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I added the image Charlie Chaplin to the portfolio.

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->   World domination
I've made an attempt at taking over the world. I didn't succeed very well.

->   Ingen reklam, tack!
In Swedish. Bisarra skyltar som man kan skriva ut och sätta på sin dörr

->   My comics
Some comics I've written and drawn.
->   AI Pengo
A Java game that you can play in your web browser.
Linkblog
Weird or interesting web pages that I've found.
September 29:

->  Potoooooooo
Potoooooooo (foaled in 1773) was a famous 18th-century Thoroughbred racehorse who defeated some of the greatest racehorses and later became an influential sire.

His name was originally "Potatoes", and his owner, Willoughby Bertie, told the stable lad to write the horse’s name on a feed bin. The boy misheard it as "pot-eight-o's" and wrote "Potoooooooo". Bertie found it so funny that he kept that as the horses name.

September 17:

->  Zero-calorie sweeteners may trigger blood sugar risk by screwing with gut bacteria

September 10:

->  Years of Rape and ‘Utter Contempt’ in Britain
During a 16-year reign of terror in an English town, at least 1,400 children, some as young as 11, were groomed for sexual exploitation while the authorities looked the other way. One girl told investigators that gang rape was part of growing up in her neighborhood.

Some officers and local officials told the investigation that they did not act for fear of being accused of racism. But Ms. Jay said that for years there was an undeniable culture of institutional sexism. Her investigation heard that police referred to victims as “tarts” and to the girls’ abuse as a “lifestyle choice.”

In the minutes of a meeting about a girl who had been raped by five men, a police detective refused to put her into the sexual abuse category, saying he knew she had been “100 percent consensual.” She was 12.

emilyw at Metafilter comments:
"The young girls that we are talking about are often seen as low level criminals. They may have run away from home multiple times, have been involved in truancy, nuisance activity (drinking on the corner and swearing at passers by) or petty crime; they may have a very Bad Attitude when it comes to authority. If they aren't doing any of this, people may assume they are anyway.

The sexual activity of young girls who are lumped into this category is viewed as just another aspect of their Bad Behaviour. There's an assumption that they are hooking up with older men deliberately in return for money or drugs or a mobile phone (apparently how it often starts), and that the appropriate reaction is to punish the misbehaving kid in the same way as you would punish them for shoplifting."

->  A disturbing study of the link between incomes and criminal behaviour
In Sweden the age of criminal responsibility is 15, so Mr Sariaslan tracked his subjects from the dates of their 15th birthdays onwards, for an average of three-and-a-half years. He found, to no one’s surprise, that teenagers who had grown up in families whose earnings were among the bottom fifth were seven times more likely to be convicted of violent crimes, and twice as likely to be convicted of drug offences, as those whose family incomes were in the top fifth.

What did surprise him was that when he looked at families which had started poor and got richer, the younger children — those born into relative affluence — were just as likely to misbehave when they were teenagers as their elder siblings had been. Family income was not, per se, the determining factor.

That suggests two, not mutually exclusive, possibilities. One is that a family’s culture, once established, is “sticky”—that you can, to put it crudely, take the kid out of the neighbourhood, but not the neighbourhood out of the kid. The other possibility is that genes which predispose to criminal behaviour (several studies suggest such genes exist) are more common at the bottom of society than at the top, perhaps because the lack of impulse-control they engender also tends to reduce someone’s earning capacity.

September 5:

->  Mutant Giant Spider Dog Prank
Ok, this is evil... especially the last one (2:08+).

September 3:

->  The Dying Russians
"After several trips to Russia, I noticed something bizarre and disturbing: people kept dying. (...) People — men and women — were falling, or perhaps jumping, off trains and out of windows; asphyxiating in country houses with faulty wood stoves or in apartments with jammed front-door locks; getting hit by cars that sped through quiet courtyards or plowed down groups of people on a sidewalk; drowning as a result of diving drunk into a lake or ignoring sea-storm warnings or for no apparent reason; poisoning themselves with too much alcohol, counterfeit alcohol, alcohol substitutes, or drugs; and, finally, dropping dead at absurdly early ages from heart attacks and strokes.

Male life expectancy at age fifteen in Russia compares unfavorably to that in Ethiopia, Gambia, and Somalia. (...) So why do Russians have so many heart attacks, strokes, fatal injuries, and poisonings? (...) Suffice it to say we would never expect to find premature mortality on the Russian scale in a society with Russia’s present income and educational profiles and typically Western readings on trust, happiness, radius of voluntary association, and other factors adduced to represent social capital.

Another major clue to the psychological nature of the Russian disease is the fact that the two brief breaks in the downward spiral coincided not with periods of greater prosperity but with periods, for lack of a more data-driven description, of greater hope.

In The Origins of Totalitarianism Hannah Arendt argues that totalitarian rule is truly possible only in countries that are large enough to be able to afford depopulation. The Soviet Union proved itself to be just such a country on at least three occasions in the twentieth century—teaching its citizens in the process that their lives are worthless."


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