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Women’s Rights: What’s in it for Men?

Mark Thoma, Professor of Economics- University of Oregon:

Our theory suggests that the historical advance of women’s rights in the West wasn’t due to a sudden enlightenment of mankind after millennia of patriarchy. Rather, it was driven by old-fashioned self-interest deriving from men’s concern about their daughters’ welfare and their descendants’ education.[5] But lest we lose faith in mankind, there is an upside. If our theory is correct, it implies that men in today’s developing countries can be given a stake in women’s rights. Ultimately, inducing developing countries to improve women’s rights on their own accord may be a more promising strategy than trying to impose gender equality from the outside.

From the perspective of the theory, what matters for the advance of women’s rights is the demand for human capital. The data suggest that the link between women’s rights and human capital is equally relevant today as it was in the nineteenth century: Figure 2 shows that in the cross section of rich and poor countries in the year 2000, gender inequality correlates with education even more closely than with income levels. (Source)


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Posted: March 3rd, 2011
at 5:18pm by mnp

Categories: life,"ninja",development

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When Will Our Martian Future Get Here?

I mean I have to agree on this one, when will the Disneylands become a reality?

The robots of tomorrow may take a form we can’t imagine, but through their cameras and sensors, we’ll explore along with them. Building data sets with sufficient detail to image large swaths of Martian terrain at centimeter scales is already happening. One can easily imagine a home entertainment system that incorporates both a 3-D, immersive visor and an omni-directional treadmill. Inside this primitive Holodeck, scientists and interested laypeople could wander the Martian landscape at their leisure, seeing what lies over the next hill or in a nearby canyon, without ever leaving the comfort and safety of Earth.

It’s possible that some unforeseeable breakthrough in astronautics will make human spaceflight beyond LEO much easier and less expensive, perhaps within reach of a private consortium of wealthy individuals and corporations. But it seems more likely that in the current century, robots will be the pioneers of the Martian frontier, not humans. Future generations may view our current plans for sending astronauts to Mars as we view an earlier generation’s dreams of personal jet packs and flying cars: technically achievable, but utterly impractical for economic and political reasons.>

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Posted: March 3rd, 2011
at 5:10pm by mnp

Categories: "ninja",space

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The Global Consciousness Project

The Global Consciousness Project is an international collaboration of scientists, engineers, and artists. We maintain a global network that has been collecting data continuously since 1998 from sensitive instruments which produce random sequences. Our purpose is to examine subtle correlations and structure in the data that seem to reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. Looking at major global events including both tragedies and celebrations, we have learned that when millions of us share thoughts and emotions the GCP network shows correlations. We interpret this as evidence for interconnections at a deep, unconscious level. An implication is that we are part of a growing global consciousness or oneness.

From a CBS2 news item recorded by Brian Keefe in July 2005. For more information on the GCP, go to

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Posted: March 3rd, 2011
at 4:59pm by mnp

Categories: art,too good to be true,science,"ninja",philosophy

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What’s New? : The Data Fountain

What's New? covering what's new in tech, this week looks at data fountains. In the hope of displaying implicit financial data, these dudes have come up with a new form of information decoration, in the form of fountains.>

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Posted: February 24th, 2011
at 8:04pm by mnp

Categories: myninjaplease,green,weaponry,design,science,"ninja",internets,what's new?,trade

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Aliko Dangote, BBC Interview Excerpt

Dubbed "the richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote is an interesting figure in a new Africa vying for economic stability.A Check out the interview below, noting what Dangote says about investing his money in Africa and the need to open markets, as opposed to receiving aid.

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Any corrupt dictator can embezzle $70B over 30 years when the Suez Canal is in [his] backyard. Building/managing a conglomerate is much more admirable. Besides, US intelligence estimates the Mubarak family fortunes are much less than the Bush crime family. But what do I know? I don’t believe in capitalism anyway. - M.G.

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Posted: February 22nd, 2011
at 9:54am by Black Ock

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Categories: business,politricks,development,ninjas are everyehere,ethics,entrepreneurship

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My Ninja, Please! 2.7.11 : Reincarnation

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In one of history’s more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is "an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation." But beyond the irony lies China’s true motive: to cut off the influence of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual and political leader, and to quell the region’s Buddhist religious establishment more than 50 years after China invaded the small Himalayan country. By barring any Buddhist monk living outside China from seeking reincarnation, the law effectively gives Chinese authorities the power to choose the next Dalai Lama, whose soul, by tradition, is reborn as a new human to continue the work of relieving suffering.

At 72, the Dalai Lama, who has lived in India since 1959, is beginning to plan his succession, saying that he refuses to be reborn in Tibet so long as it’s under Chinese control. Assuming he’s able to master the feat of controlling his rebirth, as Dalai Lamas supposedly have for the last 600 years, the situation is shaping up in which there could be two Dalai Lamas: one picked by the Chinese government, the other by Buddhist monks. "It will be a very hot issue," says Paul Harrison, a Buddhism scholar at Stanford. "The Dalai Lama has been the prime symbol of unity and national identity in Tibet, and so it’s quite likely the battle for his incarnation will be a lot more important than the others.">

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Posted: February 7th, 2011
at 11:07am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,9th dan,"ninja"

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Einstein on God

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Posted: February 6th, 2011
at 12:02pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: science,"ninja",philosophy

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Davey Dance-BLOG #97 : Stonehenge

A project started while traveling Europe during Spring 2007. Armed only with an ipod and a Canon, Davey picks a location and a pop song. Then Davey records an improvised dance.>

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Posted: February 3rd, 2011
at 1:27pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,music,"ninja",blogs

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Is there anything to really say about this? No you just have to watch it.

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Posted: February 1st, 2011
at 11:46am by Black Ock

Categories: ninjas are everyehere

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