article goes on to recall other great examples of the form, including the Daily Mirror’s 1989 cartoon of the Berlin Wall which included a scrawl against the newspaper’s hated owner Robert Maxwell, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s unlikely F – U – C … appearing in the left-hand margin of a letter to a Democrat assemblyman.

ELVIS LIVES once appeared in the first letters of an editorial of our local Murdoch tabloid growing up (the editor was later sacked). Most painstaking however was computer science student Mayniac182 spending five hours to format his paper to include a Never Gonna Give You Up in a college Rickroll, below.

Happiness is Complicated

One year after winning the lottery, a person happiness is equal to that of someone who lost use of their legs a year earlier. This video about happiness explains why.

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