Archive for March, 2014

On ‘Late’-In-Life Virginity Loss – Jon Fortenbury – The Atlantic.

Keith McDorman walks into the back room of an Austin, Texas coffee shop. With his dirty-blond hair, light eyes, week-old beard, and striped button-down shirt, he looks like a younger, shorter, bohemian version of Bradley Cooper. He tosses his scooter helmet onto the wooden table, sits across from me at a booth that barely fits us both, and talks before I ask a question.

“My mind doesn’t comprehend how much sex I have,” says McDorman, a 29-year-old carpenter from southern California.

That statement brings glances from studying college students. We opt for more privacy by heading outside, where we talk over a live rock band at a high table near a vegan food truck. McDorman continues by telling me about a conversation he had recently with his girlfriend, in which he expressed fear that his libido had dropped. She laughed, since, well, they had had sex six times that week.

He told me this less as a brag and more as a preface. McDorman had lost his virginity just a year prior. He abstained from sex because he had low self-esteem, which he says heightened after learning about his sinful nature at church. He didn’t want to be ostracized from his Christian family and friends. And he didn’t want to prematurely ejaculate while messing around, which had happened to him once in college. So he didn’t have sex until he was 28.

What eventually made him feel ready was practicing orgasmic meditation, which entails stroking a woman’s clitoris for 15 minutes. The class, which he joined after hearing about it from a friend, eased McDorman into being sexual in a permissible environment where he felt safe. Soon after, he lost his virginity to a girl in this community and later met his current girlfriend.

Like McDorman, many individuals who lose their virginities “late” do so for many reasons—not just the stereotypical “can’t get laid” or “super-religious” assumptions. Whether it’s by choice, circumstance, or both, late virginity loss can bring anything from pride to sexual dysfunction for the few Americans who experience it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average age Americans lose their virginities (defined here as vaginal sexual intercourse) is 17.1 for both men and women. The CDC also reports that virgins make up 12.3 percent of females and 14.3 percent of males aged 20 to 24. That number drops below 5 percent for both male and female virgins aged 25 to 29 and goes as low as 0.3 percent for virgins aged 40 to 44.

Of course, those statistics only represent heterosexual penile-vaginal sex. The question of “what is virginity?” obviously has a different answer in the LGBT community. And straight people, too, sometimes feel that oral or anal sex counts as virginity loss. Still, the most common definition of virginity loss is penile-vaginal intercourse, as Planned Parenthood points out on its website.

Statistically, if you didn’t have sex in your teen years, you’re in the minority. But most people I asked in my unscientific poll felt virginity loss wasn’t “late” if the person was still college-aged. Many thought 25 was the first late age. One friend told me that for secular people, “late” is 20 and older, and for religious people, 40 and older. The popular 1999 film American Pie suggests that late is freshman year of college. And the character Jess (played by Zooey Deschanel) on New Girl stated in a flashback in a recent episode, “In three years, I’ll be 25. I can’t rent my first car as a virgin. They’ll know.”

Not only does the perception of what is “late” vary among individuals, it also varies among communities. For Sarah and John Devaney, who lost their virginities to each other on their wedding night, being a 30-year-old virgin was not too outlandish within their Christian community. When they got married, Sarah was 31 and John was 30.

The couple recently Skyped with me, sitting on their bed in Reno, Nevada. John, now 33, would look like a college professor if he weren’t wearing a University of Nevada, Reno sweater. He’s an online math teacher with thick-rimmed glasses, neat grey hair, and unblemished white teeth. Sarah is a 34-year-old brunette who smiles with her whole face. She has bangs, dark eyes wrapped in black mascara, and is a director for a Christian ministry.

The couple’s Christian convictions partially motivated their decision to wait until marriage but they say those weren’t the only reasons. The two also wanted to avoid STDs, pregnancy, and the emotional damage they had heard can come with having sex with someone who ultimately leaves. They speculate that they would have lost their virginities later than average even if they weren’t Christians. John thinks he would’ve lost it after college, in his 20s, since he admits he didn’t know how to talk to girls before age 20 and wasn’t ready for sex before then. Sarah says she had low self-worth before age 25, making her believe she would’ve eased into sex piece-by-piece in college.

Their wedding night wasn’t spectacular but their sex lives continue to improve.

“The first time felt good to me but he didn’t orgasm,” Sarah says. “We knew we wanted to keep learning, to figure it out more. It took lots of experimentation. Neither of us had anything to compare it to. If I didn’t orgasm or he didn’t orgasm, it’s not like, ‘You don’t love me.’ It’s more like, ‘Oh, how can I do that better or different next time?’”

John agrees with her, adding, “I think we’re in a very satisfying sexual relationship. We don’t have many issues.”

Not every person who loses their virginity later in life fares as well as John and Sarah, though. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, survey respondents who lost their virginities “late”—a mean age of 22—more frequently reported sexual problems than those who lost it at a “normative” age—a mean age of 17.5, in this study. These sexual problems include having trouble reaching orgasm, maintaining an erection, and becoming sexually aroused.

Dr. Stephen Snyder, a sex therapist in New York City, has seen his share of sexual dysfunction among his male patients. These patients, who often are virgins or men who lost their virginities in their 20s or 30s, most commonly suffer from extreme shyness, social anxiety disorder, or anxiety about their bodies.

“It generally has to do with how sex is done and how it’s arranged in the secular modern world,” Snyder says. “The man usually is the initiator and has to take some risks in order to ask someone else, indicate he’s interested, and find out whether the answer is yes or no. So a man who is socially anxious is going to have much more difficulty taking that risk.”

During our phone conversation, Snyder refers me to the webpage for the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale Test to emphasize some of his points. If someone doesn’t feel comfortable being the center of attention (a question on that test), sex may not be easy for him or her, since it requires being the center of attention, Snyder says. If someone’s not comfortable meeting strangers (another question on the test), they may not thrive sexually, since we tend to have sex with people we know the least well, according to Snyder.

Snyder says his patients’ feelings about being older virgins varies from somewhat embarrassed at 25 to extremely embarrassed at 45. Sometimes their issues could be low sex drives caused by hormones or even a lack of interest in sex (such as with asexuals), but many times it’s linked to anxiety. In those cases, Snyder often prescribes medicine and performs psychotherapy to de-catastrophize negative thoughts.

Childhood physical or sexual abuse can also, understandably, leave some hesitant to have sex. Mare Simone, a Los Angeles sex surrogate and Tantra educator, has had older virgin patients who have been sexually abused. As a sex surrogate, she has intimate encounters (sometimes intercourse) with people to help them overcome sexual issues, often working alongside with a therapist in cases of abuse.

“If you had trauma in the body, that trauma can get reawakened just by touching the area where you were traumatized,” Simone says. “Even if the touch is gentle and loving, if it’s not backed with a certain amount of strength, confidence and support, it can continue to re-traumatize that same issue and cause a crazy, spinning-nowhere cycle.”

Emotional abuse can also lead to sexual abstinence. That was the case for designer Stacy B. of Boston, whose father regularly told her she was worthless and ugly. This made her distrust men. She’s 39 now and lost her virginity at 37 after going to therapy for seven years.

Stacy says her mother taught her that sex is special (a common reason people wait) and she kind of believed it. Later she realized that the emotional trauma she faced growing up caused her to keep her distance from men, rather than the belief that sex was special. She tells me over the phone that she never got a lot of attention from boys, not because she’s unattractive but because she put up walls. She wishes she had dealt with this a long time ago, before becoming too old to have kids.

“I guess I needed to work through a lot of things and learn to trust my instincts,” Stacy says. “Then I needed to learn to trust other people before ever doing something like that.”

Stacy lost her virginity to a guy she met on the casual encounters page of Craigslist, who she says was very accommodating to her inexperience. According to Stacy, her first time was fantastic: It didn’t hurt and she had an orgasm. In fact, she still has sex with him sometimes and says she has an incredible sex life.

“Would you say you’re making up for lost time?” I ask her.

“I’m certainly trying,” she says, laughing.

