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Monday, September 30, 2013

Dangerous S*X Positions For Men

sexpaininfo54635634554The most common cause of pénile injury is found among the variety of potentially dangerous positions used for séxual intercourse. The most popular is the ‘woman-on-top’. This type of position can result in an impact between the pénis against the female pelvis or perineum that can easily traumatize the pénile cylinders.
A pénis becomes érect when the lining of the cylinder within it is engorged with blood.  A pénis fracture can occur when there is trauma to the eréct pénis, resulting in a rupture of the cylinder lining. This very painful injury is often accompanied by an abrupt, distressing cracking noise that is immediately followed by dark bruising of the pénis due to blood escaping the cylinder. In ten to 30% of pénis fractures, the urethra is damaged and blood may be visible at the urinary opening.
Given these signs, an injury should be relatively simple to diagnose, right? You would be surprised, even with the unsettling sounds of a fracture occurring, many men don’t realize what has happened. Perhaps it’s male pride, or a refusal to admit that they are not in total control over their séxual functions, but often they don’t acknowledge their injury.
Various Dangerous Positions
There are many different dangerous séx positions (such as: The Triple Lindy, The London Bridge, The Pair of Tongs, The Body Builder, The Incline Leg, etc…) that are difficult to perform and are more likely to cause injury the pénis.
To prevent injury, it is highly recommended to avoid experimenting with séxual or masturbatory activity that puts the eréct pénis at risk for fracture. Also, it is always advisable to wear an athletic supporter to protect the private parts during physical activities such as sports or exercise.
A severe pénis injury is much like the aftermath of trauma from a car accident. The initial pain subsides after a few days, but alarming side effects emerge later. Such after effects related to pénile damage include loss of morning eréction, éjaculation pain, unsustainable érection, érection pain, gross curvature and, perhaps worse of all, pénis shrinkage.

