Line O’ the Day:
“I grew up in the 1980’s, and there must have been some kind of hitchhiking plague in the 1980’s because I distinctly remember being told in school to NEVER hitchhike. They had entire seminars and shit about how, if you hitchhiked, you would end up bound in a motel room and raped with a fire extinguisher.”
- Big Daddy Drew, 10 Good Movie Quotes To Yell Out During Orgasm [Deadspin]
Best of the Best:
Echoes of the Soviet Surge [Niels Annen on Foreign Policy]
The main take-away from the Soviet endgame for today’s NATO forces is less than rosy — namely, that an effective and able Afghan army is not sufficient to stabilize Afghanistan’s political system. An insurgency can survive and thrive if Kabul is in disarray. That said, the Soviet experience also casts some aspects of today’s effort in less-despairing light. The Red Army was largely successful in its effort to achieve one of the main goals the West has set out for itself: building an effective Afghan army. And even if the daily news from Afghanistan might suggest differently, conditions today are much more favorable than during the end of the Cold War. Indeed, while the mujahideen profited tremendously from U.S. and Pakistani aid, the Taliban today have no comparable international patron. Finally, today’s Afghan government possesses a crucial advantage that Najibullah’s government lacked — a nascent, if flawed, democratic process that can be used to bolster its support among the Afghan population.
Welcome to Debtors’ Prison, 2011 Edition [Wall Street Journal]
More than a third of all U.S. states allow borrowers who can’t or won’t pay to be jailed. Judges have signed off on more than 5,000 such warrants since the start of 2010 in nine counties with a total population of 13.6 million people, according to a tally by The Wall Street Journal of filings in those counties. Nationwide figures aren’t known because many courts don’t keep track of warrants by alleged offense. In interviews, 20 judges across the nation said the number of borrowers threatened with arrest in their courtrooms has surged since the financial crisis began.
A Declaration of Cyber-War [Michael Joseph Gross on Vanity Fair]
In terms of functionality, this was the largest piece of malicious software that most researchers had ever seen, and orders of magnitude more complex in structure. (Malware’s previous heavyweight champion, the Conficker worm, was only one-twentieth the size of this new threat.) During the next few months, a handful of determined people finally managed to decrypt almost all of the program, which a Microsoft researcher named “Stuxnet.” On first glimpsing what they found there, they were scared as hell.
The Man Who Wasn’t Darwin [David Quammen on National Geographic]
This is a classic episode in the history of science, a story of a coincidence and its aftermath, told and retold in books about how evolutionary biology came to be: the near simultaneous formulation of what we now think of as Darwin’s theory by Darwin himself and a young upstart, Alfred Russel Wallace. Classic or not, many people nowadays are unaware of it. Wallace, famed during his life as Darwin’s junior partner and for his other contributions to science and social thought, fell into obscurity after his death, in 1913.
How We Know [Freeman Dyson on The New York Review of Books, Reviewing The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick]
On the average, about eight words of drum language were needed to transmit one word of human language unambiguously. Western mathematicians would say that about one eighth of the information in the human Kele language belongs to the tones that are transmitted by the drum language. The redundancy of the drum language phrases compensates for the loss of the information in vowels and consonants. The African drummers knew nothing of Western mathematics, but they found the right level of redundancy for their drum language by trial and error…The story of the drum language illustrates the central dogma of information theory. The central dogma says, “Meaning is irrelevant.” Information is independent of the meaning that it expresses, and of the language used to express it. Information is an abstract concept, which can be embodied equally well in human speech or in writing or in drumbeats. All that is needed to transfer information from one language to another is a coding system. A coding system may be simple or complicated. If the code is simple, as it is for the drum language with its two tones, a given amount of information requires a longer message. If the code is complicated, as it is for spoken language, the same amount of information can be conveyed in a shorter message.
No Man’s Land: The Mystery of Mexico’s Drug Wars [Gary Moore on World Affairs]
At Cerro Prieto [“Dark Hill”]—far from eastern Mexico, but still accessible to roving Zeta operatives from the east—the local drug army is said to be like many across Mexico: mostly local boys, drawn from desert obscurity, either by enticement or brutal coercion. Either way, their narrow sliver of no-man’s-land is flanked on both sides by broad desert smuggling corridors controlled by El Chapo and the Sinaloa Cartel. Dark Hill has blocked monolithic control of the gateway to Arizona, the “golden door” of the Sonoran Desert. Heading the renegade effort is a local crime boss called El Gilo, who wedged himself into the crags and soaked up backing from El Chapo’s enemies.
