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'The staff were very happy': Counterfeit Viagra producers made workers test out the fake pills themselves in China - and allowed them to put prostitute fees on expenses

Gangs producing counterfeit Viagra in China forced producers to test the drugs and allowed them to put prostitute fees on their expenses.

The forgers imported the genuine drug Sildenafil - a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction - and then mixed it with cornflour, Chinese media has reported.

The counterfeit Viagra tablets, which contained varying amounts of cornflour, were then sold in fake packaging by the gangs, based in Hunan province.

Staff mixing the drugs were sometimes forced to test the effectiveness of the drugs, according to Sanxiang Metropolis newspaper.

Some used it with their partners, but migrant workers living a long way from home were reimbursed the money they spent on prostitutes.

'The staff were very happy to test the fake medication in the beginning, but later on they get annoyed because the pill-testing took up too much time, so they quit,' said one gang member, who was caught by police, the newspaper reported.

'At least we did human testing. We were serious.'

There were occasions when the pills contained mainly cornflour so the effects were limited, and other times when they were made using just Sildenafil and were therefore more powerful.

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Why is pedophilia common in Japan?

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By "pedophilia" I'm referring to largely the media, but also how the culture seems to focus more intensely on underage girls than even, say, the U.S. I don't have stats on how many underage girls are reported to be abused a year, or how much of a problem prostitution is compared to the U.S., but it seems in general that there's more of an obsession (and acceptance of said obsession) with pubescent and pre-pubescent girls. Why do you think this is?

1 Answer Pietro Uni Pietro Uni, is a video game design student and loves music, movies and tech. Answered May 7, 2016 There's a pretty great article written for Time magazine that explains japan's problem with pedophiles. I'll try to summarize as best I can:

Legal age of consent

"We're asked by international police to help arrest child pornographers, but there's nothing we can do", says Goto, deputy director of the National Police Agency's community safety bureau. Japan's criminal law prohibits sex with minors, but a minor is defined as someone age 12 or younger, and the only act specifically outlawed is sexual intercourse. Taking lewd pictures of children is permissible. Some pornography--both with adults and children--is banned under an obscenity code, but only if it explicitly shows genitalia.

Preventing people from getting their hands on pornography doesn't seem to be much of a threat right now. The country is awash in child porn, and there's little attempt at hiding it. Subway riders peruse pornographic comics that are explicit, graphic and sometimes violent in their depiction of young girls. Porn outlets dot the landscape of Japanese cities, and even mainstream book shops, newsstands and convenience stores sell explicit material. General interest magazines and newspapers also feature erotic photography, as well as advertisements for sex shops and escorts.

Japan's Leadership

The common explanation for Japan's tolerance of child porn is that the country is run by a clique of old men with little sensitivity toward women and children. But it's not just old men who are involved. Most of our customers are in their 30s, says Seiji Wasaki, 27, a clerk in a porn shop in Tokyo's Shinjuku entertainment district. Parliament member Edano, at 34 one of Japan's youngest politicians, views it as a matter of choice. You can't neglect the fact that some high school girls quite willingly do this, he says. If the girl and the man agree to exchange money for sex, and if it's really her will, then it is completely the act of individuals and shouldn't be regulated. The problem, Edano says, is that the girls haven't been properly educated to make an informed decision. A man who frequents teen prostitutes (and who prefers not to be identified) claims that two years ago, the going rate for sex with a 16-year-old girl was $250. Today, men want younger partners. A tryst with a 12-year-old costs more than $400.

There's another theory for the obsession with pedophilia: that Japanese men feel threatened by adult women. Many men are incapable of relating to adult women on an equal stance, says Yukihiro Murase, a professor of human sexuality at Tokyo's Hitotsubashi University. Whatever the explanation, it won't be easy getting a tough law against child porn through the male-dominated parliament. In fact, a similar effort failed last year. But the exposure of Japan's child porn on the Internet may serve a useful purpose for cracking down on this shameful trade, for it has brought the smut out of the insular world of Japan for all the world to see. We feel embarrassed, says parliament member Moriyama. So now we want to hurry up and do something.

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Police: British Prime Minister Edward Heath Was A Pedophile

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British police have said they believe they have evidence linking Britain’s last unmarried prime minister to alleged victims of pedophilia.

Sir Edward Heath, a Conservative, led the UK between 1970 and 1974. He died aged 89 in 2005.

Since 2015 Wiltshire Police has been investigating claims linking him to sexual abuse. This weekend in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Wiltshire’s chief constable, Mike Veale, said he believed the allegations against Heath (pictured with Richard Nixon) were “120 per cent genuine”.

A report by Wiltshire Police, scheduled for publication later this year, will apparently highlight photographs of Heath driving a car as key evidence against him. The photograph conflicts with Heath’s supporters’ claims that Heath was driven everywhere by police protection officers and never took the wheel himself.

More than 30 alleged victims have apparently contacted Wiltshire Police with claims of abuse involving Heath said to have been carried out between the 1960s and 1990s. A source close to the investigation said that “strikingly similar” allegations made against Heath include the names used for the former politician, the type of abuse and the locations.

Officers have obtained copies of photographs showing Heath behind the wheel of a Rover 2000 car which he bought in the mid-1970s after leaving office. They were reported to have been doubtful about the allegations at first but apparently “now believe them”.

One alleged victim claims he was abused by Heath after being picked up while hitch-hiking.

The investigation into Heath involves a team of seven officers and eleven police staff. It has so far cost £700,000 ($875,000).

