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Why do men prefer nice women?: Responsiveness and desire -- Good description of study.

Science of dating: why playing hard to get only works for men -- Not so good description. It's not that "[m]en should play hard to get if they want to attract the opposite sex on a first date otherwise women will see them as unmanly or manipulative," it's that being overly responsive & agreeable will set off red flags. On a first date? Ingratiating oneself is never a good mating strategy, but many women will indeed see it as such: a mating strategy, not one for building a relationship (especially not between equals).

Lesson: Don't be smarmy.

Man dressed as Spider-Man punches NYPD cop in Times Square, authorities say -- I love how the Daily News just uses a pic of a random guy in a Spidey suit, not of the alleged criminal himself so outfitted.

2 injured when cable on Ohio amusement park ride snaps | Two people hurt after cable snaps on Skyhawk at Cedar Point -- Bad news for my favorite amusement park. Never been on that ride, though, and probably won't any time soon.

Learning the smell of fear: Mothers teach babies their own fears via odor, U of Michigan research finds: Research in rats may help explain how trauma's effects can span generations

My Rapist Was a Sweetheart -- I'd been avoiding Huff Post since their posting access restrictions changed. Against my better judgment, I clicked on this, mainly because the subject is part of the national conversation right now. This article is really not good, not for its content per se, but for its structure. I'm not just talking about mechanical errors (though those irk me, especially as the byline lists the author as an "editor"); no, the main problem is that it starts out as anecdote, then abandons that midway through. What happened the rest of the way home with her friend? What did they talk about after Terry Richardson came up in conversation? Did they have a blow-up? Are they still friends? You don't abandon a story midstream. Tie loose ends, dammit.
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History of Complaints Against Officer Who Had Eric Garner in Apparent Choke Hold -- Meanwhile, the EMTs on the scene have been suspended without pay, while two of the officers involved (including Mr. Daniel Pantaleo) have been reassigned to desk duty, with pay.

Activists Call for Bratton's Resignation Following Eric Garner's Death -- There's that, too.

Montana Judge To Be Censured Over Rape Comments -- Good, although more should have occurred to this man with so much power over so many lives.

Michigan inmates to get black-and-white striped uniforms. Orange is now too cool, sheriff says.

Market Basket shelves bare as workers protest CEO's firing: Biddeford store running out of food -- People power. Too bad those people got fired in the midst.

Parental training may offset health problems linked to social disadvantage, study shows -- Not terribly surprising that environmental effects may offset other environmental effects.
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Ex-NYPD cop charged with hate crime over anti-Jewish graffiti in Brooklyn

How Oklahoma's Botched Execution Affects the Death-Penalty Debate

Condoleezza Rice latest graduation speaker to back out amid protests

Three students expelled for harassment at California college: report -- Remember the incident with the bike lock around a student's neck? That's this one.

Did Floyd Mayweather Use Abortion Rumor to Punish His Ex?

Wider Hips may Suggest a more Promiscuous Woman: Study -- I suppose this is not the time to give out my measurements.

Diners believe a meal is tastier the more they have paid for it, say researchers -- Like The Dave Matthews Band once intoned, "You pay for what you get." (This may indeed be cognitive dissonance at work, where the consumer, having paid so much for the meal, convinces him- or herself that it must be worth the cost, because otherwise they would experience self-criticism for spending beyond the meal's intrinsic value.)
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Old by today's standards. These are songs I never got around to until they were available for free. ([profile] sophiaserpentia directed me to Grooveshark, which has been a revelation.)

So, tonight I'm listening to "How Can I Sing Like a Girl?":

Tell me, how can I sing like a girl
And not be objectified
As if I were a girl?


Suddenly, it came to me that men, as a conglomerate (I'm not condemning the gender as a whole [that is, as a group comprised of individuals]), cannot think of women as intellectual equals precisely because that would mean that their sexual fantasies of females, their conceptualizations of females, were implausible, wrong, unbelievable. God knows that the male gaze, the male idea of sexuality must be correct, so objectification must be a good.

If male sexuality is questioned, then the whole of masculinity is questioned & that can't be countenanced.
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Jameis Winston still under fire for rape allegation

Deputies: Man smothered crying son over video game

Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

A Browser Extension That Replaces "Literally" With "Figuratively" -- "Built by a programmer named Mike Walker, it's an extension for Google's Chrome browser that replaces the word 'literally' with
'figuratively' on sites and articles across the Web, with deeply gratifying results."
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FSU under investigation for handling of Jameis Winston case

Family of beaten driver: He pleaded with attackers; why were they so angry?

