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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Links - 17th July 2014

Random Deepak Chopra Quote Generator - Wisdom of Chopra - "It has been said by some that the thoughts and tweets of Deepak Chopra are indistinguishable from a set of profound sounding words put together in a random order, particularly the tweets tagged with "#cosmisconciousness". This site aims to test that claim! Each "quote" is generated from a list of words that can be found in Deepak Chopra's Twitter stream randomly stuck together in a sentence."

Hong Kong Air Hostesses Study Wing Chun; to Calm Down Angry Passengers? - " Wing Chun is a school of Chinese martial art that focuses on self defense through balance and relaxation techniques, and has become synonymous with Chinese culture over the years. Many netizens believe that Wing Chun performances will be given to angry passengers who are suffering from delays, and it is interesting to note that only the female flight attendants are being trained in the martial art. Hong Kong Airlines have played down the speculation however, and have stated that the study of Wing Chun for its air hostesses has been going on for three years in attempts to strengthen their willpower and bodies, and generally provide better service for their customers."

Just if you are wondering why China is not in the World Cup.

Honest Trailers - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - YouTube - "Megan Fox..combines the looks of a professional porn star with the acting of an amateur porn star"

7 signs God is going to destroy JEM mall in Jurong East by end of 2014 | New Nation

8 of the biggest myths about sex - "“One [study] found that people living with a sexual partner masturbated more,” the authors write, noting that “about 85% of such men and 45% of such women had masturbated in the last year” — compared to a separate study which found that “about 60% of men and 40% of women” overall, including those married and single, had done the same in that time period... “Overall, the circumcised men actually report that their penises are more sensitive [after circumcision], and that they have an easier time reaching orgasm,” the authors wrote. Further, in a collective review of 10 studies using almost 20,000 men as subjects, scientists “did not see any differences between circumcised and uncircumcised men in terms of sexual desire, pain during sex, premature ejaculation, problems with erections, or problems with orgasms.”

Pope Francis: Mafiosi are excommunicated from the church'

3女子过关讲话 被罚搭船回狮城 - "峇淡过关卡,不准讲话!狮城一家十口游峇淡,其中3女在通关时讲话,不获准入境,“被罚”搭船回返新加坡后,再搭船回来,令她们不满。"

What to Do About ‘Impactful’? - "Now, let’s be clear: There is no particularly good reason for my displeasure with this word. There are plenty of similar adjectives in the language, formed by a noun + -ful to mean “full of or having a lot of [the noun]”: for example, playful, joyful, eventful. The adjective impactful is relatively new to the language, but that’s not a good reason for my distaste either—there are lots of other new words that I like (e.g., the wonderfully playful recombobulate). The meaning of impactful is a bit vague (for example, is the impact good or bad?), but the same critique could be made of well-accepted adjectives like influential. The word may sound business jargony to some, but the data no longer fully support this connotation, as I’ll get to... In the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin didn’t like colonize. Dean Alford despaired over reliable in the 19th century. And in 2013, Anne Curzan thoughtimpactful was not very pretty. These opinions about new words will all look quaint in retrospect."

Never book another flight on Tiger Air! - "I’ve heard of a bad flying experience, delayed flights, and poor customer service standards. But never in my life have I ever encountered an airline with a service standard so poor, it spoilt my entire night, or rather, my entire honeymoon plans."

PODI (Raffles City): Singapore Food Review | Food Blog Singapore - "Argentina Sirloin Steak. Oh man, this steak was such a disaster all I can find to praise is how nice the grilled vine tomatoes and chimichurri sauce were. Let’s just say cutting into the tough meat with a non-steak knife was like one of Hercules’ 12 labours, and I imagine my dentist is going to get a call soon... King Prawn in herb butter. 2 words: Mushy. Prawns. My guess is the prawns were either defrosted too hastily or the prawns were just not fresh. The deteriorated meat just ruins whatever effort was put into the herb butter. A real pity and very novice mistake."
A bad review for a closed door food tasting. Respect.

