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In a significant development in reptile population, the number of crocodiles in Odisha's Bhitarkanika National Park has increased to 1,654. Last year their number was 1,610.
link:http://www.breakingnewsonline.net/odisha/6349-number-of-crocodiles-rise-in-odishas-bhitarkanika.htmlIn a significant development in reptile population, the number of crocodiles in... more
~~~~~~~~i married a pornographer , by Emily Southwood
this - particular post, . . .
addresses, redresses, undresses,....whatever,.....
THIS notion -
[ “This is an intellectual swindle that leads women to misjudge male sexuality, which they do at their own emotional and physical peril. Male desire is not a malleable entity that can be constructed through politics, language, or media. Sexuality is not neutral. A warring dynamic based on power and subjugation has always existed between men and women, and the egalitarian view of sex, with its utopian pretensions, offers little insight into the typical male psyche. Internet porn, on the other hand, shows us an unvarnished (albeit partial) view of male sexuality as an often dark force streaked with aggression” ]
- - -and the motion of the ocean may never seem the same again !
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http://imarriedapornographer.com/2011/01/10/thoughts-on-hard-core/~~~~~~~~i married a pornographer , by Emily Southwood this - particular post, . . .... more
I just got finished watching this, and, as with the other free documentary released by these guys (Metanoia Films), this was very well done.
This movie discusses, with many reputable interviewees, the history of behavioral control and modification used throughout the world, but mostly in the United States... starting with Pavlovian conditioning and working on up to "MKUltra", among other things. Enlightening and very well put together, with some awesome speakers on the subject.http://metanoia-films.org/humanresources.php I just got finished watching this,... more
In the last century, we began to see an outwardly, unabashed sexual revolution through media. Our rock stars began as rebellious and “fuck you” and, over time, transformed into emotionally active, sensitive and sauced up (bare chested lads and spandex-clad gals & everyone’s singin’ about loooove). In the beginning, we saw movie stars in as early as the 1940s defining what we would later call “Hollywood Glamour.” As decades pressed on, we saw them embrace vivid sexuality and do so in a public light. Technology entered the sexuality spectrum as we progressed into our next era, contributing to what we thought of as “sexy.” At the start of the new century, our celebrities were outfitted in things that were so scant, they required items like double-sided tape…
...Could we be moving into a decade that contradicts completely the one before it? Will femininity (for those who want it) and absence of overt sexuality become overt sexuality? We went from the near-fetishism of teen girls in crop tops and latex to seeing those who our culture considers most beautiful and sexy in full-length gowns, layers, and even suits.
What is the next step in the journey of sex appeal?
http://thedemoiselles.com/archives/the-journey-of-sex-appealIn the last century, we began to see an outwardly, unabashed sexual revolution through... more
The following films offer up excellent opportunities for anyone who enjoys studying psychology and sociology to see many of their lessons at work.
LINK : http://www.careeroverview.com/blog/2010/15-excellent-movies-for-psychology-majors/The following films offer up excellent opportunities for anyone who enjoys studying... more
Liberals may owe their political outlook partly to their genetic make-up, according to new research from the University of California, San Diego, and Harvard University. Ideology is affected not just by social factors, but also by a dopamine receptor gene called DRD4. The study's authors say this is the first research to identify a specific gene that predisposes people to certain political views.
Appearing in the latest edition of The Journal of Politics published by Cambridge University Press, the research focused on 2,000 subjects from The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. By matching genetic information with maps of the subjects' social networks, the researchers were able to show that people with a specific variant of the DRD4 gene were more likely to be liberal as adults, but only if they had an active social life in adolescence.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter affecting brain processes that control movement, emotional response, and ability to experience pleasure and pain. Previous research has identified a connection between a variant of this gene and novelty-seeking behavior, and this behavior has previously been associated with personality traits related to political liberalism.
Lead researcher James H. Fowler of UC San Diego and his colleagues hypothesized that people with the novelty-seeking gene variant would be more interested in learning about their friends' points of view. As a consequence, people with this genetic predisposition who have a greater-than-average number of friends would be exposed to a wider variety of social norms and lifestyles, which might make them more liberal than average. They reported that "it is the crucial interaction of two factors -- the genetic predisposition and the environmental condition of having many friends in adolescence -- that is associated with being more liberal." The research team also showed that this held true independent of ethnicity, culture, sex or age.
Fowler concludes that the social and institutional environment cannot entirely explain a person's political attitudes and beliefs and that the role of genes must be taken into account. "These findings suggest that political affiliation is not based solely on the kind of social environment people experience," said Fowler, professor of political science and medical genetics at UC San Diego.