Over to You, H. Parker Willis [Jim Grant via LRC]
“What Should the Federal Reserve Do Next?” Less, we say. Withdraw from the business of macroeconomic management. Acknowledge the essential error of the doctrine of interest-rate manipulation. Confess to the obvious flaws in the paper-currency system. Renounce debasement under the pseudo-scientific name of “quantitative easing.”
Now, I’m sure Adrian, being the operator for a large hotel in a city, has better things to do with her time than give some idiot who was careless with his receipts three attempts to locate a month-old hotel bill.
TRUTH: Adrian should not have helped Peter King.
That’s what makes a very good hotel very good.
What makes a good hotel very good? TOLERATING IMBECILES. Take it from the biggest one of all!
India, Pakistan, And The Hopeful Futility Of Cricket Diplomacy [Barry Petchesky on Deadspin]
Identity in the subcontinent isn’t a checked box on a census form. It’s a fugue, with many variations. Borders are mutable and theoretical. But sectarian allegiances are permanent. It’s why the cricket diplomacy column has had to be written every time the nations face off, and why it will have to be written again and again. A striking illustration of identity was given to me by Delhi-based sportswriter Gulu Ezekiel, born to a Jewish father and a Parsi mother. He considers himself part of two tiny and still-dwindling religious minorities in India. He is a cricket fan, too.
Obama’s new view of his own war powers [Glenn Greenwald on Salon]
The arguments raised to justify the Obama view of his own powers are every bit as frivolous as they were during the Bush years. Many claim that the War Powers Resolution of 1973 allows a President to fight wars for 60 days without Congressional approval, but (a) the Obama administration is taking the position that not even the WPR can constrain the President, and (b) 1541(c) of that Resolution explicitly states that the war-making rights conferred by the statute apply only to a declaration of war, specific statutory authority, or “a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.” Plainly, none of those circumstances prevail here.
The Truth About Race, Religion, And The Honor Code At BYU [Luke O’Brien and Darron Smith]
Only later, after the athletes had arrived on campus, did they realize the implications of the compact they had signed: that they had entered an environment where official morality is unevenly applied, where snitches and spies abound, and where, above all, an interplay of race and religion affects every decision and allows the school, at least publicly, to take a righteous stand that only advances the missionary aims of the church that owns it. In short, BYU creates the conditions for certain athletes to fail and, when they do, expresses only dismay.
Subject: Flag Football, Parental Discretion is Advised: Alright, so for those of you who know me and my coaching style, you know whats coming. For those of you who don’t, only read on if you can handle whatever I say. My strategy is not like Kevin, I don’t coddle my team or tell them “good job, we’ll win next week”. I will call you all out if you suck, and this week, we were fucking terrible.
How a university punished a female engineering student for this bikini photo [Justin Hyde on Jalponik]
A Canadian university suspended its student racecar-building team after one of the engineers in training had the audacity to pose with it while wearing a bikini. It’s an independent study course in sexism, administrative idiocy and misplaced priorities.
The Stupid Barry Bonds Prosecution, In A Stupid Nutshell [Tommy Craggs via Deadspin]
There’s a lot of mewling and bead-fondling in the sports pages today about what it all means for Bonds’s legacy — as always, it’s important to remember that a sportswriter talking about a legacy is just a fart talking about its own smell — but let’s ignore all that for now and instead direct our attention to an exchange from Day 12 of the trial, which I only just now noticed.
One Reason Sir Charles Doesn’t Like Reporters Is Because They’re Idiots [Charles Barkley on Sports Radio Interviews via Deadspin]
Dude, listen, I can’t speak for Mike Wilbon, but I think Chicago is the best summer city in the world. If the Bulls do not get to the conference finals, I’m going to kill Derrick Rose and Tom Thibodeau. I want to spend my week and a half in Chicago for the Conference Finals. I’m going to come in and spend the whole show with you guys and we’ll have a blast. Listen dude, I just want to be there for a week and a half and I’ll bring the beer.