White Bread May Actually Build Strong Bodies One Way - "The guts of white bread eaters appear to contain more Lactobacillus, a type of bacteria that wards off digestive disorders"

Why drive manual? - Automatic transmission improves driving behaviour in older drivers - "The present study found that the older participants’ driving behaviour improved when driving a car with automatic transmission. As a result of the automatic transmission they displayed safer speed adjustments in urban areas, safer lane positioning, greater manoeuvring skills and better attention to the speed regulations. Furthermore, their left turns improved by driving a car with automatic transmission."

83% of road traffic accidents are caused by drivers of cars with manual transmission - "Statistics of BTA non-life insurance company shows that cars with automatic transmission are much more secure than cars with manual transmission... “drivers of cars with automatic gearboxes are more careful because they can pay greater attention to traffic, road, environment and observe more carefully other vehicles near them”, - says Andrius Žiukelis, the Head of Expert Examination Division of the Claims Settlement Department of BTA non-life insurance company. According to the specialist, accidents caused by different vehicle groups essentially don’t differ, however, it can be noticed that drivers of cars with manual gearboxes quite frequently meet with accidents when the engine of their car suddenly goes of when the car starts moving giving rise to a damage situation. In such case drivers sometimes drive into a crossroad and stop unexpectedly for all traffic participants, or stop in a traffic flow going in a certain direction and such a sudden stopping is not expected by the driver of a car moving behind. As noted by A. Žiukelis, drivers of cars with automatic transmissions often confuse the brake and gas pedals and pressing the accelerator by mistake crash into the gates, wall, another car, or vice versa – press the brake pedal unexpectedly for the car driver moving behind. Sometimes drivers confuse gear stick positions – they want to drive backward and switch on the gear stick position which should be used for driving forward and finally end up in a traffic accident or collision, or vice versa – drive backward when actually they need to move forward."

Google's Self-Driving Car Crashes - "One of Google's self-driving cars got into an accident earlier this week. But Google is claiming the auto-pilot-equipped Prius was actually flipped into manual mode when the accident happened, making this a case of user error."

Steam Community :: Guide :: Beginner's Janitorial Guide - "Viscera Cleanup Detail is an amusing look at real life consequences applied to a fictional fighting game"

Young Japanese women becoming less interested in sex, survey says - "For the past few years, Japan has been in a fuss about “soshoku danshi,” literally translated as “herbivore boys”... To make matters worse, a survey conducted by The Japanese Association for Sex Education (JASE) reveals that the number of young Japanese women who have had sex has decreased dramatically over the past 6 years. Perhaps the ladies of Japan have finally given up on trying to get their male counterparts into bed and joined convent themselves... While the percentage of sexually active female university and high school students had followed an upward trend since the survey began in 1974, it peaked in 2005 at about 60% for university students and 30% for high school students and then dropped to 47% for university students and 24% for high school students in 2011. Kazuo Katase, a professor at Tohoku University and member of the JASE research committee, believes these results show that many young Japanese females are succumbing to the “herbivore” lifestyle as well. The survey suggests that the herbivore boys continue to increase in number as well: the percentage of sexually active male university students dropped from 60% in 2005 to 54% in 2011 and the number of male high school students dropped from 27% to 15%. And it doesn’t stop there:according to the same survey, the percentage of students who have ever kissed dropped from 72% to 66% for university boys, 72% to 73% for university girls, 48% to 37% for high school boys and 52% to 44% for high school girls."

Japan Population Decline: Third Of Nation's Youth Have 'No Interest' In Sex (VIDEO) - "36% of males aged 16 to 19 said that they had "no interest" in or even "despised" sex. That's almost a 19% increase since the survey was last conducted in 2008. If that's not bad enough, The Wall Street Journal reports that a whopping 59% of female respondents aged 16 to 19 said they were uninterested in or averse to sex, a near 12% increase since 2008."

