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November 05, 2009

China still frowns on sex education

Despite the one-child policy, millions of Chinese citizens don't know how to have sex without getting pregnant. - By Michelle Tsai - Slate Magazine There are an estimated 10 to 20 million abortions performed every year in China because they don't even have basic sex ed.
BEIJING—The first time Hu Jing tried to have sex with her college boyfriend, there was a technical difficulty. "We knew we had to use a condom," she said. "But we didn't know how." Faced with this conundrum, Hu and her boyfriend went looking for answers—he from his more experienced friends, she from the university library, where she combed through Dream of the Red Chamber, a literary classic from the Qing Dynasty. The following week, they reconvened for a second try. This time, they managed to roll on the condom but then … well, where was the penis supposed to go? It took another week of research before they succeeded in doing the deed.

7 killed, 12 wounded at shooting at Fort Hood, Texas

7 killed, 12 wounded in Texas shooting - Yahoo! News No word on who exactly the gunmen are yet.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – At least seven people were killed and 12 wounded in a shooting at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, an Army official said on Thursday. One gunman was in custody and another was on the loose at the military base, one of the largest military installations in the world, local media reported earlier. There could be a third shooter involved, MSNBC reported. An Army official in Washington confirmed the shooting, which occurred about a half hour before a scheduled graduation event at the base, home to about 65,000 soldiers. U.S. President Barack Obama has been briefed on the shootings, and the White House is monitoring the situation, a White House spokesman said.

November 03, 2009

Sports reporter laments that immigrants aren't real Americans

Marathon's Headline Win Is Empty - Sports Biz with Darren Rovell - CNBC.com
It's a stunning headline: American Wins Men's NYC Marathon For First Time Since '82. Unfortunately, it's not as good as it sounds. Meb Keflezighi, who won yesterday in New York, is technically American by virtue of him becoming a citizen in 1998, but the fact that he's not American-born takes away from the magnitude of the achievement the headline implies. Nationality in running counts. It's why many identify Kenya as the land of the long distance champions. As for the United States? Not so much.

November 02, 2009

Septuagenarian WaPo editor smacks the shit out of some wise-assed writer

Fists Fly After Post Editor Tells Writer, “It’s the Second Worst Story I Have Seen in Style in 43 Years” - Capital Comment Blog (washingtonian.com)
Details are sketchy, but numerous witnesses report that veteran feature editor Henry Allen punched out feature writer Manuel Roig-Franzia on Friday. The fracas took place in sight of Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli’s office. Brauchli rushed to separate the two. It should be noted that Allen is nearly seventy, but he served in the Marines in Vietnam.... According to many sources, the incident began when Style editor Ned Martel assigned a semi-political story to Monica Hesse and Roig-Franzia.... Allen took a look and didn’t like. He started ranting about the number of mistakes he had found. Hesse at one point asked him to send the copy back to her. She got a bit teary at the verbal beatdown. Allen, according to sources, said: “This is total crap. It’s the second worst story I have seen in Style in 43 years.” Roig-Franzia then wandered into the newsroom. A veteran foreign correspondent, he has been turning out political features for Style. He heard Allen’s rant and stopped by his desk. “Oh, Henry,” he supposedly said, “don’t be such a cocks-----.” Allen lunged at Roig-Franzia, threw him to the newsroom floor, and started throwing punches. Roig-Franzia tried to fend him off. Brauchli and others pulled the two apart.... Working part time on contract, Allen seethed over the lost art of long-form journalism.

Mr. Rogers will make you cry

Mr. Rogers: Gone But Not Forgotten – Deadline.com
This week a statue will be dedicated in downtown Pittsburgh in honor of Fred Rogers. The bronze sculpture -- 10 feet, 10 inches in height and weighing more than 7,000 pounds -- was sculpted by Robert Berks and will be unveiled November 5th. In addition, WQED, the PBS station in Pittsburgh that was the home of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, is renaming its studio after the kiddie show host. He was on the air at PBS for 40 years successfully entertaining children with no violence, little commercialism, and almost no special effects. Think about it.
Here's the crying part:

October 31, 2009

Why I Love Our Family Dentist

First, I love that they have a decent sense of...