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Friday, 20 April 2012

Could ROBOT Prostitutes be the Future? -

Could ROBOT Prostitutes be the Future? - 

Feminists often complain about women being objectified, but what happens if objects are actually constructed to look – and act – like women? According to some New Zealand researchers studying the sex industry, and how it may evolve in the coming years, that may be precisely what’s on the horizon. Fox News sums up the study, which predicts that the sex industry might move full tilt into offering up robot prostitutes:

Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars of the Victoria Management School in Wellington, New Zealand, wrote about an imaginary brothel in Amsterdam’s red-light district called Yub-Yum.
The research paper titled Robots, Men And Sex Tourism describes the brothel as being “modern and gleaming with about 100 scantily clad blondes and brunettes parading around in exotic G-strings and lingerie,” io9 reported.[...]
They said clients would pay $9,500 for an “all-inclusive service,“ featuring lap dances and intercourse from ”a range of sexual gods and goddesses of different ethnicity, body shapes, ages, languages and sexual features.[...]
They also predicted robot prostitution would put a stop to human trafficking associated with the sex industry.
In effect, the paper predicts that RealDolls will be made sentient. Depending on your point of view, this is either deeply disturbing or a welcome potential escape from the exploitation involved in the sex industry. Unfeeling robots are far preferable to living, breathing, easily hurt people, but on the other hand, wouldn‘t this simply reinforce the culture of consequenceless sex that’s been built up in America?

And let’s not even get into what certain Secret Service Agents might think…

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New film exposes the lifestyles of ‘Tiny House People’ who live in Bizzarrely Small Homes -

New film exposes the lifestyles of ‘Tiny House People’ who live in Bizzarrely Small Homes - 
Fair Companies Kirsten Dirksen Makes Tiny House Movie| Small House Movement

Interesting homes have become an area of intrigue here at The Blaze. From the world’s largest treehouse to some of the smallest abodes ever seen, we’ve covered them all. Now, for those who find themselves dumbfounded, perplexed and curious regarding how individuals can make everyday-use of very tiny spaces, there’s a new documentary coming called, “We the Tiny House People.”

The film, set to release on April 23, documents the people who — whether they know it or not — are part of the so-called “Small House Movement.”

Fair Companies’ Kirsten Dirksen, who produced the new documentary after capturing hundreds of hours of film, explains how she first discovered the movement and began promoting the ultra-miniature homes:

I stumbled into the Small House Movement by accident of location- my parents live within miles of the tiny house poster boy Jay Shafer and his 89 square foot home-, but within a couple of years I had become a part of it as one of the few, and most likely only, videographers documenting small shelters on a regular basis.
I continue to discover people- who often aren’t even aware there’s a movement of their type (see Small House Society)- living in shipping containers, shacks, houseboats, converted garages, caves, tool sheds, former pigeon coops, Airstream trailers and treehouses. They don’t all think alike, but all those I’ve interviewed see their decision to live small as a choice, and often as the most direct path to an examined, and happier, life. 
I‘m reluctant to claim there’s some sort of magic in small abodes- I’m sure some people are watching simply for the “house porn” (as Shafer describes it)-, but it’s obvious these stripped-down shelters reveal for us the essense of home, and for many, make it a bit easier to “suck the marrow out of life”.
Dirksen has released an 11-minute trailer that gives a lens into the knowledge that viewers can expect to gain from the tiny-home film. Watch it, below:

Chimps Throwing Poop And 29 Other Mind Blowing Ways That The US Government Is Wasting Your Money -

Chimps Throwing Poop And 29 Other Mind Blowing Ways That The US Government Is Wasting Your Money - 

Why do chimpanzees throw poop?  The federal government would like to know and is using your tax dollars to investigate the matter.  Every single year, we all send huge amounts of our hard-earned money to the federal government.  We hope that they will spend that money wisely.  Unfortunately, that is simply not the case.  You are about to read some examples of how the government is wasting your money that are absolutely mind blowing.  Anyone that claims that there is not a lot of waste that can be cut out of the federal budget is lying to you.  Our politicians have racked up the biggest pile of debt in the history of the world and they are spending our money on some of the stupidest things imaginable.  It is imperative that the American people be educated about all of this outrageous government waste, because right now the political will to change this corrupt system is simply not there among the current crop of politicians in Washington.  We are stealing trillions of dollars from future generations and many of the things that our politicians are wasting that money on are almost too bizarre to believe.