Single in Japan: Survey Finds Record Number Are Going Solo - ""Not dating," "single" and "no real need to get married" were the surprising majority of responses in a government-sponsored 2011 survey of men and women ages 18 to 34. A record-high 61.4% of unmarried men had no girlfriend, up 9.2 points since the previous survey in 2005. Unmarried women with no boyfriend hit a record 49.5%, up nearly 5 points. Among the 40% who said there was no need to get married, 45% of the men said they have no particular interest in "dating the opposite sex.""

How to Sink a Ship

“An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.” – Goi Nasu

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Links - 16th July 2014

I'm not worried about online privacy (and nor should you be) - "I even worry about stuff that’s never going to meaningfully affect me. Like the Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Could the most revered woman in the Guardian-reading world survive the day-to-day tumult of politics with her reputation still intact? I’ve never been been to Burma and know no Burmese people, but I dutifully set aside 5-10 minutes a day to scan the web for Burmese stories and then fret about how she might handle future sectarian strife. I hope it never gets so bad that she has to stop wearing those pretty flowers in her hair... it’s a godsend to come across a major issue, event or news story that I don’t care about. I luxuriate in my indifference and I slather myself in ambivalence like a wildebeest who has found a particularly choice and muddy wallow. I experienced this in 2009 when the Telegraph broke the expenses scandal... Compared to the billions lost on carousel VAT fraud, dodgy IT contracts to companies with ex-ministers on boards, shoddy military procurement and iffy planning decisions, it’s a drop in the ocean... I cannot bring myself to fret about MPs raiding the stationary cupboard. But I did rather enjoy thinking “meh” whenever the years’ biggest story came up... If you don’t like what Google does, for instance, pay someone to host your email. It costs around £20 a year - and if you balk at paying this, well, you have a pretty good idea of what your privacy is worth to you... So perhaps the reason I can’t get into a lather about Snowden is that I know everything’s a trade off and I don’t expect something for nothing"

Metrosexual goes mainstream as men outspend women on footwear - "Richard Cope, the market research specialist's principle trends analyst, added the shock figures confirmed that metrosexuality was now "in the mainstream"... Previous studies have documented women's desire for shoes of every shape, size, design and colour. A report earlier this Spring claimed half of women have more than 20 pairs, with 14 per cent owning more than 50. Mintel admitted women are still more likely than men to buy three or more pairs of shoes a year, led by females in the north-west of England. But it claimed younger women were beginning to cut back while the price of pumps and flats were coming down as high street chains such as Primark grow their share of the market"

'Spornosexuality': an evolutionary step backwards for men - "True, Oscar Wilde said that beauty was higher than genius because it requires no explanation. But the TOWIE fans should pick up a copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which they would discover that Wilde’s commitment to aesthetics is not without moral limits or even censoriousness. The writer once summed up the book’s message thus: “All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment.” Dorian Gray – forever youthful, presumably forever buff – is so absorbed with his outward appearance that his inner-conscience withers. His soul dies long before his body does: he is a spiritless husk. And isn’t this a rather apt metaphor for what spornosexuality encourages? When people seek physical perfection for its own sake, then character – which is truly the most beautiful thing of all – corrodes. "

Convicted Heavy Metal ‘Christian’ Singer Admits Being Atheist, Duped Fans to Sell Music - "Lambesis, in admitting his atheism, outlined that he turned away from Christianity as he majored in religious studies while attending college through a long distance program. “In the process of trying to defend my faith, I started thinking the other point of view was the stronger one,” he said... “We toured with more ‘Christian bands’ who actually aren’t Christians than bands that are,” Lambesis stated. “In 12 years of touring with As I Lay Dying, I would say maybe one in 10 Christian bands we toured with were actually Christian bands”... “A lot of Christian parents said, ‘Yes, you can buy this As I Lay Dying CD, because they’re a Christian band.’ They don’t even think to actually check the lyrics,” Lambesis stated. “So when you change your views, you kind of owe it to the fans to be honest.”"

