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  • Where Masturbation and Homosexuality Do Not Exist

    12/06/2012 12:18:57 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 35 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Dec 4 2012 | Alice Dreger
    Aka father carrying his daughter while out on a hunt [Courtesy of Barry Hewlett] Barry and Bonnie Hewlett had been studying the Aka and Ngandu people of central Africa for many years before they began to specifically study the groups' sexuality. As they reported in the journal African Study Monographs, the married couple of anthropologists from Washington State University "decided to systematically study sexual behavior after several campfire discussions with married middle-aged Aka men who mentioned in passing that they had sex three or four times during the night. At first [they] thought it was just men telling their...
  • Officials Cite Transfer of Train Station Control as Return to Normalcy

    01/06/2009 2:59:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 189+ views
    KIRKUK PROVINCE, Iraq, Jan. 6, 2009 – U.S. forces have transferred the Riyadh train station here back to Iraqis in a move local officials say signals a return to normalcy for the area. Army Capt. Thomas B. Sturm, commander of Company D, 1st Brigade, 67th Armored Regiment, and Shakir Mahmood, director of transportation for Iraq’s Kirkuk province, knock down the last temporary wall by the Riyadh train station, formerly known as Patrol Base Howell, in Riyadh, Iraq, Jan. 3, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian L. Short  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "The train...
  • Warrior Adventure Quest Helps Soldiers Return to Normalcy

    10/01/2008 4:37:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 146+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2008 – Through a high-adventure recreation program the Army calls Warrior Adventure Quest, soldiers have a new way of transitioning from combat to a “new normal,” reducing the potential for high-risk behaviors that are counterproductive to unit training requirements. Soldiers from the 503rd Infantry in Vicenza, Italy, navigate through nearly 30 miles of mountain trails during a Warrior Adventure Quest activity that also included paintball and whitewater rafting. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “In the past,” said John O’Sullivan, Outdoor Recreation Program Manager at the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation...
  • Pool Reopening Symbolizes Return to Normalcy

    08/27/2008 10:34:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 174+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Zach Mott, USA
    BEIDA, Iraq, Aug. 27, 2008 – In what was once a recruiting hotbed for terrorist and illegal militia elements in northern Baghdad, community leaders gathered to celebrate the grand reopening of a pool complex that now serves as a spot of relief for residents. An Iraqi boy takes advantage of the slide at the recently reopened Asafah pool complex in northern Baghdad’s Beida neighborhood, Aug. 26, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zach Mott, Multinational Division Baghdad  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Asafah pool complex was in such a state of disrepair that residents had long stopped...
  • A Return to Normalcy in Kirkuk

    08/20/2008 4:11:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 115+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Jason Jordan, USA
    Maj. Peter Colt, 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion, plays with young Iraqi children in Gaydah village, which is in the Kirkuk province of northeastern Iraq. Colt, along with 2nd Battalion, 22nd Inf. Regt. Soldiers, met with the village leaders recently to discuss developments and projects that will benefit the area. Photo by Spc. Jason Jordan. KIRKUK — In the southern Rishad valley of Kirkuk province lies the remote village of Gaydah, located several miles off the nearest main road and even further from the nearest substantial city or district. Already accustomed to seclusion, the village residents were surprised when Soldiers from...
  • Adwaniyah Residents Look to Brighter Future, Normalcy

    02/14/2008 4:49:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 36+ views
    Capt. Douglas Hoyt, from Columbus, Ohio, commander of Troop A, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. and leaders of Adwaniyah have worked hard to establish trust and confidence within the community to improve the security and economic situation for the town. Photo by 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Last year, the community of Adwaniyah witnessed the worst of what the insurgency brought to the people of Iraq. There were reports of kidnappings and murders. Members of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) were said to have forced residents out...
  • Normalcy Returns to Baghdad’s Outskirts as Attacks Decline

    12/20/2007 3:56:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 82+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2007 – The decrease in violence seen in Baghdad’s northern and western outskirts has created a sense of stability and fueled economic activity that Iraqis view as a presage to the return of normalcy, a U.S. commander posted in Iraq told Pentagon reporters today. “From a security perspective, there has been significant progress,” Army Col. Paul E. Funk, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, told reporters during a satellite-carried news conference. The 4,000-soldier-strong 1st Brigade has been responsible for security issues in areas north and west of Baghdad since December 2006, Funk said,...
  • Housing not facing bust, Just normalcy : experts

    09/14/2006 1:29:48 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 30 replies · 1,082+ views
    REUTERS ^ | 09/14/2006 | Patrick Rucker
    Housing not facing bust, Just normalcy : experts By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While the U.S. housing market is drifting down from stratospheric levels, the sector is just returning to normal and is not poised to crash, several economists and industry leaders told lawmakers on Wednesday. "True housing busts are a relatively rare event," Federal Deposit Insurance Corp chief economist Richard Brown said at a congressional hearing on the housing market. In a recent study of past housing trends, the bank regulator concluded sharp drops in housing markets are most often linked to "episodes of severe local economic distress."...
  • (Vanity) An Ode To September

    09/11/2005 4:50:03 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies · 1,167+ views
    grey_whiskers | 9-11-2005 | grey_whiskers
    I have lived in a number of different states in my life, from the East Coast, to the Midwest, from the Deep South, to the Desert Southwest. And who knows, I may even make it to the West Coast someday. Through it all, one thing has remained: my love of September. The end of summer, the beginning of fall, the lengthening cool evenings. No matter what else was happening in my life, I have always taken the time to breathe in the air, look at the shadows, and give thanks for all that September brings. It is the climax of...
  • Woman engineer vows to change face of impoverished Baghdad township

    08/05/2003 4:57:54 PM PDT · by cc2k · 13 replies · 142+ views
    Woman engineer vows to change face of impoverished Baghdad township Baghdad, Iraq Press, August 4, 2003 – After languishing in Saddam Hussein's jails for ten years, Fatima Hassan is determined to improve life for one of Iraq's poorest and most oppressed cities. The former dictator's secret police snatched Hassan from her home in al-Sadr city, formerly al-Thawra, in the early 1980s and locked her in a cell where "I was tortured and mistreated in a barbaric way." She recalls the minute details of her tragedy in the prison. She remembers the faces and names of her torturers and the implements...
  • The Real Iraq

    07/18/2003 9:57:27 AM PDT · by cc2k · 4 replies · 189+ views
    New York Post | July 17, 2003 | AMIR TAHERI
    July 17, 2003 -- Open up almost any American or European publication these days, and you'll be bombarded with grim news about "horrific" conditions in Iraq - and America's "poor handling" of the post-war reconstruction effort. All of which, it is claimed, is made all the more tragic - because President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair maliciously exaggerated the threat from Iraq. They may have won the war, but they're losing they peace.Author and Middle East expert Amir Taheri spent several days on the ground in Iraq last week and found reality to be starkly different from what...