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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Whether it's a smooth plane or an untouched forest, most American women and men have at least considered grooming their pubic hair at some point. But the decision is a personal one, and for many people, science couldn't have less to do with it. Yet a new study could make you reconsider how and even if you groom, Agata Blaszczak-Boxe reports for LiveScience.

Researchers surveyed 7,580 people, asking about their grooming habits and sexual and health histories. The results of the study, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections, suggest a correlation between pubic grooming and sexually transmitted infections in both men and women.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

It's no secret that the U.S. has an inequality problem. But actually looking at the disparity between the top and the bottom can still be staggering. Deutsche Bank's chief international economist Torsten Sløk sent around a chart in a recent note to clients showing the share of U.S. household wealth by income level. Notably, the top 0.1% of households now hold about the same amount of wealth as the bottom 90%. "U.S. wealth ownership has changed significantly over the past several decades," Sløk wrote.

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump thundered to Americans, "I am your voice," as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination this summer.

As president, he'll find that Washington has a way of shouting back -- even to the point of drowning him out.

The seat of the federal government is teeming with interest groups, corporate lobbyists and big-money super PACs. They will have some different goals than Trump and wide swaths of his voters, particularly on matters of government ethics and trade deals. There's comparatively little in place to pressure lawmakers to follow Trump's lead.

"This has always been the problem for conservatives," said Brent Bozell, a longtime activist who leads a social media effort called For America. "We'll get a person elected only to get the middle finger as soon as the person is sworn into office." read more

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A bill giving the U.K. intelligence agencies and police the most sweeping surveillance powers in the western world has passed into law with barely a whimper, meeting only token resistance over the past 12 months from inside parliament and barely any from outside. The Investigatory Powers Act, passed on Thursday, legalizes a whole range of tools for snooping and hacking by the security services unmatched by any other country in western Europe or even the US. The security agencies and police began the year braced for at least some opposition, rehearsing arguments for the debate. In the end, faced with public apathy and an opposition in disarray, the government did not have to make a single substantial concession to the privacy lobby. U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted: "The UK has just legalized the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy. It goes further than many autocracies." read more

Monday, November 21, 2016

MILWAUKEE -- Four barbers and a firefighter were pondering their future under a Trump presidency at the Upper Cutz barbershop last week.

"We got to figure this out," said Cedric Fleming, one of the barbers. "We got a gangster in the chair now," he said, referring to President-elect Donald J. Trump.

They admitted that they could not complain too much: Only two of them had voted. But there were no regrets.

"I don't feel bad," Mr. Fleming said, trimming a mustache. "Milwaukee is tired. Both of them were terrible. They never do anything for us anyway."

As Democrats pick through the wreckage of the campaign, one lesson is clear: The election was notable as much for the people who did not show up, as for those who did. read more


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