In a statement released last night Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “It is not the role of the police to judge the guilt or innocence of people in our criminal justice system. Our role is to objectively and proportionately go where the evidence takes us.”

The investigation is also considering claims that the abuse allegations against Heath were reported to the police years ago but covered up by the British Establishment.

The allegations against Heath have been dismissed by a former aide to another ex-prime minister, Harold Wilson, who urged the police to end their “witch-hunt”. Joe Haines, who was press secretary to Wilson from 1969 to 1976, said he was better placed than most to know if Heath was a “sexual deviant”.

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Khmer Rouge terror in Cambodia

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British Khmer Rouge Apologist Murdered in Cambodia – After a Meeting With Pol Pot.

I was recently surprised to come across an old article about another Briton murdered by the Khmer Rouge, bizarrely on the day he’d met with Pol Pot in Phnom Penh. I’d never even heard of him, so I did some digging…

In December 1978, a British academic and notorious Khmer Rouge/Pol Pot apologist called Malcom Caldwell was a member of the last group of Western journalists and writers invited to visit Cambodia as guests of the Khmer Rouge. The other two members were US journalists Elizabeth Becker and Richard Dudman.

The three visitors were given a highly chaperoned and propaganda-soaked tour of the country. “We traveled in a bubble,” wrote Becker. “No one was allowed to speak to me freely.”

Throughout the 1970s Malcom Caldwell had been a key member of CND, an anti-Vietnam War activist and a staunch supporter of liberation movements around the world, including the Khmer Rouge’s victory in Cambodia, which he frequently championed in his writing.

Naively, Caldwell had an unshakeable belief in Pol Pot, the leader of the Khmer Rouge, and the organisation’s barmy economic/agricultural reforms. He should have known better, because Caldwell was a history lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Colleagues said Caldwell was a man with very clear theoretical and ideological views and that facts didn’t seem to worry him. This translates in the Khmer Rouge’s case as Caldwell blindly supporting their attempt to make Cambodia great again by forcing everyone to grow rice, and rubbishing reports – even first-hand accounts – of Khmer Rouge atrocities and the mass murder of its own civilians, as Western propaganda.

He was also a staunch supporter of American intellectual Noam Chomsky, another shameless Khmer Rouge apologist.

As a reward for his one-eyed support of the Khmer Rouge, Caldwell had been invited to Cambodia in 1978 and on the final day of a two-week tour of Cambodia, he was told that he would meet Pol Pot. This was a rare privilege. Unlike most other communist leaders, Pol Pot hadn’t created a personality cult. There were no posters of him. He was seldom seen or quoted, and many Cambodians hadn’t even heard of him.

Only seven westerners were ever invited by the Khmer Rouge to visit Cambodia (which had by then been renamed Democratic Kampuchea). And Caldwell was the first and only Briton to be a guest of the regime.

Travelling with Caldwell were two American journalists, Elizabeth Becker and Richard Dudman. Becker had been a reporter in Phnom Penh during the civil war that brought the Khmer Rouge to power. She knew the terrain, and she knew what was really happening in the country.

“He [Caldwell] didn’t want to know about problems with the Khmer Rouge,” she said.

With Dudman and Becker, Caldwell was escorted around the country to a series of staged scenes. Alarmed by the changes she saw and frustrated by what she was not allowed to see, Becker grew increasingly combative with her hosts. “It was so clearly awful,” says Becker. “One of the problems was the absence of what I saw. The absence of people. And that’s a different kind of proof to ‘I don’t see any people being executed.'”

Caldwell was not unduly bothered. “He preferred to stay in the car and laugh at the clumsy photo opportunities prepared for us,” Becker wrote in her book on Cambodia, When The War Was Over.

At the end of the tour, the party returned to a deserted Phnom Penh, which Dudman described as “a Hiroshima without the destruction, a Pompeii without the ashes”. They stayed at a guest house near the centre of Monivong Boulevard, one of the empty city’s main thoroughfares. Close by was the secret facility of Tuol Sleng, a former school that had been turned into an interrogation centre.

Known as S-21, Tuol Sleng specialised in gaining confessions through torture. Between 14,000 and 16,000 prisoners – men, women and children – passed through its gates; only a handful survived. After processing at Tuol Sleng (S-21), prisoners were usually taken to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, where they were brutally murdered.

Tragically, only a couple of months before Caldwell’s visit to Phnom Penh, another Briton had also ‘visited’ the Khmer Rouge capital. His name was John Dawson Dewhirst, a 26-year-old teacher from Newcastle who’d been captured in 1978, while sailing with friends through the Gulf of Thailand.

Intercepted by a Khmer Rouge patrol boat, he was incarcerated in S-21 and tortured over the course of a month, making a series of ever more bleakly surreal, tortured confessions about him and his father being CIA agents, his father using the unlikely cover of “headmaster of Benton Road secondary school” in Newcastle.

S-21 was not concerned with the truth. Its only aim was to derive the fullest possible confession. After that, Dewhirst, like so many thousands of others, was brutally murdered.

Caldwell Recklessness

Yet just a few months after Dewhirst’s murder, fellow Briton Malcom Caldwell prepared himself to meet Pol Pot, the man who had commissioned it. Caldwell was excited. He admired Pol Pot’s plan to dramatically increase rice production to finance Cambodia’s reconstruction. It required collectivisation and slave labour, though Caldwell preferred to see the effort in terms of spontaneous revolutionary spirit.

In the event, owing to the shortage of technicians and experts (who were killed as class enemies) and lack of peasant support, rice production fell well short of targets.