7 Essential Things That Men Find Attractive About A Woman

1.       A cheerful woman
Nothing turns a man off more than a depressed and mean attitude. If you want to get that extra attention make sure you look cheerful because a flirty giggle and a cheerful attitude can quickly melt any man’s heart.
I agree that it’s not always easy to have such an attitude but if you can think about the happier side of life, all the time, this will happen naturally. It’s the same for you isn’t it? Would you date a guy that hates his life and is genuinely miserable? Probably not, so think about this next time you go out.
2.       A well dressed, good looking woman
Yes, we men are attracted by looks, you knew it, I said it and it’s the truth. But do not worry because this doesn’t mean you have to undergo plastic surgery…
Dressing well and looking good are things that you can immediately change. I’m not going to give any lessons on fashion as I’m probably not the right person to do so however, caring about what you put on and the way you apply some make-up can be detrimental when it comes to attracting men.
Just focus on dressing well and feeling good about yourself. If you feel good about how you look then the people around you will feel the same way. You don’t have to wear flashy color clothes or anything like that, just be confident, have well fitted clothes and use a little bit of perfume and you’ll be attracting some males in no time.
3.       A flirty woman
There’s nothing like a woman that can flirt back. We know that in order to attract a woman we have to flirt. Sadly, often times they don’t flirt back but…when they do…it’s absolutely amazing. Flirting back puts you in a very strong WOMANLY position, not only are getting in control but also you are acting like a woman. A womanly woman is absolutely infatuating for any man on this planet.
What do you need to do? Simple things like curling your lips or biting them slightly, raising your eyebrows when you make a smart remark, jiggling at our jokes, being genuinely interested in what we say – these sort of things. If you can’t yet master this subtle art, try looking at yourself in the mirror and exercise there. It may seem awkward at first but it will help you get the hand of things fairly quickly.
4.       Show us some skin
Now this isn’t a guide on how to be slutty however, that little bit of extra skin turns our heads in an instant. Too much skin is a cry for attention and men know it but if you play it subtle – It will work a lot better.
A shirt or a tee that ends just right around where your jeans start or a perfectly fitting top with a wider neck that shows a bit but yet needs a bit of craning to get a peep is just the perfect combination. We love those nearly-there peeks and it drives us crazy.
5.       A seductive voice
Again, this isn’t about changing your voice but using it correctly. There are little things in life that make the hair on a man’s back raise with excitement and a woman’s voice is one of them. Mastering the art of the seductive voice takes time so don’t focus on it too much.
Men are turned off by high pitched glass shattering squeals that most women use when they’re surprised or ecstatic with joy. A low and soft voice is obviously more attractive. Lucky for you, it’s actually not that hard to speak in a low, softer tone without seeming like you’re trying too hard. Exercise your new found talent on the phone but don’t blame me if the guy on the other line starts to get flirty.
6.       A Damsel In Distress
Maybe the term damsel in distress is too much for this but you get the idea, a woman in need. This may actually be a man’s dream, to help out a woman in need…as it gives them the perfect opportunity to be A MAN in front of you.
Men love to feel wanted and then appreciated by women. You might think that men hate doing errands and stuff like that but we hate it only when we’re in a long term relationship. At the beginning, we are at your disposal so use us in any way you want. So, if you know a single guy, go up to him with a smile on your face and ask him to help you with something, chances are he’ll jump to your help immediately.
We love women that ask for our help, it just makes us feel manlier and it gives us the opportunity to have a conversation with you. And when you thank us with a flirty smile, there’s a good chance we’ll do anything to get your number.
7.       A woman who acknowledges a man’s stare
This is the first step in seduction and probably the most important. You need to have the ability to acknowledge our stares. Sure, some guys have a lot of guts and approach you instantly but most guys don’t have this type of attitude and you need to give them at least the slightest reason to react.
Many guys will try to get your attention by giving a manly stare. React to this by looking back at them. You don’t even have to smile (sure if you do, you give them even more reasons to approach you) but even just acknowledging their look is enough. You don’t need to do this with every guy that looks at you, but if he seems decent enough, do it.
Also, you don’t need to marry him or have his babies but this will give you the chance meet a guy, you can decide later if he’s your type or not …if no guy comes to you in any given night, how will you ever find a guy this way? This simple acknowledgement of a stare is the most important thing you can do if you want to get a guy to notice you and come in for the approach.
In conclusion, now that you have this knowledge make sure you use it wisely. There are a lot of women out there that just scream for attention, don’t be that woman because we men, hate her. Attract us but show us that you’re different when we approach you, this is how long term relationships are built.

7 Signs She Doesn’t Love You Anymore

In most cases when woman is no longer interested in a relationship she doesn’t want to be the one to end it. And sometimes, women tend to emotionally sign out of the relationship even before they come out and say it is over.
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The signs below could mean she is losing connection with you (in which case you should try to reestablish intimacy immediately), or it could also mean she is completely over it and fallen out of love. Whatever the case, it pays to be prepared.
Here are 7 signs your woman is losing interest.
1. Dialing Out: She has not picked up your phone call in a few days, when you normally talk tow to three times a day before. She keeps coming up with different excuses as to why she is ignoring you, but her stories are not satisfactory.
2. She gets secretive: Women are known for wanting to share their stories and experiences with loved ones, especially the man in their life. Have you noticed she has not told you anything personal lately? This could be a sign that she no longer relies or connects with you.
3. Suspicious activities: When she picks up calls from other men while with you, or flirt with others without giving any consideration for how you feel, this could mean she does not respect you or your feelings, and that usually happen when she no longer had feelings for you.
4. Lack Of Physical Contact: She avoids physical contact with you. You cannot even hold her hand without her cringing in disgust. This is a definite sign that something is wrong.
5. No more fighting: This is perhaps the most subtle and the most overlooked. If your relationship has been rocky for some time now (you guys are having lots of fights) and lately she just suddenly stops arguing with you or has nothing to say when a fight comes up, don’t make the mistake of taking this to mean all your problems are solved. Often, women express their feelings with words, so when she stops talking, you should start worrying.
6. She avoids family/friends gatherings: Often times, women feel guilty when they are about to end a relationship and hanging out with your buddies when she knows she is about to break up with you soon will only make her feel guiltier. So she will more likely avoid a situation where she will have to be around your loved ones (friends or family). It is also the same if she tries to prevent you from hanging out with her own friends/family.
7: She does invite you to share: Just like she would not want to talk to you about her problems/experience, she will also not ask you to talk about yours. She no longer cares if you had a bad day, and when you do talk to her, she probably just give you non-committal responses like nodding and mumbling. She also does not contribute to such conversations anymore.