The following are 30 mind blowing ways that the government is wasting your money….

#1 In 2011, the National Institutes of Health spent $592,527 on a study that sought to figure out once and for all why chimpanzees throw poop.

#2 The National Institutes of Health has spent more than 5 million dollars on a website called Sexpulse that is targeted at “men who use the Internet to seek sex with men”.  According to Fox News, the website “includes pornographic images of homosexual sex as well as naked and scantily clad men” and features “a Space Invaders-style interactive game that uses a penis-shaped blaster to shoot down gay epithets.”

#3 The General Services Administration spent $822,751 on a “training conference” for 300 west coast employees at the M Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The following is how the Washington Post described some of the wasteful expenses that happened during this “conference”….

Among the “excessive, wasteful and in some cases impermissable” spending the inspector general documented: $5,600 for three semi-private catered in-room parties and $44 per person daily breakfasts; $75,000 for a “team-building” exercise — the goal was to build a bicycle; $146,000 on catered food and drinks; and $6,325 on commemorative coins in velvet boxes to reward all participants for their work on stimulus projects. The $31,208 “networking” reception featured a $19-per-person artisanal cheese display and $7,000 of sushi. At the conference’s closing-night dinner, employees received “yearbooks” with their pictures, at a cost of $8,130.

You can see some stunning pictures of GSA employees living the high life in Las Vegas right here.

#4 Do you remember a few days ago when credit rating agency Egan Jones downgraded U.S. government debt from AA+ to AA?  Well, someone in the federal government apparently did not like that at all.  According to Zero Hedge, the SEC plans to file charges against Egan Jones for “misstatements” on a regulatory application with the SEC.

Normally, the SEC does not go after anyone.  After all, when is the last time a major banker went to prison?

No, the truth is that the SEC is usually just a huge waste of taxpayer money.  According to ABC News, one investigation found that 17 senior SEC officials had been regularly viewing pornography while at work.  While the American people were paying their salaries, this is what senior SEC officials were busy doing….

One senior attorney at SEC headquarters in Washington spent up to eight hours a day accessing Internet porn, according to the report, which has yet to be released. When he filled all the space on his government computer with pornographic images, he downloaded more to CDs and DVDs that accumulated in boxes in his offices.

An SEC accountant attempted to access porn websites 1,800 times in a two-week period and had 600 pornographic images on her computer hard drive.

Another SEC accountant used his SEC-issued computer to upload his own sexually explicit videos onto porn websites he joined.

And another SEC accountant attempted to access porn sites 16,000 times in a single month.

#5 According to InformationWeek, the federal government is spending “millions of dollars” to train Asian call center workers.

#6 If you can believe it, the federal government has actually spent $750,000 on a new soccer field for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.
#7 The U.S. Agency for International Development spent 10 million dollars to create a version of “Sesame Street” for Pakistani television.

#8 The Obama administration has plans to spend between 16 and 20 million dollars to help students from Indonesia get master’s degrees.

#9 The National Science Foundation spent $198,000 on a University of California-Riverside study that explored “motivations, expectations and goal pursuit in social media.” One of the questions the study sought an answer to was the following: “Do unhappy people spend more time on Twitter or Facebook?”

#10 The federal government actually has spent $175,587 “to determine if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior”.

#11 In 2011, $147,138 was given to the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan.  Their best magic trick is making U.S. taxpayer dollars disappear.

#12 The federal government recently spent $74,000 to help Michigan “increase awareness about the role Michigan plays in the production of trees and poinsettias.”

#13 In 2011, the federal government gave $550,000 toward the making of a documentary about how rock and roll contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union.

#14 The National Institutes of Health has contributed $55,382 toward a study of “hookah smoking habits” in the country of Jordan.

#15 The federal government gave $606,000 to researchers at Columbia University to study how heterosexuals use the Internet to find love.

#16 A total of $133,277 was recently given to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games for video game preservation.  The International Center for the History of Electronic Games says that it “collects, studies, and interprets video games, other electronic games, and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other, including across boundaries of culture and geography.”

#17 The federal government has given approximately $3 million to researchers at the University of California at Irvine to fund their research into video games such as World of Warcraft.

#18 In 2011, the National Science Foundation gave one team of researchers$149,990 to create a video game called “RapidGuppy” for cell phones and other mobile devices.

#19 The U.S. Department of Agriculture once handed researchers at the University of New Hampshire $700,000 to study methane gas emissions from dairy cows.

