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Monday, August 30, 2010

Links - 30th August 2010

"I don't have a girlfriend. But I do know a woman who'd be mad at me for saying that." - Mitch Hedberg

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Tenga Original Japan Sex Toy for Men Tenga black Fliphole Tenga Rolling head Tenga New season Eggs Tenga Deep Throat Cup
A Singaporean seller! Of course it's twice the price in Japan, but...

Breast Symmetry and the Menstrual Cycle. - "As expected, they found that the greatest symmetry occurred during the most fertile phase of a woman's menstrual cycle. Of equal interest, shortly prior to this fertile period (no pun intended), breast asymmetry was quite high. In a sense, this creates a contrast effect such that it increases the likelihood of a male partner picking up the morphological change (and hence alerting him in a subtle manner to the woman's ovulatory status). Hence, when women state that they feel and look sexier during the fertile phase of their cycles, they are perhaps in part responding to these subtle symmetry changes."

In Crimes of Passion, Women Get Benefit of the Doubt - "Heterosexual female defendants were given significantly shorter sentence lengths than either heterosexual male defendants or homosexual defendants. They also scored lower than any other group on the question “To what extent do you find the defendant guilty?” And they scored the highest in terms of satisfying specific legal elements that would justify a voluntary manslaughter verdict, such as great provocation and mitigating circumstances. “The findings from this study suggest heterosexual female defendants are more likely to benefit from using the provocation doctrine in a crime-of-passion case”... The study can also be interpreted to support “blameworthiness attribution theory” — the notion that defendants receive harsher sentences when the victim of a crime is female"
Female Privilege!

The Pros and Cons of Feminism - "Apparently, arithmetic word problems are inherently sexist in their content, and hence can be "liberated" by a feminist lens... feminist biochemistry proposes that DNA is an instrument of male dominance as evidenced by its "master molecule" narrative... most individuals now thread very carefully in their daily dynamics as they are terrified at the prospect of making a "social faux pas" that is otherwise forbidden by the feminist ethos"

In The Know: Are Tests Biased Against Students Who Don't Give A Shit? | The Onion - America's Finest News Source | Onion News Network

Table Dancers Turn Tables, Show Up To Church To Protest Being Protested - "The dancers at the Foxhole in Coschocton County, Ohio, are used to arriving at work to the sounds of protests from members of the nearby New Beginnings Ministries church. But the same couldn't quite be said for the churchgoers, who showed up for services on Sunday and were greeted by the sight of bikini-clad protesters... the church members also videotape the license plates of the bar's patrons and then post the info online"

Does Your Language Shape How You Think? - "Whorf’s theory crash-landed on hard facts and solid common sense, when it transpired that there had never actually been any evidence to support his fantastic claims... If the inventory of ready-made words in your language determined which concepts you were able to understand, how would you ever learn anything new?... “Languages differ essentially in what they must convey and not in what they may convey”... grammatical genders can shape the feelings and associations of speakers toward objects around them"

How a year of celibacy taught me the true meaning of love - "The sexual revolution has left women with no reason to say 'No'. Permissiveness has itself become restrictive. If you think we've attained complete sexual liberation, try telling someone that you've chosen abstinence. People - and women more so than men - often get defensive, angry even. At some point in the torrid wake of the sexual revolution, we've been sold the idea that equality for women is the right to embrace the very worst aspects of male behaviour - to match guys hookup for hook-up, tequila shot for tequila shot. The best way to demonstrate our independence, we mistakenly believe, is to love and leave like men. My chaste year taught me that true equality is the right to be fully, unapologetically female"

The Meaning of Compromise - "The writer argued that ”when one or both parties settle for less, it is not really an acceptance of the perceived flaws of the other"... Compromising, in my opinion, is not about tolerating and settling for something less. It is about acceptance... Singles must learn to ‘moderate’ their preferences"
The original article is "Why settle for less than your ideal?", i.e. why dating in Singapore sucks and Vietnamese brides are so popular

