Friday, April 27, 2012

April 27th, outsourced

The BYU-Hawaii student body president says being among Mormons made him a better Muslim. Yes, you read that correctly: the student body president of BYU-H is Muslim. [HT Ashi]

I'm sure you've seen this link in half a dozen places already: A female Episcopal priest visits a Mormon temple.

Read the short article, and watch the video. It is fascinating to learn about an American teenager studying ballet at the Bolshoi. [HT Ashi]

The worst places to be a woman, as featured in Foreign Policy.

Why do they hate us? - on pervasive misogyny in the Middle East, by Mona Eltahawy, as featured in Foreign Policy. Even if you don't take everything the author says at face value, this is a riveting and disturbing article, and the main picture accompanying it (not the freaky painted ladies, but the woman being beaten in Cairo) is one of the most horrible images I've seen. I hate everything that picture stands for. [HT Jeremy]

In response to the above: some alternate viewpoints.

Look, just because the church is true doesn't mean it wasn't responsible for producing some truly sappy dreck back in the 1990s. A lot of people were putting out sappy dreck back then, ok? This particular specimen happens to star Aaron Eckhart, aka Harvey Dent. Enjoy...or SHUDDER. [HT Jill, but I kind of wish I could un-see this.]

To cleanse your palate, watch this video of a girl being swallowed up by a collapsing sidewalk in China, and her rescue by a brave taxi driver. [HT Ashi]

Here is some interesting context/background information about George Zimmerman, re: the Trayvon Martin shooting.

This. Article. I can't. The sloppy research. The horrible sixth paragraph. The misspelling of "pursued." I just. UGH. The flames. Flames, on the side of my face...


Jessie said...

Am I the only one who thought it was strange that the Muslim student said, "Praise the Lord"?

Bridget said...

I would think it was strange, except I'm guessing that he is English-izing the Arabic expression "ilhamdulillah," which is a routine thing to say in the context he used it.

Jessie said...

Yeah, it was the specific wording that I found odd. I've never heard a Muslim "English-ize" Allah.

Liz Johnson said...

I find it really weird that there are apparently two Valerie Hudsons in the world who study the political economy of women (the one who put together the Foreign Policy slideshow - who teaches at Texas A&M - and the one at BYU).

I'm going to have nightmares of that Harvey Dent video.

That Daily Universe article makes me want to light things (perhaps my cheeks?) on fire. Gah.

Steven said...

Heaving... breaths....

Amira said...

Liz, it's the same person. Valerie Hudson just started working at Texas A&M in January.

Jen said...

+1 for the 'Clue' reference. One of the best movie snippets OF ALL TIME.


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