Dr. Aline Zoldbrod, a sex therapist in Boston, says the environment you grew up in can make all the difference in how you approach sex. The ideal environment, according to Zoldbrod, is a happy home where sexual curiosity is encouraged, questions about sex are answered age-appropriately, and privacy and independence are not only respected but also cultivated. Other environments, such as homes where sex is never talked about or where parents are not openly affectionate with each other, can lead to issues.

Adding body insecurities or a fear that you’ll be bad at sex to one of these non-ideal family situations, makes a likely candidate for holding back sexually, according to Zoldbrod. But it’s never too late to work it out and have great sex: One of her clients was 60 when she lost her virginity.

“There’s really hope for any of us since you can learn to love sex at any age,” says Zoldbrod, who’s the author of SexSmart: How Your Childhood Shaped Your Sexual Life and What to Do with It- Transform Your Sex Life.

A University of Texas at Austin study showed that survey respondents who lost their virginities at 20 or older reported having more satisfying romantic relationships than respondents who lost their virginities younger than 20. While that doesn’t ring true for all people who waited, such as those who experienced sexual dysfunction or shame from losing it later, it’s certainly the case for McDorman.

After telling me how madly in love he is with his girlfriend and how sex has drawn them much closer, McDorman stands up to leave the coffee shop. But first, he brings our conversation full circle.

“I think I had a super-strong first year of sex,” McDorman says, putting on his helmet. “I don’t regret any of it. I’m learning a ton and it keeps getting better.”

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Scientists Find a Way to Read Minds : Discovery News.

Scientists have used brain scanners to detect and reconstruct the faces that people are thinking of, according to a a study accepted for publication this month in the journal NeuroImage.

In the study, scientists hooked participants up to an fMRI brain scanner — which determines activity in different parts of the brain by measuring blood flow — and showed them images of faces. Then, using only the brain scans, the scientists were able to create images of the faces the people were looking at.

Mind control might not be a thing of the future, because researchers were able to achieve this with two monkeys!

“It is mind reading,” said Alan S. Cowen, a graduate student at the University of California Berkeley who co-authored the study with professor Marvin M. Chun from Yale and Brice A. Kuhl from New York University.

 

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A Quiet ‘Sea Change’ in Medicare – NYTimes.com.

Ever since Cindy Hasz opened her geriatric care management business in San Diego 13 years ago, she has been fighting a losing battle for clients unable to get Medicare coverage for physical therapy because they “plateaued” and were not getting better.

“It has been standard operating procedure that patients will be discontinued from therapy services because they are not improving,” she said.

Glenda Jimmo at home in Lincoln, Vt., in 2012. She was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit over whether Medicare should pay for treatment for people whose underlying conditions were not likely to improve. Paul O. Boisvert for The New York TimesGlenda Jimmo at home in Lincoln, Vt., in 2012. She was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit over whether Medicare should pay for treatment for people whose underlying conditions were not likely to improve.

No more. In January, Medicare officials updated the agency’s policy manual — the rule book for everything Medicare does — to erase any notion that improvement is necessary to receive coverage for skilled care. That means Medicare now will pay for physical therapy, nursing care and other services for beneficiaries with chronic diseases like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease in order to maintain their condition and prevent deterioration.

But don’t look for an announcement about the changes in the mail, or even a prominent notice on the Medicare website. Medicare officials were required to inform health care providers, bill processors, auditors, Medicare Advantage plans, the 800-MEDICARE information line and appeals judges — but not beneficiaries.

Ms. Hasz said she was shocked when she heard the news. “This is a sea change,” she said.

The manual revisions were required in the settlement to a class-action lawsuit filed in 2011 against Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, by the Center for Medicare Advocacy and Vermont Legal Aid on behalf of four Medicare patients and five national organizations, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Parkinson’s Action Network and the Alzheimer’s Association. The settlement affects care from skilled professionals for physical, occupational or speech therapy, and home health and nursing home care, for patients in both traditional Medicare and private Medicare Advantage plans.

“It allows people to remain a little healthier for a longer time and stay a little bit more independent,” said Margaret Murphy, associate director at the Center for Medicare Advocacy. And it eases the burden on families who “are scrambling to take care of their loved ones,” she said.

The change may have the most far-reaching impact on seniors who want to avoid institutional care. People with chronic conditions may be able to get the care they need to live in their own homes for as long as they need it, Ms. Murphy said, if they otherwise qualify for coverage.

Existing eligibility criteria haven’t changed. Although seniors probably won’t hear the words “plateau” or “improvement” when coverage is denied, they can still lose coverage for reasons other than a lack of improvement.

For nursing home coverage, you must have a doctor’s order prescribing skilled nursing home care (not custodial care), and you must have spent three consecutive midnights in the hospital as an admitted patient (observation days don’t count). Limits on the duration of Medicare nursing home coverage remain the same.

Physical and speech therapy ordered by a doctor and provided in a nursing home or an outpatient facility by a skilled professional are subject this year to a $1,920 therapy cap. Providers can get an automatic exception to the cap for medically necessary treatment until costs reach $3,700. At that point, another exception is possible after Medicare reviews medical documentation. (Occupational therapy is provided to patients with separate $1,920 and $3,700 caps, with the same exceptions.)

For home health coverage, you must have a doctor’s order for intermittent care — every few days or weeks — provided by a skilled professional for outpatient therapy, social work services or a visiting nurse.

The therapy caps do not apply in the home setting so long as the patient is “homebound,” and that doesn’t necessarily mean confined to bed. Someone who is homebound requires “considerable and taxing effort to leave home,” Ms. Murphy said, and cannot do so without another person or a wheelchair, walker, cane or other device.

Beneficiaries receiving skilled services at home are also eligible for home health care aides for assistance with bathing, dressing and other daily activities.

The settlement also establishes a special “re-review” procedure for claims that were denied in the past three years solely because patients were not improving or because their care was intended to maintain their condition.

Officials have posted a form beneficiaries can use to request reimbursement if they paid for care themselves. The form must be submitted by July 23, 2014, for claims with a final denial dating from Jan. 18, 2011, through Jan. 24, 2013.

Requests for review of denials received Jan. 25, 2013, through Jan. 23, 2014, are due Jan. 23, 2015. If the claim is denied again, a Medicare spokesman said, beneficiaries may appeal through the regular appeals process.

But what if, despite the settlement, your provider or a Medicare representative still says you can’t continue treatment only because you are not improving?

First, point them to Medicare’s online fact sheet about the settlement, which clearly says, “Coverage depends not on the beneficiary’s restoration potential, but on whether skilled care is required.” (And let us know what happens.)

If that doesn’t work, contact your state Quality Improvement Organization for help filing an expedited appeal. Ask the doctor who ordered treatment for a letter of support.

If you receive the treatment and pay for it yourself (or are on the hook for the bill), Ms. Murphy suggests asking the provider to bill Medicare. Then you should appeal the denial by following the instructions provided on your Medicare summary notice or in the appeal decision letter. The Center for Medicare Advocacy’s website provides more details.

If all else fails, email the center’s lawyers at improvement@medicareadvocacy.org. They are meeting regularly with Medicare officials to monitor compliance with the settlement and will tell the agency about coverage denials prohibited in the settlement. Despite Medicare’s efforts to get the word out, the center still receives complaints every week from people denied treatment only because they are not getting better.

Discoveries Challenge Beliefs on Humans’ Arrival in the Americas – NYTimes.com.

Survey finds only 1 in 4 Americans support the new health care law | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour.

the comments on the page above are truly worth reading….

The real truth :

1. Obamacare is a tax on the working poor and middle class.

2. The US health care system run and regulated by the FDA is profit motivated not health motivated.

3 More people need to be insured to keep profits high.

Oh what a bullshit conclusion.  That there is something about diet sodas that cause heart attacks.

No dumb fucks!  Fatter women drink more diet sodas than skinny women. fatter women get more heart attacks.

Many women consume diet soft drinks thinking it is better for them that the sugary alternatives. But, the heart-breaking reality for those with a Diet Coke or Diet Dr Pepper habit is that the soft drinks are more unhealthy than previously thought and can even lead to heart disease.

