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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Links - 11th September 2013

"The terrible thing about terrorism is that ultimately it destroys those who practise it. Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others, the light within them dies." - Terry Waite


U.K. study finds more sex may lead to more money - or vice versa - "people who have the most sex make the most money. The study, which didn't include people having sex for a living, found those who have sex more than 4 times weekly earn, on average, higher wages... On one hand, Dr. Drydakis said money can make the higher wage earner more attractive to potential sexual partners and it can buy gifts that may lead the gift's recipient to return the favor with sex. On the other hand, he notes having frequent sex increases the health, vitality, happiness and confidence of an individual, leaving them a greater chance of excelling in their work and being rewarded with higher paying positions. People having sex over 4 times weekly earned on average 5 percent more than those having sex fewer times per week. Conversely, those who had no sex at all, the study found, earned on average 3.2 percent less than those who do have sex. "It seems that we have to consider jointly the relations between happiness, sexual activity, productivity and wages," Dr. Drydakis said."

Study says college 'hookup culture' not what it appears to be - "The paper finds "no evidence of substantial changes in sexual behavior that would support the proposition that there is a new or pervasive ‘hookup culture’ among contemporary college students." Monto says that the publicity of these headlines generates a sense of moral panic. “In many generations, there’s a sense that sexual behavior is changing or becoming more liberal, or we’re in some brave new era,” Monto said in an interview. “I was a little skeptical about that myself. Because I was alive during the ’80s, and it doesn’t seem all that different.” there was a decrease in the number of students they had a "regular spouse or partner," but the number is now 77 percent from 85 percent in the previous data set, indicating only a slight decrease and refuting the idea that "dating is dead." Monto added that the slight decrease likely has to do with a change in the average age of marriage. Part of the reason "hookup culture" has been so highly publicized is because of its ambiguous meaning... As well, internet forums are making news of hookups more public, according to Mercury News, distorting students' views on how much sex is actually happening. One study showed that college students reported five to seven hookups in their college career, but when Bogle asked students how often they think their peers hook up, the average answer was seven times a semester, or 56 times over four years. According to the most recent data, 59.3 percent of students report having sex weekly or more often, which is down from 65.2 percent as reported a generation ago."

Study: One 12oz. sugary soda daily skyrockets diabetes risk

Virtual rape video game producer says it abides by Japanese laws - "RapeLay allows players to earn points based on acts of sexual violence against females. It lets the players to commit sexual assault by stalking girls on commuter trains, raping virgins and their mothers and forcing them to have abortion."

Meet my hubby from China - "More Singaporean women are overcoming bias and cultural differences to find love with men from China Singaporean Airene Tan finds men from China somewhat self-centred and ambitious, which she attributes to the country's one-child policy and highly competitive education system. That, however, is not stopping the 30-year-old senior designer with a mobile advertising company from marrying one of them... "I used to think that girls from China are more intellectual. After I got to know Airene, I realised that Singaporean women can be intellectual too"... Singaporean women who marry foreign husbands tend to be well-educated, he notes, as single women aged 30 and older with tertiary qualification here outnumber single men in the same age group, so some may look elsewhere for a partner... "I find the women here quite friendly. They are also more sociable and worldly than women from mainland China," he says... Although her husband does not speak much English, she says language is not an issue as she is fluent in Mandarin. "I think it helps us argue less as I'm less quarrelsome when I have to argue in Mandarin. I am much more sarcastic in English," she quips."

Tinder: the app that helps you meet people for sex - "Which is? Rejects rejection. Tinder users browse photos of potential partners and indicate whether they "like" them with a swipe of the screen – but their decision is made known only to people who have "liked" them in return. Potential mates can get in contact only when both of them "like" each other.
Why is "like" in inverted commas there? Because it means "would be willing to have sex with""
This explains a lot (the population on it, the success rate...)

The Selfies Of Baey Yam Keng

The Chosen Few: A New Explanation of Jewish Success - "The key message of "The Chosen Few" is that the literacy of the Jewish people, coupled with a set of contract-enforcement institutions developed during the five centuries after the destruction of the Second Temple, gave the Jews a comparative advantage in occupations such as crafts, trade, and moneylending -- occupations that benefited from literacy, contract-enforcement mechanisms, and networking and provided high earnings."

animals - Do pigs have 30 minute orgasms? - Skeptics Stack Exchange - "Pig ejaculation certainly does last a long time relative to human ejaculation, and pig ejaculation is measured in minutes, not seconds... the largest estimate is 15 minutes, then add a possible second ejaculation of 15 minutes, that might be where the 30 minute number came from. Of course it depends on the pig!"