Army ban on hairstyles including dreadlocks, cornrows prompts allegations of racial bias

Heterosexual Women, Please Stop Using the Term "Girl Crush" -- So, I identify basically as 98% heterosexual. Still, I find certain women attractive. I've been stereotypically crushing on Angela Bassett for over two decades now. If she were to somehow know me & be into me, we would be together right now. Right the fuck now. But, at the same time, I wouldn't use a term like "girl crush" to describe the sensation. So I kind of get both sides.

Stroke Brought on by Insomnia; New Study Finds Link Between Trouble Sleeping and Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Cereal box cartoons often stare down, entice children: study | more -- That's actually kind of creepy.
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Fukushima's children at centre of debate over rates of thyroid cancer

Free Birth Control does not Encourage Risky Sexual Behaviors Among Women: Study -- Yes, this study was a thing.

Thousands of bees attack woman in California

Tampa family sickened by LSD-tainted beef -- This story doesn't make sense to me, unless the family ate steak tartare. I was under the impression that heat degrades LSD (which is why it's recommended that doses be kept in cold, dark storage spaces).

74,476 Reasons You Should Always Get The Bigger Pizza -- "A pizza is a circle, and the area of a circle increases with the square of the radius. So, for example, a 16-inch pizza is actually four times as big as an 8-inch pizza."
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Republican lawmaker very sorry he said men should be able to rape women if abortion is legal

The right defends a new Jim Crow: 50 years since the Civil Rights Act, wingnuts still don't get it

Study: Racial Bias in Pain Perception Appears Among Children as Young as 7

Study shows why breastfed babies are so smart -- "[A] new study by sociologists at Brigham Young University pinpoints two parenting skills as the real source of this cognitive boost: Responding to children's emotional cues and reading to children starting at 9 months of age. Breastfeeding mothers tend to do both of those things, said lead study author Ben Gibbs."

USDA adds foods to moms and kids food program (WIC)

High-calorie diet may slow ALS progression

Researchers Identify Brain Differences Linked to Insomnia -- "The researchers found that the motor cortex in patients with chronic insomnia was more adaptable to change — more plastic — than in a group of people who slept well."

Older dads' kids more vulnerable to mental disorders -- "A child born to a father 45 or older is three and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with autism, more than 13 times more likely to have attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and almost 25 times more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder than a child born to a man in his early twenties, says a study out this week."

Baby's brain tumor contained fully grown teeth
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I've been reading a lot this past month about rape, sexual assault & other related topics (such as what traits are considered "creepy"). Maybe it was the Dylan Farrow letter that sparked the flurry of articles, but the inundation has been depressing but instructive. It's important for folks to realize that rape really does happen, despite the fact that only 3% of rapists ever see the inside of a jail cell.

So it angers me that CNN has decided to report a news story about a cruise worker who raped a passenger with the title of "Passenger Beaten Aboard Cruise Ship" & downplays the rape nearly altogether. (The term "sexual assault" is used in the second paragraph but vanishes thereafter, despite the article goes on to describe other aspects of the altercation in a fair amount of detail.)

Nearly all other news outlets report the rape allegation & do not attempt to disappear it.

Perhaps CNN believes that its readers & viewers just can't handle the fact that such crimes occur, that their audience just doesn't have the fortitude or that rape simply offends their sensibilities.
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Chicago Student Found Dead in Dorm Room After More Than a Week

A Woman's Right to Move -- "[T]his ruling took those rights way too far, to the point of dangerousness. It treated a fetus as a child, for purposes of a custody battle. And in doing so, it threatened to limit the rights of a pregnant woman to move and travel."

Rapes are up under new FBI definition -- Not the most in-depth or informative article, but look at the picture. The signs the women hold up are very illuminating. "In the past 20 years, 0.00% of rapists have been expelled from Amherst." "Is laptop theft worse than rape? Amherst says YES."

'Boys will be boys' no excuse; feds target Montana handling of rapes -- "One clinical psychologist who treated many sexual assault survivors said that she was so put off by how local prosecutors treated her clients that when she herself was sexually assaulted, she was 'reluctant' to go to the authorities."

Unusual Iowa abortion rule has surprising result -- Governor Branstad refuses to issue reimbursements for Medicaid abortions; U of I hospitals perform them anyway

Why MSNBC's political scandal coverage is more powerful than Fox News': It comes down to credibility

15-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead For Egging Arkansas Man's Car

Noose tied on Ole Miss integration statue

Pesticide-tainted Mexican cactus can make you very ill, warns California Department of Health -- "Health officials said that a batch of tested cactus pads, also known as 'nopales' contain Monocrotophos, a pesticide that is no longer approved for use in the U.S. since 1989. The insecticide is acutely toxic and it is frequently used as a tool for committing suicide. It can also lead to permanent nerve damage."

Scientists Reach Nuclear Fusion Milestone

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