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This is a disequilibrium situation seeking correction. The pressure is palpable.
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In the mid-1990s I, and other psychiatrists, began to notice the following. An adult male, in a happy relationship, being seen for some non-romantic issue, might describe getting curious about porn on the burgeoning internet. Most sites bored him, but he soon noticed several that fascinated him to the point he was craving them. The more he used the porn, the more he wanted to.
Yet, though he craved it, he didn't like it (porn paradox 1). The cravings were so intense, he might feel them while thinking about his computer (paradox 2). The patient would also report that, far from getting more turned on by the idea of sex with his partner, he was less attracted to her (paradox 3). Through porn he acquired new sexual tastes.For the rest of the article click here.
If you can handle the porn, go see this movie, if for nothing else than to experience how very talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt truly is. September 28, 2013 Full Review Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. KaplanAn unfavorable review ...
Filled with frank conversation and gutter language, mysogynistic with misandry thrown in, it's probably not possible to make a tasteful movie about a subject as distasteful as masturbation, but this movie doesn't even try. September 28, 2013 Full Review Tony Medley Tolucan TimesIs this movie an introduction of porn into the mainstream? Or is the mainstream more porn than anything else?
Gilmour – not to be confused with his namesake Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour – shared his views with Shelf Esteem, a blog by Random House Canada, which offers "a weekly measure of the books on the shelves of writers, editors and other word lovers".
Eyeing the rows of books in his office, Gilmour said: "I'm not interested in teaching books by women. Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories. But once again, when I was given this job I said I would only teach the people that I truly, truly love. Unfortunately, none of those happen to be Chinese, or women."
He went on: "What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys. Henry Miller. Philip Roth."
The comments set Twitter atwitter."A self proclaimed feminist student responds to the controversy.
I am a feminist, a writer, and, most importantly, a woman, who has voluntarily enrolled in David Gilmour’s 300-level course. I write this not as a staunch attack or defense of Professor Gilmour, but because the responses to his troubling interview have been troubling as well; this kind of dialogue, predicated on illogical, emotional responses to contentious issues, can easily snowball into a lynch-mob style reaction. And, from what I can tell, this is exactly what has happened.For more go here.
For pairs of lips to kiss maybe
Involves no trigonometry.
'Tis not so when four circles kiss
Each one the other three.
To bring this off the four must be
As three in one or one in three.
If one in three, beyond a doubt
Each gets three kisses from without.
If three in one, then is that one
Thrice kissed internally.
Four circles to the kissing come.
The smaller are the benter.
The bend is just the inverse of
The distance from the center.
Though their intrigue left Euclid dumb
There's now no need for rule of thumb.
Since zero bend's a dead straight line
And concave bends have minus sign,
The sum of the squares of all four bends
Is half the square of their sum.
To spy out spherical affairs
An oscular surveyor
Might find the task laborious,
The sphere is much the gayer,
And now besides the pair of pairs
A fifth sphere in the kissing shares.
Yet, signs and zero as before,
For each to kiss the other four
The square of the sum of all five bends
Is thrice the sum of their squares.
The precedent that was set in Cyprus is being used as a template for establishing bail-in procedures in New Zealand, Canada and all over Europe. It is only a matter of time before we see this exact same type of thing happen in the United States as well.The article lists examples of "Cyprus-style wealth confiscation" from Poland, Iceland, Europe, Italy, New Zealand and Canada.
The unauthorised abuse of the NSA's surveillance tools only came to light after one of the women, who happened to be a US government employee, told a colleague that she suspected the man – with whom she was having a sexual relationship – was listening to her calls.
The case is among 12 documented in a letter from the NSA's inspector general to a leading member of Congress, who asked for a breakdown of cases in which the agency's powerful surveillance apparatus was deliberately abused by staff.
The letter, from Dr George Ellard, only lists cases that were investigated and later "substantiated" by his office. But it raises the possibility that there are many more cases that go undetected.The Atlantic lists those twelve incidents.
Google announced the new algorithm, called Hummingbird, at an event to celebrate the search engine’s 15th birthday. Google revealed few details about how the new algorithm works or what it changed.
Google originally matched keywords in a search query to the same words on Web pages. Hummingbird is the culmination of a shift to understanding the meaning of phrases in a query and displaying Web pages that more accurately match that meaning.
The algorithm also builds on work Google has done to understand conversational language, like interpreting what pronouns in a search query refer to.The Google home page has a birthday piñata game. It will probably be down by this time tomorrow. Check it out. My highest score was 147.
... the discovery comes with some caveats.
... it found water molecules bound to other minerals in Martian soil. There's kind of a lot of it, too. Researchers say that every cubic foot of Martian soil contains about two pints of liquid water. All things told, about two percent of the Martian soil is made of up water.
The discovery is important for a number of reasons, but especially exciting because of what this means for future missions to Mars. "We now know there should be abundant, easily accessible water on Mars," says Leshin. "When we send people, they could scoop up the soil anywhere on the surface, heat it just a bit, and obtain water."Gizmodo (Video after the jump)
Whenever someone says “lost,” they usually mean “laying around plain sight until someone pointed it out.” It’s more like early Python, which wasn’t Python at the time. They hadn’t quite gotten the rhythm down yet; it drags. But you cna see what’s they’re starting to assemble.