The Sultan Of Twat: Babe Ruth’s Swinging First Few Years With The Yankees [Robert Weintrub’s The House that Ruth Built via Deadspin]
Fred Lieb said [Babe] Ruth was obsessed with the penis and not merely because he was famously well-endowed. His speech was peppered with phallic allusions, such as “I can knock the penis off any ball that ever was pitched.” A large stack of mail was “as big as my penis.” When he aged he confided to Lieb, “The worst of this is that I no longer can see my penis when I stand up.” The female genitalia weren’t left out. Asked “How’s it going, Jidge?” he would response, “Pussy good, pussy good.”
Rethinking Afghanistan, America, and Americans [Dana Visalli via LRC]
Abdullah, the son, added, “My father always tells me that the world is divided into two groups, those who build and those who destroy. The world is a village, and if you are destroying the village you are destroying the world. The military forces are always destroying. My father is always telling me to be part of the first group, the one that is building the world.” And so Abdullah’s goal is to become a doctor and help his people. “I must become a doctor,” he said, “or my life is nothing.”
Tsunami-hit towns forgot warnings from ancestors [Associated Press via Yahoo! News]
Modern sea walls failed to protect coastal towns from Japan’s destructive tsunami last month. But in the hamlet of Aneyoshi, a single centuries-old tablet saved the day. “High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants,” the stone slab reads. “Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.” It was advice the dozen or so households of Aneyoshi heeded, and their homes emerged unscathed from a disaster that flattened low-lying communities elsewhere and killed thousands along Japan’s northeastern shore.
The Canada bubble [MacLean’s]
So there you have it. Canada is either primed to be a world beater, or we’re about to go down the tubes. There’s arguably never been a time when forecasters have been so divided in their views of Canada’s economy. That’s partly due to the seemingly Herculean way we shrugged off the global recession while almost every other developed nation tanked and continues to struggle—a feat that can’t help but arouse a bit of too-good-to-be-true anxiety.
Considering the state of the economy, it should come as no surprise that the ranks of the child-free are exploding. The Department of Agriculture reports that the average cost for a middle-income two-parent family to support a kid through high school is $286,050 (it’s nearly half a million dollars for couples in higher tax brackets). Want him or her to get a college education? The number jumps to nearly $350,000 for a public university, and more than $400,000 for private. Though if your kid’s planning to major in Male Sterilization, it could wind up being a good investment: The vasectomy business seems to be one of the few in America that is booming.
The Sleepless Elite: Why Some People Can Run on Little Sleep and Get So Much Done [Melinda Beck on Wall Street Journal]
To date, Dr. Jones says he has identified only about 20 true short sleepers, and he says they share some fascinating characteristics. Not only are their circadian rhythms different from most people, so are their moods (very upbeat) and their metabolism (they’re thinner than average, even though sleep deprivation usually raises the risk of obesity). They also seem to have a high tolerance for physical pain and psychological setbacks.
Trouble @Twitter [Jessi Hempel on Fortune]
Unsure of what they’d created, the founders basically turned Twitter over to its users — initially a bunch of techie early adopters — and watched what they did with it. The result was a bit of anarchy: The crowd developed an unintuitive language all its own (the hashtags and retweets and other abbreviations all came from users); an ecosystem of independent “dashboard” companies such as TweetDeck and HootSuite emerged to help consumers manage their Twittering — a development that would prove to be a mixed blessing for Twitter.
Welcome to the Far Eastern Conference: Stephon Marbury is seeking redemption—and vast riches—in basketball-mad China. [Wells Tower on Gentlemen’s Quarterly]
He hung up and gave me an unhappy look. “I’m leaving Taiyuan,” he said. “I been compromised.” Management, he told me, had informed him that his services as a player were no longer required for the regular season. “If they make the playoffs, then they’ll use me, is what they said. Otherwise, they want me to help coach.” He was, in other words, being asked to recapitulate his humiliating final season riding the bench for the Knicks. It was hard to understand this “offer” as anything but a ploy to force Marbury to quit the Dragons, which, he told me, was what he had done.
