link round-up 9/12/10

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Lighthearted gay jokes sell Coca-Cola in Egypt (via)



Proposed Turkish Constitutional revision pits Secularism vs. Islam

Has porn hijacked the sexuality of American culture?
What's interesting is that pornography is actually in a mess because they don't know what else to do, the pornographers. They've gone about as hardcore and as cruel as they can. They've done everything to women's bodies short of killing her. So the question is what can they do next to keep an increasingly desensitized audience interested?
...In an interesting way, pornography seems to almost be a metaphor for capitalism in general, right? Basically unchecked growth...at some point there's a limit, at some point you hit a wall, and you can't grow any more, you can't go any further because you've gone as far as you can.
Japanese simulated rape video game goes viral
The game allows you to even impregnate a girl and urge her to have an abortion. The reason behind your assault, explains the game, is that the teenage girl has accused you of molesting her on the train. The motive is revenge.
It is little wonder that the game, titled RapeLay, sparked international outrage from women's groups. Taina Bien-Aime helped yank the game off store shelves worldwide.
Asian women have the highest abortion rates in the United States  (via)

The unlikely match-up of an army chaplain and his atheist military bodyguard in Afghanistan (via)
Navy Chaplain Terry Moran is steeped in the Bible and believes all of it. His assistant, Religious Programs Specialist 2nd Class Philip Chute, is steeped in the Bible and having none of it.

Together they roam this town in Taliban country, comforting the grunts while crossing swords with each other over everything from the power of angels to the wisdom of standing in clear view of enemy snipers. Lt. Moran, 48 years old, preaches about divine protection while 25-year-old RP2 Chute covers the chaplain's back and wishes he were more attentive to the dangers of the here and now.
China's deep-sea submarine ambitions
The global seabed is littered with what experts say is trillions of dollars’ worth of mineral nodules as well as many objects of intelligence value: undersea cables carrying diplomatic communications, lost nuclear arms, sunken submarines and hundreds of warheads left over from missile tests.
While a single small craft cannot reel in all these treasures, it does put China in an excellent position to go after them.
“They’re in it for a penny and a pound,” said Don Walsh, a pioneer of deep-ocean diving who recently visited the submersible and its makers in China. “It’s a very deliberate program.”
Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent
Across Russia, the security services have carried out dozens of similar raids against outspoken advocacy groups or opposition newspapers in recent years. Security officials say the inquiries reflect their concern about software piracy, which is rampant in Russia. Yet they rarely if ever carry out raids against advocacy groups or news organizations that back the government.
As the ploy grows common, the authorities are receiving key assistance from an unexpected partner: Microsoft itself. In politically tinged inquiries across Russia, lawyers retained by Microsoft have staunchly backed the police.
 German nationalism back on the rise

Nuclear park in Jaitapur, India provokes local resistance (via)

Documentary on the 1975 Indonesian invasion of East Timor




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