Research and Musings: An Open Letter to the Christian Entertainment Industry - "most of the Sci-Fi I got to read was the sort you find in Christian book stores. Stephen Lawhead was the high water mark for living Christian Science Fiction and fantasy writers. The Christian market was so desperate for decent science fiction that the Dune series, as anti-Messianic and anti-religion as you can get, was sometimes sold at Christian book stores and Becka Book sales as an "Allegory". Many of the Christian schools and Churches I attended banned things like The Lord of the Rings and even Narnia. LOTR I could understand, as one of the heroes is a wizard, but banning Naria and allowing Dune convinced me that whoever was making these decisions never actually READ any of the books... The Bible games were not exciting or engaging, but insipid and boring. Yes, you got to play David, son of Jessee, but you didn't play a game where King David is going to war or fighting the rebellion lead by his own son. No, you played a 12 year old David running around collecting lost lambs and putting them in a pen. The game ENDED just before the battle with Goliath, where it really should have been starting... Bibleman is an attempt to graft in-your-face, Christian concepts onto a Christian parent's stereotype of a video game. The models for these games are not the ones that actually sell, but the cartoon image middle aged, highly offended, Evangelicals have of video games. They're an attempt to make a preachy game based on a stereotype and the result is sad, campy and pathetic."

Bill O'Reilly David Letterman Transcript - Letterman O'Reilly Transcript - "O’Reilly: “We believe that the United States, particularly the military, are doing a noble thing, a noble thing. The soldiers and Marines are noble. They're not terrorists. And when people call them that, like Cindy Sheehan called the insurgents 'freedom fighters,’ we don't like that. It is a vitally important time in American history. And we should all take it very seriously. Be very careful with what we say.”...
Letterman: “See, I’m very concerned about people like yourself who don’t have nothing but endless sympathy for a woman like Cindy Sheehan. Honest to Christ”...
O’Reilly [on invading Iraq]: “If you want to question that, and then revamp an intelligence agency that’s obviously flawed, the CIA, okay. But remember, MI-6 in Britain said the same thing. Putin’s people in Russia said the same thing, and so did Mubarak’s intelligence agency in Egypt”...
O’Reilly: “No way a terrorist who blows up women and children is going to be called a ‘freedom fighter’ on my program”
Letterman: “I’m not smart enough to debate you point to point on this, but I have the feeling, I have the feeling about 60 percent of what you say is crap...
O’Reilly: “Listen, I respect your opinion. You should respect mine.”
Letterman: “Well, ah, I, okay. But I think you’re-”
O’Reilly: “Our analysis is based on the best evidence we can get.”
Letterman: “Yeah, but I think there’s something, this fair and balanced. I'm not sure that it's, I don't think that you represent an objective viewpoint.”
O’Reilly: “Well, you’re going to have to give me an example if you're going to make those claims.”
Letterman: “Well I don’t watch your show so that would be impossible.”
O’Reilly: “Then why would you come to that conclusion if you don't watch the program?”
Letterman: “Because of things that I’ve read, things that I know.”"
Presumably Letterman approved of Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa against Salman Rushdie - made without reading his book

Why are liberals so rude to the right? - "Too many people who lean left would rather crack nasty jokes than actually be liberal and listen to other views... Far too many people who are perfectly polite and courteous, otherwise, think nothing of insulting you for not sharing their political opinions... Bush, of course, is dumb – as are all Republicans, and we're epitomized by Dan Quayle, whose spelling of "potatoe" has entered historical canon. (Never mind Obama's telling us there are 57 states, or having a meltdown without a teleprompter)... Liberals have no shame. A dinner guest in our home stood up at the table, clinked his wine glass and said, "It shows how stupid the American people are, they voted for Bush twice." He turned to me, smirking, and said, "I know you voted for him." A biochemist who had been too busy learning liberal doctrine instead of the basic manners of being a guest... Wouldn't it be better for America if liberals really were liberal, and listened to other points of view?... Now is the time for liberals to emulate Ted Kennedy and, instead of automatically ridiculing conservatives for digging into questions about Benghazi, the IRS and the seizure of press records, help us find the truth – no matter what that might turn out to be."
"Conservatives think liberals have bad ideas and liberals think conservative are bad people"

Apoorv Purwar's answer to Men: What are some of the ways men feel discriminated against, that women are oblivious to? - Quora - "some of the housing websites even explicitly mention: 'Pets and Bachelors : Not Allowed'.