The burqa-clad Avenger - "In its first episode, which aired on Pakistan's Geo TV on July 28, Jiya fights an evil magician Baba Bandookh and his henchmen who want to shut down the girls school where she works. The episode has striking similarities to the story of 16-year-old Pakistani child rights activist Malala Yousafza... To defend herself and her cause, Jiya uses the martial arts skills takht kabaddi and books and pens as projectile weapons. There are no guns or fancy James Bond-kind of technology. The Burka Avenger, whose motto is justice, peace and education for all, is aided by three school children. While wondering how to dress up his superhero, Rashid was sure that he didn't want to "objectify her" as in the case of other female superheroes. "I wanted a local relatable flavour and I didn’t want to be seen as doing anything anti-Islamic,” he says. The burqa she wears “is very ninja-like, that allows her to conceal her books and pens,” he adds. Rashid and his team were very careful while creating the show too. They showed clips to psychologists, children and feminists for approval"
"She uses it, she chooses to wear it to hide her identity the way superheroes wear their costumes to hide an identity. Like Batman or Catwoman"

The Ridiculous Burka Avenger Backlash - " it boasts a really catchy theme song, “Don’t Mess With the Lady in Black.” With its focus on education and its strong female lead, the show seemed sure to win accolades for such a positive message directed at Pakistan’s youth. But the lady in black is being messed with—and not, as one would assume, by the local Taliban. Instead, Burka Avenger has taken a beating at the hands of the Western, and more recently the Indian, media, along with a handful of privileged Pakistanis. For while she teaches in a shalwar kameez with her head bare, the disguise she wears at night to pulverize those people threatening girls’ education is indeed a burka. So what the show’s really doing, it’s argued, is glorifying an instrument of oppression. Because the burka is evil, and so is anything that makes contact with it, it must follow, as day follows night ... Only it doesn’t follow, really... [She] is adopting the veil of her own free will, for the express purpose of obscuring her identity. When we ignore the character’s intentions behind willingly adopting a burka (as a disguise), it brings us back to good old-fashioned patriarchy, whereby a woman’s decisions are dwarfed by whatever message her clothing is putting out. A working woman is seen deciding to put on a burka to hide her face to go beat up bad people without getting caught, and we’re stuck on “Why a burka?” God help feminism, for that day has arrived when feminists are more concerned with what’s on a woman’s head than with what’s in it... no one, as far as I know, applies a similar level of scrutiny to Pakistani children watching Wile E. Coyote to extrapolate that they’re being inspired to plant explosives, much of the writing on Burka Avenger reeks of cloying paternalism—“the poor are dense”—and the enormous fear that Pakistani children, unlike their counterparts elsewhere, are so simple that they won’t be able to understand a painstakingly simple scenario presented to them on TV. That girls who have previously shown no inclination toward walking around dressed like a campsite will set fire to their wardrobes and demand burkas from their parents for their sweet 16."

Bali: YouTube film 'Cowboys in Paradise' exposes male prostitution - "The men involved have denied the relationships formed on the beaches involve money... An Australian woman questioned in the film defends the 'cowboys': "There's a lot of frustrated Western women out there. Just look at the sales of 'Eat, Pray, Love'," (Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling self-discovery memoir). "Women don't want to be women anymore and instead they want to be feminine, so I can understand why they come here and they're searching for something and suddenly this environment provides that"... "I wanted to understand the men behind the cowboy myth. People never got past looking at them as gigolos. That's so one dimensional. I wanted to know why they are so appealing to women? What are their relationships like?...I wanted to humanise them. "I personally believe the beach would be a very dull place without their friendliness.""
Cowboys in Paradise: Sex Tourism in Bali - The Passionate Eye | CBC News Network - "the myth of paradise is shattered and the viewer is presented with a more realistic proposition: Paradise is always elsewhere."

Grow your own Tail.. by greyworld — Kickstarter - "Doesnt everyone want a Tail? A few years ago we began to create the most expressive, controllable, and playful Tail there could be.."

Women have more sexual partners than men – just - "a quarter of women who answered the poll had slept with over 10 people, compared with a fifth of men... Britain is one of the most promiscuous nations in the world, having more one-night stands than Australia, France, the Netherlands, Italy and America. The survey also highlighted the issues around sexual health and that many young women are taking 'huge risks' with 38% admitting they do not use a condom with a new partner and 16% having caught a sexually transmitted disease"

Video: They Wrong For This: Harriet Tubman Sex Tape! [Skit]
Welcome to Harriet Tubman sextape !
This is actually quite funny

Russian Anti-Gay Bill Passed By Lower Parliament - "The legislation will impose hefty fines for providing information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to minors or holding gay pride rallies. Those breaking the law will be fined up to 5,000 rubles ($156) for an individual and up to 1 million rubles ($31,000) for a company, including media organizations... Russia decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, but anti-gay sentiment remains high... An executive with a Russian government-run television network said in a nationally televised talk show that gays should be prohibited from donating blood, sperm or organs for transplants, and after their deaths their hearts should be burned or buried"
Funny, I thought 377A is all that keeps Singapore from being a gay paradise

Alexander Aleksandrov's answer to Homosexuality in Russia: Why did Russia enact laws against homosexuality? - Quora - "Actually Russia did not enact laws against homosexuality. Russia enacted law against propaganda of homosexuality, first of all among children. Adult gays and lesbians are not interfered into their privacy. For example there are approximately 5 officially functioning gay saunas in Moscow. And nobody is going to shut them down"

Programs vs. markup - "No HTML specification has ever called HTML a programming language, or anything like that"
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