woman escape death after container drops on her car

A Chinese woman made a miraculous escape after her car was crushed by a giant container.
The woman was driving alongside a lorry carrying the huge, orange box, which suddenly listed to one side.
The container fell off the side of the lorry, flattening the top half of the car which came to a halt on the road in Zhangjiagang in the Jiangsu Province of China.
Miracle: This car was crushed by an enormous container which fell off a lorry, but the woman inside was somehow unhurtMiracle: This car was crushed by an enormous container which fell off a lorry, but the woman inside was somehow unhurt

Rescue: Firefighters had to wait 20 minutes for a crane to arrive and remove the heavy containerRescue: Firefighters had to wait 20 minutes for a crane to arrive and remove the heavy container

Alive: The driver, bottom-right, somehow survived the accident with no serious injuriesAlive: The driver, bottom-right, somehow survived the accident with no serious injuries

Salvation: Firefighters were able to cut the woman outSalvation: Firefighters were able to cut the woman out

Firefighters were called to the scene just 1pm on Saturday, but had to wait almost twenty minutes for a crane powerful enough to life the container off of the car.
Rescuers and members of the crowd which had gathered were then astounded to hear a voice from inside the car shouting for help.
They were able to cut the car open with tools and pull the woman, who had sustained no serious injuries, to safety.
Flattened: The car had been absolutely destroyed by the weight of the containerFlattened: The car had been absolutely destroyed by the weight of the container

Unscathed: The woman was lifted, unhurt, from the wreckage of her car by firefightersUnscathed: The woman was lifted, unhurt, from the wreckage of her car by firefighters

Astounded: Bystanders look on as the unidentified woman is pulled out aliveAstounded: Bystanders look on as the unidentified woman is pulled out alive

Write-off: The woman's Nissan was left ruined by the impact

Are Men With Smaller Testicles Better Fathers?

Decreases in testosterone may suppress mating efforts, potentially channelling a man's energy toward the care of infantsMen with small testicles are better parents, new research suggests. Researchers found that fathers with smaller testicles are more likely to be involved in child care. Previous studies have suggested that decreases in testosterone may suppress mating efforts, potentially channeling a man’s energy toward the care of infants. Very interesting, couldn’t pass it by. So make women dey carry tape measure their partners br*cus before tieing the knot, abi? What do you guys think? Read on … This ties in with an evolutionary hypothesis called Life History Theory which holds that mating and parenting compete for the limited energy animals expend on reproduction, reports the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Online. Dr James Rilling, of Atlanta’s Emory University, decided to investigate the link between testes size and parenting among men. Testes volume is associated with sperm production and testosterone levels. His team studied 70 fathers aged between 21 and 43, all with young children. Their testes were measured and MRI scanning was used to monitor the activity in a region of the brain implicated in parental motivation, while the men viewed photographs of their own child, a stranger’s child, and an adult stranger. The specific measurements of a ‘large’ or ‘small’ testicle were not made clear in the study, however. The men’s partners answered a parenting questionnaire that questioned the fathers’ involvement in tasks such as taking children to health care visits and attending to children at night. The researchers found that fathers’ testes size was negatively tied to nurturing-related brain activity triggered while they viewed pictures of their own child. In particular, fathers who were more responsive than others to their child’s emotional faces tended to have smaller testes and be more involved in infant care.Dr Rilling said: ‘The link between testes size and parenting-related brain activity suggests a trade-off between mating and parenting.’ 