#20 In 2011, $936,818 was spent developing an online soap opera entitled “Diary of a Single Mom”.  The show “chronicles the lives and challenges of three single mothers and their families trying to get ahead despite obstacles that all single mothers face, such as childcare, healthcare, education, and finances.”

#21 The federal government once shelled out $2.6 million to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly.

#22 Last year, the federal government spent $96,000 to buy iPads for kindergarten students in Maine.

#23 The U.S. Postal Service once spent $13,500 for a single dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

#24 In 2011, the Air Force Academy completed work on an outdoor worship area for pagans and Wiccans.  The worship area consists of “a small Stonehenge-like circle of boulders with [a] propane fire pit” and it cost $51,474 to build.  The worship area is “for the handful of current or future cadets whose religions fall under the broad category of ‘Earth-based’, which includes Wiccans, druids and pagans.”  At this point, that only includes 3 current students at the Air Force Academy.

#25 The National Institutes of Health once gave researchers $400,000 to study why gay men in Argentina engage in risky sexual behavior when they are drunk.

#26 The National Institutes of Health once gave researchers $442,340 to study the behavior of male prostitutes in Vietnam.

#27 The National Institutes of Health once spent $800,000 in “stimulus funds” to study the impact of a “genital-washing program” on men in South Africa.

#28 The National Science Foundation recently spent $200,000 on a study that examined how voters react when politicians change their stances on climate change.

#29 The federal government recently spent $484,000 to help build a Mellow Mushroom pizzeria in Arlington, Texas.

#30 At this point, China is holding over a trillion dollars of U.S. government debt.  But that didn’t stop the United States from sending 17.8 million dollars in foreign aid to China in 2011.

Do you feel good about paying your federal taxes after reading all of those examples of wasteful government spending?

All over America, middle class families are scratching and clawing in an effort to survive in this economy, and the oppressive levels of taxation imposed on those families certainly does not make things any easier for them.

It is tremendously immoral for the federal government to take money out of the hands of hard working families and spend it on such ridiculous things.

So what do you all think about the list above?

Do you have any things that you would add to that list?

Are you disgusted by how the federal government is mismanaging our money?

Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below….


CHCH frantically tried to cut gay porn movie that overtook news broadcast this AM - #CHPorningLive -

CHCH frantically tried to cut gay porn movie that overtook news broadcast this AM - #CHPorningLive - 

CHCH television says a cable company repair problem caused the sudden appearance of a hard core porn movie during its Friday morning newscast.

The station apologized to viewers and promised to investigate as soon as it returned to air.

News director Mike Katrycz said the station confirmed within the hour “there was a cable cut at a cable company somewhere (Thursday) night) and somewhere in the repair of it put in some alternative programming which wasn’t ours.”

“It didn’t originate with us “

“We are apologizing to our viewers. We hope they understand it was beyond our control.”

Katrycz said such a thing has never happened before in his 30 years experience.

Katrycz said he believes the station ultimately aired around a minute of “hardcore pornography.”

“But as I say, it seemed like an eternity,” he said.

Katrycz said he noticed the issue right away and frantically called the network’s master control to try to fix it. But since the problem originated elsewhere, they weren’t able to immediately pull the material off the air.

“It was out of our hands,” he said.

He wasn’t sure if viewers had been calling in droves to complain, but he “wouldn’t be a bit surprised.”

“We’re very disturbed,” he said, adding that the station was sorry, even if the issue wasn’t its fault.

“That still doesn’t mitigate the impact on our viewers, those who saw it, and for that we apologize.”

Some of those viewers seemed to take the blunder in stride, taking to Twitter to poke fun at the mistake using the hashtag “#CHPorningLive.”

“Just eating some pancakes this morning watching #CHCH ... I no longer like pancakes or the news,” wrote Twitter user @derek1913.

Others weren’t quite so amused.

One woman, who said she was angry, tweeted that it was lucky no small children were in the room when the pornography came on.

Viewers of the News Now broadcast were confronted with hard core sex scenes at 9:30 a.m. for several minutes before the channel went dark and stopped broadcasting.

When regular programming resumed several minutes later, CHCH apologized on air for what it said was a problem that originated outside of CH and outside its owners, Channel Zero, which operates several adult movie services.


Measles cases in the United States reach 15-year high... -

Measles cases in the United States reach 15-year high... - 

Measles cases in the United States hit a 15-year high in 2011, with 90 percent of the cases traced to other countries with lower immunization rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.

