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  • Dialing it in: The Obama post-presidency has already begun

    06/06/2014 11:05:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6-6-14 | Matthew Continetti
    One evening in March, during a visit to Italy, President Obama asked the U.S. ambassador to round up a bunch of—and I quote—“interesting Italians” for a dinner at the ambassadorial residence. The history of the property, the Villa Taverna, goes as far back as the tenth century. Its art collection includes Roman sarcophagi and centuries-old imperial busts. The menu that evening included a variety of pastas, and wines from Tuscany and the regions around Venice. Dinner lasted four hours. In this sumptuous and Baroque setting, amid these beautiful artifacts of long-gone civilizations, enjoying the finest foods and most delicate wines,...
  • Why I'm Not a Libertarian

    09/22/2012 2:37:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 22, 2012 | Jeremy Egerer
    ............my reaction to Mises' work underscores my particular problem with libertarianism in general: the fact that it has little to no soul,reducing man to a rational,pleasure-seeking animal. The central premise of Human Action, the basic theory of Mises' praxeology,is that all men are united by one logic,one universal bent toward happiness, which they seek in the most advantageous way possible. In short,man,though capable of making poor decisions,will even in failure choose the most logical poor decision known to him;he furthermore always desires one object more than everything else at any given moment,and the object of his desire is revealed only...
  • Music produces a natural high, McGill study finds

    01/10/2011 4:48:14 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 25 replies
    Montreal Gazette ^ | JANUARY 10, 2011 | MARGARET MUNRO
    <p>Music triggers the same pleasure-reward system in the brain as food, sex and illicit drugs, according to McGill University researchers who have been peering into minds of music lovers.</p> <p>They've discovered the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine is released when people listen to their favourite music, be it rock, jazz or classical.</p>
  • 'Their Last Suppers' documents last meals of celebrities

    10/26/2010 2:53:15 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies · 1+ views
    GateHouse News Service ^ | Oct 26, 2010 | Kathryn Rem
    You may never know which meal will be your last. It could be one chosen by a caretaker or hospital staffer, served to you in your sickbed. Perhaps your last bite will be a deliberate choice, such as the vegetable soup that Adolf Hitler sipped before killing himself. Or, it may be a random meal that you don’t expect to be your culinary goodbye — such as the Dover sole and champagne that Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were served at the Ritz Hotel in Paris before a car crash took their lives. Final meals hold a special fascination for...
  • UK: NHS recommends pupils have an 'orgasm a day' to reduce risk of heart attack and stroke

    07/12/2009 12:04:09 PM PDT · by Stoat · 62 replies · 2,735+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | July 12, 2009 | Daniel Martin
    The NHS is telling pupils they have a 'right' to an enjoyable sex life in a leaflet being sent to schools. It encourages them to consider an 'orgasm a day' as a way reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke.And if they can't get sex, the leaflet says children should consider masturbation.  The advice appears in guidance circulated to parents, teachers and youth workers. It says experts have for too long concentrated on the need for 'safe sex' and loving relationships - while ignoring the main reason people have sex, for enjoyment.But family groups condemned the guidance last...
  • Scientists find 'pleasure nerves'

    04/12/2009 5:00:42 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies · 891+ views
    bbc ^ | Sunday, 12 April 2009
    Scientists say they understand more about how the body responds to pleasurable touch. A team, including scientists from the Unilever company, have identified a class of nerve fibres in the skin which specifically send pleasure messages. And people had to be stroked at a certain speed - 4-5cm per second - to activate the pleasure sensation.
  • Snow eating now endangered kid pleasure

    03/04/2008 1:53:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies · 245+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/4/08 | Melissa Rayworth - ap
    PITTSBURGH - To the list of simple childhood pleasures whose safety has been questioned, add this: eating snow. A recent study found that snow — even in relatively pristine spots like Montana and the Yukon — contains large amounts of bacteria. Parents who warn their kids not to eat dirty snow (especially the yellow variety) are left wondering whether to stop them from tasting the new-fallen stuff, too, because of Pseudomonas syringae, bacteria that can cause diseases in bean and tomato plants. But experts say there's no need to banish snow-eating along with dodgeball, unchaperoned trick-or-treating and riding a bike...
  • Pleasure Now or Never