- A Requiem for Detroit [William McGurn on The Wall Street Journal]
- Stratfor Asks What Happened To The American Declaration of War? [George Friedman on Stratfor via Zero Hedge]
- Stratfor On Libya, The West And The Narrative Of Democracy [George Friedman on Stratfor via Zero Hedge]
- A Brief History of the United States [Fred Reed]
- Bubble Spotting [Robert Shiller via Project Syndicate]
- Nation’s GDP as US States, China Provinces [The Economist via The Big Picture]
- Soldier to Plead Guilty in Afghan Murder Case [Wall Street Journal]
- Why I Am Never Going to Own a Home Again [James Altucher]
- Bernanke Meets His Inept Match In Bill Dudley [John Tamny on RealClearMarkets]
- Shock, Awe and Deja Vu in Libya. But What’s the Plan, Mr. President? [Eric Margolis via LRC]
- Guns move south, as drugs move north [The Globe and Mail]
- An Accelerated Grimace: On Cyber-Utopianism [Chris Lehmann on The Nation]
- 1 Million Workers. 90 Million iPhones. 17 Suicides. Who’s to Blame? [Joel Johnson on Wired]
- Hysterical Blindness [William Grigg on Pro Libertate]
- Massachusetts tackles health care costs [Stateline]
- Peter King Says Good For You, Gentrified Portions Of New Orleans! [Big Daddy Drew on KSK]
- Dubai on Empty [A.A. Gill on Vanity Fair]
- Fluoridation Question Revisited [Laurence Vance via LRC]
- Utah Considers Return to Gold, Silver Coins [Fox News]
- Arab Women See Protests Creating Opportunity for Equal Rights [Bloomberg]
- Gregg Easterbrook Puts The Final, Retarded Exclamation Point On Obama’s Bracketology-Gate [Big Daddy Drew on Deadspin]
- Watch 16-Year-Old Indi Cowie Juggle A Soccer Ball Better Than The Boys [Emma Carmichael on Deadspin]
- Self-Proclaimed Jersey-Chasers Bring UNC Hoopsters To Sorority Formal, Warn Sisters First [Deadspin]
- Yet Another Reason To Hate The Midwest: This Guy’s Cubs Favre Jersey [James Dickey on Deadspin]
- “Wait For Iiiiiit.” When Memes And Catchphrases Take Over Your Brain [Big Daddy Drew on Deadspin]
- Why are we so captivated by car crashes? [Matt Hardigee on Jalopnik]
- Phillies Fans Show Commitment To The Team By Doing Keg Stands On The Train [The 700 Level via Deadspin]
- UConn: The Unappreciated Cinderella [Luke O’Brien on Deadspin]
- When European Basketball Fans Get Excited, They Light Their Stadiums On Fire [Deadspin]
- Snooki Body Slams Michelle McCool, And Other Great Moments From WrestleMania 27 [Kate Shapiro on Deadspin]
- Wayne Rooney Scored A Hat Trick, Swore In Celebration, Got A Two-Match Ban [Deadspin]
- Meat, Don’t Do It! [Matt Ufford on Warming Glow]
- A Sad Cubs Fan Has Questions About Wrigley Field Rules Pertaining To Obese Cubs Fans [Deadspin]
- Here’s Video Of Derrick Rose Making Up For A Turnover With A Sky-High Blocked Shot [Deadspin]
- Kickball Rec League Captain Sends Out Fantastically Bitchy Email To His Underperforming Team [Deadspin]
- Another Bitchy Email Over Rec League Kickball Surfaces [Deadspin]
- Wahhhhhhhhh You Put Politics In My Sports! [Big Daddy Drew on Deadspin]
- Sherrie Daly Identifies The “Four Groups Of Hookers” On The PGA Tour [Sports Radio Interviews via Deadspin]
- This woman stripped to “conceal her scent” from K9s after a DUI [Jalopnik]
- Watch Dejan Stankovic Air Out A Goal From Midfield [Deadspin]
- This Texas Rangers Broadcast Clip Will Someday Be Evidence In Divorce Proceedings [Deadspin]
- No One Is Going To Cleveland Indians Games [Jack Dickey on Deadspin]
- Dookie’s Obnoxious “Open Letter” To Kyrie Irving As Obnoxious As You’d Expect [Deadspin]
- Peter King Knows How Much You Love Your Texas Rangers [Big Daddy Drew on KSK]
- Could The 2012 NFL Draft Become A Double Megadraft?! [Big Daddy Drew on Deadspin]
