LGBT, Science

Lesbian and Straight Twin Sisters Might Unlock Sexual Orientation Once And For All

This is fascinating stuff; you can’t get a more closely comparable genetic makeup than identical twins.  If sexual orientation is, in fact, genetic, then this might be the key to figuring out how it manifests itself in DNA.

A lesbian twin and her straight sister have been studied by scientists who are searching for answers about human sexuality.

Researchers hoping to identify genetic and environmental factors associated with sexuality hit the jackpot when they discovered identical twins Sarah Nunn, who is attracted to men, and Rosie Albewhite, who is attracted to women.

The 29-year-old sisters were investigated by scientists as part of a study aiming to learn more about how sexuality develops in childhood.

Of course I’ve always said this might end badly, as well, because once parents can determine a genetic predisposition toward homosexuality they might just decide to not have the child at all.

via Lesbian and her straight identical twin sister may hold key to human sexuality | New York Post

Technology

Google To Hire 10,000 Staffers To Opaquely Censor “Extremist” Content

Google has announced the latest escalation in its battle to censor “extremist” content on its platforms, a covert campaign to censor conservative voices.

The company plans to hire 10,000 staffers whose sole jobs will be tracking down extremist content that might violate Youtube’s terms of service, according to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.

Wojcicki said that “bad actors” had used the video-sharing site to “mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm” others.

Per the Hill, the announcement comes after British Prime Minister Theresa May pressured social media companies to remove radical content after a series of deadly terror-related attacks this year in the United Kingdom.

Don’t worry y’all.  I’m sure this will be evenly applied across all political spectrums and ideologies and totally not be used for political purposes.

Nothing to worry about.

via YouTube Hires 10,000 Staff To Weed Out ‘Extremist’ Content | Zero Hedge

Immigration, Ridiculous

Germany To Offer “Go Home” Payments to Failed Asylum Seekers

I’m sure there won’t be any unintended consequences from this at all…

Germany is offering thousands of euros to rejected asylum seekers who voluntarily return home.

The scheme, which the government has dubbed “Your country. Your future. Now!” will run until February next year. Individual migrants can receive up to €1,000 ($1,185) if they voluntarily return home, while families can receive up to €3,000 to do the same. The assistance is meant to help reintegrate rejected asylum seekers in their home countries. The refugees, which were unsuccessful in their applications, could also get subsidized housing for a year—to help pay rent, home renovations, or get basic equipment for a kitchen or a bathroom.

via Germany is offering to pay rejected asylum seekers to go home — Quartz

Men's Rights

Woman Takes Control of Pregnancies By Pushing Husband For Vasectomy

Because God knows the only permanent method of birth control is your husband having a vasectomy, not you having a hysterectomy or tubal ligation.

Something tells me either she’s lying about her use of the pill or she’s…  Well…  Let’s just say Maury would like to have a chat with this couple…

via I kept getting pregnant while using birth control and condoms | New York Post

Economics, Politics, Ridiculous, Shmuckonomics

Paul Ryan’s $700 A Year Savings Plan

So Paul Ryan, speaker of the House, tweeted this…

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Let’s meet Cindy, shall we?  At $30,000 she’s living paycheck to paycheck.

If we divide that massive windfall of $700 into 52 paychecks, she now makes (not takes home) an additional $13 a week.

Yeah that’s future-proofing, Mr. Ryan.

But let’s assume that this woman living paycheck to paycheck saves ALL of that $700 a year.

If she’s 25, and retires at 65, that’s 40 years of $700 a year.  That’s $28,000 in savings when she retires assuming all other things stay constant.

If she’s living paycheck to paycheck on $30,000, saves EVERY dollar of your “cut” to her taxes, and keeps saving for 40 years, she’ll not have enough to live her current paycheck to paycheck lifestyle based on inflation being where it is today.

Good plan, sir.  Good plan.