    01/07/2008 8:32:45 AM PST · by bs9021 · 10 replies · 221+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 7, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Pleasure Now or Never by: Bethany Stotts, January 07, 2008 Chicago, Ill- At a 2007 Modern Language Association (MLA) “Pleasure Now!” panel discussing the dreary emotional malaise permeating many classrooms, professors called for an integration of environmental, spiritual, and pop culture references into the classroom. The panel’s “Pleasure Now!” “manifesto for change” exhorts professors to “reassess the disciplinary habits that our generation has been so vital to articulating.”..... The authors of the manifesto also attribute their pedagogical angst to uniquely capitalist roots. “The corporatization of the university, escalating expectations for productivity, external monitoring of outcomes, scarcity of resources, and...
  • 3 Fibs and a Truth About Sex

    08/03/2005 5:22:51 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies · 633+ views
    Leadership Journal ^ | Spring 2005 | Lauren Winner
    Something is going wrong in Christian communities. ... many Christians, even in churches that teach sex is only for marriage, have premarital sex. • Three surveys of single Christian adults [showed that]one third were virgins—meaning, of course, that two thirds were not. • In 2003, researchers at Northern Kentucky University showed that 61 percent of students who signed sexual-abstinence commitment cards broke their pledges. • Of the remaining 49 percent who kept their pledges, 55 percent said they'd had oral sex, and did not consider oral sex to be sex. So what is going on? In combating [unchaste behavior], we...
  • Oscar Goes To War For Political Correctness (Don Feder On Hollywood's Liberal Crusade Alert)

    02/03/2005 1:30:15 AM PST · by goldstategop · 21 replies · 1,199+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 02/03/04 | Don Feder
    If you want to know what’s wrong with the West Coast drivel factory where our popular culture is manufactured, look no further than the 77th Annual Academy Award nominations. The Oscars are Hollywood’s way of celebrating its values – the agenda of a gang of celebrity cretins who need a teleprompter to think. The Academy Awards ceremony on February 27th will be another orgy of political correctness – this time paying homage to a culture of death. Garnering 12 nominations among them were “Million Dollar Baby,” “Vera Drake” and “Kinsey” – movies (respectively) promoting euthanasia, abortion and perversion. Two were...
  • The Case Against Medical Marijuana

    01/03/2005 9:57:34 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 843 replies · 5,628+ views
    OPINION EDITORIALS.COM ^ | JANUARY 3, 2004 | GREG LEWIS
    There are two fairly well-defined positions that have emerged regarding the issue, under consideration by the Supreme Court of the United States of America, of whether the use of marijuana should be legalized for the treatment of certain medical conditions. The first of these sees marijuana's limited legalization as, in almost all cases, the effort of so-called "stoners" (in contemporary parlance people who pretty much can't live without getting high on marijuana on a daily basis) to find a way to circumvent existing laws that criminalize the use of wacky weed so that they (the stoners), with the consent of...
  • THE BUYING OF THE PRESIDENT 2004. (John Kerry's Finances Listed For Your Pleasure)

    08/24/2004 10:26:07 PM PDT · by onyx eyes · 12 replies · 375+ views
    This is a link to the Public Integrity site, and a part of "The Buying of The President, 2004." Interesting read. http://www.publicintegrity.com/bop2004/candidate.aspx?cid=4&act=details
  • Lust declared virtue, not vice

    01/11/2004 11:05:22 AM PST · by rpage3 · 22 replies · 185+ views
    BBC ^ | 1/11/04 | BBC
    Lust has been wrongly branded a vice and should be "reclaimed for humanity" as a life-affirming virtue, according to a top philsopher. Professor Simon Blackburn of Cambridge University is trying to "rescue" lust, arguing it has been wrongly condemned for centuries, the Sunday Times says. His campaign is part of an Oxford University Press project on the modern relevance of the seven deadly sins. The list of sins was drawn up by Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th Century. OUP has commissioned books on each of the sins - lust, anger, envy, gluttony, sloth, pride and greed. Controlling...
  • The Pleasure Principle

    05/21/2002 10:52:09 AM PDT · by aconservaguy · 696+ views
    National Review (via "Upstream") ^ | April 18, 1994 | Roger Scruton
    A philosophy of pleasure. Roger Scruton National Review, April 18, 1994 v46 n7 pS1(2) Brief Summary: Pleasure has become unfairly associated with evil and perversion due to unsound theories by people such as Freud and Nietzsche. As a result, feelings and creations have become dehumanized and unpleasurable. Pleasure, as both intellectual and physical stimulation, makes for happier humans. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HUMAN PLEASURE may be sensual, like the pleasure of a hot bath, or intellectual, like the pleasure of mathematical proof. But the pleasures that matter most to us, and that shape our lives and personalities, are neither purely sensual nor purely...