New research conducted over a decade shows a great incidence of heart problems in post-menopausal women who regularly drink diet sodas than those who seldom partake. Those women who drank two or more diet sodas a day were 30 percent more likely to suffer from heart trouble than those who rarely drank beverages with artificial sweeteners. Nearly 9 percent of frequent soda drinkers suffered a serious heart event versus about 7 percent of women who rarely or never indulged and had a serious heart problem. The researchers also found that frequent diet soda drinkers were 50 percent more likely to die from heart disease.

The research findings were taken from an analysis of diet drink intake and health problems among the nearly 60,000 participants in the long-running U.S. Women’s Health Initiative, which is studying cardiovascular health trends among postmenopausal women. The average age of women in the diet drink portion of the study was 62.8, and they had no prior history of cardiovascular disease to be included in the analysis.

Study participants were asked to estimate how many artificially sweetened drinks (particularly diet soft drinks and low-calorie fruit beverages) they had consumed on average each day for the past three months. A drink was defined as a 12-ounce beverage.

The researchers compiled the data and then divided the women into four groups based on their overall diet drink consumption. The heaviest consumers had two or more diet drinks per day. The next group drank five to seven artificially sweetened beverages each week. The third group consumed one to four drinks per week. The last group included those who never or rarely indulged in diet drinks.

Approximately nine years later, the researchers checked to see which women had experienced heart-related problems, such as strokes; heart attacks; blood clots that threaten the limbs or organs; needed surgery to reopen clogged arteries; had heart failure; or died from heart trouble. They found that 8.5 percent of the women who drink two or more diet beverages a day had coronary problems. That compared with coronary issues experienced by 6.9 of those who consumed five to seven diet drinks each week, 6.8 percent who consumed one to four drinks a week, and 7.2 percent for the less frequent drinkers.

The researchers were quick to point out that their findings, which were presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology, did not show that diet soft drinks created the heart problems. There was only an association between the two and other factors may really be the cause. For example, they did notice that the women who drank more diet beverages tended to be smokers, overweight, or had other risk factors.

However, other studies have shown a strong correlation between diet soft drinks and cardiovascular problems too. Earlier studies have suggested a link between heavy consumption of diet soft drinks and Type 2 diabetes as well as metabolic syndrome, which involves high blood pressure and abdominal obesity. While the actual cause-effect has yet to be proven, the heart-breaking truth for those who like to regularly consume diet soft drinks is they are not healthy.

By Dyanne Weiss

well Dyanne: cite and link the study.

The Heart-Breaking Truth About Diet Soft Drinks.

Deseret news still not getting it…..

In our opinion: As some states flout federal drug law, Justice wavers on enforcement

via In our opinion: As some states flout federal drug law, Justice wavers on enforcement | Deseret News.

The Deseret News gets many thing and has a reasonable opinion on most subjects of interest but they still do not get states rights.  Each state has sovereign standing in many matters.  The federal goverment of the United States of America oversteps their bounds on a regular basis in many areas from regulation of doctors, substance laws, gun laws, etc. This is one of those areas.

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Typical beautiful bimbo has no fucking idea what she is talking about other than her own masturbation rituals. Ignorance behind the eye makeup.

Another victim of too many shampoo bottles?….

Tie a board to your ass for this one boys!

For someone who talks a lot about sex you don’t know that much about your body. Your clitoris is 6 inches long and not a “tiny little area”, the bit you see is just the top bit like an iceberg, the rest of it is inside you. Even I know that and I’m asexual. Oh, and the most erotic organ you have is your brain.
Hey Broad! Men do have different ranges for an orgasm. I know I do. There are times I cum ok and then there are times that i cum so hard that my legs are shaking when I’m done. Love your vids, babe! Keep up the good work, hun.

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The Zombie Apocalypse starts now

Breakthrough: Living materials created by MIT scientists can sense and respond to surrounding : SCIENCE : Tech Times.

if the CHP agrees to end a “longstanding problem” of its officers delaying or obstructing firefighters or emergency medical technicians at freeway crashes.

Officials “have tried, and are continuing to try, to hide what happened,” Gilleon wrote. “The coverup must stop.”

 

via Firefighter handcuffed by CHP officer at freeway crash files claim – latimes.com.

About a month ago Sharon Gilbert was hit with a runny nose, sore throat and a cough. The whole snotty works.

A few weeks later she thought she had recovered. Then her husband Derek got sick, and bam. “Suddenly I started getting all the symptoms [again] and it was worse,” said Ms. Gilbert, a 61-year-old writer in Charleston, Ill.

In the winter that seems to have no end in many parts of the country, people like Ms. Gilbert have been plagued with the seemingly everlasting cold.

That’s partly because the common cold can last longer than many people think—up to two weeks for the principal symptoms and perhaps weeks more for a cough that lingers even after the virus has been cleared away. There’s also the possibility of secondary infections such as bacterial sinusitis.

And some patients might get back-to-back colds, doctors say. It isn’t likely people will be reinfected with the same virus because the body builds some immunity to it. But people can pick up another of the more than 200 known viruses that can cause the common cold, some of which are worse than others.

The Cold Facts

  • Adults on average get two to five colds a year, mostly between September and May. Young children can get as many as seven to 10 colds.
  • More than 200 different viruses cause colds, and scientists continue to discover new ones.
  • Colds are most contagious about two days before symptoms start and in the early stages of illness.
  • The average cold lasts two to 14 days. Coughs can linger up to six weeks.
  • Exercise, reducing stress, getting good sleep and hand hygiene can help prevent getting a cold.

Sources: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Common Cold Centre (Cardiff University); CDC.

“When you hear people who have the cold that ‘won’t go away,’ those are typically back-to-back infections of which we see a lot of in the cold weather when people are cohorting together,” said Darilyn Moyer, a physician at Temple University Hospital and chairwoman-elect of the American College of Physicians Board of Governors.

Influenza may get all the attention, but the common cold is the leading cause of doctor visits, according to the National Institutes of Health. Each year, people in the U.S. get about one billion colds, and 22 million school days are lost to the stubborn viruses.

Experts say adults on average get two to five colds a year; school children can get as many as seven to 10. The elderly tend to get infected less because they’ve built up immunity to many viruses. And adults who live or work with young children come down with more colds.

Don’t I know it. For more than a month now my family seems to be playing a game of pass-the-nasty-cold. My husband had a cold and lingering cough for weeks, which we suspect he gave to our infant. Finally I succumbed.

We blamed the purveyor of all germs, our kindergartner. Just as we were all recovering, the infant started day care and brought home a virus and we’re all on round two of apparently a different cold.

Experts say it’s possible that the carrier of germs—in this case our kindergartner—can infect others without having symptoms himself.

“At any given moment if we were to swab you…we’d probably come up with five different rhinoviruses sitting in your nose but you’re not sick,” said Ann Palmenberg, a researcher at the Institute of Molecular Virology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rhinovirus is the most common viral cause of the common cold, accounting for 30% to 50% of adult colds, and there are more than 150 strains of it.

To get infected, the so-called ICAM receptors, which the rhinovirus attaches to in order to enter the nasal cells, need to be open, Dr. Palmenberg said.

“Rhinos are out there all the time, it’s just a question of when you are susceptible,” she said. Factors such as stress, lack of sleep and people’s overall health can make them more likely to get infected. More than 150 strains or genotypes of the rhinovirus have been identified and researchers believe there are probably many more.

Rhinovirus replicates best in the relatively lower body temperatures of the upper respiratory area, such as the nasal passages, sinuses and throat.

Other viruses, such as the less-common adenovirus, can replicate and attach to receptors in the upper and lower respiratory tracts, causing a more serious illness.

Other viruses—including the coronavirus, respiratory syncytial virus and enterovirus—have also been identified as causing cold symptoms. “The most confounding thing of all is that we still haven’t identified the cause of 20% to 30% of adult common colds,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Sometimes a cold that never seems to end could be a sign of something more serious. A cold may result in a sinus infection, bronchitis or pneumonia. And cold symptoms are at times confused with seasonal allergies.