Putin vs Obama in images

Fake goods are fine, says EU study - "Consumers benefit from the market for knock-off designer clothes at knock-down prices. It also rejects the complaints of designer companies, claiming that losses to the industry as a result of counterfeiting are vastly exaggerated – because most of those who buy fakes would never pay for the real thing – and finding that the rip-off goods can actually promote their brands. The report adds that the police should not waste their time trying to stop the bootleggers. It disputes claims that the counterfeiting of luxury brands is funding terrorism and organised crime, and argues there is little public appetite for tough law enforcement measures as consumers enjoy the bargains offered by the illegal trade"

30 enfants psychopathes dans la publicité (30 crazy children in ads)

mrbrown on the proper use of metaphors - " I was going to post something on my Facebook about hauling a minister over the coals for the excessive costs of holding the YOG but I was not sure if I would get arrested too. I have also changed my mind about toasting the government for an Olympics well run. And don't expect me to poke my Member of Parliament on his Facebook page either. I am refraining from all these expressions until I know what is the official government instruction on how to indicate the use of metaphor... When I mentioned that I wanted to "grill" my minister at the next Meet the People session, one of my friends responded with "well done," with air quotes. So we can surmise that she is not referring to meat temperature but praising me for my wit."

Singapore: The Apple of Nations— A Conversation with Peter Schwartz

Twitter bomb joker found guilty - ""Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your s*** together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!"... The result was a fine and costs totaling around 1,000 British pounds. But, crucially, a criminal record. Chambers, who apologized to the court, had already lost his job as a financial controller... He has been inundated with messages of support and offers to pay his fine-- some, even, from famous people. 'Star Trek' actor Simon Pegg, for example, tweeted: "What a f***ing joke! What happened to 'motive'? Surely, what's meant as a joke only becomes felony when meant as felony. #twitterjoketrial." Pegg also wondered whether wars had been fought to preserve the right of free speech."
"Mr Chambers said the police seemed unable to comprehend the intended humour in his online comment. "I had to explain Twitter to them in its entirety because they'd never heard of it"... The civil libertarian Tessa Mayes, an expert on privacy law and free speech issues, said: "Making jokes about terrorism is considered a thought crime, mistakenly seen as a real act of harm or intention to commit harm. The police's actions seem laughable and suggest desperation in their efforts to combat terrorism""

Solomonia: Egyptian Expert on "Jewish Religions" on Hamas Television: Bloodthirstiness and Racism Are Innate Characteristics of the Jews
"Levels of irony here. The interviewer, perfectly demonstrating his own racism, blithely asks why Jews are so racist: the interviewee, assuming an air of scholarly learning, demonstrates his own stupidity. Sadly, it's not a comedy show."

Hamas cleric calls for extermination of Jews - "A Hamas cleric who once participated in an international conference of "Imams and Rabbis for Peace" -- whose delegates vowed to "condemn any negative representation" of each other's religions -- has wholeheartedly espoused Hamas's racist ideology in a recent Friday sermon on Hamas TV"

The "Ground Zero mosque" debate is about tolerance—and a whole lot more. - "Tolerance is one of the first and most awkward questions raised by any examination of Islamism. We are wrong to talk as if the only subject was that of terrorism. As Western Europe has already found to its cost, local Muslim leaders have a habit, once they feel strong enough, of making demands of the most intolerant kind... it's easy enough to find mosque Web sites and DVDs that peddle the most disgusting attacks on Jews, Hindus, Christians, unbelievers, and other Muslims—to say nothing of insane diatribes about women and homosexuals. This is why the fake term Islamophobia is so dangerous: It insinuates that any reservations about Islam must ipso facto be "phobic""

Woman Fired For Eating 'Unclean' Meat - "A Central Florida woman was fired from her job after eating "unclean" meat and violating a reported company policy that pork and pork products are not permissible on company premises, according to Local 6 News. Lina Morales was hired as an administrative assistant at Rising Star -- a Central Florida telecommunications company with strong Muslim ties"
Islamophobia!

Kenya stages a latter-day Lysistrata - "Kenyan women have decided the key to political reform is no nookie. With the support of both the prime minister's and president's wives – and to the consternation of many Kenyans – they have called for a week-long sex strike... Should sex be the means by which women exercise their power? Tamara Winfrey Harris believes that sex shouldn't be a bargaining chip"
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