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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Links - 12th February 2012

"Stoop and you'll be stepped on; stand tall and you'll be shot at." - Carlos A. Urbizo


Alâ: Turkish fashion magazine created for women who wear headscarves - "Outraged when he saw photos of transsexuals in a magazine, devout Muslim Ibrahim Burak Birer, 31 decided to create a magazine in Istanbul that would contest the ‘diktat of nudity’"

Full scans of SDN48’s nude pictorial from Weekly Playboy - "A few days ago, we teased you with a couple of leaked nude photographs from this week’s edition of Weekly Playboy, which features some delicious eye-candy thanks to AKB48’s more mature sister group, SDN48."
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Businessman jailed for sex with underage prostitute - ""She noticed that he looked tired and was sweating profusely. He was unable to have sex, but gave her $100 anyway... she again told him she was 19. He asked for her passport, but she said she had given it to a friend to buy an air ticket. Chang did not pursue the matter, and they went on to have sex in her room... Defence lawyer Jason Dendroff said that his client deserved leniency as the prostitute had not been truthful about her age. Deputy Public Prosecutor Ramesh Ethan Ananda replied that the law expects mature men to be vigilant and restrained in order to protect young, vulnerable girls. 'This explains why the defence of mistake as to age does not apply to accused persons who are above 21 years old,' he added. The court ordered that the girl's name not be published"
The law expects mature men to be psychic in order to protect young, vulnerable girls from exploiting themselves. In legal terms, is a "mistake" the same as a "deception"?
Keywords: vietnamese, underaged, singapore, onus is on, honest mistake

Facebook 'defriending' leads to double murder - "Billy Clay Payne, Jr and Billie Jean Hayworth were killed last month after they deleted Jenelle Potter, the daughter of one of the suspects, from their 'friends' list. Both were shot in the head and the man had his throat cut... The case was not the first involving violence linked to Facebook. Last year in Iowa, a woman was arrested on accusations of setting fire to a friend's garage after she was defriended... In Texas, a man was accused of hitting his wife after she failed to 'like' a Facebook post he wrote about the anniversary of his mother's death"

One Catholic church says: Dressing like this is not okay - "Referring to the incident, Father Pereira said the church will have to discuss how the guidelines are applied. 'Cultural or traditional attire is accepted. We are not against anything in particular,' he said"
Where's my loincloth?

My husband became my wife: Couple reveal their extraordinary story... and how it all started with a bee sting - "A severe reaction to a bee sting triggered a drop in levels of the male hormone, testosterone. As his skin softened and he developed a more womanly shape, Ted discovered that he felt more comfortable with his body, and ultimately was inspired to undergo gender reassignment surgery... the couple said that they would not describe themselves as a lesbian couple, nor do they have sexual relations... they are no longer legally married, though they live together and share a house together"
Best comment: "My ex used to have bee stings, they then grew into breasts once i paid for the implants"

Why Clothes Cost What They Do - "When people shop at certain stores, they’re paying not just for the product, but also the experience. They want to be a part of something bigger than the act of consumption. There’s a reason people wait in line at the 5th ave Abercrombie and Fitch, even if they’re only buying socks. The same applies to small stores too. Shoppers want to participate in something aspirational. And it costs money to create that experience. Combine that with the dozens of behind the scenes expenses, and you start to understand how expensive it can be to run a store. But that’s what people want and expect. If they didn’t, everyone would just be shopping at discount stores with no atmosphere."

Fast Talk: How This Bartender Is Rebooting The Condom - "If you order a Screaming Orgasm, the price of the drink is incorporated with the condom itself. Every couple of weeks we try to come up with new names and new cocktails. The last one I made was the Cherry Turnover, a shot that incorporates amaretto, cherry brandy, and lemon juice. It was originally called Pop My Cherry, but some people didn’t agree with it"
I can see people saying this discriminates against lesbians

Having an easy-to-say name 'will help you get promoted' - "A simple name improved people's ability to make new friends... “The effect is not due merely to the length of a name or how foreign-sounding or unusual it is, but rather how easy it is to pronounce"... Names including sherman, Jenkins, Benson, Angus and O’sullivan ranked among the easiest to pronounce, while Farquharson and Loughnane and European names such as Leszczynska were found to lack fluency... "We show in the paper that the effect isn’t merely an anti-foreign name effect," Dr Alter told The Daily Telegraph. "The effects we find persist even when they’re confined to fluent and disfluent local (anglo) names"... The findings add weight to previous research which suggested that company stocks with simpler names outperformed more complex business names immediately after they appear on the market"
This probably explains a lot of the "people discriminate against ethnic minorities" effect

9GAG - Am I a good girlfriend?