A usually dry cough that lingers after a cold is typically due to bronchial hyperreactivity or tracheal inflammation, doctors say. “After you go through an infection in your respiratory system, you can almost have a transient form of asthma where your bronchial tubes are very highly reactive and very irritated and inflamed,” said Dr. Moyer, of Temple University Hospital.

A review of various studies, published last year in the journal Annals of Family Medicine, found that coughs on average last about 18 days. The report also said a survey of nearly 500 people found that most participants expected a cough should disappear in about a week and believed antibiotics from their doctor would help them. (A big no-no!)

Some experts believe having one cold virus and a weakened immune system could make catching another virus easier. Because the epithelial linings in the nose are weakened when you have a cold, the broken down mucus-membrane barrier may be more prone to picking up another virus.

But others suggest that proteins such as interferons, which are secreted during a cold to help fight the virus, may also boost resistance to getting infected by a second virus, according to Dr. Fauci, of the NIH.

What can a person do to prevent or shorten a cold? Nearly everyone knows someone who swears by taking echinacea or zinc or downing packs of vitamin C.

But doctors say the evidence isn’t conclusive that any of these remedies helps. Some research indicates that exercise and meditation could help prevent colds.

The good news is spring is here, at least officially, so the worst of the winter cold season should be over. Come summer, however, a new batch of viruses emerge and you might find yourself saying hello to the pesky summer cold.

Write to Sumathi Reddy at sumathi.reddy@wsj.com

via Sick Again? Why Some Colds Won’t Go Away – WSJ.com.

Washington: A group of evolutionary biologists claim that they have figured out exactly which dance movements catch a woman’s eye.Researchers at Northumbria University and the University of Gottingen wanted to know what women look for in a dancing partner, since “dancing ability, particularly that of men, may serve as a signal of mate quality,” the Washington Post reported.But isolating specific dance moves is difficult – facial attractiveness, body shape and even perceived socioeconomic status play a role in how people judge the dancing ability of their peers.So the researchers set up an experiment as follows: they recruited 30 men to dance to a core drum beat for 30 seconds. The dancers were given no specific instructions on how to dance beforehand, and their movements were recorded via a sophisticated motion-capture system. Each dancer’s 30-second routine was then used to animate a “featureless, gender-neutral” computer-generated avatar.Researchers asked 37 women to view each of the dancing avatars and rate their performance on a seven-point scale.

They found that women rated dancers higher when they showed larger and more variable movements of the head, neck and torso. Speed of leg movements mattered too, particularly bending and twisting of the right knee.

In what might be bad news for the 20 percent of the population who is left-footed, left knee movement didn’t seem to matter. In fact, certain left-legged movements had a small negative correlation with dancing ability, meaning that dancers who favored left leg motion were rated more poorly.While not statistically significant, these findings suggest that there might be something to that old adage about “two left feet” after all. One final surprise – arm movement didn’t correlate with perceived dancing ability in any significant way.

via What attracts women when men dance revealed.

STUDY:

Male dance moves that catch a woman’s eye

  1. Bernhard Fink2

+ Author Affiliations


  1. 1School of Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK

  2. 2Department of Sociobiology/Anthropology, Institute of Zoology and Anthropology, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
  1. *Author for correspondence (nick.neave@northumbria.ac.uk).

Abstract

Male movements serve as courtship signals in many animal species, and may honestly reflect the genotypic and/or phenotypic quality of the individual. Attractive human dance moves, particularly those of males, have been reported to show associations with measures of physical strength, prenatal androgenization and symmetry. Here we use advanced three-dimensional motion-capture technology to identify possible biomechanical differences between women’s perceptions of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ male dancers. Nineteen males were recorded using the ‘Vicon’ motion-capture system while dancing to a basic rhythm; controlled stimuli in the form of avatars were then created in the form of 15 s video clips, and rated by 39 females for dance quality. Initial analyses showed that 11 movement variables were significantly positively correlated with perceived dance quality. Linear regression subsequently revealed that three movement measures were key predictors of dance quality; these were variability and amplitude of movements of the neck and trunk, and speed of movements of the right knee. In summary, we have identified specific movements within men’s dance that influence women’s perceptions of dancing ability. We suggest that such movements may form honest signals of male quality in terms of health, vigour or strength, though this remains to be confirmed.

1. Introduction

In 1859, Charles Darwin proposed that certain male traits evolved owing to sexual selection via female mate choice [1]. Since then much emphasis has been placed on conspicuous male secondary sexual ornaments and associations between such ornaments and female mate preferences [2]. However, such ornaments are not present in all mammalian species, and some authors have suggested that females may evaluate males largely on the quality of their movements, especially those movements that contain elements of vigour and/or skill, because these are most likely to indicate health and genetic quality [3]. Evidence from birds, ungulates and crustaceans demonstrates that females detect subtle variations in male motor performance during ritualized courtship displays, and base subsequent reproductive decisions upon such differences [46]. In humans, dance is a set of intentional, rhythmic, culturally influenced, non-verbal body movements that are considered to be an important aspect of sexuality and courtship attraction; indeed, dancing often forms part of courtship and marriage celebrations [7,8]. Dancing ability, particularly that of men, may serve as a signal of male mate quality in terms of physical strength [9], prenatal androgenization [10] and symmetry [11], and thus affect women’s perceptions of men’s attractiveness (for review see Hugill et al. [12]).

Identifying the characteristics of attractive dance in natural settings is difficult because of the confounding effects of facial attractiveness [13], height [14], clothing and socioeconomic status [15], dominance [16], body morphology and shape [17]. Previous studies assessing women’s perceptions of male dancing ability have attempted to control for these factors using blurred video clips [9,18] or simple motion-capture avatars [11]. Here, we improve this methodology further using more realistic three-dimensional avatars from which precise biomechanical measurements can be extracted. To our knowledge, no previous studies have actually identified specific movement components within a dance that may influence perceived dance quality, a gap we aimed to fill in our study. Males danced for 30 s to the same basic drum rhythm and their movements were mapped onto computer-generated avatars, which females rated for dance quality. Biomechanical analysis allowed the amplitude, speed, duration and variability of body movements to be calculated. Analysis was concentrated on three body regions: legs (ankle, hip and knee), arms (shoulder, elbow and wrist) and the central body (neck and trunk).

2. Material and methods

An initial sample of 30 men aged 18–35 (mean = 22.72, s.d. = 4.37) took part in the investigation, none of whom were professional dancers, or had any physical injuries or current health problems which could have affected their movements. Body height and mass were measured, in addition elbow, ankle and wrist widths were measured, as well as leg lengths in order to accurately calculate angle data in Vicon Workstation.

A 12-camera optical motion-capture system (Vicon 612, Vicon, Oxford) was used, running Vicon workstation v.4.6 software. Each camera captured at a constant rate of 100 Hz. Thirty-eight 14 mm reflective markers were attached to each participant in accordance with the Vicon Plug-In-Gait marker set to capture all the major structures of the body. Participants were requested to perform one static calibration capture along with one 30 s dance to a constant core drum beat to eliminate music likeability as a possible confound. Participants were not given any prior instruction on how they should dance.

For avatar construction, it is vital that all the markers should be recognized, and that all optical data are complete and does not contain any gaps. Often, the reflective markers become detached, or are occluded by arm movements. If this occurs to any marker during a trial, the necessary joint angles cannot be calculated. Eleven participants were thus excluded from the study owing to incomplete marker capture, leaving 19 male dancers. Their motion-capture data were used to animate a virtual character (an avatar), using Autodesk MotionBuilder, 2010. The avatar chosen was a featureless, gender-neutral humanoid character that was included in the software package in order to put maximum emphasis on the biological movement (figure 1).

Figure 1.

Examples of an avatar created for the rating purposes. (a) Static pose, while (b) shows an avatar ‘dancing’.

