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October 09, 2011

Overnight Open Thread

Hey all, I'm baaack - all jet-lagged, exhausted, but still contractually present.
Will give more details once I finish my debriefing, get de-wormed, and catch up on a little shut-eye.

Where People Are Immigrating From And To

Curious where people are coming to and from around the world? Then check out the Migration Map.

Here's the result for immigration to the US.


Not a surprise about the number of Mexican immigrants but the next three sources - the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Germany - would not have been on my top 10 list.

You can see where Americans are emigrating to here. And check out the results for Britain, France, and Mexico.

The End of the Age of Men?
So says Hanna Rosin of Atlantic magazine.

Hanna Rosin's 2010 Atlantic cover story, "The End of Men," was one of the most talked-about magazine articles in recent years. "Man has been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind," wrote Rosin, an award-winning journalist for Slate and the Atlantic. "But for the first time in human history, that is changing—and with shocking speed."
Why are men finished, exactly? Rosin says they've failed to adapt to a modern, postindustrial economy that demands a more traditionally—and stereotypically—feminine skill set (read: communication skills, social intelligence, empathy, consensus-building, and flexibility). Statistics show they're rapidly falling behind their female counterparts at school, work, and home. For every two men who receive a college degree, three women will. Of the 15 fastest-growing professions during the next decade, women dominate all but two.
Well let's not confuse a decade or two where certain social micro-environments have favored women with the end of the usefulness of men. If you want something dramatically new or if things ever start to go belly up, the man skill set is still quite indispensable.

The Most Miserable Cities in the US
Okay Detroit is number one, but you'd be surprised at some of the other ones.

Using a variety of statistics (which can be found in greater detail here) Forbes magazine recently ranked the ten most miserable cities in America. The results can be found here, so if you’re planning a family vacation you may want to stay away from these places.

Your Kitteh Overload:
World's Longest Kitteh

World's Shortest Kitteh:

Plus 4 1/2 Hours Of A Cat In A Basket
Thanks to The Internet. And it's exactly what it claims to be. Most of the excitement happens around 2:32:00.

Cultural Faux Pas in New York City
Well apparently NYC has quite a few unwritten social rules - more than any other big city with the possible exception of Boston. Some of these make sense - others less so. But then every large tribe has lore and rituals designed to mark members from outsiders.

Don't say you're "from New York" when you're from New Jersey or Long Island. There are very nice parts of New Jersey and Long Island; some very nice people live there. But this is not Boston - you don't get to say you're "from New York City" if you're from slightly outside it. If your prevarication is discovered, this is a quick route to contempt.
Don't refer to the subway lines by their color. Instead, refer to them by their numbers and letters - e.g. it's not the "Green Line," it's the "4, 5, 6." When referring to a specific service along that line, each is called a "train," rather than a "subway" - e.g. the "6 train," not the "6 subway." When referring to the entire system, it's the "subway" - not the "Metro," the "Underground," etc.

Entertainment From A Less Litigious Time
This show actually took place in 1990 in Australia. Sadly none of us will probably ever see anything like it during our lifetimes due to litigation, insurance, and attention competition from the internet.

The Infamous Madonna Leaked Nude Photos
NSFW. To be fair she looks pretty good for being 53 years old, albeit perhaps not entirely human. And just remember that Madonna at 53 is pretty much Courtney Love at 29.


Weekly AoSHQ Commenter Standings
Top 10 commenters:
1 [356 comments] 'MissTammy' [49.97 posts/day]
2 [344 comments] 'Oldsailor's poet'
3 [337 comments] 'Tami'
4 [330 comments] 'kbdabear'
5 [312 comments] 'Vic'
6 [306 comments] 'sifty'
7 [302 comments] 'logprof'
8 [290 comments] 'steevy'
9 [282 comments] 'willow'
10 [246 comments] 'soothsayer'

Top 10 sockpuppeteers:
1 [118 names] 'kbdabear' [16.56 unique names/day]
2 [37 names] 'logprof'
3 [26 names] 'Doctor Fish'
4 [26 names] 'The Robot Devil'
5 [24 names] 'George Orwell what knows Obama is a stuttering clusterfuck of a miserable failure'
6 [24 names] 'Beefy Meatball'
7 [24 names] 'charlie gibson'
8 [24 names] 'al-Cicero, Tea Party Jihadist'
9 [24 names] 'Beefy Meatball'
10 [23 names] 'Arms Merchant'

The group. Yeah.

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