Academic Men Explain Things to Me - A teenager's experience - "My teenaged daughter (15) and her friend went to see the Men in Black 3 movie at the cinema... He told her the MIB was garbage and that she should see a real movie, and then proceeded to tell her that Promethius was a REAL movie, not a nonsense movie and she would have been better off seeing it instead. She told him that his taste in movies was obviously different to hers, not more valid, not superior, just different and that she was entitled to enjoy whatever movie she wanted without him mansplaining her about it"
A man telling a woman that Men In Black 3 sucks = 'mansplaining'
Comments: "Having different opinions is okay if you are a woman but mansplaining if you are a man?"
"proof that these people are just fucking contrarians. You could probably kill one by telling them not to go out in a hurricane or a tornado:
"Fuck you, you dirty disgusting penis haver I do what I want I’m a strong proud woman who doooo aaaaaghhh fuckkkk nooooooooooo""
"An “opinion” is just a white cishet patriarchal construct made to LITERALLY RAPE minorities in their oppressed little butts you rapist. CHECK YOUR SUBJECTIVITY PRIVILEGE."

» Feminism and age of consent laws in modern culture - "feminism views children as overly emotional and easily swayed. The irony is that men used to use this exact excuse to deny women their right to vote… To deny someone their rights based on a generalization (age, sex, race, religion, sexual-orientation, etc.) is prejudice. A more accurate solution to gauge sexual maturity, that isn’t prejudice, would be individual testing or parental consent. Individual testing would not conflict with the constitution’s 14th amendment like ageism does in America. The reason why feminists and women voters don’t pursue this easy constitutional solution reveals their true motive behind age of consent laws which is simply ageist bigotry."

Don't be confrontational on LGBT issues: MUIS - "The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) has cautioned against adopting a "confrontational approach", or vilifying those who are involved in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) lifestyles, or events such as Pink Dot... Separately, the Singapore Islamic Scholars & Religious Teachers Association (Pergas) posted a statement on its Facebook page in reference to Pink Dot, saying Muslims "should not attend any event which promotes and supports transgression. "Still, Pergas says it strongly urges the community not to ostracise any LGBT individuals, but to instead, demonstrate love and concern by reaching out to them."
Strangely, the homophiles do not extend the same courtesy to them

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To register, email your name, gender, IC, photo (half body), company namecard (image) and handphone to register@cliquewise.sg with event title "Christian High Tea". Tel: 9795 0568. (All events are subjected to our T&Cs and refund policy). Only shortlisted applicants shall attend this exclusive event."

One wonders why Christians want people within their income bracket, and why Orthodox and other Christians are excluded.

Also how do you verify incomes? Shouldn't pay slips be required?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Links - 13th July 2014

California Has Realized that Sex Offender Registries Don't Work - "all California sex offenders, no matter their offense, have to stay registered for life, including public urinators, underage sexters, and women who flash their tits at concerts. The last of these leads to "hilarious" articles like this one featuring lists of babealicious babes who are sex offenders! I wouldn't mind one of them molesting me! It's funny because sex offender registries are a waste of public funds, and do nothing except punish sex offenders for life with unnecessary inconvenience and bureaucracy! LOL... When they were in a public registry there was "a slight increase in how much they recidivated," although "a slight deterrent effect for first-time offenders. But as the registry size grows, it seems like that recidivism effects swamps the first-time registrant effect. And so, we get kind of an overall increase in sex crimes." Are you getting this? Sex crimes increased. One possible reason she cites is opportunity cost. Good citizens who don't commit sex crimes have a lot to lose. Registered sex offenders on the other hand, "are somewhat more isolated from society, and that may make it so if they are thinking about committing a crime, the costs that we may think of—the cost that we may lose our job, that we may lose the ties to our families—those costs don’t exist for them anymore"... That the board that oversees the registry itself is now calling for a change is an indication that they may have finally noticed the problem. The steps they're proposing would bring California's sex offender registry down to the relative sanity of most other states, i.e. from draconian to just useless... But legislators won't listen to reason. They literally said they won't. One particular California state assemblyman named Jim Nielsen, from Yolo County, said, "I'm willing to work in a responsible way on legislation that builds in the highest level of protections for the public. This proposal concerns me enormously. I think the risks are too great to try to intellectualize this stuff.""