There were 222 cases of measles in the United States last year, more than triple the usual number, the CDC said. There had been only about 60 cases per year between 2001 and 2010.

No one has died of the disease in the United States since 2008. But approximately 20 million people contract the measles virus each year worldwide, and about 164,000 die from it, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the health agency's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

The agency said in 2000 that home-grown measles had been eliminated, but cases continued to arrive in the United States from abroad.

There have been more than 25 measles cases reported so far in 2012, most of them imported, the CDC said. The virus can easily enter the country through foreign visitors or Americans traveling abroad who bring the disease back with them.

Measles is highly contagious and is transmitted when an infected person breaths, coughs or sneezes, Schuchat said. The disease can be spread even before an infected person has developed the rash from the virus.

"You can catch measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been even after that person has left the room," Schuchat said on Thursday.

Measles cases were found in 31 states in 2011. Last year's count marked the highest number of cases since 1996, when there were 508 cases in the United States.

All but 22 of the 222 cases last year involved patients who had been infected overseas or caught the virus from someone who had been abroad, the CDC said. The source of the other 22 cases could not be determined.

Many of the cases were traced to Europe, where in some countries immunization rates are lower than in the United States. Europe suffered an outbreak of the disease in 2011, reporting more than 37,000 measles cases.

France, Italy and Spain, popular destinations for U.S. tourists, were among the hardest hit, said Schuchat.

"It's very important for travelers heading off to Europe to make sure they are up to date on their immunizations and that their children are too," she said.

Those who have already had measles or have been inoculated are not considered at risk of contracting the virus, the CDC said. The CDC recommends children receive two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine starting at 12-15 months of age.

More than 90 percent of U.S. children have been vaccinated against measles, the CDC said.

"We don't have to have this much measles," Schuchat said. "Measles is preventable. Unvaccinated people put themselves and other people at risk for measles and its complications."


‘Create the family you want: Boy or Girl’: Sex selection advertized in Canadian newspapers -

‘Create the family you want: Boy or Girl’: Sex selection advertized in Canadian newspapers - 

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 19, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the wake of a new study that indicates that unborn girls are being targeted for abortion by certain immigrant groups in Canada, evidence has surfaced that sex selective in vitro fertilization (IVF) is being regularly advertised in Canadian news papers.

A fertility clinic in Washington state has been targeting Indo-Canadians in British Columbia with an ad encouraging them to “create the family you want: Boy or Girl.” The ad features a picture of an ethnic boy and girl attired in traditional Indian garb. 

A website address in the ad directs parents interested in sex-selection to the Washington Center for Reproductive Medicine where they learn that preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is the clinic’s preferred method for “selecting an embryo of known gender facilitating family balancing”.

Sabrina Atwal, project director for the Indo-Canadian Women’s Association in Edmonton said she was “appalled” by the ad and that it was indicative of the devaluation faced by women and girls in Indo-Canadian communities.

“Girls are fighting for their lives before they’re even born,” she said.

According to the clinic’s explanation of the sex selection process, after the artificial joining of numerous sperms and eggs, the clinic performs biopsies on the newly created human beings to identify the ones the bear XX (female) or XY (male) chromosomes. With the PGD method, the clinic “virtually guarantee[s] successful gender selection.”

In IVF embryos that are not implanted are typically destroyed or frozen for later use, or scientific research.

In an op-ed that appeared yesterday in the National Post, Kelly McParland chided Canadians who might be appalled by current practices such as sex selection in what he called the country’s “free-for-all baby market”.

With no law on abortion in the country, McParland pointed out that the sex selection clinic would be “perfectly justified” in going even further.

“Why not be specific, with a two-for-one special on male twins? Crude? You bet. Barbaric? Some would say that, but certainly not feminists, who support sex selection as another legitimate choice for women to make, and which is none of our business.”

McParland pointed out the colossal logical conundrum faced by pro-abortion feminists who have built an empire on the ideology of ‘abortion on demand for any reason’ and who are now even willing to sacrifice their own sisters’ blood by defending sex selection for the sake of holding fast to their ideology.

“Sex selection … puts feminists in the odd position of defending the right of women to decide against female babies on the basis that females aren’t as valuable or desirable as males.”

“How much more discriminatory can you get than advocating the inherent value of one sex over the other?”

“Don’t ask me, ask the feminists. It’s their position, not mine,” concludes McParland.

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