Using these avatars, 37 heterosexual women aged 18–35 (mean = 22.30, s.d. = 6.22) rated dance quality for all 19 male dancers in a serial, randomized order based on a 15 s episode (middle section of each dance) shown in an 800 × 600 pixel window centred on a 15.4 inch laptop screen (1440 × 900 pixel resolution) using Medialab v. 1.33 (Empirisoft Inc., New York, NY, USA). The core audio track was not presented to raters. Immediately after each presentation of a dancer, participants made a judgement of dance quality on a seven-point Likert-type scale (from 1 = extremely bad dancer to 7 = extremely good dancer). After each rating, the participant was prompted to move on to the next rating segment. Subsequent analyses were based on mean ratings (M = 3.7, s.d. = 0.8, Cronbach’s α = 0.94).

A kinematic model (Plug-In-Gait, Vicon, Oxford) was used to generate three-dimensional joint angles for the knees, hips, trunk, neck, shoulders and wrists. Ankle angle was calculated in two dimensions (flexion/extension and internal/external rotation) and for the elbow in one dimension (flexion/extension). Each joint angle was filtered using a second-order Butterworth low-pass filter with a cut-off frequency of 10 Hz. Simple visual inspection of the angles showed that they fluctuated in magnitude in a series of unidirectional movements. The amplitude and duration of each unidirectional movement were calculated as the angular displacement and time, respectively, between successive reversals in direction. The mean speed of each angular movement between direction reversals was calculated as the amplitude divided by the duration. The change in the magnitude of each joint angle from the mean joint position for the entire trial (angular offset) was determined at each movement reversal. Movement variability was then calculated as the standard deviation of all angular offsets for each joint angle. Because of the large number of joint angles produced (n = 38), movement amplitude, duration, speed and variability were each grouped by body region, after ensuring that the variance in variables within each body segment was similar. Three body regions were generated, including the legs (ankles, knees and hips), arms (shoulders, elbows and wrists) and central body (trunk and neck).

3. Results

Kolmogorov–Smirnov tests were used to check for normal distribution of each movement variable both for combined body regions and their constituent parts. For variables with normal distribution, two-tailed Pearson product–moment correlations were performed between mean ratings of dance quality and each of the three body regions for movement amplitude, movement variability, movement speed and movement duration. For variables that were not normally distributed, Spearman’s rank correlations were used. If a significant correlation was found for any one body region, a further correlation was performed between ratings of dance quality and the constituent parts of that body region. A 95 per cent confidence level was used throughout. A summary of the significant correlations is presented in table 1.

Table 1.

Correlations between movement variables and ratings of dance quality. Correlations for sub-components are presented only when the principal component was significantly correlated with dance rating.

For movement amplitude, all variables were normally distributed. We found significant positive correlations between dance ratings and the central body region. Key components comprised of: neck flexion/extension (head nodding), trunk flexion/extension (forward/backward bending) and trunk abduction/adduction (sideways bending).

For movement variability, all three body regions were normally distributed, although seven of their 38 constituent parts were not. We found significant positive correlations between dance ratings and central body region variability with all components being important, these were: neck flexion/extension; neck abduction/adduction (head sideways tilting); neck internal/external rotation (head shaking); trunk flexion/extension; trunk adduction/abduction; and trunk internal/external rotation (twisting).

Finally, for movement speed, all data were normally distributed. We found a significant positive relationship between speed of the legs and dance ratings, the relevant components being speed of right knee flexion/extension (bending) and speed of right knee internal/external rotation (twisting).

When the significant constituent parts were fed into a stepwise linear regression to predict dance ratings, neck internal/external rotation variability (β = 0.29), trunk adduction/abduction variability (β = 0.46) and right knee internal/external rotation speed (β = 0.38) contributed to the final model (F3,15 = 18.9, p < 0.001), which accounted for 79 per cent of the variance in the mean dance ratings.

4. Discussion

By using cutting-edge motion-capture technology, we have been able to precisely break down and analyse specific motion patterns in male dancing that seem to influence women’s perceptions of dance quality. We find that the variability and amplitude of movements in the central body regions (head, neck and trunk) and speed of the right knee movements are especially important in signalling dance quality. A ‘good’ dancer thus displays larger and more variable movements in relation to bending and twisting movements of their head/neck and torso, and faster bending and twisting movements of their right knee. As 80 per cent of individuals are right-footed [19], greater movements of the right knee in comparison with the left are perhaps to be expected. In comparative research, there is extensive literature on the signalling capacities of movement (see Byers et al. [3]). Researchers have suggested that females prefer vigorous and skilled males; such cues are derived from male motor performance that provides a signal of his physical condition [36].

Our data indicate that in humans, certain aspects of movement amplitude, speed and variability are also important for female perceptions of male dancing ability. We suggest that human male movements could also form honest signals of traits such as health, fitness, genetic quality and developmental history [912], though this remains to be confirmed. By uncovering some specific movement parameters used in the assessments of dance quality, we are now in a much stronger position to further research the possible signalling mechanisms of dance in humans. Future studies should systematically manipulate the dance moves that we have identified as being most important, and assess the effects of such manipulations on female perceptions of dance quality.

Acknowledgements

We thank Alistair Ewen for his assistance in operating the Vicon system and three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments. This research was supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG). B.F. is currently funded by an Emmy-Noether Fellowship of the DFG.

  • Received July 7, 2010.
  • Accepted August 18, 2010.

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Safa Motesharrei of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center

via The End of Civilization As We Know It Is Nigh, According to NASA | Bustle.

How Facial Expressions Demonstrate Evolution of Emotions.

Researchers Explain Why Eyes Widen During Fear : Health & Medicine : Nature World News.

Avoid the END: Kill and EAT the 1% now; People taste like PORK!

 

Safa Motesharrei of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center:

Here’s how it happens: First, the “Elite” population starts restricting the flow of resources available to the “Masses.” This results in the Elite hoarding a surplus for themselves — one that’s high enough to put significant strain on natural resources. From there, it’s only the proverbial hop, skip, and jump away from the collapse of society as we know it. The Commoners will begin to suffer first; the Elite’s pile of goods will allow them to continue on as usual while the world crumbles around them. But sooner or later, we’re all going down — unless we can make some major changes to the world as a whole.

Motesharrei writes that the changes we need to make are twofold: We can avoid collapse and reach an equilibrium with regards to population if “the per capita rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion.” In other words, it starts with a lesson we’re taught when we’re in kindergarten: Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Also it would probably behoove us if the one percent got a little less…well, one percent-y.

 

 

 

via The End of Civilization As We Know It Is Nigh, According to NASA | Bustle.

List their fucking names so we can ridicule each and every one of them for the rest of their lives.  Fucking follower dumbassess…..

Scientists Agree That Climate Change Caused By Humans, Says New Report – ProCon.org.

Am I reading this correctly? A “lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 each for Phillips and the survivors of Weigel and Rademaker, the statement said.”

WTF are our lives completely worthless these days. 50K. No fucking wonder GM never bothered to lift a finger.

On Feb. 13, GM announced the recall of more than 780,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s (model years 2005-2007). Two weeks later it added 842,000 Ion compacts (2003-2007), and Chevrolet HHR SUVs and Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports cars (2006-2007). The recalled cars have the same ignition switches.

via Families in Wis. Crash That Killed 2 Girls Sue GM – ABC News.

as the NSA says Yesssss That’s right.. Little sweety..

 

Google Secures All Emails With HTTPS To Keep NSA Out [VIDEO].

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There has been a lot of speculation about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Terrorism, hijacking, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN; it’s almost disturbing. I tend to look for a simpler explanation, and I find it with the 13,000-foot runway at Pulau Langkawi.

We know the story of MH370: A loaded Boeing 777 departs at midnight from Kuala Lampur, headed to Beijing. A hot night. A heavy aircraft. About an hour out, across the gulf toward Vietnam, the plane goes dark, meaning the transponder and secondary radar tracking go off. Two days later we hear reports that Malaysian military radar (which is a primary radar, meaning the plane is tracked by reflection rather than by transponder interrogation response) has tracked the plane on a southwesterly course back across the Malay Peninsula into the Strait of Malacca.

