CULTURES CONVERGE

A new affliction emerges: More than half of female university students in Australia are skipping meals before a big night out so they can save calories for alcohol, an Adelaide study has found. The study, by PhD student and researcher Alissa Knight at the University of South Australia, looks into the social phenomena dubbed “drunkorexia”. […]

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CAKE ENVY

Exiting the EU is the least of Britain’s worries: Having cake at work to celebrate colleagues’ birthdays, engagements or just surviving the week is a danger to health, a senior dentist argues. Prof Nigel Hunt, from the Faculty of Dental Surgery, at the Royal College of Surgeons, says “cake culture” is fuelling obesity and dental […]

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DISASTER MITIGATION

Antony Loewenstein’s pleas for help have paid off, gullible donors pledging $4,445.00 toward his Disaster Capitalism documentary. Only $345,555.00 to go. Frightbat of the year nominee Rebecca Shaw is also begging for cash,albeit more realistically: I am toiling hard to regularly work for enough various publications to be able to keep writing, but that means […]

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SMALL PERCENTAGE, BIG NUMBER

The good news: only 13% of Germany’s ethnic Turks are “religious fundamentalists”. The bad: that’s 351,00 Germans. Also, of those surveyed – out of a population of 2.7 million German Turks – 47 percent of the respondents said that “following the tenets of my religion is more important to me than the laws of the land […]

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MASS MURDER JUST HUMAN NATURE

Guardian opinion columnist David Shariatmadari links Omar Mateen’s murderous rampage to suppressed gayness: If analysts are already weighing up the implications of possible links with Isis, if presidential candidates are taking it as read that Mateen was part of a web of Islamist terror spreading across the globe, let me imagine a situation in which sex, not sectarianism, […]

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SHIT EVIDENCE

An accused burglar has been found not guilty despite his dirty underwear being found at the scene of the crime: In her judgment, Chief Justice Helen Murrell said she could not discount the possibility that someone else had been wearing Mr King’s dirty underpants. “I am not satisfied that guilt is the only available rational […]

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PEDDLING ANGER AND HATE

Anne Summers bemoans ongoing hostility to Hillary Clinton: Clinton has endured more than 25 years of aggressive public scrutiny and judgment, much of it sexist. When she ran in 2008 she was subjected to horrifying sexual vilification (much of which provided the playbook that was used against Julia Gillard when she became prime minister in 2010). […]

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