Thursday, April 28, 2016

Lego 'mistake'

Lego admits 'mistake' in Ai Weiwei row

Picture of Lego bricksImage copyrightGetty Images
Image captionLego said it was "a typical example of what can go wrong in a big company"
Lego's decision to reject Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's request for a bulk order of its bricks last year was a "mistake", the toy firm has admitted.
Vice-Chairman Kirk Kristiansen told The Wall Street Journal an employee had misinterpreted the company's policy on political neutrality.
In October, Ai said his request was declined because Lego considered his planned exhibition to be too political.
The artist is known for criticism of the Chinese government.
"It was an internal mistake," Mr Kirk Kristiansen said.
He said the decision had been made "very low in the organisation by our consumer service department", and that Lego's board had not been involved at the time.
Mr Kirk Kristiansen's son and successor Thomas added: "It is a typical example of what can go wrong in a big company."
Ai Weiwei installation at AlcatrazImage copyrightGetty Images
Image captionAi created Lego portraits of notable dissidents in 2014 at San Francisco's infamous Alcatraz prison
Lego's refusal to provide bricks for Ai's artwork on political dissidents prompted people around the world to donate bricks at "Lego collection points" set up in different cities.
The artist ended up making a new series of artworks based on the incident as a commentary on freedom of speech and political art.
In January, Lego decided to stop asking bulk customers what they wanted to do with the bricks.
It said such customers should instead make clear that the company does not endorse works shown in public.
Ai later told the BBC that Lego's U-turn was a "victory for freedom of speech".
The artist also appeared to react to Lego's decision by posting a picture on Instagram of a young boy sticking bricks onto his face, accompanied by a grinning emoji caption
Lego should own up and not put blame on a low employee for this 'mistake', as they had plenty of time to override the low employee 'mistake'. Such bull-shit by such a large company is unacceptable. Probably got a lot of backlash and poor sales for them to own up for the so-called 'mistake'

Social activist: Chinese, Indians deserve better

Social activist: Chinese, Indians deserve better

 | April 25, 2016
Photographer Eddie Putera says the Chinese and Indians should leave the country for their own good as racial harmony is not as good as it used to be.
eddie-putra
PETALING JAYA: Chinese and Indian Malaysians should go live somewhere else as racial harmony in the country is not as good as it used to be.
This is the view of photographer and social activist Eddie Putera.
In a recent Facebook posting, Eddie suggested that the Chinese and Indians start collecting funds to buy “any place in the world” to build a new country saying that they “don’t deserve to be treated this badly”.
“And if you want to allow the Malays a chance to chip in or share, please invite me as I want to move too.
“Let’s all go together to build this new country and live together in harmony once again. I don’t think I’m the only Malay who wants to join you, many more also want to leave.”
He claimed that racial harmony in the past was much more prevalent than it is now, adding that the Chinese helped make the country’s economy strong while the Malays made sure that the country was managed properly and the Indians, who also engaged in business, provided support to the country’s human resources and think tanks.
“But that was then. Now things have become a mess with the Malays sticking with the Malays, the Chinese sticking with the Chinese and the Indians also following suit,” he said.
“If you don’t believe me, just go to a shopping mall and you’ll see that it has become a rare sight for all three races to be hanging out together.”
He also pointed out cases, including the Low Yat Plaza incident last November, where a fight broke out between the Malays and Chinese, and an incident last September where a riot broke out in Petaling Street involving the Red Shirts protesters.
He added that Malays had also become overly sensitive and afraid of Christian churches and restaurants selling pork.
“Malays have become afraid of seeing churches. Before this, Malays who went to primary schools had already been exposed to Christian crosses. If you don’t believe me, go and ask the kids from Saint John’s Institution. My younger sibling went to Convent Bukit Nanas where the headmistress was a nun dressed in robes. But all of us are still devout Muslims.
Yes, I remember too long, long ago eons ago before Mahathir came into office. Now its getting worse, God help us!

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In 14th century Russia, silver coins fell from the skies onto the town of Gorky due to a tornado
In Ancient Egypt people bathed in gold coins, thinking that it exfoliated their skin
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The metallic odor that comes from handling coins is actually caused by your own skin
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Social activist: Chinese, Indians deserve better

Social activist: Chinese, Indians deserve better

 | April 25, 2016
Photographer Eddie Putera says the Chinese and Indians should leave the country for their own good as racial harmony is not as good as it used to be.
eddie-putra
PETALING JAYA: Chinese and Indian Malaysians should go live somewhere else as racial harmony in the country is not as good as it used to be.
This is the view of photographer and social activist Eddie Putera.
In a recent Facebook posting, Eddie suggested that the Chinese and Indians start collecting funds to buy “any place in the world” to build a new country saying that they “don’t deserve to be treated this badly”.
“And if you want to allow the Malays a chance to chip in or share, please invite me as I want to move too.
“Let’s all go together to build this new country and live together in harmony once again. I don’t think I’m the only Malay who wants to join you, many more also want to leave.”
He claimed that racial harmony in the past was much more prevalent than it is now, adding that the Chinese helped make the country’s economy strong while the Malays made sure that the country was managed properly and the Indians, who also engaged in business, provided support to the country’s human resources and think tanks.
“But that was then. Now things have become a mess with the Malays sticking with the Malays, the Chinese sticking with the Chinese and the Indians also following suit,” he said.
“If you don’t believe me, just go to a shopping mall and you’ll see that it has become a rare sight for all three races to be hanging out together.”
He also pointed out cases, including the Low Yat Plaza incident last November, where a fight broke out between the Malays and Chinese, and an incident last September where a riot broke out in Petaling Street involving the Red Shirts protesters.
He added that Malays had also become overly sensitive and afraid of Christian churches and restaurants selling pork.
“Malays have become afraid of seeing churches. Before this, Malays who went to primary schools had already been exposed to Christian crosses. If you don’t believe me, go and ask the kids from Saint John’s Institution. My younger sibling went to Convent Bukit Nanas where the headmistress was a nun dressed in robes. But all of us are still devout Muslims.
Yes, I remember too long, long ago eons ago before Mahathir came into office. Now its getting worse, God help us!

It was a custom to use eggs as a form of currency in France, especially among the impoverished
The first international convention for coin collectors was held in 1962, in Michigan
In 1252, Florence, Italy was the 1st city to mint its own gold coins
A man once auctioned a penny made in WWII for $1.3 million in the United States
In 14th century Russia, silver coins fell from the skies onto the town of Gorky due to a tornado
In Ancient Egypt people bathed in gold coins, thinking that it exfoliated their skin
Once a year, people in Kentucky use donuts as a form of currency instead of money
The metallic odor that comes from handling coins is actually caused by your own skin
Since 1985, the Bahamas islands has the highest rates of fraudulent crimes in money laundering
Coconuts were once exchanged for fabrics and household items in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Question
1/10
Your score
0
Are You a World Currency Historian?
TRUE
FALSE
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
You scored a ridiculous
3/10
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