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Статистика, инш’алла!

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Monday, May 31, 2010

На Loonwatch несколько месяцев назад была опубликована статья “All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% That Aren’t.” (Все террористы – мусульмане ..за исключением 94%).

Статья основана на данных ФБР по терактах на территории США, и если домотать до конца – можно увидеть сводную, которая дает пищу мыслям: c 1980 по 2005 лишь 6% от общего количества терактов – по вине мусульманских террористов.

Только факты

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Thursday, May 27, 2010

Такая подача отчетных материалов, предоставленная GOOD Magazine, умилила бы даже отца статистики.

Африка (с помощью типографоинфографики)

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Thursday, May 27, 2010

Go Back To Complex The 50 Prettiest Porn Stars of All Time The 50 Prettiest Porn Stars of All Time

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Thursday, May 27, 2010

In the world of adult entertainment, body parts are usually described with dramatic adjectives: “enormous,” “round,” or “black monster.”
There’s a cartoonish, unrealistic bent that separates fantasy from reality (well, unless you have an infinite number of barely-legal, cock-craving Romanian footjob enthusiasts at your disposal). But what about good, old-fashioned prettiness? After exhaustive research that caused career-threatening carpal tunnel of the wrist, Complex is pleased to provide a comprehensive pictorial of the the 50 most classically stunning porn stars ever. Google will wait until you finish clicking…

Кун-фу бабушки готовы дать отпор насильникам

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Friday, May 21, 2010


В Кении каждая пятая потерпевшая от изнасилования – старше 60 лет. В Корогочо, опасном задворке Найроби, насильники все чаще избирают старших женщин своими жертвами.
Представители властей утверждают – такой выбор объясняется наличием верований среди насильников в то, что принуждение к половому акту старшей женщины может излечить СПИД или принести удачу.

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Friday, May 21, 2010

Сериал “Law & Order” заканчивает свой 20ти сезонный марафон 24го мая эпизодом “Rubber Room”.

Действие сериала разворачивается в Нью-Йорке, довольно быстро реагируя на события, которые происходят в действительности. Фабула финального эпизода: детективы расследуют запуск партизанского сайт анонимным блоггером по кличке “Moot”. Его подозревают в намерении взорвать одну из городских школ и наличии возможностей для этого. Некоторые люди уже улыбнулись, прочитав кличку. Во время ход расследования, детективы пересекаются с явлением “rubber rooms”.

Недавно возник скандал, детально освещенный в прессе по этому поводу. “Rubber rooms” – это центры проф. ориентации работников образования. Туда направляют учителей на время, необходимое для рассмотрения их дел о серьезных нарушении служебной этики.
Но это теория. В действительности – это просто помещения, куда приходят люди не делать абсолютно ничего, при этом получая зарплату. 550 таких заведений обходятся в $30 миллионов/год.
Но это лишь одна сторона. При рассмотрении личных дел ответчиков, всплывают причины их отстранения: домогание (запретил писать в ведро в классе), избиение (убрал руку ученика, чтобы взять свою книгу), сексуальное насилие (отерся спиной когда входили в один дверной проем)..

Как правильно сказано в одной из статей, это такое маленькое, дорогое, неэффективное чистилище для работников образования (вот вам и сюжетная завязка).

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Stake a Claim

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Основой для монтажа клипа послужили фото, сделанные Tom Ashmore во время протестов, приуроченных проведению G20 в Лондоне.
Целью протестов было заострить внимание британского правительства на том, что провал экономической программы привел к росту безработицы и ухудшению социальных гарантий.
Занятная лирика песни, посвященная идеям демократии и гражданского сообщества — внутри, первым комментом. 

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Homosexual Shmomosexual

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mad Men’s Alison Brie shares an especially experimental moment of college experimentation.

I went to art school. Now art school is not like regular college. Tai chi was a required course, we had a circus class taught by a bearded lady, and clothing was optional everywhere but the cafeteria. Similarly, the students there are of a different grain. They’re very deep and introspective, really open to experimentation of any kind, and they have weird haircuts. In my case, the first year there was fraught with exploration. I learned a lot about the inner workings of me. I learned how to become “a clean sheet of paper”; I learned how to breathe through my coccyx; I learned that pretty much anyone would have sex with me. This at first I thought was because I was “so talented” or “so creative.” Later, of course, I realized I was just easy. So I capitalized on it.

Exploring my newfound sexuality, there was, of course, the girl-on-girl action, the crazy threesome with the afros and whips, and the surreal ‘shrooms experience where I thought the tree was fondling me but it turned out to be my creepy male roommate with calluses on his hands… gross. You get the picture. I developed this (possibly misplaced) sexual pride, based solely on the quantity of penetrations of my vagina… and not necessarily the quality of the acts therein.
Later, of course, I realized I was just easy.

So one afternoon I’m sitting out on the grass with my overly contemplative, self-hating, gay friend Jon, who’s recently come out of the closet and thinks it’s the worst thing in the world. He hates being gay. He hates that he has to put it in his butt. He hates the creepy art major with the blond comb-over who wants to lay “his poopy wiener” in his mouth. He just hates everything about it. And I feel really bad for my friend. I want to help him. This was, of course, not the first time I’d had to listen to him complain about the hopelessness of his situation, despite the seemingly endless list of available male suitors I’d brought to his attention. I decide it’s time to get to the root of the problem and see exactly what Jon isn’t enjoying about his newfound same-sex sex. So I ask him, “Well, Jonathan, how many guys have you had sex with?”
And he’s, like, “None, ewww.”

I am a bit surprised by that reaction. So I probe deeper. “Oh. Well, how many girls have you had sex with with?”
And he’s like, “None, hello?! Ewww.”