Child Bride: 8-Year-Old Bride Dies On Wedding Night After Suffering Injuries

Kuwaitis have called for stringent action against a family in Yemen after their eight-year-old daughter died of internal injuries on the first night of her arranged marriage to a man more than five times her age.
file image: protest against child marriage in Yemen
Rawan died in city of Hardh in the Governorate of Hajjah in northwestern Yemen, Kuwaiti daily Al Watan reported on Sunday, quoting Yemeni media.
She is believed to have suffered a tear to her private parts and severe bleeding.
Yemeni activists urged the local police to arrest the “beastly groom” and the girl’s family and transfer them to a court where justice would be served and the case would be used to help put an end to the practice of marrying very young girls in the impoverished country, the daily said.
In Kuwait, bloggers offered their prayers for the “bride”, but lashed out at the “groom”, saying that he was a beast who should be severely punished.
Angry Man, a blogger, posted that the man was “an animal who deserved to be punished severely for his crime.”
“All those who supported such a crime should also be punished,” he said.
Under the moniker “Sad”, another blogger said that everybody should have realised that Rawan was too young to get married.
“Her family and her groom could have waited for some time before having this marriage,” Sad said. “It was not fair at all and the marriage should not have happened even if some tribes believe that it is a good custom.”
Bu Omar said that he was disturbed by the death report.
“Rawan’s family members are not humans. They do not deserve to have children,” he said.

21 simple ways to look attractive.(MUST READ )


  • Get clean. Bathe at least once a day. But don’t wash your hair everyday, especially if it’s coloured! This will fade your colour and dry out your hair. Feeling and looking clean is crucial. Wash with a nice smelling body soap three times with a bathing sponge and you will smell great. Get out and pat yourself dry with a soft, fluffy towel, and rub in some rich body lotion that doesn’t smell strong. You need to be soft and able to cuddle at all times, don’t neglect your hands, elbows, and feet. If possible try to layer matching scents on your body, such as soap, lotion, powder, and perfume. For example: If you bathe with a citrus smelling body soap, try to wear a citrus-smelling lotion also. Also make sure you shave your legs and underarms. Have deodorant on so you don’t have sweat stains.
  • Practice good dental hygiene as well, this includes brushing, flossing and even mouth wash. Clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner or a spoon every morning for fresh breath. Get a check up and have your teeth cleaned often. Invest in a good toothbrush, water pick, and mouthwash. Always keep mints or breath spray on hand.
  • Get groomed. Work with what you’ve got. But keep it neat and tidy. Trim finger and toe nails weekly, remembering to clean under the nail. No fancy nail polish colors are needed, but a
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    simple beige color looks delicious.To do your eye brows with tweezers numb them with an ice cube then soothe them with any cream but if you can an Aloe Vera based one and pluck away. This takes away the pain and gives you full precision on the shape you want for your eyebrows. Or just wait until you get out of the shower, it’ll hurt less. Once every 2 or 3 weeks, have a pampering day, including a manicure, pedicure, facial, and bubble bath, even if it’s just a spa day at home.
  • Style your hair. Make a trip to the hair salon. A new cut or style will make you feel sexy and confident. Having a change of hair color is nice, too. Go for something natural and not too dramatic. Deep condition your hair at least once a month. In the mornings, flat iron your hair or put it in a messy bun, depending on your style. Adding extensions or a wig can radically change an everyday look from “ho-hum” to “wow” to turn a few heads. Studies show that most men are more attracted to longer hair. This is because longer, glossier hair is associated with health; if you get ill, the first thing the body stops maintaining is your hair in order to concentrate on sustaining more vital areas. And in terms of evolution, it makes more sense for a guy to be attracted to a healthy girl, it’s become natural to be attracted to hair that looks more healthy. Get split ends treated for shinier hair and use heat protectant to prevent them from coming back.
  • Create winning skin. Do a steam facial maybe once a week for up to 10 minutes, to open up your pores and get rid of blackheads and acne. To do this, get a bowl of boiling water and a towel, and just sit with your face in the steam, using the towel as a little tent/mini sauna over your head and the bowl. Doing it for longer then 10 minutes will just stress out your skin, which will just make it worse, so be careful. Wash your face right away afterwards with a cleanser made for your type of skin. Then rinse and splash your face with cold water to close your pores or, alternatively, get an ice cube and wait for it to melt a little. Then smooth it gently over your face until it melts; this closes your pores and prevents dirt going back into them. An alternative to this is to use a facial scrub to get rid of flaky, dead skin cells.
  • Show your style.
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  • Take up dancing. Sign up for dance lessons with a friend, salsa, ballet, hip-hop, ballroom, whatever you like. You’ll gain confidence, and you will move more gracefully and sexily in everything you do, without even thinking about it. Health benefits are an obvious bonus. Belly dancing is also another way to feel sexy and confident.
  • Wear make-up. Just make sure not to go overboard. Subtle is very sexy in the same way that less is more. Accent one feature at a time. For example, one day, put on lip-liner, bold red lipstick, and mascara. For another day, wear subtle pink or clear lip gloss, and wear eye-liner to make your eyes stand out. If you need help creating a look, a mall makeup counter or independent beauty consultant would be happy to teach you for free.
  • Get-in-Shape. Create a workout plan. Crunches and lunges equal flat, hard ab muscles, lunges equal toned legs, and squats equal a toned backside. Running or jogging works all muscles of the body and increases your stamina. Plus, the hormones your body releases while exercising carry on through your evening activities to contribute to your new sexy attitude.
  • Remember to be who you are and act yourself. Try to be original and unique in your sexiness, not just a bimbo emulating or trying to be somebody else.
  • Also remember, confidence is the key. Sex appeal involves a belief in yourself that you can and will appear sexy. Most public icons or even film stars carry their sexiness in their confidence. Even a simple smile shows confidence and appeal. In fact the starting point to sexiness starts with confidence.
  • Touching or licking your lips draws attention and looks really sexy, if they like you, they will immediately think about kissing you.
  • If you feel sexy and confident, then it will show, occasionally raise your eyebrows, and flutter those eyelashes.
  • Highlight your positive features. If you have pretty blue eyes, then show them off. If you have a beautiful smile, then flash those pearly whites.
  • Show a little bit of cleavage, if you are older. Make sure you look classy,subtle and appropriate.
  • Drink lots of water and eat nutritious food. Be healthy. Curves are sexy. If you are naturally slim, this is also lovely.
  • Wear pretty lingerie and underwear, even if no one sees it.
  • Wear nail polish. For example, clear polish on fingernails and bright red and hot pink on toenails.
  • Look to gorgeous people for inspiration.
  • Find your passion in life. Do you love to dance? Act? Sing?
  • Listen to music that makes you move your hips
  • Is that you Mr Bond? Former 007 star Sean Connery is far from his dapper self wearing unbuttoned trousers and a tourist hat