"It is our hope that more scholars will begin to explore the potential interaction of biology and environment," he said. "The way forward is to look for replication in different populations and age groups."Liberals may owe their political outlook partly to their genetic make-up, according to... more
Gus Van Sant is bringing Tom Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" to the screen.
"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" told the wild-edging-to-unbelievable story of Ken Kesey, the "undisputed King of the Counter Culture" who during the early 1960s became America's top new literary light, then -- fueled by Sandoz 25 LSD -- abruptly ditched his day job as the next Norman Mailer to become a sort of proto acid Christ. This is the title, not incidentally, of my new book, the story of multi-talented Kesey's spectacular rises and falls.
Kesey changed everything, exploding on the American literary stage with two critical and commercial blockbuster novels, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" and "Sometimes a Great Notion," a feat unequaled by Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Saul Bellow and John Updike. So why had Kesey abandoned literary lion-hood to become an LSD evangelist whose self described job was to “save the world” by blowing its mind? Stay tuned.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-christensen/acid-christ-ken-kesey-psychedelic_b_764629.htmlGus Van Sant is bringing Tom Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"... more
America has become a cannibal society, devouring its best. The competent, numerically outnumbered by the incompetents, are being corralled, restrained, confined and milked like barnyard cattle. The giants who created our skyscraper civilization are now ordered to obey Lilliputian bureaucrats. Common men—who owe their jobs to uncommon men who create jobs—gang together to shackle their providers.
Americans are becoming congenital dependents. Even as loafing relatives extort a livelihood by claiming they have a “right” to your money—so today eight million homegrown moochers insist that you are responsible for their welfare! Thus, we subsidize promiscuous mothers and their illegitimate babies and lazy feather bedders and goldbricking government pay rollers…While we penalize the strong, the purposeful, the productive with disproportionate burdens of taxes, pressures, red tape.
We praise ventures which are “non-profit” and grant them tax advantages and social acceptance, yet we damn the men who make the profits which make the “non-profit” ventures possible. Americans want to keep the electric lights but destroy the generators. What if the men of brains and initiative and industry should go on strike?
It happened once. “The Dark Ages” were a period of stagnation when men of exceptional ability gave up, figured “what’s the use?” and went underground—for a thousand years. Ayn Rand, author of “Atlas Shrugged,” thinks it may have to happen that way again. Dr. Charles Mayo says, “I know of no individual, no nation, that ever did anything worthwhile on a five-day week.” Already many American industrialists are turning the keys on their corporations and going to Florida—either part-time or full-time—to become non-productive beachcombers.
Curiously, Russia is beginning to reward the uncommon men. Soviet scholar Vadim A. Trapeznikov—not without Kremlin sanction—is now referring to the Soviet system as “obsolete.” He says Russia’s economy must now rely on the “more productive profit motive.”
We, on the other hand, continue to play the democratic con-game which pretends that all men are equal and that anybody who demonstrates any inequality should be punished for it.
Any insolent beggar can wave his sores in your face and plead for help in the tone of a threat. You are expected to feel “guilty” for having more than he. Any barefoot bum from the pestholes of Asia or Africa cries out, “How dare you be rich!” And we beg them to be patient and we promise to give it all away as fast as possible.
The economic creed of “enlightened selfishness” which made our nation the powerhouse of this planet has been so maligned that now it sounds like heresy when I say:
Any man who claims you owe him a living is a cannibal.
Whether foreign or domestic, he is a cannibal.
If you choose to help him, that is one thing.
If he demands you “help” as his “right,” he is a leech,
a sycophant, a parasite.
He is a cannibal seeking to survive by consuming you.America has become a cannibal society, devouring its best. The competent, numerically... more
Motion-capture technology allows an objective analysis of which dance moves are most attractive
They recruited 19 men between the ages of 18 and 35 to bob to a German dance track while reflectors attached to the men’s clothing recorded their moves. The psychologists then used the motions logged by the reflectors to craft avatars – the same method the makers of Lord of the Rings employed to create the character Gollum, if you’re wondering – and then asked several dozen heterosexual women to rate the avatars. By having women watch 15-second snippets of faceless white creatures rather than actual men, the reasoning goes, the psychologists weeded out possible prejudices that might creep in because of physical attractiveness. (Because women are never prejudiced by looks in real life.)
The results, which appear in the online edition of the Royal Society’s Biology Letters, aren’t what you’d guess. The pelvis gets surprisingly short shrift. Instead, the researchers say, the difference between a bad dancer and good dancer comes down to the neck, torso, and right knee. Women tend to be drawn to men who move their upper bodies, use a lot of space, and vary their movements.Motion-capture technology allows an objective analysis of which dance moves are most... more
top 5 current discussions: cuba's peace concert, obama-as-monkey again, wal-mart sued by parents, atheists mistrusted, and scandinavia fights female genital mutilation
Cuba rocks to huge peace concert
Havana has hosted the biggest open-air concert since the 1959 revolution, featuring some 15 top Latin American, Spanish and Cuban performers.
