8 Things You Need To Know This AM — Sep 24 2015

The Dalai Lama said a female successor would have to be “attractive, otherwise not much use." Alas, even his Holiness sounds like a sixth-grader sometimes. There is no escape from sexism, not even in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In a recorded interview with the BBC, the Tibetan monk said that while he could very well be reincarnated in the body of a woman, making her the next spiritual leader, her “face should be very attractive,” because otherwise she wouldn’t be of “much use.” When BBC reporter Clive Myrie openly demonstrated his shock and asked for clarification, the Dalai Lama merely laughed, declaring the remarks “true.” (The Telegraph)
Everyone’s least favorite pharmaceutical CEO wants you to know he’s not a monster, won’t actually raise the price of a life-saving AIDS drug to $750 a pill. Cowed by the intense backlash to his proposed 4,000% increase in the price of the anti-parasitic drug Daraprim, Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO and former hedge-funder Martin Shkreli announced that his company won’t more forward with the hike.”There were mistakes made with respect to helping people understand why we took this action,” Shkreli explained. “I think that it makes sense to lower the price in response to the anger that was felt by people.” (Raw Story)
Volkaswagen CEO steps down amid scandal over emissions testing. Alas, he did not say, "That's all, Volks!" After agreeing to launch an investigation into the E.P.A.’s allegations of manipulated emissions tests and Clean Air Act violations, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has resigned from his position. While Winterkorn still adamantly denies any knowledge of the almost 500,000 cars fitted with emissions-rigging software, he admitted that Volkswagen “needs a fresh start.” (Refinery29)
A Costco shopper is in jail for punching a 78-year-old man in the face over Nutella samples. No judgement if you identify with the Costco shopper. If you thought you were Nutella’s greatest fan, you may have just met your match in Burbank native Derrick Gharabighi, a man so in love with the hazelnut spread that he fought a 78-year-old grandfather over samples. The altercation occurred in front of a Costco booth stocked with free Nutella waffles; When the elderly man confronted Gharabighi for hogging all the delicious samples, the 24-year-old punched him in the face. The assaulted shopper was hospitalized for a cut and swelling. Gharabighi has since been arrested for elder abuse. (Los Angeles Times)
The FBI has recovered Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails. No word if her default email signature is a 311 lyric and a giant yin-yang symbol. The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state just had its first win as FBI officials were able to recover deleted emails from the system. Although the content and number of emails are currently unknown, the retrieved correspondence will help the probe determine whether Clinton’s office mishandled classified information and will likely stoke the flames of the controversy even more. (Bloomberg)
Syracuse University is doing away with their “kiss cam” after a student voiced concerns that it encourages sexual assault. Syracuse University has pulled its kiss cam, the halftime staple that projects kissing couples on the Jumbotron, after a fan suggested that the segment encouraged “sexual assault and a sense of male entitlement.” In a letter to the editor of Syracuse.com, Steve Port, a regular at SU football games, opened up about the times when he saw men forcibly kiss uninterested, if not openly protesting, women just because the kiss cam’s eye was trained on them. A spokesperson from Syracuse’s athletics department told Fox News that officials were “taking the time to assess the concerns expressed in the letter.” (Mashable)
Tom Hiddleston’s butt makes an appearance in Crimson Peak in order to combat sexist Hollywood double standards. Guillermo del Toro’s new gothic horror Crimson Peak has everything you’re looking for in a movie this close to Halloween: ghosts, suspense, a creepy dilapidated mansion, and Tom Hiddleston’s butt. Yup, Loki’s is baring dat ass — and it’s for a good cause: “It’s so often in movies that women are more naked than men and that’s unfair,” Hiddleston told E!. “We wanted to sort of redress the balance.” Male nudity for feminism? We can certainly get behind (heh heh) that. (The Mary Sue)
Fidgeting while you work may offset the dangerous effects of sitting all day. Keep on bouncing that restless leg, ladies: it may be protecting your health, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Based on data provided by 12,778 U.K. women over the course of 15 years, researchers discovered that “high fidgeters” avoided the health risks posed by remaining sedentary for more than seven hours each day. “I don’t think we are going to train people to fidget for health reasons,” said study author and professor of nutritional epidemiology Janet Cade. “But it’s interesting that these small, active movements could be beneficial.” (The Guardian)

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