“A recent study published in the current issue of Sexologies finds that for females, the key to orgasms might not be in sex itself, but in thinking sexy thoughts. A poll of more than 250 French women found that for those who were able to focus on their bodies and steer their thoughts to the erotic during intercourse, they were more likely to be “orgasmic.””—Think sexy thoughts.
“Silicon Valley needs to start asking itself the question: How do we think our users would feel if they knew we were feeding them false information? If they don’t understand the natural anger and betrayal that would likely ensue, then maybe they shouldn’t be running websites that are designed to promote human connection. The scary thing is, when you see a title like “We Experiment on Human Beings!” you start to realize that many of these people don’t even realize that there is a line that shouldn’t be crossed in the first place.”—OkCupid is treating its users like lab rats and it’s “awesome.”
“The Mayo Clinic and Center for Disease Control say seven to eight hours of sleep for an adult is the standard. There are, however, variations in sleep patterns, according to Psychology Today, and a study out earlier this year suggests seven hours may be better than eight.”—Are *you* getting enough sleep? Probably not.
“Changing the intellectual tenor of our law schools is not going to save the world. But if law students are encouraged to think less in terms of numbers and more in terms of people, and if they are presented with a vocabulary of compassion rather than one of cold calculation, they stand a good chance of helping it along.”—Law schools are prioritizing profits above people.
“Close to half of the entire civil rights establishment just sold out the Internet. The civil rights group letters argue that Title II reclassification of broadband services as a public utility — the only path forward for real net neutrality after a federal court ruling in January — would somehow “harm communities of color.” The groups wrote to the FCC to tell them that “we do not believe that the door to Title II should be opened.” Simply put, these groups, many of which claim to carry the mantle of Martin Luther King Jr., are saying that Comcast and Verizon should be able to create Internet slow lanes and fast lanes, and such a change would magically improve the lives of non-white Americans.”—Civil rights sold out on net neutrality.
“The vast increase in literacy in Modern Standard Arabic in this generation over previous ones allowed the millennials to communicate beyond the small groups that use their dialect. Literacy also bestowed on them the confidence to challenge their elders, born in part of a realization that they possessed competencies their parents and grandparents did not. Sometimes these skills gave women advantages, including on the Internet.”—The Millennial generation is changing the Middle East
“It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.
The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.”—The New York Times calls for the legalization of marijuana
“You can’t get more serious about protecting the people from their government than the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, specifically in its most critical clause: “No person shall be… deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” In 2011, the White House ordered the drone-killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki without trial. It claimed this was a legal act it is prepared to repeat as necessary. Given the Fifth Amendment, how exactly was this justified? Thanks to a much contested, recently released but significantly redacted — about one-third of the text is missing — Justice Department white paper providing the basis for that extrajudicial killing, we finally know: the president in Post-Constitutional America is now officially judge, jury, and executioner.”—How to survive in post-constitutional America.
“When minor characters who are also ethnic minorities start talking among themselves in their native tongues, they sometimes take advantage of their invisibility to say things. Sometimes they break the Fourth Wall and start ranting about the movie director. Sometimes, they spout random obscenities or natter about their lousy lunch. It’s all in not-English, so whatever they say doesn’t matter! And the actual translations of their lines can be a secret source of hilarity in films where actors are instructed to use a Gratuitous Foreign Language (GFL) in order to make a scene sound more authentic. When some Native Americans cast in Westerns were told to speak their own language to add some authenticity, these actors took the opportunity to crudely editorialize about their director, which allegedly resulted in Native American audiences (in)explicably cracking up laughing during scenes that were meant to be dramatic.”—Minorities can be marginalized in film, but not silenced.
“So when we hear about Google turning old pay phones into Wi-Fi spots its easy to wonder, do we really need this? Do we really need even more access to the Internet. What for? So I can watch “The Rockford Files” on my phone while waiting for the bus without paying onerous bandwidth charges? So that Google can monetize my every online interaction more effectively than ever by geolocating targeted ads as I stroll down Second Avenue? When do we say enough!? We’re already connected enough?”—Is there too much Internet?
“Last night I sat at the synagogue next to my 19-year-old daughter. I felt a swell of joy as the services began; I’d been away too long. I’d loved services as a child and teenager. And then we hit the first mention of Israel as the Promised Land, and I burst into tears.
On the way to services, I’d caught up on Twitter a bit. I’d read about the Israeli missiles still falling on Palestine. I’d read about the outright murder of Palestinian children. And I sat there and listened to the rabbi call Israel our Promised Land, and it broke something in me.”—"Israel is Not My Birthright."
“On all 2,636 hours of secretly recorded Nixon White House tapes that the government has declassified to date, you can hear the president of the United States order precisely one break-in. It wasn’t Watergate, but it does expose the roots of the cover-up that ultimately brought down Richard Milhous Nixon. Investigation of its origin reveals almost as much about the president’s rise as his fall.”—The story behind the Nixon scandal you haven’t heard of.
“Wind power is currently making just a small, if powerful, contribution to the world’s energy mix — just 3 percent, meaning it’s still no match for oil and gas. But according to industry analysts, it’s headed for a major upswing, and the worldwide supply of wind energy will more than double in the next five years.”—Wind power is set for a comeback.
“Young women are opening up about their periods and taking to YouTube with their stories and advice. Like their ever-popular beauty-vlogging counterparts, period vloggers are sharing product reviews, instructional guides and pertinent information — most of which is missing from most shame-inducing advertisements.”—Period vlogging is a thing, and that’s wonderful.
“The problem with all this is we root around looking for the diet or the food fad that’s going to make us feel healthy and look good and be sustainable at the same time. We have Paleo diets, and we have these cockamamie ideas of what the world can support because it’s in fashion or because it shows to be working for the short term, but that will last about as long as the conversation and then we’ll be on to something else. Unfortunately, the land can’t support those diets”—The “global kale shortage” and the problem with so-called super foods.
“The homosexual movement is also destroying America by aggressively seeking to destroy traditional families, religion, and marriages for the purpose of removing all societal moral boundaries.”—There are republicans who actually believe this.
“You know, it actually can happen. I mean, the chances of it happening are very rare, but it can happen actually. Which is crazy. Not that it—the chances of it are, like, you know, it’s like probably ‘pigs could fly.’ Like, I don’t think pigs could fly, but actually sharks could be stuck in tornados. There could be a sharknado.”—Tara Reid, scientific genius.