An estimated one million people - many wearing white - attended the free event in Revolution Square, Havana.
Colombian singer Juanes, who organized the Peace without Borders concert, received death threats from Miami-based critics of the Cuban regime.
But he had the support from 20 high-profile jailed dissidents inside Cuba.
Air America: Republican revives racist Obama-as-monkey campaign themeAccording to a post over on the Air America blog, former Minority Whip Roy Blunt crossed the line, sharing an anecdote at a Values Voter Summit on Friday, in which President Obama is ultimately compared to a monkey. It feels like we've gone over this at least once or twice before. Anyway, here's what he had to say:
"Almost from the day the first ball was hit on this golf course something happened they didn't anticipate: monkeys would come running out of the jungle and then grab the golf balls. And if it was in the fairway, they might throw it in the rough. And if it was in the rough, they might throw it -- they might throw it back at you! And I can point to great and long detail about how many things they tried to eliminate the monkey problem, but they never got it done.
So finally for this golf course and this golf course only, they passed a rule and the rule was, you have to play the ball where the monkey throws it. And that is the rule in Washington all the time."
Parents sue Wal-Mart after children taken away over bath time photos
"Our family is very open and comfortable. We don't want our children to feel inhibited in their own house," A.J. Demaree said. "If they want to run around in their underwear, if they want to go run and grab an old Halloween costume and throw that on and run around the house, or if they want to run around the house naked and play around, that's what we encourage."
The police and Child Protective Services saw it very differently.
The three children, ages 1½, 4 and 5 at the time the pictures were taken, were removed from the home and placed into the care of Child Protective Services. It would be a month before A.J. and Lisa could regain custody of them.
From the Demarees perspective, the damage was already done.
"We went on a central registry of sex offenders. Our names went on that registry," Lisa said.
Atheists in America are the most widely mistrusted groupOver on Psychology Today, Gad Saad Ph.D digs into a recent article published in the American Sociological Review in which atheists favored poorly in the "trust" department.
In a recent article published in the American Sociological Review, Penny Edgell, Joseph Gerteis, and Douglas Hartmann reported their findings, on how atheists are perceived, based on data from a national survey. To the question, "This group does not at all agree with my vision of American society," ten groups were listed as options: religious groups (Muslims, conservative Christians, Jews), racial groups (Hispanics, Asian Americans, African Americans, and White Americans), homosexuals, recent immigrants, and atheists. By far, the most "detested" group were the atheists. To the question, "I would disapprove if my child wanted to marry a member of this group," eight of the latter groups were included (homosexuals and recent immigrants were excluded). Again, the least desired group were the atheists. This might be one of the saddest scientific findings that I have ever read.
Scandinavia steps up the fight against female genital mutilation
"When she was 11, a Swedish-born girl was taken on vacation to her mother’s native Somalia. The mother wanted to “make her daughter clean” and paid a man to cut off her daughter’s clitoris and labia while two women held her down. Afterward, the girl was stitched to her urethra. No anesthesia was used."
Vanguard's Mariana van Zeller has covered the practices of female genital cutting in Africa before, specifically in Sierra Leone while on assignment. If you haven't had the chance to see her report, give it a view:
Vanguard's Mariana van Zeller on Female Genital Cutting Cuba rocks to huge peace concert Havana has hosted the biggest open-air concert... more
This New Zealand investigative report is long but fascinating and very well-worth watching. It includes plenty of information on Scientology as well as other cults (Branch Davidians, etc) and gives a good overview of cult warning signs.This New Zealand investigative report is long but fascinating and very well-worth... more
"genes do not, on their own, make us smart, dumb, sassy, polite, depressed, joyful, athletic, clumsy, literary, or incurious...those characteristics come from a complex interplay within a dynamic system...genetics multiplied by environment."
http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2010/03/21"genes do not, on their own, make us smart, dumb, sassy, polite, depressed,... more
"the ability to make choices about our work and life seems to be an essestial part of psychological well-being...people who perceive themselves as lacking control are at a higher risk for depression.'
htp://www.bostonglobe.com/ae/books/articles/2010/03/26"the ability to make choices about our work and life seems to be an essestial... more
"history reveals multiple classifications of whites, ranked by power, privilege, and physical characterizations...a less familiar narrative: 'the notion of American whiteness, an idea as dangerous as it is seductive."
