Archive for the ‘Current Events’ Category

“[In 2017] toilets near the Temple of Heaven, one of Beijing’s biggest tourist draws, were fitted with facial-recognition systems designed to prevent thieves from [taking] its loo roll (the technology prevents toilet-paper dispensers from serving each visitor more than once).”

December 11, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/china/21732135-campaign-improve-public-lavatories-extended-and-expanded-china-plans-one-last-push

“THIS is a disturbing book. Many readers will find parts of it hard to stomach. But anyone who wants to understand the so-called Islamic State (IS) should read it.”

December 7, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21731804-young-yazidi-iraqi-was-raped-daily-her-abuse-blessed-jihadist-groups-twisted

I’m  not sure I will actually read this book.  Even the review in The Economist was tough to read.  But if the author has to live with actually having experienced the things about which she writes . . .

Excerpt:

The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight against the Islamic State. By Nadia Murad and Jenna Krajeski. Tim Duggan Books; 306 pages; $27. Virago; £18.99.

THIS is a disturbing book. Many readers will find parts of it hard to stomach. But anyone who wants to understand the so-called Islamic State (IS) should read it. The jihadists who until recently controlled much of Iraq and Syria hit on a recruiting technique that was as crude as it was ingenious. They urged their fighters to capture and keep sex slaves—and convinced them to feel virtuous about it.

“The average American who celebrated Thanksgiving outside their home county left home at 3:40pm on Wednesday, travelled for 300 miles, arrived six hours later at their destination and then stayed for nearly three days.”

November 27, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21731690-travelling-county-different-political-leaning-shortens-thanksgiving-measuring

“[The] suicide rate for 15-to-19-year-olds shot up between 2007 and 2015, increasing by 31% for boys and more than doubling for girls. Psychologists are [researching] whether this…merely coincides with the rise of social media, or whether something causative is happening.”

November 27, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21731693-could-they-hold-culprit-their-hands-teenagers-are-growing-more-anxious-and

“Memoir, movie reveal transformation of Navy SEAL Danny Dietz”

November 25, 2017

When I visit my home town of Littleton, Colorado, and drive north on Santa Fe Drive, I see a sign about a memorial for “Navy SEAL Danny Dietz.”

Today I decided to find out who he was, and found this article from The Denver Post:  http://www.denverpost.com/2013/12/12/memoir-movie-reveal-transformation-of-navy-seal-danny-dietz/.