The left turn is the key here. Zaharie Ahmad Shah1 was a very experienced senior captain with 18,000 hours of flight time. We old pilots were drilled to know what is the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Airports behind us, airports abeam us, and airports ahead of us. They’re always in our head. Always. If something happens, you don’t want to be thinking about what are you going to do–you already know what you are going to do. When I saw that left turn with a direct heading, I instinctively knew he was heading for an airport. He was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi, a 13,000-foot airstrip with an approach over water and no obstacles. The captain did not turn back to Kuala Lampur because he knew he had 8,000-foot ridges to cross. He knew the terrain was friendlier toward Langkawi, which also was closer.

Take a look at this airport on Google Earth. The pilot did all the right things. He was confronted by some major event onboard that made him make an immediate turn to the closest, safest airport.

The loss of transponders and communications makes perfect sense in a fire.

When I heard this I immediately brought up Google Earth and searched for airports in proximity to the track toward the southwest.

For me, the loss of transponders and communications makes perfect sense in a fire. And there most likely was an electrical fire. In the case of a fire, the first response is to pull the main busses and restore circuits one by one until you have isolated the bad one. If they pulled the busses, the plane would go silent. It probably was a serious event and the flight crew was occupied with controlling the plane and trying to fight the fire. Aviate, navigate, and lastly, communicate is the mantra in such situations.

There are two types of fires. An electrical fire might not be as fast and furious, and there may or may not be incapacitating smoke. However there is the possibility, given the timeline, that there was an overheat on one of the front landing gear tires, it blew on takeoff and started slowly burning. Yes, this happens with underinflated tires. Remember: Heavy plane, hot night, sea level, long-run takeoff. There was a well known accident in Nigeria of a DC8 that had a landing gear fire on takeoff. Once going, a tire fire would produce horrific, incapacitating smoke. Yes, pilots have access to oxygen masks, but this is a no-no with fire. Most have access to a smoke hood with a filter, but this will last only a few minutes depending on the smoke level. (I used to carry one in my flight bag, and I still carry one in my briefcase when I fly.)

What I think happened is the flight crew was overcome by smoke and the plane continued on the heading, probably on George (autopilot), until it ran out of fuel or the fire destroyed the control surfaces and it crashed. You will find it along that route–looking elsewhere is pointless.

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Ongoing speculation of a hijacking and/or murder-suicide and that there was a flight engineer on board does not sway me in favor of foul play until I am presented with evidence of foul play.

We know there was a last voice transmission that, from a pilot’s point of view, was entirely normal. “Good night” is customary on a hand-off to a new air traffic control. The “good night” also strongly indicates to me that all was OK on the flight deck. Remember, there are many ways a pilot can communicate distress. A hijack code or even transponder code off by one digit would alert ATC that something was wrong. Every good pilot knows keying an SOS over the mike always is an option. Even three short clicks would raise an alert. So I conclude that at the point of voice transmission all was perceived as well on the flight deck by the pilots.

But things could have been in the process of going wrong, unknown to the pilots.

Evidently the ACARS went inoperative some time before. Disabling the ACARS is not easy, as pointed out. This leads me to believe more in an electrical problem or an electrical fire than a manual shutdown. I suggest the pilots probably were not aware ACARS was not transmitting.

As for the reports of altitude fluctuations, given that this was not transponder-generated data but primary radar at maybe 200 miles, the azimuth readings can be affected by a lot of atmospherics and I would not have high confidence in this being totally reliable. But let’s accept for a minute that the pilot may have ascended to 45,000 feet in a last-ditch effort to quell a fire by seeking the lowest level of oxygen. That is an acceptable scenario. At 45,000 feet, it would be tough to keep this aircraft stable, as the flight envelope is very narrow and loss of control in a stall is entirely possible. The aircraft is at the top of its operational ceiling. The reported rapid rates of descent could have been generated by a stall, followed by a recovery at 25,000 feet. The pilot may even have been diving to extinguish flames.

But going to 45,000 feet in a hijack scenario doesn’t make any good sense to me.

Regarding the additional flying time: On departing Kuala Lampur, Flight 370 would have had fuel for Beijing and an alternate destination, probably Shanghai, plus 45 minutes–say, 8 hours. Maybe more. He burned 20-25 percent in the first hour with takeoff and the climb to cruise. So when the turn was made toward Langkawi, he would have had six hours or more hours worth of fuel. This correlates nicely with the Inmarsat data pings being received until fuel exhaustion.

Fire in an aircraft demands one thing: Get the machine on the ground as soon as possible.

The now known continued flight until time to fuel exhaustion only confirms to me that the crew was incapacitated and the flight continued on deep into the south Indian ocean.

There is no point speculating further until more evidence surfaces, but in the meantime it serves no purpose to malign pilots who well may have been in a struggle to save this aircraft from a fire or other serious mechanical issue. Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah was a hero struggling with an impossible situation trying to get that plane to Langkawi. There is no doubt in my mind. That’s the reason for the turn and direct route. A hijacking would not have made that deliberate left turn with a direct heading for Langkawi. It probably would have weaved around a bit until the hijackers decided where they were taking it.

Surprisingly, none of the reporters, officials, or other pilots interviewed have looked at this from the pilot’s viewpoint: If something went wrong, where would he go? Thanks to Google Earth I spotted Langkawi in about 30 seconds, zoomed in and saw how long the runway was and I just instinctively knew this pilot knew this airport. He had probably flown there many times.

Fire in an aircraft demands one thing: Get the machine on the ground as soon as possible. There are two well-remembered experiences in my memory. The AirCanada DC9 which landed, I believe, in Columbus, Ohio in the 1980s. That pilot delayed descent and bypassed several airports. He didn’t instinctively know the closest airports. He got it on the ground eventually, but lost 30-odd souls. The 1998 crash of Swissair DC-10 off Nova Scotia was another example of heroic pilots. They were 15 minutes out of Halifax but the fire overcame them and they had to ditch in the ocean. They simply ran out of time. That fire incidentally started when the aircraft was about an hour out of Kennedy. Guess what? The transponders and communications were shut off as they pulled the busses.

Get on Google Earth and type in Pulau Langkawi and then look at it in relation to the radar track heading. Two plus two equals four. For me, that is the simple explanation why it turned and headed in that direction. Smart pilot. He just didn’t have the time.

Chris Goodfellow has 20 years experience as a Canadian Class-1 instrumented-rated pilot for multi-engine planes. His theory on what happened to MH370 first appeared on Google+. We’ve copyedited it with his permission.

1CORRECTION 9:40 a.m. Eastern 03/18/14: An editing error introduced a typo in Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s name.

A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet | Autopia | Wired.com.

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	John Wayne Bobbitt March 17, 2013 and Lorena Bobbitt were an American couple, married on June 18, 1989, whose difficult relationship gained worldwide notoriety for an incident in 1993 when Lorena severed John's penis with a knife. The penis was subsequently surgically re-attached. uring the night of June 23, 1993, John Wayne Bobbitt arrived at the couple's apartment in Manassas, Virginia, allegedly intoxicated after a night of partying. According to testimony given by Lorena Bobbitt in a 1994 court hearing, he then raped her. (In 1994 he was tried for and acquitted of spousal rape, prosecuted by the same district attorney who prosecuted Lorena for attacking her husband.) Afterwards, Lorena Bobbitt got out of bed and went to the kitchen for a drink of water. Grabbing the knife, Lorena Bobbitt entered the bedroom where John was sleeping and proceeded to cut off nearly half of his penis.</p><br />
<p>	After assaulting her husband, Lorena left the apartment with the severed penis, drove a short while, then rolled down the car window and threw the penis into a field. Realizing the severity of the incident, she stopped and called 911. After an exhaustive search, the penis was located, <br /><br />

Dan Callister

John Wayne Bobbitt, 46, in Niagara Falls in March. Sunday was the 20th anniversary of the night his ex-wife, Lorena, cut off his penis at their Virginia home. It was later reattached after 10 hours of surgery.

John Wayne Bobbitt claims that losing his penis sent his sex life into overdrive.

The 46-year-old and one-time porn star says he bedded scores of women after his member was reattached, musing that “some women get a kick out of saying they slept with John Wayne Bobbitt.”