- “When It’s Not Your Turn”: The Quintessentially Victorian Vision of Ogden’s “The Wire” [Joel DeLyria and Sean Michael Robinson on The Hooded Utilitarian]
- For Isiah, NBA exile isn’t easy [Bill Reiter on Fox Sports]
- (Un)dead Wrestler Of The Week: The Undertaker [The Masked Man via Deadspin]
- CIA Rambo Escapes Pakistan [Eric Margolis via LRC]
- FDR’s New Deal, In Utero [C.J. Maloney via LRC]
- Hysterical Blindness [Will Grigg via LRC]
- The Phony Arguments for Presidential War Powers [Tom Woods]
- Gadaffi’s Curse Keeps Haunting Washington [Eric Margolis via LRC]
- Libya-Owned Bank Got 73 Loans From Fed Window After Lehman [Bloomberg]
- Libya, Libertarianism, and the Legacy of Lanny Friedlander [Justin Raimondo on Antiwar.com]
- Libya and the Obama Cult [Justin Raimondo on Antiwar.com]
- The Most World’s Important Unanswered Historical Question: “What Changed in 1800?” [Gary North’s Specific Answers]
- You Lie, Mr. President [Justin Raimondo on Antiwar.com]
- Inside the Massacre at Afghan Compound [Wall Street Journal]
- Meet Edward Zuckerberg, tech-savvy dentist (and Mark’s father) [Los Angeles Times]
- Community Reinvestment Act: Separating Fact From Fiction [Investor’s Business Daily Editorial]
- Got Rings?” T-Shirt Reminds Knicks Fans That Their Team Has Been Bad For Almost 40 Years [Deadspin]
- Jay-Z Fined $50k For Making Kentucky Freshmen’s Dreams Come Tru [Deadspin]
- Wayne Rooney Curses And The World Heaves [Luke O’Brien on Deadspin]
- There’s A Teenage German Girl Who Rides Cows Like They’re Horses [The Local via Deadspin]
- Here’s Video Of Critics Of The Guy Who Sold The Sonics To Oklahoma City Getting Thrown Out Of A Costco [Multiple Sources via Deadspin]
- College Kid Who Cried “Coach Attacked Me” Apparently Decided To Steal Two Beers From The Phillies [Deadspin]
- Justin Bieber Training With Barcelona Is Much Worse Than Ochocinco In Kansas City [Deadspin]
- VIDEO: Police Officers Pepper Spray 8-Year-Old Boy Trying to Kill His Teachers [BroBible]
- New Sport’s Inspiration Seems To Be Every Sport Ever At Once [Emma Carmichael on Deadspin]
- The Greatest Rejection Letter Ever Written Was Penned in 1875 [BroBible]
- The strangeness of air-conditioned golf courses [Geoff Manaugh on BLDGBLOG]
- How the ancient Romans made MSG [Esther Inglis-Arkell on io9]
- The Mutant Fungus That Could Stop Malaria [Associated Press via io9]
- Will we ever really discover Atlantis? [Annalee Newitz on io9]
- Physics proves that no one really has blue eyes [Esther Inglis-Arkell on io9]
- How copper kills flesh-eating bacteria [io9]
- You could jump off the solar system’s tallest cliff…and survive [Alasdair Wilkins on io9]
- Motion sensitive taps are havens for disease [Society for Health Care Epidemiology via io9]
- Newly-discovered monster virus from the depths of the Antarctic waters [io9]
- How will we dispose of spent nuclear fuel rods for centuries to come? [Robert Gonzalez and Cyriaque Lamar on io9]
- A wavelength of light that could fix heart problems – and deafness [Journal of Physiology via io9]
- Humanity’s first beer is an archaeological mystery [Scientific American via io9]
- An artificial leaf and a gallon of water could generate enough energy to power your house for a day [io9]
- An In-Depth Logistical Exploration Of Animal Rape [Big Daddy Drew on Deadspin]
- This Celtics Lowlight Is The Most B-Team Clip Ever [Deadspin]
- Soccer Rec League Captain Works Harder Than You And Has The Sweaty Email To Prove It [Deadspin]
- Comatose Giants Fan Shouldn’t Have Been Wearing A Giants Jersey, Writes Dumbass [Tommy Craggs on Deadspin]
- A Quintessential Night In An American Hospital [Big Daddy Drew on Deadspin]