Prisoners of Sex - NYTimes.com - "instead of media restraint we’ve had a splendid little culture war over the significance of the Santa Barbara killer’s distinctive stew of lust, misogyny and rage. Twitter movements have been created, think pieces written, and all kinds of cultural phenomena — from Judd Apatow movies to “pickup artists” and Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret” — have been invoked, analyzed and blamed... as sex looms ever larger as an aspirational good, we also live in a society where more people are single and likely to remain so than in any previous era. And since single people have, on average, a lot less sex than the partnered and wedded, a growing number of Americans are statistically guaranteed to feel that they’re not living up to the culture’s standard of fulfillment, happiness and worth... feminism, too, is often a prisoner of Hefnerism, in the sense that it tends to prescribe more and more “sex positivity,” insisting that the only problem with contemporary sexual culture is that it’s imperfectly egalitarian, insufficiently celebratory of female agency and desire. This means that the feminist prescription doesn’t supply what men slipping down into the darkness of misogyny most immediately need: not lectures on how they need to respect women as sexual beings, but reasons, despite their lack of sexual experience, to first respect themselves as men... A culture that too tightly binds sex and self-respect is likely, in the long run, to end up with less and less of both."

Drunk People Passed Out in Japan Get Turned Into PSA Billboards While They Sleep

10 Celebrity Tombstones Worth a Laugh

Want a better sex live? Post-coital cuddles are key, researchers say (especially if you have kids)

The Battle of Bagan: Burma’s struggle for UNESCO World Heritage Sites - "In addition to construction, the military have built on top of old structures, or reconstructed them completely. Scholars, in particular Don Stadtner, have disputed the military’s interferences, deeming them to have damaged Bagan’s archeological integrity. Stadtner opposes Bagan’s classification for UNESCO World Heritage Site status saying:"

Mankind initiative video shows public reaction to woman abusing a man in female on male domestic violence advert - "Members of the public laugh or pay no attention as the woman assaults and belittles her partner... The video was released a week after we saw CCTV footage of Solange Knowles attacking brother-in-law Jay Z in the lift after the Met Ball, an incident that reignited the issue of how we perceive female on male violence."

The invisible domestic violence – against men - "If the empirical research is correct in suggesting that between a quarter and half of all domestic violence victims are men, a question follows: why has women's domestic violence towards men been unreported for so long, and what has changed in the last five years to make it more visible? One reason may be the feminist movement. Feminism took up the cause of domestic abuse of women in the 1970s, with the world's first women's refuge being opened by Erin Pizzey in 1971. Feminism understood domestic violence as the natural extension of men's patriarchal attitudes towards women, leading men to feel they had the right to control their partners, using violence if necessary. Feminists campaigned successfully to bring the issue into the public arena, thereby securing resources to establish services to help victims. This activism and advocacy led to governmental and public acceptance that "domestic violence" was synonymous with violence against women. Paradoxically, feminist concerns for female victims may also have led to the recent increase in arrests of female perpetrators. The disparity between prevalence study statistics and criminal conviction data of male domestic violence perpetration led US feminists to successfully campaign for mandatory arrest policies for domestic violence call-outs. Mandatory arrest policies coincided with a three-fold increase in the number of women arrested... As men appear to be more ready, willing and able to use violence outside the home, the logical extension is that men are more violent than women per se. This argument has frequently been cited by researchers such as Professors Russell and Emerson Dobash as evidence against the veracity of figures showing large numbers of male victims of domestic violence, while ignoring the fact that men's aggression in public places is almost always directed towards other men"