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/books/review/Gordon"history reveals multiple classifications of whites, ranked by power, privilege,... more
The “friend zone” is a misnomer. Plenty of women fuck their friends. Hence the terms fuck-buddy or friends-with-benefits. Furthermore, consider how many people in long term relationships describe their partners as their best friends. Being actual friends with a women is awesome. Being a tool who a woman describes as “just a good friend” is something completely different. This is why I’m renaming the “friend zone” the “unfuckable zone.”
When women say, “I just want to be friends,” what they mean is that they want to continue exploiting your...The “friend zone” is a misnomer. Plenty of women fuck their friends. Hence... more
Young but Timeless,..........and not "untrue",........ANY of it:
“Twas not my lips you kissed, But my soul” ~Judy Garland
“Love is a better teacher than duty” ~Albert Einstein
“Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.”~ John Donne
“When you love someone all your saved-up wishes start coming out.”Elizabeth Bowen
“Love is most nearly itself when here and now cease to matter.”~T. S. Eliot
“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” ~Robert Frost
Taylor Watson on November 21st, 2009 at 9:39 am
the shortest word i no is “i”
the sweetest word i no is “love”
the word i will never forget is “you”
and the you that i will never forget is “Michael”
emmi on November 22nd, 2009 at 5:45 pm
the girl asked the boy
“Do you like me” and he said
she asked if he thought she was pretty, he said
“she asked if she went away, would he miss her, and he said
The girl started to run away crying, but the boy grabber her arm and said
“I don’t like you, I love you. You aren’t pretty, you are beautiful. If you went away I wouldn’t miss you, I would die.”
that my friends is love
atief on July 18th, 2009 at 6:22 pm
hi i want best friend
Desiree on June 8th, 2008 at 9:32 am
a heart is not a play thing, it is not a toy so if you want it broken give it to a boy !
TouCHeD BYY aN aNGeL on March 2nd, 2010 at 5:22 pm
iVe LoST MY STaRS,
iVe GiVeN You MY HeaRT,
ToLD You WHaT You MeaNT To Me
aND SaiD “i LoVe You, aND No MaTTeR
HoW MaNY TiMeS MY HeaRT GeTS BRoKeN,
You WiLL aLWaYS HaVe….
a PLaCe iN MY HeaRT”
i LoVe You :
http://www.nzballet.org.nz/files/Romeo-Juliet-0003.jpgYoung but Timeless,..........and not "untrue",........ANY of it:... more
"Humans are creatures of circumstance. However, there are those respected voices in the anthropological world such as Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson that contend we are not. Instead, we are slaves to our biological makeup. According to their essay, Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence, it is difficult to escape our evolutionary past and we are, as a result, forced to act according to our inherent nature. Both Peterson and Wrangham believe that war and human violence exist because of inherited behavioral tendencies. These tendencies are the result of sexual selection where aggressive males typically dominant less-aggressive males, preventing them from mating and passing on their traits. Sure, we can see evidence of this in the Guido tribes of the northeastern United States, but due to rampant steroid use the chances for reproductive success are slim....""Humans are creatures of circumstance. However, there are those respected voices... more
Why are you here? Not the age old philosophical question but on this site, in particular the news section of current.com. Some obviously come to promote a cause others to promote a point of view. What do you expect to gain from going to current and clicking on the news link?
I will try to be as honest as I possibly can about the reasons that I'm attracted to this site. When I say attracted I mean almost addicted, as in moth to a flame. Being somewhat of an information junkie it gives me a feeling of superiority to get the news before most of my peers. Or if you will, information before it becomes news. Add to that the gift of being able to instantly add my opinionated opinions, and gain insightful knowledge, I've hit the trifecta.
Call it a group excersize or just being nosy. However you choose to look at it. The only thing I ask is please be honest.
So, why are you here?Why are you here? Not the age old philosophical question but on this site, in... more
Be sure to crack open a cold one on Jan. 24, the day canned beer celebrates its 75th birthday.
New Jersey's Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company churned out the world's first beer can in 1935, stocking select shelves in Richmond, Va., as a market test. The experiment took off and American drinkers haven't looked back since, nowadays choosing cans over bottles for the majority of the 22 gallons of beer they each drink per year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Canned brewskies may have only hit shelves in 1935, but the drink's history goes back much further - at least 6,000 years, in fact, to ancient Iraq.
Though it is impossible to tell just how many important decisions in world history were lubricated by a pint or two, the potent potable has played a role in at least a few milestone events, from the plagues of medieval Europe to the founding of the United States.Be sure to crack open a cold one on Jan. 24, the day canned beer celebrates its 75th... more