The result was the opposite of self-sufficiency: famine. Unable to accept the shortcomings in his plans, Pol instead blamed spies and counter-revolutionaries, and that meant, in the absence of rice, spies and counter revolutionaries had to be produced.

One Friday morning, Caldwell was taken in a Mercedes limo to see Pol Pot in Phnom Penh. When the two men sat down, they discussed revolutionary economic theory and Caldwell left the meeting a happy man.

He returned to the guest house he was sharing with Becker and Dudman, full of praise for Pol Pot and his political outlook. “He thought he’d had a good conversation, and he was looking forward to going home,” said Becker.

That night, the three of them had dinner. Becker went to bed at 11pm and was woken a few hours later by the sound of gunfire. She opened her bedroom door to see a young man pointing a pistol at her in the guest house. He was wearing two bands of ammunition and carrying an automatic rifle over his shoulder. She begged him not to shoot and locked herself in her bathroom.

Meanwhile Dudman had woken up and, looking out of his window, saw a file of men running along the street. He knocked on Caldwell’s door. The two men spoke briefly and then a heavily armed man approached. The man shot at the floor and Dudman ran into his room. Two shots were fired through his door.

The two Americans remained in their rooms for the next hour before an aide arrived and told Becker to stay where she was. Almost another hour passed before she was allowed to come out. Caldwell, she was told, had been shot. He was dead.

Following Caldwell’s murder, four guards assigned to the tourist’s protection team were arrested and taken to the torture centre at S-21. Owing to the importance of their alleged crime, the commandant of the prison, the infamous Comrade Duch, was instructed to head their interrogation.

Two of the “confessions” made by guards referred to in their S-21 files as “the Contemptible Met” and “the Contemptible Chhaan”, outline a bizarre conspiracy involving many other people. They said they’d killed Caldwell to prevent the Khmer Rouge gaining friends in the outside world, and they’d left the US journalists alive so they could write about it.

There must have been some kind of in-house involvement in the murder, as the guests were guarded. But who instructed the guards, and why they did so, remains a subject of speculation. Some argue that the Vietnamese were behind the killing, others argue that it was a function of an internal party struggle.

Why would Pol Pot seek international support by killing one of his few remaining friends from abroad? It makes no sense.

“Don’t apply rational thinking to the situation,” said Becker. “It was crazy. Crazy. Malcolm’s murder was no less rational than the tens of thousands of other murders.”

A journalist claimed to have seen a Cambodian report not long after Caldwell’s murder, which stated that he “was murdered by members of the National Security Force personnel on the instructions of the Pol Pot government”. In the end, Becker believed: “Malcolm Caldwell’s death was caused by the madness of the regime he openly admired.”

The confessions of Caldwell’s alleged killers were completed on 5 January 1979. The four men were then bayoneted to death in the prison itself. They were very possibly the last killings to take place at S-21. British Khmer Rouge Apologist Murdered in Cambodia – After a Meeting With Pol Pot.

I was recently surprised to come across an old article about another Briton murdered by the Khmer Rouge, bizarrely on the day he’d met with Pol Pot in Phnom Penh. I’d never even heard of him, so I did some digging…

In December 1978, a British academic and notorious Khmer Rouge/Pol Pot apologist called Malcom Caldwell was a member of the last group of Western journalists and writers invited to visit Cambodia as guests of the Khmer Rouge. The other two members were US journalists Elizabeth Becker and Richard Dudman.

The three visitors were given a highly chaperoned and propaganda-soaked tour of the country. “We traveled in a bubble,” wrote Becker. “No one was allowed to speak to me freely.”

Throughout the 1970s Malcom Caldwell had been a key member of CND, an anti-Vietnam War activist and a staunch supporter of liberation movements around the world, including the Khmer Rouge’s victory in Cambodia, which he frequently championed in his writing.

Naively, Caldwell had an unshakeable belief in Pol Pot, the leader of the Khmer Rouge, and the organisation’s barmy economic/agricultural reforms. He should have known better, because Caldwell was a history lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Colleagues said Caldwell was a man with very clear theoretical and ideological views and that facts didn’t seem to worry him. This translates in the Khmer Rouge’s case as Caldwell blindly supporting their attempt to make Cambodia great again by forcing everyone to grow rice, and rubbishing reports – even first-hand accounts – of Khmer Rouge atrocities and the mass murder of its own civilians, as Western propaganda.

He was also a staunch supporter of American intellectual Noam Chomsky, another shameless Khmer Rouge apologist.

As a reward for his one-eyed support of the Khmer Rouge, Caldwell had been invited to Cambodia in 1978 and on the final day of a two-week tour of Cambodia, he was told that he would meet Pol Pot. This was a rare privilege. Unlike most other communist leaders, Pol Pot hadn’t created a personality cult. There were no posters of him. He was seldom seen or quoted, and many Cambodians hadn’t even heard of him.

Only seven westerners were ever invited by the Khmer Rouge to visit Cambodia (which had by then been renamed Democratic Kampuchea). And Caldwell was the first and only Briton to be a guest of the regime.

Travelling with Caldwell were two American journalists, Elizabeth Becker and Richard Dudman. Becker had been a reporter in Phnom Penh during the civil war that brought the Khmer Rouge to power. She knew the terrain, and she knew what was really happening in the country.

“He [Caldwell] didn’t want to know about problems with the Khmer Rouge,” she said.

With Dudman and Becker, Caldwell was escorted around the country to a series of staged scenes. Alarmed by the changes she saw and frustrated by what she was not allowed to see, Becker grew increasingly combative with her hosts. “It was so clearly awful,” says Becker. “One of the problems was the absence of what I saw. The absence of people. And that’s a different kind of proof to ‘I don’t see any people being executed.'”

