The 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.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Men 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.’
[PHOTOS] Comedian Bovi & Wife Welcome Baby Girl On His BirthdayPopular comedian Bovi Ugboma and his beautiful wife Christabel welcomed a bouncing baby girl to their family last night September, 25th.
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)
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
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.