Thursday, March 24, 2016

Why attending an Indian wedding can be dangerous

“A man has his beliefs: his arguments are only his excuses for them.”
~ Bathroom Quote

Tax Office accused of breaching good faith amid union threat of industrial action

Wedding celebrations are supposed to be happy events but in northern India, a shocking number end tragically, thanks to a surprisingly tenacious tradition of celebratory gunfire. Take the wedding party in a small village called Raipur Bhood in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh last weekend Why attending an Indian wedding can be dangerous

According to the BBC, an Indian court has ruled that a wife calling her husband “fat elephant” is a good enough reason to end the marriage

Bangladesh heist exposes Philippine dirty money secrets Bangkok Post

How cyber criminals targeted almost $1bn in Bangladesh Bank heist FT. With flow chart

Internet trolls are psychopaths, says expert Thai Visa

Glass SLIDE is installed on an LA skyscraper 1,000 feet from the groundDaily Mail. What could go wrong?

Salmon Full of Cocaine and Antidepressants? Study Finds Puget Sound Fish Full of Drugs

DuckDuckGo explains new map feature – “We’re proud to announce that we’ve just added one of the most-requested features to date: Directions! Now, location results will not only give you the option for directions but allow you to choose from the most-requested map providers – Apple, Bing, Here, OpenStreetMap, and yes – even Google Maps!”

The young Irish songwriter with only a few demos to her name made quite the first impression at the SXSW music festival in Austin South X Lullaby: Holly Macve

“Bad news for Pinocchio and Cruella De Vil.” The ever-meddlesome World Health Organization “would like to see all films that feature smoking given an adult rating.” That would exclude kids from many of the kid-oriented classics of the past, from Alice in Wonderland (hookah-smoking caterpillar) to Peter Pan (Captain Hook), to say nothing of more recent films such as “Lord of the Rings (Gandalf and his pipe) or X-Men (Wolverine and his cigar)” [The GuardianBrian Doherty]

Australian author Helen Garner “was going to delete the email but thought to call her publisher, who informed her that the Windham-Campbell prize was in fact real. The Windham-Campbell prize is one of world’s richest literary awards, according to reports.”


“He refused to indulge in any metropolitan disdain towards the liberating, everyday essentials of plumbing, Austin cars, aspirin, contraceptives or canned food. The wretched alternatives were ‘dirty water, an earth bucket, a four-mile walk each way to work, headaches, broken women, hunger and monotony of diet.'” The Guardian (UK)

Jordan M. Barry (San Diego) & Elizabeth Pollman (Loyola-L.A.), Regulatory Entrepreneurship:
Numerous corporations, ranging from Airbnb to Tesla, and from DraftKings to Uber, have built huge businesses that reside in legal gray areas. Instead of taking the law as a given, these companies have become agents of legal change; for each of them, changing the law is a major part of their business plan. To achieve their political goals, these companies employ conventional lobbying techniques, but also more innovative tactics. In particular, some attempt to enter markets quickly, then grow too big to ban before regulators can respond. If regulators do take aim at them, they respond by mobilizing their users for political support.