Caldwell was not unduly bothered. “He preferred to stay in the car and laugh at the clumsy photo opportunities prepared for us,” Becker wrote in her book on Cambodia, When The War Was Over.

At the end of the tour, the party returned to a deserted Phnom Penh, which Dudman described as “a Hiroshima without the destruction, a Pompeii without the ashes”. They stayed at a guest house near the centre of Monivong Boulevard, one of the empty city’s main thoroughfares. Close by was the secret facility of Tuol Sleng, a former school that had been turned into an interrogation centre.

Known as S-21, Tuol Sleng specialised in gaining confessions through torture. Between 14,000 and 16,000 prisoners – men, women and children – passed through its gates; only a handful survived. After processing at Tuol Sleng (S-21), prisoners were usually taken to the Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, where they were brutally murdered.

Tragically, only a couple of months before Caldwell’s visit to Phnom Penh, another Briton had also ‘visited’ the Khmer Rouge capital. His name was John Dawson Dewhirst, a 26-year-old teacher from Newcastle who’d been captured in 1978, while sailing with friends through the Gulf of Thailand.

Intercepted by a Khmer Rouge patrol boat, he was incarcerated in S-21 and tortured over the course of a month, making a series of ever more bleakly surreal, tortured confessions about him and his father being CIA agents, his father using the unlikely cover of “headmaster of Benton Road secondary school” in Newcastle.

S-21 was not concerned with the truth. Its only aim was to derive the fullest possible confession. After that, Dewhirst, like so many thousands of others, was brutally murdered.

Caldwell Recklessness

Yet just a few months after Dewhirst’s murder, fellow Briton Malcom Caldwell prepared himself to meet Pol Pot, the man who had commissioned it. Caldwell was excited. He admired Pol Pot’s plan to dramatically increase rice production to finance Cambodia’s reconstruction. It required collectivisation and slave labour, though Caldwell preferred to see the effort in terms of spontaneous revolutionary spirit.

In the event, owing to the shortage of technicians and experts (who were killed as class enemies) and lack of peasant support, rice production fell well short of targets.

The result was the opposite of self-sufficiency: famine. Unable to accept the shortcomings in his plans, Pol instead blamed spies and counter-revolutionaries, and that meant, in the absence of rice, spies and counter revolutionaries had to be produced.

One Friday morning, Caldwell was taken in a Mercedes limo to see Pol Pot in Phnom Penh. When the two men sat down, they discussed revolutionary economic theory and Caldwell left the meeting a happy man.

He returned to the guest house he was sharing with Becker and Dudman, full of praise for Pol Pot and his political outlook. “He thought he’d had a good conversation, and he was looking forward to going home,” said Becker.

That night, the three of them had dinner. Becker went to bed at 11pm and was woken a few hours later by the sound of gunfire. She opened her bedroom door to see a young man pointing a pistol at her in the guest house. He was wearing two bands of ammunition and carrying an automatic rifle over his shoulder. She begged him not to shoot and locked herself in her bathroom.

Meanwhile Dudman had woken up and, looking out of his window, saw a file of men running along the street. He knocked on Caldwell’s door. The two men spoke briefly and then a heavily armed man approached. The man shot at the floor and Dudman ran into his room. Two shots were fired through his door.

The two Americans remained in their rooms for the next hour before an aide arrived and told Becker to stay where she was. Almost another hour passed before she was allowed to come out. Caldwell, she was told, had been shot. He was dead.

Following Caldwell’s murder, four guards assigned to the tourist’s protection team were arrested and taken to the torture centre at S-21. Owing to the importance of their alleged crime, the commandant of the prison, the infamous Comrade Duch, was instructed to head their interrogation.

Two of the “confessions” made by guards referred to in their S-21 files as “the Contemptible Met” and “the Contemptible Chhaan”, outline a bizarre conspiracy involving many other people. They said they’d killed Caldwell to prevent the Khmer Rouge gaining friends in the outside world, and they’d left the US journalists alive so they could write about it.

There must have been some kind of in-house involvement in the murder, as the guests were guarded. But who instructed the guards, and why they did so, remains a subject of speculation. Some argue that the Vietnamese were behind the killing, others argue that it was a function of an internal party struggle.

Why would Pol Pot seek international support by killing one of his few remaining friends from abroad? It makes no sense.

“Don’t apply rational thinking to the situation,” said Becker. “It was crazy. Crazy. Malcolm’s murder was no less rational than the tens of thousands of other murders.”

A journalist claimed to have seen a Cambodian report not long after Caldwell’s murder, which stated that he “was murdered by members of the National Security Force personnel on the instructions of the Pol Pot government”. In the end, Becker believed: “Malcolm Caldwell’s death was caused by the madness of the regime he openly admired.”

The confessions of Caldwell’s alleged killers were completed on 5 January 1979. The four men were then bayoneted to death in the prison itself. They were very possibly the last killings to take place at S-21.

On 7 January, the Vietnamese army arrived in Phnom Penh, overthrowing the Khmer Rouge, but by then Pol Pot and his associates had already fled into the jungle.

On 7 January, the Vietnamese army arrived in Phnom Penh, overthrowing the Khmer Rouge, but by then Pol Pot and his associates had already fled into the jungle.

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Erectile dysfunction is mostly a vascular disease. Shockwave therapy, as commonly applied by Thai urologists, causes total neovascularization of the vital organ. The result: super erections, even at age 75.

