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I’ve been busy at the conference, and so posts in my Google Reader really piled up. Here are my reactions to some, in no particular order.

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Sinosplace points to the first episode of the Menu Stealer, courtesy of ChinesePod


The Menu Stealer – episode 1: Guilin Mifen from PraxisLanguage on Vimeo..

There were three races of Neanderthals. At the education conference I was at their were some Critical Race Theorists who deny human biodiversity. I wonder if we will get Critical Neanderthal Theorists who deny racial differences among our extinct neanderthals cousins? Also from gnxp, King Carlos was more inbred than offspring from brother-sister marriages, Azerbaijan is more secular than France, the US and Korea are the top sources of missionaries

Tom, as always is well worth reading. He correctly attacks the Republican Party’s attempt to turn the Defense Department in to a jobs program, celebrates the upcoming publishing of Blueprint for Action by Tsinghua University, applauds the “soft-kill” approach to Havana, and applauds US-Indian security cooperation. Sadly, he overlooks that fundementalism is a modern form of Islam, or that judicial activism being applauded by a black gay New Yorker does not mean that Iowa supports homosexual marriage. I find a good filter for Tom’s work is to be skeptical of any piece that (a) reflects the ongoing business interests of Enterra Solutions or (b) concerns social issues.

Mexico is considering legalizing Marijuana. This is a more constructive approach than making fun of cancer victims, which is how Barack Obama responds to the issue.

A Chinese girl enjoying 15 minutes of fame is criticicized for having a black boyfriend.

Microsoft scuttles a company pub and scales back Live Labs. Too bad. If Microsoft is going to be an innovative place to work, it needs to encourage the cross-socialization of company employees and create disruptive technologies.

CN Reviews points me to ChinaSmack, which translates posts and comments from Chinese online forums. Typically these are human interests stories, such as this one on bullying among female college students

Goldman Sachs, which received $15 billion from AIG, will give $5 billion to AIG. Supporters of Barack Obama and Tim Geithner will call this progress.

Thanks to gmg Design for a recent link.

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