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“Frankly, I find female porn stars — women who get filmed having sex for money — to be less depressing than women who compete for a man’s affection on TV.” – Matt Ufford, ‘Bachelor’ Porn Parody Looks More Compelling Than ‘The Bachelor’ [Warming Glow]

Best of the Best:

Tracking Your Federal Tax Dollars [Wall Street Journal]

Where do your federal tax dollars go? Many people don’t know. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 40% thought foreign aid was one of the two largest federal-budget expenses. In reality, Uncle Sam spends $14 on Medicare—itself the second-largest expense—for every dollar spent on foreign aid.  To counter such misconceptions, a not-for-profit Washington-based group called Third Way has produced an itemized taxpayer receipt that helps show the spending issues the new Congress will face.

Baghdad attacks on Christians prompt archbishop’s call for mass exodus [The Guardian]

This morning, the terrorists who had killed 44 of Baghdad’s Christians at their place of worship, came hunting them once more – this time in their homes. They struck 10 times just after 7am in six different places in Baghdad, almost all of them Christian houses.
The Americans had no idea China’s fast-growing submarine fleet had reached such a level of sophistication, or that it posed such a threat. One Nato figure said the effect was “as big a shock as the Russians launching Sputnik” – a reference to the Soviet Union’s first orbiting satellite in 1957 which marked the start of the space age. The incident, which took place in the ocean between southern Japan and Taiwan, is a major embarrassment for the Pentagon.

In the ancient Amazon, children had many fathers – and women many lovers [The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences via io9]

For children, having as many fathers as possible had its advantages. More dads meant more gifts and support for the child, which is known to increase a youngster’s odds of reaching adulthood. Besides, it was a rather pragmatic solution to a basic fact of life in a culture where warfare was all too common and brutal. If a child’s primary father died, he or she would have other males around to step in and act as father figures, easing the newly widowed mother’s burden.  Men also benefited from this system. Sharing paternity brought men together, cementing bonds and friendships (basically, just like Three Men and a Baby, just with less Steve Guttenberg). Indeed, one of the best ways for two men to cement an alliance was to share wives, often in a family – brothers were some of the most frequent wife-sharers.

Guys in Breach of Thrust [New York Post] and Snow Job [New York Magazine]

A new survey has found that 17 percent of men have used a bedroom ploy usually associated with women: faking an orgasm. Some of these faking fellows interviewed by The Post said they turned on the histrionics because they were bored, drunk or just not into their partner.

Mozart quells mall violence [The Press]

The number of anti-social incidents attended by city centre security guards, known as ambassadors, fell from 77 a week in October 2008 to two for the same week this year. The number of drug and alcohol-related incidents fell from 16 in 2008 to zero this year.  The number of times the ambassadors helped shopkeepers with troublesome customers has fallen from 35 to nothing.

Ky. Man Forced To Eat Own Beard [MSNBC]

“One thing led to another, and before I knew it, there were knives and guns and everything just went haywire. (Then) they cut my beard and forced me to eat it,” he said.

Ban-happy SF Targets Male Circumsion [The Washington Examiner]

The Board of Supervisors just banned toys in Happy Meals, which drew worldwide attention. Now the latest ban being proposed in San Francisco is on male circumcision.  A proposed ballot measure for the November 2011 ballot – when voters will be electing the San Francisco’s next mayor – would amend The City’s police code “to make it a misdemeanor to circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18.

Democrats and the rule of law [Glenn Greenwald on Salon]

Obviously, those who screamed bloody murder over Bush/Cheney Terrorism policies but now justify or at least acquiesce to the same policies when implemented by Obama have serious issues with partisan loyalties trumping honest advocacy.  But it’s when the Obama administration reverses itself — such as with the torture photos — that one’s intellectual honesty is most conclusively tested:  one’s beliefs and principles can’t shift with Obama’s reversals if they’re to be meaningful or credible.  The same issue applies here:  shouldn’t anyone who defended Holder’s original decision on the ground that it was compelled by the Constitution, the rule of law and our values now vocally denounce Obama for his profound violations of those same doctrines?

World’s Worst Muay Thai Ref Sees No Problems With Garbage Can Lids [The Spoiler via Deadspin]

A pretty exciting Muay Thai match becomes a whole different animal after the introduction of some garbage can lids. Then it becomes a regular match again, all the while the referee does nothing. Niche sports are fantastic sometimes.

Heat Strokes, Game 10: Miami Teaches Its Pitiful Fans How To Cheer [Eric Freeman on Free Darko via Deadspin]

To be sure, the Heat haven’t started this season as they were supposed to — particularly at home — but Miami has sat on its hands even during championship runs. In 2006, Heat crowds didn’t bother to make much noise for Wade and Shaq, and the Florida Marlins haven’t caught on with local fans despite winning the World Series in two of their first 11 seasons. In most cities — in Cleveland, let’s say — this run of championships would constitute a golden age for local sports. In South Beach, they’re teaching their fans how to cheer.

Jesus Walks Like A Cowboy: Manny Pacquiao Does Dallas [Hamilton Nolan via Deadspin]

It was a very Texan kind of place, which is how I will hereafter refer to things that I don’t understand. The Gaylord reflected a particular Texan obsession with enclosing the outdoors, boasting a huge glassed-in atrium, where you could see the sun but at the same time enjoy a temperature-controlled space and many bad restaurants.

How to Make the Dollar Sound Again [Jim Grant via The New York Times]

Let the economists gasp: The classical gold standard, the one that was in place from 1880 to 1914, is what the world needs now. In its utility, economy and elegance, there has never been a monetary system like it.

Airline frequent fliers ‘radiation poisoning risks’ from space ‘solar flare’ storm activity [The Telegraph]

During one “major space weather event”, in October 2003, the FAA issued a formal warned that all routes north and south of 35 degree latitude “were subject to excessive radiation doses” and the researchers said further airline disruption was almost certain.

In Iran, Hailing Detroit With Vintage V-8’s [Jim Koscs on The New York Times]

One big difference this time: the encounter, which took place at summer’s end, did not begin on the main drag of a small Midwestern town and pursue resolution on a deserted country road. Instead, the Camaros, a pair of pumped-up early ’70s models owned by friends, faced off at the Azadi Stadium Race Track in Tehran.

Metallica Guitarist Accidentally Kicks a Child [Gawker]

During a Sydney performance of “Seek and Destroy,” Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is kicking balloons around the stage. He winds up, swings his foot, and—uh oh. Was that a child that just went flying?

Peter King Loves His Four-Way [Big Daddy Drew on KSK]

Wait a second. Is Peter saying Favre now refuses to talk to him because King “criticized” him? Holy shit, what a gash. “There has been a shocking decline in the quantity and quality of your toadying, Peter!”

Remember, Michael Vick Was On Pros Vs. Joes Just Eight Months Ago [AJ Daulerio on Deadspin]

By going on Spike TV he could appear in a football context, make some easy cash, not have to talk about dogs or rape stands, and maybe rebuild his public image just a little — even if it meant being touted as “the most controversial player in the NFL” in the promo reel. He did the show in March. Surprisingly, Vick had one of the most disastrous outings in PVJ history.

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