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Study on "Orgasm Gap" Reveals Surprising Truth About Oral Sex

In bedrooms across the nation, a chasm has opened and continues to gape. It’s what sociologists call the orgasm gap — the fact that men are twice as likely to climax as women. The question of whether men are biologically better equipped to orgasm than women has recently become the center of a lot of scientific scrutiny, and recently researchers studying it put forth another theory: Womens’ bodies are perfectly able to orgasm. It’s the sexual dynamic with their partner that’s the problem.

The team behind the study, published in March in the Journal of Sex Research, argues that we’re going to have to take a much more nuanced view of orgasms if we’re going to close the orgasm gap. More important than whether or not a person has an orgasm is how they achieve it — and how good it is. That’s why the St. Francis Xavier University and Queens University researchers surveyed 806 people — cisgender men and women in same-sex and mixed-sex relationships — about their favorite way to reach orgasm and how frequently they managed to do so.

The results suggested a rather messy explanation for the existence of the orgasm gap: Of all the people surveyed, heterosexual men were the only group that preferred vaginal penetration. But because of the existence of historical and cultural “sexual scripts,” which shape our sex lives, they write, women in heterosexual relationships rarely get to experience the sex moves that lead to the best orgasms.

Explaining the results in an interview with PsyPost, the study’s corresponding author, psychologist Karen L. Blair, Ph.D., said: “This suggests women are already ‘reciprocating’ with the most enjoyable orgasm for their male partner when they engage in vaginal penetration, and that for them to also experience their most satisfying orgasm, the reciprocation from their male partner should likely be performing oral sex.”

But here’s the surprising thing: The researchers also found that the men in these heterosexual relationships were the most likely to say they wanted to perform oral sex on their partners more often. The researchers posit that this is because heterosexual men want to perform oral sex on their female partners for one of two reasons. Either they straight-up want to but find that their partners are reluctant to let them do so, or they only want to do it so they can receive oral sex in return. Regardless of their motivations, however, the question remains: Why aren’t they doing it?

Thus the researchers get to the core of the orgasm gap: It’s obviously not about biology, because they found that women (and men) in same-sex relationships are generally much more satisfied with orgasm frequency and quality. The problem lies in the dynamics between sex partners, especially in mixed-sex relationships, and the way they prevent people from getting the most orgasmic bang for their buck.

The problem all comes back to the aforementioned “sexual scripts,” which are cultural views that reinforce the idea that women should be sexually passive while men are encouraged to go for what they want. “[Heteronormative] scripts appear to give a greater degree of agency to men than to women, especially in matters concerning pleasure,” the researchers write. These scripts are deeply ingrained in our society, playing out, especially, in TV, film, and porn. However, these can — and, if we’re serious about closing the orgasm gap, should — be disrupted by increasing support for women’s assertiveness both inside and out of the bedroom.

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30 percent of all Chinese men suffer from a certain medical condition which actually is a birth defect, and which is called a micropenis (less than 1 inch). This is why the Chinese are so good in making money. They have to be good for something.

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How a radical misogynist fooled millions of people and hundreds of journalists

It’s virtually impossible to take a census of an online subculture — even the academics who study them say it can’t be done. But by all accounts, the number of people who actually follow Daryish Valizadeh is smaller than it looks.

Valizadeh, known online as “Roosh V,” is the self-styled prophet of a strain of radical misogynist pick-up artistry. He’s also the proprietor of an obscure virtual empire that spans three websites, a forum and 17 self-published books. (According to analyses conducted for The Washington Post by the firms Tweetsmap and SimilarWeb, Valizadeh’s international “hordes” can be mapped to a few clusters of readers in the United States, Canada and Western Europe.)

And yet, when Valizadeh proclaimed the objectively impossible — that his cult would emerge from the shadows on Feb. 6 and mass at 165 prominent public locations from Phoenix to Phnom Penh — millions of people, and hundreds of journalists, took his word for it.

The ensuing global uproar has manufactured publicity on a scale that few fringe Internet movements have ever dreamed of. By the time he “canceled” the faux-revolution Wednesday afternoon, Valizadeh had become a household name in places as far-flung as Winnipeg and Sydney — never mind that even social justice activists hadn’t taken him seriously.

“We only count real organizations as hate groups,” said Heidi Beirich, the director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks domestic extremists online and off. Valizadeh’s rhetoric has all the markings of hate speech, she said; but at the end of the day, “he’s a guy with a blog.”

Unfortunately for Beirich and others like her, the line between “real” movements and mere Internet grumbling is becoming increasingly hard to see. For one thing, the Internet makes it virtually impossible to quantify groups like Valizadeh’s, which claim to command — but rarely produce — untold hordes of followers. Much like Anonymous, with whom Valizadeh has sparred, and Gamergate, with whom he’s sympathized, the “neomasculines” could hypothetically number in the tens of thousands … or consist of a few hundred keyboard warriors with a legion of sock puppets.

Valizadeh seems to fall in the latter camp: The last time he attempted something like Saturday’s canceled meet-up — a well-publicized, eight-city lecture series last summer — his largest crowd maxed out at 77 in New York City.

And while his flagship website, Return of Kings, is well-trafficked — averaging slightly less than 2 million views per month, according to Similar Web — that number is not necessarily indicative of the size of Valizadeh’s following. On both Twitter and Facebook, Return of Kings has fewer than 13,000 followers. The site’s accompanying forums have registered 19,600 accounts, but half have never posted.

