Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Czech Lesbian Prostitutes and Chinese Drunk Drivers (Link Round-Up 6/7/11)

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Correlation vs. Causation
Prochazka says that the higher rate is due to the fact that it's easier for lesbian sex workers to define their relationship with men as “strictly professional.”

But it also works the other way around.

Because of greater plasticity of female sexuality, he says, “Some women who have had bad experiences with men might seek tenderness and love from women, even though their natural preference might be heterosexual.”
The South Asian Rambo
Pun fired more than 400 rounds, launched 17 grenades and detonated a mine to repel the Taliban assault on his checkpoint near Babaji in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, last September.

Surrounded, the enemy opened fired from all sides and for 15 minutes Pun remained under continuous attack, including from rocket-propelled grenades and AK47 guns.

At one point, unable to shoot, he used his machine gun tripod to knock down a militant who was climbing the walls of the compound.
Two insurgents were still attacking by the time he ran out of ammunition, but he set off a Claymore mine to repel them.
Not Quite What Mao or Confucius Envisioned
“Many people just think they drink when they need to drink and they drive when they need to drive. They don’t yet realize those two are in conflict,” said Xia Xueluan, a sociologist at Peking University. “The change in culture in China hasn’t caught up with the growth in cars.”

He and other experts say drunken driving is the result of the new China colliding with the old.
Kids These Days
"I conducted a trip to Kenya last summer where I was able to build the SunSaluter using locally available materials, and I was able to work with people in the villages to build this project together," Full said. "I think this is really important, because if you want a technology to be sustainable — and you really want it to be viable and address the needs in the market — you're going to have to be able to first go there and understand what is needed."

Full spoke excitedly about her pilot project in Mpala, a small village of 1,000 people in central Kenya, where she deployed her invention in a real-world context. Full said she receives monthly e-mails updating her on the status of the small, zero-emission power station.
Redheaded Step-Ancestor
Three of the salt men date back to the Parthian (247 BCE-224 CE) and Sassanid (224-651 CE) eras, while all other human remains discovered at the site go back to the Achaemenid Dynasty (550-330 BCE). A sixth ‘salt man’ has been left in place due to the lack of equipment necessary for its preservation.
American (Conservative) Nightmare
I have travelled all over the world extensively and spend a great length of time in the Middle East and Asia. I would say that nations developing now and trying the bridge the gap between themselves and ‘The West’ are the areas of the world I am most concerned with. The reason is that these nations are using the same methods used by the U.S. and Europe which we are now paying for as ecological disasters and as Global Warming. They are using these methods because in many instances they are cheap and quick; often times the climate issues are exacerbated by geography and pre-existing weather patterns as well.

One of the most polluted placed I have been in recently is Tehran and it goes beyond the fossil fuels burned for millions of unregulated vehicles. Tehran and much of Iran is on a plateau, pollution just sits there and is visible as you fly in and out of the city as a thick brown layer.
Play Ball?
The Iranian women's soccer team was in tears after being forced to forfeit a 2012 London Olympics qualifying match this past weekend because it showed up to play in hijabs. FIFA banned the Islamic head scarf in 2007, saying that it could cause choking injuries -- the same reason it gave for recently banning snoods (neck warmers). FIFA also has strict rules against any religious statements in team uniforms.

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