Why is chief executives' pay not linked to performance? - "At BAE, in common with other companies, the remuneration committee of three non-executive directors votes on the chief executive's annual pay and bonus. And the CEO, in this case Ian King, sits on the committee that decides the non-executive pay levels and bonuses. In effect they decide on each others' pay... over a 12-year period chief executive pay has quadrupled while share prices have been flat... most shareholders tend to vote on return on their investment and not on pay and bonuses"

The rise and rise of slow sex - "Female sexuality is certainly contested terrain. The notion that women are somehow asexual was overturned in the utopian, experimental 1970s, when we came to believe that “free love” was something in which the sexes could take equal delight. The experiment ended badly, and relations became predatory again, except that this time women were regarded as being just as capable as men of brutally taking their pleasure and leaving. When it turned out that relatively few women really enjoyed casual sex, an older paradigm was rediscovered, of a woman who revelled in her sexual power over men. So-called raunch culture was born, accompanied by pole-dancing classes and Agent Provocateur underwear intended to maximise desirability. However, that relied on consumption, not experience. We seem to want so much to be able to pull instant gratification off the shelf in the form of an outfit, a sex toy or an erotic DVD, but the result is a sugary high, so to speak, which ultimately fails to satisfy. Could it be that, like home-baking and growing your own veg, the quality of the sex you have increases in proportion to your investment of time, effort and commitment?"

Does sex ed keep girls from becoming teen moms? - "States with more comprehensive sex education programs had lower teen birth rates -- but the effect seemed to be due more to political, religious and social differences between those states than the sex ed itself"

From Enchantment to Down
Murdered Disney Princesses

Are Successful People Nice? - "Men who rank high in agreeableness make substantially less than men who are less agreeable. Across studies, this difference was as high as $10,000 per year. Conversely, women's earnings were less affected... honestly, putting yourself forward for a promotion means putting yourself before others"

Why the perfect man isn’t always enough - "The fantastical claim made in Newsweek in 1986, that a 40-year-old woman was more likely to be killed by a terrorist than marry... Failing to meet our impossibly high standards of perfection is easy and once we recognize our shortcomings, we transfer this pursuit of perfection onto our partner. What better way to compensate for our inadequacy than by dating the perfect man? As Alain de Botton points out, “We locate inside another a perfection that eludes us within ourselves, and through our union with the beloved hope to maintain (against the evidence of all self-knowledge) a precarious faith in our species”... The sad reality is that even if we were to create our perfect man on paper, we’d ultimately find fault with his human manifestation"

Top off breakfast with -- chocolate cake? - "A full breakfast that includes a sweet dessert contributes to weight loss success, say Tel Aviv University researchers... Attempting to avoid sweets entirely can create a psychological addiction to these same foods in the long-term... Though they consumed the same daily amount of calories, "the participants in the low carbohydrate diet group had less satisfaction, and felt that they were not full," she says, noting that their cravings for sugars and carbohydrates were more intense and eventually caused them to cheat on the diet plan. "But the group that consumed a bigger breakfast, including dessert, experienced few if any cravings for these foods later in the day.""

Psychologists fear US manual will widen mental illness diagnosis - "A petition condemning the new manual circulated by psychologists in the United States attracted 11,000 signatures... Among the anxieties to be labelled mental disorders if DSM-5 is published in May by the American Psychiatric Association are shyness in children and uncertainty over gender. Loneliness could attract a diagnosis of chronic depressive disorder, and so could unhappiness following bereavement. A serial rapist could be classified as mentally ill, given a diagnosis of paraphilic coercive disorder. Under the DSM-4, last revised 12 years ago, children who argue and refuse to obey parents can be classified as having oppositional defiant disorder... What is termed "oppositional defiant disorder" is dubious, he said: "Since my children say 'no you are an idiot, dad' repeatedly to me, by definition my children are ill." He also disagreed with the label of paraphilic coercive disorder: "In my view, rape is a crime and should not necessarily be regarded as a disorder. It gives people an excuse for that behaviour," he said." Til Wykes, professor of clinical psychology at Kings College London, said: "The proposals in DSM-5 are likely to shrink the pool of normality to a puddle with more and more people being given a diagnosis of mental illness.""

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