Nevertheless, giving the impression that the “movement” is massive — or that it is a coherent movement at all — has immeasurable benefits for Valizadeh and Co. For one thing, it foments outrage proportional to the false front (thousands of pro-rape women-haters are massing in public squares around the world), but disproportional to what is actually happening (a handful of readers of a misogynist blog grabbing beers and grumbling). That lends critical credibility to Valizadeh’s claim that men like him are persecuted by a culture of feminist shrills. It also draws more eyeballs to Return of Kings, where he hopes to sell new books and find new converts.

“When extremists draw attention to themselves, it artificially increases their numbers,” said Thomas Holt, a professor of criminal justice at Michigan State University who studies fringe online groups. “These communities see a bump as people read the news and check it out. … And while we don’t know know how acceptance of belief happens online, exposure definitely matters.”

Valizadeh and his followers are certainly aware of that fact: In the past 72 hours, the blogger has bragged repeatedly about the growing traffic to his blog and the spiking number of Google searches for his name. On his forum, one adherent advocated more media participation: “Even negative publicity gets more men to join the cause,” he claimed.

But most telling, perhaps, is a Wednesday tweet sent by the prominent manosphere blogger behind “The Rational Male”: “ ‘Tribe’ meetings are more about inciting the protests for Roosh’s notoriety,” he complained, “than any real connections among men.”

While that suggests that neomasculines are far from gathering allies together in a city near you, it still concerns analysts like Beirich, who sees a growing trend toward virtualization among U.S. hate groups. More and more organizations are moving online, she said, and maintaining no trace in the physical world. Without protests, there can be no counter-protests. Without clear leaders, there can be no arrests or lawsuits.

“We are way concerned with hate groups operating online, much like we are with Islamic extremists,” Beirich said. “There’s always this potential for online radicalization.”

In the case of Valizadeh and the great global meet-up, the media only seems to have helped: For a brief period Wednesday, so many new people were on Return of Kings that the site actually crashed.

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It is the secret dream of every Swedish or German woman to marry a black men, or at least have sex with a black man. Every smart young African man should migrate to Europe. Free money, nice house, good sex!

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Terrorist Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Reality to Come?

Weapons of mass destruction (WMDs or CBRN) are undeniably a terrifying thing. Some of them have the capability of indiscriminately killing dozens, some hundreds and some even millions. Although CBRN terrorism has been widely considered only a low probability risk,[2] the possible high consequences of a successful attack has still kept many policy-makers awake at night. Preventing CBRN terrorism has been a constant aim of numerous official security doctrines across the world.

There have been so far only a handful of terrorist incidents involving chemical, biological or radiological weapons, and none concerning nuclear weapons. To name a few, the Rajneeshee cult poisoned salad bars with salmonella in a small town in Oregon in 1984,[4] Chechen terrorists placed, but did not detonate a dirty bomb at a park in Moscow in 1996,[5] and Aum Shinrikyo repeatedly used botulinum toxin, sarin and VX in the early 1990s.[6] Fortunately, no terrorists were ever successful in using these weapons in an effective way.

However, this historic experience does not mean CBRN attacks cannot become a more common and deadly phenomenon. This essay will analyse whether the security threat of CBRN terrorism has increased over the years and how much. This essay will particularly assess the motivation of the fourth wave of terrorism and the overall accessibility of CBRN weapons. In essence, this essay argues that the overall threat has increased indeed, but it still belongs in the ‘low risk-high consequence’ category.

Motivation: Organizations Willing to Use CBRN Weapons

Building on David Rapoport’s scheme, a close analysis of the four waves of terrorism shows that only the last one has a true motivation to use CBRN weapons. The first wave, represented by anarchist movements, never attempted to use CBRN weapons. During the second wave, the ethno-separatist, only the Tamil Tigers used chemical weapons, but only in battlefield use against armed forces. Neither did the third, left-wing wave used CBRN weapons, even though there have been some allegations. However, the current fourth wave is diametrically different from the previous three.

One of the usual suspects is Al Qaeda. The group, its affiliates and the global Salafi jihadist movement in general perceive the world only in shades of black or white. That enables Al Qaeda terrorists and perhaps even motivates them to kill their adversaries en masse and indiscriminately, not excluding civilians. Furthermore, Al Qaeda has openly claimed the divine right to kill four million Americans. It seems difficult to imagine Al Qaeda or one of its affiliates would not use CBRN weapons if had the opportunity.

Al Qaeda actually tried to buy a nuclear warhead on the black market in the late 1990s. Ahmed Ressam, an Al Qaeda member and known as ‘the millennium bomber’, claims that the organization has been training its operatives in Afghanistan how to use chemical weapons. Furthermore, its Iraqi branch, the predecessor of the Islamic State (ISIS), remains the main suspect of more than a dozen of car bombings enhanced with chlorine gas in 2007.

The Islamic State has repeatedly shown that it is willing to use all means necessary to achieve its aim. In 2006, it started a sectarian war against the Shia by bombing the al-Askari Mosque in Samarra. Now, it seeks to defend and expand its current territory in lands formerly known as Syria, Iraq and Libya, even by using chemical weapons, as Baghdad claims.

One should not underestimate terrorist organizations coming from other religions. After all, the most active user of CBRN weapons was Aum Shinrikyo. Similar religious sects, attempting to cause the Apocalypse with CBRN weapons, could theoretically originate anywhere.

Another possible CBRN terrorist category could be the radical right-wing. Similarly to religious extremists, the far-right perceives the world in black and white, it does not avoid using violence against members of other communities it deems inferior, and it is prepared to take justice into its own hands if the government fails to act accordingly. The extreme right-wing is non-violent now, but it has the potential to become a serious security threat if it came to the conclusion that it cannot force political changes by peaceful means.