And I think to myself, well, okay, the solution is blatantly clear. Jonathan needs to have sex! With me! Obviously in order to accurately evaluate his sexual preference and come to an informed conclusion, he must explore all viable options. And what if he were to discover he was actually straight? I would have saved him from a life of dysfunctional penetration. Literally my vagina would have been his road to salvation! One can only listen to the despondent rants of a depressed, confused, and sexually ambiguous virgin for so long before one must take action. Plus, who better to show him the ropes than his very own, self-proclaimed captain of coitus, the queen of copulation herself, and not to mention one of his best friends in the whole world?

So I pitch Jon the idea, and though he’s a bit reluctant at first, I really give him the hard sell, and next thing you know we’re both frolicking down to my room to grab the last condom from my sock drawer and then hurry down to his room before the impulse can pass us by.

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Жестокие нравы зарубежья

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Sunday, May 9, 2010

Посмотрите в глаза этой девушке. Не на руки, не на декольте, а именно в глаза.

Неужели вы там видите тягу выпивке и склонность к анти-социальному поведению?Я – нет, а вот префектура West Mercia думает иначе.

Ее зовут Laura Hall, ей 20 лет, она живет в г. Bromsgrove (Worcestershire) и она первый человек на территории Англии и Уэльса, кому юридически запрещено покупать в любом заведении, содержать открытым и употреблять на публике алкоголь.

Все по–честному, пресса в курсе.

А еще – объясню, что такое ASBO и DBO.

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Women Want Heavy Men

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Sunday, May 9, 2010

Men typically avoid tall women, while women have a preference for tall men. Men have a strong distaste for women with a large BMI [Body Mass Index], while women tend to prefer heavier men.

Huh? That last phrase got my attention. This is from a model in the latest AER predicting who responses at an online dating sight. It controls for: age, height, education, income and their differences in the couple, and also divorce, kids, looks, race, and religion. And its not just that women dislike light men, the benefit of weight continued all the way up the scale; they found no significant effect of BMI squared, and only weak effects of its difference. No wonder men are much less eager to diet!

Interestingly, folks with kids are far more eager for a match, and income preferences were quite linear – no diminishing returns! More:

This paper is based on as sample of 3,004 men and 2,783 women located in Boston and San Diego. The sample was chosen from 22,000 users of an online dating service. … We observe all user activities over a period of three and a half months in 2003. … The estimation is based on a sub-sample of users who state they are single, divorced, or describe themselves as “hopeful.” Furthermore, we eliminate users who indicate that they joined the site to start a “casual” relationship and only keep users who want to “start a long-term relationship,” are “just looking/curious,” “like to make new friends,” and users who state that “a friend put me up on this.”

As expected, we find that the users of the dating service prefer a partner whose age is similar to their own. Women who are single try to avoid divorced men, while divorced women have a preference for a partner who is also divorced. Similarly, single men avoid divorced women, but divorced men have no particular preference to date a divorced woman. Both men and women who have children prefer a partner who also has children. Members with children, however, are much less desirable to both men and women who themselves do not have children. Also, women seeking a long term relationship prefer a partner who indicates that he is also seeking a long term relationship, but no such preference is apparent for men. Looks and physique are important determinants of preferences for both men and women. The utility weights on the looks rating variable differ only slightly across men and women. Also men and women have a stronger preference for mates who describe their looks as “above average” than for average looking members, and they have an even stronger preference for members with self described “very good looks.” Regarding height, we find that men typically avoid tall women, while women have a preference for tall men. Men have a strong distaste for women with a large BMI, while women tend to prefer heavier men. The estimates of income preferences show that women place about twice as much weight on income than men. There is little evidence for preference heterogeneity here—the absolute value of the distance coefficients is small, and hence own income matters only slightly in the evaluation of a partner’s earnings. Regarding education, we find that both men and women want to meet a partner with a similar education level. While women have an overall strong preference for an educated partner, but also have a relatively small tendency to avoid men who are more educated than themselves, men generally shy away from educated women. The estimated same-race preferences show that both men and women have a preference for a partner of their own ethnicity. Finally, we find that both men and women have a preference for a partner of the same religion.

I were on the market, I’d be looking to nab one of those tall high-educated women other men don’t want.

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Kubisch. Praktisch. Gut.

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Sunday, May 9, 2010

Me So Horny!

Posted in amazing, anthropology, facts, language by questionabletopic on Saturday, May 8, 2010

Эти прекрасные блоги и фото-пул во Фликре посвящены определенному культурно-языковому феномену, известному как “Engrish“.
В нескольких словах: каждому языку свойственны свои альвеолярные согласные, но так сложилось, что многие жители юго-восточной Азии подменяют дёсенным боковым апроксимантом из родной речи. Этот феномен, умноженный на беглый “туристический” английский и не знание правильных конструкций речи, получил достаточно медиа-покрытиия.
История об одной из меток.

Lady Gaga – будущий номинант Нобелевской премии мира, потому что..

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Thursday, May 6, 2010


..у солдата, занятого пере–постановкой известного клипа, нет времени и сил на злодеяния войны.

Ответ на главный вопрос жизни, вселенной и всего такого (Афганистанская версия)

Posted in Uncategorized by questionabletopic on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Теория: цель инфографики – внятное и осмысленное изложение фактов в максимально доступной и очевидной форме для обеспечения простоты интерпретации данных.
Практика: рассекреченная презентация плана действий объеденных войск “Afghanistan Stability/COIN Dynamics – Security”.
Реакция: от Richard Engel (NBC News), и милейшего человека Jon Stewart (The Daily Show)


Editor’s Comment
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The folks at Talking Points Memo don’t seem to know for whom or why PA Consulting drafted this chart. I am enjoying imagining that it was drawn for a new magazine called Popular Complexity and Chaos Illustrated and that the White House is a charter subscriber.