    Playing British agent James Bond for just under a decade, Sean Connery fans usually associate the legendary Scottish star with wearing a suave tuxedo or suit.
    But now in retirement, the 83-year-old actor was far from his dapper self during a recent outing to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York with his wife Micheline Roquebrune.
    Clearly comfortable with his life out of the limelight, the knighted star was spotted strolling around wearing unbuttoned trousers and a tourist hat on his head.
    Is that you Mr Bond? Sean Connery looked far from his former dapper self in a pair of unbuttoned trousers and a tourist hat as he visited the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York recently Is that you Mr Bond? Sean Connery looked far from his former dapper self in a pair of unbuttoned trousers and a tourist hat as he visited the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York recently
    Legendary: Sena played suave British agent James Bond for almost a decade, and appeared in seven hit filmsLegendary: Sena played suave British agent James Bond for almost a decade, and appeared in seven hit films
    Sean also donned a checked shirt, which he tucked into his high-waisted bottoms and unbuttoned to expose his chest.
    Making his way around town with his spouse, Sean also wore his yellow-tinted spectacles attached to a string cord.
    Meanwhile, wife of 38 years Michelle looked more like she was ready to play a round of golf in a yellow polo top, beige trousers and a flat cap on her head.
    Lovers' stroll: The 83-year-old was joined by wife Micheline RoquebruneLovers’ stroll: The 83-year-old was joined by wife Micheline Roquebrune
    The couple usually spend their days at their lush beachfront mansion in the Bahamas, but are often seen visiting the Big Apple or Sean’s beloved Scotland.
    The established actor, who formally announced he would not make any future public appearances in April 2011, has been busy since retiring from films.
    In 25 August 2008, his 78th birthday, Connery unveiled his book Being a Scot, co-written with Murray Grigor.
    Connery, notably one of the best Bonds in history, was reportedly chosen for the role of the agent because of his grace.
    In retirement: The established actor formally announced he would not make any future public appearances in April 2011In retirement: The established actor formally announced he would not make any future public appearances in April 2011
    The Bond producers, Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli, cast Sean as 007 because they liked the fact that he was a big man who nonetheless moved gracefully  -  ‘like a cat’.
    Sean triumphed in Dr No, alongside Ursula Andress in 1962.
    After being knighted by the Queen, he famously said in 2000: ‘People asked why it had taken so long. I certainly didn’t make it an issue to find out why, but I took nearly a week to make a decision about whether to accept it.’
    So handsome: Sean is seen in a film still from one of his Bond films Dr. No in 1962 So handsome: Sean is seen in a film still from one of his Bond films Dr. No in 1962
    After Dr No, Sean made two more Bond movies  -  To Russia With Love and Goldfinger  -  in quick succession.
    When Goldfinger opened in London in 1964, it was to scenes of mob hysteria. Sean was a box-office star  -  in Japan he was bigger than The Beatles.
    He says, ‘Everyone talks about how they knew the Bond films were going to be a success, but it simply isn’t true.’
    He's got grace: Connery, notably one of the best Bonds in history, was reportedly chosen for the role of the agent because of his grace He’s got grace: Connery, notably one of the best Bonds in history, was reportedly chosen for the role of the agent because of his grace
    Look familiar? Sean's look was similar to that of Woody Allen's usual get up Look familiar? Sean’s look was similar to that of Woody Allen’s usual get up