In Europe, the right-wing with the greatest potential for the future can be seen in the current anti-Islam movement, represented for instance by the English Defence League and German Pegida. In the United States, CBRN terrorism seems the most probable coming from the local militias, which consist in total of approximately five million paramilitary-trained members. In 1985, U.S. authorities seized illegal guns and ammunition, automatic rifles, hand grenades, a light anti-tank weapon, and 43 gallons of potassium cyanide at a headquarters of an Arkansan militia, to name just a single example to demonstrate the security hazard.

Capability: Accessibility of CBRN Weapons

Accessibility of chemical weapons can be assessed as fairly easy. Chemical components to dangerous agents can usually be easily found on the open market. Experts deem the nerve agent tabun to be the easiest to make and a skilled chemist could prepare sarin in his own kitchen as its components can be found for instance in gasoline additives, paint solvents and antiseptics. As for the laboratory equipment, it gets cheaper and more accessible every year, like it is with all modern technology. Aum Shinrikyo worked for years with dual-use equipment without raising suspicion.

The more difficult task, when it comes to chemical weapons, is the dispersion. If aerosol is prepared poorly, it will not cause many casualties. Thus terrorists might prefer to steal already weaponized and tested chemical weapons. Because of the Arab Spring, this task might be easier than ever before. The revolutionary wave destabilized particularly Libya, Egypt, Syria and Iraq. Unfortunately, these countries also had active chemical programmes in the past. Troublesome could be especially Iraq because Saddam-era chemical weapons were found in recent years and no one can tell if there are more to be found.

The same problem is regarding biological weapons as Libya, Egypt and Iraq had invested into researching biological warfare as well. As for acquiring non-weaponized agents, some are extremely easy to make, particularly toxins like botulinum and ricin. Terrorists may be also very interested into anthrax, which was demonstrated by Aum Shinrikyo or Bruce Edwards Ivins. As it was with chemical weapons, dual-use laboratory equipment would suit terrorists the best and the greatest challenge lies within the delivery mechanism.

Radiological weapons are arguably the easiest to obtain and weaponize. Nine isotopes are considered a high security risk should they lose physical protection or become abandoned. Three of them (caesium-137, cobalt-60 and iridium-192) are strong gamma emitters which can be easily found in standard hospital or mining equipment.

A terrorist can either simply attach the source to a conventional explosive, which is generally known as the dirty bomb. While panic and some economic damage would be guaranteed, experts doubt this kind of attack would cause many casualties.[33] Another option would be to disperse the radiological source in the form of aerosol, which would be more lethal, but it again requires a sophisticated dispersal device. Furthermore, the perspective of people dying weeks, months or even years after the initial attack due to cancer does not seem too dramatic, which is something terrorists usually crave for.

While nuclear weapons might be the most desired CBRN weapon, they are by all means the most difficult to obtain. Because the implosion device is a tremendously complex mechanism, terrorists are indefinitely more likely to use the much simpler gun-type design, if they ever acquired at least 55 kilograms of high enriched uranium (HEU). The IAEA registered only sixteen incidents involving HEU or plutonium with the total weight being not even close to the needed mass. Extreme security measures have so far served as a sufficient deterrent against nuclear terrorism.

Conclusion

The overall threat of terrorists using weapons of mass destruction has clearly increased over the years. The fourth wave of terrorism, represented by Salafi jihadists, apocalyptic religious cults and the extreme right-wing, has little respect for life of everyone who does not share their beliefs. This black and white perspective of the world helps them justify killing of civilians in large numbers.

Chemical and biological weapons are the most likely CBRN weapons to be used. First, some chemical and biological agents or their components are accessible on the free market. Second, laboratory equipment gets cheaper every year. And finally, the Arab Spring severely destabilized several countries which had chemical and biological weapons. On the other hand, radiological and nuclear weapons do not seem likely to be used by terrorists in the near future. The former for its ineffectiveness and the latter for its complexity and inaccessibility of fissile material.

However, it would still seem farfetched to claim that CBRN terrorism would become an increasingly common phenomenon in the future. Although the overall threat of chemical and biological terrorism is definitely much higher than a decade or two ago, it is still quite difficult to access the required agents in sufficient numbers, weaponize them and acquire an effective dispersal device, especially without gaining attention of the authorities and intelligence services.

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Bedwetting accidents: When parents kill...

Health24

Bedwetting is common in kids but, as the case of the Bloemhof man who beat a child to death for wetting herself shows, this normal phase can drive parents to kill. In this three-part series, Health24 takes a look at why this happens and finds that punishment for enuresis is all too real.

Seemingly harmless bedwetting by children can lead to brutal beatings and even death by the people who should be protecting and caring for them.

Cape Town mom Nuriya Dramat admits that she has resorted to spanking her five-year-old for wetting the bed. However, she admitted that the frustration of having to clean up the mess during the wee hours of the morning was what upset her most.

"I spanked her because I took her to the bathroom before going to sleep, but she still wet the bed," she told Health24 before quickly adding: "I spanked her, but not so much as to leave marks on her body."

Dramat added, though, that she normally only raises her voice in frustration and anger, rather than hitting her daughter.

Brutal tales of deaths over peeing

But, in other cases, bedwetting can lead to brutal beatings and even death.

South Africa was recently shocked by the fatal beating – allegedly by her mother's boyfriend – of a 5-year-old girl who suffered an episode of enuresis, the medical term for bedwetting.

