Neighborhood Watch: Thursday, Dec. 11

Shortly after receiving his award, the latest Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Martti Ahtisaari, advised President-elect Barack Obama to work quickly to resolve the "the crises stretching from Israel and Palestine to Iraq and Iran."A Japanese restaurant on New York's Upper West Side is charging customers who don't finish all the food on their plates. Interestingly, no one seems to mind. (Via Gothamist)Jordan Manley created a time-lapse video of Antarctica. (Via Coudal.)Traditional holiday festivities leave you wanting more? Try Santacon. Or Unsilent Night. (Via Urban Prankster.)An out-of-work marketing professional in Los Angeles is showing off her promotional skills by wearing a shirt with her resume on the front and a cover letter on the back.The non-profit Public.Resource.Org has compiled a list of five suggestions to improve the Obama administration's site. (Via Boing Boing)

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Conservative radio host Dennis Prager defended his use of the word "ki*e," on his show Thursday by insisting that people should be able to use the word ni**er as well.

It all started when a caller asked why he felt comfortable using the term "ki*e" while discussing bigotry while using the term "N-word" when referring to a slur against African-Americans.

Prager used the discussion to make the point that people are allowed to use anti-Jewish slurs but cannot use the N-word because "the Left" controls American culture.

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According to the FBI, the number of sexual assaults reported during commercial flights have increased "at an alarming rate." There was a 66% increase in sexual assault on airplanes between 2014 and 2017. During that period, the number of opened FBI investigations into sexual assault on airplanes jumped from 38 to 63. And flight attendants have it worse. A survey conducted by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA found that 70% of flight attendants had been sexually harassed while on the job, while only 7% reported it.

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