    [PHOTOS] Comedian Bovi & Wife Welcome Baby Girl On His Birthday

    [PHOTOS] Comedian Bovi & Wife Welcome Baby Girl On His Birthdaybovi-babyPopular comedian Bovi Ugboma and his beautiful wife Christabel welcomed a bouncing baby girl to their family last night September, 25th.

    Bovi celebrated his birthday that same yesterday and later in the day at about 8:47pm, he was given another reason to celebrate.
    The happy father took to twitter to express his joy and announce the arrival of his daughter.
    The proud father shared a photo of him is his hospital scrubs carrying his new bundle of joy.
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    SHOCKING: Nigerian Woman Stabbed To Death By Her 21-Yr-Old Son (PHOTOS)

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    The body of the woman with a large laceration to the left side of her neck was discovered in her London home by the police at about 10am on Thursday.
    Oladotun Emmanuel Kalejaiye, her 21 year old son has  since been charged for her murder.
    Dotun was arrested by British Police after the shocking discovery of his mother’s battered body in their home
    Tolu was described as a pleasant woman by her neighbors.
    Mrs Kalejaiye who is said to be engaged, studied accounting and finance at Middlesex University in Hendon, north London, and is originally from Abeokuta, Ogun state in Nigeria.
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    SHOCKING: Nigerian Woman Stabbed To Death By Her 21-Yr-Old Son (PHOTOS)

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    The body of the woman with a large laceration to the left side of her neck was discovered in her London home by the police at about 10am on Thursday.
    Oladotun Emmanuel Kalejaiye, her 21 year old son has  since been charged for her murder.
    Dotun was arrested by British Police after the shocking discovery of his mother’s battered body in their home
    Tolu was described as a pleasant woman by her neighbors.
    Mrs Kalejaiye who is said to be engaged, studied accounting and finance at Middlesex University in Hendon, north London, and is originally from Abeokuta, Ogun state in Nigeria.
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    Spy-tool sellers Palantir secure $200 million in funding amid surveillance scandal

