An election year already notable for its menagerie of extreme and unusual candidates can add another one:Rich Iott, the Republican nominee for Congress from Ohio’s 9th District, and a Tea Party favorite, who for years donned a German Waffen SS uniform and participated in Nazi re-enactments.
Iott, whose district lies in Northwest Ohio, was involved with a group that calls itself Wiking, whose members are devoted to re-enacting the exploits of an actual Nazi division, the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking, which fought mainly on the Eastern Front during World War II. Iott’s participation in the Wiking group is not mentioned on his campaign’s website, and his name and photographs were removed from the Wiking website.
North Korea is in the midst of a series of large-scale events designed to both commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party, and to introduce heir apparent Kim Jong Un to the North Korean people and the world. Current leader Kim Jong Il is now 69 years old and ailing, and has now positioned his twenty-something son, Kim Jong Un, as his successor through recent military and party promotions, and through media coverage of him by his father’s side. Many western reporters were invited to these performances, though their freedom to cover events was still limited by minders. Collected here are images from the recent highly-orchestrated events in Pyongyang, and the "young general" Kim Jong Un. (33 photos total)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and his son Kim Jong Un attend the massive military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) #
The goal for Microsoft’s latest smartphone is an ambitious one: to deliver a phone that truly integrates the things people really want to do, puts those things right in front of them, and either lets them get finished quickly or immerses them in the experience they were seeking.
I know I’m allergic to marketing language, but is it just me? Does that make any sense to anybody?
How about the way Apple did it?
“Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone. And here it is.”
Sure, you may not like Apple, or their phone, but at least you understand what they’re trying to say…
Oh, and I just can help but laugh: it has no cut & paste
Sociologist Amy Schalet has done wonderful research comparing American and Dutch approaches to teen sexuality. (Blog commentary here)
Among other fascinating findings, she has shown that, American parents approach their children’s sexual initiation with fear and loathing; while Dutch parents treat sexuality like any other realm of life that a child must learn to manage. Accordingly, most American teenagers hide their virginity loss from their parents, furtively popping the cherry in risky situations, often without protection against pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In contrast, most Dutch teenagers lose their virginity in their own bedrooms with their parents approval… and condoms.
This different approach to teen sexuality helps explain the dramatic differences between the U.S. and the Netherlands in rates of contraceptive use, teen pregnancy, abortion, and STI transmission.
5 bucks says he’s in the closet.
Telstra chief executive David Thodey last week said there were problems in the telco’s relationship with notoriously demanding manufacturer Apple and criticised what he called the company’s lack of openness, in a speech in which he praised Google and demonstrated Telstra’s upcoming Android tablets built by Chinese vendor Huawei.
“We are Apple’s largest customer in Australia, yet with Apple we are still working through some areas in how to work,” Thodey told a lunch held by the Australia-Israel Business Council last week. “We need to be more sophisticated in our view of our relationship with a lot of companies.”
Okay, Telstra, here’s a hint: Apple doesn’t think you are their largest customer in Australia. In fact, they don’t think you’re the customer at all. Apple thinks the end-user is the customer. You may want to add “reseller” and “distributor” to your vocabulary if you’re going to work with Apple.