- India Graduates Millions, but Too Few Are Fit to Hire [Wall Street Journal]
- U.S. Should Value Greed, Not Need [Jonathan Hoenig on SmartMoney]
- Why the Left Won’t Stop the Wars [Anthony Gregory via LRC]
- Is this the first ever portrait of Jesus? The incredible story of 70 ancient books hidden in a cave for nearly 2,000 years [The Daily Mail]
- In Praise of Distraction [James Surowiecki on The New Yorker]
- Insider Trading: Legalize It? [Jack Hough on SmartMoney]
- WHO Calls for Action on Superbugs [Wall Street Journal]
- A Hot Idea Falls Short at Goldman [Wall Street Journal]
- Putting on the Brakes: Mankind Nears the End of the Age of Speed [Wall Street Journal]
- Strawberries Fight Cancer, Study Finds [Wall Street Journal]
- Behind France’s burka ban [Timothy Garton Ash via The Los Angeles Times]
- The Bank Runs Of The Early 1930s And FDR’s Ban On Gold [Richard Salsman via Forbes]
- Let Haitians Build Their Own Future [Tate Watkins on RealClearWorld]
- The two-tiered justice system: an illustration [Glenn Greenwald on Salon]
- Why Japan Chose It’s Nuclear Godzilla [Eric Margolis]
- Deconstructing the U.S. Military; or How to Cut a Cool Trillion Dollars a Year from the U.S. Budget [Dana Visalli via LRC]
- Top Bush-era GITMO and Abu Ghraib psychologist is WH’s newest appointment [Glenn Greenwald on Salon]
- Billionaire self-pity and the Koch brothers [Glenn Greenwald on Salon]
- Foxes and Internet henhouses [Glenn Greenwald on Salon]
- Obama and American exceptionalism [Glenn Greenwald on Salon]
- The wisdom and legality of arming Libyan rebels [Glenn Greenwald on Salon]
- Mark Zuckerberg Invented Facebook [Farhad Manjoo on Slate]
- The most uncounted cost of Endless War [Glenn Greenwald on Salon]
- Primitive Muslims’ unique love of violence [Glenn Greenwald on Salon]
- Manning, Obama and U.S. moral leadership [Glenn Greenwald on Salon]
- Hulu on pace to have more than 1 mln subscribers [Reuters]
- Is Goldman Sachs Too Big to Fail [Simon Johnson on Economix via The New York Times]
- What’s Rich? Down and Out on $250,000 a Year [Karen Hube on The Fiscal Times]
- Saudi cleric attacks Iranian “hypocrisy and deception” [Reuters]
- Syria protests sweep into capital, defying Assad [Reuters]
- Unholy Alliance [Justin Raimondo on Antiwar.com]
- Libya and the Obama Cult [Justin Raimondo on Antiwar.com]
- Has BP really cleaned up the Gulf oil spill? [Suzanne Goldenberg on The Guardian]
- The Mother of All Languages [The Wall Street Journal]
- This Tech Bubble Is Different [Ashlee Vance on Reuters]
- In Financial Crisis, No Prosecutions of Top Figures [Gretchen Morgenson and Louise Story on The New York Times]
- Al Qaeda Makes Afghan Comeback [Wall Street Journal]
- Bomb Kills Moderate Kashmiri Cleric [Wall Street Journal]
- In Tax Debate, Lessons from Ronaldinho and Beckham [Lindsey McCormack on Miller-McCune]
- We’re not being told the truth on Libya [Johann Hari on The Independent]
- Good and Bad Taliban in Pakistan [Anatol Lieven on The National Interest]
- Online Poker Players Face Big Life Changes [Wall Street Journal]
- Shell Shock: Chinese Demand Reshapes U.S. Pecan Business [Wall Street Journal]
- The 30-Cent Tax Premium [Art Laffer on The Wall Street Journal]
- The Raider in Winter: Carl Icahn at 75 [New York Times]
- Cubicle Chronicles: “Please Lift The Seat Before You Pee” [Barstool Sports New York]
- Scene Breakdown: Airborne [Danger Guerrero on FilmDrunk]
- Bob Knight Continues His Solo Defamation Crusade Against John Calipari [Emma Carmichael on Deadspin]
- France Expects to Wipe Out Oldest Profession [The Daily Bell]
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