September 30, 2014

Dennis Rodman Sings Happy Birthday To Kim Jong-Un


Courting yet more controversy, Dennis Rodman on Wednesday led a singalong of “Happy Birthday” to the leader of North Korea, a man he calls a friend and a “very good guy,” but considered by many a brutal dictator who recently lauded the execution of his own uncle.

Images released by The Associated Press also show Rodman appearing to bow to Kim Jong Un at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium, the site of a basketball exhibition Wednesday — Kim’s birthday — between a North Korean team and Rodman’s squad of former NBA players and others.

“It was, as you might imagine, a bizarre and unusual occasion that won’t easily be forgotten,” Simon Cokerell, general manager of Koryo Tours, said in a YouTube video posted after he accompanied tourists to watch the match.

Even before Wednesday’s spectacle — in which his team lost to a North Korean squad 47-39, according to North Korean state media — Rodman’s visit to North Korea had already generated enormous controversy.

Reference – CNN

WATCH: Dennis Rodman Defends North Korea Trip in Angry Rant

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman angrily defended his trip to North Korea and his bizarre friendship with dictator Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, even as he stumbled to provide a rationale for his latest excursion to the isolated country.

“It’s a great idea for the world,” Rodman said in an interview with CNN, later adding that the trip could help “open the door a little bit” to the world.

Rodman is in North Korea for the fourth time with a team of former NBA players — including ex-All-Stars Kenny Anderson and Cliff Robinson — to play an exhibition match Wednesday in celebration of Kim’s birthday. Activists have long condemned his relationship with the head of the insular and highly authoritarian regime, and critics are up in arms about his latest venture honoring Kim.

Time Magazine 

Inside the Kowloon Walled City where 50,000 Residents Eek Out a Grimy Living in the Most Densely Populated Place on Earth


Inside the Kowloon Walled City where 50,000 residents eked out a grimy living in the most densely populated place on earth Read more:  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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Once thought to be the most densely populated place on Earth, with 50,000 people crammed into only a few blocks, these fascinating pictures give a rare insight into the lives of those who lived Kowloon Walled City.

Taken by Canadian photographer Greg Girard in collaboration with Ian Lamboth the pair spent five years familiarizing themselves with the notorious Chinese city before it was demolished in 1992.

The city was a phenomenon with 33,000 families and businesses living in more than 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, all constructed without contributions from a single architect.

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Asians Too Smart for Their Own Good? Interesting Article in the New York Times.

Smart Asians Colleges and Universities College Entrance New York Times

For all the smart Asians out there – take a look at this interesting article. Going to a top notch school may actually be much harder than you would think – if you’re an Asian.

In a 2009 study of more than 9,000 students who applied to selective universities, the sociologists Thomas J. Espenshade and Alexandria Walton Radford found that white students were three times more likely to be admitted than Asians with the same academic record.

Sound familiar? In the 1920s, as high-achieving Jews began to compete with WASP prep schoolers, Ivy League schools started asking about family background and sought vague qualities like “character,” “vigor,” “manliness” and “leadership” to cap Jewish enrollment. These unofficial Jewish quotas weren’t lifted until the early 1960s, as the sociologist Jerome Karabel found in his 2005 history of admissions practices at Harvard, Yale and Princeton.

In the 1920s, people asked: will Harvard still be Harvard with so many Jews? Today we ask: will Harvard still be Harvard with so many Asians? Yale’s student population is 58 percent white and 18 percent Asian. Would it be such a calamity if those numbers were reversed? Source: New York Times

South Korean Pastor Creates “Drop Box” for Unwanted Babies

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This is an incredible story worth reading – the inspirational story about a South Korean pastor who opened an orphanage. In an attempt to save unwanted Korean babies, he even created something called aDrop Boxoutside the orphanage for those who want to anonymously give away their child to the pastor.