Bobbitt says he has had more than 70 lovers in the two decades since the attack, and he famously appeared in two porno films. He is now a devout Christian. 

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Bobbitt says he has had more than 70 lovers in the two decades since the attack, and he famously appeared in two porno films. He is now a devout Christian.

“The doctors told me I would never be able to have sex again because my injuries were so bad,” Bobbitt told Britain’s The Sun newspaper. “But I’ve proved them wrong time and time again. I believe I’ve slept with 70 women since the incident.

“Being the most famous man to have his penis chopped off does have its advantages. It definitely has not hurt my love life – in fact it improved it,” he said.

John Bobbitt, poses with some of his porn co-stars from ‘John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut,' a  1994 film he starred in.</p><br />
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John Bobbitt, poses with some of his porn co-stars from ‘John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut,’ a  1994 film he starred in.

Bobbitt has been back in the news because Sunday was the 20th anniversary of his ex-wife Lorena’s infamous snip in 1993.

The former Marine said he still has nightmares about the kitchen knife attack and the buckets of blood he spilled in the sheets of his Virginia bedroom.

Lorena Bobbitt, now Lorena Gallo, during a recent appearance on Katie Couric's talk show. She now runs an organization for abused women. 

If the genders were reversed this cunt would have her throat fucked all day for the rest of her life in prison.  Oh but all she had to say was hubby touched me when I did not want him to so I CUT HIS DICK OFF AND THREW IT AWAY! I just do not know why this cunt is still alive?

Lorena Bobbitt, now Lorena Gallo, during a recent appearance on Katie Couric’s talk show. She now runs an organization for abused women.

“People think it’s all a big joke but I almost bled to death,” he told The Sun. “After the knife sliced through, I lost a huge amount of blood.”

After police found the tip of his penis in a field -Lorena had thrown it out the window of a moving car – Bobbitt underwent surgery for 10 hours to have it reattached.

The cover of 'John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut,' Bobbitt's 1994 porn flick. He also appeared in a later film called 'Frankenpenis.' 

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The cover of ‘John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut,’ Bobbitt’s 1994 porn flick. He also appeared in a later film called ‘Frankenpenis.’

“I woke up covered in bandages,” he recalled. “They’d inserted a catheter tube, and for two months that was the only way I could go to the bathroom.

RELATED: 20 YEARS AGO TODAY: LORENA BOBBITT CUTS OFF HUSBAND’S PENIS OF IN CASE THAT HORRIFIED — AND FASCINATED — THE NATION

John Wayne Bobbitt on the stand in court in 1994. Now 46, Bobbitt says the fame he garnered from ex-wife Lorena's attack improved his sex life. 

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John Wayne Bobbitt on the stand in court in 1994. Now 46, Bobbitt says the fame he garnered from ex-wife Lorena’s attack improved his sex life.

“The doctors warned me there could be all sorts of complications,” he said. “The worst-case scenario was if an infection set in, they said it would go black and drop off.”

Before long, though, he was mostly healed.

Lorena Bobbitt arrives for the beginning of her trial in 1994. Bobbitt claimed she cut off her husband's penis because he came home drunk and raped her. </p><br />
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Lorena Bobbitt arrives for the beginning of her trial in 1994. Bobbitt claimed she cut off her husband’s penis because he came home drunk and raped her.

His first tumble in the hay came just a few months after his surgery when a woman who recognized him approached him at a bar, he told The Sun.

“We went back to her place and did what comes naturally,” he said. “I was frightened it wouldn’t work and my penis wasn’t 100 per cent, but we did okay.”

The knife used by Lorena Bobbitt to cut off the penis of her husband.<br /><br />
	 

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The knife used by Lorena Bobbitt to cut off the penis of her husband.

Bobbitt famously went on to star in a pair of porn movies, “John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut” and “Frankenpenis,” and continued to have relationship trouble until a few years ago, when he said he found God and moved home to Niagara Falls, N.Y., to settle down.

He now lives a quiet life as a limo driver and a carpenter and is planning a fourth trip to the altar.

Bobbitt smiles as he leaves court with his aunt after being acquitted of sexual charges against his wife in Manassas, Va., in November 1993. 

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Bobbitt smiles as he leaves court with his aunt after being acquitted of sexual charges against his wife in Manassas, Va., in November 1993.

But he’s not quite through trying to make a buck of his famous name; an autobiography is in the works.

The book will include accounts of penis-chopping attacks that occurred more than a century before his own, as well as “copycat attacks” that took place after Bobbitt’s ordeal, he told The Sun.

“Obviously, I would have preferred not to go through all that pain and suffering,” Bobbitt said. “But being famous for my penis has given me opportunities I could not have ever imagined.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/bobbitt-slept-70-women-penis-attack-article-1.1380870#ixzz2w59lLNv0

John Wayne Bobbitt: I slept with 70 women after ex-wife Lorena lopped my penis off  – NY Daily News.

Hey, its like reality tv but right in front of you like “reality”

Florida family claims teacher aides stood by while student was attacked – NY Daily News.

 

Innocent looking Maryland girls used a knife and tortured the first male they could some poor autistic boy these cunts innocent teen girls forced him to perform sex act with family pet while they filmed it according to the sheriff’s office  – NY Daily News.

 

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CHICAGO — A volunteer slips her arms into a gauzy yellow hospital gown and approaches a medical crib holding a tiny newborn hooked up to noisy machines.

“OK,” she says, with a smile. “Baby time.”

That means cuddle time in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital. Here, as at several other hospitals around the country, strangers offer a simple yet powerful service for newborns too tiny or sick to go home.

When nurses are swamped with other patients and parents cannot make it to the hospital, grandmas, empty-nesters, college students and other volunteers step in. They hold the babies, swaddle them, sing and coo to them, rock them, and treat them as if they were their own.

A plaintive cry signals time to get to work.

“You can see them calm, you can see their heart rate drop, you can see their little brows relax,” said Kathleen Jones, 52, a cuddler at the Chicago hospital. “They’re fighting so hard and they’re undergoing all this medical drama and trauma. My heart breaks for them a little bit.”

Newborn intensive care units are noisy, stressful environments. There are babies born extremely prematurely, or with birth defects and other illnesses. Some are too sick to be held — but not too sick to touch. Cuddlers reach a finger inside their incubators and stroke tiny bare bellies.

Scientific evidence on benefits of cuddling programs is scarce, but the benefits of human touch are well-known. In one study, gentle caressing or placing a hand on preterm infants reduced levels of stress hormones. Other recent studies have suggested touch may benefit preemies’ heart rates and sleep and perhaps even shorten their hospital stays.

Studies also suggest that early negative experiences — including pain, stress and separation from other humans — may hamper brain development, while research in animals shows that positive interactions enhance brain growth, said Dr. Jerry Schwartz, medical director of medical neonatology at Torrance Memorial Medical Center near Los Angeles.

The benefit “at the most superficial level” is obvious, he said. “A baby is crying, mom’s not there, the nurse is busy with other sick babies, and it’s an unpleasant life experience to be crying and unattended to, and, voila! A cuddler comes over and the baby stops crying.”

Nancy Salcido has been a cuddler at Torrance for a year. Her two daughters are grown, and she considers her three-hour cuddling shifts good practice for any potential grandchildren.

“I just kind of hold them close to me … and talk to them, sharing my day, or give them little pep talks,” Salcido said. “One of the nurses has nicknamed me the baby whisperer.”

Parents typically must consent for their babies to be part of cuddling programs, and cuddlers must undergo background checks and training before starting the job. At Chicago’s Comer hospital, that includes lessons in how to swaddle babies tight to make them feel safe and how to maneuver around intravenous lines, as well as instruction in hygiene including frequent hand-washing.

At the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., one cuddler is a young man born there prematurely long ago. He “just wants to come and give back,” said Chris Tryon, a child life specialist at the hospital, part of the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Comer’s cuddlers include 74-year-old Frank Dertz, a retired carpenter who heard about the program from his daughter, a Comer nurse.

“It’s quite a blessing for me. I get more out of it than the babies, I think,” Dertz said.