Read: What a doctor would do if a child suffered from enuresis

The child allegedly wet herself while she was asleep on a couch in Boitumelong in Bloemhof, News24 reported on January 1 2016.

The urine seeped into the couch and the mom's boyfriend allegedly beat the girl so severely that police and paramedics declared her dead when they arrived on the scene.

Incidents like this are however not unique to South Africa.

A mother and her boyfriend in Orlando, Florida, beat her three-year-old son for over an hour in 2011 for wetting his pants, according to the Daily Mail. The couple proceeded to order a pizza and put on a DVD while the little boy struggled for breath and eventually died.

In 2014 horrific footage surfaced of a Chinese stepmother viciously beating a toddler because she wet herself. The footage showed how the woman whipped the little girl 87 times with a branch, kicked her 14 times, and slapped her eight times.

In the same year, the New York Daily News ran a story about a three-year-old girl in Brooklyn, New York City, who was beaten to death by her mother's 20-year-old boyfriend after accidentally wetting herself.

Closer to home, last year, in Zimbabwe, a 29-year-old man beat his four-year-old son so severely for soiling himself that he died two days later, according to News Zimbabwe.

The police said the father assaulted the boy with a number of objects, including a hot iron rod and a pellet gun on his buttocks, legs and hands.

In a study Assessment of domestic violence against children and adolescents with enuresis by MC Sapi et al, published in the Journal of Pediatrics in September 2009, the authors interviewed 149 patients diagnosed with nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting at night).

They found that 89% of subjects suffered either verbal or physical aggression when they wet their beds or leaked urine, with 50% being verbally punished and 48% physically punished. The study showed that the main abuser was the mother and that the risk was higher for children with less-educated parents.

Spanking only worsens the situation

Parents beating their children over bathroom accidents is not uncommon, said Joan van Niekerk, president of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and consultant on child rights and child protection.

"Punishment is rarely – if ever – successful," she told Health24, adding that there are numerous incidents of bedwetting provoking violence.

"The problem is that this usually makes problems like bedwetting more difficult to manage as children become anxious. This interferes with sleep, and when children do manage to fall asleep they are so tired that they sleep through the messages their body is giving them in terms of the need to pass urine; or they hold on until they can no longer do so, and they lose control," Van Niekerk explained.

She said parents or caregivers sometimes failed to recognise the impact of shouting or punishment on this problem.

The types of bedwetting

Clinical psychologist, Dr Ian Opperman, explained to Health24 that, according to theory, there were two types of bedwetting: primary and secondary bedwetting.

"Primary means that bedwetting has occurred since early childhood without a break, where there is no period during which the child does not wet his/her bed.

"Secondary bedwetting is when bedwetting occurs after at least six months of not wetting his/her bed, and is usually caused by a stressor such as a sudden change, a psychological factor, a physical factor such as infection etc."

Dr Opperman, who is in private practice in Johannesburg and serves on the Executive Committee of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), said that unless children wet themselves as an act of defiance when awake, bedwetting was an involuntary act which they are not responsible for.

"Children naturally gain bladder control at night, however, this occurs at different ages."

Read: Bedwetting stems from physical causes, not psychological

Although bedwetting can be a symptom of an underlying disease or infection, in most cases there isn’t always an underlying disease or infection to explain it, said Dr Opperman.

"This of course does not mean that children who wet their beds are doing so on purpose. Children who wet the bed are not lazy, naughty, or disobedient."

Why parents beat their children for wetting themselves

Dr Opperman explained that parents become frustrated when they are woken up at night to change wet sheets and pyjamas and some conclude that the child wets his/her bed out of laziness or naughtiness.

"Disciplinary action under these circumstances are unforgivable and dangerous", he warned. "The child is already humiliated by waking up in a wet bed and this feeling becomes worse with age."

Parents need to understand the condition in order for them to know how to deal with it, said Dr Opperman.

"Parents need to reassure their children that it is just an accident, be patient, and try to conceal the problem from those who would laugh at the child. In addition to this, an interesting fact is that bedwetting is reportedly inherited."

He went on to state that often parents who used to experience difficulties with bedwetting had children who went through the same experience. "Usually children stop bedwetting around the same time that their parents stopped bedwetting when they were children."

Dr Opperman advised parents to attend parental guidance workshops or therapy to help guide them through this phase of development.

Deflecting the real problem

"There are too many examples of horrific murders and criminal attacks blamed on bedwetting, which distract from the more important emphasis on the more common and concerning issue of psychological and milder physical abuse of these children," noted Professor Michael Simpson, Health24 CyberShrink.

"For me, child psychological and much physical abuse arises from a frustrated and angry parent who, after provocation by such incidents, reacts inappropriately and strikes out at the kid, physically or verbally."

He said there are many separate elements involved in these situations.

"A parent who is stressed by joblessness or financial stress, who themselves are feeling belittled by bosses and others, who is seething with rage, and at risk of striking out at the child not because the child caused the main problems but because they're handy, smaller, and even more powerless."

Read: Bedwetting can be due to undiagnosed constipation

Professor Simpson pointed out that there can also be a situation of a parent who wants to believe that they're a perfect parent; and when the child seemingly deliberately and provocatively wets their bed, feels that their image as a skilled parent is challenged, and they don't know how to deal with it.

"I suspect there are some parents so abuse-prone, with such a hair-trigger for reacting violently, that bedwetting is more than enough to switch them to attack mode."

However, he added that it abuse at the hands of parents is not always as specific as bedwetting, saying that a child neglecting their chores, or routine self-care, can also be enough to tip parents over the edge.

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