    Spy-tool sellers Palantir secure $200 million in funding amid surveillance scandalPalantir investor Peter Thiel speaking to a roomful of interns at the San Francisco Exploratorium.
(Photo from www.palantir.com)Palantir investor Peter Thiel speaking to a roomful of interns at the San Francisco Exploratorium. (Photo from www.palantir.com)

    Selling spy products has never been easier: Palantir, a software company that has sold surveillance tools to the Central Intelligence Agency and other United States government offices, has raised almost $200 million in funds in under a month.
    A Security and Exchange Commission filing dated last Friday revealed that Silicon Valley spy firm Palantir pulled in $196,500,204 from investors over what looks like a span of only a few weeks.
    Forbes magazine profiled Palantir in an August 2013 cover story in which it was revealed that the company collected around $500 million through fundraising, according to CEO Alex Karp. Now less than a month later, the SEC filing dated Sept. 27 shows that an additional wave of investigating has increased the amount raised to almost three-quarters of a billion dollars.
    The San Francisco Business Times reported that the nearly $200 million comes from 15 unnamed investors. According to the SEC filing, Morgan Stanley & Co. will collect an estimated $4 million from brokering those deals. Forbes estimates that Palantir is now worth anywhere from $5 to $8 billion.
    Given the government’s well-documented ties to Palantir and the company’s arsenal of powerful spy products, the latest news suggests that the surveillance industry will stay afloat even amid the scandal surrounding leaked National Security Agency documents and the related disclosures detailing the US intelligence community’s far-reaching capabilities.
    Palantir has managed to keep a relatively low-profile since its founding nearly a decade ago, but last month’s Forbes cover story by Andy Greenberg and Ryan Mac helped hone in slightly on the shadowy company. The journalists linked Palantir to the NSA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the CIA’s venture fund, In-Q-Tel, along with what the writers called an alphabet soup of other US counterterrorism and military agencies” who have become clients over the years.
    In fact, In-Q-Tel was one of the first groups to help get Palantir off the ground thanks to early investing, and Bloomberg reported recently that other clients of the Silicon Valley-company with a DC-area office and others around the globe include the New York and Los Angeles Police Departments. Aside from the CIA subdivision, other early investors in Palantir include Peter Thiel, the former PayPal CEO who dumped half a million dollars into Facebook the same year that the surveillance company came into being.
    Other customers include Bank of America and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., Forbes reported, and those private-sector deals now make up around 60 percent of the company’s revenue.
    Perhaps the project that caused the most commotion about the company was one that never managed to get off the ground, however. In 2011, hacktivists with the Anonymous collective linked Palantir to “Team Themis,” a partnership that also involved contractors HBGary and Berico that was created to help discredit WikiLeaks and its supporters, including writer Glenn Greenwald. It was foiled by Anonymous before ever set in motion, and Palantir CEO Alex Karp eventually offered an apology and attempted to distance his company from the controversy.
    But even as concerns continue to grow over who has the ability to collect and information — whether it be law enforcement agencies, offices within the intelligence community or just well-funded corporations determined to make big bucks off big data — Palantir is apparently only on the up. Previously, Karp told Forbes that his company could sign $1 billion in contacts during the next calendar year if everything adds up in his favor.
    Palantir sells a powerful line of data-mining and analysis software that maps out human social networks for counter-intelligence purposes, and is in huge demand throughout government and in the financial and banking industries,” Tim Shorrock, a writer who primarily investigates government contractors, wrote on his website earlier this year. “The NSA, which intercepts and analyzes global communications traffic, is a highly likely client as well,” added Shorrock, who included an excerpt from a 2009 Wall Street Journal article in which Palantir was lauded as “the darling of the intelligence and law enforcement communities.”
    Since then, the LAPD and NYPD have both relied on Palantir’s technology to assess data collected from the license plate scanners that are quacking becoming commonplace on cop cruisers across the country. According to Forbes, Palantir makes it possible for NYPD officers to search a database of around 500 million plates in about five seconds. In recent weeks, of course, unauthorized national security disclosures attributed to former contractor Edward Snowden have revealed that the US intelligence community has been collecting and analyzing information about American citizens’ social networking and Internet behaviors using software undoubtedly not dissimilar to products made by Palantir.