Kathleen Jones says the same thing. A mother of three grown daughters and grandmother of two little girls, she joined Comer’s program in 2012, working a couple afternoons a week or sometimes at night.

“They say that I look so in love with them when I’m there, but I cannot NOT crack an ear-to-ear smile whenever I pick that little guy or girl up.”

via Volunteers cuddle babies too sick or tiny to leave hospital; ‘a simple touch can be healing’ | Star Tribune.

Autism refers to a collection of disorders, usually diagnosed during childhood, that affect language and social skills.

For the study, Rzhetsky’s team analyzed nearly 100 million U.S. health insurance claims for a county-by-county look at rates of autism and intellectual disability. They also examined rates of genital malformations in boys — such as micropenis, undescended testicles and hypospadias (in which the urethral opening is on the underside of the penis).

Those genital malformations were used as an indicator of parents’ exposure to environmental pollutants, Rzhetsky said. The exact causes of those birth defects are not clear, but some studies have suggested that certain environmental toxins — including pesticides and lead — might play a role, he said.

In this study, county rates of genital birth defects ranged from none to just over 2 percent. Overall, the researchers found, for every 1 percent increase in those birth defects, the rate of autism rose by close to 300 percent.

Even accounting for county demographics, a strong link existed between rates of genital defects and autism, Rzhetsky said.

But the reasons for the correlation aren’t clear. Genes could play some role, Rzhetsky said, and so could environmental factors other than pollutants.

Halladay said endocrine disruptors — chemicals found in plastics, food cans and other everyday products — have been linked to genital birth defects. But so far, researchers haven’t found a connection to autism risk.

On the other hand, some studies have found a link between high exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and an increased autism risk, Halladay said.

via More Evidence Environmental Exposures Contribute to Autism.

 

Angry Birds, other ‘leaky’ cellphone apps allow NSA to collect massive amounts of data: report  – NY Daily News.

These “Angry Birds” are telling more about you than you may know.

The National Security Agency uses the popular smartphone app — with an estimated 1.7 billion downloads worldwide — to take information ranging from a user’s age and location to their sexual orientation, The Guardian newspaper reported, using documents provided by notorious leaker Edward Snowden.

RELATED: NSA LEAKER SNOWDEN LEFT GIRLFRIEND ‘OUT IN THE COLD’

The latest revelations show how the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ, use “leaky” smartphone apps to absorb data from some of the most popular apps, including Google Maps, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and LinkedIn, the New York Times reported in collaboration with The Guardian.

Since 2007, the agencies have used the apps to grab the information, including users’ political affiliation, to find out things like “Where was my target when they did this?” and “Where is my target going?” the Times reported.

 

That is because his testmony is worth the testmony of 20 of you dumb fucks.

Thats right, Curtis Reeves, 71, was charged with second-degree murder.

He will walk. Because he knows the talk…

He also was charged with aggravated battery; authorities say the bullet that struck and killed Oulson also struck Oulson’s wife, Nicole, in the finger as she tried to shield her husband.

Reeves has pleaded not guilty to both counts.Because he is a pussy and can not admit when he is wrong.

If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison.

Fat fucking chance of that!

Reeves is being held without bail in the Pasco County Jail.

His attorneys say Reeves acted in self-defense.Fucking bully

Reeves (pussy cop) told (His fucking buddies) police that Poor citizen Oulson hit him in the face, possibly with a cellphone.

Other witnesses, including Reeves’ wife, say they never saw Oulson strike Reeves. But those witnesses will recant under police pressure. REMEMBER POLICE CAN LIE AND MAKE UP ANY STORY TO TELL A WITNESS OR SUSPECT TO GET THEM TO SAY WHAT THEY WANT THEM TO.

BLUE ZOMBIES NEED HEAD SHOTS!

via Records: Man in theater shooting also was texting | The Salt Lake Tribune.

If your work for yourself this is great advice.  If you are some slave at a Jay-Ohh-Bee for some stress inducing bully cunt then use your spare tiem and energy to figure out how to work for yourself……

Sharpening the saw is a great habit to get into in all areas of our lives, but I think it can be especially beneficial when it comes to work and helping us avoid burnout.

On average our brains are only able to remain focused for 90 minutes; then we need at least 15 minutes rest. (The phenomenon is based on ultradian rhythms.)

By taking period breaks roughly every 90 minutes you allow your mind and body to renew–and be ready to fire off another 90-minute period of high activity.

For some people, 15 to 20 minute breaks might be tough to pull off, but taking short breaks throughout the day can still help you to refresh your mind andreset your attention span.

 

2. Take naps. Research shows naps lead to improvement in cognitive function, creative thinking, and memory performance. In particular, napping benefits the learning process by helping us take in and retain information better.

The improved learning process comes from naps actually helping our brain to solidify memories.

According to Max Read, “Research indicates that when memory is first recorded in the brain–in the hippocampus, to be specific–it’s still ‘fragile’ and easily forgotten, especially if the brain is asked to memorize more things. Napping, it seems, pushes memories to the neocortex, the brain’s ‘more permanent storage,’ preventing them from being ‘overwritten.’”

One study into memory found that participants did remarkably better on a test following a nap than those who didn’t sleep at all.

Not only are naps beneficial for consolidating memories and helping us remember new information (handy if your job includes a lot of research during the day!), they’re also useful in helping us to avoid burnout, since research shows burnout is a signal that says you can’t take in more information in this part of your brain until you’ve had a chance to sleep.

3. Spend time in nature. Daniel Goleman, author of Focus: The Hidden Power of Excellence, suggests spending time in nature to help us reset our attention span and relax our minds.

One experiment he mentions tested how relaxed people were when taking a walk down a city street versus in a quiet park. The study found that the level of attention needed to navigate a busy city street is high enough that the walk doesn’t let the brain relax enough to reset our focus levels:

Unlike natural environments, urban environments are filled with stimulation that captures attention dramatically and additionally requires directed attention (e.g., to avoid being hit by a car), making them less restorative.

Spending time in nature, however, allows your mind to fully relax and unwind and helps you focus longer when you return to work.(but keep a eye out for that mountain lion…)

Plus, other research has found that for students, motivation to learn is higher when they are outside instead of in a classroom.

4. Move and work in blocks. I recently read a blog post by Joel Runyonabout a method he calls “workstation popcorn” (which is basically what our back-end developer Colin does.)

The idea is that you set up at various cafés, workspaces, or, as in Colin’s case, pubs to get chunks of work done throughout the day. Workstation popcorn starts with a clear, thought out to-do list: you create a plan for what you will accomplish at each location so you can immediately jump into those tasks.

Joel breaks up his to-do list into sections–one per café that he plans to visit–and each section into three clear tasks. Once he gets through the group of tasks he has set, he moves on to the next café on his list.

Of course, you can sort out your task list however suits you best, but the important part to note is having a clear finishing point based on your task listrather than the time you will move to a new location. And when you move, cycling or walking is a good way to go, according to Joel:

Use this time to practice your Zen, take a break from your screen, and get some movement into your day. Keep your phone in your pocket, and move. Take a break away from work for at least thirty minutes.

I know Colin often finds this break period helpful for thinking through what he’s working on or what he will do next. Joel also noted in his post that he has been more productive, more active during the day, and is working fewer hours since he started this process.

5. Check your email first thing. This one is fairly counterintuitive; basically everyone says not to check email right away, but I do and find it extremely useful. Here are some ways checking email first helps me to be more productive during the day.

If you work in a remote team like we do at Buffer, a business trend that isincreasingly more common, you’ll know what it’s like to have half of your team (or more) working while you’re asleep. If you need to work closely with others, it’s important to check in before you start your workday and make sure you’re on the same page as everyone else.

Since I started working at Buffer, I’ve woken up to emails saying I had typos to fix, a new blog post published, and even that Buffer had been hacked. Dealing with important issues first thing helps me make quick decisions about whether my day needs to be adjusted to fit in with what everyone else is doing or whether I can proceed with the tasks I already had planned.

What tips do you have for working smarter?

 

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder | TIME.com.

 

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