The Chinese government is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public there -- at least when it comes to smog.
Air pollution in the country has become unbearable in some regions, forcing the closure of schools and hampering many daily activities. Nonetheless, the spin doctors with the Chinese government recently published a list highlighting the benefits of smog.
According to a Time magazine translator, Global Times listed the following benefits of smog:
1. It unifies the Chinese people.
2. It makes China more equal.
3. It raises citizen awareness of the cost of China’s economic development.
4. It makes people funnier.
5. It makes people more knowledgeable (of things like meteorology and the English word haze).
Who says men know cars best? General Motors on Tuesday named veteran executive Mary Barra as their new CEO, making her the first woman ever to run a U.S. car marker.
Barra, who is now executive VP of global product development and global purchasing, will take the reins of the company from current CEO Dan Akerson on January 15th.
The choice of the 51-year-old run GM is just the latest in a recent wave of appointments of women chief execs. Other firms that have put women on top in recent years include Yahoo, defense contractors General Dynamics Corp. and Lockheed Martin, and computer companies IBM and Hewlett-Packard.
Marcia D. Greenberger, co-president of the National Woman's Law Center, applauded GM's move, saying, "I think it is particularly heartening to see a corporation like GM do that, not only because of the traditional image we have of the male CEO at car companies, but also because of its global reach.”
Source: The Washington Post
When you think of sexy calendars, you probably imagine 12 months' worth of gorgeous bikini babes or hunky firefighters. The last people you'd think of are New York City cab drivers. But behold – those of you hoping to get a intimate look at the guys behind the wheel and the pine tree air freshener will get your wish in 2014.
Two freelance photographers have put together the NYC Taxi Drivers 2014 Beefcake Calendar, featuring provocative and sometimes scantily-clad photos of the city's most dedicated workforce. So if you want 2014 to be the year of the hairy, aromatic, over-charging cab driver, you can make that happen for the low cost of only $14.99. And proceeds will benefit a local New York charity. (NY Daily News)