Half of Belgium's euthanasia nurses admit to killing without consent
Another slippery slope which slipped (as with the euthanasia of children)
Amusingly, according to one critic, getting relatives' input (not even consent) is considered consent for euthanasia

Peter Lloyd: 'Why I'm suing my gym over their sexist women-only hours' - "they ban all men and boys for 442 hours every year - simply because they are male. Adding insult to injury, they still charge them the same full-price membership fee as women, but refuse to offer the equivalent option of male-only sessions... 'A report by the Women Sport and Fitness Foundation showed that a significant proportion of women (26 per cent) “hate the way they look when they exercise”.' they replied in an email. 'This takes on an even greater significance when you consider that women feel even more self-conscious when taking part in sport and physical activity when men are present. If you are wondering who or what [we are] it's a charity that specialises in increasing women’s physical activity levels.' Translated into plain English, this means that a group of agenda-driven feminists say a minority of women 'feel' bad about their bodies. And because heterosexual men are naturally attracted to women, their very existence makes it worse, so they should be banned. No, seriously. That's like trying to clean a dirty face by rubbing a mirror. It also assumes that all men in the gym are straight, when many of them are gay and have no interest in the female aesthetic. In fact, if they really wanted to, these men could be voyeuristic in the showers. So what next - gay and straight hours? And what about lesbians - can they attend women-only sessions, or would it make their straight sisters uncomfortable? Gimme a break."
Naturally, Jezebel calls him a "jackass"

Outrage grows as Google axes some Chrome extensions - "Complaints are numerous, and judging by the 42 pages of angst in Google's own product forums, voluminous. They can be summarized as general outrage at being told what to install on their computer, and specific frustration with not being able to use an extension that was part of a program they paid for... "Microsoft used to make mistakes like this," he said, "but learned a long time ago not to.""

Answer to Faith Healing: What do atheists think after seeing people being healed in churches like in the following videos? Can they claim this is not spiritual? - Quora - "I used to be a Charismatic minister. I have seen, literally, thousands of healings. I have personally seen Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Reinhardt Bonke and TB Joshua and many more doing healings. THEY NEVER LAST. As a minister, one of our greatest frustrations was that people would head off to these miracle services, chuck away their glasses, their insulin, their wheelchairs, and lo and behold a few (hours, days, weeks) later, they would be right back on the insulin, the glasses, the wheelchairs... I have seen (non-religious) doctors pitching up at services in awe that their terminal cancer patient has suddenly tested free of cancer, even testifying to that fact. That same doctor usually signed the death certificate. And we (the clergy) buried them and had to deal with the shocked family"

American Employees Prefer Their Bosses Male - "intolerance among women is entirely mutual, and women are just as difficult for women to employ as they are for women to report to. Female subordinates are often less respectful of, and deferential to, their female bosses than they are to their male bosses. They question more, push back, and expect a certain level of familiarity or camaraderie that they don’t expect from the men. This speaks to the long tradition of women being notoriously hypercritical of one another, an assertion proven by science: a study published in the journal Psychological Science concluded that women form a negative view of other women in their lives—including friends, co-workers, and, yes, bosses—far more quickly and freely than men do of other men. Research confirms that female employees hold their female managers to different standards than they do their male managers"

Workers 'prefer male bosses' - "Two thirds of employees agree they would rather work for a man than a woman. Female bosses were accused of being moody and incapable of leaving their personal lives at home. A third of those polled claimed women in charge are 'loose cannons' - ready to stab colleagues in the back at any time, and who constantly feel threatened by other people in positions of authority. By contrast, both male and female workers believe male bosses were less likely to get involved in office politics, were easier to reason with and rarely suffered from mood swings. Men are also said to be more straight-talking than women and rarely talk about others behind their backs, it emerged."
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