    10 ways govt shutdown would hurt America

    10 ways govt shutdown would hurt AmericaAFP Photo / Getty Images / Mario Tama

    With the threat of a federal government shutdown hanging over the US economy, here is a handy list of the possible effects American citizens and the rest of the world could face if no deal is reached to continue funding.
    In the most recent developments in a budget battle, the US Senate Democrats have rejected a proposal by the Republican-led House of Representatives to put off Obamacare for a year in return for temporary funding of the federal government beyond Monday. 
    Though adopting spending bills by Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year in the US, may seem a purely political issue, if Congress fails to approve funding for the federal government this would seriously affect the daily routine of ordinary US citizens, let alone up to 800,000 federal employees who would be sent home Tuesday without pay if the shutdown takes place.
    The last government shutdown lasted 21 days, from December 1996 to January 1997, and cost the administration of US President Bill Clinton cost an estimated $2 billion, according to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

    1 Countdown to US default looms

      A halt of US government operations would drag the world’s biggest economy closer to bankruptcy, something unprecedented in US history. If no budget deal is done, the US would bump up against their“debt ceiling”  and run out of money by October 17. By then, the US government would have less than $30 billion cash on hand, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has calculated.

    2 Hundreds of thousands of federal employees on furlough

      A one-time layoff of 800,000 people working for the US government would erode the earlier projected economic growth of 2.5 percent for the fourth quarter of 2013 by about 0.32 percentage points, according to a forecast by Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder of Moody's Analytics. That projection assumes a two-week shutdown. If it drags into a whole month, the loss of GDP would rise to 1.4 percentage points.

    3 Troops’ paychecks stopped

      About 1.4 million military active-duty personnel would keep on working, but with their paychecks delayed. Approval for troops’ paychecks is dependent on Obama’s proposed 2014 federal budget being passed by Congress.

    4 Women and children’s nutrition program threatened

     Pregnant women and new moms who are poor and facing “nutrition risk” won’t be able to buy healthy food, as a looming shutdown would put bracers on the $6 billion Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC).

    5 $85 billion in cuts to federal programs

    When a shutdown was last threatened in March 2013, it would have resulted in $85 billion in automatic cuts in spending on federal programs – many aimed at alleviating social hardship. The cuts, known as sequestration, would affect grants to local organizations and funds that keep those programs running.

    6 Housing loans halted

    US federal programs that provide for about 30 percent of all new loans in the housing market – a backbone of the country’s economy – will be shut down. Government funding of new businesses will also be halted, as well as workplace health and safety inspections.

    7 Trade talks scuppered?

    US plans to have a Pacific trade deal, the Trans Pacific Partnership, signed with the US’s Asian partners could stall, as Obama may decide not to travel to this weekend’s Bali, Indonesia meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation nations. While he could still go if no deal is done by then, it could be a gift for his Republican opponents if Obama was seen to be jetting off to a tropical paradise at a time when federal employees were sent home without pay.

    8 Visa delays likely

      Thousands of Americans may not be able to get passports for foreign travel, and tourists travelling to the US will likely face delays in visa processing. During the last government shutdown in 1996-97, some 20,000-30,000 applications remained unprocessed daily.

    9 Space program on hold

      Space agency NASA will be hit the most, as the agency will need to furlough about 97 percent of its employees, though it will continue to keep workers at Mission Control in Houston and elsewhere to support the International Space Station, where the two NASA astronauts currently on board, Michael Hopkins and Karen Nyberg, may not know whether they have jobs to come back to.

    10 National parks, museums and zoos would close to the public

    State-funded museums, art galleries and zoos across the country would keep their doors closed Tuesday, leaving thousands of employees furloughed and visitors unable to see attractions. US national parks, from Yosemite to the Shenandoahs, as well as Washington’s National Mall, Lincoln Memorial and Constitution Gardens, would also be closed.