• Comic Stephen Fry showed up to a queer open-mic event in Mumbai as part of a BBC special filming an event held by Gaysi Family, a Mumbai-area group that raises funds for LGBTQ support groups in the city. [BoingBoing]
• New Girl star Hannah Simone is wary of pubic hair art, y’all. [YouTube]
• Somehow the media is just getting wind of this, but did you know that most air carriers don’t fly their best planes to South Asia? I mean, you probably did if you’ve traveled to that part of the world anytime in the last 20 years, so. [Times of India]
• Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s taken a page from Nikki Haley’s playbook w/r/t this whole government shutdown mess — he doesn’t seem to understand that his party’s at fault, instead opting to blame “leaders across the board.” [Politico]
• In case you haven’t heard, the Indian rupee’s value continues to sink: Rs. 63 gets you USD$1. [Business Today]
• Hey, you know what’s funny? When a correspondent from The O’Reilly Factor trolls people going into the United Nations for cheap laughs when they’re not fluent in English or familiar with American idioms — especially when one of those people is Shudarson Subedi. Subedi is a Nepali activist who is committed to helping disabled people get equal rights in his country, where the disabled frequently face discrimination. Basically, he’s more useful to humanity than the entire staff of The O’Reilly Factor. Washington Post Digital Foreign editor Anup Kaphle sums up our feelings:
[Anup Kaphle via Facebook]
Shudarson Subedi is not a politician, not a diplomat who came to the United Nations on a national junket. He is the President of National Federation of the Disabled-Nepal, which is the voice for disabled folks in the country, and was here as a guest at the United Nations. Subedi himself is disabled and has gone on to study law, one of the few people in our country with physical disabilities to achieve a higher degree. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a prestigious fellowship given to those who are working on innovative ways to address social changes. That makes Subedi a much more accomplished person than you and me, than Jesse Watters or Bill O’Reilly.