Eventually this morphed into the Dead Parrot sketch; details on that process here.Lileks , StarTribune
At his wedding we pleaded for our brother not to leave us, in the only way we knew how to say it; through the the medium of 80s music and video. We thought we'd done ok, but he left us anyway.
Robin & Helen: we wish you many many years of love and happiness! Xxxxxx
Do not forget. You are our brother!Via Reddit (video at the jump)
TomorrowWorld’s decision hints at a broader debate in America: Is it best to urge abstention and take a hard line against drug users? Or is it better to accept drug use as an entrenched practice, treat addicts and teach others to imbibe intoxicants more safely?In a departure from a policy of zero tolerance towards drugs, TomorrowWorld concertgoers will somehow be given both messages.
... a nonprofit drug education group will be giving advice, not only on the dangers of drug abuse, but also on how those who choose to take party drugs can use them more safely.I wish I could say I was optimistic, that this will work.
That is to say, we now see how Churchill's "rants" warning of the rising danger from Nazi Germany was seen at the time he was making them. THIS is what standing alone, when all else is swayed by the prevailing wind looks like.Isn't that a great repost? The article is good, about Christ Mathews going off the deep end, comparing Ted Cruz to McCarthy, Stasi, and Hitler in rapid succession, the comments are excellent, and man, that perspicacity sure can be perspicacious sometimes.
Churchill's reputation could only come after his warnings were recognized by everybody else as prescient, sometime around May, 1940.
Cruz is keeping good company.
If you want to mock or criticize Obama here, I think the more sophisticated speculation not that he's revealed he's subservient and pusillanimous, but that this is misogyny or male chauvinism. Obama is using his wife — both as a stereotypical woman and as the caricature of her that we see in the media — to make points with another man. Michelle Obama is not there. It's a remark about her behind her back. She's not named, but called "my wife." And she's scary. He's not actually scared, just tapping an old sexist mindset...Back to the Daily Caller article.
The president said he hasn’t had a cigarette “probably six years,” but according to multiple well documented news reports he was still smoking as of at least late 2009 or early 2010."
Despite his claim to having had a cigarette in six years, Obama had one at least as recently as February 2010, according to Dr. Jeffrey Kuhlman, who performed a physical and who was quoted in the New York Times on February 28, 2010."
“I’ve said before that as a former smoker I constantly struggle with it. Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I a daily smoker, a constant smoker? No,” he said at a press conference in 2009. “I don’t do it in front of my kids,” the president argued. “I don’t do it in front of my family. And, you know, I would say that I am 95 percent cured. But there are times where…There are times where I mess up.”
so very heartening to have someone of your stature and influence speak up for us. As I watch this unfold, I'm more convinced that the GOP Establishment were well aware of the IRS targeting of Tea Party Groups was known and nothing was done because they thought Romney & Co. Would win and signal an end to Tea Party/Grass Roots tactics. Note that though this started in 2009, Congressional inquiries only started after Romney's loss ('need to throw the Rubes some red meat. Looks like we'll need them in2014'). If they force immigration on us in it's current, flawed form, that's it for me.Comment on ricochet
...what Ted Cruz is doing -- is signaling to the discontented that there really is another way. They can vote Republican in 2014; and, if they do so big time, there will be a correction of course.
If they hate Ted Cruz -- if behind the scenes they are feeding the media attacks on him -- it is because he is threatening to throw a monkey wrench into the works. They hated the Tea Party. Initially, in 2009, they tried to dismiss it and get on with the process of surrendering to the Democrats on the healthcare question; and then, in August 2009, all hell broke loose in the town meetings, and Charles Grassley and the rest of them found that they had to back off.Another good contrary comment to that, I think:
Let's be clear about something. There is no such thing as "defunding" Obamacare. They only thing in Obamacare that requires "funding" is the subsidies. That also happens to be the only aspect of the law that is actually popular on a stand-alone basis.There are many very good comments over there, too many to nick, and you know what that is? That is a political science education right there. Better than the political science education I paid for at CU. This is better than that. Better, because that was taught by a little commie hippy chick,♪ hip,♪ hip,♪ hip, hip, hip, hip ♫hippy chick.
It seems to me that everyone who is supporting Cruz is doing so based on the belief that he will fail (which, I admit, is correct). If Cruz actually succeeded, somehow, almost all of Obamacare would continue in force - the taxes, the mandates, all the stuff that doesn't require "funding."
I think Cruz is throwing Obama a lifeline. If Obama had the brains God gave a gnat, he would recognize that Obamacare is going to be an epic fail, and would take this opportunity to accept a "defunding" deal that would permit him to blame Republicans for the failure. Meanwhile, Obamacare would continue to be the law, and Democrats would offer a stand-alone bill to provide subsidies to poor people, which would be overwhelmingly popular and would undo the so-called defunding.
If you oppose Obamacare, be grateful that Cruz has no hope here.